Enter, new Iglesias era
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Enrique Iglesias, the son of multimillion-selling singer Julio Iglesias
is the star of this week's 'Original Music Competition', which is promoted
by TV Times and M-Entertainment.
At the dawn of the new millennium, Enrique Iglesias was the best-selling
Latin recording artist in the world. Enrique was born in Madrid, Spain,
where he lived with his mother, his brother Julio,and his sister Chabeli.
In 1982, his mother sent them to live in Miami, FL, with their father.
In Miami, Enrique was exposed to three different cultures and musical influences
- Hispanic, European and American. Enrique's own career started when he
was still attending Gulliver Private School, a very prestigious school
in Miami. His singing debut was in a play called Hello Dolly, after which
he started to practice his singing without his parents knowing.
After a year studying business at the University of Miami, he decided
to follow his passion for music. In 1995, he sang in person for his soon-to-be
manager, who at Iglesia's insistence of not wanting to use his family name,
first shopped his demos as an unknown Central American singer named "Enrique
Martinez." It wasn't until he earned a record deal with Fonovisa that Enrique
told his father and mother of his aspirations.
Then he flew to Toronto where no one knew him and he could concentrate
just on music, to record for five months. That first album, Enrique Iglesias
(1996), sold more than a million copies in three months (it earned him
his first gold record in Portugal in a mere seven days) and to date has
sold more than six million worldwide. The second album, Vivir (1997), has
enjoyed global sales of more than five million discs and launched his first
world tour backed by sidemen for Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, and Billy
In three years, Enrique had sold more than 17 million Spanish-language
albums, more than anyone else during that period. The US was his biggest
market. He also won the 1996 Grammy for Best Latin Performer, 1996's Billboard
Artist of the Year, Billboard's Album of the Year for Vivir, two American
Music Awards, a World Music Award, eight Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, two
ACE Performer of the Year Awards, and ASCAP prizes for Best Composer of
1996 and 1997, in addition to countless accolades around the world. The
songs on his first and second albums are the songs that Enrique Iglesias
wrote when he was 17 years old. With Cosas Del Amor he moved to more mature
content, singing about love and about life. Then came Enrique, Enrique
Iglesias' first Interscope album and first in English, bringing his global
album sales to a total of more than 23 million. Enrique achieved gold or
platinum status in 32 countries. In 2001 he released the follow-up, Escape.
So don't hesitate to get a taste of this sizzling new, which will be
available at all Maharaja Entertainment proffered dealer outlets!!
To enter this contest, all you have to do is to answer the question
on the coupon No 64 and send it to the address given below.
The address is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 64, C/o Maharaja
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All the entries must be originals from the TV Times and no photocopies
or faxes will be entertained. All correct entries will be drawn by a panel
The entries should reach the above address by January29, the latest.
The decision of the judges will be final and the names of the winners will
be announced in The Sunday TV Times accordingly. Here are the winners of
contest no. 60.
Winners of two Sony original CDs are Maneesha Peiris of Battaramulla
and Mst. Trevine Juriansz of Boralesgamuwa.
The two audio cassette winners are Yohan Ferreira of Kelaniya and Thanoja
Gajanayake of Bopitiya.
The 10% off gift vouchers go to B. Caarthik of Colombo 06, Rizwanul
Jennah Shihabdeen of Katugastota, Suranga Rockshan of Akuressa, K.P.D.
Fernando of Malabe, Manilka Leanage of Colombo 08 and Shaariz Zabith of
Posters winners are Jaliya Kasun Hewagamage of Boralesgamuwa, Mahesh
of Colombo 04, Duncan Unwin of Wattala, Halik Azeez of Panadura and Amith
S. Dissanayake of Badulle.
Hellman's Angel at MLH
Hellman's Angels is the only jazz band in the world to be fronted by a
Hellman's Angels will be laying at the Clipper, Mount Lavinia Hotel
from February l to 5 aftyer performing in Hong Kong during the festive
Daphne Hellman, the harpist responsible for Hellman's Angels, has proved
that the 'grand dame' of orchestra (the harp) can swing and pop along with
the likes of a saxophone. Accompanying her, on the piano will be Leslie
Curtz together with Richard Johnson, who plays a varied number of wind
instruments like the bass, saxophone, clarinet and flute.
