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'Sooriya Daruwo' starts this Sunday
The first episode of the latest tele film "Sooriya Daruwo" by Nalan Mendis director of popular dramas "Du Daruwo", "Nedayo", "Asal Wesiyo" and "Sathpura Wesiyo" is to be screened on Rupavahini from today at 8.30 pm. The director has a big cast with some leading figures in the teledrama scene. Some of them are Yashoda Wimaladarma, Roshan Pilapitiya, H. A. Perera, Channa Perera, Manel Jayasena, Wijeratne Warakagoda, Janak Premalal, Priya Ranasinghe, Srinath Maddumage and Deepani Silva.

The crew behind the screen in 'Sooriya Daruwo' are Sisira K. Senaratne as editor, W. Jayatissa make up, Chandana Arandara handling the camera and the art director is Mangala Fernando Talented musician Rohana Weerasinghe has directed the musical score while Sandya Mendis produced 'Suriya Daruwo'.

'Love, Whitney': Best love song collection
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Top singer Whitney Houston is the star of this week's 'Original Music Competition', which is organised by M- Entertainment in collaboration with TV Times.

With pure pop music melded to stunning beauty, Whitney Houston's star shines bright whether she is singing ballads, up-tempo dance material, the national anthem, or cola commercials. Coming from a solid musical background, this daughter of soul singer Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick debuted in 1985. Her first album, Whitney Houston, was the first in Billboard chart history by a woman to enter at number one, and with sales of 14 million copies, was the best-selling debut album of all time until Alanis Morrisette's Jagged Little Pill. She scored heavily on MTV with classy videos, helping to break the colour barrier originally knocked down by Michael Jackson.

Her second album, Whitney, was just as popular, scoring seven consecutive number ones in the US, shattering the previous record held by the Beatles.
After the disappointing performance of her third album, I'm Your Baby Tonight, Houston rocketed back to the top of the charts in late 1992 with the soundtrack from her first movie, The Bodyguard. The love theme from the movie, a version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," broke all previous sales and airplay records, becoming the biggest single in pop music history; it also won her an almost innumerable amount of awards, including several Grammys.

Her work on the soundtracks to Waiting to Exhale and her second film, The Preacher's Wife, tided fans over until she returned with a new album of her own, My Love is Your Love, in 1998. Get a load of these record breaking tracks and much more on "Love, Whitney" from Whitney Houston. This album boasts a collection of some of her best love songs and is a must for any Whitney Fan or otherwise. Available from all M Entertainment preferred dealers.

The Original CDs and Cassettes of this album are available at all M Entertainment preferred dealers and comes in a limited edition fan pack with includes a J.LO desk top calendar. All winners of previous contests can collect their prizes from Maharaja Entertainment (Pvt) Ltd., at 330, T.B. Jayah Mw., Colombo 10.

To enter this contest, all you have to do is to answer the question on the coupon No.73 and send it to the address given below. The address is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 73, C/o Maharaja Entertainments (Pvt.) Ltd., 330, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10. Tell: + 941672425-8, Fax + 941699070. E Mail:

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 of judges.
The entries should reach the above address by May14, 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. 69 . The winners of two Sony original CDs are Natalie Raymond of Ratmalana and Brian Sundarasinghe of Wattala.
Two audio cassette winners are Hasani Seneviratne of Kandy and Chanaka Perera of Kirulapone. 10% off gift Vouchers go to S.A. Ravinda Dissanayake of Gampaha, Janaka Abeysinghe of Colombo 6, Ms. Ratnasuriya of Kadawatha, Taira Ossman of Kottawa, Hashantha Samarawickrama of Kandana and Rozana Shahabdeen of Dehiwala.

Posters winners are Sharon Bertus of Kandana, Allan Friskin of Horana, Ruwantha Jayasinghe of Kandy, Sajith Chaminda of Bandarawela and Aruna Shamal Edirisinghe of Chilaw.

Chandimal on tour againBy Sanath Weerasuriya
'Chandimal and the 2nd Connection", popular one man band now turned a full band, will be flying to Doha, tomorrow for five performances at Doha Palace Hotel. The tour is sponsored by SriLankan Airlines and the band is due to perform for 'SriLankan Airlines Agents Awards Nite' in Doha as their main function of the tour. This is the fifth time the band is performing in Doha for SriLankan Airlines Night.

