A star among media
Asanka Devamithra Perera better known to many as "Asanka Aiya", is no
stranger to the people anymore. He is talked about a lot among his fans
as he is one the contestants for the latest Reality to show to hit the
TV radar of Swarvahini, "Megastar", where people of all fields have been
selected to sing and perform to ultimately clinch the Megastar title
with the biggest cash prize yet to be awarded.
"Swarnavahini had called me, and explained to me about this show and
with no hesitation I said yes to them", Asanka said when Daily News
spoke to him. And I was surprised by the way I got the feedback from the
audience, as I didnt expect such a support.
This is a very special acknowledgment to the media as we being the
media, our task is to introduce the stars to the people of the country.
But being on the same stage with them feels really different as all of
us are treated in the same manner with no exception, he added.
"I don't take this as a challenge as everything depends on the votes
of the fans", Asanka stated. I began the competition singing one of H.R.
Jothipala's hit Sithum Pathum Sanda Adare with Tharushi. I am a big fan
of C.T. Fernando as he was the man who introduced pop music to Sri Lanka
and brought along a great beat.
Asanka has been influenced by music throughout his childhood as his
father Manel Perera is a well known lyricist, a poet as well as a
journalist. His grandfather Peter Perera is also a poet. Even in school
he did music and he says now after getting an opportunity like this, he
wants to continue in the music field while continuing his journalism
career. He has worked at Lake House from 1992 to 2001 and then took a
break and came back in 2006 and has been there since then writing for
Speaking about the judges, he said its a good choice of people they
have chosen to judge. Minister Mervyn Silva and film actress cum
political figure Rosy Senanayake have been placed as judges to give the
opinion of what the audience would think while renowned musician Shirley
Waijantha and Rajiv Sebastien have been put to give the views from the
Megastar started on November 28, introducing 36 stars from various
fields such as actors, politicians, sportsmen, media personalities and
more. The stars are divided into six groups and at the end of each week
one star is eliminated depending on the amount of votes the stars get
which will take them to the final 12 and and then to the final one who
will win .
There have been many people who have supported him very much with his
competition namely Sarasaviya Editor Gamini Samarasinghe, Tennyson
Edirisinghe, Chandu Liyanarachchi, Chathura Geethanath Bandara, Malan
Karunaratne and Director of the Megastar program Buddhika Kulasekera.
Asanka will be performing this Saturday on Megastar so all you fans
of Asanka out there, make sure you get your voting numbers right - MS 29
and send it to 7775