'Everyday' with Dave Mathews
By Sanath Weerasuriya
South African Dave Matthews of popular 'Under the Table and Dreaming' fame
is the star attraction of this week's 'Original Music Competition', which
is promoted by TV Times and M- Entertainment.
The South African vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews formed the Dave Matthews
band in Virginia in the early '90s. Featuring Matthews, Stefan Lessard,
Leroi Moor, Boyd Tinsley and Carter Beauford, the group's music presents
a more pop-oriented version of The Grateful Dead, crossed with the worldbeat
explorations of Paul Simon and Sting.
The band built up a strong word-of-mouth following in the early '90s
by touring the country constantly, concentrating on college campuses. In
addition to amassing a sizable following, their sell-released album Remember
Two Things sold well for an independent release.
Signing with RCA, the Dave Matthews Band released their major-label
debut, Under the Table and Dreaming, in the fall of 1994. By spring of
1995, the record had launched the hit single "What Would You Say" and sold
over a million copies.
A year and a half after the release of Under the Table & Dreaming,
the record had sold over four million copies in the US alone. In April
of 1996, the Dave Matthews Band released Crash, which entered the charts
at number two and quickly went platinum. Also in 1996, Matthews launched
an attack on bootleggers in conjunction with the Federal Government, targeting
stores that were selling semi-legal discs of live performances.
The efforts of Matthews, his band and his management resulted in an
unprecedented crackdown on bootleggers in early 1997, where nearly all
of the major foreign bootlegging companies were arrested by the United
The new millennium, however, saw the band back in the studio with Glen
Ballard to record their fourth studio album. Everyday was issued in February
2001 and is available with Maharaja Entertainment . Look for this smashing
album at all M Entertainment preferred music outlets.
To enter this contest, all you have to do is to answer the question
on the coupon and send it to the address given below.
The address is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 60, C/o Maharaja
Entertainments (Pvt.) Ltd., 330, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.
Tel: + 941672425-8, Fax + 941699070. E Mail: email@example.com
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 December 12 , 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 contestant no. 56. Winners of two Sony originalCDs
areSarah Sherazarde Japper of Kottawa and Dilesh S. Perera of Badulla.
The two audio cassette winners are Treshan Perera of Yakkala and Nilantha
Menerapitiya of Ja Ela.
The 10%off gift vouchers go to Udara N. Sanewirathne of Colombo 8, Enosh
Jayawickrema of Moratuwa, H.M. Shaminda of Matara, P. Sivakumar of Colombo
13, Asoka Palliyaguruge of Kundasale and Atulya Meddegama of Peradeniya.
The Posters winners are Mrs. N. Cooray of Panadura, Lakshmi Chandrasekera
of Kuliyapitiya, Amilani Nimesha Karunaratne of Katugastota, Tanta Silva
of Moratuwa and C.L. Ratnasuriya of Kadawatha.
Late night love with DJ Lewie
DJ Lewie Diaz is the host of Sun FM's 'late night love' on Mondays.
'Late night love' is one of the most popular romantic programmes on
Sun FM. Lewie has planned a few new things for the coming festive season
on "Late night love" and the listeners are requested to send their questionnaire
on time to Sun FM.
'Seasonal Breeze 2001'
"Seasonal Breeze 2001," the open air dinner dance featuring Gypsies and
Cool Tempo DJ's will come alive at CR&FC grounds on December 14.
Following-up on the successful presentation of the vintage musical show
"Stars of 70's" recently in Kandy, this unique seasonal programme, too,
is organized by Jan's Promotions in the form of an Open-Air Dinner Dance.
"Seasonal Breeze 2001", where revellers will have a truly conclusive
evening-out: a choice of Chinese, Indian, Australian BBQ or Sri Lankan
Dinner Menus, in addition to the inimitable entertainment provide by the
Gypsies and Cool Tempo.
The organizers believe that the presence of such professional musical
entertainers and performers at the show, as well as their securing the
services of Chef Tony Bohoran of Raffles Catering Company to spread the
evening menu for their guests.
The organizers plan to make this an annual event and it is expected
to be an evening that most will find unique and amusing with many prizes
on offer in the form of The Entrance Ticket Draw, Dancing Competitions,
as well as few other surprises.
A percentage of the evenings ticket sales will be donated to the Lt.
General Denzil Kobbekaduwa Trust for assisting the under-privileged families
of the disabled soldiers of Sri Lanka.
