Queen of Sinhala Cinema and Legends of Sinhala Pop Music take CenterStage at BACK to the 70’s-2.

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The simple lyrics and tuneful compositions from the treasure trove of talent of the Legendary Singer, Song writer Clarence Wijewardena caressed the sound waves of the Watford Colosseum on Sunday the 16th of February 2020 thanks to a Hela Sarana 24th Anniversary presentation .The die hard fans of the 70’s Music that flocked to the Watford Colosseum witnessed a performance to remember from the “Entertainer par Excellance” the music legend Annesley Malawana, “The Voice of the Golden Chimes” Anil Bhareti ,son of Milton Mallawarachchi ,Ranil a no mean entertainer himself supported by an exceptionally talented local Nightingales ,Sayuri Serasinghe, Shanu Fernando and Dinali Alwis, the backup singers Dr. Hroki Serasinghe and Alwyn Martinesz. The extraordinary ‘Gentlemen’s club’ that provided the three hours of music was led by Chathura Prasad Perera, one of the young outstanding musicians and Professional Keyboardist from SriLanka, Dr. Harsha Jayamanne who cowrote the music arrangements and used his Lead Guitar with surgical precision, outstanding professional musician Dhammika Thusitha on second keyboard, Nilantha Fernando on Bass Guitar bringing in years of Italian influence, the ever popular Ben Fernando on Drums, The rising star of the UK music scene Visharada Vimarsha Jayasinghe on percussion, Janthula Ranchagoda a multitalented Medic on Saxophone and Dr. Daya Perera the Coordinator of Back to the70’s -2 show on Rhythm guitar.

The highlight of the show was the Felicitation of Dr. Malini Fonseka the “Queen of the SriLankan Cinema. This was preceded by the Hela Sarana President’s Message. Mr. Jayantha Silva spoke eloquently using his customary flowery language to the 600+ audience that assembled after an arduous journey braving the effects of storm Dennis and highlighted that the proceedings of the event will be for the Breakfast Project at Anuradhapura Hospital renal dialysis unit in its eighth year. Hela Sarana provides Breakfast and water free for 40 patients/day at a cost of £20/day who attend the unit for renal dialysis from far and wide.

Using visual images, he presented a snapshot of key projects completed in 2019 to the attentive audience. 1.Emergency relief of £2500 and support for rehabilitation work for the survivors of Easter Sunday Terrorist attacks. ongoing collaboration with SETH SARANA CARITAS. 2.Methsevena Special Needs School in Gampola-Rs.600,000 made available to complete the building. 3.Community development Water Project at Kukulkatuwa-Rs.650,000 made available to supply drinking water for 320 families. 4.Dharmasala Project -Kantale Raja Maha Vihara- Rs.950,000 allocated to complete building work to enable the building to be used for classes for local children and religious events. 5.Education development project-Piliyandala-£5000 provided to complete infra structure work in Batuwandara Junior school, Mampe Junior School and Hermann Gmeiner school. 6.Education Programme for Primary, Secondary and University students- currently supports 210 children.£5.00/month for primary school children,£10/month for secondary school children and £15/monthly for university Students from poorest backgrounds 7.Breakfast project at Anuradhapura-mentioned above

Dr. Jayantha Perera began the Felicitation of Dr. Malini Fonseka, the undisputed Queen of the SriLankan Silver Screen for over five decades with a rendition of “Maliniye” previously sung by Late Mr. Clarence Wijewardena. He then saluted the internationally recognised artist who had acted, directed and produced stage plays, films and television over the last fifty years and more with a poetic expression of his own. This was followed by an onstage interview of Malani Fonseka by Mrs Muditha Munasinghe of Muthuhara Lama Samajaya UK Chapter convenor.

Dr. Malini Fonseka who was presented a bouquet on arrival by Willow the Grand Daughter of the Late Raja Meehitiya the founder of Hela Sarana received a plaque of appreciation for her Fifty years of service to the SriLankan Cinema from the Patron of the Charity Mrs Lalitha Meehitiya.

His excellency Samantha Pathirana, the Acting High Commissioner of SriLanka who graced the occasion with his spouse delivered a message of appreciation to Hela Sarana executive committee and the membership reminding the audience the completed landmark projects by Hela Sarana over the last 24 years. He reminded the cinephiles in the audience of the journey to stardom and international fame ,the queen of the Silver screen for the last five decades, Malini Fonseka completed. He thanked Hela Sarana for being the First UK based organisation to felicitate such an icon.

Mr. Jayantha Silva ,Dr, Saman Perera, Mr. Methsiri Wijeratne, President ,Vice President and Treasurer of Hela saran presented Plaques to Annesly Malawana and Anil Bhareti in recognition of their over 50 years contribution to SriLankan Music and Ranil for his performance

The Compering skills of Mr. Saman Milroy, Mrs Muditha Munasinghe, the wizard of sound engineering Mr, Tyronne Perera, the audio-visual slides by Mr Gaya Gamage ,made the Back to the 70’s-2 the spectacular event that received wide public acclaim.

The event could not have taken place with the hard work and burning of midnight oil by the entire executive committee of Hela Sarana.

The Executive committee and the entire membership thank His Excellency Samantha Pathirana the Acting High Commissioner and his wife for attending at short notice, Mr Jayantha Mendis for facilitating the attendance of our Chief Guests ,the music lovers , the cinema goers and the generous public who made this event possible to raise funds for the Hela Sarana Projects, Mr. Sunil Bandara for the wonderful Souvenir and last but not least to all the media outlets photographers and videographers for showcasing the event .

Dr. Jayantha Perera, Secretary Hela Sarana, Secretary@helasarana.org