Colombo, April 6, 2007-The Blue Elephant, which is almost 20 years old, will be officially closing it`s doors. To mark this occasion there will be a grand `Good Bye ` Party from 19th to 21st of April featuring all Blue Elephant DJs. The famous icon of the club, the massive wooden elephant will be auctioned on the last day, 21st April (Saturday) and proceeds will go to charity.
The `night pulse of Colombo` Blue Elephant has it`s own story. ` It has been a special place for many of us with a lot of good memories` said Kapila Mohotti who worked at the club since its inspection. The club was born on 2nd July 1987. The sound and lights were done by a Singaporean company called Inova. At the early stages Inova provided Dee Jays and the first was a female DJ from UK. Her name was Karen Askew.
The first Sri Lankan DJ at the Blue Elephant was Bunty Noordeen, who was also the first Sri Lankan to beat mix in a Sri Lankan night club. DJ Kapila who was trained by Bunty was next in line to take over as Resident DJ of the Blue Elephant and later on took over the club as Manager. Kapila is the longest standing employee of the club. During Kapila`s period, DJ Ray, a very popular and flamboyant in dress, also played at the club. Ray died of an untimely motor cycle accident while returning home after working for Flite Nite - which was a popular Wednesday night at the Blue. After Ray`s demise, DJ Harith, a hotel school student, came in as a trainee DJ. He was trained by Kapila and succeeded as the Manager, Subsequently Kapila got a promotion as Assistant Food & Beverage Manager and Harith got the opportunity to manage the Blue Elephant. Harith is the second long standing DJ and Manager of the Blue Elephant, who is now managing `Spoons` the signature restaurant of the Hilton Colombo.
Yet another notable DJ at the nightclub was DJ Viran de Silva, who was very popular among the young crowd especially amongst the fairer sex! He deejayed for over five years along with Kapila and Harith, and is now happily married and residing in London. With Viran leaving, DJ Naushad, popularly known as Shad was flown down from Bahrain to perform at the club. Naushad worked at the Blue Elephant for about 8 years. This was the time that the trio - Kapila, Naushad and Harith formed KNH project and released the first remixed CD `Years of Deejaying` followed by the `E-Mix` for Shaggy`s visit to Sri Lanka.
After Kapila moved on as Assistant F&B Manager and Harith took over the club as Manager, DJ Monindra better known as Monnie, came in to assist DJ Shad.. Monnie is now in New Zealand furthering his studies.
After Monnie, DJ Thoshan worked for a brief period and Pradeep Kodikara was recruited to the blue Elephant. DJ Pradeep was with the blue Elephant for about 3 years before moving on to another venue. The last peplacement was DJ Dhanushka, a very young lad of 22 years who is still with the Blue Elephant to the very last day.
Mr. Harpo Gunaratne was the entertainment Manager of the Hilton Colombo and was also doing guest spots on a regular basis. Popular DJ Wendal also had a 3 months stint at the Blue Elephant along with DJ Nalin of Perfect Beat. `So, if you want to say your final good byes, head to the Blue Elephant any day from 19th to 21st April` added Mohotti.