Richard Johnson and Daphne (Shih) Hellman literally bumped into each
other on the streets of New York when he was walking his pussycat, a Bolshoi
Blue named Mimi and Daphne's pet Pomeranian dog, Katie, whom Daphne was
taking for a leisurely jaunt on her roller blades at the time, unexpectedly
The resulting collision sparked a life long friendship. Daphne and Richard
have performed in cafes and clubs in New York, under the cloak in the grand
central station, down in the subways and also in Paris during the La Fete
de la Musique. Mimi and Katie's relationship however still remain rather
Listen to this duo and Leslie Curtz string you along at the Clipper,
Mount Lavinia Hotel in the evenings.
Pepsi Millennium Star Talent Contest
The Winners take all
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Keenly participated 'Pepsi Millennium Star' Talent Contest came to an exciting
end a couple of weeks back at the Millennium Park hall.
From more than two hundred and fifty entries nearly 25 contestants sang
their best songs under Senior, Junior and Group categories at the finals.
Saliya Silva , popularly known as local Shaggy won the Best Singer category
in The Pepsi Millennium Star Talent contest. He sang Shaggy's 'Angel' with
all Shaggy actions and accent.
Levi Selvaratnam ,who sang 'All rise by blue' was selected as the first
runner-up and Ryan de Silva was chosen as the second runner-up of the Senior
section for his song 'Sometimes when we touch'.
Fourteen year old Kavitha Gunesekera won the Junior Category for her
song 'From a distance'. Melissa Perera came second for her song 'Ben' and
Master Chathuranga Fernando was adjudged third for his musical accomplishment
'Heal the World'.
The group category was the toughest and had several groups who were
highly talented. Groups from Trinity College, S Thomas' College, St. Peter's
College competed with many other groups including duos trios and fusion
groups. But it was a Shaggy's night . The duo, Saliya and Azlan who sang
'In the Summer Time' won the first slot of group's category.
'The Pepsi Millennium Star Talent Contest' is a brain child of Kaladharshani
Varma of the Millennium Developers and organised by the Millennium Park.
The main sponsor of the project is Pepsi and TV Times is the Media sponsor.
Ashok Swagop, the country manager Pepsi and Key account manager Upeksha
Abeykoon. were there to grace the occasion.
Another ethnic movie from Somaratne D.
Somaratne Dissanayake, the award winning director of the widely acclaimed
children's film 'Saroja', has recently finished shooting his latest children's
film named 'Punchi Suranganaviyak' (Little Angel).
The story, screen play and direction of this film is by Somaratne Dissanayake
himself. The story of this movie too revolved around the ethnic problem
and is in 1983 era.It will focus on the mentality of the children and stress
the value of ethnic harmony.
'Like my previous film 'Saroja', I tried to give the message of ethnic
harmony to the people and in this film also I attempted to give the same
message", he confessed.
The film is woven around a 10-year-old boy from a wealthy family and
an eight-year-old Tamil girl in the upcountry.
Sampath, a ten-year-old Sinhalese boy in a rich family, is suffering
from a mental depression from young age, due to lack of parental love and
care. His mother has left him, when he was very young.
His father (Perera) is mainly interested in business matters, and Sampath
grows up in an isolated world of his own and believes that everything can
be solved with money.
Many servants and nurses as the house is too problematic. Velu, a Tamil
who doesn't understand much Sinhalese, is the only long serving servant.
He is very loyal and concerned about Sampath.
