TV Guide Magazine
She rose from child tv
presenter to newsreader
As much as we are familiar with teledrama stars, we are
familiar with news presenters who we see everyday coming
into our living rooms with daily news reports. Omaya
Kovilagodage is one such face we are very much acquainted
with. Omaya has cut her teeth as a newsreader in the field
of electronic journalism for over seven years. The Nation
had a chat with this well known personality to enlighten our
readers about this young lass on the screen.
Receiving her primary education from Minuwangoda Nalanda
Girls’ School, Omaya had attended Visakha Vidyalaya,
Colombo, to pursue her secondary education. Since her
childhood days she had been engaged in announcing
activities. While she was schooling she had joined the Sri
Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) and had been involved
in ‘Lama Pitiya’. Through ‘Lama Pitiya’ she had got a break
to participate in other children’s programmes like ‘Lama
Ranga Peetaya’. Enhancing her skills and talent Omaya had
worked in several other radio stations including ‘Swadeshiya
Sewaya’ and ‘Welanda Sewaya’.
While she had been employed at the ‘Pavana’ radio
station, one of her friends had told her to apply for a
newsreader’s position at Sirasa TV. That is how she is now
familiar to us through Sirasa TV as a news presenter.
Speaking about her current work, Omaya said that she is
working as a line up subeditor apart from newsreading at
Sirasa TV. Working in a news room and having to keep herself
updated with every occurrence around the country, Omaya
leads a very busy lifestyle. “It is a part of my life now,
and going in search of news stories everyday is familiar to
me now. So with the familiarity I balance my personal life
with my busy professional life. My career has become my
life,” explained Omaya.
She enthused that she loves reading books and watching
movies during her free time. Undertaking the responsibility
of delivering news reports to the general public Omaya says
the job requires a lot of hard work and commitment because
she has to be alert and active every minute while she is on
the job to bring out the rich essence of news happenings to
“The most unforgettable incident in my career life is the
Tsunami incident. I was the first one to report the Paraliya
train accident and it really was a miserable incident,” said
Omaya explaining about her experiences in her career life.
Speaking about her family, Omaya said that her husband is
employed at ETV as an executive officer. “My father, M.W.
Sirisena is a pensioner who used to work as a deputy post
master general, and I also have a brother and a sister,”
said Omaya cheerfully. Lastly, this pleasant personality
shared her future dreams with us. “I am hoping to stay in
the current company I am working and climb up the hierarchy
ladder and I am also planning to study Human Resources as a
subject. Other than that I am looking forward to lead a
happy life while balancing my career and my personal life”,
YES Superstar make it
an evening to remember
Recently, the British School Auditorium became the
springboard to the metamorphosis of eleven individuals who
use to be known as YES Superstar Contestants.
After that evening, they were no longer simply YES
contestants or finalist --- they were known by NAME:
Ra’na Farouk took hold on the microphone first with her very
infectious ‘Everytime’. A very pop number reminiscent of
pre-scandal clad Britney Spears.
Shane Wilhelm followed with ‘Breathless’ proving that there
is more to him than just the ‘lady killer’ from Wellawatte.
Kept company on stage by his beloved instrument – the
guitar – and sporting a gravity defying mohawk, it was
Jeremy McShane’s turn to ‘Take Me Higher’.
Amy Martinesz track ‘Light Up’ truly lived up to its title.
Lovers of house/dance music simply got caught up in the
varying beats and husky/sexy vocals of the ‘never say die’
Mr. Superstar Geeth Prasanna’s first time on stage clearly
showed the ‘Sign’ why he is the one driving the car and
rightfully owns the title of YES winner.
It was a “Ridiculously Rolling” experience when Sureshni
Perera occupied the center stage and impressively straight
out delivered the song that contained quite a lot of tongue
tightening ‘R’s’. It was simply ridiculous in a good way.
The second time he took the stage, Shane decided to give
his track ‘So Blind’ a more acoustic approach anchoring on
the great playing of two guitarists and his vocals that sang
of a love that sees no wrong.
She may have left the competition early but Thilinee Silva
proved that she could hold the audience captive in the palm
of her hands with her smooth groove that was ‘Something
Definitely worth the YES tag “the last female standing.”
