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     'Maniyanee' - Instrumental Tribute to Clarence Wijewardena Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  rukmania
     Dated:  Friday, May 17 2013 @ 11:57 AM EDT
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    For the first time in our musical history, a distinctly unique album has been produced as a tribute to the memory of the late Clarence Wijewardane, who has often been spoken of as the undisputed king of Sinhala Pop music. This musical album titled “Maniyanee” gives the listener a unique instrumental interpretation of 12 outstanding hits of Clarence Wijewardane. This musical expression is the brain-child of the multi-talented musician of the new generation, Rukshan Karunanayake, who is the leader of the popular musical outfit “Chimes of The 70’s.” He has arranged the music in such a manner as to allow the listener to perceive the tones, rhythm and strong driving beat of the 70’s while introducing freshness to the style of music initiated by Clarence. This Instrumental Album incorporates a combination of three musical generations, ranging from the 60’s to the present, where the members of the 04 bands led by Clarence Wijewardane, namely, the ‘Moonstones’, ‘Golden Chimes’, ‘Super Golden Chimes’ and ‘Madhara’ have been featured along with “Chimes of The 70’s” in an epoch making endeavour.

    This CD consists of hits like ‘Maniyanee’, ‘Sihina Lowak’, ‘Gamen Liyumak’, ‘Sudu Manike’, ‘Sandae Walawan,’ and many more. Legendary broadcaster, Dr. Vijaya Corea, contributed his golden voice to this album with his wonderful introduction. Veteran musicians of 70’s and 80’s, namely, Chanka Perera (Bass Guitar) Conrad Gunaratne (Bass Guitar) Premanath Kodituwakku (Percussion) Chandral Fonseka (Bass Guitar) and Nimal Punchihewa (Drums) Kenneth de Silva (Bass Guitar) Mohan Gooneratne (Bass Guitar) provided musical accompaniment for this outstanding album. Symbolizing the new generation, Rukshan Karunanayake (Lead and Rhythm Guitar), Sugath Asanka (Keyboards and Piano), Dilshan Wijesekara (Rhythm Guitar), Chaminda Pushpakumara and Udesha Karunanayake (Drums) played for the album. The entire album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Rukshan and Sugath at Studio Udeshan, Gampaha.

    This extraordinary Instrumental Album ‘Maniyanee’ is a proud presentation of M Entertainment and this, in fact, is the maiden album in a series of “Golden Oldies - Instrumental.” This CD was launched over the “Rise & Shine” programme telecast on Channel Eye on Thursday, 02nd of May where the maiden copy was presented by Rukshan to Legendary Broadcaster & Showbiz Personality, Dr. Vijaya Corea. This CD is now available for purchase from ‘Vibrations’ and all the leading outlets islandwide.

    Rukshan perceives that this release is a milestone in his life where he saw and grasped the opportunity of paying tribute to the late and great Clarence Wijewardane who happens to be the hero in his musical career. His ambition in producing such an album was to revive the grand old sound of yesteryear. He is grateful to all the exceptional musicians who participated to make the production of this CD such a great success. Rukshan believes that this Instrumental Album will result in an amazing musical experience for all the musical lovers, while being a glorious tribute to the man who revolutionized the Sinhala Music industry - the much admired, unforgettable Clarence Wijewardane.

    It was Rukshan Karunanayake who initiated the compilation of a biography of Clarence Wijewardane on the internet. Sites like “Wikipedia” have acquired information about Clarence’s music and his career from his web publications. Rukshan has preserved a collection of nearly 1500 songs on original records comprising the creations of Clarence which were collected his by father Devinda who has been an ardent fan and friend of Clarence. Rukshan has exhibited his musical skills with acceptance during the past years where he started off as a lead guitarist at the age of 11 and then became a Lyricist, Melody Maker, Music Director and Audio Engineer. The maiden music album of ‘Chimes of The 70’s’ band titled ‘Piyaneni’ was released in 2011. Also Rukshan directed music for the ‘Gamen Aa Kelle’ album of veteran Bhadraji Mahinda Jayatilake, subsequently where he has composed & directed songs for artists like Vernon Perera, Ronnie Leitch, Nelu Adhikari, Rupa Indhumathi, Nalin Jayawardena, Sunil Shan Fernando, Thilini Athukorala, Vimani Kapurubandara, Chulani Suraweera, etc. Also Rukshan presented many live concerts based on Sinhala Pop idiom & many TV shows featuring ‘Chimes of The 70’s’. Recently he directed music for the Tribute Concert held to commemorate the 35th death anniversary of late & great C.T. Fernando. At present he is working out in compiling a music album of legendary singer Joe Bee Perera of ‘Mee-Masso’ fame.

