'Concert For New York City'
America : A Tribute to Heroes was the biggest concert of recent times,
which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York on October 20.
This concert was a fund raiser for the victims and families of World
Trade Centre tragedy and the stars from music industry and Hollywood world
gathered to heal the wounds of the nation.
ITN will run the telecast of Concert for New York City on November 9,
Friday at 9.30 p.m.
America: "A Tribute to Heroes" echoed the shock of a nation in mourning,
the Concert for New York reflected the resolve of a country set on celebrating
the heroism of its people and commitment to freedom. The live VHI broadcast
of the show at Madison Square Garden, featured a telephone number and Website
for music fans to donate money, and ticket sales for the event raised $
14 million with millions more pledged from viewers watching live on cable
VHI, promoters said.
The World Trade Centre tragedy finds many hands helping to heal the
wounds we all suffered on September 11. The music community has been conspicuous
in its efforts, and on Saturdy, October 20, at Madison Square Garden, Paul
McCartney, The Who, Bon Jovi, Bono and Edge of U2 David Bowie, Elton John,
Destiny's Child, Janet Jackson (remote from Pittsburgh), Backstreet Boys,
Mick Jagger, John Mellencamp, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Melissa
Etheridge, Macy Gray, Marc Anthony, Five For Fighting, Goo Dolls, Jay-Z
and many more gathered to perform a benefit and tribute to the victims
in a show called the Concert for New York City.
Hollywood Steps Up Includes Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Harrision Ford,
Will Ferrell , Mike Myers, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Carrey, Billy Crystal, Richard
Gere, Chris Rock, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Spade, Julia Stiles, Jimmy Fallon,
Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, John Cusack, Michael J. Fox , Mark Wahlberg,
Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Denis Leary.
But the real stars of the show were seated in the audience. Organizers
VHI, Cablevision, Miramax Films, and AOL invited 5,000 members of the New
York fire, police, and rescue crews who tirelessly worked to save lives
and restore order in lower Manhattan.
VHI, AOL Miramax, and Cablevision hosted the live broadcast of event.
AOL also hosted a live Webscast of the historical show.
Pepsi Millennium Star Search 2001
Pepsi Millennium Star 2001 talent search is now on at Millennium Park auditorium.
You too can compete for this awesome title this year and achieve your
dreams of being the Star of the Year 2001. The Talent Contest (Vocals)
is open for all age groups. Applications are invited from (A) Juniors (4-14
years); (B) Seniors (14 years upwards); (c) Group Categories.
Winners will avail themselves of the opportunity of winning prizes to
the value of Rs. 100,000/-; Air Ticket and loads of gifts and trophies
courtesy Pepsi, Millennium Park and Gateway.
Preliminary rounds will be held on November 9, 16, 23, 30 and December
7. Semis will be on December 12, 14 and 19. The grand finale will be held
on December 21.
The Millennium Park along with Pepsi promote the event together with
Gateway. The print media sponsors for 2001 will be the TV Times Entertainment/Midweek
Mirror. The show will be co-ordinated and presented once again by Dalrene
Suby, an artiste par excellence in the music field.
'EBONY' the band that accompanied contestants last year will be in attendance
this year too ecouraging the wanna be stars each step of the way. Ask for
your application from TheMillennium Park and post it or fax to the following
address: Millennium Park, 338, T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10.
Gypsies in Cyberspace
The leading Sri Lankan Pop Group "Gypsies" will blast off to Cyberspace
with their ever popular music with the launch of the Official Web site
of the Gypsies marked with a mega musical extravaganza at BMICH on December
In this connection Lanka Internet Services Ltd., the Official Internet
Service provider to Gypsies, hope to showcase some of the latest features
of Internet Technology, incorporated in the Official Web Site of the Gypsies.
Gypsies will be in action with all their acts like, Kurumito, Lunu Dehi,
Ojaye, Singore etc on this night.
Lanka Internet, Sri Lanka's first Internet Service Provider has under
taken the task of developing and hosting popular pop group, Gypsies' official
Website www.gypsies.lk. Gypsies will also be the first pop group in Sri
Lanka to use this most interactive communication medium through which they
would be able to market their music albums/CDs/Cassettes using the online
payment gateway facility. In this process, Gypsies will also make a pioneering
move in introducing Sri Lanka Pop Music to the rest of the world.
