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Sunil Ratnayake completes 30 years in Sri Lanka’s tele-drama industry.

Sunil Ratnayake completes 30 years in Sri Lanka’s tele-drama industry. The only tele drama to win the most number of tele-drama awards, “Dandubasnamanaya”, was produced by him. Speaking of his humble beginnings and the 30-year journey Ratnayake reveals that his interest in video only began as a hobby while working as a civil engineer at the Highways Department. It was during this time that a documentary he had created on the Badulla district titled “Badulu Siriya” had caught the attention of the then Prime Minster Ranasinghe Premadasa who got him hired as a videographer, which later lead to his first tele-dramas “Ran Doratu” and the more popular “Bhagya”.
He received the coveted Prime Minister’s award for “Apey Gamata Kiri Uthurai” and the Environmental Day Award for the documentary film “Gasakin Kandulak”. He was the pioneer to introduce Digital 3D Animation in Sri Lanka. “Bhavathra”, Sri Lanka’s first ever science fiction TV series to use 3D character animation, was produced by him.

The 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games in Colombo

Colombo hosts The 4th Asia Pacific Choir Games this month. Presented by the Colombo Cultural Hub Trust, under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and INTERKULTUR of Germany, it is the first time an INTERKULTUR choir event will be held in South Asia. Some of the categories that these professional and amateur choirs will compete in are: Gospel, Spiritual, Jazz, Pop, Folklore, Acappella to name a few. Choirs from all over the Asia Pacific region, regardless of their present level of achievement, will have the opportunity to participate in an Open Competition.

A Unique Inter-Cultural Fusion of Choral Splendour will be showcased at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre on Thursday the 26th of October at 7.00pm.

In addition to competitive participation, choirs will have the opportunity to perform in Friendship Concerts with other choirs in public venues within Colombo. These public concerts are FREE OF CHARGE and will provide opportunities for each choir to share the musical traditions of their native land with other choirs and with the Sri Lankan public. A Concert featuring Sacred Music will be conducted at St Mary's Church Bambalapitiya on Thursday the 26th of October at 10.00am. Entrance is free. All are welcome.

The 10th European Film Festival to be held next month

The 10th European film festival will be held  from the 13th to the 17th of next month at the Tharanganee Hall of the National Film Corporation. Master piece film collections from Germany, The Netherlands, the Check Republic, Britain, Slovakia, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland and Romania will be featured at this exhibition.

The Ministry of Finance says that the net profit earned by artistes up to 500,000 rupees will be exempted from tax

The Ministry of Finance says that the net profit earned by artistes will be exempted from tax provided that the earned profit is below 500,000 rupees.


The Jaffna international film festival will be held from today up to 20th.

Jaffna international film festival will commence today. Many films from 25 countries will be screened during this festival. The festival will be held till 20th of this month. The inaugural ceremony of this festival will be held today at 10.00 am at Jaffna Majestic Cinema Hall.


Oscar nominee to perform in Sri Lanka for India@70

To celebrate 70 years of independence of India - India@70 – the High Commission of India is organizing a special event on August 15 in Colombo, featuring performance by legendary percussion maestro Pandit Bickram Ghosh and his fusion band Rhythmscape. One of world’s greatest Tabla maestros, Pandit Bickram Ghosh has been nominated for Oscar and many Grammy awards.


Zoological garden in Dehiwela to be kept opened during night hours shortly.


A part of the Dehiwela Zoological garden will be opened for the public specially for tourists from 9th September onwards. From that day from 7 O'clock in the night to 10 O'clock the zoo will be opened according to Director General Dammika Malsingha.


City FM mobile New Year festival will be held today at Kalutara.

City FM mobile New Year festival will be held today at Kalutara and Ratmalana Singer Mega premises. It will be held at Boralesgamuwa Singer Mega premises tomorrow. A New Year festival was held yesterday at the Singer Mega premises in Kandy last morning. Our correspondents say a large crowd including SLBC listeners was present at this festival. Many cultural and traditional events were performed at this festival. Singer Sri Lanka is sponsoring this New Year festival.

City FM mobile New Year festival will be held in Kandy today.

