special from Swarnawahini
By Ramesh Uvais
In a significant move, Swarnawahini is giving its
audience a Chrsitmas treat by way of some special programmes shot
in Rome and the Vatican.
Creative Director, Jackson Anthony who left for Rome two weeks ago
with a five-member crew returned with rare documentaries on the
fascinating Roman culture and its impact on Catholics and Christmas.
titled Roma Puranaya which will be telecast on Swarnawahini on December
24 at 9.30 pm and at 9.00 am on 25 will have visuals of key religious
and historical sites in Rome and the Vatican.
team returned with two Holy Madhu statues blessed by the Pope at
a special mass in the Vatican on Wednesday.
who recently bagged the prestigious Sumathi award for the best documentary
based on history, said the tour was made possible thanks to the
assisitance of Rahabilitation Minister Jayalath Jayawardene and
the Lankan Embassy in Italy and also appreciated the unstinted support
of the Lankans in Italy.
'Down Memory Lane'
'Down Memory Lane', the annual sing-along festival of golden
oldies presented by the Moratuwa Arts Forum (MAF) was successfully
held with the participation of the capacity crowd of old favourite
lovers from Moratuwa, Colombo and elswhere.
joined singing old favourites
show was delayed by half an hour due to heavy rain with people arriving
late as a result, their spirit was not dampened. The programme commenced
with the customary 'Old folks at home' and lovable oldies such as
' Sentimental Journey', 'Red River Valley', 'Lonely River', Tom
Dooley', 'From a Jack to a King', 'Memories are Made of These' followed
as the evening grew darker. The show climaxed towards the end with
the audience singing 'Home on the Range', 'Santa Lucia', 'Bouquet
of Roses', 'Tavern in the Town', 'Tipperary', ' Pack up Your Troubles',
'Roll out the Barrel' etc. While the two and a half hour programme
came to an absorbing close with the singing of 'Till We Meet Again',
'Now is the Hour' and 'Auld Lang Syne' which was sung amidst great
atmosphere with the audience standing up and holding cross-hands
depicting brotherhood and peace.
orchestra' which provided the music comprised Randolph De Silva
and Ramani Soysa playing the piano, Nissanka Wimalasuriya performing
on the steel pedal guitar, violin, harmonica and accordion. Rolinson
Ferdinando on the lead guitar, Ivan De Silva and Hemaka Fernando
taking turns on the rhythm guitar, Brian Coorey and Channa Galappaththy
both performing on the bass guitar along woth Laksiri Fernando and
Hiran Fernando sharing the drums stool. 'MAF Singers' comprising
Merril Fernando, C.L. Fonseka, Lilanthi Jayaratne, Sumangi Jayaweera,
Anuradha Mendis, Dilrukshi Galappaththi, Kumari Silva, Richard De
Mel, Lakshman Fernando, Hemaka Fernando.....Peiris, Derrick de Silva
provided the lead for the sing along sesions.
the singing, there were a few special spots performed by Lilanthi
Jayaratne singing 'It's a Miracle', Primal Liyanage strumming guiter
and singing some delightful folk songs, Brian Coorey, Cumar Peiris,
Ivan De Silva and Miran Fernando teaming up for a classy medley
of songs from the 70s era and Ruwan Weerasekera performing a vibrant
classical piece on the violin.
This is the
sixth year in succession that MAF had held 'Down Memory Lane'.