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Chandran Rutnam

Chandran Rutnam is a Sri Lankan Film maker and entrepreneur. Rutnam has hosted numerous Hollywood films for their location shoots in Sri Malaysia, he was the Line Producer/Production Supervisor on several international productions including the Sri Lankan location shoot of Paramount Pictures' Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Indochine. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Film Location Services which hosts foreign films to be shot in South and South East Asia. Steven Spielberg once referred to Rutnam as "Our most valued friend in the Far East". Rutnam has worked with Sir David Lean, Sir Carol Reed, John Boorman, George Lucas and Regis Wargnier. Rutnam wrote the screenplay, produced and edited the film The Road from Elephant Pass, a Finalist Award Winner at the New York International Television and Film Awards in 2011, he wrote the adapted screenplay and produced and directed, A Common Man which starred Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross. The film was nominated for the four main awards at the Madrid International Film Festival in 2013, winning the Best Picture, Best Director and the Best Actor awards.

Rutnam is the founder of Lionair, the once-popular Sri Lankan airline, owns the Asian Aviation Centre, an aeronautical engineering and flying academy in Sri Lanka. Rutnam was born to a Sinhalese mother Evelyn Wijeyaratne, he now resides in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a brother of Jayam Rutnam, the founder of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California. Rutnam was a school boy when David Lean arrived in Sri Lanka to shoot his Second World War epic, The Bridge on the River Kwai; the film crew hired a house. Due to this exposure, to the consternation of his parents, he dropped out of school and went to London to pursue his dream of a career in films, he moved to the United States and attended the film school at the University of Southern California and the San Fernando Valley College of Law. While working in Hollywood studios, Rutnam's break in selling Sri Lankan locations to international filmmakers came when he managed to convince John Derek, director of Tarzan the Apeman, to shoot the film in Sri Lanka rather than in Africa.

Rutnam dreamt of making a mark in the aviation field. He said "I was the sort of guy who would watch the planes taking off. I remember as a kid, I watched the ships coming and going out. I do not know whether it was freedom of movement. I do not know; some years ago a friend of mine and I decided that we should have an airline." He founded Lionair. Lionair was established in October 1993 and started its operations on 24 October 1994. Lionair suspended its domestic services when an Antonov An-24 aircraft went missing shortly after it took off from Jaffna in 1998, but resumed services in October 2002. Evelyn Rutnam Institute for Inter-Cultural Studies Cinema of Sri Lanka Chandran Rutnam on IMDb Uththareethara: Chandran Rutnam

Bob Shane

Robert Castle Schoen, known professionally as Bob Shane, was an American singer and guitarist, a founding member of The Kingston Trio. In that capacity, Shane became a seminal figure in the revival of folk and other acoustic music as a popular art form in the United States in the late 1950s through the mid-1960s; the success of the Kingston Trio in its heyday had repercussions far beyond its voluminous album sales, its host of imitators, the short-lived pop-folk boom it created. For the Kingston Trio's success took acoustic folk-based music out of the niche market it had occupied prior to the Trio's arrival and moved it into the mainstream of American popular music, opening the door for major record labels to record and market both more traditional folk musicians and singer-songwriters as well. Shane was born on February 1, 1934 in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, the son of Margaret and Arthur Castle Schoen, a wholesale distributor of toys and sporting goods, his mother was from Salt Lake City, his father was a Hawaiian of German descent.

Shane was in his own words "a fourth-generation islander". He attended local schools, including the prestigious Punahou School for his junior high and high school years. Punahou's curriculum emphasized native Hawaiian culture, complementing Shane's developing interest in music in general and Hawaiian music in particular. During these years, Shane taught himself to play first ukulele and guitar, influenced by Hawaiian slack key guitarists like Gabby Pahinui, it was during these years that Shane met Punahou classmate Dave Guard and began performing with him at parties and school variety shows. Following graduation in 1952, Shane attended Menlo College in Menlo Park, California while Guard matriculated at nearby Stanford University. At Menlo, Shane met and became fast friends with Nick Reynolds from the San Diego area and a musician and singer with a broad knowledge of folk and popular songs, due in part to Reynolds's music-loving father, a captain in the Navy. Shane introduced Reynolds to Guard, in 1956, the three began performing together as part of an informal aggregation that could, according to Reynolds, expand to as large as six or seven members.

The group went under different names, most as "Dave Guard and the Calypsonians". They had no formal professional aspirations. Shane dropped out of college in his senior year and returned to Hawaii to work in the family business. However, Shane had discovered a natural affinity for entertaining and at night pursued a solo career in Hawaii, including engagements at some of Waikiki's major hotels. Shane's act consisted of an eclectic mix of songs from Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Harry Belafonte, Broadway shows. During this period of several months he met acoustic blues legend Josh White, who helped Shane refine his guitar style and influenced him to support his vocals with a Martin "Dreadnought" guitar, significant in that it led to Shane's lifelong association with that guitar maker; the company reciprocated by issuing a number of "signature" models honoring Shane and the Kingston Trio in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the same time back in California and Reynolds had organized themselves somewhat more formally into an act named "The Kingston Quartet" with bassist Joe Gannon and his fiancée, vocalist Barbara Bogue.

This group appeared for a one-night engagement at a club called the Italian Village in San Francisco, to which they invited publicist Frank Werber, who had caught the Calypsonians' act with Shane some months earlier at the Cracked Pot beer garden in Palo Alto. Werber was impressed by synergy between Guard and Reynolds; when Guard and Reynolds let Gannon go and Bogue followed, Reynolds and Werber all considered Shane the logical third member and asked him to return to California, which he did in spring 1957. Shane's baritone vocals and guitar work were the foundation of the Kingston Trio's sound. Shane, Guard and Werber drew up an informal agreement that morphed into a legal partnership, they decided on the name "Kingston Trio" because it evoked, they thought, both the then-popular calypso music that emanated from Kingston, Jamaica as well as the kind of "collegiate" ambiance suggested by their adopted stage outfit of matching button-down collared three-quarter length sleeved striped shirts.

Under Werber's rigorous tutelage, Shane and Reynolds began daily rehearsals for several months, including instruction from prominent San Francisco vocal coach Judy Davis. The group's first significant break came in the summer of 1957 when comedian Phyllis Diller had to cancel an engagement at The Purple Onion, a small San Francisco night club, Werber talked the management into hiring the untested trio for a week; the trio's close harmonies, varied repertoire, rehearsed but spontaneous on stage humor made them an instant success with the club's patrons, the engagement stretched to six months. During this stint, Werber used the Kingston Trio's local popularity to try to generate interest from record companies. After several false starts, the group landed a contract with Capitol Records, recording their first album in three days in February 1958; the producer was the legendary Voyle Gilmore, who made two immediate and fateful d

Whispering Hills, Alberta

Whispering Hills is a summer village in Alberta, Canada. It is located on the eastern shore of Baptiste Lake. In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Summer Village of Whispering Hills recorded a population of 142 living in 62 of its 136 total private dwellings, a 31.5% change from its 2011 population of 108. With a land area of 1.68 km2, it had a population density of 84.5/km2 in 2016. In the 2011 Census, the Summer Village of Whispering Hills had a population of 108 living in 43 of its 136 total dwellings, a -13.6% change from its 2006 population of 125. With a land area of 1.73 km2, it had a population density of 62.4/km2 in 2011. List of communities in Alberta List of summer villages in Alberta Official website