City FM mobile New Year festival will be held at the Singer Mega showroom in Kandy today. It is comprised with many cultural and traditional events relating to the Sinhala New Year. Singer Sri Lanka sponsored this event and it will be held tomorrow near Kalutara and Rathmalana Singer showrooms and at the Boralesgamuwa Singer showroom day after tomorrow.

The SLBC launches children’s song CD.

The SLBC launches children’s songs CD. The CD is produced to improve aesthetic values of the children. The launch will take place at 2.30 pm tomorrow at Ananda Samarakoon studio of the SLBC. Deputy Minister Karunarathne Paranawithana and Chancellor of the University of Aesthetic Studies Prof. Sanath Nandasiri will take part at the event. Dr. Praneeth Abeysundara of Sri Jayawardenapura University will deliver a special lecture.


The group song concert organized by the SLBC will be held on sunday


The “Gayana Geyum” group song concert presented by the Sinhala Welanda Sewaya of the SLBC to mark it’s golden jubilee anniversary celebration will be held at the BMICH tomorrow evening. The Welanda Sewaya has rendered a yeoman service to broadcast group songs in 70s for the interest of listeners. The group songs broadcast since several decades are now very much popular even at present. Seventeen groups including moonstones, Dharmaratne Sahodarayo, Three sisters will present their performance.


Two Australian classical musicians will hold a free concert in Colombo.

The Australian High Commission is to present two of Australia’s leading classical musicians in a free concert to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Australia-Sri Lanka bilateral relations. It will be held at Bishop’s College Auditorium at 7.00 pm on 24th of this month. Slava Grigoryan is a world famous classical guitarist and Sharon Draper a famous cellist will perform in this concert.
Slava has been the Artistic Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival since 2010. Sharon Draper has been the cellist with the Australian String Quartet since 2013, and has toured extensively with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Concert passes are free but limited. Passes can be collected from the Australian High Commission, 21, R.G. Senanayake Mawatha. Last minute passes may be available from 5pm on the day, at the concert venue. The 70th Anniversary is a partnership between the Australian and Sri Lankan Governments.

SLBC marks the 50th anniversary on the 50th year of this month.


Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation marks the 50th anniversary on the 50th year of this month. The corporation has organized a number of programmes to mark this event during the New Year.  The inaugural ceremony in this connection will be held on the 5th evening at the Kumarathunga studio under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.


Scarlett Johansson named 'Top grossing' actor by Forbes

Scarlett Johansson has been named as the top grossing actor of 2016 by Forbes magazine. Her movies, including Captain America: Civil War and the Coen Brothers' Hail Caesar!, earned 1.2 billion US dollars globally over the past 12 months. Johansson's Marvel co-stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr tied for second place with 1.15 billion US dollars each. Last year, the list was topped by Chris Pratt while, in 2014, Jennifer Lawrence took the top honours. Forbes curates the annual list by adding up global ticket sales using data from analysis site Box Office Mojo.

Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss World 2016

Stephanie del Valle of Puerto Rico has been crowned Miss World 2016 held at Oxon Hill in United States, edging out runners-up from the Dominican Republic and Indonesia, and beauties from around the globe.

Del Valle who is just 19 is a brown-eyed brunette student who speaks Spanish, English and French, and hopes to get into the entertainment industry. Crowned by Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain, del Valle called it an "honor and a great responsibility" to represent her Caribbean homeland.

First runner-up was Yaritza Ramirez of the Dominican Republic, followed by Miss World Indonesia Natasha Mannuela.

An orphan girl at the Polonnaruwa children's home gets married with the blessings of the President.

A girl named Indrani Maduwanthi who rendered parentless due to terrorism and was looked after by the Parakum Children Home in Polonnaruwa started her marriage life today. She is 22 years old and her groom is 26 years old Priyantha Kumara of Vavuniya. It is significant that president Maithripala Sirisena attended the weeding on the part of the bride.


Mass brawl in Bangladesh over TV soap

An argument about a popular TV drama in Bangladesh erupted into a mass brawl involving hundreds of people, with 15 people badly injured. Villagers in Habiganj district had gathered in a cafe to watch Indian-made Bengali fantasy drama Kiranmala.


US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft


American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.
Mr Aikins - who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt - fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.


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