     Prof. Sucharitha Gamlath passes away Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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    Sinhala Culture Eminent scholar and senior Professor of Sinhala Language Sucharitha Gamlath passed away yesterday morning at the age of 80.

    Prof. Gamlath who graduated from the University of Peradeniya with first class honours after reading Sinhala and classical Indian languages was awarded his PhD in Philosophy of the University of London. He was a lecturer at the University of Colombo and was engaged in various literary activities including contributions to newspapers and the radio.

     Patrick Denipitiya dies in Canada Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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     Dated:  Thursday, March 28 2013 @ 05:48 PM EDT
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    SL Music WorldwideA renowned Sri Lankan musician Patrick Denipitiya dies in Canada.

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     Amazing Beats - Live in Concert 2012 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  rukmania
     Dated:  Sunday, October 28 2012 @ 12:06 PM EDT
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    Amazing Beats - Live in Concert

    “Amazing Beats - Live in Concert”, which will symbolize the musical combination of 03 generations, will come alive on 17th November 2012 at St. Joseph’s College Auditorium at 6.30 p.m.

    This musical extravaganza will unfold a rare combination of Pop, Baila & Rock music featuring Lahiru Perera, Theekshana Anuradha, Dalrene Suby, Anil Bhareti, Priyantha Fernando, Indrani Perera, Lankika Perera, Sanka Dineth, Ronnie Leitch, Surenie de Mel, Udesh Indula, Rukshan Perera, Luckey Deva, Dushayantha Weeraman & Shanika Madhumali along with a humorous act presented by Don Guy.

    Musical backing will be provided by 02 great bands, “Chimes of The 70’s” led by Rukshan Karunanayke & “Glory” led by Sahan Silva. The Choreography of the event will be handled by Solar Hits with Sanka Prasad.

    Ticket of the concert are priced at Rs. 2000/=, Rs. 1500/=, Rs. 1000/= and available at Torana (Liberty Plaza/Majestic City), Sarasavi Bookshop (Nugegoda/Maharagama/Dehiwala), Dilshi Enterprises (Nugegoda/Mt.Lavinia), Wasana Bakers (Rawathawatta), Chamathka (Kzone, Katubedda), Beverly Street (Colombo 03/Nugegoda) & Queen of Angels’ Chruch, Rawatawatte. Online purchasing can be done through

    The concert is organized by the Parishioners of Queen of Angels’ Church, Rawathawatta & managed by Danushka Maladeniya of Cactus Holdings. All proceedings will be donated to the Building Fund of Queen of Angels’ Church. Hiru TV will be the exclusive TV media partner while will be the exclusive web media partner for the event.

    All the musical lovers are warmly invited to enjoy a spectacular evening of amazing music which is sure to be a memorable one.

     Master Sir at Nelum Pokuna (March 17, 2012) Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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     Dated:  Thursday, March 15 2012 @ 11:13 AM EDT
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     Signature of Sri Lankan female voice: Inimitable musical personality Neela Wickramasinghe Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  Admin
     Dated:  Thursday, March 15 2012 @ 11:09 AM EDT
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    Sri Lanka Music SceneBy Indeewara Thilakarathne Deviating a little from the continuing series of columns on Sinhala literature, in this week’s column I examine the unique musical personality in Neela Wickremasinghe who marks her 45th year in the field of music and her singular contribution to the field of music in the post-independent Sri Lanka in general and representing unique Sri Lankan female voice in particular.

    Neela Wickremasinghe’s trailblazing career in music should be studied against the backdrop of socio-political evolution particularly in the immediate aftermath of independence. Neela occupies a seminal position in the evolution of Sri Lankan music and successive attempts made by pioneers such as W.B Makuloluwa and Lionel Ranwala in the revival of indigenous music in general and folk music in particular. Particularly W.D Makuloluwa researched extensively in the repository of Sri Lankan rich folk songs and folk music and introduced them to formal music education.

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     The celestial voice that bears the tonal signature Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  Admin
     Dated:  Thursday, March 15 2012 @ 11:03 AM EDT
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    Book Reviews by Prof. Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake and Ranga Chandrarathne Master Sir, a solo concert by Neela Wickremasinghe to mark 45 years in the field of music as a singer composer, will be held on March 17 at 6 p.m. at the Nelum Pokuna, Mahinda Rajapaksa Performing Arts Theatre, Colombo 7. Neela will sing duets with Dr. Victor Ratnayake, Somathilaka Jayamaha, Amal Perera, Kapila Herath and Kamal Addaraarachchi.

