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Sumathi Awards to bring tele talents to the spotlight

Once again the Sumathi Group had set a date to stage their much hyped about Sumathi Tele Awards at the Sugathadasa outdoor stadium on October 24. The awards ceremony is set to unfold for the successful 14th year, felicitates those who had shown exceptional talent in the mini screen.

The ceremony is not limited to artistes and those linked with teledramas alone but also focus on aspects like commercials and television program presentation. It had created much excitement and speculations ever since the awards ceremony took to the stage in 1995.

This year renowned beauty product Nature’s Secrets together with MassCom Limited had joined hands to enhance the glitz and glamour of Sumathi Tele Awards.

From left Director - Events A.D. Ranjith Kumara, Director Marketing - MassCom Nihal Pathirage, Head of Sumathi Group Thilanga Sumathipala, General Manager- Nature’s Secrets Rajesh Ranasinghe and Marketing Manager - Nature’s Secrets Philip Mullegama during the press briefing. Picture by Prabodhi Lanka

Addressing the media at a press briefing Sumathi head and member of Western Provincial Council Thilanga Sumathipala emphasized the importance of felicitating artistes and mini screen personalities for the sake and sustenance of the mini screen.

He said, “I had a link with the performing arts scene from childhood. Television made a break into the entertainment scene when cinema was flourishing. Yet, the mini screen had emerged as one of the favourite forms of entertainment devices among masses today”.

The key organizer of the event, seasoned journalist A.D. Ranjith Kumara, said that this time too the team had worked hard to present a memorable experience to the viewers. He noted that he found it a challenge to put together 15 grand award ceremonies for Sumathi Group for continuous years even after the experience he had gained by organizing the Sarasaviya Film Festival some years back.

Many teledrama icons too spoke up at the event revealing their enthusiasm towards Sumathi Tele Awards. Seasoned actor Sathischandra Edirisinghe said that he was one of the pioneers linked with the history of the awards ceremony and had proposed the stage to be decorated as the Nissanka Latha Mandapaya in the maiden awards ceremony. He dubbed the event as a occasion which showcases cultural aspects of the island and a space where debutants as well as veterans get together to be rewarded for their contribution.

Buddhadasa Vithanachchi, the first recipient of the best actor award of the maiden Sumathi Tele Awards expressed that the festival added a novel experience to the field while Roger Seneviratne said that the festival had taught him patience.

“I have been nominated for awards several times but it was only recently that I was able to lay hands on the award,” he said.

Roshan Pilapitiya, Oshadi Hewamadduma, Jackson Anthony, Sriyantha Mendis, Kusum Renu, Palitha de silva Sunil Ratnayake, Chandika Nanayakkara, Nayana Kumari and Saranga Dissasekara also spoke.


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