grand years for Maurice
Maurice Dahanayake has launched a series of concerts
to celebrate 50 years of his musical career as a well known singer.
He has called his concerts 'Onna Olu Malak' which he began in his
home town Galle on July 26, 2002.
He was spotted
by the maestro Suriya Shankar Molligoda who was his teacher of music
at Ananda College in the early 40s.
memorable rendering of his own composition "akke, akke, ara
balannako, wessak nove enne and also 'karuna nadiye besa yamu"
created in indelible mark on young Maurice to take to his singing
as a career interspersed with acting on the stage and also on the
silver screen. It was the time when the Sinhala film industry was
in its infancy.
his background Maurice was candid, "after I met Susil Premaratne
who stated my career as a singer, then Shelton Premaratne who moulded
me to blossom. Late Mohamed Sally showed him the way to become an
accomplished singer in our midst.
came on his way when he joined in singing with the duo Chitra and
P.L.A. Somapala in singing over Radio Ceylon. After grading our
singer Prof. Ratnajankar Maurice was able to fall into B grade artiste.
Prema Bamme, Nobala Keseda Inne' captivated the young with the rendering
of this melody. This was in the year 1954. His other song 'Onna
Olu Malak Nil Diya Matha Pavela' sung in 1958 became a popular song
and Maurice along with H.R. Jothipala, J.A. Milton Perera, Mohideen
Baig, Chandra de Silva, Latha, Dharmadasa Walpola, Sisira Senaratne,
Indrani Wijebandara, Haroon Lanthra, C.T. Fernando, M.S. Fernando
and Sri Lal Upasena contributed a great deal in the development
of Sinhala music.
His song, "Sudo
Poddak Adanna" in which lyrics were written by Cyil A. Seelawimala
and music by Patrick Denipitiya became a popular hit.
first film was "Rasa Mihiri Katha Singethi Sina Sudage Muhune
led him to act along with Gamini Fonseka in M. Masthar's film "Soora
Chauriya". This was followed in other films Dheewaraya, Hondin
Inna, Adare Hithanawa Dakkama.
In the latter
film, Maurice sang "Muthu Mitak Piri Athe Mal Godak".
Maurice sang set to the music by P.L.A. Somapala and words by Karunaratna
popular singer because of this clear rendering of the compositions
by the leading lyric writers of the day. Without any formal voice
training by any veteran teachers of music, Maurice was able to use
his inherent talent.
With the soft
music played by players using musical instruments sans electronic
music instruments the voice became clear and crispy that appealed
to the ear of the listener. His was the voice that came from within
his heart without any effort.
It was a spontaneous
way of singing that touched the heart and mind. The journey that
Maurice has traversed won the platitudes of the young and old to
become one of their favourite singers of our times.
Lankans in Concert' with Kreators
group 'Kreators' will hold their debut concert in April to celebrate
the beginning of 'Kreators Productions', their own entertainment
is named "Sri Lankans in Concert" and the venue will be
the BMICH on April 25.
take the lime-light at this musical extravaganza to celebrate their
third year in music scene. "Sri Lankans in Concert" will
also feature Bathiya and Santhush, Stigmata, Urban Sounds, Kasun
Indrachapa will do guest spots at this concert. Also the well known
dancer Ravi Bandu Vidyapathi with Harsha Makalanda and Nason Thyagarajah
will do a stint of fusion music session to create an impact on the
sounds of Sri Lanka. Traditional Sinhala and Tamil drums with western
instruments will be used for this session. Also this session will
show the original music of "Kreators',which with they started
their music career.
in Concert" is jointly organized with the Rotaract Club of
Cinnamon Gardens and the Interact Club of St. Joseph's College.
The Organizing Committee is planning to do this concert in aid of
"Polio plus project" which is carried out by Rotary International.
Committee Board comprises of five members-Firzan Mulafer, Ashiq
Ameinudeen, Chris Fernandopulle, Suhitha Karunanayake and Roshan
Yaheya, the leader of "Kreators".
the leader is a vocalist and a flute player of the band. The others
are Sajith Nimantha (Vocalist). He is an ex-member of Dream Team.
Chamika Senanayake, the keyboardist, Dinesh Perera the, flutist,
Ramesh Silva, drummer and the Kandyan drummer, Kasun Chandrasiri
are the other members of "Kreators". He plays thabla and
percussion. Finally Harsha Perera is the lead guitarist.
will release their first single in the coming album at the end of
'Dancer's Ball 2002' in Kandy
"Discipline should be maintained on the Dance Floor".
With this objective Mr. Prince Ratnam, a well known instructor and
a singer came all the way to Kandy, to teach the Kandyan youth and
adults the disciplinary art of dancing which is known as "Ballroom
established his dancing school in Kandy seven years ago. Every year
he has an increasing number of students which is a mixture of both
young and old. This brings out the fact that he has captured the
people of Kandy by his dancing techniques, and this also signifies
that people are ready to learn and master this beautiful art
For the second
consecutive year the committee of the Prince Ratnam School of Dancing
organised and elegant event "The Dancer's Ball 2002" which
was recently held at the Queens Hotel, Ballroom. Though this was
named as above many outsiders graced the occasion, which proved
that this kind of an event is welcomed.
himself commenced the evening with a chacha, followed by the Jaiv,
Waltz, Samba and quick step. Mr. Ratnam and his committee did not
forget the most loved dance by our society the Baila and the Baila
competition which added more life to the floor. The evening was
filled with many exciting events. The most exciting out of all was
the choosing of "The Queen of the Ball" which went out
to the most beautiful and charming lady of the night.
and gentlemen who graced the occasion were dressed in style and
elegance which enhanced the colour of the event.
Still in my
mind rings the final words said by Mr. Clifford Richards at dawn,
"that all good things come to an end....." . With these
words dancers ball 2002 came to an end, with refreshed and new plans
for dancers ball 2003.