    Analysing Neela Wickremasinghe’s career which marks seminal developments in the field of Sri Lankan music in the post-independent Sri Lanka, a striking trait that one could distinguish in her is her sheer mastery in diverse traditions of music and the spectrum of her tonal mosaic. Her voice which bears a signature Sri Lankan female voice, at the same time, possessing the properties of a versatile South Asian singer, has been employed with facility in songs which music motifs were derived from diverse sources of music and equally diverse musical traditions.

    Throughout her trailblazing career, Neela preserves her signature Sri Lankan female voice, particularly when she sings songs with Western melodies. At such times, she is extraordinary in her ability not to be influenced by Western, Hindustani or folk music motifs. The modus oprandi of her orchestration seems that she wanted to be faithful to the expectation of the song and to exploit to the maximum the sentimental and emotional properties of the melody, thereby, generating zest and sound perceptions in the minds of listeners.

    The ability on the part of a singer to generate sound perceptions in the minds of listeners is a rare attribute which most singers lack although they have been trained in the North Indian classical music. She is at best, in adapting semitones in folk songs, thus, converting them into folk music with refined notes.

    More from Sunday Observer of March 11, 2012

     K Jayathilaka: The living icon of Sinhala Literature Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  Administrator
     Dated:  Friday, September 16 2011 @ 09:23 PM EDT
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    Book ReviewsDr. Ruwan M. Jayatunge, York University, Canada

    Gifted Sri Lankan writer, K. Jayathilaka, is a pioneer of the Sinhala realistic novel. As a creative writer, he showed his talents since the early 1960s. His novels and short stories represent ironic social perspectives and had a profound impact on Sinhalese literature. K. Jayathilaka demonstrated talents that could be compared to those of that great literary genius Martin Wickramasinghe.

    He wrote a wide range of literature from novels to short stories as well as children’s literature. K. Jayathilaka has authored nearly 12 children’s books and added some of his childhood experiences to these books. His autobiography that narrates his childhood - Punchi Palle Gasavena - reminds us of the first book of an autobiographical trilogy by Maxim Gorky - Deistva (childhood). In Punchi Palle Gasavena, Jayathilaka exposes some of the social injustices he experienced as a child.

    The children’s books of Jayathilaka vibrantly describe the relationship between the environment and the child. His children’s books enhance stable concepts as well as reasoning and fantasies of children. His books especially Irunu Balala (Torn Cat), Oralosuwa (Timepiece) help children to recognise logical relationships in elements and improve his ability to view things from the perspective of others. These books are truly facilitating children to use logic in the concrete operational stage. (As the Child Psychologist Jean Piaget stated, at the concrete operational stage, children are able to use logic and this ability can be improved by external support).

     Seeking novetly in the novel - Prof. A V Suraweera Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
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     Dated:  Wednesday, August 24 2011 @ 08:43 AM EDT
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    Book ReviewsBy Sajitha PREMATUNGE

    They say creative writing cannot be taught, some would go so far as to say it cannot even be acquired. But this writer only needed a jolt of inspiration. It is indeed strange that a Sinhala writer had to go all the way to Iowa, USA to be inspired to write.

    Prof A V Suraweera’s
    works of fiction
    Pedidiyata Boradiya (1970)
    Heiyanmaruwa (1971)
    Goduru Loba (1973)
    Noyan Putuni Gama Harada (1975)
    Atta Bindei Paya Burulen (1977)
    Sada Melesa Pura Derane (1980)
    Andura Duralana Res (1984)
    Bhawathimira (1984)
    Miniskama ha Rajakama (1998)
    The Inescapable Swamp: Selected Stories
    Bale Patan Kalaya Gevuna Melese
    The Faithful Wife of a Politician
    Thus the City was Built (1999)

    But Prof Alankarage Victor Suraweera’s sabbatical leave in 1967 was spent most productively when he took a creative writing course at the Iowa University that literally changed his life. His debut short story collection, Katath Ma Epa Wela was a direct result of this experience.

    “The writer must be the first critic of his or her own writing. Once a writer finishes the first draft, he or she should return to it as a critic and examine the writing in a critical perspective,” says Daily News Artscope’s next encounter, Prof A V Suraweera.

