Grand Raigam Tele’es Awards 2011 in May



The eighth successive Raigam Tele’es Awards 2011 will be held on May 11 at the Waters Edge, it was announced last week.

"This year, we have also included separate accolades under news reading and programs presenter categories in the Sinhala, English and Tamil media", says Raigam Chairman, Dr. Ravi Liyanage.

He said it was with the idea of taking this annual event to the level of Grammy or Film Fare that it was re-branded as Raigam Tele’es.

"We have accepted the challenge of organizing this national tele-awards ceremony to encompass the entire tele-media segment with the objective of making it an outstanding annual happening and a crowning success", Dr. Liyanage told a news conference at the Grand Oriental Hotel in Colombo last week.

Awards are presented for excellence in the spheres of sports, children’s programs, political, news, documentary, realty and many others categories, not forgetting the technical sector, he explained.

"Raigam Tele’es consider awards based only on talents that can be considered at national level.", the Chairman stressed. "We have also honored senior artistes and viewer-expectations every year".

"We were optimistic of hosting this event at the newly opened, state-of-the-art Nelum Pokuna National Theatre, but as a government policy decision precludes events of this nature, we had to seek another venue", said Ganaka Amarasinghe, Managing Director.

"With the non-availability of BMICH, our preferred venue, we are conscious of the practical difficulties in accommodating the big turnout traditionally associated with this glittering event", he noted. "We had to settle for an alternative option to make this year’s awards ceremony a reality".

This year too, as in the past, Most Popular Tele-drama, Actor and Actress, will be selected by the "Peoples jury". A tele-drarna is a successful only if it is accepted by the public. The people can SMS their choice in these three categories, he said.

To register one’s choice, first type the name of tele-drama, space, name of actor/actress and send it to 0772-522522 between 01.04.2012 and 09.05.2012. Two tickets each to enjoy the Ralgam Tele’es will be presented to 25 lucky people selected from those who send in SMS.

Honoring the pioneers and artistes who worked steadfastly for developing the television sector is one of the special events of Ralgam Tele’es. Some of the personalities already felicitated through this segment are Rohana Serasinghe, Somaweera Senanayake, House of Maliban, G. R. Perera, Sunil Ratnayake, Signis Lanka, Ceylinco Group, Nalan Mendis, Murrie Serasinghe, G. H. Jayawardene, Daya Alwis, Nanda Malini, K. N. Gunawardene, Iranganie Serasinghe, Bandula Vithanage, Nanda Jayamanne, Milton Perera, Sumathi Awards and TV Channels

The panel of judges will comprise seven members, most of whom have previous experience in a similar capacity. The Chairman of the panel will be Prof. Patrick Ratnayake and members of the Jury are Prof. Ajantha Hapuarachchi, Prof. Sampath Amarathunge, Visharada Edward Jayakody, Senior Lecturer Hansamala Ritigahapola, renowned artiste Buddhadasa Galappaththi and retired Senior Administrative Officer, R. Dharmakulasingham.

Sampath Bank is the strategic partner for the event.

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