Irresistible musical tempo, iridescent dance moves and team spirit filled a colourful evening at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium when the Season One finale of the 'Brandix Rasadiya Narthana Tharu' and the finale of Season Two of the 'Brandix Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa' talent contests were staged by Sri Lanka’s single largest apparel exporter.
Conducted with the aim of inspiring the workforce and encouraging employees to harness their talents to the fullest potential, the event saw six troupes of dancers shortlisted to perform at the final round of the dancing competition from 24 teams that participated in the contest from different strategic business units of Brandix.
The six teams clad in specially-designed outfits performed existing dance styles including hip-hop, North Indian, South Indian and ballroom as well as their own styles, entertaining an audience of more than 5,000 of their colleagues from Brandix.
The team from Brandix Finishing - Ratmalana won the trophy as the first 'Brandix Rasadiya Narthana Tharu' while the teams from Brandix Casualwear - Avissawella and Brandix Casualwear - Ekala took second and third places respectively.
The judges at the event, Rajini Selvanayagam, Kevin Nugara and Pradeepa Ariyawansa commented that the winning teams performed exemplarily well with correct techniques and that their performances reflected team work, practice, discipline, commitment and hard work.
The climax of the evening saw four stars from Brandix compete for the title of 'Brandix Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa,' with each contestant given two performances. They were judged by popular musicians Nirosha Wirajini, Rohana Bogoda and Chamika Sirimanne.
Nalin Deniyagoda from Brandix Intimate Apparel - Avissawella was crowned the winner of this contest. He competed against Rasika Chathuranga of Brandix Essentials - Nivithigala, Nilusha Perera of Brandix Casualwear - Avissawella and Thushara Sampath of Phoenix Industries - Makandura who were placed second, third and fourth respectively.
A highlight of the event was the performance by last year's 'Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa' Sanjeewa Premaratne of Brandix Lingerie - Nittambuwa who sang his own song.
The preliminary rounds of the 'Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa' contest were conducted at factory level with the participation of more than 250 contestants from 33 factory locations. The three best singers at each strategic business unit were identified by a panel of judges comprising Sankha Dineth, Amila Nadeeshani and Chamika Sirimanne. The shortlisted candidates were also provided comprehensive training in aspects of singing and in entertainment.
Brandix directly employs over 47,000 associates at 32 integrated manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, its 1,000-acre industrial park operation in India and a large manufacturing facility in Bangladesh.