Bathiya & Santhush (Sinhala:භාතිය සහ සන්තුෂ්) (BNS) are young popular artists in the Sri Lankan music industry. They are a pop/rap duo composed of Bathiya Jayakody and Santhush Weeraman, who met while at Mary Anne David’s school for singing in Colombo (training mainly under the categories of classical and show tunes).
Bathiya Jayakody, born on the 22nd December 1976, was educated at Ananda College Colombo while Santhush Weeraman born on the 5th September 1977 was educated at Royal College Colombo. Santhush comes from a musical family, his brother Dushyanth is also a musician of repute.
Since the inception of their act in 1998, they have released nearly 8 albums and have had over 25 Sri Lankan number one singles. Bathiya & Santhush are one of the biggest musical acts to hit the Sri Lankan musical scene since the 1990s, mixing Sinhala, Tamil, and English lyrics in their originals, while they have also utilized Hindi language in remix songs bringing out their contemporary style and revolutionising the music industry in Sri Lanka.
Having performed in over 600 concerts in Sri Lanka and abroad, in 2008 BNS marked the end of their most successful concert series after over 120 performances “Neththara Live”. This was replaced with a brand new concert series named “Shaheena” after their 2008 No. 1 single and the same titled promotional album for Lux. Their current concert series Sara Sihina is named after their 2010 release. With the release of their 5th main stream album “Sara Sihina – the 5th Element” Bathiya and Santhush became the only Sri Lankan artists to feature with popular Indian singers Hariharan (in the song Yaalpanamen) and Asha Bhosle (Dedunna Sedi).
Apart from being two of the most innovative music personalities of this generation, Bathiya & Santhush a household name in Sri Lanka, are also known as two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the Sri Lankan music industry. Starting from a 2 man operation from their bedroom during their early days, BNS Production Group today houses 4 companies thus making it one of the rare places which offer a 360 degree services in the entertainment industry – Showtown Entertainment event management & production, Saregama Music Digital Audio Production, Saregama Films Filmmaking#Production|Film Productions, Saregama Digital Digital Content Acquisition & Management.
After 15 Years BNS still top the charts of Sri Lanka and are considered one of the most successful musical acts of the modern Sri Lankan era.
Bathiya Jayakody born December 22, 1976, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to a military family. His father was late Maj. Gen. Nihal Jayakody and mother Mohini Jayakody. His artistic abilities come from his mother’s side. His maternal grandmother Somi Singhika Basnayake who hailed from Hillwood College Kandy, was in the college choir and his mother a classically trained pianist and a piano tutor. Bathiya started classical piano music from the age of seven and continued to excel in music through out his school career.
He started his education in Holloway Primary School in India and upon return in 1984 he entered Isipathana College Colombo for a brief period. In 1988 he joined Ananda College Colombo, where he later held the position of Deputy Head Prefect in 1995 and was decorated as a presidents Scout of the Scout troop in 1994. After his secondary education at Ananda College he completed his degree and obtained BSc (Hon) Business from the Manchester Metropolitan University UK. His first job was at a top Sri Lankan corporate.
Early musical journey
While studying western classical music privately, Bathiya was a member of the first Ananda College western band where he played the alto saxophone and occasionally filled in for the percussion section. He was also a pianist with the western music society. He was a founding member and a lead vocalist of the school pop band. Winning many awards at inter school competitions Bathiya soon became a known figure in the school’s music circuit as a college musician during the mid-1990s. He later started learning the music technology with the Sri Lankan music tech Dilup Gabadamudalige. He also joined the Marry Anne Singers Colombo and studied opera, jazz and Broadway singing under the vocal teacher Maryanne David. During the later part of the nineties, Bathiya worked as a freelance vocalist singing for radio jingles and commercials together with Ranga Dassanayake. During this period Bathiya Jayakody and Santhush Weeraman collaborated on a few projects, which led to the formation of Bathiya and Santhush.
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