According to Lanka Internet, with the Gypsies on the Internet, they
would instantaneously expand their audience to reach all corners of the
Globe and provide a much awaited opportunity for their avid fans, mainly
expatriate Sri Lankans who have virtually grown with the Band for over
3 decades, with their electrifying music.
The Gypsies website will enable the band to accept international and
local bookings and also provide a live communication channel for their
fans from across the world to communicate with Gypsies Band Members. For
this purpose, Lanka Internet will be providing Internet & Email facilities
to all Members of the Band.
Another winning feature would be the live web-cast of selected Gypsies
Concerts which will take place in Sri Lanka, via the Official Website.
Infi-Nite at Colombo 2000
Infi-nite Entertainment, the two piece DJ unit who has been in the entertainment
business for the past five years started their stint at the Colombo 2000
Night Club last week.
The Colombo 2000 will light up with new lighting systems and the latest
in music in which Infi Entertainment has the experience.
Infi-nite Entertainment prides itself on having its roots in the mobile
DJ scene and it continues to offer its services to a quality conscious
and knowledgeable clientele that continues to acquire its services on a
Infi-nite Entertainment is managed by Narendra Seelanatha. Others are
DJ Niraj Rodrigo, Events Co-ordinator and Senior DJ and, Druvi Abeywickema,
Market Development & Public Relations. Regular DJ's who will perform
at the Colombo 2000 are DJ Leo, DJ Druvi and DJ Marz.
'Eliwena Dawasa' travels Down Under
Talented teledrama director, Sudath Devapriya's maiden effort in cinema
"The Dawn" (Eliwena Dawasa) was selected to be represented at the Australia,
Canberra international film festival.
Sudath entered the world of art through the stage where he acted in
number of plays and studied theatre under the well known theatre personality
-Mrs. Somalatha Subasinghe in 1981.
He joined the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation in 1983 as an assistant
director and was responsible for the production of large number of children's
Sudath directed an internationally recognised "Amba Yahaluwo" one of
the most popular teledrama both among young and adults based on a novel
by T. B. Ilangaratne. It won the Honorary Jury Award at the Television
Drama Festival in Munich, Germany in 1990.
"The Dawn" which went through several barriers centers around the people
who are suffering in the financial struggle in Sri Lanka.
Siriwansa and Milton are friends and suffering as a result of unemployment.
Siriwansa's father is a labourer in a factory. They live in a house belonging
to John, the owner of the factory. Due to the family's financial difficulties,
Siriwansa's sister Menaka, seeks employment in John's factory. Although
Siriwansa and Milton barely survive doing odd jobs, they see no light in
Meanwhile Menaka gets pregnant by John and a strike in John's factory
arises. This results in a police attack. Pregnant Menaka goes in search
of John. Siriwansa avenges the injustice caused to his sister by murdering
John's chief accomplice. Siriwansa, his father and Milton are taken into
custody.John rejects Menaka who comes in search of him. As the police shoots
at the striking workers Menaka secretly manages to take revenge. The principal
cast with some of the talented players include Sabitha Perera, Tony Ranasinghe,
Linton Semage, Indrajith Navinna, Cyril Wickremage, Jayalath Manoratne,
H. A. Perera and Samantha Epasinghe.
Suminda Weersinghe handles the camera, editor Elmo Haliday and music
is directed by veteran musician Premasiri Kemadasa. Sudath Devapriya wrote
the script and directed 'Eliwena Dawasa' for the Production of Kelum Abeysinghe.
Amaranath's latest appearance on disappearance
By Susitha R. Fernando
"Disappearance" is the main issue of the experienced film maker's latest
directorial attempt, " A drop in the reign of terror" (Bheeshanaye Athuru
Kathawak). The film was based on the novel written by Nihal P. Jayathunge
with the same name.
Amaranath Jayathilake the film maker and writer has ten films to his
credit including some internationally acclaimed directions. "Arunata Pera"
made in the year 1985 which represented fourteen international film festivals
and it was the film that represented the highest number of IFF at that
time and the film also was the one and only Sri Lankan film selected to
be kept in the Museum of Modern Art film library in New York. The film
"Siripala and Ranmenika" directed by Jayathilaka screened in 1977 made
a box office hit.
