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Up All About Hasthi - 07-13-2006, 11:33 AM

BAND PROFILE


BAND NAME : HASTHI



MUSIC : SWEET ETHNIC ROCK
/ R&B / POP
LANGUAGE : SINHALA AND ENGLISH

AT A GLANCE : HASTHI, a new Sri Lankan band about to enter the country’s musical fray, boasts a combination of talents that have come together to create music reflecting the diverse tastes of its 4 members. Sahan, Ranil, Dineth and Miron have brought together their different musical backgrounds, experiences and talents (all 4 members contribute equally to the band’s music) into a unique collaboration that is sure to spark interest. Carrying a tangible international “flava” and leaning towards the less-known sweet rock compositions, Hasthi are set to bring a refreshing change to the Sri Lankan music scene. Their debut album, which will be released in February 2005, provides a glimpse of the band’s varied musical ability – ranging from rock and RnB, to pop as well as classical Sri Lankan compositions. The band’s commitment to maintaining their unique Sri Lankan identity, and rich musical heritage, amongst today’s popular world music is also apparent.

Hasthi’s debut single, “Meedum Andure”, reveals the band’s unique and diverse aptitude in the rock arena, and should pave a parallel path for them alongside the country’s prolific hip hop and R&B bands. The debut single also features one of the best rock guitarists of Sri Lanka – Shafi from Wild Fire.


BAND MEMBERS: Sahan Wijethunga
Ranil Fernandopulle
Dineth Wijethunga
Miron Fernandopulle



Sahan Wijethunga
Sahan holds a BSc. degree in Geology from the University of Pune (India). He completed his secondary education from Maris Stella College in Negombo. With rock music as his major passion, Sahan composes most of the music for the band as well as penning some of the lyrics. Much of his work, though influenced by rock, tends to retain the real ethnic touch of Sri Lanka. Sahan is a very versatile artist who has a broad musical taste, which he is capable of adapting to different styles of music. In addition to composing and writing the lyrics for Hasthi, Sahan is one of its main singers.

Ranil Fernandopulle

Ranil graduated from Staffordshire University (United Kingdom) with a degree in Software Engineering. He is also a leading singer of Hasthi and contributes with his creative lyrics and melodies as well. His taste too leans towards rock but has a wide scope in other areas, such as RnB and mainstream pop music. Ranil is a strong believer in maintaining the group’s Sri Lankan identity in all their creative compositions.

Dineth Wijethunga
Dineth is the youngest member of the band and Sahan’s brother. He plays a major role as singer and composer. His voice is a major contributor to Hasthi’s unique musical sound and vital for the band’s overall performance. Dineth’s musical influences are largely RnB and rock.

Miron Fernandopulle
Miron, who also graduated from Staffordshire University (United Kingdom) in IT, contributes as composer and singer for the band. He is heavily influenced by jazz and folk music, and has the uncanny ability to sing all forms and styles of compositions – adapting his voice accordingly.

HASTHI Album – Kinnaree



Well, we’ve at last finished all the tracks for the album, Kinnaree, and will be releasing it soon – so keep your eyes open! The Album contains 10 tracks and an additional 2 bonus tracks. The bonus tracks are a remake of our original songs.

Theme
The theme of the album is Love, and all I can say is the album is one heck of a romantic collection! After all, love has several dimensions and can be portrayed in so many different ways. We hoped to touch these different dimensions when we put this album together. From “Meedum Andure”, a tragic love story where the lover expresses his feelings on a departed partner, to “Dasee”, which exposes the vulnerability of love-at-first-sight and the inability to express that love. Each song reflects a different story, a different take on love - taken from either our own personal experiences or that of others. Stories we feel everyone can relate to, being the universal language that “love” is.

Music
HASTHI’s main objective in creating our music is to be a platform that brings rock music to the Sinhalese mass market. The predominant “flavour” of our album is rock, however interspersed with this are softer more mellow tunes to balance the musical scope of the album. Our main intention is to entertain a wide spectrum of listeners with differing musical tastes, and hope it engages their interest and appreciation. We hope the album becomes just as endearing to our listeners as it is to us.

Lyrics
A great song will always have great music and equally great lyrics. With that in mind, HASTHI engaged the talent of veteran lyricist Lucian Bulathsinhala, in addition to HASTHI’s usual lyricist Vajira Senanayaka, to write the tracks of Kinnaree.

