SHALIKA ISHAN MULTIFACETED MUSICIAN AT PINNACLE OF FAME AT YOUNG AGE ACCOMPLISHED FEATS NO MUSICIAN HAD ACCOMPLISHED IN THE ARCHIVES OF HISTORY IN SRI LANKAN MUSIC ARENA – by Sunil Thenabadu Image Source : Shalika Ishan Facebook Like all musicians Shalika Ishan too score highly on openness which means they are usually curious, highly imaginative and considered valued .They also tend to be at a high ebb on the measure of social responsibility, indicating that they desire for fair outcomes having a general concern for others in society. Behind all the songs and music that we hear, there are some untold narratives such stories of those musicians who dedicated their lives to music. Stories of each of their career paths are identified by them. In a competitive and saturated industry like music, one needs a lot of luck to thrive.  Young Visharad Shalika Ishan (AGSI Kusumsiri) ) competent in vocal and organ ...

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Amaradeva Master’s 96th birth memorial will be held on December 5th. – By Gamini Kariyawasam The 96th birth  anniversary of Pandit Amaradeva, who conquered the local music scene, will be celebrated on December 5th. Sri Lanka, a land of breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, is also home to some of the most remarkable personalities. Among these icons, the name W.D. Amaradeva stands tall as a musical legend who has left an indelible mark on the nation’s cultural heritage. In this article, we pay tribute to the life and legacy of W.D. Amaradeva, a musical maestro who will forever be remembered for his extraordinary contributions to the world of music. Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera, known to the world as W.D. Amaradeva, was born on December 5, 1927, in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. His journey into the world of music began at a young age, when he started playing the violin. His ...

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Personality Development Through Music – By Shasthrapathi sangeeth nipun Rupashika Ranathunga When a human is born as a child, there is no personality development within them. However, eventually, when the brain and body develop, and due to the experience gained while growing up in society along with the proper guidance provided by adults, there occurs personality development. A nice personality with good qualities can be developed depending on one’s living environment, the culture he associates and the religious values he follows. Personality is not a mere physical characteristic. In fact, it is to do with much more such as his behaviour, values, intelligence, thoughts, as well as how he interacts with others. Personality is thoroughly analyzed in Psychology. One’s personal qualities well affect how he is liked or disliked by others in society. The sound waves of the environment we live in have the ability to affect our thoughts. The ...

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Dr Premasiri Khemadasa Emperor of Sri Lankan Opera who revolutionised music to completely stop copying the Indian masterpieces – By Sunil Thenabadu The statement that music induces sensation is apparent. Certain melodies are embedded in our memories for ever. The power and the ability to change us and modify the world is always linked with a soundtrack of one genre or another. Music is a lustrous light that enters through the ears and routes through the body, similar to  blood that streams inside its veins. When times get rough, the music carries us through the darkest of nights, like a narrow boat drifting off at sea through a cloud of indecision. For over fifty years of composing Dr Premasiri Khemadasa fused Sri Lankan folk elements, Indian ragas, and western classical forms into glorious melodies that captured the deepest longings of the people who shaped his life.His fusion of many genres of ...

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Expressing Moods via Music – By Rupashika Ranathunga.   Music is a medium that contains a mixture of musical notes, tune and tone. It is used to express the moods in the human mind. It so happens when the mind that is connected to tone and rhythm releases feelings. By listening to different types of music, different feelings occur. The mind that is stimulated because of the harmony of musical notes creates numerous feelings. The voice is useful in creating these feelings in one’s mind. In fact, voice is a very powerful tool. For example, more than something that is being told in a softspoken manner, something mentioned in a strong voice will always be remembered better. Accordingly, when a song is sung, the strength of the singer’s voice matters a lot, and he/she should also have an emotional voice for the meaning of the song to reach the listener. ...