Christmas with Stars of 70's
A special X'mas show with Stars of 70's will be held at Bishop's College
Auditorium on December 15.
Although it's a X'mas show, the usual hit songs of the Stars of 70's
will be sung as usual. There will be a few X'mas songs like "Bethlehem
Pure" by Anil Bhareti and "Kalakata Pere e Bethleheme" by Dharmaratne Brothers.
Even the dances by Channa Wijewardene's troupe and the stage decor will
be in keeping with the festive season.
"I have done a few changes for this show where artistes are concerned,
there will be no Interval and the show will go on without a break and will
finish at 10.00 p.m. with the final medley of some hit songs of the 70's
where all the artistes join in. This time there will be both western and
oriental songs of the 70's," Annesley Malawana said.
The star studded line-up will feature Annesley Malawana, Indrani, Irangani,
Sunil and Piyal of Gypsies, Rajiv Sebastian, Joe B. Perera, Errol and Maria
Fernando, Anil Bhareti, Dharmaratne Brothers, Merril Fernando, Roy Fonseka,
Stanislaus and Milroy of Los Flamingos, Sohan Weerasinghe, Dalreen Suby
and Priya Pieris. Musical backing will be by Mahesh and Simple and the
Emcee for the evening will be Vijaya Corea.
'Romeo Juliet': tender love story
The story line of the teledrama "Romeo Juliet" which has certain similarities
to Shakespeare's world famous love story is telecast every Friday at 8.30
pm on Rupavahini channel
The mini-play directed by Sunil Costa to the production of Samanmali
Hewamanne is a love story between a girl and a boy coming from two powerful
families and continues amidst much opposition from the parents.
The young couple, Nirmal and Samudini fall in love meeting at a computer
class. Born in to two well to do families the affair of the couple proceed
with the support of everyone in the class. The relationship of the well-suited
young hearts continues with the blessings of everyone in their class.
But the parents of both the parties who were business rivals disapproved
the combination and took every step to break it. In addition the two parties
were also fighting with each other to obtain a tender. Meanwhile Samudini's
brother assaults Nirmal and this causes a dramatic turn in the affair.
As a reply Nirmal's father employs his subordinates to beat Samudini's
When the two families were fighting with each other the helpless young
couple run away to a remote village with the help of a friend they met
in the computer class. The parents of both the parties come in search of
them but fail to persuade them to return home. Would the end of love story
between Nirmal and Samudini be another "Romeo Juliet"?
The special feature of "Romeo Juliet" is that seven youngsters are introduced
to the small screen. And the seven songs in the teledrama are sung by Luxman
Wijesekara,Neela Wickremasinghe, Samitha Mudunkotuwa, Raju Bandara and
Indika Upamali to the lyrics written by acclaimed lyricists Dr. Sunil Ariyaratne,
Kapila Kalinga Kumara and Bandula Nanayakkarawasam. Music is directed by
young music director Navaratne Gamage.
The cast members in the stellar lineup include Nipul Thewarapperuma,
Awanthi Wickremaratne, Ishan Gammudali, Roshana Ondachchi, Chamika Weerasinghe,
Asela Jayakodi, Shashika Jayakodi and Pramood Thevarapperuma.
'Along Came a Spider'
By Sanath Weerasuriya
"Along Came a Spider," a detective thriller starring Morgan Freeman, is
the latest attraction at the Liberty Cinema Colombo.
"Along Came a Spider" is directed by Lee Tamahori.
Adapted from James Patterson's best selling first novel in the acclaimed
Alex Cross series, "Along Came a Spider" finds three-time Academy Award
nominee Morgan Freeman reprising his role as criminal profiler Alex Cross.
Monica Potter star opposite Freeman and Michael Wincott as the main
Penelope Ann Miller, Michael Moriarty and Mika Boorem too star in this
In "Along Came a Spider", a psychological suspense thriller, Morgan
Freeman reprises his role as the Washington, D.C. police detective and
psychologist who is through playing mind games with criminals - that is
until a methodical predator, Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) commits a daring
kidnapping and lures Cross into the case.
Soneji's not out for ransom, he wants something much bigger - a place
in the history books. His every move is planned with the precision of a
spider spinning his web, and Cross and Secret Service agent Jezzie Flanningan
(Monica Potter) are in a race against time to stop him, until Cross finds
out Jezzie is double crossing him.
"Along Came a Spider" is for a limited engagement only and "Flingstone"
will be at Liberty for the Christmas.
