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‘The Kreators’ begins to create

By Sanath Weerasuriya

The popular band ‘Kreators’ are back in the saddle after a long silence to create their first album ‘Kreators Reborn 2010’.

In December 2009, with the arrival of their former member Ramesh from overseas for a vacation they have decided to give it a start to ‘Kreators’, and the other members Roshan, Ramesh and Dinesh started work on their debut album ‘Kreators Reborn 2010’with Ravihans and Hans Rock team with the guidance from Ravibandu Vidyapathi and his son Jith Vidyapathi. ‘We are planning to release our new songs in the early this year’ said Roshan Yehiya.

The Beginning of ‘Kreators’ was in 1999 with three school friends who were in the school band wanted to startup an instrumental band to show their talent and participate in competitions, where Roshan, Ramesh and Dinesh got together and formed a band.

Together have they won several competitions organized by other schools specially from School Interact Clubs, such as Collide-scope, Talent Search and many more.

Roshan and Dinesh played the traditional bamboo flutes while Ramesh backs them up with Sri Lankan traditional percussion instruments. Their most famous song was the ‘Sri Lankan Mix’ and it was featured in the Boney M-Rasputin Sri Lankan mix in year 2000 which was played on Air, when Boney M arrived in Sri Lanka.

‘In year 2000 we decided to change the name to Kreators where name indicates creativity’ he said. Then few other members joined the band Harsha on Guitar, Violin, Accordion, Banjo and Chamika on Keyboards. ‘With the name change and the talents of each one of them we decided that each member should at least play more than one instrument’ he added. So ‘The Kreators’ became the first Instrumental band to play many instruments with a few members in the band.

In 2001 Kreators got their first Manager Dinesh Soyza to manage the band’s non-musical activities. When Roshan and Ramesh were leaving the school they got their manager’s home to do the practices. In the same year Kreators got few other members to join them lineup, Kasun on Thabla, Maria on Bongos and Sajith on vocal backups. In 2002 they backed up a stage play call ‘Animal Farm’ Directed by Feroz Kamardeen, and they were invited to feature popular Rock band call Jacobs Ladder and to participate for TNL Onstage competition. They became the first Ethnic fusion Rock band in Sri Lanka and they were selected to be the finalist of the TNL Onstage 2002.

‘In 2003 some of the members started their careers in different paths and some left the country for higher studies. In the beginning of year 2003 Kreators was split up’ Roshjan said.

With a long silence due to many financial difficulties Roshan and Ramesh decided to save funds to buy their own instruments. In December with the arrival of Ramesh, Kreators started to create again.

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