Amaranath Jayathilake is giving the final touches to his latest direction,
Bheeshanaye Athuru Kathawak.
The film revolves around the destiny of a family since the mysterious
disappearance of the family head, Somadasa, a school principal. 'Bheeshanaye
Athuru Kathawak' is made around the horrifying incidents that took place
during 1987-90, a period which the whole country was gripped in terror
leading to anarchy.
The sudden disappearance of Somadasa, father of three children namely,
Panduka, Devinda and Krishanthi and the misery befallen on the fatherless
family give way to the story. As the family runs into destituion, Panduka
an under graduate, gives up studies to seek employment so that he can support
the widowed mother who was left alone and destitute since the disappearance.
Living in anticipation of her loving husband's return home someday all
her attempts becomes in vain where she is unable to find any clue on the
Akman a cousin of Somadasa had become rich by felling illicit timber
and selling illicit liquor and engaging himself in various other anti-social
activities. The relationship between the two families was un-comfortable
as Somadasa objected to Akman's illegal and anti-social activities. Consequently
Alan Nona turned envious of Somdasa's family and Somadasa's wife was suspicious
about Akman's involvement of the disappearance. However Akman's marriage
with 'Alan Nona' even was a failure as the wife maintain an illicit affair
with a powerful politician in the area which enabled her to gain some improper
advantage from him (politician). Manjula, the only daughter of Akman's
family finds life extremely uneasy due to this.
Determined to find out the abductors of the father, Panduka finds a
job as a journalist.
One day Krishanthi, the daughter of Somadasa falls unconscious seeing
a body burning in a tyre-pyre and it was Akman who come to the scene along
with his daughter to remove her to the hospital. The shock she suffered
on that day begins to work on her time to time and finally she falls ill.
And after this incident the animosity between the two families was on the
wane. But Akman's wife, who could not bear this new friendship quarrels
with the father and the daughter. Finally she leaves home to live with
the politician with whom she was carrying on an illicit relationship.
Meanwhile Panduka using the new career determines to find out those
responsible for his father's disappearance. Everybody including a revolutionary
organisation and the government forces refused to accept responsibility
for his father's disappearance. And at a time where society overwhelmed
by terror Akman's life too comes under threat and he had to seek asylum.
Adding one to series of mysterious killings in the dark period, the dead
body of Alan Nona, Akman's wife was found just opposite his house.
Once again everyone disclaims the responsibility for the death. But
one day despite all Akman's efforts to protect himself he become victim
of a shooting by a gang of underworld thugs. Rushed to the hospital and
after several operations Akman fall seriously ill and at his death bed
on behalf of his daughter he makes a request from Panduka's mother.
Who could be responsible for the series of crimes? As the story end
Panduka could disclose all truth behind the killings and the disappearance
with the help of the revolutionary organisation.
The cast include internationally acclaimed actress Nita Fernando, Cletus
Mendis, Vishaka Siriwardena, Madhu-ranga Chandimal, Anushka Ekanayake,
Elmo Haliday, edits, while Priyanjit Wijesekara directed the filmscore
and Lal Wickre-marachchi was the art director. The film made under the
100% loan scheme given by the National Film Corporation should be another
crown to Amaranath's jewels of films.
'Gamperaliya': world heritage
'Gamperaliya ' directed by Dr. Lester James Peries, the doyen of Sri Lankan
cinema, has been identified as a world heritage by Cinema Thek Institute
The film 'Gamperaliya , which was written by Martin Wickremasinghe deals
with the decline of an aristocratic family in rural Sri Lanka at the turn
of the century. 'Gamperaliya, ' was filmed in 1964.
In the wake of completion of hundred years in world cinema another film
of Dr. Peries's 'Nidanaya' has been taken over for conservation by them.
The CTI will be taking over the conservation of the film 'Gamperaliya
' at the Asian Film Festival which will be organised by the 'Kehiya Doo'
Cinema Magazine, from November 15 to December 5 in France.
The 'Kehiya Doo' magazine, the best cinema magazine in the world is
due to publish a special article based on the film 'Gamperaliya'.
