Maithri presenting an award to Rookantha Gunatilake at the concert Ru Sanda Rae held in Sydney on 17 March 2013.
On the 9th of December, 2012, the Writers Guild of the Sinhalese Cultural Forum (Sansadaya) welcomed one of Sri Lanka’s most prestigious songwriters. In a career spanning from 1960s to the present day, Sunil Sarath Perera has penned well over 1000 songs including classics such as ‘Budhun Wadiya Rata’ by Pandith Amaradeva and ‘Yashodara’ by Sanath Nandasiri. Dr Palitha Ganewatta presided over the event.
SCF Media VP, Deepal De Silva, commenced proceedings, noting the contributions of the Sansadaya to Sinhalese literature in Sydney. Representing the SCF President who was unfortunately unable to attend, Education VP Shamal Pannila spoke of the SCF’s cultural contributions to the community. With the formalities addressed, Dr Piyasoma Medis regaled the audience of his four decades long friendship with Sunil Sarath Perera. Maithri Panagoda, a renowned songwriter in his own right, then spoke about the literary style of his fellow songwriter.
On Remembrance Day, a large and enthusiastic crowd attended a “song writing” workshop at the Toongabbie Community Centre, organised by the Writers’ Guild of the Sinhalese Cultural Forum (SCF) .
The Media Vice President, Deepal De Silva welcomed the invited guests and the attendees. Dr. Palitha Ganewatta and Rasika Sooriyaarachchi presided over the proceedings.
Derana Dream Stars Australian Concert 2012 was held at the prestigious Hills Centre on 20th October in front of packed audience. It was one of the best event held in Sydney and organised to celebrate 7 years of Lanka Vision and to launch Lanka Vision’s 24×7 ‘ Derana ‘ TV Channel.