TV Guide Magazine
Popular actor Suraj Mapa will present his
dancing act together with few female celebrities, namely
Nirosha Perera, Paboda Sandeepani, Nilanthi Dias, Nehara
Peiris, Nadeesha Hemamali, Sachini Ayendra, Udari
Warnakulasooriya and Himali Sayurangi, on stage on May 14
and 15 at the Bishops College Auditorium, Colombo.
“ ‘ELEMENTS’ is purely a dance event at its best with
persisting requests from my fans and wanting to share my
talents and experience, I believe that it is the right time
to bring in a show of my own,” said Mapa at a press
conference held recently at the Taj Hotel, Colombo.
He also said that “This is my premier dance production and I
believe that it will be a novel experience for all its
viewers. ‘ELEMENTS’ is a diverse kind of event of its breed.
We believe that the blend of connoisseurs and debutants in
the field of dance coming together to perform its many
variations with the latest technical resources would be a
first of its kind in Sri Lanka,” he added.
Embarking on the path of fame in 2002 as an
actor and dancer, Suraj, is today an
accomplished star of many forms. A Trinitian,
hailing from the hill capital of Kandy, Suraj is
a well established actor both in Tele dramas and
Cinema and also a versatile dancer. Suraj has
played the main role in over twenty Tele dramas
and some significant roles in Cinema. He has won
the award for the most popular actor both at
Sumathi and Raigam Tele awards. Nominated as the
best upcoming actor in 2003 he won the award for
the most popular Sri Lankan actor in the UAE in
2005. Suraj’s talents in both these fields have
today made him an aspiring star. Being in the
performing arts industry for the past eight
years, Suraj boasts of extensive experience
coupled with immense talent. Trained as a dancer
under the guidance of Neomi Rajaratnam, Suraj
has come a long way as a successful dancer,
performing professionally in a wide array of
events and winning international championships
in Latin American dance including the
championship in ‘Footwork Dance Sport 2002’
Furthermore, Suraj’s dancing talents are
prominently recognised in his field of acting as
he has continuously been performing in
entertainment events such as ‘Ridee Reyak’ and
many other notable shows. He is well known for
his outstanding performances which has gained
him international recognition and a large circle
of fans worldwide.
Comprising many genres of dance ranging from Traditional
Sri Lankan to Latin, Indian, Hip Hop, Contemporary,
Bollywood, Bhangara and more, the show will feature a
special Michael Jackson dance act and include performances
for popular Sinhala movie songs. The show is also expected
to tour for an international performance in London, United
Arab Emirates (UAE) and Australia later this year.
“‘ELEMENTS’ are the most powerful forces of nature, for
these are considered the building bricks of the universe.
Nature itself holds the key to much inner knowledge of our
own nature, and the part we play in the great cosmic plan.
It is astounding to realise that these same elements could
be interpreted as also functioning within ourselves. These
elements I consider as the Bridge and reflection of
Creation” explained Mapa as to why he gave such a title to
“‘ELEMENTS’ will also present the dancing talents of a
number of performers from renowned to amateurs. With the
completion of a successful auditioning round in search of
the hidden dance talents of Youngsters Island wide we have
been able to first-rate 20 out of more than 100 participants
coupled with this young talented group of novice dancers and
it would be the crème of the crop. The show will have
present celebrity performers and a guest performance by the
legends of the past like Malini Fonseka, Sriyani Amerasena,
Sabeetha Perera and Dilhani Ekanayake,” added Mapa.
“The funds raised by this event will mainly be donated
towards an under- privileged university student’s education
and a hole in the heart child patient’s surgery. Besides the
funding raised for charity we also believe that this would
be an event that will bring out the unseen talents of Sri
Lanka. This will undoubtedly be an exposure for many
upcoming young dancers to secure a successful career in the
field of dance. These youngsters will be given the
opportunity to be trained and perform in unison with the
professionals in the Industry. Through bridging the gap
between the proficient and the novices we intend to lay the
stepping stone for these talented youngsters to merge as
stars in the future,” he added.
Mapa thanked the Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL) Foods
International (Pvt), Ltd and Toyota Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., for
coming forward as the main sponsors for the event. “It is
with much appreciation that we pay gratitude to them for
supporting especially a maiden production and helping to
take Sri Lankan talent to a new level,” said Mapa.
Tickets are now available at the Bishops College
Auditorium, Odel, Vibrations, Salaka, Torana, Sarasavi (Nugegoda),
Maxmara (Kohuwela), Fingara (Nugegoda) and online bookings
are also available at www.tickets.lk.
Be there…this is an event you do not want to miss.
|‘Gamani’- mirroring the atrocities of
Peace has brought a halt to the firing of guns in areas
which were once war torn and smeared with nothing but tears
and blood, but the families which went through the bitter
experiences of war will continue to sigh because their
losses are unbearable and the grief is so overwhelming that
even today some tragedies are still raw in their memories.
Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara as an individual who
witnessed some of these tragedies in his time of office has
created a motion picture to relate one of the tragedies we
will never forget.
