Reveals local horizons:
Punchi Thirae, a star dance show
comprising artistes who have portrayed many memorable roles on the mini
screen will be held at St. Joseph’s College, Maradana, on February 28 at
6.30 p.m. The event, much like the annual Ridee Rae is put together by
The first Punchi Thirae dance show was held in Dubai. The event
received thunderous applause from the audience, both Sri Lankans and
foreigners, as they were given a taste of Sri Lankan music and dance.
Due to this successful venture the organisers have decided to stage the
second Punchi Thirae on local soil.
“We wish to thank Neel de Silva for giving us the opportunity to
stage the maiden show abroad. It was not easy to take 50 members
comprising artistes and crew abroad, especially considering the economic
crisis of the country but his aim was not to earn profit but to give a
taste of the best of Sri Lankan art to the audience,” said creative
director of the event, Chandana Weerabaddhanarachchi.
Speaking at the event, dance director of Punchi Thirae dancing star
show, Shan Perera, stated that he had not got an opportunity to make use
of his experience of his 19 year stint in the dance field up to that
“Only a few individuals like Udayakantha Warnasuriya, Donald Jayantha
and Dammika Siriwardena noted my abilities and gave me the break to make
use of my skills. I have made use of a lot of hip-hop acts and some Sri
Lankan as well as Indian numbers to make up the show.
Though I took up the position as choreographer according to Suresh
Gamage’s request, I am glad I agreed to be a part of the team as it gave
me an opportunity to me compose different genres of dance acts,” he
“This concept derived from the fact that the television had become a
part of our daily life. After a hectic day, members of the family get
together in front of the television to watch a teledrama or program to
release their stress.
The mini screen is full of strength and vibrance. We chose our tracks
because of the lively rhythm. Many new and young faces have joined our
group to take part in the show which will be held in Sri Lanka,” said
producer of the event, Neel de Silva who is also the initiator of the
highly popular Ridee Reyak series.
He further added that their debut show was showcased in Dubai because
he himself is a resident in the country and wished to give the local
artistes a chance to display their skills abroad.