Velu brings his eight-year-old daughter Sathya to work in the bungalow,
as it was difficult to find people to work there. Sathya plays and sings
in between works, playful while at work. Sampath gradually becomes friendly
with Sathya and starts to speak Tamil words. Perera is not happy to see
Sampath speaking Tamil and wants to send Sathya back, but doctors advise
against it. Reluctantly Perera allows Sathya to move with Sampath and Sampath
starts to speak fluent Tamil and little Sinhalese with Tamil accent. This
is 1983 period, and Tamil, Sinhalese ethnic tension is developing.
Sampath gradually becomes almost a normal child. After the riots start,
Sathya and Velu get caught to rioters. Perera saved Sathya, but Velu was
killed by the rioters.
Disgruntled Sathya's mother takes Sathya back, despite the offers made
by Perera for them to stay in the bungalow. After loosing the whole new
world built up with Sathya, Sampath reverts back to his original condition
and starts destroying the households.
After the completion of shooting in Kandy negatives are being printed
to be sent to India for finishing. According to the producer the film will
be ready for screening in three month.
The line up of the cast with some of the experienced and talented include
Malani Fonseka, Tharaka Hettiarachchi, Nityawani Kandasamy, Dilani Abeywardene,
Sriyantha Mendis, Sakunthala Peiris, Maheshwari Ratnam, Janaka Kumbukge,
Henry Jayasena, Namel Weeramuni and Jayalath Manoratne.
The Punchi Suranganaviyak, was produced by Renuka Balasuriya, while
Ravindra Guruge as editor. The technical crew comprise, Suminda Weerasinghe
- Camera, Rohana Weerasinghe - Music, Assistant Directors - Daminda D.
Madawala, Giriraj Kaushalya.(SJ)
Ranjan's maiden effort
By Susitha R. Fernando
Popular actor Ranjan Ramanayake will play the role of a director with his
maiden effort in cinema "Parliament Jokes", a satire on local politics.
scene from "Parliament Jokes"
Having acted main roles in over 70 films, Ranjan Ramanayake himself
had written the script to the production of Lal Kalu-arachchi.
Speaking to the 'TV Times' Ranjan said that his direction would be a
novel experience for the Sri Lankan movie goers as he had not used any
obscene language or sex scene providing cheap entertainment which is the
method populary used to pull the crowd.
'"Parliament Jokes" is a film for the whole family which everybody can
sit together and enjoy" Ranjan said speaking on his first attempt.
"This is not a film done using minimum financial resources expecting
big returns but a high budgeted film spending over ten million which is
usually four fold of a normal film" Ranjan added.
"In fact "Parliament Jokes" is one of the commercial films made in Sri
Lanka with a huge budget in the
local cinema industry.", Ranjan claimed.
"Most of members in the technical crew who joined with me had gained
experience working in artistic films made in Sri Lanka and this was the
first time that they joined a production in this nature" Ranjan said explaining
on the direction.
The movie is around three men one a thief, a womaniser and the other
is heavy drinker played by Tennyson Coorey, Bandu Samarasena and Ranjan
The first who is known for stealing chickens in the neighborhood enters
politics and becomes the President.
And the country is governed by out laws turned politicians.
"Politics is an interesting subject among Sri Lankans. Even though it
is a common subject, people are still keen to know what's in the country
So it is an area that people can be made to easily laugh," Ranjan explained
why he chose the theme in his film.
Asked about the future plans Ranjan said that he had already finished
his second direction which would is completely different to his first.
The film "One Shot", a thriller movie will be released on the EAP circuit
Others in the cast in the 'Parliament Jokes' are Sanoja Bibile, Sasanthi
Jayasekara, Rathna Sumanapala, Raja Sumanapala, Manike Aththanayake and
Jayanath Guna-wardena was behind the camera, Suneth Nandala was the
art director and was edited by Denzil Jayaweera.
"Parliament Jokes" was scripted and directed by Ranjan Ramanayake for