Giriwesipura - A Film By Devinda Kongahage
Girivassipura (transl. Hill City dwellers) is an upcoming Sri Lankan Sinhala-language historical drama film written and directed by Devinda Kongahage. The film stars Pubudu Chathuranga and Niranjani Shanmugaraja in the main lead roles while Mahendra Perera, Amiththa Weerasinghe and Buddika Lokukatiya play pivotal roles.
The film is based on the real life story of the former Sri Lankan king, Sri Vikrama Rajasinha of Kandy who was also the last domestic ruler (king) to have ruled the Kingdom of Kandy before the ruling of British authorities. The film was made with a whopping budget of 13 Crores as the film went onto become one of the most expensive Sinhala film as well as Sri Lankan film ever to be made in the history of Cinema of Sri Lanka. The film roped in Bibiladeniye Mahanama Thero as music composer for the film which in fact was the first instance where a Buddhist monk was roped in to score music for the film. The lyrics for the songs were penned by Pottuvil Asmin and this film also became the first Sinhala film to feature a Tamil song.
The film had its theatrical release on 13 October 2018 with English and Tamil subtitles clashing alongside biographical film Nidahase Piya DS at the box office.
The portions of the film were shot in Colombo, Kandy and Hingurangketha with the shooting of the film went on floors from late 2017. The film is produced by Best Life Cinema which is also their second production in Sinhala film industry.
Breath Of Life - Relaxation Music Album
Breath of Life – described as ‘The Redemption of Humanity’ by Award Winning composer Rev.Bibilandeniye Mahanama Thero is a spiritually uplifting album that aims to heal your mind and soothe the soul. The album features contemporary music with a new age feel; it is different from any relaxation music you have ever heard before.
As humans in a fast-paced world, we often forget to relax and unwind. It is a rare occurrence to hear music that is comforting to the soul on the radio whether you’re at work or on holiday. There is an immense need for music that is soothing to the mind and soul.
Not every one has the luxury of escaping to exotic locations or jet abroad to find peace and tranquility. Listening to Breath of Life is a simple step to take in order to relax. It is the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, when you simply want to sit back, put your feet up and read a book. It can also help you block out the outside world in order to focus and work in peace, or simply find inspiration.
Breath of Life has ten tracks and one bonus track. It comes with a booklet featuring the meaning behind each track and is accompanied by beautiful illustrations to give you a fully immersive experience of the album, and Produced By Ruwan Walpola on behalf Sound Asia Holdings (pvt) Ltd.
You Are Always With Me - Tele Serial By Cui Yali
For most Chinese people, Sri Lanka is best known for its tea and gemstones. But what is lesser known is that the South Asian country is one of the largest donors of corneas in the world.
This became an inspiration for the new 40-episode TV series, You Are Always With Me, the first coproduction of its kind between China and Sri Lanka.
Sarath Kongahage, media advisor to the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, is a consultant for the TV series. And, Devinda Kongahage, a veteran television and film director, will serve as the executive director. The cast mainly consist of Chinese stars, including veteran actor Xu Yajun, pop idol Ma Ke, actresses Yue Hong and Ke Lan. The drama is scheduled to begin shooting on July 1 and due to wrap up by October.
Set between the early 2010s and the present, the drama centers around oculist Yao Kefan, played by Xu Yajun, who overcomes a string of hurdles to establish the first eye bank for restoring donated corneal tissue in the fictional Chinese province of Nanhai.
Ma, the 1990-born actor who shot to fame in the fantasy TV series The Journey of Flower (2014), plays a fashion designer who lost his vision due to a hereditary corneal disease.
The drama will be shot in locations as diverse as Shenzhen, Hong Kong and several Sri Lanka cities, including Colombo and Kandy. Sri Lankan President Hon. Maitripala Sirisena met the Chinese crew in May.