24 to 26 at the Barefoot Gallery
Ranil (in red)
with other agency musicians
(inset) One of the many paintings on display
The other side of Phoenix
Last week saw a sneak
preview of Otherside, Phoenix Ogilvy’s bi-annual creative festival — an
opportunity for the agency’s people to unmask their ‘hidden face.’
At the Otherside, a three day creative festival
which will be held at the Barefoot Gallery, art enthusiasts will see the
flipside of a client servicing executive, copywriter, creative director and
other agency staff.
Be prepared to be stunned about just what they can do.
Other than client servicing, copy writing and creative directing, almost all
staff members have other talents ranging from singing, dancing, painting,
photography, and miming to playing the drums.
The Otherside has, since its debut in 2000,
evolved from a reason to ‘let your hair down’ to an expression of ‘ultimate
creative freedom, unhindered by creative briefs and project deadlines.’
Chairman, Phoenix Ogilvy Irvin Weerackody said, "An
advertising man needs creative sustenance — other than his job — to keep sane."
A truth many industry peers will undoubtedly agree with. So Otherside is
as much a ‘preservation of sanity’ as it is other things.
As one client-servicing executive put it, the festival
will provide the staff at Phoenix Ogilvy a chance to shine.
The festival will also be a great boost to the agency’s
artists as their paintings and sculptures will be on sale.
Be sure to check out Deepthi Pieris and her
photography, Basil and Hemantha and their art, Sureka and her ‘Never Ending
Game’, Ranil and his band of agency musicians and Jerry and his vocal talents.
Through the years, the Otherside has revealed
the true face of master artists, who with this recognition have gone on to make
their mark in the sphere of art. So successful has been the marriage of
‘creativity’ and ‘freedom’ made possible by the Otherside.
Paintings, sculptures, dance, mime, instrumental music,
photography and unmasked faces can all be discovered at the Otherside
where ‘art’ will be showcased in its many exotic forms. The display of
creativity promises to dazzle visitors to the Barefoot Gallery from August 24 to
26, and is open to the public on the last two days.
ending Ritual of rock n’ roll!
Ritual, a relatively new band in the local rock scene
is among the hottest bands
around today. The band has had a few gigs already. Kshanika Argent caught up
with the boys to get their story.
Kshanika Argent (K): So…. What’s the deal with the name
Ritual (R): ‘Ritual’
represents what we do, the never-ending ritual of rock n’ roll.
K: What kind of music are you guys into?
R: It’s a mix of hard
rock and metal. We don’t like to label ourselves under any particular sub genre
so to generalise the picture lets just say that we play rock n’ roll.
K: Bands come and go…How serious are you guys about
continuing with music in Sri Lanka?
R: Rock and metal
bands in Sri Lanka have a really tough time establishing themselves because of
various reasons. Nevertheless there are bands that defy that norm and stand
their ground. And Ritual is one of those bands. We started doing this because of
our love for music and we don’t plan to stop anytime soon.
K: Is this going to be your career? Or do you guys have
other stuff on the side?
R: All the members in
Ritual are either working or doing their higher studies. But we plan to carry on
with playing music and hopefully we will be able to make it a career. And that
is our goal, we all dream of composing music day and night without having to do
anything else and it can be done if you know how.
K: People say that rock stars are just substance
abusers, how do you respond to those comments?
R: First of all we
wouldn’t call ourselves rock stars just yet. Secondly, a person’s decision to
engage themselves with substances of any sort is their personal choice — just
like you don’t bring what you do in your free time with your main priorities
like your work. People like to label things they don’t understand to make them
feel good about themselves and that’s something that rockers have had to deal
with from the beginning. And no matter what they do when they are not playing
music, a musician’s main priority is to become better and better at what they
do. As long as you don’t lose sight of that you’ll be fine. So to cut a long
story short, we’re all addicted to rock n’ roll. And rock n’ roll is the only
drug you need to keep you going.
K: Are you in it for fame or the fame?
R: Well we can assure
you that we are in it for neither. We just love playing music. Simple really.
What we gain out of it whether it be fame of fortune (or both) is just a
by-product of the main deal.
K: Who are your inspirations?
