Music and dance concert
The exposure on television
channels has led many a youth to develop their dancing skills to
entertain audiences in Sri Lanka. In a few weeks time the group
Torrential will be staging a fabulous show of a variety of dances
choreographed by the members reflecting their creativity, since most of
them are self-taught in their expression of dance routines. The popular
actress, dancer, TV presenter, singer, Nehara Pieris will be the
featured star with Torrential. Lasantha Silva the leader of Torrential
who won the second place in the Dancing Stars Competition Season II
revealed that “the show will contain 25 dance items in a variety of
We have included some Michael Jackson favourites like “Too Bad”,
“Dangerous”, “Black or White” to name a few. South Indian film dances
are popular today. We haven’t forgot the music of Bathiya ‘N Santhush
and the group will be dancing our adaptation of hip-hop dance to their
Then of course we can’t leave out the popular Bollywood routines
which are fast moving and captivating, and Tamil dance choreography. All
in all it is going to be a spectacular show that we have created and we
would appreciate it if any organisation would lend a helping hand.”
Torrential apart from Lasantha comprises Asanga de Silva and Nadeesha
Alahapperuma who won the first place in “The Best Dance Group” in the
City of Dance Competition 2009” organised by Derana. Supun Abeysinghe
the youngest member of Torrential was the winner of “The Best Solo
Dancer in the City of Dance Competition 2009. The show will be held at
the Ummu Maleeha Memorial Hall, Panadura in time for the festive season
that will soon be upon us. With the popular actress Nehara Pieris, who
won the 5th place in the Dancing Stars Competition, Season I, in the
spotlight, this show packed with tremendous dancing talents will be a
memorable one for the audience to take back home with them.
After a brief hiatus, we bring
back the band stand featuring some of the most electrifying names in our
local music scene. With a new image to make you stop and stare and faces
that will catch you quite unawares, we introduce the first of the
rockers who are the tritonizing band called Triton.
These dudes have come a long way from their humble days of subtle
music and have opted for a more KISS-like craze. In case you’re
wondering who the band known as Triton are, meet Kanishka, Mark, Ivan,
Gavin and Manjula. Kanishka is the lead vocal guy who can belt just with
much power as KISS boys Paul, Ace and Peter. However, he does need the
help of his mates like Mark who is their drummer dude, the bass-playing
ace, Gavin and the rifty-shifty guitar gurus Ivan and Manjula to tackle
the train of vibe.
Completely not recognising them on stage, I asked the dudes what was
with the image change from their days of Keezer? “We decided to go for
something unconventional and even though it was relatively different, we
quite welcomed a new look”, said Kanishka. The new image is rather cool
and with Halloween just over, it was the ideal show to put a spook on.
“After our former member Sahan left for studies abroad, we thought
that we needed to prove our point by rocking and rolling and pulling off
the KISS outlook,” adds Gavin with a wink. Obviously the name came from
the God Triton, right?
“Yes, Triton is the God or Messenger of the Sea and it can be
unpredictable so we thought it was the suitable name to describe us as
you don’t know what to expect,” said Kanishka who has grown his curly
locks to make a budding rock statement. Not knowing what to expect, I
learnt that these guys are willing to seriously strut their metal for
future gigs too. Amidst the Triton language, the guys tell that their
major influences would be KISS (DUH!), Judas Priest, Dio and Iron
Maiden. “We’re not into death metal and we like to keep a clean image.
Advising the new metal kids on the block, Triton says, “If you have
the talent, you should go for it. Also, you should always practise,
practise and practise. You should have discipline and build chemistry
with your mates because it should be fun to play in a band and not just
The Tritonizing dudes say that they pray together before they go
“We respect our friends in the other bands but we also keep our name
and clean image when it comes to getting on stage and competing with
However, it’s all good fun at the end of the day and a pleasant
experience,” they said.
Triton acknowledges God Almighty, their supportive parents who fed
them and put up with the music, their loyal girlfriends, their alma
mater St. Peter’s College, Tanya and the TNL crew, Yasintha, Malinda,
Ryan Arsecularatne, Johnson Brothers, Nisala, their friends and fans who
have stood by them through the turbulent tide.
Shaheena comes alive
‘Shaheena Live’ the maiden show
of Bathiya ‘N Santhush with all the attractive trimmings will come alive
on November 28 at the St. Joseph’s College Auditorium at 7 p.m. The show
will also showcase Ashanthi, Randhir, Umara and Sachith Pieris.
‘Shaheena Live’ media sponsors are the Sunday Observer, Daily News,
Silumina, Dinamina and also Rhythm FM and Lite FM. A presentation of
Lions International District 306 B -1 in association with DK Promotions,
the show is a fundraiser to donate a Blood Gas Analyser with facilities
for electrolytes for the Paediatric Medical Intensive Care Unit of the
Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital and also towards the cost of cataract
surgeries for IDPs in Vavuniya and Mannar.
Shaheena the album apart from the title track contains interestingly
arranged songs like Hitha Naambara Thaleta, Gum Nade, Kasthuri, Rung
Rung Gaga, Feel My Love, Oya Mage Nam, Madu Suwandak, Pathu Pem Pathum
and a reggae Kasthuri.
According to Santhush the album contains the best songs they did in
2008 and was intended for the Sri Lankan market when they tied up with
Lux Beauty Brand.The album contains the spirit of Bathiya ‘N Santhush
and this will be evident when they sing the songs on stage. The music
singles are all BNS originals and the album contains the hit singles and
lead track of the sound track of Asai Mang Piyambanna and also the sound
track from the movie Adare Namayen (Feel My Love).
Bathiya ‘N Santhush despite what opinions other musicians may nurse
have so far been the only pop group that created a new identity in
Sinhala music and filled the void that youth were searching for.
Their fan base is unbelievable, they speak the same language of the
youth and in the years to come their music will undoubtedly move into
the category of evergreens. So if you are one of those committed fans of
BNS then make sure you are with them in the evening of November 28 to
experience their lilting music with meaningful lyrics. Shaheena the
beauty comes alive with BNS.
Tickets are available at Torana, Commercial Bank Building Wattala,
Video International Nawala and