and Nuwan:Partners behind the creations
By N. Dilshath Banu
Away from the spotlight, two different people, yet holding a common
bond, weave the tuneful web around world of Sri Lankan music.
They are neither singers nor the ones that spark the stage with
the glittering light. Yet, the important roles they play are not
unnoticed. One is called the 'God Father of the Studio Production
of Sri Lanka', while the other is recognized through the instruments
he plays. It's Ranga Dassanayake and Nuwan Balasooriya, better known
as flute Nuwan.
Ranga, life rotates fast. "I sit on my chair and start to do
work, rarely checking the time. And when I check it, it's nearly
evening," he says and starts to narrate how he became what
he is now.
saga for music didn't start in the early stages, even though he
had a great resource with him, his late father, Sarath Dassanayake,
who is a well-recognized music composer.
started music from 5th grade as a result of having music as a subject
and not with an intention of getting into music. But I happened
to play all kinds of instruments and learnt the basic music. However,
as I didn't want to focus on music as my career, I did science for
my Advanced Level, and wanted to be a doctor," he said.
Advanced Level, things changed for Ranga and he ended up composing
fifty to sixty music tracks for films with his father, as he didn't
have anything at that time. In 1992, Ranga joined in a Production
House and learnt sound engineering and basic layer of mixing the
music. Two years later, he worked in another advertising agency
for five years, and composed music for many TV commercials"
1999, Ranga took a major step in his career. "All these years
I learnt music through my jobs, but I felt the need for me to polish
the qualifications I had through experience. So I decided to go
abroad and study music academically. I studied in NYU in and did
Sound Engineering for 2 years. In US, I gained a lot of insight
into music and worked with different people who brought different
talents in to the class. However, I really didn't want to entangle
myself into too technical matters and confuse myself, but learnt
everything that I need to know to be the one I am today," he
asserting with two years of academic qualification, Ranga came back
to Sri Lanka and started his own production company-Hit factory.
And the long-waited dream of Ranga came true when many artistes
came to mix their music.
"Music comprises of single layers and when we combine all the
sounds, we call it mixing the music," says the popular mixer
of the music.
Ranga is on top of the world, he doesn't want to get caught to the
spotlight. "I wanted to do my job right which will give me
satisfaction and that's it," he said.
blowing the flute according to his own rhythm, flute Nuwan started
his career since his school days and proud of winning the Best Flutist
Award consecutively from 1984-1992.
I had an interest in music when I was schooling, my music career
started in 1985 when I was creating music for the children’s
Orchestra 'Udara' I had an interest in music when I was schooling,
but my music career started in 1985 while working in the children’s
Orchestra in Rupavahini, with Rohana Weerasinghe," he said.
Advanced Level, Flute Nuwan played flute for Dr.Sarathchandra's
Maname, Sinhabahu and many other stage plays for nearly 10 years.
Then he passed the Visharadha Exam in Kelaniya University and started
to work in the SLBC Orchestra while heading the St.Peter’s
College School Band.
Nuwan knew Ranga while he was producing music for commercials and
many others had introduced him to the well-known artistes. Then
things fell into the correct line and Nuwan was ultimately titled
with the existing style, Flute Nuwan has introduced his own style
of blowing the eccentric music with his flute. "I experiment
sounds at my ease and finally find new tunes, which amazes me and