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Reality TV stars involved in brawl at café

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The Thalangama Police has initiated an investigation into a brawl involving several reality TV stars including artist Lawan Abhishek’s brother Shanaka Udeesha who is featuring in a weekday leading television drama ‘Sangeethe’.

Police said the brawl took place in a cafe at Pitakotte in Thalangama recently following a dispute over a request made to perform a song when a one-man band was performing at the cafe.

According to the police, the stars reportedly had started the brawl and attacked an individual. Later, a clash reportedly broke out between two groups injuring several people.

Police said Shanaka Udeesha was admitted to the Sri Jayawardanapura hospital for treatment following the brawl.

Meanwhile, Shanaka Udeesha who is still undergoing treatment at the hospital said he was the victim in the incident.

Describing the incident, he said that he, his wife and several of his friends had gone to the cafe last Sunday (13) for dining.

At that time the singer on stage had invited Shanaka to play his guitar and perform. Then, suddenly a couple who walked onto the cafe told them to stop singing. The man said that he is the owner of the cafe. However, Shanaka said the man who claimed to be the owner is not the real owner of the cafe.  

He said they had an argument with the couple which resulted in the brawl. A few minutes after the brawl, a man wearing a helmet and jacket entered the scene and attacked them. Shanaka was reportedly attacked that helmeted man with a spanner on his head, according to a complaint with the police by Shanaka’s wife and brother.

The injured star was initially admitted to a private hospital.

However, he was later transferred to Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital with severe injuries to his head. The star had reportedly undergone a surgery on Monday due to injuries he received to the skull.

Shanaka said he was told that the man who had attacked them had also been admitted to the hospital. Then, the man who is reported to be an associate of the couple was arrested after being informed to the Thalangama Police and 119.

The suspect was produced in the Kaduwela Magistrate and granted bail.

Thalangama Police said investigations into the incident are continuing.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Court restrains Senaka Batagoda from singing 7 songs

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The Colombo Commercial High Court yesterday issued an Enjoining Order restraining popular singer Senaka Batagoda from singing seven popular songs including “Api Kavuruda” and “Api Senasille”.

The order was issued by Colombo Commercial High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando after considering a complaint filed under the Intellectual Property Act by musician Janath Kulathilake who was the combined lyrics, melody and music compositor of those seven songs sung by Senaka Batagoda.

The Colombo High Court Judge also censured the giving of those songs to other parties without written permission of the plaintiff.

The seven songs which was restrained under the enjoining order are “Api Kavuruda”, “Api Senasille”, “Alu Yata Gini”, “Rastha”, “Heena Walata Panak Thiyenawa”, “Senasuma” and “Hodama de”.

The plaintiff informed court that the intellectual property right related to these songs is a right that cannot be violated by anyone and singer Senaka Batagoda had violated the intellectual property rights of the plaintiff.

Considering these facts, an Enjoining Order was issued against singer Senaka Batagoda restraining him from singing seven songs by the Colombo Commercial High Court.

The case was filed by musician Janath Kulathilake alleging that singer Senaka Batagoda has violated his intellectual property right and copyright by not giving the economic benefits due to him. The plaintiff also seeks Rs.100 Mn compensation for the damage committed by the accused.Attorneys Thilini Hewawitharana and Sandun Senadhipathi appeared for the plaintiff.

(dailynews.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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President instructs to reopen National Art Gallery before year’s end

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe, during an inspection tour yesterday (26), visited the John de Silva Memorial Theatre and the long-delayed National Art Gallery. Despite construction commencing in 2011, both projects remain incomplete. 

President Wickremesinghe instructed officials to expedite the opening of the National Art Gallery before the year’s end, emphasizing the need for consensus among artists and architects. He also pledged government support for financial allocations. Additionally, he highlighted the demand for high-standard, affordable theatres in Colombo, questioning if such facilities could be provided following the completion of the John de Silva Theatre.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed the importance of consulting dramatists before making final decisions on construction and maintenance projects. He directed the Ministry Secretary to explore options for reviving the Lumbini Theatre and the Nawa Rangahala to support the theatre and also instructed the Ministry Secretary to take steps to construct a drama theatre in Colombo’s Sudarshi Premises.

Emphasizing the need to establish a national cultural zone encompassing the Nelum Pokuna, Kalabhavana, John de Silva Memorial Theatre, Museum, and related areas, the President instructed the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to prepare a comprehensive report on this initiative. Additionally, he urged officials to enhance Sri Lanka’s museum system to international standard and tasked them with identifying a suitable country for mentorship in this regard.

Secretary of the Ministry of  Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Somaratne Vidanapathirana, Additional Secretary Thilak Hettiarachchi, Director General of the Department of Cultural Affairs Yasintha Gunawardena, the team of architects from the University of Moratuwa who designed these buildings and the Navy officers who are in charge of the National Art Gallery renovations joined this event.

Prof. Praneeth Abhayasundara, Prof. Chandragupta Thenuwara, Parakrama Niriella, Mohamed Safeer and Saman Athavudahetti also spoke on behalf of the artists.

(President’s Media Division)

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Windy Goonatillake wins award for ’Ayyo Sami’

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Windy Goonatillake has won the award for the Best Sensational Song of the Year – 2023 at the 16th Edison Awards held in Chennai, South India.

She received the award for the Sri Lankan Tamil song “Aiyo Sami.

She was joined by her husband – Sanuka Wickramasinghe who was the music producer of the song and Pothuvil Asmin who wrote the lyrics.

Following the ceremony, they arrived at the Katunayake International Airport last night.

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