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Kohinoor, live in Sri Lanka

Music lovers in Sri Lanka are in for a musical treat as Sewalanka Foundation together with Concerts Norway, Aru Sri Art Theatre and the Norwegian Embassy presents ‘Kohinoor’, Live in Sri Lanka.
It is a concert series featuring Hip Hop and Raggae Music.

The tour features international artiste Mari Kohinoor Nordberg and her group from Norway along with Sri Lanka’s own Chris (C.J.) Dasan, the group’s percussionist for the tour.
Kohinoor was born in Dacca, Bangladesh and came to Norway when she was three and a half years old. Her style is a mix between World Music and Dance Hall while her connection with Rasta philosophy also reflects in her music. Her debut album is named Kohi de Browny and much of the material is autobiographic as in good old Hip Hop tradition. Her voice is raw and powerful and a personal engagement reveals when you listen to her.

The group performed a public show on November 6 at the Upali Wijewardene Hall, Kamburupitiya and will also perform on November 12 at the Town Hall, Negombo at 7.00pm. In addition, they will perform concerts and workshops for children and the youth at the New Arts Theatre, Colombo University, Newstead Girls School, Negombo and in Matara.

The entrance for all these concerts is free of charge.
The group will also hold a workshop for up and coming music groups at the Sanasa Hall, Matara today (Sunday) at 10.00 a.m. It is free of charge and those interested can register by mailing to rashani@sewalanka.org. Matara workshop and the concerts are organised with the help of Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Foundation.

This is the sixth group of musicians touring Sri Lanka as part of a broader music cooperation established between Concerts Norway, Norwegian Embassy, Aru Sri Art Theatre and Sewalanka Foundation. Norwegian Groups such as Ras Nas (reggae), The Indian Core (Jazz), Nils-Olav Johansen Quartet (Jazz), SISU (percussion) and Classical Evergreens (Opera) who toured Sri Lanka previously as well as the Galle Music Festival, came alive as part of this programme.
Jaffna Music Festival, a folk-themed music event, is also being planned at present and is expected to be held in March, 2011.

Sampath Sri Roshan ‘s Soyami Sonduru Navathanak

By Sarashi Samarasinghe
After the successful direction of the movie Julia and teledrama Wahinna Muthuwessak, the latest teledrama direction of Sampath Sri Roshan is going to be Soyami Sonduru Navathanak.
It is based on a love story which developed from childhood.
The cast includes Menaka Rajapakse, Jagath Chamila, Meena Kumari, Sujani Menaka, Anjula Rajapakse, Sampath Sri Roshan, Dayadeva Edirisinghe, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Ramani Siriwardane, Irangani Serasinghe, Chamila Pieris and Suneetha Wimalaweera, while child characters are performed by Yohan Kanishka, Sanjali Amandani, Prasanna Sanjeewa Marc Fernando and Senuri Priyasad.
Soyami Sonduru Navathanak is being produced by Prasad Wijesooriya who was the producer of tele dramas such as Kula Kumariya based on Charlotte Bronte’s extremely popular novel Jane Eyre, and Angam Maldam.
He was also the director and producer of the recently concluded teledrama, Pingala Danawwa which was telecast on Sirasa TV.
The shooting is taking place covering the Colombo area while the script is by Dileepa Jayakody.
Camera direction is by Nilantha Chularathne, assistant direction by Sarath Senaratne, music direction Ranga Dasanayake, art direction Piyatissa Akuranboda, choreography Anshaka Sammera Gunaratne, sung by Indika Upamali and Bachi Susan, co-produced by Kithsiri Hewagamage, production supervision done by Manoj Wijesuriya and media coordination done by H.M. Sugath Sisira.


Aamir-Priyanka flicks clash!!!

An Aamir Khan film gets seat bumps in theatres – that is for sure. So, it is understandable that director Vishal Bhardwaj is wary of competition from the superstar’s film Dhobi Ghat.
Everyone is waiting for the next film starring Aamir Khan. It is been close to a year when cine buffs last saw him on screen in 3 Idiots. The actor’s next film, Dhobi Ghat, directed by wife Kiran Rao, was earlier slated to release on February 25, but now it has been postponed by almost a month.
Reports say that due to the Cricket World Cup in February, Aamir has decided to release Dhobi Ghat on January 21. But that is also the date finalised by Vishal Bhardwaj for the release of his film Saat Khoon Maaf starring Priyanka Chopra as a serial hubby-killer.

Hrithik throws a romantic Birthday bash for Suzzane

Bollywood’s no-nonsense, Hrithik Roshan threw a lavish, special and a spooky birthday party for his pretty wife Suzzane. Every guest was made sure to come fully dressed in their respective Halloween costumes.
The Rampal couple came all decked up with Arjun as a Joker from ‘Batman’ and wife Mehr Rampal like ‘Beatrix the Bride’ from ‘Kill Bill’.
Well, they were not alone, close friends from the industry were also present at the Juhu residence of actor Hrithik Roshan to wish his wife a very happy birthday.
Scene’s cut in Surya’s film

Ratha Charithram starring Vivek Oberoi, Surya and Priya Mani is directed by Ram Gopal Varma.
Made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi, the Telugu version has been released all over Andhra.
However, Telugu Desam supporters have raised objection to some scenes. They feel that NT Rama Rao, the founder of Telugu Desam and Chief Minister of Andhra state has been portrayed in bad light.
Three particular scenes regarding this have hurt their sentiments.
Telugu Desam supporters protested outside theatres screening the film and tore apart the posters. Following this, police protection had to be enforced in some places and screening itself has been stopped in other places.