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    Secretary Defence graces 'Ranaviru Real Star' Mission - IV

    July 12, 2014

    Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa participated at one of the concluding rounds of the unique 'Ranaviru Real Star' Mission IV (RRS) held at the Sri Lanka Air Force Base in Ratmalana  10th July.

    Chairperson of Defence Ministry's Seva Vanitha Unit Mrs. Ioma Rajapaksa was also present at the reality musical show held exclusively for Tri Forces personnel.

     

    'Ranaviru Real Star'' reality show began in 2010 to set a platform for the members of the tri forces to showcase their vocal talents. Contestants are selected by a panel of renowned local artists during the preliminary rounds. The general public is also encouraged to vote for their favorite contestant through SMS voting. The show has become one of the most popular reality shows in the Island. Due to its uniqueness and the originality of the items presented by the contestants the programme draws in record numbers of viewers for all its episodes throughout the course of the series.

     

    Winners are rewarded with luxury houses, vehicles and also cash prizes. At yesterday's event 12 competitors sang their way into the hearts of the judges and the audience. As usual the trio of popular artists Edward Jayakodi, Jackson Anthony and Yasodha Wimaladharma formed the panel of judges. Furthermore renowned composer Dr. Rohana Weerasinghe took part the occasion as the invited artist of the day.

     

    In the meantime Mr. Praneeth Saranga, a violinist of the music band who provides the music since 'RRS mission -I presented a CD to Secretary Defence. The CD is a compilation of songs composed by Mr. Saranga.

     

    Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera, Additional Secretary (Administration) Mrs. Indu Ratnayaka Additional Secretary (civil security and development) Mrs. D.M.S.D. Jayaratne, family members of the contestants and a large number of tri forces personnel were present at the occasion.(SI)

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