Ravindra takes Rupavahini to international heights
Innovative editor of TV programmes Ravindra has
done it again. Starting his career as a TV programmer Ravindra Munasinghe
won the 'Prix Geunesse' at the Munich Television Festival, Germany
recently. The award was for the song composed on the theme of unity
in rebuilding the country after the devastating tsunami which took
place in 2004. The lyrics for the song was by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne
while Rohana Weerasinghe composed music with Ravindra Munasinghe
supplying the visual images.
|TV programmer Ravindra Munasinghe
The performance of the group of children touched
the heart of the jury which included two children.
"It was not about the disaster but how we
should stand up united. The message is brought through the medium
children and they invite the adults to join them," said Ravindra
speaking about his world-recognised work.
After receiving the 'Golden Praag' in Berlin in
2005, Ravindra received the 'Children and Jury Award' Prix Jeunesse
award at the Munich Television Festival in Germany in May 2006.
Ravindra is the proud winner from out of 480 competing countries
from all over the world. There were entries to suit the target audience
of children under various genres such as cartoons and documentaries.
Ravindra sought and was successful in reaching the hearts of his
audience by creative visuals that were backed by Rohan Weerasinghe's
touching melody, Prof. Ariyaratne's lyrics and Sunil Edirisinghe's
Elaborating on the theme he said, "The message
I gave the world was unity in diversity. We the children of Sri
Lanka made an appeal to the world to set aside socio-political and
religious differences and unite to rebuild the world. This is the
reality we see when children unite to rebuild their world by work
or by play. It is a lesson we should learn from them".
"In the days following December 26, 2004
I was working in the tsunami affected areas and what I saw influenced
me to do this. I explained what I had in my mind to Prof. Ariyaratne
and Rohana Weerasinghe who translated what I had visualised in my
mind," said Ravindra explaining the origin of the programme.
Ravindra studied at S. Thomas’ College,
Mt Lavinia and did his advanced level in bioscience.
He joined Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation as
an assistant producer in programme and gained five years work experience
at the Documentary Department. This was followed by three years
experience in the News section. Next Ravindra joined the music unit
where he excelled in making award winning TV programmes.
'Manohari', 'Nandun Uyana', 'Cinema Geethawalokana'
and 'Sigiri Gee Siri' are some of the musical programmes which won
the Best Musical awards at the Sumathi Tele Awards.
"'Visual creation, was not a very popular
art in the Sri Lankan television scene and even studio facilities
available were limited," said Ravindra.
In 1993 Ravindra underwent production training
in Germany, Malaysia, America and France.
"While training in Europe I realised their
editing rhythm is very fast compared with ours editing. We follow
quite a slow rhythm in editing which is quite similar to the Indian
style," said Ravindra talking about how he gathered the knowledge
which he incorporated into the local television scene.
"In creating visuals to songs we have to
be very careful that the meaning of the song is not damaged. For
this I make it a point to discuss with the song writer and get his
views. Visuals must not only be beautiful they have to be meaningful,"
described Ravindra Munasinghe.
Asked what he mainly focused on when creating
visuals, Ravindra said, "My main target is to give a Sri Lankan
feeling to what I make,".
Ravindra not only creates visuals, but also contributes
to Rupavahini his innovative ideas. In an attempt to bring out the
latent talent in the rural areas of the country, Ravindra created
the programme 'Rajatha Rashmi' an island wide project in singing,
dancing and acting.
"I am indebted to Rupavahini for giving me
the opportunity to learn the A-Z of visual art," Ravindra said