Yohani to be recognised with State award

By Easwaran Rutnam (@easwaranrutnam)

Sri Lankan singer Yohani De Silva is to be recognised for her recent achievement with a State award, Parliament was informed today.

State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion Vidura Wickramanayaka told Parliament today that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has taken steps to recognise Yohani with the State award.

Responding to a question raised in Parliament today, Vidura Wickramanayaka said that steps will be taken to recognise all Sri Lankan artistes who bring recognition to the country.

Yohani drew international recognition with the song Manike Mage Hithe.

The song become a major global hit and crossed over 122 million views on YouTube.

Yohani was recently exclusively signed as a Wingman India artist and will be managed by Sonu Lakhwani in India.

Wingman Talent Management manages some of Bollywood’s biggest celebrities.

The singer is currently on her first tour to India. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. South Asians can not even create one developed country. This shows your corrupt and foolish mindset. There were good singers and musicians in Sri Lanka. But now western countries and India are lifting and raising Yohani to expand their soft power to counter China. If you can understand this reality, you would not have fought Asia’s longest brutal civil war and gone backward.

    I have been telling to the dragon that South Asians have not evolved to think pragmatically. Investing in South Asia will not be beneficial as much as dividing and conquering them. I am well aware that you are scared of India, because India had created terrorism to divide and conquer. However, you don’t think that China would do the same. But you are wrong; eventually, you will force the dragon to create a disaster. Then you will know who is really wise.

    • India is not about dividing conquering, It was British ideology, they have done so to India, by making sure India and Pakistan fight for life. similarly, they sow seeds of religious distress. Well, at least Indians can criticize against govt (though they don’t usually listen). In China, if you raise a voice against the Chinese government then you’re dead before even you realized it. The irony is that china has total control of Chinese citizen, even daily habits are monitored. There no open news.

  2. To be frank, there’s something quite fishy behind this whole “Menike” thing. What’s so phenomenal about this song by Yohani to begin with ?. I think this whole trend is something staged for some political advantage/exploitation. Most probably, at least certain elements linked to the ruling party (PP) of Sri Lanka may be behind all this, with the intention to create and promote an idol which could later be exploited for their sake especially in attracting the younger generation. Don’t forget that her father Prasanna De Silva too, being a former Major General in Sri Lanka army, may have some links with the current establishment in power. I’m not sure, seems a high possibility nevertheless.

  3. To be frank, there’s something quite fishy behind this whole “Menike” thing. What’s so phenomenal about this song by Yohani to begin with ?. I think this whole trend is something staged for some political advantage/exploitation. Most probably, at least certain elements linked to the ruling party (PP) of Sri Lanka may be behind (triggering) all this, with the intention to create and promote an idol which could later be exploited for their sake especially in attracting the younger generation. The same people brought the Indian actor Salman Khan too to Colombo as part of their campaign for the presidential election held in 2015, which they eventually lost. In addition, they gave nominations to quite a number of actors, actresses, singers, etc., too in most other elections as well. As stupid it may seem, amidst the current crisis and their fast-fading popularity due to the way they continue to handle the situation, the current establishment in power may have decided to invest separately on resurrecting their popularity again especially among the youth with efforts which have to be/look more subtle. Don’t forget that Yohani’s father Prasanna De Silva too, being a former Major General in Sri Lanka army, may have some links with the current establishment in power. I’m not sure, seems a high possibility nevertheless.

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