TO Tha LO- The remixes'
By Sanath Weerasuriya
Sexy Jennifer Lopez is the star of this week's 'Original Music
Competition', which is organised by M- Entertainment in collaboration
with TV Times. Given
that Jennifer Lopez's up-tempo material tends to work much better
than her slower recordings.
to tha L-O :The Remixes' is a collection of odds and ends.
Of course, as usual, the term "remix" is a misnomer;
these are versions of Lopez recordings to which other elements
have been added, not simply remixes of the existing tracks.
four rhythmic, but not really dance-worthy tracks are really
Lopez-plus-rapping, much of which clashes with the tone of
the original songs. For example, Fat Joe's comments during
"Love Don't Cost A Thing" seem to deny the point
of the lyrics Lopez is singing.
far the worst of the rap remixes is "Feelin' So Good,"
on which ex-flame Sean "Puffy" Combs provides typically
lame remarks, most of which consist simply of the comment,
"This is the remix," which he mutters over Lopez's
vocal track. Thankfully, there are a few selection here that
will work well on the dancefloor, starting with the Metro
remix of 'Walking on Sunshine". Pablo Flores' remix of
"Let's Get Loud" is particularly impressive, and
Hex Heactor's take on "waiting for Tonight" casts
the song as a traditional Hi-NRG workout. The album concludes
with a track that isn't a remix, the ballad "Alive"
from Lopez's 2002 film Enough.
CDs and Cassettes of this album are available at all M Entertainment
preferred dealers and comes in a limited edition fan pack
with includes a J.LO desk top calendar. All winners of previous
contests can collect their prizes from Maharaja Entertainment
(Pvt) Ltd., at 330, T.B. Jaya Mw., Colombo 14.
this contest, all you have to do is to answer the question
on the coupon No.72 and send it to the address given below.
is "Listen to Original Music Contest, No. 72, C/o Maharaja
Entertainments (Pvt.) Ltd., 330, T. B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo
+ 941672425-8, Fax + 941699070. E Mail: email@example.com
All the entries must be originals from the TV Times and no
photocopies or faxes will be entertained. All correct entries
will be drawn by a panel of judges.
should reach the above address by April 30, the latest. The
decision of the judges will be final and the names of the
winners will be announced in The Sunday TV Times accordingly.
the winners of contest no. 68 . The winners of two Sony original
CDs are Manilka Leanage of Colombo-8 and Sasith Rakhitha Chandrasena
cassette winners are Niroshani Meddegama of Angunawela and
E. M. Somawa-thee of Wellipannagahamulla.
gift Vouchers go to Aroshan Fernando of Dehiwela, Dinesh Cooray
of Panadura, S.A.R Dissanayake of Gampa-ha,Chamira Dulanjan
of Badulla,T. Don Yohan Senaka of Colombo -15 and Aqram Preena
winner are Suranjith Ayomal Perera of Kandy, Chamath D.K.
Hettiarachchi of Kotte,Tuan Nazran Burah of Colombo-09 and
Chanaka Kumara of Rajagiriya.
live @ the Den
Leading classic rock band 'Venom' will have a special appearance
at the 'Den' cafe and pub on the April 25 to give those hungry
rock fans a long awaited treat, who missed them in action for
nearly five years.
last appearance was at the sellout "Monster's of Rock"
concert held at Viharamadevi Park in 1997. They were regrouped
in January this year specially to perform at much wanted "Rock
Cyclone" which was eventully postponed due to heavy rain.
Brainchild of this project Keerthi Fernando, who is the owner
of the Den and leader of Venom yet is very keen to bring this
event to a reality. 'It will come alive very soon I promise
you' said Keerthi.
addition to the line up is Chathurika Fernando, the front
line vocalist of the Venom. Chaturika is a inborn talented
vocalist with flair for rock music. She is the daughter of
the leader Keerthi. Chathurika studied at Bishop's College
and she is a good dancer too.
her own songs and we are doing a couple of her songs for the
show at the Den.' Keerthi said. 'She is16 years of age and
already with a brilliant voice and with immense talent plays
classical piano and reads music' he added. She is ready to
rock the scene with some of the covers by Creed, Four Non
Blondies, Nickle Back, Bon Jovi, etc. She's also influenced
by the father's favourite bands such as Led Zepplin, Deep
Purple, Iron Maiden, White Snake, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd.
was formed in early 90's immediately after three months of
hard practices, Keerthi and the boys went on, to stage "Settle
with Metal -1" which was a sellout concert. Then they
had many successful gigs always playing for large audiences.
