The Explanation of an Lifestyle
Cantaloupe was established in 2008 and has since become a prominent player in numerous fields via its creations, investments and projects, such Amuseum Special Events ( a formerly co-owned event organisation subsidiary) and Amuseum (formerly co-owned boutique bar and lounge). Dmitri Jayasuriya and Jonathan Solomons founded cantaloupe in 2008, with the foresight of developing it into Sri Lanka’s ultimate lifestyle brand. Cantaloupe materializes creative inspiration through its jewelry, interiors, events, graphic design and properties and in a short span of time it has grown considerably from one success to another.
Cantaloupe was born out of a fantasy, which was later applied to create a lifestyle business. It can be viewed as an emerging kingdom and like other great kingdoms of the past, it will continue to grow in stature and size until it eventually evolves into an empire. Welcome to the Kingdom of Cantaloupe.
Dmitri Jayasuriya – Founder l CEO
Dmitri's forte is pioneering and introducing creative concepts. He constantly challenges and raises the bar for nightlife events; catering to an extremely demanding upwardly mobile niche clientele. As former director and co-founder of Colombo Night Life (CNL) he has years of experience in the industry and was responsible for the branding and marketing of the highly successful Party 31 event property; a series of New Years Eve parties held in Colombo (which included FTV/ Hed Kandi Party 31 in 2007/8 at the Taj Sumudra Hotel, The Party 2010 & 2009/10, Party 31 2006/7 at the Galle Face Hotel and Paradise Beach 2005/6 at Mount Lavinia Hotel). Every installment has been completely sold out and the brand resonance has been phenomenal.
Recently, he established and is the Managing Director of his own contemporary design house, Cantaloupe. In addition to this he founded and designed a boutique bar, Amuseum, which is located at the Regency Wing of the Galle Face Hotel, a mini department store- Cantaloupe Boutique in Galle Face Court and Cantaloupe Aqua, which is a boutique villa in Talpe. Dmitri has also just completed designing the Heladiv Tea Club at the historical Dutch Hospital Complex. Being an entrepreneur in such a creative and dynamic industry, Dmitri effectively combines design and carousing, thus introducing a new dimension to fashion lifestyle conglomerates and nightlife to Colombo.
Tareeq Musafer - Managing Director | Group CEO
Tareeq is a well-recognized personality in Sri Lanka’s entertainment industry, known for his 360° experience. He is the pioneering force to the DJ and sound production arena in the country, as well as being a stronghold behind the success of numerous nightlife venues such as Glow and Onyx. Tareeq is famous for hosting ground-breaking events such as NYE at Galle Face Hotel and the Colombo Night Life’s (CNL) entire portfolio whilst stemming success in opening the country’s first DJ educational institute – Tareeq has done it all!
Tareeq is the Founder/CEO of the DJ Academy, which he opened in 2008. Over the years, the DJ Academy has grown in strength, providing a number of courses catering towards the entertainment industry, ranging from DJ courses to music production, event management and media training. Apart from his qualifications in Sound Design and Event Management, Tareeq holds an associate degree in Electronics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
With this wide culmination of experience, knowledge and contacts, Tareeq one of the most sought after personalities in the industry. Coupled with his strong management skills and hands on expertise, this makes him an invaluable asset to the Cantaloupe family.
Tareeq’s adventure with Cantaloupe Lifestyle began in 2001, when he worked closely with Dmitri during one of Colombo Night Life’s (CNL) events – ‘Fiesta’, which later became hugely popular for its ‘original’ beach party concept. This created the foundation for a successful and lasting partnership, which eventually paved the way towards Tareeq becoming an active part of the Cantaloupe Lifestyle dream.
Tareeq possesses a number of international DJ accolades including opening for ‘A-list’ DJs in the 90’s such as Judge Jules, John Digweed, Sister Bliss and Anthony Papa and playing concert after-parties for the likes of Janet Jackson, Naughty by Nature and Tina Arena.
Nadeem Rajabdeen - Director Sales & Marketing
Nadeem is the PR, Sales and Marketing Director of Cantaloupe Villas (PVT) LTD. He has a BSE in Finance from the University of South Florida in Tampa and over three years experience working as a Senior Business Consultant for Millennium Information Technologies Ltd (MIT), a premier technology service provider to the global capital markets industry. Gaining valuable International exposure and experience, whilst frequently travelling for Millennium, he had the opportunity to visit boutique hotels and villas in the African region, which inspired him to thereafter pursue a career in hospitality.
Nadeem is an integral component of the Cantaloupe Villa division and its future expansion plan. He can be accredited for Cantaloupe Aqua generating an average occupancy rate of 70%, even though the Villa has only been operating for less than two years. In addition to this, he is a co-founder of www.anything.lk, Sri Lanka's first and number one daily deals company.
Yasser Farook - DIRECTOR | CFO
Since childhood, Yasser has taken a keen interest in his family's gemstone business, which has been in existence for over 50 years. He is captivated by unique gemstones and their potential once they are cut and polished to become beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Throughout the years, via his academic pursuits and experience in the industry, Yasser has developed a well-trained eye for the science, art and precision of gemology. He has an acute eye for identifying valuable stones, their shape and colour composition. Today he is a third generation gemologist and owner of several gem mines in Ratnapura (one of the main gem deposit districts in Sri Lanka). His unique creative flair gives him a competitive edge in design and sets him apart in the industry. This has paved the way for him to start his own jewellery venture, together with Dmitri Jayasuriya- Cantaloupe Jewels (CJ). As CJ's managing director, Yasser leads his team of skilled designers, with his passion and determination to create extraordinary pieces of jewellery.
Apart from CJ, Yasser is also the managing director of Cantaloupe Boutique (CB), and is in charge of the finance division of Cantaloupe Villas (CV). As Cantaloupe expands, Yasser hopes to take CV, CJ and CB to the next level and encourage upcoming designers to think outside the normal constants of conventional design. Cantaloupe offers the ideal platform, with a safe and inspiring space, to showcase ideas and unleash creative expression.
Armil Sammoon – DIRECTOR | Cantaloupe Jewels & Cantaloupe Villas
Studying and interning in the field of Precious Gems and Jewels and understanding the secrets and mysteries of one of the world’s oldest trades of high value colored gemstones that crown all the royal empires. He went on to join in the family’s four generation tradition and following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, The Prince, Armil with true acumen and vision founded his first company in the United States of America at the age of 23. Since then he has reached success in diverse fields of businesses both in Sri Lanka and Overseas.