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“Guwan Prathiba Praba” 2013 Unleashes Exceptional SLAF Talent

Published on: 2013-08-27 21:52:26
“Guwan Prathiba Praba” 2013 Unleashes Exceptional SLAF  Talent
“Guwan Prathiba Praba’ a novel event in search of true talent of the SLAF was staged at the Auditorium of Bishop’s College in Colombo this evening (27th August 2013) and concluded as a resounding success.

Guwan Prathiba Prabha was initiated in 2011, with the intention of highlighting the talents of service personnel and their family members in Singing, Dancing, Acting and Oratory, by the Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Air Force Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Neelika Abeywickrema. This mega talent search, conducted over the past three months encompassed four stages during which initial selection was held at Station/Base level. The contestants graduated through quarter finals and semi finals which were held at the Air Force Base Katunayake and the finalist were given a chance to showcase their talents in the evenings the “Grand Finale” which was held at Bishop’s College auditorium in Colombo. This show was made a reality by the tireless efforts of the Seva Vanitha Unit and Officers and other ranks of all Basses/ Stations/ Units of the SLAF.

The contestants were judged by the prominent panel of judges which included some of the leading professionals in the respective fields namely Mr Dayan Vitharana, Mrs. Indika Upamali, and Mr. Lalith Ponnamperuma judging the vocal abilities; Mr. Kevin Nugara, Mr. Chandima Siriwardena and Miss Jade Jiggens judging the dancing category. The drama finalists were selected out of the seven dramas staged, by renowned actress Mrs. Manike Aththanayake, popular actors Mr Sanath Wimalasiri and Sahan Ranwala at the finals staged at the SLAF Base Katunayake on 25th July 2013.

The actors, singers and dancers all non professionals, were well appreciated by the supreme panel of judges for the talents they displayed on stage, despite their lack of experience in the artistic field. The judges made special mention of the fact that their talents were nothing less than those of professional artists. It was also clear that the audience itself was amazed at the standard of the performances. The stage was always filled with songs well sung, well choreographed individual and team dancing acts.  This display of individual and group talents was followed by another amazing dancing events performed by the Sri Lanka Air Force dancing troupe and the well known singing star of the SLAF, Sergeant Thushani Perera, the winner of the “Ranaviru Real Star” Mission III amidst the classical performance of the SLAF band.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was the Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya who attended this glamorous event along with Mrs. Manjulika Jayasuriya. The Commander of the Air Force Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrama, the Chairperson SLAF SVU Mrs. Neelika Abeywickrama, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Air Vice Marshal KA Gunatilleke, members of the Air Force Board of Management and their spouses were among the distinguished guests at the event. Furthermore a cross section of Officers, Airmen and their families also witnessed this extravagant event.



Winners of Drama Competition

1st Place   -  SLAF Academy China Bay    “Guru Gola”
2nd Place  -  SLAF Station Katukurunda   “Andhorisge Manamalee”
3rd Place  -   SLAF Base Vavuniya              “Alignment Yaka”

Best Actor       -  11846       Officer Cadet    Asanga DY (Logistic)              -  SLAF Academy Cby
Best Actress  -   AW 3399   Airwoman    Kumarihami DKOC (Tele Opt)  - SLAF TTS Eka

Winners of Couple Dancing 

1st     Fg Off GV Joshap (Admin Band),  Partner Mrs Joshap    -    SLAF Base Kat
2nd    Flt Lt RV Ranaweera (Tech Eng), Partner Fg Off ALMA Liyanaarachchi (Admin Regt) - SLAF Base Rma
3rd     Wg Cdr SNSN Dias (Admin Legal), Partner Sqn Ldr MLN Dishantha (Logistic)  - SLAF Station Cbo
4th     Off Cdt De Silva NH (Ops Air), Partner Lady Off Cdt Arawwala AML(Logistic)  - SLAF Academy Cby
5th     39221 Aircraftman Ajith Kumara IPN (Musician), Partner AW/3128 Leading Aircraftwoman
           Dhanasekara   KDMIM (Musician)    -    SLAF Base Kat

Winners of Singing

1st        AW/2776     Leading Aircraftwoman      Weerasekara    WMNP (Musician)  - SLAF Base Kat
2nd       39674 Leading Aircraftman    Ajith Kumara    IGN (Ops Grd)    -  SLAF Base Hin
3rd        36567 Leading Aircraftman    Maduranga    TWDP (Ops Grd)  -  SLAF Academy Cby
4th        33199 Leading Aircraftman   Thilakasiri    SNC (Air Radio)       -  SLAF TTS Eka
5th        20699     Sergeant     Priyadarshana    HDNC (Ops Grd I)         -  SLAF Station Dla


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