Films, directed by Lester James Peries, such as 'Nidanaya', 'Baddegama',
'Gamperaliya' and 'Sagara Jalaya Madi Henduwa Oba Sanda' directed by Sumithra
Peries and 'Mage Sanda Obai' directed by Ashoka Handagama will be screened
at the Film Festival.
Dr. Peries's feature films have won several international awards, and
retrospectives of his work have been screened in New York, Paris, London,
La Rochelle, Mumbai and Singapore. He has been a jury member at several
international film festivals and has received over fifty national awards
for his Sinhala language films. The Government of India conferred the Lifetime
Achievement Award on him at the International Film Festival in 2000.
Lester James Peries, has also received the Golden Lotus award at the
Third Panasia Film Festival held in the northwestern French city of Deauville.
'A Tribute to Clarence'
A Tribute to Clarence a show in recognition of Clarence Wijewardena for
his services to the local music industry, will come alive on November 11
at the BMICH.
The show is organised by the old Anandians Sports Club to raise finds
for the College Development Fund.
Many of the artistes who benefitted from the talent of late Clarence
will perform their creations in original style on this day. The line up
of artistes include: Annesley Malawana, Indrani Perera, Anil Barethi, Ranil
Mallawarachchi (son of late Milton Mallawarachchi), Lilanthi Karunanayake,
Shyami Fonseka, Latha Walpola and Dalrene Suby and Rajeev Sebastian.
The show itself will be unfolded in a unique manner, remembering late
Clarence's evolution of music in a sequence from "The Moonstones" times
to "Golden Chimes", "Super Golden Chimes" and then to his Solo Era as a
Singer. The final era as a film music Director and his contributions to
teledramas would also be remembered.
The Old Anandians Sports Club inaugurated the Pundit Amaradeva Trust
Fund with a grand musical evening at the B.M.I.C.H. on August 5 in recognition
of his services to Sinhala Music over past five decades. Subsequent to
this performance, Pundit Amaradeva was selected for the prestigious "Magsysay
Award" by the Philippines Government.
Encouraged with this tremendous success, The Old Anandians Sports Club
has embarked on yet another ambitious project to honour another musical
legend for his creativity, versatility, in-born talent and also for the
lasting contribution he made to the local music industry in the early 1970s.
Late Clarence Wijewardena introduced a new "Sinhala Pop" culture with
his simple heartfelt lyrics and charming melodies. These were combined
with his musical compositions that are unmatched even today. Late Mr. Wijewardena
was a very dynamic and versatile personality and was involved in singing,
composing, lyrics writing and directing music in his own style.
Travel South with RHA 'Ruhunu Charika'
By Sanath Weersuriya
Ruhunu Hoteliers Association (RHA) launched their newest 'holiday card'
'Ruhunu Charika' last week at a 'grand function in Unawatuna Beach Resort.
"Ruhunu Charika' is a sort of a Discount card, which gives a series
of packages to its members. It gives 20% off on overnight stay, 15% discount
on food and beverages, extras, 50% off on children Under 15 years old and
many other previleges' explained Senaka de Silva, the brain behind of this
project, who is the vice president of RHA.
RHA comprises of sixteen hotels from Galle to Yala region and the Association
completed its third year recenty.
The member hotels are Light House Hotel, New Oriental Hotel, Lady Hill
Hotel (all in Galle), Unawatuna Beach Hotel, Koggala Beach Hotel, Club
Lanka Hotel (Ahangama), Weligama Bay Beach, Tangalle Bay Beach, Nature
Resort Tangalle, The Oasis (Hambantota), Peacock Beach Hotel (Hambantota),
Yala Safari, Tissamaharama Resort and Priyankara Hotel Tissamaharama.
"There are two other Ayurvedic Hotels Sun Oriental and Paragam, who
are members of RHA but not the Ruhunu Charika mainly because they are strictly
Ayurvedic resorts", Senaka said.
RHA comprises Janaka de Silva (GM Oasis) the President, Dimantha Jayasuriya
(GM-UBR) and Seneka de Silva (MD of Lady Hill) as Vice Presidents
Upali Weerasinghe (GM Yala Safari) is the Secretary of this Association
and Mrs. Hashani Pathirana (MD Weligama Bay Beach) is the Assistant Secretary.
MD Priyankara Hotel Priyankara Wickremasekera is the Treasurer of the