alive in our hearts
It is hard to imagine that Sri Lanka's most popular
vocalist H.R. Jothipala who mesmerised the masses with his irreplaceable
voice, has not been among us for 16 years.
nation was unfortunate to lose him on July 7, 1987, he is regarded
as the most popular people's singer even today.
was a stunning blow particularly to the film industry which is
still struggling to find a versatile playback voice to replace
Jothi. Some critics are of the view that Jothi's demise was a
major cause for the apparent downfall of the Sinhala cinema.
Reginald Jothipala, born on February 12, 1936 studied at St. Lawrence
College, Maradana and St.John's College, Dematagoda but never
studied music as a subject even in later stages. As a schoolboy
poor Jothi used to spend time in nearby tea kiosks listening to
songs as his home did not possess a radio.
One of the
luckiest things that happened to young Jothi's life was his meeting
with director Cyril P. Abeyratne and Ceylon Entertainment's chief
Jabir A. Cader who after realizing Jothi's aptitude for singing
agreed to give him the much awaited break in their film Surathalee.
Jothi gradually began to taste popularity as the song 'Siriyame
sara' under music director T.R. Papa became an instant hit. It
did not take long for him to rise to the top carrying along with
him the tag of being the best with an excellent screen voice.
number Puruthugeesikaraya sung to the tunes of the country's reputed
musician Sunil Shantha in Dr. Lester James Peiris' Sandeshaya
helped him reach the pinnacle of success. Jothi, who was never
known to be purse-proud always mingled with the common man and
also cultivated healthy relationships with fellow artistes, although
a section started to realise his worth only after his death.
enriching the Sinhala cinema as a playback singer in more than
200 films, Jothi had sung more than 5,000 songs in his career
spanning over 3 decades.
of four daughters also acted in several films after making his
acting debut in Robin Tampoe's Sudu Sande Kalu Wala.
feature in Jothi was his gifted knack in varying his voice to
resemble the actor he sang for. The late Jothipala will always
be fondly remembered as a man who endowed permanence on so many
films, keeping them alive in public memory.
of parental love on Screen
"Irasma, the visual creation of film director Ariyarathna
Vithana, is now on the silver screen at theatres of National Film
set an example to elders by his film, though it evolves around
a child, who has lost parental love due to frequent quarrels between
is not a new theme to the film world, Ariyarathna's presentation
is taken a totally novel turn. The film "Punchi Suranganavi"
too spoke of the same problem.In one scene, the brawl between
the father and mother is not depicted directly. The camera is
focused towards them from a low angle, as if the spectators are
watching it from under a table. Irasma is intimidated while her
parents fight and she hides under the dining table.
love is so immence that Irasma (Ama Wijesekera) is
reminded of her beloved mother when she was acting in a school
drama as Ehelepola Kumarihamy (wife of Ehelepola Adikaram) and
faints. There the mental trauma is indicated in a very comprehensive
manner through this film. That credit should go to Anoma Ratnayake
too who wrote the novel "Irasma."
uncle (Douglas Ranasinghe) tells Irasma that her father (Priyankara
Ratnayake) has sent her a brand new car from a foreign country
(Nigeria) where her father had gone to work. Surely no child will
ever appreciate or will be happy to become an owner of a new car
if that child is separated from his/her parents. There a question
arises as to whether that scene appeals to the audience. Because
it is an universal fact that highest happiness for children remains
not on material things but on their parents.
Let the film
"Irasma" convey a message to the millions of parents
in our country who have the tendency of quarrelling or being in
stand offs for trivial reasons that have grave repecussions on
innocent children, shattering their future irrevocably.
who plays the main role seems to be a promising actress. Dulika
Marapana is mediocre in her performance. Priyankara Ratnayake
who has more experience on stage dramas has a sort of 'artificial
acting' and lacks facial expressions. Adding a scene of a full
Robot for the first time will be a novel experience, specially
to Sinhala filmgoers.
Ariyarathna's "Irasma" was awarded a certificate of
merit at the 12th Prix Leonardo International Film Festival held
at Parma, Italy.
children's film "Athuru Mithuru" received four Presidential
Awards in 1987 and represented Sri Lanka at the Moscow International
Film Festival and Bangalore International Children's Film Festival.