    He does his creative work in Sinhala and his critical works in both Sinhala and English. Now he is five novels and four short story collections strong. No two stories are alike. He introduced to Sri Lankan literature two disciplines hitherto unexplored - sociology of literature and editing of classical texts.

    He completed a number of editions based on Ola manuscripts, such as Rajavaliya, Poojavaliya and Thisara Sandeshaya.

    Lekhana Sameeksha, an examination of writing in Sri Lanka, which will be out in a few days is guaranteed to have ‘many surprises’ for the reader. “It focuses on areas that no other writer has dealt with,” says Prof A V Suraweera.

    Q: Why have you not done any creative writing in English?

    A: I write in the language I am most familiar with and then translate my own work into English.

    Q: You have not engaged in creative writing for quite some time, are you suffering from writers’ block?

    A: A good writer has to be inspired to write. I haven’t felt a creative urge to write lately. But I have been engaged in other literary work.

     "Piyaneni" Music Album & "Mobile Phone" Music Video by "Chimes of The 70's" Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
     Author:  rukmania
     Dated:  Monday, August 15 2011 @ 11:59 AM EDT
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    Book Reviews
    “Chimes of The 70’s” band accomplished another milestone in their musical carrier in last month. That’s the release of their much awaited maiden music album & music video. The music album which is titled as “PIYANENI” is a production of M Entertainment, which is the most successful record label in Sri Lanka. This album can be considered as a revival of Sinhala Pop Music as it features 11 new Sinhala songs which have been composed on different variations of Sinhala Pop Music genre & one original English song along with 3 new instrumental music tracks based on different flavours. All the melodies & music directions of this album are composed by their leader, Rukshan Karunanayake with the musical accompaniment of all the band members where most of them are being school pupils yet. Isura Roshan Senanayake, Chulani Suraweera, Vimani Kaparubandara & Osanda Gagame have done a great deal on this album with their vocal renditions to make this album a wonderful. Lyricists namely, Bhadraji Mahinda Jayatilaka, Dhakshini Savithri de Silva & Thalatha Senapathi have made the album colourful with their lyrics for 4 songs while other songs have been penned by Rukshan Karunanayake. Also it’s remarkable, the featuring of world renowned Sri Lanka Bassist, Hussain Jiffry on this album, where he has joined hands with “Chimes of The 70’s” to play bass guitar for the original English track titled “Dreams to Follow” sung by Chulani Suraweera & Vimani Kaparubandara. At the same time, Udesha Karunanayake, the youngest drummer in Sri Lanka who is now 9 years old, has played drums for 11 songs in the album which is another remarkable memory which will go down in the history of Sri Lankan music. Also the entire album has been recorded & mastered at their own recording studio, “Studio Udeshan” by Rukshan Karunanayake & Sugath Asanka.

    The music video for their original song titled “MOBILE PHONE” is a production of FX Studios which is directed by Roshan Fernando. This video happens to be a comic one which tells about the usage of mobile phones in the current society & some well known stars namely, Ronnie Leitch, Sanette Dikkumbura & Sneha Wasundara have appeared in this video.

    The maiden music album of “Chimes of The 70’s” band titled “PIYANENI” & music video titled “MOBILE PHONE” was ceremonially launched on 24th July at the auditorium of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management. Veteran artist, Mr. Bhadraji Mahinda Jayatilake was the Chief Guest of the ceremony. “Chimes of The 70’s” band had a fantastic performance along with the featuring of fabulous stars namely, Indrani Perera, Ronnie Leitch, Rukshan Perera & Sri Kantha Dassanayake (Super Golden Chimes). Veteran compere, Dr. Vijaya Corea was the evening’s host.

    The present line up of “Chimes of The 70’s” band is Rukshan Karunanayake (Leader/Lead Guitarist/Composer/Music Director/Audio Engineer), Sugath Asanka (Keyboardist/Pianist), Isura Roshan (Lead Vocalist/Bass Guitarist), Chamara Jayaratne (Saxophonist), Sanuja Rajmal (Rhythm Guitarist), Udesha Karunanayake (Drummer), Chulani Suraweera, Vimani Kapurubandara & Keshini Fernando (Female Vocalists).

    “PIYANENI” music album is now available to be purchased at VIBRATIONS (Union Place & Hyde Park Corner) & all M Entertainment outlets island wide. “MOBILE PHONE” is being appeared on TV screens these days & currently available on web music portals such as, &, etc. & it has been a highly rated video with the large number of downloads done so far.

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