Sirasa Super Star
Manjula excels in film
By Sarasi Paranamanna
In recent times, the reality shows have brought talented
youngsters to the spotlight giving them immense publicity.
However, most stars from reality shows disappear with time
and only a few remain steady, in the ever-changing industry
Manjula Nivanthi Perera is one such personality who
climbed to the heights of fame through the popular reality
show ‘Sirasa Super Star’ and proved her success in the
industry with her talent. The humble songstress spoke to The
Nation about her journey in the field of music and what is
in store for her fans.
“I have always dreamt of continuing a career in music and
even when I was a child I sang a lot as music was my
passion,” said Manjula Nivanthi.
Pursuing her dream but with many hardships Manjula had
created her own music band after she had completed her years
in school. Forming the band ‘Dazzle’ had been a first step
in entering the field of music, and contesting for ‘Sirasa
Super Star’ had brought fame and luck to her life.
Receiving love from people, island-wide Manjula had come to
the top eight finalists in ‘Sirasa Super Star’ season two.
Through the fame and publicity she got through her
achievement in ‘Sirasa Super Star’, Manjula has been able to
establish her own identity in the field of music today.
Having worked with veteran music directors like
Navarathne Gamage, Kasun Kalhara and well known lyricists
like Upul Shantha Sannasgala, Manjula has sung over 10 songs
which are her own.
“Sirasa produced five songs for me and I was able to gather
a lot of experience as I worked with experts in the
industry,” said Manjula. With her skill and talent she had
been able to win over the audience during this short period
of time. Manjula’s songs have become top hits in both radio
stations and TV stations. The popular song of Hiru FM’s
radio drama, Anuththara is a work by Manjula which is a
major hit these days among the youth. Manjula said that
variety in her songs have enabled her grasp the audience.
“Whenever I participate in outdoor musical shows I get
requests for my songs from different generations and I think
the variety in the songs have helped me to reach fans of all
ages,” enthused Manjula.
Manjula’s talent has extended towards the silver screen
too. She has been singing background music as well. Speaking
about how she started singing film songs, Manjula remarked
that during the ‘Sirasa Super Star’ show, renowned actor
Sanath Gunathilake had commented on her talent promising
that he would give her a chance to sing in one of his films,
when he had attended the show as a judge. Subsequently, she
had got a break to sing a song for the film Ramasaraya.
“The song I sang for Ramasaraya has not been released yet,
but the song I sang for the movie Hadawatha Mal Yayai was
well received by my fans,” said Manjula enthusiastically.
Currently, she is working in another film song. The film is
titled, Visirunu Mal.
Talking further about her present projects, she said she
is working on her very first music album. She said that her
main objective of releasing a music CD is to deliver
something creative and entertaining for her fans and that
she is taking time to launch her album because she wants the
best selection of songs to be in it. She further said she
will be releasing a video of one of her songs once she has
decided on a director and a sponsor. “ “Most probably I will
do a video for the song in Anuththara as most people hear it
only through radio, but the most important thing is to find
a good director for the video,” said Manjula.
Commenting on stars that are born through reality shows,
Manjula said, “I think most stars disappear with time
because they do not give what the audience expects from
them. We should be mindful of our creations because our fans
expect good quality entertainment from us. So, to survive in
the industry I think one should use their talents to deliver
good performances and being humble is essential since we
have a lot to learn,” said Manjula.
As to her future plans, she said that she is hoping to do
more creative songs and improve her music band.
“I am also looking forward to learn more about music as a
subject and as a hobby and I am planning to learn beauty
culture as well for my personal well being” added Manjula.