Sri Lanka's Latin American dance champion
"The Dance of Love' in the Cuban-rhumba rhythm, turned the heat on as
Anushan and Sonasha joined by Tilina and Ronasha, moved sensuously and
excitingly on stage to the tune of the latin favourite "Besame
Mucho"...The occasion was the tenth anniversary celebrations in Sri
Lanka and the fortieth anniversary around the world of Oriflame whose
cosmetic products are now a lifestyle with not only teenagers but women
Anushan and group on stage in a Latin Routine. Pic. Sudath
What's more on that day the new seductive Power Shine lipstick in
stunning, fascinating colours was launched.
"Latin music and dance goes with the launch" commented Anushan when
we moved backstage to exchange a few words with this Sri Lankan dancer,
who is the Sri Lanka National Champion unbeaten for ten years in Latin
American dancing. His rare dedication to his art has carried him thus
far. "I love Latin American music.
You get emotionally involved and its different from Ballroom dancing
say like dancing the waltz or a quickstep. You ask me why I like Latin?
Well let me tell you my body is a Latin body. I love the dance steps,
the music, the clothes, it's all very sexy!!" exclaims Anushan while
slipping into another silky, open-chest shirt to be ready for the next
You've been on this scene of show dancing and championship dancing
for quite sometime where does the difference lie?
"Championship dancing demands that you execute certain basic
techniques, while choreographed show dancing gives you freedom to work
around the steps. I choreographed this show tonight and first thing is I
check with the organisers what kind of audience they are expecting -
whether they are expecting a young or old audience and I choose popular
music familiar to them - like songs by Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony,
Jennifer Lopez, Pussycat Dolls or Michael Buble".
Anushan Perera studied his dancing under Cyraine Illangakoon and
succeeded in gathering awards as the years moved by. In 2003 he and his
dancing partner Charnez were awarded the TOYP - The Outstanding Young
Persons of Sri Lanka. Prior to this in 1988-1998 he was the Ten Dance
Champion winning the Ballroom and Latin American Championship.
That's not all! In 1997 he won the Singapore International
Championship while in 1996 he carried off the Singapore Star
Anushan and his artistry saw him representing Sri Lanka in Japan,
Scotland, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.
This lithe and exciting dancer for whom Latin dancing is second
nature comments that internationally the schools have dancing as a
subject to help build up competitors for the future Olympic dancesport
competition. Sri Lanka he feels should do the same.
Leading music lights on stage
Music and entertainment at the Observer-Bata Schoolboy Cricketer of
the Year 2006 held on August 9 at the BMICH was on another level and
appreciated by the audience.
The group Ultimate led by Sudu Goonasekera was in swinging action
with guests performers Sunil Perera and Ronnie Leitch who sang as well
as perfomed skits. Colourful dance sequences were by Upekha group.
Saamaye Arunalu 2
Lankika and the Golden Chimes will be in live action at the Saamaye
Arunalu 2 Musical concert on Saturday September 1 at the Holy Emmanuel
Parish Hall, Moratuwa.
The Golden Chimesâ€™
The musical put together by Lankika will showcase leading lights from
Moratuwa like Annesley Malawana, Keerthi Pasquel, Anil Bhareti and
taking part will be Mariazelle, Merril Fernando, Anuradha Mendis,
Clinton Fernando, Thilak Perera and Isuri Andrew. Dancing sequences as
introduced by Lankika will be by the Kanani and Jayagra dance troupes.
"The proceeds" says Lankika "will be channelled to the proposed
Sunday School New Building fund and also to the scholarship fund for the
needy children. Lankika and the Golden Chimes is a popular band on the
Southern circuit, playing for many weddings, dances and special
Led by bassist Chanaka the band's repertoire is wide with a
comprehensive repertoire of Sri Lankan music as well as the music and
songs from the western pop charts. The Golden Chimes members are
versatile in the sense that some of the members are
multi-instrumentalists which is useful and you will agree gives the band
a special sound, characteristic of the Golden Chimes.
Horton Plains - the song was a winner
Singing an original song titled Horton Plains turned out to be a
winner for Priyanjala Rowell who carried off the award for the All
Island Winner - Vocal Solo, Own Choice, 26 year over category, at the
Sri Lankan Festival for the Performing Arts (2007).
The Association is affiliated to the British and International
Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech. The festival was
held on June 26 at the Russian Cultural Centre.
An English teacher by profession, Priyanjala indulges in composing
songs and singing as a hobby which gives her immense pleasure. In the
photograph, Priyanjala is seen with the adjudicator Kate Elmitt - LRAM,
ARCM, ARAM, Reifeprufang.