brings success for Janaka
Perera, a bar tender attached to Club Palm Bay Hotel, Marawila, became
the All Island Winner of the 11th Marie Brizard Cocktail Competition
which was held recently at Hotel Lanka Oberoi.
He also won
the "Kist Award" for the most innovative cocktail. His
winning cocktail was named "Ceasefire" and dedicated to
the current cessation of hostilities between the government forces
and the LTTE.
was organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates association and
Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka and sponsored by Free Lanka
Trading Company Pvt Ltd.
the National Competition, Janaka becomes eligible to take part in
the Annual Asia Pacific Region's Cocktail Competition which will
be held in Singapore in August 2002. Nishadha Periyapperuma, Director
Operations, York Hotel Management and the trainer of Janaka is confident
that he will do well to earn a place in Singapore.
In the year
2000, Lakshan Dandeniya of Club Palm Bay won the National Championship
and Subsequently, became the 2nd runner of the Asia Pacific Competition.
smell of 'Weralu' flowers
Kumari Munasinghe's maiden soothing anthology -Weralu Mal Pipila-
is like a splash of sunshine after a cloudy weather.
The album launched
last week at the John de Silva Theatre amidst a massive gathering
of stars of all shapes and sizes, dishes out 14 marvellous gems
or tuneful delicacies if one may call it.
album is titled 'Weralu Mal Pipila', the stress is indeed on Kumari
Sandalatha Munasinghe's singing aptitudes.
the better half of multi-talented artiste Jackson Anthony, widely
known as the 'Jack' who has mastered all trades in the glamour world
. Jackson who has ably supported his life partner in bringing out
her creative talents in the form of this album, has also offered
vocal support to her together with their daughter Madhawi Wathsala.
her way into limelight in 1977 with Neville Dias Subasinghe's Waruwen
Yana Minissu', Kumari has acted in several popular stage plays,
radio dramas and is also an SLBC A grade singer. Though her songs
are not being repeatedly played over radio , she has dozens of songs
to her credit.
transports us to another plane of enjoyment with sensitive lyrics
based on historical events and basic human emotions. And those words
which were waiting in the lyricists' hearts have come out in a melodious
spill in the album.
The bulk of
these songs that pursue your senses were rendered at the cassette
launch, backed by impressive dance performances handsomely presented
by Channa Wijewardene's troupe.
Wijesinghe, Jackson Anthony, Kelum Srimal, Bandula Nanayakkarawasam,
Yamuna Malani Perera, Wasantha Dukgannarala and Prasad Siriwardene
have penned their feelings into words, the music scores are by top
talented musicians in the scene today.
Pipila was produced by Samanpriya Marasinghe under Salithaya creations.
If I was asked
to single out the pick of the album, I'd end up mentioning a few
sentimental songs like the title song Weralu Mal, Ahasa Polowa Uhulanawalu,
Kawi Mal Pipena Tharaha Wela Yanna Giyath and Pipilada Sunimal.
In her songs,
Kumari Munasinghe has not only added true emotions to the lyrics
but has also stored those feelings in wonderful shapes which could
be sliced and treasured in our memories forever.