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Personality Development Through Music – By Shaasthrapathy Sangeeth Nipun Rupashika Ranathunga When a human is born as a child, there is no personality development within them. However, eventually, when the brain and body develop, and due to the experience gained while growing up in society along with the proper guidance provided by adults, there occurs personality development. A nice personality with good qualities can be developed depending on one’s living environment, the culture he associates and the religious values he follows. Personality is not a mere physical characteristic. In fact, it is to do with much more such as his behaviour, values, intelligence, thoughts, as well as how he interacts with others. Personality is thoroughly analyzed in Psychology. One’s personal qualities well affect how he is liked or disliked by others in society. The sound waves of the environment we live in have the ability to affect our thoughts. The ...

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Sri Lankan icon Alston Koch raises the flag yet again on WED – By Sanath Weerasuriya Source : sundaytimes World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually on 5th June and encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year the focus is on the use of plastic that is contaminating this planet Earth, we call home. But almost seven years ago a Sri Lankan born music icon introduced a song and video years ahead of the World’s most influential scientific and entertainment communities. Alston Koch and his son James Koch together with Sean Stone of Hollywood ( Son of multi Academy Award winning Hollywood director (‘Oliver Stone ‘) presented this historical video on World TV with the support of Symphony Enviromental taking this message to the World. Sri Lanka’s iconic and international award winning singer-songwriter and environmental advocate Alston Koch has brought the world to attention by releasing ...

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YOUNG THARINDU BANDARA A VOCALIST, ALREADY A GENIUS IN COMPOSING MUSIC MELODIES IN A SPARKING VOYAGE – By Sunil Thenabadu It is an accepted spectacle for any individual to be a legend in any field to have acquired hereditary affiliations from family adherents or ancestors which is a laid down norm. The already blossoming music career of young modest Tharindu Bandara is no exception. At such a young age of only thirty years Tharindu domiciled in Mawanella has already established himself in the music arena having composed music tracks of over six hundred for himself as a talented vocalist and for many renowned singers  like Subhani Harshini, K Sujeewa, Yashoda Priyadarshini also to a bit lesser known talented vocalists like Thushara Subasinghe,Rukman Asitha,Aksha Chamudi and others. There have been millions of U tube viewers for these music videos . All these music tracks have been recorded in Tharindu’s own fully fledged ...

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Legendary ‘UNSUNG” humble model Lead Guitarist Mahinda Bandara reminisced – by Sunil Thenabadu Legendary ‘UNSUNG” humble model Lead Guitarist Mahinda Bandara reminisced – by Sunil Thenabadu It is a natural phenomenon for any person to be a legend in any field to have acquired hereditary affiliations from family members or ancestors which is a laid down norm. The unblemished music career of humble Mahinda Bandara is no exception. It is obvious that his mother Chandra Bandara has acquired musical instincts as a ‘A’ grade vocalist at the SLBC from genital affiliations from her father DG Kodituwakku a master in ‘Tabla’ also a teacher of repute. Mahinda’s maternal uncle is famous Tabla exponent Premanath Kodituwakku a native of Kegalle as Mahinda. At Mahinda’s ancestral dwelling where he too resided there had been many musical instruments v.i.z. tabla,violin,sitar,guitar, mandolin etc., which were freely available for Mahinda to experiment with. Emulating the elders Mahinda ...

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Esric Jackson…..Sri Lanka’s and Melbourne’s ‘comeback kid’- BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Strength, resilience and a God given talent is what personifes Esric Jackson, one of Sri Lanka’s outstanding vocal talent over several decades. And there’s no sign of his love for entertainment and being in the thick of it waning. Not in the near future anyway. His sojourn into music began at tender age in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, where a promising musical career was dramatically interrupted and forced into a U turn. Trying to help a stranded Colombo band to raise enough money to buy them return transport home, he related in a Television interview with Noeline Honter, on Channel 31 in Melbourne, how he got into hot water with local politicians. “I felt sorry for the guys when I found out their plight which made at least one of them reach the point of ...

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