'Bopath Ella' new tele portrays social conflict
By Susitha R. Fernando
The teleplay "Bopath Ella" depicts two interesting aspects in today's society.
One deals with the break up of families due to parents irresponsibility
and the other is the political abuse of power.
The story is woven around the family of 'Anura Malwenna, an executive
in a private company and his wife 'Sama' who plays a role of a beloved
wife and a responsible mother to her two daughters "Himaya" and "Hashini".
Anura carries on with his wife's only sister, Inoka and Sama is clueless
about the drama being enacted in the background.
The drama centres on an incident involving the family's elder daughter
Himaya who with some of her friends including her boyfriend 'Tharindu'
goes to Bopath Ella on a picnic.
Unexpectedly a fight breaks out between Himayas group and another which
had some political influence. The fight ends with Himaya falling unconscious
after being injured in the scuffle. She is rushed to the hospital and her
mother, Sama gets disturbed by the incident.
But Anura, Himaya's father who had gone to Nuwra Eliya on a business
trip returns to hospital hurriedly. This rouses Sama's suspicion as to
how her husband could have returned from Nuwara Eliya so soon.
Upset by her husband's conduct and daughter's critical condition Sama
looks helpless but Tharindu, Himaya's boy friend, distressed by the events
Sama begins, to treat Tharindu as her own son. Using the relationship between
Sama and her would be son-in-law, Anura and Inoka ridicules Sama.
Meanwhile the leader of the rival party who fought during the picnic
being the son of a powerful politician in the area had threatened Tharindu
several times even after the incident. One day Tharindu and one of his
friends were assaulted by some unknown gang and this resulted in his being
too admitted to hospital.
Disheartened Sama meets one Piyaratne on her regular visits to the temple
to hold 'Bodhi Pooja' to invoke blessings on her sick daughter.
Meanwhile Inoka, influences Anura' to leave his family to live with
her. And Piyaratne's counselling helps Sama to get rid of her distressful
But Anura gangs up with Akman to settle scores over the previous incident.
Sama realising that her daughter and fiancé were affected by
what his ex-husband was doing seeks the support of Piyaratne to get the
youngsters away from the dangerous trap they were caught up in.
The principle roles in 'Bopath Ella' are played by H. A. Perera, Rangana
Premaratne, Priya Ranasinghe, Janak Premalal, Myuri Samarasinghe and Anusha
Chandraratne Mapitigama, has written the script and directed the teleplay.
Jagath Wickremasinghe handles the music score.
'Ambu Daruwo':Sudath Rohana's new creation
"Ambu Daruwo," an inspiring teledrama in the style and scope of a cinematic
epic, begins telecast over Rupavahini on Monday December 3, promising audiences
a new experience in the craft.
Directed and scripted by the award-winning Sudath Rohana, a veteran
of 17 teledramas, "Ambu Daruwo" is the second major presentation to television
viewers this year by Swadeshi Industrial Works Limited, the pioneer herbal-based
personal care products company.
Showcasing the talents of one of the biggest casts in local teledrama
history, "Ambu Daruwo" is based on the popular 1973 novel by Jayasena Jayakody.
Its story spans four generations and 50 years of Sri Lankan life in
an era when the country was being overtaken by "modern" conveyances like
the bicycle and the automobile.
This transformation of rural Sri Lankan life between the 1920s and the
1970s makes for imagery that will be evocative and nostalgic for older
generations and educating for the younger, Director Rohana says. Skilfully
juxtaposed with this imagery is the simple, but strong message of Jayakody's
story, that the bonds of marriage are even strong and more enduring than
"Ambu Daruwo", which was shot over 102 days on location in Sandalankawa,
Nikweratiya, Galle and Panagoda, stars Malini Fonseka, Champa Sriyani,
Indrajith Nawinna, P.R. Perera, Palitha Silva, Damitha Abeyratne, Damayanthi
Fonseka, Sathischandra Edirisinghe, Kanchana Mendis, Roshan Pilapitiya,
Milinda Perera, Lakshman Mendis, Menike Attanayake, Manori Fonseka, Malkumari
Geetharani and several other accomplished actors.
A feature of the teledrama is that the same actors played the role of
the young as well as the aged characters assigned to them. This was a challenge
to the actors as well as to the make-up artists, since some of the characters
had to age 50 years as the story progressed, Director Sudath Rohana added.
