Classical charm with Lakshman Joseph de Saram on ‘Celeb Chat’


Professional classical musician and film composer Lakshman Joseph de Saram takes centre stage in a tete-a-tete with host Kumar de Silva on Prime TV’s "Celeb Chat" at 9.00 p.m. on Monday 05 September on CSN.

Born into a family that put a high value on culture and the arts, his father Sooty Banda was a political satirist while his mother, Sita de Saram, was a sculptor and music teacher. The early years of this former Royalist were thus saturated with books, chess, classical music etc.

He considers himself "musically privileged to have Rohan Joseph de Saram as a brother and conductor of the American Philharmonic based in Lincoln Center, NYC. He introduced me to numerous musical greats".

Twice recipient of the Signis International Award for outstanding scores for a feature film, he has also worked very closely with maestro Premasiri Khemadasa.

A veteran of over 800 concerts, he is however best known as the composer who defined the ‘nouvelle vague" sound of South Asian art-house cinema with the ground breaking scores for many international award winning films.

To his credit is a rare citation from the NY Times for his music score for Vimukthi Jayasundera’s "Between Two Worlds" and the quote about the music from the movie industry’s Bible "Variety".

"A bass note of blood and toxicity ­ adultery and rape, dead cows and poisoned water ­ drives the film’s stirring score by ‘Lakshman Joseph de Saram’ and pulses beneath its lush canopy of trees." New York Times, November 21, 2010. Movie Review by JEANNETTE CATSOULIS

"The soundscape by ‘Lakshman Joseph he Saram’ reflects the living memory exuded from the soil, while deep cello bows and elongated bass notes add mournful, elegiac layers" ( Weissberg)

His recently concluded original score for the Holly wood Star studded ‘Bel Ami’, makes him one of a few Asian born creative heads operating on that platform.

Joseph de Saram is a visiting artiste/lecturer of the University of Visual and Performing Arts and is also on the Artistic Planning Committee of the new National Performing Arts Theatre.

This chat repeats on Tuesday 06 September 8.00 a.m.

‘Celeb Chat’ is on CSN on UHF 22, Channel 75 on Dialog TV and also on PEO TV.

Viewers overseas can catch the LIVE streaming at 16h30 GMT on

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