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Diversifies Programmes

By Sarashi Samarasinghe

Lak FM once again celebrated its second anniversary on October 1 in an unconventional manner.
“The staff members of Lak FM divided themselves into three groups and came from Anuradhapura, Kataragama and Kandy and met the most Venerable Mahanayake Thera of Asgiriya Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera in the wee hours on the first and handed over an oath,” said chairperson, Lak View Broadcasting Corporation Pvt. Ltd., Ashika Edirisinghe.
She said that on the same day evening they also visited the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya from a vehicle parade.

“When looking back at Lak FM at the completion of two years, I am extremely satisfied where we stand today as a fairly new radio channel. According to the Lanka Market Research Bureau Limited (LMRB) ratings we were placed at the 12th position amongst all channels,” she added.
According to Edirisinghe, they have covered 3/4 of the country through their channel and they are looking ahead in covering the North and East as well in the near future.
“We always make space for our listeners and at the moment we have a good listenership sphere to the programmes such as ‘Diva Ridma’, ‘Sodisiya’ and ‘Lak Minikata’,” said Edirisinghe.
She also said that they are also looking forward to starting the second phase of the ‘Village Centre Hospitality’ programme which they have been conducting from last year.
“We helped 115 temples during the first phase of the programme and in the second phase we are looking forward to help another 85 temples to make it a total of 200,” she added.
Edirisinghe also stated that this is the first time that a radio channel is carrying out this type of programme.
Speaking to The Nation, Chief Executive Officer, Lak View Broadcasting Co.Pvt.Ltd., Nalaka Sanath Kumara said that Lak FM was founded according to a concept of former chairman Lakshman Wasantha Perera.

“After celebrating the second anniversary of our radio channel, there are a few changes that have been made in our daily programme lineup,” said Kumara.
According to him, there is a new sports programme which has been introduced to Lak FM listeners and they are having a couple of outdoor programmes in addition to programmes such as ‘Lak Minikata’, ‘Rivi Sanda’, ‘Sodisiya’ along with some others.

“We have got an accurate and keen staff of 58 and after celebrating our second anniversary we are still in the process of modifying our programmes to broaden our listener ship,” said Kumara.
“We have introduced a new programme called ‘2 to 4’ on week days from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. while there is a new agricultural programme named ‘Thunaththa Abhiyasa’ on Saturdays from 8 am to 10 am,” said head of programming, Lak View Broadcasting Co.Pvt.Ltd., Namal Thisera.
He further said that this is a programme where farmers can pose their questions to an agricultural specialist.

“There is another small change in the programme ‘Sanda Yahanata’ which is from 7 pm to 9 pm every Saturday where we feature the whole programme based on a particular artist,” said Thisera.
According to Thisera, they are looking ahead in coming up with a new radio drama series by next year.
“We are planning on having the drama series based on historical adventures. We are hoping to do the production this year and to present it to our listeners by next year,” he added.

Concluding the conversation with The Nation, Edirisinghe stated that they are hoping to start a Tamil radio channel in the near future for the benefit of Tamil listeners.
“We are a channel aiming to move forward preserving the language, heritage and culture of this country,” enthused Edirisinghe.
Lak FM could be heard from 92.0 from Colombo and Kandy, 100.1 from Matale and Deniyaya, 93.3 from Nuwara Eliya.


Bennet Ratnayake’s ‘Ira Handa Yata’ symbolises glory of freedom

By Lakshmi Peiris
“Horror of the terrific war; showers the healing, sentiments of love and compassion”
Director Bennet Ratnayake has very skillfully cinematographed an era of pain which grabbed the nation for over three decades. His untiring efforts of making the viewing masses gain a comprehensive perspective through a background of the war, has been widespread through compassion, love, humanity and understanding throughout the film.