Sarath Weerasekara has based his film on the 1999
massacre which happened in the area of Gonagala. Speaking to
The Nation Weerasekara said that he wanted to create
something about the atrocities of terrorism because most
films screened are based simply on the theme of war. The
terrorists killed and mutilated more than fifty seven people
including women and children in Gonagala and the calamity is
portrayed in the maiden attempt of cinematography by Rear
Admiral Sarath Weerasekara. ‘Gamani’ being the first
direction of Weerasekara has been quite an experience and
this film has the scene which has had the most number of
coffins filmed in one scene in the history of the Sri Lankan
The film will be coming to theatres at the end of May as
the movie is in the stage of making the final adjustments in
India. Upali Rajapakse is the producer of this movie which
had required the cast coordination to be on a huge scale.
The task of editing the movie has been performed by Ravindra
Guruge while Nadeeka Guruge being the director of music. The
tragic account of the massacre of Gonagala has been filmed
in Karuwalagaswewa and in area covering the Puttalam
The insightful story of ‘Gamani’ is made more moving by
the song sung by the famous songstress Deepika Priyadarshani
Pieris. The melody of the song is done by the veteran
musician Rohan Weerasinghe. Sarath Weerasekara himself has
written the lyrics of the system. The director of ‘Gamani’,
Weerasekara speaking about his initial endeavour of
directing a movie stated that the experience was very easy
going. “Directing the movie was not very challenging even
though it is my first effort because I was lucky to have a
very professional crew with me. They supported me throughout
and I did not take it as a challenge and the whole
experience is unforgettable”. The cast of ‘Gamani’ includes
versatile talented actors and actresses such as Dilhani
Ashokamala who is playing the main role in the film, Bimal
Jayakody, Sujani Menaka, Sanath Gunathilake, Kumara
Thirimadura, Geetha Kanthi, Jagath Chamila, W.Jayasiri and
many other experienced artistes. Hence ‘Gamani’ will be
gaining good responses from the audience as they are always
looking forward to a new experience and with the sensitive
story line the film will attract many people who are looking
forward to a unique cinematic experience.
Rahman scores Raavan in a month
For those who have worked with A R Rahman, this news is
no surprise. The musical genius, who has fans the world
over, is known to work and re-work and still re-work a lot
of his work for movies till he is satisfied.
And his satisfaction, well, it can come even just a day
before your album is all set to be unveiled. And that is how
things worked for Mani Ratnam’s Raavan as well.
“As always, this album all came together only last month.
But it was a lot of fun working with Gulzar and Mani,” says
Rahman with a mischievous smile.
A source from the film tells us more. “Mani was quite clear
that he wanted Rahman to work on the soundtrack of his epic
film – both the Hindi and Tamil version. But AR’s manic
schedule meant things were not signed and sealed till the
last minute. In fact, he did record some tracks and send
them to Mani to listen to. Everyone loved what they heard,”
says the source. “But last month, Rahman called Mani and
said he had re-worked tracks and was sending a new lot of
scratch material for him to hear. It was these new tracks
that have become the final album,” adds the source.
This is not the first time that Rahman has called back his
scores and re-worked them. Whether it has been Hollywood
films like The Couples Retreat or, even closer home, Subhash
Ghai’s Yuvvraaj, Rahman has often called back his work and
redone them till he himself is completely satisfied.
It is no wonder then, with such dedication and passion for
his work, that Rahman is dubbed as the Mozart from Madras!
Shilpa’s happily married
Shilpa Shetty, who is now Mrs. Kundra, is enjoying her
married life. She feels nothing has changed at all in her
glamorous life, and it is just that her name is different.
“I do not feel anything has changed at all. Just a name has
been added; otherwise; I am the same girl,” says sultry
Marriage usually means responsibilities, but Shilpa says it
is hubby Raj who takes care of everything: “I am like a kid
to him, so all the responsibilities are handled by him. But
I am now helping him in his business, so we share our
responsibilities, and I take one thing at a time and
concentrate on it. So, it is fine,” adds the beauty.
The one thing she was working on, the Indian Premier League
(IPL), is just over. So, presumably, Shilpa will have more
time to attend to other things now. Such as.... love?
“You know, I have always been romantic, but it is just that
I needed someone to shower it all on, and when I met Raj, I
showered it on him (laughs). I cannot be happier today,”
says Shilpa on her romantic life.
Though her Bollywood career has long been in decline, will
she concentrate on films again? “I will, but now, I am more
of a businesswoman. Once I am done with all my pending work,
I will look forward to films because that is my base,” says
Shilpa Raj Kundra.
Shruti Haasan accepts her failures
Not many actresses are just like Shruti Haasan and she
has inherited the exact traits of her father and proves to
be a practical personality. The young actress has openly
confessed that her Bollywood film ‘Luck’ has been a flop and
yet her performance was well appreciated amongst the film
critics and audiences over there.
Now the actress is all set to make her showpiece with A.R.
Murugadoss’ untitled next.
Says Shruti Haasan: ‘I am so happy joining hands with Surya
as I am his great fan. Also I have a great role in this film
and it will be one of the greatest Indian films in ages to
When asked about the rumours linking her up romantically
with Siddarth, she said, “I do not take such issues
seriously as most of them are buzzes and we are professional
It is good to see that a young actress is so mature in her
talk and gestures and let us hope she becomes a great
actress with right attitudes.