TV Guide Magazine
TV presenter cum banker - A perfectionist
By Sarasi Paranamanna
She comes to your living room with a pleasant smile with the
news bulletin and she has managed to capture the attention
of the viewers through her latest programme, ‘Thirasara’;
but she is not only talented in the field of electronic
media; she is also a banker. This versatile multi talented
personality is none other Sandamali Hewanayake who had a
chat with The Nation about her years in journalism and
Literature, aesthetics are not strange to her and definitely
journalism is not a subject which is foreign to her because
as the daughter of Daya Jayasekara, who was a journalist at
the ‘Dawasa’ newspaper, she inherits the skill and interest
in journalism. “My father started his career as a journalist
and my mother used to write poems and verses. So, from my
childhood, I was exposed to reading, literature, classical
music. I learned to appreciate literature and music with my
father’s influence as he himself was an enthusiast in these
subjects. So, I think the background was set for me to
choose this job and it is familiar as I was exposed to these
areas from my childhood onwards”, says Sandamali. At a very
young age she had been lucky enough to get chosen as a
television (TV) presenter in Sri Lanka Rupavahini
Corporation (SLRC). The SLRC had wanted school students to
host a morning show and Sandamali had been in the first year
of Advance Level (A/L) Examination at Sirimavo Bandaranayake
Vidyalaya when she got chosen for the morning TV programme;
‘Uda Vikashaya’. Today, she is one of the leading TV
presenters at Rupavahini, and in the course of her career in
electronic media she has hosted popular TV programmes like
‘Irida Ayubowan’, ‘Volt 33,000’.
Apart from her career in electronic media, Sandamali is also
a banker who is employed at the Standard Chartered Bank as a
public relations manager. Obtaining her Master of Business
Studies (MBS) from the University of Wales, today she is a
successful professional in the banking industry as well.
Inquiring how she manages her busy lifestyle, Sandamali
said, “I entered into these fields at a very young age and I
am used to the routine now. I work at the bank during week
days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and I keep the evenings for the
news bulletins. I also work at Rupavahini Corporation during
the weekends since I present a programme on Sunday”.
Being an avid reader, Sandamali said that she spends most of
her leisure time reading and listening to classical music.
Since her childhood she had been encouraged to read a lot of
books and to enjoy classical music through her father’s
influence. She further said that she especially enjoys
reading books by Sumithra Rahubadda and Gunadasa Amarasekara
and other award winning literary books. Keeping herself
updated with all the new stage dramas, Sandamali said she
never misses a good performance as she is keen to explore
and appreciate literature and stage plays. Speaking about
her family Sandamali added, “My husband is Achintha and he
is currently working as the Head of Operations at DFCC
Vardana Bank, and I also have a nine year old son who
studies at Asian International School.”
Lastly, Sandamali did not forget to lend a piece of advice
to all youngsters aspiring to join the electronic media.
“Being a TV presenter is not about looking glamorous on the
screen, but one has to be informed and knowledgeable about
current affairs because it is a vast responsibility and
being knowledgeable about what you are dealing with is of
paramount importance to be successful in this path”, she
said eagerly. Speaking about her future plans Sandamali said
she wants to be remembered among people as someone who did a
productive task, “I want to do justice to my job and being a
TV presenter is a vast responsibility because you have to be
among people delivering the right message”, she enthused.
Pic by Ravindra
Handa Yata’ best film at Identita film festival
Director Bennett Ratnayake’s feature film ‘Ira Handa Yata’
(‘Under The Sun and Moon’) won the best film award at the
first edition of the identita film festival which was held
in parma and barcelo, Italy from July 27 to August 1. It is
aimed at promoting cultural identities of various societies
from very foundation of love and compassion which is
universal to all societies. The identita film festival was
organised by the Learn To Be Free Onlus (LTBF), a
socially-oriented foundation to create working opportunities
for people in a difficult situation, be it economical,
social or cultural and in particular for women.