R: Our lyrics are
inspired by everything that happens around us. Musically we’re inspired by a
host of different bands and artistes varying from Jimi Hendrix to Led Zepplin
and Iron Maiden to Pantera. We’re also inspired by local acts such as Stigmata
and Paranoid Earthling and it’s the fact that these bands have survived in such
harsh situations for so long that has inspired Ritual everyday to keep going at
it no matter what.
K: Any gigs coming up?
R: The closest gig
right now is on August 17. Ritual will be playing live at Hotshots Pool Parlour
in Majestic City from 8 p.m onwards. There will be more gigs, lots more
actually, after that and those will be duly announced.
helps promote unrecognised talent
By Risidra Mendis
She is a journalist by
profession and an artist by choice. Her love for nature began during her
childhood and has today made her a popular artist among art lovers around the
Saman Leema Pereira is an artist with a difference. A
self-taught artist, she uses her work to highlight what she says are the simple
pleasures of life.
A couch fashioned out of three ancient bullock cart
wheels is one out of many unique pieces of furniture created by Leema.
She paints in oils and water colours, however her glass
paintings, jewellery, designer furniture and other home décor accessories are
also worth mentioning.
"For art to bring happiness and a sense of well being
it has to be simple, easily accessible and close to nature," explains Pereira
who refers to her work as mosaic on glass because she uses a variety of
geometrical shapes to make a painting such as an embracing couple, a landscape
or still life.
"Mosaic on art is very time consuming. Once the sketch
and outline are done the paint is applied drop by drop to the surface. The end
result is stunning. A small mosaic on glass usually takes two to three days
while a bigger ones take about a week to complete," Pereira said.
Pereira’s glass paintings are so versatile that she has
made them into coffee table tops, tablemats and glass panes for mall windows.
Pereira’s jewellery consists of designs that include peacock feathers and
painted glass pieces.
Leema is an art teacher and an expert in glass painting
and is willing to teach those interested in the technique. Her work has adorned
many homes in the UAE in the form of paintings, table tops, lanterns, lamps,
window and door panes. Printed posters and greeting cards based on her glass
paintings are also very popular in Abu Dhabi.
Saman Leema has now opened an art gallery — ‘The Island
Art Gallery’ in her native Gampaha. "The location of the art gallery is in the
midst of paddy fields and coconut farms and far away from the hustle and bustle
of Colombo where all the art galleries are located. My gallery is open to any
artist from anywhere in the world to display their work free of charge. I am
inviting all UAE based artists to display their work in my art gallery," Leema
Through her gallery Lema hopes to help new,
unrecognised talent and help inexperienced artists to sell their work.
Karate alive and kicking
Association which was started by Bonnie Roberts and affiliated with Japan Karate
Association over 35 years ago, functions even after Roberts’ recent demise.
Students who trained under his guidance have gained spiritual and mental reform,
and have also built great physical standards, ensuring high levels of
self-confidence and benefiting from all aspects of life.
The current national champion Sensie Jurampathy, was a
student of Bonnie Roberts since 1987, and took over the huge task of leading the
association. He is committed to actively promote this art and make it popular.
He holds a fourth dan Japan black belt, participated in the 2006 Asian Games
held in Dohar and World Championships in Japan and is a silver medallist at the
2006 Asian Games.
Unlike many other sports, this is an art that requires
years of dedicated training and demands a huge amount of commitment from
students and most importantly the trainer. They have discipline, determination,
dedication and commitment. Also proper techniques blended with speed and power
Sensie Otani Shosuke sixth dan black belt, from Japan
Karate Association conducted a three hour training camp at the Austasia Sports
Complex recently and over 40 keen students and members benefited from this. Many
more programmes are to follow.
• Book Review
By Kshanika Argent
Soon to be launched is
Dr. Uvais Ahamed’s autobiography Challenges And Opportunities – an
autobiography that delves into his experiences over the years in education both
at home and abroad.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader Ahamed, who
reached a milestone of 50 years in education when he left the Sri Lanka College
of Journalism in 2006, said that his students were behind the autobiography and
encouraged him to come out with such a book.
In his book, he says he has reached the pinnacle of his
profession having ‘straddled the globe’ and having visited more than 80
countries as part of his professional work.
He also said that the title Challenges And
Opportunities, was inspired by his career. He said, "I hope to motivate the
younger generation of educationalists to continue in their profession regardless
of the economic or security situation and turn their challenges into