It was a star-studded  evening indeed with a large gathering of celebrities, high officials and media  personnel at the Derana – Close up music video awards 2014, held at the Youth Centre, Maharagama. The event started off with performance by artistes,  who were nominated for various categories, on a stunning stage which was a major attraction,   adorned by record tapes and camera reels, also showing the hard work done by the organizers of the event to make it become a success.  The whole event was to keep the audience thoroughly interested and entertained, and not to mention the two amazing comperes, Lahiru Perera and Saranga Disasekara who, with their excellent and lively compeering, and unexpected mishaps sent the audience into fits of laughter, making the audience wonder what was going to happen next. The judging panel would have had a difficult time trying to select the winners, because of their superb talent. The judging panel included experts in music, advertising and media sector, who would have had a difficult time in selecting the best out of many talented artistes. This certainly seems to be a good sign that Sri Lanka has got many talented up-and- coming artistes who will be able to get some good experience from this event and showcase their talents even more in future.  It was an emotional, but a special moment when Sunil Perera came up on stage to receive his award for the song,  ‘Koththamalli’ which was also performed on stage with a colorful  dance item. According to Sunil, it was the first award that he received after 45 years. He had a good piece of advice for the young artistes, who wanted to make a name in the industry, by saying to do their best, not just to expect awards, and become successful gradually.

There were three award categories such as Gold, Silver and Bronze, and   Dimuthu Kalinga was able  to bag several awards  for his song , Nil Ahasata by winning the awards for  best editing,  art direction and concept in a video , for the best Sri Lankan Rock  video and the  best actor in a video which was won by Nimmi  Harasgama.  Best visual and animation award was won by Madhuka Gunasekara and Chamishka Gamage for ‘Lassana daasaak’ by Bn’S,  Best Sri Lankan Hip Hop video  by Drill Team  ft Sanuka Wickramasinghe for  Deviyange Bare. The award for  best Cinematography was won by  Hasitha Warnasooriya for Deviyange Baare,  Best dance video by  two nominees, Wayo for api sanasille, and Prajeev, Pratheep  Varun ft  Krishan for Boottu Paattu, Best alternative video   by Senuri  Weerawarna for ‘Sihina Paradeesaye’ best Sri Lankan Reggae video  by Raashi, for api mara, best rap performance for Deviyange Bare by Drill team,  best Sri Lankan pop video  again won by two nominees , Sunil Perera  and Gypsies for Koththamalli, La Signore for Kassata kos ata.

Ruwan Hettiarachchi and Sheril were selected as the Close Up most confident couple , while  the best overall act  by a singer or a group – male was  won by Romesh Sugathapala  for ‘Bala innam’. Best overall act by a singer or a group – female was won by Raini Charuka  for Chanchala Daase and  Omee Ranasinghe ft. Yureni Noshika   bagged the award for New artiste of the year.  After a huge contest the Most popular music video 2014 – Gold was won by Pradeep  Rangana , while the silver and bronze categories were won by Ruwan Hettiarachchi and Theekshana  Anuradha respectively.

Dimuthu Kalinga, who won the best award for the best award for the best Sri Lankan Rock video ‘Nil Ahasata’Chandima Rodrigo, whose team won the best  Sri Lankan  Reggae video for Api api mara. by adding a little touch of Rock to the song as well. Chandima describes it as teamwork ‘’we were working on a song when we heard about this incident in Dharga town,’’ he says. ‘’Eventually it enabled us to create a song and give the message to the people, to live in harmony and not to fight. We had only one guitar when we started. It was a lot of hard work for sure.  We never expected to win an award for this but we are glad we achieved something for our hard work. We also added a bit of Rock and also discussed about doing the video by talking to civilians and travelling to rural places. ‘’ Being a very simple and a ‘’serious’’ person, also a music and an English teacher by profession, he says he wants to take it to the International level, not only in Sri Lanka.
Interesting  and animated discussions,  highlighting up- and-coming artistes, exchanging pleasantries, fun and entertainment,  amazing moments with Sri Lanka’s most renowned celebrities , high hopes and aspirations,  and a moment to remember was  what the Derana- Close up  music awards 2014 had in store this time.

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