Contributions
We are honoured that Kinnaaree was enriched with the contribution of a lot of different talent, apart from the four usual HASTHI members (Sahan, Ranil, Miron and Dineth). We would like to thank all those who gave of their time to give us a hand in creating Kinnaree.

Melodies: SAHAN, DINETH, RANIL, MIRON

Producer: Bathiya Jayakodi and Mahesh Denipitiya

Guitars: SHARFI (Wild Fire)
Primal
Mahinda Bandara
SAHAN & MIRON

Flute: Nuwan



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07-13-2006, 11:48 AM

This is what Sunday Obeserver said about Hasthi

http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2005/07/24/mag01.html

Ranil and Miron Fernandopulle are cousins. Dineth and Sahan Wijethunge are brothers. Ranil and Sahan were classmates. All four of them schooled at Maris Stella College, Negombo at least at some point in their lives and were good friends for as long as they can remember. Amongst other things that they discussed during their usual conversations was of course music.

In 2000 they began to compose their own melodies together. It was around this time that they hooked up with another pal of theirs from school, Vijitha Senanayake who after listening to their compositions composed the lyrics that he opined suited their music.

Though they had formed a gang of sorts, it wasn't until the end of last year that the foursome together with Vijitha as their exclusive lyricist created, together with the rough tracks that they had already composed, 'Hasthi'.

"Hasthi means tusker in Sinhala. We wanted to call ourselves something that was compatible with our ethnic and national identities and not something that was influenced by western concepts." Their music is western pop with a rock flavour, what they term as smooth ethnic rock.

As Sahan put it, "We wanted to play serious rock music in Sinhala, our aim is to bring rock music to the masses, which is why we perform in Sinhalese. However we realised that to do this, we first have to establish ourselves and then use ourselves as a platform to rock the masses."

The quartet however are unique in that, though they all can play guitar, none of them actually play any instruments on stage; rather they all sing. They are currently in the process of giving the finishing touches to their debut album titled Kinneri (mermaid) which they hope to release in about three months.

They have also already released a video for their song Meedum Andure which has been played on Sirasa TV and received a massive response from the regular audience. "People found our video completely different from the videos that they are used to seeing everyday. We shot it on location in this metal junkyard. To give the effect of mist they burned diesel and blew the smoke our way, so we had to do the entire video breathing in smoke. It certainly was an experience," smiles Ranil.

According to the members of Hasthi, the usual Sinhala music is very compatible with rock music. They have used geta beras, thammattangs and tablas together with distortion guitars in certain of their songs. The Vannams, according to them is very compatible with rock music. In essence their music is a reflection of the compromise of their unique styles and individual preferences. "Altogether we've got fans of folk, punk rock, jazz, pop, heavy metal, alternative, etc."

As a band they're quite strong they say as they've "known each other for so long that we know each other's finer points, quite well" and hence are able to always recognize and give each of them their due place. "Usually people form a band and then turn good friends, as for us it's the exact opposite," smiles Miron.

Hasthi will be playing at a benefit show for their Alma Mater on July 30, where they are scheduled to play five of their songs from their to be released album. Excited? "We've got a case of butterflies in our stomachs as it is our first performance as a band. However we also have the confidence that we will be alright since most of us have performed solo before, Sahan even won a prize in India," says Ranil.

Dreams, hopes and expectations as a band? "We want to go international, not necessarily reach the UK or US charts but even India will do." They are also in the process of negotiating a trip to play a couple of gigs in Washington, U.S. at the end of this year, after their songs were nominated to the Art Circle of Washington.

"Hasthi is definitely a long term goal for all of us. We do intend to continue with the rest of our daily lives, but have absolutely no intentions of doing this just for the short term or to quit, in a couple of years." These guys are determined to stay come hell or high water.

Special thanks to Band Hasthi and Rikaza hassan
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07-18-2006, 07:46 AM

By the way to correct one point in the information above. the Album will be released in August 2006.
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07-18-2006, 11:07 AM

Ya YA.. And it will b from ElaKiri Also...
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Hasthi is going to Release the Album ...
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By the way to correct one point in the information above. the Album will be released in August 2006.
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Alll the best Hasthi !!....any new Videos
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YA... They gonna release the Gini Gena Mihithale Video soon
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YA... They gonna release the Gini Gena Mihithale Video soon
Ohh! Video Ekakuth Hadalada? Marune!
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