Advertisements in the 1960’s from “Rasavahini” – Part 02

This is the second lost.

Horlicks from the old days.


Kodak camera

Kodak camera

This is Lactogen



This is Marmite






Parker pen advertisement


Rexona soap advertisement





Advertisements in the 1960’s from “Rasavahini” – Part 01


It is always exciting to see how advertisements evolved through the years. Compare these advertisements in 1960’s from the then popular magazine, Rasavahini with the today’s advertisements. Very few advertisers could afford color advertisements those days. Black & white advertisements were also well designed with the available technology and the designs of the era. Some advertisements are done as comics (picture stories), the attraction of the time. In some of the advertisements, though the product is a foreign one with an English name, only the Sinhala name is given in the advertisement. But today, it is difficult to market a product if the English name is not displayed. Creativity is a relative thing. It depends on the era one is in. All the images were given to me by my friend Wasantha Samarakkody.

Look at this Austin Countryman car.

Austin Countryman Car

Bata advertisement in color.


A Bush radio from Walker’s Sons Ltd.

Bush Radio

Cardinal Polish

Cardinal Polish

Cow & Gate milk products

Cow & Gate Milk Products

This is from Ceylon Petrolium Corperation


Good old Disprin


Dunlop Tires in the 60’s


The scent of Goya


චිත්‍රකතාවේ වංශකතාව (Chithrakathawe Wanshakathawa) – Professor Sunil Ariyarathna

Chitrakathawe Wanshakathawa

I had the pleasure of reading Sunil Ariyarathna’s “Chithrakathawe Wanshakathawa” book recently. My friend Wasantha Samarakkody, who is a comic lover, had bought the book. He has a collection of old comics as well and he agreed to scan and send me those to be uploaded in to which is done by a friend of mine in Mahawilachchiya.

The book is a good research. The book tells you how comics (chithrakatha) evolved from cave paintings to temple paintings, Sarlis Master to Susil Premarathna to modern day artists. A detailed description is given to each major comic artist while less information is given for minor players in the industry.

There are a lot of comics from the early days to modern days printed in the book. No wonder the price is more than 1,000 LKR. I wonder why the parents, teachers, adults objected only the modern comic artists for exposing nudity as the earlier artists exposed even more nudity. You can understand it well when you look at the way the ladies have been depicted in early day stories. How come the old nudity is good and the modern is bad?

A blog on Sri Lankan comics.

A Facebook page on Sri Lankan comics.

Hariharan Live in Concert Sri Lanka

Hariharan Live in Concert Sri Lanka

“Hariharan Live in Concert Sri Lanka” is the latest show by an international star in the country after Udit Narayan concluded a very successful show last month. The show is being sponsored by Hiru TV, the latest TV station in the country. Hariharan will rock the audience on July 7, at 7.00pm at Bloomfield Grounds, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Hariharan was born 3 April 1955. He is an Indian playback singer who has sung for Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Telugu films. He is also an established ghazal singer, and one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. His melody is strongly appreciated by the film fraternity. In 2004, he was honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India and is a two time National Award winner.

Hariharan, associating with Leslie Lewis, formed Colonial Cousins, a two-member band. They have cut many private music albums and also scored music for few feature films in Tamil cinema and Bollywood cinema. Hariharan’s most popular songs like “Feel Alright”, “Krishna”, “Let Me See The Love”, “Sa Ni Dha Pa”  came to the music scene with his union with Leslie Lewis.

Hariharan entered the world of Tamil films in 1992 introduced by debutant music director A.R. Rahman with the patriotic song “Thamizha Thamizha” in Maniratnam‘s film Roja. Hariharan’s most famous song will undoubtedly be “Tuhire” from the movie Bombay which was sung to A. R. Rahaman’s music. Hariharan has been one of the most trusted singers of Rahman and has sung many songs for him in long list of movies that includes Muthu, Minsara Kanavu, Jeans, Indian, Mudhalvan, Taal, Rangeela, Indira, Iruvar, Anbe Aaruyire, Kangalal Kaithu Sei, Sivaji, Alaipayuthey, Kannathil Muthamittal, Guru, Enthiran etc.

Hariharan is one of the foremost Indian ghazal singers and composers with more than thirty albums to his credit. In his early career, he cut several successful ghazal albums, writing most of the scores himself. One of Hariharan’s first ghazal albums was Aabshar-e-Ghazal with Asha Bhonsle, which went gold in sales. Another outstanding ghazal album was Gulfam, which not only hit double platinum in sales but also fetched Hariharan the Diva Award for the Best Album of the Year in 1994. The other major ghazal albums by him are Hazir (1992), Jashn (1996), Halka Nasha (1996), Paigham (1997), Kaash (2000), Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang (2005), and Guftagoo.[4] His live concert recordings, Hariharan in Concert (1990), Saptarishi (1996) and Swar Utsav (2001) were run away successes. His latest ghazal album is Lafzz… (2008). Hariharan worked with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain on his album Hazir.[4] The album Lahore Ke Rang Hari Ke Sang with renowned ghazal composers from Pakistan won him rave reviews and critical acclaim inside and outside India. A.R. Rahman was an avid listener of his ghazals way before roping him in to sing his first song in Tamil film music, “Thamizha Thamizha”, for the film Roja.

This is Hariharan’s second visit to Sri Lanka, the first being with Leslie Lewis.

The year 1996 was a career milestone; he formed the band Colonial Cousins with Mumbai-based composer and singer Leslie Lewis. Their first album, Colonial Cousins was a fusion album and was the first Indian act to be featured on MTV Unplugged. It won a string of awards including the MTV Indian Viewers’ Choice award and Billboard Award for the Best Asian Music Group. By this single album, Hariharan established himself as one of the pioneers of Indian fusion music. The next albums by this band were The Way We Do It (1998) and Aatma (2001) but were fairly noticed. 2009 Tamil film Modhi Vilayadu had score and soundtrack composed by Colonial Cousins. They also scored the 2010 Tamil film Chikku Bukku. (From Wikipedia)