TV Guide Magazine
Pradeep Nishantha Herath
One of the most popular musicians and a famous singer,
Clarence Wijewardene is a well known Sri Lankan artiste who
changed the style of music the other way around. He once
became the most adored musician in the island. The music
lovers in our country turn themselves towards Clarence
because of the way that he introduced his unique style of
music in this country.
He sang a number of songs which were very popular and famous
in the island. We are unfortunate to hear some of his songs
which we could not hear straight from him because he died
shortly. He passed away in his early 50’s and after his
untimely death his adorable songs kept us alive.
Recently, after almost a decade, a new singer named
Damayantha Kuruppu, came on board to release whatever songs
that Clarence could not sing for the public. The songs that
Damayantha Kuruppu supposed to release are some of the
famous hit numbers of Clarence Wijewardene and the entire
power of attorney for this worthy cause has been given to
Damayantha by Mrs.Wijewardene.
Therefore, he is free from all encumbrances to release
Clarences’ songs what Clarence could not sing for his fans
while he was alive. Damayantha is proud of releasing the
compact disc (CD) under the name of ‘Clarence Sangawunu
Gee,’ which was marketed and distributed by Torana Music Box
and produced by DK promotions.
When conveying something about Damayantha, he is the one
who introduced some of the most popular singers in our
country to the stage. He is the one who brought several
foreign artistes like Sir Cliff Richard and many others to
our country and the money which was earned out of the
musical shows was given for the welfare of the needy.
Damayantha also wanted the 70’s music style to remain. He
felt that the music of the 70’s is running down fast.
Therefore, he came forward to entertain the fans who love
the music of the 70’s. He is the only one who staged the
first musical shows of Milton Mallawarachchi, Dalrene Suby,
Mignonne Fernando, Vijaya Corea, Harold Pieris, Ronnie
Leitch and of Corinne de Almeida and he was the man who
wanted Clarence Wijewardene’s voice and style to be alive
forever among his fans. The first CD of Damayantha was
‘Suhadanane’ which was successfully released and produced by
‘Clarence Sangawunu Gee’ is the second CD of Kuruppu which
also includes a tribute for Clarence.
Some of Clarence’s songs which we could not listen to are
‘Ruhunata Adipathi’, ‘Guwan Thotupola’, ‘Sihinen Obamata
Pawasude’, ‘Paren Eha’, ‘Nuwara Wave’, ‘Wilak Thibuna’,
‘Genath Dunna De’, ‘Sanda Kelme’, ‘Inga Sunga’, ‘Liyanna Ba’,
‘Pasale Pathu’, ‘Rosapata Mal’, ‘Manike Mage’, ‘Kirilli’ and
‘Guitaraye Thath Atharin’.
All the above songs are included in the ‘Clarence
Though he is an international consultant to the hotel trade
his intention is to keep the 70’s musical field alive. He is
looking forward to an opening in order to engage him self in
the field of music forever.
|Maiden attempt with a different theme
By Sarashi Samarasinghe
This has been the maiden attempt taken by Sunil Aruna
Weerasiri to direct a movie which has got a different theme.
It is none other than ‘Tikiri Suwanda’, which is a story
that revolves around a little child.
“This movie is not only reserved for children, even adults
can watch it and be entertained,” said director Weerasiri.
According to Weerasiri the main plot rotates around
Tikiri who is a little boy who lives with his cruel uncle.
“Tikiri has not received any kind of love in his childhood.
He has only been adored by his grandmother and by his
friends in the village,” he added.
He further stated that Tikiri is a great example in this
story and eventually he bridges the gap between the village
and the temple by making his uncle into a virtuous person.
“I always wanted to do something different and I guess that
my attempt at making a movie quite different succeeded with
my latest creation, ‘Tikiri Suwanda’,” said Weerasiri.
Weerasiri further emphasised that the movie will be screened
within this year under the EAP circuit.
“I received a very good corporation from all the artistes
who performed in this movie. I used a mixture of artistes in
it. There were very prominent artistes as well as
apprentices,” he added.
The shooting of the movie has been done in places such as
Narammala, Dambulla, Kurunegala and in Kiribathgoda.
The shooting commenced at the beginning of last year and
was concluded by the beginning of this year.
According to Weerasiri there are three songs in the movie
such as ‘Uyan Dore Kal Balanne Ai’ sung by Tharshana Madhava
Perera, ‘Mal Peedila Hada Madure’ sung by Nanda Malani and
Senanayake Weraliyadde and ‘Thawthisa Pure’ sung by Rodney
The lyrics of the songs were done by Rambukkana Siddhartha
Thero and Bandula Nanayakkarawasam.