They started writing and composing music. The single "Prisoners
Dream" became the No. 1 in the local charts. Keerthi
and his band won the 'best rock band' and 'best rock singer'
awards at the musical awards-Golden Cliff in '92 and '93.
line up of VENOM comprise of highly talented young bunch of
musicians. Primal is a very talented guitarist, who practices
eight hours a day.
touch and modern techniques makes the band sounds great' said
Keerthi. Chaminda, who can easily branded as one of the best
drummers in and out these days. Zion, who is an enthusiastic
lead guitarist highly influenced by Slash and Hendrix. Kolitha
who is an experienced musician on bass. Dinesh on keyboards
is a professional sound and recording engineer.
will mesmerize with powerful singing and stunning guitar solos
and keep their fans stoned rock with some of the best classic
rock selections at this show.
on a 'Jumbo Savar'
By Susitha R. Fernando
To fill the gap in children's movies in Sri Lanka, an award
winning Kannada film "Jumbo Savari" (Elephant Ride)
is being screened at Chitra cinema in Kalutara. The film will
soon be released in Colombo.
by Lalitha Ravi and woven around how group of children looked
after a elephant baby, this children movie had won an Indian
in 'Jumbo Savari' is "Samba", a poor child living
with his grand parents after the demise of his parents. Samba
and his friends in the class are not interested in studies
and their teachers do not know how to teach them either.
the top stop to the colonial system the principal is involved
in a number of absurdities that were unbecoming of his position.
He travels in an old car manufactured by the British which
is the only possession he had to show of his British affinity.
the children and teachers to push his vehicle. The other teachers
in Samba's school were no exception to their leader, the principal.
While the head teacher is an amusing character, the teacher
looking after the discipline in the school is hardhearted.
One day Samba gets mercilessly beaten for not wearing shoes
to the school.
a pair of shoes is one of the dreams in Samba's life. He saves
the money given for the lunch but one day buys a lottery from
a duplicitous dancing team which comes to village. Samba wins
the first prize but instead of money he gets white baby elephant
as his reward. Samba's grandfather refuses to take the elephant
Samba's teacher gives them a lesson on freedom and tells them
that the baby elephant is no different in this aspect. She
tells them the most suitable place for the elephant is the
forest and convinces the children to free the elephant.
officers reach the village to take it. Would the elephant
leave Samba and his friends ? It was the baby elephant who
has to decide?
Imbulgoda who got the exhibition rights in Sri Lanka for the
film and who was responsible for bringing it here said "children
in this country are deprived of going to cinemas." "While
doors of cinema halls are closed to children with the production
of so many adults only films, the children's right to go to
a cinema is violated".
the director of a number of teleplays like "Illama",
"Hima Ketayak Diya Nove" and "Uthurata Hama
Giya Sisilasa" speaking on this laudable attempt to introduce
the cinematic experience to children as a means of education
said "this attempt proved successful with two screenings
at Gamini cinema in Mathugama, which was packed with both
school children and adults and it was reported that the particular
cinema was filled to capacity with patrons after 20 years."
shows the demand for the children's movie even though it was
not realised by our education system or they were not modern
enough to understand it," Nanda Imbulgoda claimed.
fact I had great difficulty in persuading certain authorities
in the Education Department grant the go ahead to show this
in schools" he added.
what were his future plans in his mission to take children
to theatres Mr. Imbulgoda said: " From the day I read
a children novel "Dinky" written by Rev. Fr Don
Peter, I had a dream to put it on the screen".
objective in screening this children film 'Jumbo Savari' is
to make way to produce another children's film," Nanda
Imbulgoda said hoping he would succeed in his mission to make
the cinema a familiar place for the children to visit in this
of Stanley Perera on show
A film festival with six films in which veteran actor, who had
performed the main roles and co-main roles will be held from
April 22 to 30 at Elphinstone Theatre.
The film festival organized by the Welfare Society of 'Sri Lanka
United Artistes' expects to screen the films 'Minisun Athara
Minihek' on 22, 'Suhada Sohouro' (23), 'Wanasaraa' (24), 'Sudhu
Duwa' (25), 'Sujeewa' (29) and 'Sandaa'on 30 at 6.30 p.m.daily.
stars Stanley Perera, Florida Jayalath, Bandu Munasinghe,
Clarice de Silva and Piyadasa Wijekoon will receive awards
for their services rendered to the film industry on April
about how man behaves
"Ruwan Sakmana" depicting the common human foibles
is the latest teleplay to be telecast every Wednesday at 9
pm on Swarnavahini.
