People & Events
Peterite College Hall marks 75 years
The Nicholas Perera Hall at St. Peters College, Colombo marks its
75th anniversary this year.
In celebration of this Great Hall the Old Boys Union plans to have a
series of events kicking off proceedings with a Sing Along on Saturday,
December 9 in the College Hall. Plans are also underway to chronicle the
history and events of this great hall.
This hall was the most sought after by both foreign and local artistes
especially for its wonderful acoustics and convenient location.
The Vienna Boys choir during one of their tours in the early fifties
performed at St. Peters. In the late forties the then leading tenor in
the world Luigi Infantino sang at St. Peters. A galaxy of other greats
to recall a few were The Blue Diamonds from the Philippines who took
Europe by storm in the late fifties and early sixties, Bill Forbes of
“Atcha England” Fame, Desmond Kelly with his “Dream World”, Cliff
Foenander with “Remember Me”.
Among the leading locals were the Jetliners and Spitfires who performed
here. It would be interesting to note that in the late fifties the
Jetliners performance in this hall was also televised on close circuit
television in the college premises sponsored by Maurice Roche. This was
during the Fun-O-Rame exhibition spearheaded by the then Rector Father
Arthur N. Fernando.
The exhibition of ‘Fish and Men – Research in the developing
countries”, organised by the Alliance Française de Kandy will be opened
by Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya, Prof.
Buddhi Marambe, on November 24 at 6.30 pm marking its one week program
(November 24 – December 1) on Biodiversity.
The exhibition highlights the main aspects of the research in developing
countries concerning fishing situation and the preservation of marine
Isipathana English Day
The Annual English Day of the Primary English Unit of Isipathana
College was held on November 7 at the College Main Hall. The Chief Guest
on the occation was Lecturer in English Language Teaching Unit,
University of Colombo, Lasitha Somananda. Guest of Honour, Managing
Director, LAN Management Development Service, Institute for Computer
Training & Software Development, Mervyn Gunasekara lighted the
traditional oil lamp at the occasion. The Principal Upper School, Dr.
Punyadasa Kuruppu and the Juniour School principal are also present.
Southlands College AGM
The Annual General Meeting and get-together 2006 of Southlands
College, Galle, Old Parents Association, Colombo Branch will be held on
Sunday November 26 at the Otter Aquatic Club, 380/1, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 7 at 10.00am.
Course on SL waterfalls
Lanka Council on Waterfalls (LCWF) will be conducting a three month
course in the scientific study of Waterfalls & Natural Resources
Management. Beginning from 2007 January, the course contents provides
modern methods complemented by Multimedia and Audio Visual facilities,
reinforced with exposure to international environmental educational
Public Talks by J. Krishnamurti
‘Freedom and Authority: Choiceless Awareness’, a documentary video
film based on talks of J. Krishnamurti organized by the Krishnamurti
Centre of Sri Lanka Inc. will be held on November 19 at the TV
Auditorium, Public Library, Colombo 7 at 10.30 am.
Anula Vidyalaya J’pura Commerce Day
Commerce exhibition on October 31 at Anula Vidyalaya which was
organised in collaboration with the 2006 Commerce Day.
‘Paramparaven’, an exhibition of exquisite hand-craft artistry
by tsunami-affected women entrepreneurs of Mirissa will be held on
Saturday, November 2006 from 9am – 2pm at the Galle Face Hotel.
Pre-schools for Hambantota
MP for Hambantota district and Chairman, Janasuwaya Development
Foundation, Sajith Premadasa, has embarked on a wide ranging project to
uplift and enhance the livelihoods and infrastructure in Hambantota
district. The construction of pre-schools in the villages of Hambantota
district is one such priority project. The opening of a pre-school built
at a cost of Rs. 1.2 million in the Nedigamwila village of the Tissa
division of Hambantota district by Sajith Premadasa.
