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SLBC awards for journalists
Certificate 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 Bakeer Marker at Ananda Samarakoon Memorial studio, recently.

The Corporation 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.

The Director 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.

Dileepa Abeysekera 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.

New technology for Rupavahini
By 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.

The Corporation 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 41.

International 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.

"For the 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.

"This indeed was day to remember, three couples form Antonios Dance Circle taking away 2nd, 4th and 6th place in the Novices Latin category", he added.

Credit has 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.

Toni Fernandez 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

'Aluth Lokayak' on Sony label
"Aluth Lokayak" a brand new album under the Sony label by Saman Jayantha Perera is now on sale.

"Aluth Lokayak" is Sam's first album, and is produced under the Sony label by M. Entertainment Private Limited.

Saman Jayantha Perera's interest in music began at a very young age and his talents were nurtured by his parents who were both musical.

His father 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.

His mother 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.

During school years first at Christ King College Tudella and later at St. Joseph's College Colombo, he won 12 awards for music evidencing showing his ample talent.

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 different instruments.

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 service.

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.

Saman thanks 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.

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