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Mahadivulwewa paints Colours Without Colours

Shooting of Sudu, Kalu Saha Alu (Colours Without Colours), the maiden film by well-known teledrama director Sudath Mahadivulwewa has been completed.

The film, which is woven around a village bordering the North and East, is now in the process of post production stage, Sudath says.

It focuses on the life in such a village in a post war situation and how the villagers are engaged in a constant battle of surviving even after the war ends, Sudath said in an interview with Stage and Screen. "In my film, I talk about the survivors of the war who are facing immense hardships in the post-war period and to what extent their lives and souls have been affected in a prolonged conflict situation."

"My main intention is to portray that the devastation caused to the human relationship is more harmful than the destruction of physical facilities such as buildings, roads etc."

"What I am highlighting in my film is the efforts and courage shown by those people to re-build their lives amid much hardships and set-backs," Sudath says.

Among the teledramas created by Sudath are Dawala Ratriya, Dande Lu Gini, Manukakapura, Wanaspathi and Nikmantota.

Sudath's maiden creation has been turned into a movie after one year's research on the country's prolonged conflict and life of people affected in the conflict. "The film is woven around a number of small incidents and its a scattered story line," he added.

A scene from Sudu, Kalu Saha Alu 

Another feature of the film is that it does not comprise any main characters. "I wanted to do a film without any main characters and there will be around 13 characters who will be playing significant roles," he added.

Film's music is by veteran musician Premasiri Khemadasa.

The whole film has been shot in Vilachchiya, a remote area close to Anuradhapura in the North-Central province.

"We built an artificial village in this area and the construction of the village took around three months - the film was shot in this village."

The film was processed in India and is now in the dubbing stage.


Fete de La Musique '03

Once again 'Fete de La Musique' organised by the Alliance Francaise de Colombo will be held at the modernised air-conditioned New Town Hall, Green Path, Colombo 7 on June 28 (Saturday) from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. The music festival Fete de La Musique begun in France in 1982 is now celebrated all over the world and every year professional and amateur musicians in France take to the streets and parks on this day to celebrate the arrival of summer after a dismal spring.

It is free of charge and thousands and thousands of people flock to these parks and streets and performers embrace all kind of music and nothing is out of place and it goes on the whole.Here is your chance to expose your hidden talents, it is for everyone amateurs, professional (no age limit), individuals, bands, dancing schools/groups, ballet schools/groups, school bands etc. The organisers also will give a chance to the up-coming compere to show their talents as well.

It's free and the organisers will provide the hall, sound systems and background music by a well-known band free of charge or you could have your own music or group. Contact the Alliance Francaise de Colombo at 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 07 - Tel. 694161/693467 to obtain application forms. Applications will close on June 14.


Desmond -The man... the voice... the concert!

Desmond "Live in Concert" has become Colombo's most looked forward to and talked about event in recent times. Reserved seating were sold out just 48 hours were sold out way ahead of the date of the concert.

This proves that Colombo is starved for entertainment especially fact that Desmond De Silva arguably Sri Lanka's finest entertainer will be on stage is an excitement among music lovers.

Music career

Desmond De Silva aka "Des" to his huge audience of adoring fans was born in Matara to a family with enormous musical talent. He commenced his musical career in 1963 as the lead vocalist of the Fire-Flies. Over the years Des performed with the Spitfires, Gabo and the Breakaways and the Jetliners. In 1976 he formed his own band which was known as "Desmond and the Clan". Desmond performed in the Maldives, Nepal and Scandinavia with the Clan until he decided to embark on a solo career in 1984. Since, 1984 Des has travelled the world performing to packed houses. His popularity has increased over the years. Fans of all ages grow day by day mesmerized by his captivating voice, his charm, personality and his awesome "stage presence".

Live in Concert

Desmond's "Live in Concert" marks Desmond's 40th year in show business. The 40 years have stood lightly on Sri Lanka's greatest entertainer. A star who can hold his own with the very best; and a star that mother Lanka can be very proud of, Desmond has recorded well over 550 bailas and is undoutably the King of Baila here in Sri Lanka.

The concert a brainchild of his wife Lala promises to be of the highest standard. "The Gypsies" led by Sunil Perera will provide the backing for Desmond, who says that it is a pleasure and a privilege to work with a talented and committed outfit like the Gypsies. Cumar Peiris who handles keyboards for the Gypsies is doubling as Director of music for the concert. Sunil's brother Piyal, Dileepa, Derrick, Niresh and Lelum have also pooled their wealth of talent to bring the audience an unforgettable experience.

The evergreen voice of Antoinette, Golden Clef award winners Ashanthi (daughter of Antoinette) and Nevanthi will perform with maestro Desmond as will the quartet "Revelations". Led by Mahen Peiris and comprising Krishan Jayaratnam, Shaddy Weerasinhe and Dilan Gnanaduray, The Revelations will join Desmond "Acapoella" to bring a whole new dimension to the concert. Dr. Vijaya Corea Sri Lanka's compere par excellence will lend his voice to the event. Behind the scenes the lighting and set construction will be handled by Nimal Bulathsinghala.

A power packed performance is guaranteed for those lucky ones. For those interested in Desmonds' first English CD, A DVD/VCD of the concert are also available. A telecast of the Anniversary Concert all on track will be release shortly...........


Desmond has a special word of thanks for his sponsors..." Without my sponsors the concert would not have reached my fans". Special mention was made of ANCL Chairman Nalin Ladduwahetty, Asitha Abeysekara Marketing Director of Singer and Chandana de Silva, Head of Corporate Communication Sri Lankan Air Lines and all at Creative I for their unstinted co-operation.

Desmond resides in the United Kingdom with wife Lala. Desmond works for H.R. Owen the largest dealership in the world for Rolls Royce and Bentley Motor vehicles and the largest dealer for Land Rover in the UK. A self-confessed sports fanatic and an avid reader Desmond spends his leisure time indulging in such activities.

Future plans

Desmond says life has been good to him and he thanks God for all what he has achieved. It is time he says "to give my country something in return for everything she has given me". A family member says that Desmond will act as an "Ambassador" For the Hope Hospital Project. Des has also planned to assist at least one family affected by the recent floods. And some great news for his fans, Des promises to continue entertaining for as long as he believes he can.

Desmond Live in Concert is brought to you with the compliments of the Sunday Observer, Singer Sri lanka, Sri Lankan Airlines and Creative i.

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