‘The Stage 2006’ a talent contest for the Leos of District 306 B1 &
306 B2 organised by the Leo Club of Mattumagala will be held on Thursday
November 23 at the Tower Hall, Colombo 10 at 6.00pm. The guest
performance will be made by ‘Three in one with black’ the superstars,
Malith, Shihan and Amila. The event is a fundraiser to distribute new
clothes, stationery and Christmas gifts for 1000 needy children from
Paliyagoda to Negembo. Tickets Rs 1000, 500, 300 are available at Pizza
Hut branches, Anusha Mehma Fashions, Kiribathgoda, Colombo and Wattala.
Seminar on ‘Green Card’ Lottery Programme
The U.S. Embassy invites the public to a seminar on the Diversity
Visa Lottery program, commonly referred to as the “Green Card Lottery.”
The seminar will be held on November 21 at 6:00 p.m. at New Town Hall in
Colombo. U.S. Consular officials will explain the requirements, explain
how to spot impostor services and give step-by-step instructions on how
to apply for the program online. Translation into both Sinhala and Tamil
will be provided. Adults and students, who have completed their O-levels
or higher, are welcome to attend.
Sri Lanka had the honour of being invited by the Municipal Council of
Lampang City Thailand for this year’s ‘Loy Krathong’ festival that was
held from November 4 - 6. The other countries invited were Laos and
The 18 Members from the Tilak Fernando dance troupe under the direction
of Veteran dancer Sunila Jayanthi participated at this festival. The
photo shows some of the Sri Lankan dancers in traditional costume
The Tower Hall Theatre Foundation celebrates the 50th anniversary of
‘Maname’ by Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra, whilst appreciating the
works of the dramatist, Bandula Jayawardane on November 20 at 3.00 p.m.
at Sausiripaya Auditorium.
It will be presided over by the Prime Minister, Ratnasiri Wickramanayake,
Minister Cultural and National Heritage, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane, Mrs.
Lalitha Sarachchandra, Mrs. Bandula Jayawardane, Lionel Fernando and a
host of artists will participate. The keynote address will be made by
Prof. K. N. O. Dharmadasa.
Sale of Work
Colombo Centre for Special Education at 80/7 Layards Road, Colombo 5,
an Institution dedicated towards the care and development of individuals
with various disabilities has organized a Sale of Work which will be
held on Saturday, November 25 at 9.15 a.m. - 2p.m. The chief guest on
this occasion will be Chairman, Hatton National Bank, Reinzie
Wijetilleke. The Colombo Centre is taking this opportunity to display
the range of talents present at the Centre as well as create some
awareness and respect for individuals with, similar needs, in our
The Nation Diary
‘Friday Night Lights’ (2004, 118 minutes) at the American Centre - 6.30
November 21 & 22
‘Our Friends at the Bank’ by Peter Chappell (84 min – 1997) in French
with English subtitles at the Alliance Française – 3.00/6.30 pm
‘The Emperor of California’ (Der Kaiser von Kalifornien/ 1936) at the
‘Baron Muenchhausen’ (Munchhausen/ 1942) at the Goethe Institute –
‘Titanic’ (1943) at the Goethe Institute – 5.30pm
‘Rosenstrasse’ at the Vibhavi Academy – 3.00pm
‘A Man for All Seasons’ at the Russian Centre – 5.00pm
November 19 & 24
‘Money Makes the World Go Round’ – a comedy written and directed by Indu
Dharmasene at the Lionel Wendt Theatre
‘Horu Samaga Heluwen’ by Prasanna Withanage at the Tower Hall, Colombo –
An exhibition of paintings by Upachandra Thilekewardene at Thambapanni
International exhibition of Photographs organised by the Photographic
Society of Sri Lanka at the Harold Peiris Gallery
Art exhibition by Shantha Weeramuni at the Lionel Wendt Gallery
November 24 – 26
An exhibition of paintings by Prasanna Upali at the Lionel Wendt Gallery