The director’s intention to convey this message of love and compassion has been a success which is vouched by every scene. The first scene is the soldiers, getting back home by bus for their vacation full of hopes, singing joyfully, when a sudden blast occurs on the way. (making a pathetic scenario) It continues through the meeting of two wounded soldiers, Major Mahasen and Corporal Rakitha. Corporal Rakitha could not further bear-it-up, the critically wounded Major Mahasen losing his grip of life, being his only saviour while finding a way to his recovery, Rakitha is captured by the terrorist. He reveals the whereabouts of Mahasen in the hope of saving his life. Totally recovered Mahasen’s life was grabbed by ruthless gunshots because of his refusal of a rank offered by the terrorist leader. The tragic death of the major cause’s physical and mental stress to Rakitha. The storyline sets ahead mirroring Rakitha’s deep grievance. Rakitha finds the Major’s wife and daughter and makes every effort to console the wife and the family of Mahasen. The series of flashbacks helps the audience to understand the past of Mahasen, the love affair between Major Mahasen and the vivacious Tamil lady Kiruba Devi in the refugee camp.

Dying of gun shot injuries, at his last breath Mahasen murmurs “Kiruba” his wife’s name. This scene is the most stirring one as I think. It shows the undying love and passion before the husband and wife whatever the cast and creed. At his death Mahasen was not aware of his wife’s pregnancy. Kiruba, the devoted wife tirelessly tries to find her husband carrying the only hope, the child she was bearing. It proved cinematically that love, humanity, understanding and compassion have no limit or end.
The prime locations and the massive surroundings of the film shoots were filmed live in difficult areas as Batticaloa, Valaichchinai, Thoppigala, Mawilaru, Welikanda and Dambulla. The camera has done wonders. Even the disasters taken place were so live in camera. The musical score is a mix belonging to each culture. The soothing lyrics are emotional.

Without hesitation Bennet Ratnayake has to be credited for getting the maximum live acting through his fresh introductions of Udara Ratnayake and Tasha Darshini. Even the characters running within seconds were portrayed by popular actors and actresses. Damitha Abeyratne, Kaushalya Fernando, Roger Seneviratne, Sathischandra Edirisinghe, Mahendra Perera, Palitha Silva were among them.
‘Ira Handa Yata’ conveys an unforgettable film metaphor that will remain deeply in the hearts of cinema goers. A group of young children ride under the arches of a bridge. The glory of freedom is very touchingly symbolised in this scene.



Aishwarya uncomfortable in her short dress ...

“Zor ka jhatka haye zoron se laga, haan laga”
This is the first song of the flick ‘Action Replayy’, to have been released and it’s creating waves all over. The ever gorgeous Aishwarya Rai is seen in a sizzling hot short dress, dancing with Akshay Kumar.
Though the beautiful actress is seen moving confidently in the most bindaas manner adding the oomph factor to the song, we got to hear that she was quite conscious of her dress while shooting the number. The actress apparently was not comfortable with the length of the dress as it was too short.
According to a source, “Ash did not allow anyone to take full-length picture of her in that dress while shooting the song.”
Nevertheless, it was a delight watching her in Zor Ka Jhatka.

Anushka Setty joins ‘Vaanam’ for Simbhu

‘Vaanam’ which is at remake of the Telugu hit ‘Vedam’ of 2010 is shaping up at fast pace and is expected to hit screens during the coming Diwali Season.
It is reported that the movie is to be directed by Krish, who also directed the original.
Now, coming to the main news, it is reported that actor Silambarasan and Anushka were captured on the film on a recent date. It is a fact that actor Silambarasan aka simbhu is a big fan of Anushka and there were rumours that he is going to marry Anushka and also had a date with her on a long drive in his luxury car.

Big B and SRK, together in ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, season 4

The reality show, ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ which will be aired on Sony Entertainment channel on October 11, will have both Amitabh Bachchan and Shahrukh Khan sharing the screen space for a special episode of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, where Amitabh Bachchan is the host.
Reason for SRK’s entry in season 4: A huge buzz and shoot up of TRP of the show as well as Sony channel.
Sources close to the show says, “The channel is very keen to have an episode that would have the two hosts of KBC face to face. The channel knows that this is what will give them a huge buzz. SRK is having good relations with the channel as well as the makers of the show, so it is hugely being anticipated that he might give a nod for this special episode. Everyone has their fingers crossed.”