Transcendent talent was on abundant display when non-executive employees of Brandix took to the stage to showcase their proficiency in singing and dancing at the finals of two spectacular talent competitions conducted recently by Sri Lanka’s single largest apparel exporter.
Demonstrating that there is much more to life at Brandix than the production line, men and women from the Group’s manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka sang their hearts out for the crown of the ‘Brandix Gee Tharuwa’ (Brandix Singing Star) while others brought the stage to psychedelic life as they danced for the title of ‘Brandix Narthana Tharu’ (Brandix Dancing Stars) at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium.
Conducted with the aim of inspiring the workforce, encouraging employees to harness their talents to the fullest potential and building team spirit, the two competitions saw six troupes of dancers shortlisted to perform at the final round of the dancing competition from 22 teams that participated in the early rounds. The finals of the singing competition were contested by the four best singers chosen from 300 who entered the contest.
More than 5,000 of their colleagues from Brandix factories in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh were present to cheer them on, as the finalists wowed the accomplished professional artistes on the panels of judges with sparkling performances that were the high point of the 5th annual ‘Rasadiya Mangalya’ of the Brandix Group – a day-long celebration of sporting prowess, work performance and aesthetic talent.
The Brandix ‘Rasadiya Narthana Tharu’ title was won by the eight-member dance troupe of Brandix Apparel Solutions Limited (BASL) - Finishing, Ratmalana for the second year in succession, beating BASL - Finishing, Avissawella, the 1st Runner-up and Textured Jersey Lanka PLC which was placed third.
The Brandix ‘Rasadiya Gee Tharuwa’ for 2015 was Hansani Sandamali of BASL - Casualwear, Ratmalana, while the runners up were Nuwan Sanjeewa of BASL - Lingerie, Wathupitiwala, Milinda Fernando of BASL - Casualwear, Ekala and Bhagya Jayamali of BASL - Intimate Apparel, Katunayake.
The judging panel for the finals of the Gee Tharuwa comprised of Nirosha Wirajini, Keerthi Pasqual and Chamika Sirimanna, while the Narthana Tharu final was judged by Kevin Nugara, Rajini Selvanayagam and Pradeepa Ariyawansa.
One of the largest suppliers of apparel to top retail brands in the US and Europe, and the winner of two top awards for Human Resource Management at the 2015 National HRM Awards, the Brandix Group employs more than 48,000 people at several integrated manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka, a 1,000 acre Industrial Park in India and a large operation in Bangladesh.