The band was in action at Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya during the last festive season. According to Chandimal, this year's New Year festival was the fifteenth consecutive new year party, they had played at the Grand Hotel for April Festival season.

"We will be in Dubai again by the end of this month for a ten-day tour in UAE with popular Latin American/Ball Room dancers of Sri Lanka" he said. Two top dancing couples will accompany the band 'Chandimal & The Second Connection' on their Dubai tour. Their Doha tour is sponsored by Kumudu Fonseka, the Financial Director of Palace Hotel and Sofitel.

Dutch Jazz & Food Fest
'Dutch Jazz and Food Festival' will be held at the Hilton from May 3 to June 8.
One and a half century years of Dutch presence in Sri Lanka indeed calls for a celebration. Hilton Colombo has jazzed up the Blue Elephant Garden from 7.00pm to 11.00pm on weekdays and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight specially for this occasion.

Piano blues - rhythmical, staccato, pounding, continuous bass patterns, blue notes - words that ring in the ears of Jazz music lovers will be on the cards at this festival. Pianist Andre Valkering will present an evening of 'Boogie Woogie' on weekends. Sri Lankan jazz musicians will also be in action at the festival.
The culinary masterpiece of Guest Chef Ruud Stein from the Netherland will be on hand with some wonderful Dutch dishes during this period

European Film Festival-2002
By Susitha R. Fernando
Doors of the Elphinstone theatre is now opened for European Film lovers with the screening of famous films at European Film Festival-2002. Beginning on May 3 the seven day event includes screening of ten films made in seven European countries - Sweden, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Italy, Denmark and Germany and free passes are available for enthusiasts at the Film Corporation and entrance to the theatre which is given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Today - May 5, The Netherlands film 'Based on the Novel' will be screened at 3.00 pm - The film parodies the Dutch movie world and is made in the tradition of Robert Altman's masterpiece, "The Player". The film starts as Director, Lars Schumann receives a prestigious award and is then asked to adopt a best selling novel for the screen. He has to select three young women to play the lead. Being in the running for the role has quite an impact on the lives of the three women.

The Italian film 'The Head is spinning' will be screened at 6.30 pm.'- A mysterious package is on the way from Balkans to the capital in Puglia. To deliver to its final destination is not easy and then something goes wrong. The package is lost then found again for a short time and then completely and definitely lost. 'Mifune'- a Danish film will bescreened at 3 pm on May 6. Mifune is a bitter-sweet drama about the totally topsy-turvy encounter of a group of very different characters on a dilapidated farm.

It depicts the animating encounter of opposites with delicacy, empathy and psychological disorder. The French film "Matter of Taste" will be screened at 6.30 pm on May 6. The French film 'Western' will be screened at 3 pm on May 7. Paco, the big Catalan meets Nino, a little Russian in the wild West. One pleases the ladies the other wants to please just one. They hike and dream aloud along the byways and flirt with the utopia of a commune filled with children.

Daens, Belgium film screened at 6.30 pm depicts the country in 1893. In the factories men, women and children work 13 hours a day in atrocious conditions resulting in a rising number of fatal avoidance. Motto, a young worker, leads a wildest strike. She enlists Father Adolf Daens' help. Father Daens soon finds himself in a head-to-head battle with not only with the businessmen and the monarchy, but Catholic Church officials as well.
German film 'Paradise' is to be screened at 3pm on May 8 and "No Trains No Planes" (The Netherlands) will be at 6 pm.

The loser Gerard comes to say good-bye to the other regulars and is set on his last day in the Cafe being a good one. He has brought a good-bye present for everyone. Unlike what he's being hoping Gerard's announced departure makes little impression, not even when he tries to avoid saying what he's really planning-to be going to Italy for good that evening.

On the final day-May 9 German film 'England!' will be screened at 3 and 6.30 pm . 'England!' is the story of the adventurer Valeri Sikorski from Chernobyl. When the doctors tell him that his days are numbered. Valeri takes off, England is his destination. But first, he travels to Berlin to pick up his old friend Victor-the dream of England is a shared promise of their youth. He warns to take him along but Victor has disappeared. And Valeri will look for him.
Titles are subject to change and the patrons are advised to check with the theatre prior to screening.

The film festival is organised by The Delegation of the European Commission to Sri Lanka, European Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and European Business Information Centre with the National Film Corporation.