A scene from 'Ruwan Sakmana'
Rubasinghe the young actor-director has done the teleplay
to a script by K. B. Herath. The main character here is Pathmalatha,
a girl who had to face a series of misfortunes which she had
other dreams about life.
Sakmana unfolds as the girl narrates her sorrowful story to
Rev. Sister, Anne, a superior in a convent.
mother, Egiline was a pawn broker and she had left Pathmalatha
with her brother Shelton who enters into wedlock with Muriel.
The new wife brings her mother too to live in Pathmalatha's
house. Shelton flies abroad in search of the pot of gold leaving
the sisters-in-law in charge of the domestic management.
begin to emerge between the two and Pathmalatha opted to leave
the house. After having left home Pathmalatha joins her friend
Shyamali to work in a garment factory. There she meets her
Rubasinghe & Biyanka Shyamali in a scene from 'Ruwan
some of the jewellery pawned with Pathmalatha's mother and
left behind in the house at her death had been stolen by Muriel
who is now the head of Pathmalatha's house. Once Pathmalatha
is away Muriel leases the house once belonging to Pathmlatha's
family to a couple who are both teachers.
Pathmalatha manages to find the jewellery stolen by her sister-in-law
and keeps it with her friend Shyamali for safekeeping.
Pathmalatha and her lover Rohana were engrossed in starting
a new life an unfortunate incident occurs. Rohana disappears
with the jewellery and some money belonging to Pathmalatha.
Pathmalatha is taken to the police over the theft of jewellery.
On her return she aided by her friend Shyamali begins a mission
to track her former lover Rohana who had deceived her. At
the same time the teacher-couple gets arrested on a complaint
by Muriel over the jewellery theft.
by the unjust circumstances taking place Pathmalatha volunteers
to be a witness in the case and reveals her sister-in-law's
role in the entire episode. Frightened to face the outcome
of the developments Muriel commits suicide.
the sudden death Muriel's husband Shelton returns and starts
a quarrel with the sister at the funeral accusing her of being
responsible for the death. Shelton later befriends his sister
and offers her the house ownership which she refuses. However
Shelton goes abroad again handing over the keys to Margaret
to look after the house. But believing that there would be
a huge quantity of jewellery hidden in the house she starts
digging up the floor every night.
Rohana, Pathmalatha's ex-boy friend starts an affair with
Shyamali's younger sister Yamuna who is working in a garment
Rohana disappears having his new girl friend Yamuna in the
lurch. The two girls Pathmalatha and Yamuna plan to trap their
former lover Rohana who had betrayed both of them in turn.
Will the girls be able to find Rohana? If he is found what
would they do? Would Margaret find any jewellery or would
she find anything else instead of hidden wealth.
act of the 13 episode miniplay is bound to throw up answers
to all these questions.
roles in Ruwan Sakmana are played by Nimanthi Porage, Ranjith
Rubasinghe, Deepani Silva, Janak Premalal, Mali Jayaweerage,
Biyanka Shyamali and Muri Samarasinghe.
has been produced by Renuka Udawatte while the musical score
is by Rohana Weerasinghe to the lyrics of Sunil Ariyaratne.
Nanda Malani renders her lilting voice to the song. The repeat
telecast will be at 12.30 pm on Sunday.
Kaluwara' in London
A special screening of internationally recognised film "Purahanda
Kaluwara" (Death on a full moon Day) of Prasanna Vithanage
will be held London on April 25.
centering on the lives of people caught between poverty in
a draught-stricken land and the empty glories of armed conflict
was selected to be screened at the popular ICA cinema in London.
The 'Imagine Asia' celebration is organised by Brtish Film
Institute with the objective of promoting South Asian cinema
would be later screened at other theaters around the country
along with the few other selected South Asian films.
Vithanage's much acclaimed film is built around a father who
anxiously awaits the return of his son.
man is duty bound to provide for his father and other dependents
since they are unable to till the soil in fall of the severe
drought failing them.
a top prizes the film was awarded with Grand Prix, Jury award
and NETPAC at 19th Amiens International Film Festival in 1999
in addition other international film festivals it represented
like Montreal, Pusan, IFFI (India), London, Istanbul, Dhaka
and etc.,. and grabbed awards International Film Critic's
award at Fribourg International Film Festival and Best Actor
for Joe Abeywickrema at 12th Singapore International Film
'Better Mix' from Coreas
Two well-known showbiz, personalities Vijaya Corea and Sri Sangabo
Corea have joined up to present the Better Mix described as
the Show of Shows at the BMICH on May 31.