His short film "Thrupthi" on childrens rights
represented Sri Lanka at the Chicago International Film Festival."Irasma"
casts include Irangani Serasinghe, Maurine Charuri, Hirushini
Abewardena and other child artistes too.
been handled by Suminda Weerasingha, Victor Ratnayake has provided
music and Nanda Malini has sung the theme song. Lyrics by Kumaradasa
Saputhanthri. Make up artiste is J. Suranimala. Milton Perera
is Art Director. "Irasma" is edited by Denzil Jayaweera.
The now popular
'peduru party' concept was pioneered by four talented Lankans
- Herbert Ranjith Peiris, H. R. Jothipala, Mahinda Tilakaratne
and Dolak player Fuji more than three decades ago.
the death anniversaries of the concept's two prime movers - H.
R. Jothipala and Herbert Ranjith Peiris - fall on the same day,
passed away on July 7 two years ago as the film he made after
17 years - Hai Hui Babi Achchi - was released in film circuits.
and outspoken showbiz man proved his capabilities as an artist,
musician, film and teledrama director, screenplay writer, lyricist
and art director after he entered the scene as part of a chorus
in Prof. Ediriweera Sarathchandra's Maname stage drama.
his passion for humour through the TV visuals of the popular Gypsies
gripped the nation with teledrams - especially Irata Muwawen,
better known as the 'string-hopper house story'. (RU)
shooting of Laxman Pushpakumara's second tele-drama 'Hima Warusa'
(Snow Fall) will commence next month at various locations at Hantana,
Sriyantha Mendis, Nilmini Tennakoon, Tissa Udangamuwa, Grace A
Jagath Chamila, Susantha Chandramali, Sarath Kothalawela, Ruwanthi
Mangala, Nilanthi Dias and Chathura Weerawardena.
Arachchi will handle the camera.
chief guest veteran Film Director Amaranath Jayatileka lighting
the traditional oil lamp at the 'Muhurath' ceremony held at R.S.
Video Centre, Kalubowila, recently. Director Pushpakumara (in
red shirt behind the chief guest) is also in the picture.
Musical Show featuring some of the top artistes in the country
will come alive in Kandy on July 12 at the Dharmaraja College
Auditorium at 6.30 p.m
would bring back Sohan and the X'periments to Kandy after five
years and would involve Annesley Malawana, Indrani Perera, Anil
Bharathi, Ronnie Leitch, Sohan, Baby Shanika and Ginger.
In fact this
would be Annesley's 2nd Show in Kandy after the successful Stars
of the 70's Show in 2001. This show is Compered by Clifford Richard
and with dancing provided by Channa Wijewardene's Dance Troupe
is certain to catch the imagination of the entertainment-starved
public in Kandy.
is organised and will be presented by Golden Key Credit Card Company,
which has organised various other events ranging from Night Club
Promotions, Weekend Promotions, Kiddies Carnivals and Jazz Shows,
Dinner Dances and many other events.
Key is hoping to arrange many entertainment programmes including
foreign shows in the near future. According to their Asst. General
Manager Credit Card Division Orville Pereira of The Golden Key
Credit Card Co. Ltd., quite a few foreign acts are lined up for
next year. It will be like our good old days. We did bring
many top names in the world to the Sri Lankan soil.The years to
come will be like that he concluded.
to screen after 17 years
Amarasiri Kalansuriya, after a 17 year lapse has come back to
the cinema, playing a major role in Udayakantha Warnasuriya's
latest film, "Diya Yata Gindara".
popularly known as "Kalang", who has acted in 54 films,
came to the silver screen playing a role in Sugathapala Senarath
Yapa's "Hanthane Kathawa" with that ever popular actor,
Vijaya Kumaratunge. This brilliant actor won the Best Actor's
award in 1974 for his very second attempt in Dharmasiri Pathiraja's
Kalang temporarily left the cinema due to the numerous difficulties
and hardships he had to undergo in his personal life. He played
more challenging roles in real life as a labourer, salesman and
businessman which were completely different to his roles on the
his second entry to the cinema with H. D. Premaratne's "Apeksha"
and the role he played brought him another Best Actor's award
along with several other OCIC presentations in 1978.
He was destined
for more remarkable roles in the local cinema, some of them being
H. D.'s famous film "Parithyagaya" (Sacrifice) and "Podi
Wije" in which he played the stellar role.
who bade goodbye to the silver screen due to the setbacks the
industry was facing, has returned after 17 years of silence.