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Chandani : Taking it one step further

By Sanath Weerasuriya

Popular songstress Chandani Hettiarachchi will be releasing her latest album titled ‘Sandu Avilla’ on Sunday, September 20.

This will be her third album, which will be produced under the label M Entertainment. The launching of the website – along with the release of the album ‘Sandu Avilla’ will be held at the Galadari Hotel.

The new album will be inclusive of ten Sinhala original songs and one English original track. The album had been produced under the guidance of musical directors – Mahinda Bandara, Kasun Kalhara, Chandralal Fonseka, Chaminda Hemarathna, Lanthra Perera and Ayesha Singhawanse.

Chandani Hettiarachchi has been in the field of music since 1980 well beyond the confines of an ‘Artist’…..From the age of 14 years she has been developing her talent to a great extent and has come a long way reaching many heights in life. Born in Matara, she moved to Colombo after joining hands with the most popular band at that time ‘Seac Entertainment’. For 15 years she was with this band paying her contribution as the female vocalist of the band.

Turning back the pages of her life she said ‘I came up with a lot of great difficulty facing all the thorns and rough edges in life’. The process of laying the solid foundation to her musical career was no easy task, during which time she lost her father – who was the bread winner of her family. Right from the very beginning she has shown her talent and capabilities not just in the eastern arena but also in the western field as well, catering to a large number of listeners. She takes part in overseas tours as when requested of her… She is the only Sri Lankan artiste who has performed in Albert Theatre hall in UK (1994).

At present she performs with her band C&C in number of the five star hotels in the city. She provides a variety of music ranging from Country to alternative rock.

Chandani has released two of her early CD albums named ‘Vilasitha’ and ‘Yasa Angana’ few ye4ars back. Chaminda Hemarathne is also a talented musician who contributes a major role to the band C&C on vocals and keyboards. He has contributed his talent into four songs in this new album. He is the leader of the band and is the husband of Chandani Hettiarachchi while been very supportive towards the home front as well.

Jacqualine Hettiarachchi, the daughter of Chandani Hettiarachchi also contributes a major role on vocals to the band C&C.

Educated at St. Lawrence’s School, Jacqualine started her musical career at the age of 17. Although she helped the band on vocals on a timely basis during her school career, she now contributes her time fully while playing a major role in the band.

Jacqualine has formed a unique style of singing which is quite different from most vocalists. She contributes her talent on vocals to three songs in the new release – ‘Sandu Avilla’.

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