the light for others
Music is a talent that can be shared. Suresh David shares
it with everyone to bring peace into other hearts and make them
Light" is his new album released after a lapse of several years
since his debut album 'Son of Man'. "This album speaks about
Jesus Christ because He is the shining light. We can also be the
shining light through Him and set an example in the world we live
in," says Suresh who is currently in Sri Lanka on holiday.
composing at the age of 15 when he got his first guitar from his
mother. "I have no training, but after a certain incident in
my life I was really disappointed and just took the guitar and began
playing," Suresh says explaining how he got started. "Then
it just came. Until then, I had never realized that I had the talent
currently resides in England, released his first album in 1980.
The album, which was recorded in Nigeria, contained his well-known
hit "Daddy". Later, Suresh went to England for higher
studies and became interested in the hotel trade where he now works
as a front office manager. Singing with other bands in England he
says that in the future he might get together with a local band
for a concert.
His new album
contains 17 originals that are mainly gospel songs, and also includes
the 80s super hit "Daddy". The album, which was recorded
in India, has songs from the different eras. "I composed all
the songs in this album about 20 years ago," says Suresh. "People
wanted me to re-release 'Daddy' again and the new version is more
dreamt of doing a gospel album and this is a dream come true,"
he explains. He believes that God has given him a talent that he
feels should be used for His glory. He also mentioned a special
song in the album "Land of God"; a song of peace and the
hope that peace will last in this country.
What the future
holds for him is not that clear but he hopes to release a commercial
album in another two or three years. "I just need the right
backing for it," he says.
to send 'Shining Light' to the United States to be sold at a few
Christian organisations. His hopes for the album are simple. "I
hope that people are inspired by my album. I want peace and happiness
to be brought into their lives through my songs"
Light" is available at Torana, Back to the Bible, United Christian
Book Shop (Basement Bible Society), Mabroc, Colombo 04 and Pragna,
brings you the best brands
Almost all of Sri Lanka's housewives and career women, who
run their households, are familiar with this name: Abans.
The Abans group
has many business interests; cellular phones, cleaning services,
advertising, export business, a travel company, and the agency for
MacDonalds in Sri Lanka.
85 retail outlets, and island wide sales and service centres, Abans
has certainly come a long way from the time it started as a small
shop on Galle Road, where household goods such as blenders and floor
polishers, were sold with a guarantee.
quite difficult to get started. At that time there was no open economy,
therefore I had to buy my goods from British and American sales
and sometimes from people who had bought household appliances from
abroad when they returned," says Mrs. Aban Pestonjee, the Managing
Director for Abans. "I wanted my customers to place their trust
in my goods, as that was important. Each item came with a guarantee,
as I would get down the spare parts."
She was driven
by two principles. One was the fact that she never took no for an
answer when the big companies in the UK were not so keen on sending
the items to her, and the other is the fact that she had a desire
to give the customer value for money.
changed in 1978, with the introduction of the open economy, she
I managed to get everything which I wanted such as the big UK brands
like Electrolux, Belling and Hoover.
The rest of
course is history Today with LG, the leading Korean brand at the
forefront, Abans are agents for many household brands from the international
- Thiruni Kelegama
festival of the performing arts
Thousands of young amateur performers seeking the experience
of public performance and a chance to be rated by an expert international
adjudicator will have such an opportunity later this year, at the
Sri Lankan Festival for the Performing Arts.
the Institute of Music, Speech and Speaking Skills, the three-month
long multi-disciplinary festival will be open to soloists, duets
and groups throughout Sri Lanka, including the north and east, the
festival's Organizing Directress Kamini Perera said.
is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals
for Music, Dance and Speech.
A British adjudicator
will judge performances, and performers will receive mark sheets,
certificates and medals.
aspect of this festival is that the overseas adjudicator travels
around the country over three months viewing performances in all
major towns and cities," Mrs. Perera said. "This provides
an opportunity to many performers who cannot afford to travel to
Colombo to participate in such events."
She said all
performances in Colombo and the provinces are open to the public
at a nominal entrance.
builds up to a grand final performance in Colombo for the exceptionally
talented participants who will receive trophies and special awards.
in the festival is by Class based on age groups. Entries for the
festival close March 14, and performances are scheduled for May,
June and July of this year.
will be accepted for performers in music (oriental/western instruments,
solo or choral singing) speech and drama (choral speaking, story
telling, news reading, bible reading, prose and sight reading, public
speaking, mime, improvisation, creative writing or acting of a poem
or drama) and dancing (classical ballet, freestyle, jazz, tap, folk,
national, character and modern, drumming and oriental or western
are due to take place in Colombo, Gampaha, Chilaw, Negombo, Puttalam,
Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Kandy, Bandarawela,
Diyatalawa, Badulla, Hatton, Ratnapura, Matugama, Kalutara, Galle,
Matara, Vavuniya, Jaffna, Trincomalee and Batticaloa.
are very popular in the UK and have been the starting point for
many professional performers of music, dance and drama," Mrs.
Perera said. "The objective of the Sri Lanka Festival for the
Performing Arts is to encourage and facilitate the development of
the performing arts in the country."
at a festival such as this provides participants an opportunity
to gain confidence as stage performers and also to compete with
other performers in the same discipline.
As the festival
is conducted annually, it also provides a continuous assessment
of the particular art form in which each competitor takes part and
his or her development becomes to gauge, she added.
The Sri Lankan
festival is registered as one of the international festivals in
the yearbook of the British and International Federation of Festivals.
The IMSSS is
an examinations unit providing island wide examinations in speech
and drama, speaking skills, writing skills, pianoforte and theory
of music to a set syllabus. Examinations are conducted throughout
the year at centres all over Sri Lanka.