'The Jim Reeves Show' with Janaka
Janaka Palapathwala, better known as Sri Lanka's Elvis Presley will
get on stage on October 11, this time to bring to life the old time
favourites of Jim Reeves, in 'The Jim Reeves Show' scheduled to be held
at the Bishop's College Auditorium from 6.00 p.m. onwards. The show is
being organised in association with the National Christian Council of
Sri Lanka (NCCSL), in order to raise funds to sustain the many
programmes carried out by the Council.
who was away from Sri Lanka for more than 10 years, returned to the
local music scene last year, to sellout 'It's Now or Never' concert
featuring songs of Elvis Presley and a few other legends, earning rave
This time around he plans to perform a host of Jim Reeves' hit songs
such as 'Welcome to my world' 'Blue side of lonesome', 'Bimbo', 'Mexican
Joe' and 'He'll have to go'. Music will be directed by Suresh Maliyadde
and the orchestra conducted by Naveen Fernando while the back-up vocals
will feature Choro Calibre.
A student of St. Anne's College, Kurunegala and Trinity College Kandy,
Janaka, first expressed himself musically by tapping out popular tunes
on his desktop for the entertainment of his mates. Recognizing Janaka's
latent flair for music his parents bought him his first guitar at the
age of 14. It did not take him long to master the instrument, and he
began to appear regularly in the local musical scene both as a guitarist
and a vocalist. At school Janaka performed in musicals and during his
free time joined a band set up by his college music teacher Upul
Edirisinghe as its lead guitarist.
Upon leaving school, Janaka obtained vocal training and professional
guidance from Mrs. Mary Anne David, a prominent teacher who has shaped
and inspired many great voices in Sri Lanka. Her training enabled him to
perform successfully in many concerts both in Sri Lanka and
overseas.Apart from being a versatile musician, Janaka is also
passionate about the stock market and is currently a director at Nation
Lanka Equities (Pvt) Ltd.
The NCCSL is a common expression of the Protestant Churches in Sri
Lanka and has been operational for well over one hundred years and has
been constantly engaged in promoting a number of significant peace and
reconciliation programmes in the past three decades in association with
other religious and community based organizations.
Tickets for 'The Jim Reeves Show' are available at Bishops College
Auditorium, Torana Liberty Plaza, Yamaha Music Centre and Coconut Lounge
Col 7, Sarasavi Bookshop Nugegoda and many others. For inquiries contact
James on 0770 375182.