The 37-episode teledrama by the herbal soap pioneer will be telecast
over Rupavahini at 8.30 p.m. every Monday, commencing December 3.
Movies Under Stars at 9.30 pm
As school holidays are around the corner, children and parents alike are
gearing up to spend quality time together. Taking this fact into consideration
Mount Lavinia Hotel has changed the timing of the 'Movies Under The Moon'
from 11 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. to cater to the requirements of the younger audience.
The time change also reintroduces the much-loved 9.30 p.m. show to Sri
"Pearl Harbour" will be screened by popular demand on December 15 and
"Doctor Zhivago" will come alive on December 8.
Sri Lankan Cultural Show (above) and Promotion Team at WTM in new Cricket
'British Heritage'at WTM :Boost for tourism
'Cricket : a British Heritage' was the theme of this year's Sri Lankan
Pavilion at the recently concluded "World Travel Market 2001"
A strong contingent of tourism industry members including Sri Lankan
Airlines together with Sri Lanka Tourist Board promoted Sri Lanka with
this theme at the World Travel Market 2001 at Earls Court London, which
was held from November12-15.
WTM is considered the global event for the travel industry promoting
domestic, inter-regional and international travel throughout the world.
It is held annually in London as one of the main global series of travel
A total of 53 companies participated including 3 regional hoteliers
associations. A special encouragement was given to the regional hoteliers
to represent the Beruwala, Ruhuna and Hikkaduwa regions. Sri Lanka Tourism
made a stronger representation than ever before with a delegation of 120
representatives which was the highest represented to-date at WTM.
Sri Lanka Tourism featured a Cricket Pavilion with a floor area of over
275 sq. mts. with an upper deck serving as the balcony lounge. Each day
of the trade fair, Sri Lankan representatives featured an unique attire
drawing much attention to Sri Lanka brand. Sri Lanka 'A Land Like No Other"
T-shirts, Cricket T-shirts and national costumes were featured adding much
colour and vibrancy. Tea was served by courtesy Dilmah Tea to all visitors.
Sri Lanka Tourism Awards Night held at Churchill Intercontinental, London
on the second day of the trade fair, 13th November presented a spectacular
celebration of awarding top performing tour operators and airlines in UK.
The event was held for the forth consecutive year and attracted key industry
personalities of travel and tourism industry. H.E. Mangala Moonasinghe,
The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in UK graced the occasion and presented
awards to top performing UK Tour Operators. A total of 23 awards were presented.
The evenings programme commenced with an audio/video presentation. "Sri
Lanka Beyond Beaches: Nature, Culture, Adventure" followed by a traditional
Sri Lankan dinner. Key personalities of the British tourism industry representing
Association of British Travel Agents and Pacific Asia Travel Association
UK Chapter were present together with UK Tour Operators.
A new consumer brochure by Sri Lanka Tourist Board UK branch was launched
especially for the UK market. Sri Lanka Travel Manual, a new reference
tool to provide information to front line marketing and sales staff of
tour operators and travel agents was launched at the WTM this year. This
initiative supports SLTB's efforts to strengthen the education and awareness
level of Sri Lanka as an attractive holiday destination. The Hoteliers
Association of Sri Lanka introduced a comprehensive and a colourful hotel
directory featuring Sri Lanka's best products on offer.
To draw more visitors to the Sri Lankan pavilion a competition, "Win
a holiday like no other" carried out and this drew as much as 750 entries
to the Sri Lanka booth. Four offers of a dream trip to Sri Lanka flying
SriLankan Airlines from any of its direct ports worldwide with all ground
arrangements for 5 nights and 6 days holiday including hotels provided
by a local company were awarded to 4 lucky winners from Switzerland, UK
Entertainment provided by Channa-Upuli dance troupe and local musician
Jagath Wickremasinghe kept the audience enthralled at WTM stand and at
Sri Lanka Tourism Awards Night Dinner. Special cultural performances at
WTM Centre stage was twice carried out.
Currently, Sri Lanka is registering a strong come back and has been
cited as the 'Come Back Country' in TTG Asia in its early October issue.
The Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation provided additional support
to the industry members participating at WTM and offered grant assistance
to cover participation costs. A total of Rs. 10 million was made available
for this purpose.
WTM delegation was led by the , Sri Lanka Tourist Board Chairman Renton
De Alwis and included Ananda Liyanage, Board Member of the SLTB and Ms.
Charmarie Maelge, Director Marketing of the SLTB.