“When reviewing the movie I am extremely satisfied about it.
I received a very good backing even from the National Film
Corporation including its Chairman, Jayantha Dharmadasa,” he
According to Weerasiri ‘Tikiri Suwanda’ is his first movie
“I have produced two movies earlier. One is ‘Sapata Dukata
Sani’ in 2001 and the other is ‘Clean Out’ just two years
after,” said Weerasiri.
He further stated that he is looking forward to directing
another movie which is something similar to ‘Tikiri Suwanda’
but with a different kind of a plot.
“I have still not decided about a name for the movie but at
the moment I am working on the script,” he added.
The main character, Tikiri is performed by child actor
Malisha Samaratunga who is a newcomer to the field while the
rest of the characters are performed by Joe Abeywickrama,
Anula Karunathilake, Jayalal Rohana, Giriraj Kaushalya,
Sarath Kothalawala, Sarath Chandrasiri, Rodney Warnakula,
Priyantha Senevirathne, Janaka Ranasinghe, Saranapala
Jayasuriya along with many others.
Apart from Tikiri the other child characters in the movie
are performed by Pramod Mihiranga, Nayani Kaushalya
Weerasiri and Nalaka Gihan.
The story and dialogues are by Lal Pagodaarachchi, camera
by K.D. Dayananda, editing done by Ravindra Guruge, music by
Rohana Weerasinghe, assistant direction by Priyantha
Pathirage, choreography by Nimal Rajapakshe, dance direction
by Kulasiri Budawaththe while art direction is by Sumathi
The script, direction and production are by Sunil Aruna
|SriLankan Airlines flies in King of
King of Bollywood, Amitab Bachchan made a flying visit to
Sri Lanka on April 20, on board a SriLankan Airlines flight
from Mumbai. Bachchan was here as the Brand Ambassador for
the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), Bollywood’s
most extravagant film event which is to be held in Colombo
this June. The Indian Film Awards which is taken to exotic
locations around the world each year found its way to its
neighbour’s capital this year, in an event which will see
the cream of Bollywood flying down to Colombo from Mumbai to
participate in this glittering event. SriLankan Airlines is
the official partner airline for the event and will increase
its capacity to Mumbai to fly in the Bollywood stars and
their entourage for the awards ceremony to be held at the
Sugathadasa Indoor stadium from June 3 to 5.
|Deepika loves Lafangey!
Deepika Padukone, who is right now busy shuffling her time
between shooting for two of her films and attending IPL
matches for her probable ‘good friend’ Siddharth Mallya, has
many things to be happy about!
Firstly, she has bagged two films opposite two superstars.
First opposite Sallu Miyan and then his Shishya Hrithik, and
then, her team RCB is conveniently winning matches and she
is happy for junior Mallya. Moreover, she recently met
Shammi Kapoor, who showered praises on her. Her film
Housefull is also ready for release, and people are loving
the promos. Also, her Sony CyberShot camera commercial has
been received very well.
fantastic in it. Things are going really well for Deepika.
Now, she says that she is having a happy time shooting for a
song for her forthcoming film Lafangey Parindey opposite
Neil Nitin Mukesh. “I am shooting a beautiful song sequence
for Lafangey Parindey. I love dancing. I feel like a
ballerina,” gushed Dips.
Hmm. When you have Farah Khan as the director in your first
film and you have grace, you ought to love dancing, right
|Hrithik’s obsession with food
Hrithik Roshan is a perfectionist, and while other stars may
crow about their six-packs and eight-packs, he is actually
perhaps the only star in Bollywood with a world-class body.
Hrithik has got there by being extremely particular. He is
conscious of the way he looks, the way he looks on screen
and how his acting progresses. But for his next film
Guzaarish, Hrithik had to put on weight, as he plays a
patient in a wheelchair. Being the perfectionist that he is,
he obsessed about looking right, and so, he ate and ate, and
then ate some more.
Now, as we are reliably informed by sources, he has brought
his waist size up to 36! It was only 32 earlier, so
disproportionately was the star tucking in his food. What
was alarming was that his triglycerides level shot up, and
now, his doctor has asked him to take it easy with the
“His doctor was really worried, but Hrithik assured him that
once he finished the shoot, he would go on a strict diet and
take care of his health, but now, he just wants to feed up
on the good food. All for his character, of course!”