Kothmale enters new field
"Sahiththya, Cinemawa, Natya Kalawa; Eda Meda Siriwisithuru" (Literature, Cinema and Theatre; It's Glory then and now) is a book of known and little known facts relating to Sri Lankan Literature, Cinema and Theatre written by veteran journalist Kothmale Sirisena.

Working as a sub editor on the 'Lankadeepa' newspaper, Kothmale has a number of works to his credit. The subjects dealt range from politics to arts and poetry. Versatility and the maturity of the author as a modern practitioner of the art of writing are evident in his book. Included in his latest are the lists of films which were nominated as the best 25 Sri Lankan films, Tamil films made here, films winning international awards and films screened at international film festival, English films made in Sri Lanka, incidents of special interest taken place in the Sri Lankan cinema scene and a list of all the films made since "Kadawunu Poronduwa" (Broken Promise) to the films made up to 2001.

Dealing with the Sri Lankan theatre the author has included a list of plays, the best actors and actresses beginning with the first State Drama Festival held in 1959. Another feature of this section dealing with the theatre is a list of playwrights and dramatists since John De Silva made his appearance.
In the chapter devoted to Sinhala literature Kothmale concentrates on giving the reader the names of award winning novels, short story books and poetry books and their writers.

To sum up the book could be an informative guide to both the students and the general reader with facts less known to many. Further the author has a style of his own and the felicity of language in the book is of a high order. Kothmale Sirisena, a graduate started his career as a sub-editor on the now defunct "Dawasa" newspaper in 1980 and later the "Lankadeepa". Leaving journalism which many felt was a sad loss Mr. Sirisena took to teaching in 1993 but being unable to resist the temptation to write returned to the "Lankadeepa" back in 2001.

'The Power of Dance' by Arpeggio
'Power of Dance' a dancing concert with novelty by the students of Arpeggio Dancing Academy will be held at the Elphinstone Theatre on May 11. Arpeggio' the dance troupe with a difference celebrated its eighth year in showbiz recently. 'Arpeggio' led by talented Nilan Maligaspe, has years of experience behind him as a choreographer and dancer in cinema and stage.
This ten piece dance group is based in Athurugiriya is much popular in Colombo and outstation circuits.

He is happy that much has been gained during the past few years. some of their major achievements during this period are participating in several 'Mega' shows all over the country, presenting an Arabian dance item in musical programme on ITN, a ballet dance in Rupavahini popular 'Yathra' programme sometime ago, presenting musical items in 'Mahajana Sampatha' lottery draw programmes, and many more.

'Power of Dance' is their biggest dance concert and the group is aiming at doing it differently mixing modern ballet with pop, rock and Eastern music.
"But we are hoping to do much more in the future. We are giving top priority to perform a show to those less fortunate brothers, sisters and elders of our country and a show for the benefit of the handicapped," Maligapse said.
People should help them as much as possible to wane away their sorrows.' he added. "Arpeggio" will also present a novel song and dance entertainment programme by joining hands with a popular band at this show.

"Arpeggio Dance Orchestra ' comprises Nilan, Indika Thilak, Chandeepa Priyadarshana, Menura Perera, Dinesh Kumara, Lasantha Kumara, Kalum Pushpa Kumara, Kamal Kumara,Asitha Kumara, Lakshitha Wijatunge, Chamila Lakmal, Amila Kuruppuarachchi, Manjula Prasad,Irosha Sandaruvani, twins Ruvini, Ruchira, Sugandi Ekanayake, Rashmi Amarasinghe, Hasitha Senanayeke, Divanthi Herath, Preethika Sanjeewani and Harshani. Most of the members perform with the group on special occasions.

Making the group members to be perfect on the job, Maligaspe intends training another group of youngsters talented in the craft. "Unless more innovative items and programmes are presented it would be difficult to carry on," he said.
However Maligaspe was critical that there are instances where artistes are more concerned on petty jealousies that spring up among themselves.
It's team work that succeeds. Not only in entertainment business, but in any work programme, success depends on this line of thinking and acting," he added.

Adamant and dedicated to keep several more successful steps ahead in the near future, Maligaspe has chosen Indika Thilak as deputy leader of the group to act on his behalf during his absence. "Indika Thilak is talented and is always ready to extend a helping hand for the benefit of the group", he said confidently.

Another proposal made by him is to include folk dance programmes and dance movements of other countries. At the show, the group will be featured the dances not only for Sinhala, Tamil and English songs but to popular Hindi, Japanese and even Arabic songs. The show is open for public free of charge. and mainly for the invitees only.

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