For 65 minutes weekly Janma Bhoomi aims to keep Singhalese in touch with their motherland and educate the younger generation born here about the history and nature of Sri Lanka. There are historical stories and events, news and current affairs, poetry, prose and drama, festival celebrations, all wrapped around with both old and modern music.
Roshan is deeply embedded in the community in his roles as Treasurer for the NZ Sri Lankan Buddhist Trust and Secretary of the United Sri Lankan Association. The father of two has an M.Com and has worked 25 years in banking. Roshan is a stage singer and actor who enjoys gardening and sport and volunteers for the school gala and St. John’s.
Indra has Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Commerce degrees. She is a Masters Programme Administrator attached to the University of Auckland. Indra is a script writer, journalist, dramatic actress, photographer and table tennis player. She has also served as secretary of the USLA. Drawing, singing, dancing, gardening, sewing and cake decorating are among her talents.
Rani has a B.A. in culture, history and music; skills she brings to the radio show as a scriptwriter, dramatic actress and presenter. She is a keen worker and office holder with the NZ Sri Lanka Buddhist Trust and relaxes with Sri Lankan movies and literature.
Nilupul has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting. But on the radio she’s an actress, singer, technician and producer. Nilupul has a passion for music, singing and dancing. She plays the piano and has been a member of a choir, western and eastern bands. She is a ballet fan, loves theatre, musicals, romantic and comedy movies.
Pearl was educated at St. Bridget’s Convent, Colombo. She obtained her degree and post-graduate Education diploma at the University of Ceylon, Peradeniya. Following some years of teaching she worked as Executive Director/CEO for the Association of Accounting Technicians, Sri Lanka. Pearl enjoys reading, writing, music, drama and movies and helping in the community.
Gamini worked in banking in Sri Lanka, and in NZ as a sales and service co-ordinator. Since arriving here he has been involved in community radio programmes and Sri Lankan organisations in a number of Executive roles. Gamini is a talented entertainer and public speaker. He enjoys nature and countryside driving. His hobbies are singing and watching sport.
Kanthi studied at Yasodara Balika Vidyalaya Colombo, and is a member of the I.A.B (London). She has worked as book-keeper and a chief finance executive. Previously a volunteer member of St Johns Ambulance Service and the All Ceylon Buddhist Association, Kanthi enjoys swimming, reading, walking, cooking, sewing, music & photography.
Chandra undertook an MSc. (Computing) at the University of Colombo and worked as an Assistant Lecturer there, and later at the Sri Lankan Institute of Advanced Technical Education. After arriving in New Zealand, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing and tutored at MIT and Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Her talents include Website Design & Creation and she enjoys community work. Currently working as Editor for USLA (Auckland), Chandra unwinds by listening to classical music.
Holding a Masters in Public Administration, Upali served as a Class 1 officer in Sri Lanka’s Administrative Service. He has served the country in various public service roles for 35 years and still serves as a Disciplinary Inquiry Officer for the Sri Lankan Government. His most memorable experiences are serving rural communities while working remotely as a Divisional Secretary. Upali’s hobbies include collecting internationally acclaimed movies and musical audio. He currently serves as Secretary for USLA Auckland.