It promotes the fusion of the various cultural diversities
into one single platform of Love and Compassion. The patron
was former speaker of the chamber of deputies of Italy and
president of the LTBF foundation, Irene Pivetti.
Sixty films from all over the world competed for the final
award of the best feature film 2010, of which six films were
selected (three German , two Italian and one Sri Lankan)
from which the best film award was made.
The jury, presided by Michele Guerra, Professor of History
and Critique of Cinema at the University of Parma, Italy and
comprising renowned Italian film directors, unanimously
decided to award the prize of ‘Best Film’ to Bennett
Ratnayake’s ‘Ira Handa Yata’.
This is the first time that a Sri Lankan film has been
awarded the Best film award in an Italian film festival. The
jury, explaining their decision, said that it was awarded
for ‘sensibility and poetic manner with which he was able to
deal with a difficult theme’.
Prior to this ‘Ira Handa Yata’ won the Honorable Jury award
at the Los Angeles film festival held in July and was also
nominated for the award of best performance at the 23rd
Singapore International Film festival In April. It will also
be showcased at the forthcoming Pyongyang International Film
Festival in Korea.
This film discusses the brotherhood between two soldiers
during the conflict era of Sri Lanka. Their Love and
struggle in life with a powerful storyline centering on two
soldiers who were held captive by LTTE between 1998 and
2004. The film will be released in EAP theaters from
September 2 onwards.
Failed ambition of Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya forgot to speak about Rajini in the Audio Launch
function as she was upset over the way her expectations were
Aishwarya has demanded a grand introduction theme for her on
the stage of Endhiran’s Audio launch but she was greeted to
the stage just by a praising talk of Vivek, making the 40
year old beauty to be angry and lose her steadiness.
She came to the stage with no big themes and started
delivering her speech. After talking about all, she left
out the prime man -Rajini and started to move out of the
All of sudden she came back running and spoke few words
It is not clear why her demand for a special theme was not
|Vivek to tie the knot with bangalore
girl Priyanka Alva
Vivek Oberoi is ready to tie the knot. He is marrying
Priyanka Alva who is a Business Management Graduate from
Priyanka Alva is from Bangalore and she is the daughter of
famous dancer Nandini Alva and late Jeevaraj Alva, Janata
Dal (U) leader. It is known from sources that it is supposed
to be an arranged marriage and though the marriage dates
have not yet been fixed, it is expected to be in October.
The couple is getting engaged in September.
It is also known from sources that famous Bharatanatyam
dancer Padmini Ravi arranged the marriage. Sources also said
that Priyanka is ‘level-headed and intelligent. She is non-filmi,
sociable and sweet-natured.’
Previously, Vivek once said that he would love to marry the
girl selected by his parents, “I am sure the match my
parents pick will turn out to be the girl of my dreams.”
Nandini, Priyanka’s mother said, “This marriage has come as
a blessing from all our well-wishers and friends. Though
this is an arranged marriage, my daughter is very happy.
Vivek and Priyanka share a great passion for social work.
That is their best connect. Priyanka completed her education
in New York where her subjects dealt with non-profit
organisations and social work. She is very pleased with the
fact that Vivek also shares the same passion having
contributed and worked towards aiding several social
|If you like Katrina, check out
Having made the Hindi Film industry her second home, Katrina
Kaif is now all set to make way for her younger sister
Isabelle who is equally pretty like her.
Isabelle has been learning acting in New York. Her course is
likely to be over by the end of this year, after which she
will follow her elder sister’s footsteps.
Katrina Kaif is soon going to launch her own production
house and one of the films to be made will launch Isabelle
into Bollywood. However, Katrina has not yet decided about
the director who will helm the project.
Buzz has it that Kats is eyeing some of the top notch
directors for the project as she wants a super hit launch of
Isabelle into film industry.
Hmmm!!! Kats is undoubtedly a beauty with brains.