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Dr. Wickie - a debut album
It's a catchy and a hip line - 'From patient care to singing Dr.
Wickie the newest star in the Sri Lankan music scene!'
A first meeting with Dr. Wickie and you are compelled to come to the
conclusion that he is loaded with humour. But in launching his debut
album last Monday at Sasakawa Hall he was quite serious in his endeavour.
Dr. Wickie as he calls himself, the CD is titled Dr. Wickie - No. 1,
says he didn't choose the name as a ploy, because he is in fact a
doctor, a medical consultant practising in the UK.
Singing has always been a passion with him in his youth. A student of
Nalanda College, Colombo he never missed out in participating in musical
events of the school. Dr. Wickie was nurtured in a home that echoed with
music. In fact as he tells us "I still remember me singing Kotu Keli
Soyala, Parandel Kola Genalla as a kid and everybody enjoyed listening
So this album which was released on October 2 was directed and
produced by Kalashuri Diliup Gabadamudalige. Four of the songs were
written by Dr. Wickie and the others who contributed lyrics are A. B.
Lalith de Silva, Wasantha Kumara Kobawaka, Bandula Nanayakkarawasam,
Yamuna Malanie Perera, Nilar Cassim, Ratnasiri Wijesinghe and Dr. Athula
Music is by Kalashuri Diliup Gabadamudalige, Navarathna Gamage and
Mahinda Bandara. Singing duets on the album are Nelu Adhikari, Rashmi
Sangeetha and Joe Steve. Two bailas have been included which are
hilarious Mokada Bara Bara and Hiri Waathe and are ideal at parties. The
two bailas Dr. Wickie tells us are videoed and are being aired.
The themes of the songs are unusual. Dr. Wickie says that he wrote
some of his songs based on his medical experience. Patients he claims
are great story tellers and this inspired him. One song is about a young
man who suffers with depression after being abandoned by his girl
There is another song about Hiriwathe, a common term used by Sri
Lankan patients to explain aches and pains as well as shakes and
stiffness as in Parkinson's disease. Diliup Gabadamudalige has produced
video clips for two of Dr. Wickie's songs. The album is now available on
both CD and Audio Cassette.
For more information of Dr. K. K. Wickramarathna log on to his
Esteem on website
After the launch Shanaka Wijesooriya, Yvonne Weerasuriya (Esteem
Magazine Director Marketing), Hasitha Tillekeratna, Chairman - Gem &
Jewellery Authority and Neil Weerasuriya - Director Esteem Magazine.
It was a night that will go down in Esteem history when this
magazine, which originally was dubbed 'Magazine for the Discerning
Woman' and then eventually was acclaimed 'Magazine for the Discerning',
launched its website www.esteemmagazine.lk, Friday before last at the
Galle Face Hotel.
In the presence of a large gathering which included high society,
media, advertising glitterati, and clients, Hasitha Tillekeratne,
Chairman of Gem & Jewellery Authority pressed the key that switched on
the website and made Esteem go global.
The occasion was compered by Kumar de Silva in his remarkable
conversational style and the website was lauded for its innovative
features that are a cut above other websites found on line. The site
will provide feedback forms, and e-mail links and sales through on line
ordering. It was way back in 1998, on January 1 (to get the exact date)
that Esteem was first launched by Sicille Kotelawala and since then has
stayed true to its successful 'Vision' to be the most sought after
Lifestyle magazine in Sri Lanka.
Its glossy pages have helped in "promoting superior reading habits
among its readership and cultivating logical, rational and exploratory
reading patterns by introducing mind stimulating, inspiring and
invigorating reading material." So much so, the magazine has evolved
into being the 'Lifestyle for the Discerning Family.'
Now with this website Esteem is planning to reach the many Sri
Lankans domiciled around the world, says Esteem Marketing Director
Classic fragrances re - launched
Kate Moss, the super model is the new face of Pour Femme the
contemporary and classic fragrance by the world renowned Bulgari.
The perfume was re-launched here in Sri Lanka last week, by Exclusive
Lines (Private) Limited. This classic fragrance is a tribute to an
extremely feminine woman who wishes to re-discover luxury,
sophistication and style at its best. And combined with Bulgari
jewellery it's the high life you dreamed of.
Fresh and light is Voile de Jasmin which expresses feminine
sensitivity and sensual grace by its predominant note - the Sambac
Jasmine flower. The Jasmine gathered in first hours of the morning mixed
with Prelude Rose, Mimosa, Wild Lily of the Valley and Violet makes it a
The other perfume is Rose Essentielle ideal for the charming and
elegant woman. The full deepness of the Ottoman Rose is merged with
Prelude Rose, Blackberry, Violet leaves and Sandalwood to give the
wearer a charisma that's enchanting.
To compliment the men Bulgaria also re-launched Pour Homme - the Pour
Homme Extreme an intense version dedicated to a refined man and Pour
Homme Soir for the man who is in search of a classic evening fragrance.