2 1/2-hour entertainer featuring specially selected have been
put together in a star class presentation which will be quite
different from any other musical seen and heard so far. Every
single artiste in this show has been picked for his or her
rare brand of talent, coming together in a show that is meticulously
planned with attention to detail. Vijaya Corea's vast experience
in promoting talent and Sri Sangabo Corea's marketing skills
have been harnessed to give the Better Mix the 'clout' that
will send music lovers rushing for tickets.
Mix is the first show programmed and presented by Corea &
Corea, this dynamic combination with more to follow next year
after their return from commitments abroad. The Better Mix
is a combination of Music, Song and Dance that is a feast
for the ears and eyes as never before.
Mix is in aid of the Gamini Dissanayake Institute of Technology
and Computer Science, which is engaged in training the youth
born to poor parents who cannot afford to give their children
(although intelligent) the luxury of an education that will
enable them to earn a honest living for themselves.
objective of the Institute is to help the youth to secure
employment and achieve a better of life and economic well-being.
The rural community which constitutes 78.5% of Sri Lanka is
the priority sector. With the Gamini Dissanayake Foundation
being a Government Approved Charity all donations towards
the Show are exempted from tax.
and Sangabo were of the opinion that any assistance to educate
the youth will find favour with the civic-minded public in
our country. The organizing committee of the Better Mix, very
logically is comprised of young men and women with the zest
and enthusiasm to transform ambitious plans into reality.
The Committee has Sanjeeva Corea, Fiona Atapattu, Dilkushi
Wickremasinghe, Viran Corea, Lilani Dharmaratne and Chrishantha
Atapattu co-ordinating the work with Mrs. Srima Dissanayake
and the Board of Directors of the Gamini Dissanayake Foundation
adding muscle with their encouragement and support.
an unprecedented demand for tickets the organizers plan to
release the tickets well in advance for the convenience of
those who want to be at the show. With tickets out of the
way the committee will be concentrating on the special features
that will be introduced for the first time on stage.
mix will be compered by the father and son combination of
Vijaya and Viran Corea for the very first time on stage. With
the curtain raiser the audience will be in for plenty of surprises.
Lanka prepares for Chinese tourists
Taking into consideration the high growth potential of the outbound
Chinese tourism market a number of Asian destinations have begun
to aggressively promote tourism from China.
Tourist Board has also initiated activities to venture into
this new market. Obtaining the Approved Destination Status
(ADS) has been identified as the most important preliminary
task by the Ministry of Tourism.
to Dr. P. Ramanujam, Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism,
Sri Lanka will soon be an Approved Destination for Chinese
tourists. Sri Lanka Embassy in China has initated the required
process and progressed on this activity in order to achieve
agreements are now being formulated and soon after the relevant
procedural proceses ADS status will be granted to Sri Lanka.
is esentially vital to have the required infrastructure in
place to lure the Chinese visitors, several key areas for
improvements are identified as, Chinese speaking (Mandrin/Cantonese)
guides and interpreters, Chinese Cuisine and Chinese promotional
Toursit Board for the first time participated at the China
National Travel Fair held in Kunmin in November last year,
together with a strong delegation of industy representatives.
A special Chinese language brochure was also launched.
the key area that needs to be addressed is to increase the
numbr of Chinese speaking guides to accompany the Chinese
visitors. Sri Lanka Toursit Board with China Southern Airlines.
GSA in Sri Lanka, Air Euro Services Ltd. have designed and
developed a Chinese language beginners course catering to
a cross section of the toursit industry such as receptionists,
managers, front line staff members guides etc.
Language classes will be conducted at Sri Lanka Tourist Board
(Auditorium) on a regular basis every Sunday commencing from
April 2 from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. for four months.
is designed for persons who do not have any knowledge of the
Chinese language and will be conducted in Sinhala language
by Prof. Hoa Vemm who has over ten years experience in conducting
course fee will be Rs. 5,000/-including registration fees.
Interested applicants are requested to contact Mr. Hamit on
telephone 304816. Registration at China Southern Airlines
No. 321, Union Place, Colombo 2.