Jameela Sadikeen went all out with her maiden performance of
‘What’s Your Game’. The groove of the song, the moves, the
look and the energy made the audience feel – if this is a
game… I am playing
Looking dashing in jeans and suspenders, Joy De Alwis –
the boy who is now turning into a gentleman – flew everyone
to love land with ‘Superman’ - a song that will definitely
swoon a lot of hearts.
‘By Your Side’ a very common title for a song but when it
was Kavya Kankanange’s turn to bring it to life --- powered
by lyrics she wrote herself, the common title became the
line for an uncommon song. The words were poetic, the melody
crossed the lines set by normal tonality but the end result
was beautifully distinct.
Bubbly as ever - Ruwanthi Ileperuma was in the right
place armed with the moves despite feeling that ‘We Can’t
Get By’. The audience was there too to see her get through
it as well.
The evening ended with Geeth Prasanna ‘Walking Away’. It was
a performance that most did not expect. During YES
Superstar, Geeth was the crooner, the balladeer but on that
evening, he made his real music passion come through. The
soul that rocked his being was unleashed and in the end
everyone walked away without a doubt why he won and why the
programme and the CD too end with his song.
The CD launch was in all a new experience.
First the fact that every single track was original - in
this day and age when practically every song is a remake or
a sampling – 13 original tracks in a compilation is unheard
Second, hearing every single song performed live accompanied
with an AV presentation that took everyone to each artist’s
Finally, the guest performers were of another standard.
The fusion masters known as Triloka, the male vocal ensemble
that most recently made the country proud at the World Choir
Games – Voice Print and dancers Royal Warriors, who despite
the limited space delivered a performance that made people
gasp in awe and believe that even in the paradise island hip
hop/street dancing has a string hold.
The YES Superstar Original CD was a project that a lot of
people believed to simply remain a dream but on the night of
August 14 that dream was realised --- so with 11 individuals
who are no longer YES contestants…
They are now artists...
NOTE: YES Superstar: The Originals CD available at
Vibrations and www.me.lk
King Khan’s infectious charm leaves
Deepika Padukone, who is no more a newbie in the film
industry, still finds herself tongue-tied whenever she
happens to be with or come across the Bollywood badshah Shah
“Just met SRK… and while he was talking, all I did was sit
quiet and listen. This always happens to me! Every time I
think I am going to meet him and I have soo much to say…
then one look at him and I blankout!! uuufffff!!” Deepika
tweeted after meeting SRK.
SRK tweeted: “Met three beautiful women. Deepika, Kareena
and Shahana. I got such warm wonderful hugs from them that I
still smell the youth, beauty and talent from those hugs.”
Deepika made her entry into Bollywood with SRK’s ‘Om Shanti
Om’. Since then she has worked with a number of stars like
Akshay Kumar and Saif Ali Khan, but her awe and admiration
for King Khan, has not waned yet.
|Shriya too getting ready for
Kollywood do business only with girls who are young and
have their skin shining. Old aunties like Trisha, Shriya,
Nayanthara etc., are compelled to retire and this is a
retirement cum marriage season for them.
Nayan has competed all of her acting and soon will settle
with Prabhu Deva.
Trisha is into all sorts of controversies and seems will be
out of acting but will not settle with a marriage.
For Shriya, her parents are on the look out of a proper
alliance - searching for a broad minded man for their
Sneak-Peek of ‘Thank You’….
Wooww!!! Check this out… Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor,
Irrfan Khan, Celina Jaitley, Sunil Shetty, Bobby Deol and
Rimi Sen, all together in director Anees Bazmee’s next
comedy film Thank You. Sounds fun and interesting…
‘Thank You’ is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film
produced by UTV Motion Pictures. The movie is set to release
in April next year (2011). Some scenes in this film are
being shot in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada.
Looks like, once again Akshay is going to hog the limelight
with his perfect comic timing. Joining him to tickle our
funny bones would be his crime partner Sunil Shetty and
Irrfan Khan who is also known for his surperb comic sense
and timing. The last pic seems like Bobby and Sonam play
siblings in the film.
Here is a sneek peak of Bazmee’s next upcoming flick ‘Thank