A Maiden's Song
Call her a 'young crusader' in the Sri Lankan classical world of
music and you wouldn't be far wrong. This is the first time I guess a
young soprano singer has ventured out to make a CD of her artistry.
Amandi Ekanayake with piano accompaniment by the acknowledged Menaka
de Fonseka Sahabandu has chosen an interesting and familiar collection
of songs for her album 'A Maiden's Song', which music lovers will sure
A mellifluous soprano Amandi's selection includes Bird Song at
Eventide, Bacarolle from Tales of Hoffman by Oftenbach, Ave Maria, O Mio
Babbino Caro, Piu Jesu, Rusalka's Song to the Moon and the well known
Plasir d'Amour. She has included two selections from the musicals as
There's the poignant If I Loved You from Carousal and the haunting
ballad Love Changes Everything from Aspects of Love sung sensitively by
Amandi. Also included are The Rose, and Danno Budunge the latter given
an interpretation different from the norm.
More young singers in Sri Lanka with remarkable talent in classical
music should endeavour to record their artistry, because as is common in
Sri Lanka their artistry is often lost to music lovers and posterity.
True to its title, Spellbound will do just that to the music loving
audience. Staged by the Bridgeteen Choir for three days October 5, 6 and
7 at the Lionel Wendt, the choreography of this extensive musical has
been planned out by the students themselves and directed by Ruwani
Seimon, a 'charismatic' figure in the Sri Lankan music scene.Spellbound
is a show of unity, binding the world in harmony.
The choir comprises 66 students ranging from the ages of 11-19 and
they will be performing music from around the world, from semi-classical
to Gospel, jazz, pop, rock and also a grand finale of a Sinhala medley
that should not be missed.
Thoroughly committed, the students have experimented with and learnt
different world languages to enhance the musical interest in this
presentation of beautiful harmonized singing and synchronized dancing.
It's a new experience in town! The comfortable familiarity of Long
Feng has given way to pure elegance adding cuisine from Singapore to its
array of world cuisine.
With a Master Chef Neow Kok Meng at the helm, every detail has been
carefully crafted into eloquent Chinese sophistication at Trans Asia's
signature restaurant now in a black and muted gold theme, and the
characteristic high-backed chairs that they say lends towards long
evenings of pleasure.
Meng with many years of experience from the topmost culinary
establishments in Singapore, comments that the cuisine is actually a
fusion of many culinary worlds and not necessary all from just South and
Commencing last week, the Golden Dragon has taken on a fresh new look
and a fresh menu, at the Taj Airport Garden. The restaurant also wears a
more alluring and classy look in its warm ambience and striking decor.
The bright splashes of colour on select surfaces and striking
artifacts add more depth and character to the restaurant. The new decor
and a busy open kitchen entices you, with the exciting aromas wafting in
the air as you walk in. Vegans will sure enjoy the special dishes
created for them.