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'Great Sri Lankan Rock Festival'
'The Levis Great Sri Lankan Rock 2003' is the event focused on providing a platform that would not only encourage Sri Lankan artistes to perform in India, and vice versa.

This Rock concert will be held at the Viharamaha Devi open air stadium on February 8. Under the said event, a talent search would be conducted culminating on January 31 and five Sri Lankan bands will be selected.

All bands who have original songs are eligible to enter this competition and they should submit their demo tapes before January 31.

The selected five bands will be on stage, at 'Great Sri Lankan Rock Festival' on February 8.

The winner will be flown to India to take part in 'Levis Great Indian Rock Festival 2003' in Delhi on February 22 and 23.

This festival will feature the winning twelve bands of Indian competition and the Sri Lanka band.

The grand winner will be going to USA as understudy to top rock bands in world music industry.

Last year's winner in India 'Orange Street' too will be in action in Colombo with five Lankan bands.

This will be an ideal opportunity for Lankan talent. Contact TV Times, Yes FM or MTV for details.

The top songs of the Sri Lankan bands will be released on a compilation CD. This compilation CD will be released in both Sri Lanka and India through the RSJ magazine the organisers of the project.

Old Anandian's '95 Showdown
'70's To Millennium', the popular musical show will be held on January 24 at the National Youth Centre Maharagama at 6.30 p.m.

The show is organised by 'Old Anandian's '95 Group' in order to raise funds for their charity projects. As the main project for the year 2002/03, the Group has decided to launch a Scholarship Fund with the objective of financially assisting the needy students at Ananda. The show will feature La Ceylonions, Deepal Silva, Susil Fernando, Priyantha Fernando, Indrani Perera, A.E. Manoharan, Ronnie Leitch, Rajiv Sebastian, Ranil Mallawarachchi, Rukantha and Chandralekha, Nirosha Virajini, 'Dayan and Lakshman' and 'Bathiya and Santhush'.

Classical music recital by Sanath Nandasiri
Sangeeth Nipun Sanath Nandasiri will present an evening of classical and semi clasical music on January 24 at 6.30 p.m. at the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo.

Sanath Nandasiri is a classical singer as well as a semi classical creative singer. He had studied music for nine years in India and obtained Vishrad in tabla and vocal music in 1959-1965 period. During the period 1990-1993, he graduated as Vocal Nipun at Bathkande Sangeeth Vidyapith at Lucknowand .

On returning to his homeland he joined as an Instructor of the Government Music College. When the College assumed university status and was affiliated to the University of Kelaniya, he served as a senior lecturer and as the Head of the Dept. of Music at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies.

Sanath Nandasiri has devoted his entire life to imparting music and performing. His varied capabilities in the music field are indeed a rare phenomenon. He has gained fame in the classical field of music, in the film world as well as art music. He has won a State award and many other awards from other organisations for his contribution towards the field of classical and semi classical music.

Mr. Nandasiri studied tabla under eminent exponents in India such as Ahamad Jhan Thirakwa and vocal music under equally distinguished artiste G. Ustad Mokshat Ali, Pandit Hari Shanker Misra and Ustad Rahimudeen Khan Daga.
The recital is open to the public free of charge.

"Buy Originals Only"
Home Entertainment & Communications Ltd. (HECL) is the pioneering promoter of the original VCD and VHS cassettes in Sri Lanka. TV Times joined in hand to promote popular movies and music on original VCD and VHS. This will boost the copyrights of artistes, actors, actresses, lyric writers, music and film directors, producers etc.

'TV Times & Entertainment' in collaboration with Home Entertainment and Communications Ltd. (HECL), launched a monthly quiz in last September to help the project "Buy Originals Only" and this is the fifth leg of the competition.
To win an original VCD dic or original VHS cassette of your choice from Home Entertainment & Communications Ltd. (HECL), all you need to do is to answer the January 2003 Question in the Coupon on TV Times( Given below) and send it pasted on a post card to 'Home Entertainment & Communications Ltd., Liberty Cinemas Building, 35, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 3 on or before January 31.

The answer to theJanuary quiz will be published on the first Sunday of February 2003.

