awards for journalists
awarding ceremony for the first batch, which had successfully completed
the journalism course conducted by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation
(SLBC) was held with the participation of Media Minister, Imithiaz
Marker at Ananda Samarakoon Memorial studio, recently.
Chairman Dammika Ganganath Dissanayake, in his address said the
institute that was established solely to train its own staff has
opened its doors to outsiders to cater to the needs of the media
establishment as a whole. Since highly qualified lecturers conducted
the Institute courses very high standards are maintained to help
the trainees to gain lucrative employment.
Studies, Tilina Samarasuriya in the course of his address said the
latest teaching methods are being adopted while laying greater emphasis
on developing the inner skills of each individual.
With the introduction
of such methods it was possible to produce media personnel able
to meet any situation with self confidence.
He also said
that the institute was fully equipped today and had the necessary
resources to conduct such courses.
delivered the key address at the ceremony.
With a view
to provide a better training the Institute enrolls only a limited
number of trainees specially between 20 to 25 a batch, he said which
adding it was the institute's intention to provide courses in journalism,
and other related activities.
technology for Rupavahini
Susitha R. Fernando
It is no secret that the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation
is a leader and pioneer in the field of communication in this country.
It seeks to provide quality programmes in education, entertainment
and current affairs islandwide. Its popularity stems from the awareness
that catering to the audience need comes first and not profit orientation.
This was clearly
seen in 1998 when the viewers in Kalutara district and the south
couldn't get a clear signal due to the obstruction of the Rakwana
and Adam's Peak mountain ranges. Due to the curvature of the earth
these mountain ranges throw their shadows. When it was found that
placing the main transmission tower at a height of 2500 metres in
Piduruthalagala the highest point in the island was not adequate
to cover the whole island. The SLRC decided to erect a transposer
at Ensalwatte in Deniyaya. This solved the problem and viewers were
satisfied when a clear signal resulted. With the advent of 'Channel
Eye' viewers were faced with the problem of receptivity once again.
Investing on equipment produced by the prestigious German technological
firm Rod and Sworts Rupavahini began to operate the new transmitter
on February 8, at 11.33 am being the auspicious time for the new
project. This machine which operates with liquid cooler using a
micro controller is the first of its kind to be had in Sri Lanka.
hopes to increase its audience by more than three million with the
help of this new equipment. Viewers in the district of Matara Galle
Hambantota, Monaragala, Kalutara and Ratnapura are our target. This
new signal will reach more than 700,000 television used by our viewers.
The new signal
is transmitted on UHF 41 for Channel Eye and UHF 39 Rupavahini and
there is no need to adjust once antenna. The television has to be
tuned and for viewers convenience signals are transmitted on UHF
exposure for Antonios
In October last year five couples from Antonios Dance School
(ADS) representing Sri Lanka took part in the Junior, Novices and
Pre-Amateur categories at the 15th Singapore Internatioanl Championships
organized by Sunny Low Dance.
Toni of Antonios
Dance School said their trip to Singapore was very successful. The
five couples were just stepping into the competition field and had
never danced in an International event.
very first time in Sri Lanka, we had a couple entering the Junior
under twelve category and the thrilling moment was when Thishane
Hettiarachchi and Tharini Navaratne danced their way from the heats
to quarter finals and to the semi's and were placed sixth among
seven finalists", he said.
A great achievement
and a thrilling moment was when Sri Lankan representatives Michelle
Mortier and Thushan Hettiarachchi were adjudged 2nd place in the
Novices Latin category. It didn't end there for Sri Lanka, when
Randika Comeste and Nadeeka Shiromani were placed fourth and yet
again came in ADS with Kalpa Navaratne and Tashya Hettiarachchi
(who are under 15 years old ) coming in sixth place.
indeed was day to remember, three couples form Antonios Dance Circle
taking away 2nd, 4th and 6th place in the Novices Latin category",
to be given to Tony for the training he put the couples through.
It indeed was the training, hard work and dedication in which the
couples put themselves through, that brought so much of results
for Antonios and it was definitely worthwhile. Considering the high
competition they faced with participants from Singapore, Malaysia,
Taiwan, Hongkon, China and Indonesia and with a panel of international
adjudicators, it is definitely creditable.
being the highest qualified dance teacher in the Country says that
our dancers have got a lot of talent, but unfortunately most of
them do not make it to the top, due to lack of technique. If we
want to get placed or win in Amateur events Internationally, our
schools must start teaching medal classes. Toni has now reverted
to medal classes since last year, hoping the standard of dancing
will get to its peak and we will have healthy competition
Lokayak' on Sony label
Lokayak" a brand new album under the Sony label by Saman Jayantha
Perera is now on sale.
Lokayak" is Sam's first album, and is produced under the Sony
label by M. Entertainment Private Limited.
Perera's interest in music began at a very young age and his talents
were nurtured by his parents who were both musical.
is the late Hyginous Perera, a teacher by profession who served
Chris King College for thirty years. He was school Physics teacher,
but also found time to train the choir. He was both a good musician
and singer, which led him to bring under his tutelage the Choisters
of the church of St. Peter and Paul in Katunayake.
Helan Tissera too had musical initiative. Following the footsteps
of her own father who was a very famous band master in his own area,
Kulamulla Waikkala. In the 1970's Helen conducted the St. Sebastian's
Church choir in 1980 and trained its Hevisi band.
Under the happy
tutelage of his parents and the musical atmosphere that prevailed
in his home, Jayantha learnt by the age of 12 to play both the organ
and drums. He showed skill in the execution of both instruments.
He was also a member of the St. Sebastian Church Choir at the time
under the training of his mother.
years first at Christ King College Tudella and later at St. Joseph's
College Colombo, he won 12 awards for music evidencing showing his
All his siblings
- three sisters and a brother - too showed an aptitude for music,
and were all members of the church choir. They too are able to play
When he was
15 he became the official organizer of St. Sebastian's church. He
took on the role of entertaining the congregation and provided music
at church gatherings. For a number of years, he organized a carol
The year 1987
saw Saman venture as a solo artist - he organized his first musical
show with his siblings, the programme aptly titled "Soyuru
Gee Sandella" was quite a success. He followed up with a second
show at FTZ grounds Katunayake. Backed by the popular group Marians
this too was a great success.
In 1989 Saman
began composing his own music. His first song "Milina Malaki"
was selected for an all island song writing competition. He then
went to learn from great Clarence Wijewardana. This was his real
venture into the professional music field. His efforts bore fruit
in 2002, when Sirasa radio began airing his songs.
his parents for the inspiration and guidance, wife Shanaki and family
members for their support and appreciation entertainment, musicians
and lyricists for helping him realise his dream and all those who
wish him well in his music career.