Niranjala Sarojini phenomenal vocalist, radio artiste, television host in an effervescent voyage of five decades in stardom – By Sunil Thenabadu Niranjala Sarojini Abeywardena nee Peiris hails from a rare celebrated musical family in Sri Lanka as the fourth daughter among six siblings in all to catholic parents living in Nugegoda. Sisters been elders Malkanthi, Nirmala,younger Sakuntala while she had an elder brother Kumar and younger the famous Manoj.Father Harrison Peiris a veteran journalist famous writer and poet was the Chief Editor of catholic ‘Messenger’ for three and a half decades. Mother had been strict on the siblings’ while father had been tolerable it was revealed. Both were in the habit of saying prayers every evening with the siblings, thereafter all had to sing ‘hyms’ with father playing the Button Accordion and mother playing her Japanese   Mandolin ,both very well conversant in playing music instruments. The family used to sing ...

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KOSALA DILRUKSHI AN INSPIRATIONAL VOCALIST HAVING WON THE COVETED TROPHY IN ITN’S SWARNA SAMMANA 2006/2007 – by Sunil Thenabadu Kosala Dilrukshi Adhikari  is an inspirational vocalist with innate talent sans any hereditary affiliations, who is devoted to her craft. After a successful secondary education at the Mayurapada  Central College in Narammala  (school had produced many accomplished vocalists. In year 2015 in Derana Season VI the runner up was Yasoda Priyadarshini while in year 2020 in season 09 the runner up was Nuwandika Senaratne)Likewise Kosala Dilrukshi was also  student who brought laurels to her school by  winning the coveted trophy been adjudicated the best female singer in the ITN television organized “ Swarna Sammana contest 2006 /2007. In this competition there had been many competitors  selected from many districts with only twelve selected for the final.The adjudicators had been all prolific personalities in the music field  like Pandit WD Amaradewa, Dr Premasari Khemadasa,Victor Ratnayake, Latha Walpola, ...

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Singing alongside Victor – by GEORGE BRAINE I spent Christmas 2017 with Victor Ratnayake and a few friends at Nuwara Eliya, and, on our return to Colombo, he drove me to my home near Lunuwila. I sat in the front seat, and his wife sat in the back. As we were passing Rukmani Devi’s statute at Tudella, Victor began to reminisce about the Rukmani he knew and respected. He has a phenomenal memory, and he brings in numerous anecdotes, usually funny, to his stories. But, on Rukmani, his memories were tender and tinged with sadness. Then, I related my own story. While schooling in Negombo in the early 1960s, I was boarded at a house on Temple Road, only a few hundred meters from “Jaya-Ruk”, the home of Rukmani and Eddie Jayamanne. They were at the height of their popularity.  The boarding house owner was the sister of Bertram Fernando, ...

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Thilak Hapugoda: Legend in music business-by Gamini Akmeemana Source:Dailymirror Does the name Thilak Hapugoda ring a bell? It should, to anyone even remotely connected to the 1990s’ vibrant pop music scene, for Thilak revolutionalised our sound and staging systems and brought them on par with international standards. His untimely death at age of 43 in 2001 was a great loss the Lankan world of music.   The decades 1960s to the 80s was a golden age in Lankan music of all genres, the vital technology of getting this music live across to the crowds was lagging behind During his extensive travels, he studied new technology and developments in music, attending the London music fair in 1996 also visiting France, Singapore and Japan to gain more know-how. As his 20th death anniversary falls on Oct. 18, this is an attempt to recapture all that he did for music and musicians, stepping ...

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