The December quiz was - 'Who plays 'Rock Star' in the movie of that title'
The lucky winner of this Quiz will be entitled to one original VCD disc or one original VHS cassette of he/her choice from Home Entertainment & Communications Ltd. (HECL). The answer to the December Quiz is " Mark Whalberg".

The lucky winner is Sasanke Jayawardena of 67A, Heenpandala Road, Galle. The winner could call over with his/her ID Card and collect the prize from the above address between 9.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. on any weekday.

6th Lane for 'Nirvanaya'
By Sanath Weerasuriya
'Sixth Lane' is the name of the newst trio in the Lanka's music scene.
Their debut album consisisting fourteen varied songs named 'Nirvanaya' will be launched early next month.

Hiran Tenuwara, Charles Lakshan and Chamath Janaka started their musical career way back in 1999. They started creating their own songs and some of their songs are now fetured on radio.

Swarnavahini's popular teen programme 'Heart Beat' was their launching pad to the world of music and they have become quite popular among teenagers with their song 'Wassanaya'. 'Nirvanaya' album is a collection of rock, rap, country and garage music.

'Ramayanaya,' 'Tea Leaves', 'Mamini' and 'Mal Pethlhak' are rap songs and the song 'Aale' is a country song.

The title song 'Nirvanaya' has a popular type rhythm and 'Sanda Wahtiye' is a hard rock song sung by leader Hiran.

'Nube Kandulata', 'Dinayaka Obama' 'Samada' and 'Amma' are too popular songs among fans.

'We will be releasing our debut album soon and hope to give few a visual status, Hiran said.

'Sanda Wathiya' is a hard rock song on Swarnavahini's 'Heart Beat' and we will be doing their second visual for the programme soon he said.

They have four more tracks and will be selecting two songs for the album.
'We haven't finalized the rest of the two songs, but we have done four songs already, they said.

'Sixth Lane' is planning to have a debut concert soon.
'But it will be after the launch and we are going to invite all new talents on to the stage they said.

Nadine : The latest talent machine
Our cover girl Nadine is a multi talented musician, who bagged 'Young Musician of the Year' title in 1998 and has become a finalist of showboat Karaoke Championship 2001 and 2002.

18-year-old Nadine is a past pupil of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya.

'I started my music career at the age of 3 with my mother from whom I learned my basics. I commenced Piano lessons at the age of 5 and since passed Grade 8 of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, London under the guidance of Soundarie David.' She said.

Presently she is preparing for the ABRSM Diploma and ATCL.

'I commenced my singing lessons with Mrs. Irangani Wickramasinghe and thereafter with Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu and has passed grades 7 & 8 from the Royal School of Music and Trinity College of Music London respectively and is currently preparing for the Diploma'. Nadine explained. She won prizes at exams and competitions and have also taken lessons in Violin, Ballet, Speech & Drama and passed exams in these disciplines as well.

'My first public performance was at the age of 10. I wish to further my studies in Muisc and develop my own style in singing. I hope to be a performer in Paino and singing while my ultimate goal would be to record my originals and make them popular in my country and abroad. I also take pleasure in singing Gospel Music. I am planning to have my own music school and share my God given talents with the future generation." she emphasises.

Nadine is planning to embark on a great singing career in the Sri Lankan Music scene in the near future. Already she had a couple of stints with a popular band.

Bonsoir for Bookworms
Bonsoir this week is all about books, established French writers and those trying to make a name for themselves; Paris based publishing houses and very special little bookshops and lending libraries in Maradana.

Bonsoir Team will also be taking a look at a major event which took place in Paris when the ashes of Alexandre Dumas the world known author of "The 3 Musketeers'' and "The Count of Monte Christo" were brought into the Pantheon; an 18th century monument which was once a church and later used to bury the ashes of people who had played an important role in France's past.

Bonsoir will also show the snippets of two painting exhibitions of Basil Cooray and Geethanjali Ranamukarachchi which took place at the Alliance Francaise of Colombo recently.

Bonsoir is produced by Sumaya Samarasinghe. The programme is presented by Aminta Paiva and narrated by Arnila Gunaratne.

Bonsoir @ 9.30 pm on Monday on Channel Eye

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