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.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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.
the winners of contest no. 69 . The winners of two Sony original
CDs are Natalie Raymond of Ratmalana and Brian Sundarasinghe
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
winners are Sharon Bertus of Kandana, Allan Friskin of Horana,
Ruwantha Jayasinghe of Kandy, Sajith Chaminda of Bandarawela
and Aruna Shamal Edirisinghe of Chilaw.
on tour againBy Sanath Weerasuriya
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.