Mother Courage

The National Council for Mental Health celebrating its silver jubilee, will stage the German playwright, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children on February 27 at 7.00pm at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.

The production is based on the Sinhala translation of the veteran dramatist, Henry Jayasena. It is directed by Sue Weston and produced by the Abhina Academy on Performing Art. The music is directed by maestro Pemasiri Kemadasa. The cast includes Anoja Weerasingha, Shanila Thilani, Kamal Anula, Kosala Sandaruwan, Nimal Jayasinghe and Sunimal Perera.


Architecture and religion

Goethe Institute in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, presents ‘Architecture and Religion’ an exhibition and slide presentation on the Mahathupa in Anuradhapura by architect, Shereen Amendra, on February 27 at the Goethe Hall (German Cultural Centre) 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07.
The slide presentation will begin at 5.30 pm, and the exhibition will open at 6.30 p.m.
The exhibition will remain open until March 11, 2007 [Mon - Fri 10.00am to 06.00pm; Sat 10.00 am to 01.00 pm]


Educational opportunities in Japan

A special seminar on ‘Opportunities available for Higher Education in Japan’ will be held on February 25, 2007 at the Committee Room B of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo from 9.00a.m. to 12.30p.m. The seminar has been organised by the Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO), which is affiliated to the Ministry of Education, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka and the Japanese Graduates Alumni Association of Sri Lanka (JAGAAS).

The seminar will provide information about the higher education system and the availability of scholarships for higher education in Japan including facilities that are available for international students who receive these scholarships. Students qualified for College of Technology scholarships in universities and graduate schools will be given an opportunity to meet and discuss with representatives of JASSO, who are responsible for overseas student enrollment to Japanese universities.

The seminar will be open to the public, free of charge on a first-come first-served basis and will be limited to 350 participants. For more information and prior registration please contact Mr. P. B. Munasinghe, Secretary of JAGAAS on Tel: 2502077, or 0777¬-371049.


Thurki Palasa

Panduka Amarasekara’s compact disc and cassette ‘Thurki Palasa’ were launched on January 26 at the Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo. Seen below are the distinguished invitees to the ceremony, including Visharada Edward Jayakody, Senior Lecturer, Anuradhapura Bhikku University, Ven. Pathegama Gnanissara Thera, and veteran composer Wasantha Kumara Kobawaka enjoying a recital by Panduka.


Help make Nimal’s dream a reality

51-year-old Nimal Jayawardene born with congenital deformities is not afraid to dream. His biggest dream is to make a building that will educate the disabled and give them the knowledge, the experience and the courage to live life on their own.

He is the co-founder of the Human Development Institute in Kotte which was founded in the year 2000 with a vision to provide a better future for the disabled.

“In Sri Lanka people like us are not treated properly but I have noticed that in other countries it is different. All I’m asking is for them to show some kindness, respect and some acceptance,” he said.
This man on a wheel chair represented Sri Lanka in a United Nations Human Rights workshop held in Belgium in 1999.
His account number is Hatton National Bank, Nugegoda, A/C No: 027 0182038. E-mail address; www.shanthi.741.com


Discussions on Buddhist affairs

The Chief Incumbent of the Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, Nainativu, Jaffna and Sri Pada Nallathani ancient Buddhist Temple, Dr. Brahmanawatte Seevali Nayaka Thera met the Ambassador of Myanmar, U. Tin Oo Lwin in Colombo recently, along with Dr. Jayalath Jayawardana, MP. They had a detailed discussion about the development of Buddhist affairs between Sri Lanka and Myanmar.


Arte Curioso

‘Arte Curioso’, an exhibition on art as curious objects, will be held from February 26 to March 14 at the Red Dot Gallery, 36A, Baddegana Road, South Pitakotte from 10.30am to 5.00pm (Sundays - 11.00am to 4.30pm).


First flight is the sweetest

The British Council in partnership with the Standard Chartered Bank recently released a book titled ‘The First Flight’, featuring creative writing, short stories and poems of Sri Lankan children within the age group 11-15 years.
The journey of ‘First Flight’ began one year ago, with a unique vision, to create a talented group of writers by nurturing and appreciating their potential. It all began with a colourful poster that called in entries for a project called the ‘Young Writers’ Club’. The response was more than enthusiastic – over 300 entries, short stories, poems, drama scripts and memoirs. A meticulous reading of these entries yielded one hundred entries, which all demonstrated minds with enormous yet raw imaginative power. These 100 young writers from both Colombo and outstation were invited to participate in writing workshops conducted by the established Sri Lankan writer, Lal Medawattegedara. They were also exposed to writers of global repute: our own Romesh Gunasekera. The ‘First Flight’ was officially launched with the Country Director, British Council, Gill Westaway handing over the first copy of the book to CEO of Standard Chartered Bank, Clive Haswell. The compere, Arun Dias Bandaranayake, conducted an interesting chat with the young writers who shared their thoughts and ideas about the book.


Workshop on first aid

The workshop on first aid and prevention of accidents organised by the Training Unit of the Sri Lanka National Hospital was held at the Emergency Service section on February 12.
An exhibition, a part of the programme , was held with the participation of about 90 children from 30 schools in the Western Province.

Director of the National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinnghe , Deputy Director Anil Jasinghe, and Chief Special Grade Nurse, Donald Perera attended the inaugural ceremony. The programme was organised by Officer In Charge of Training, Pushpa Ramyani Soyza and funded by David Peiris Motors Ltd.


Book launch

Two anthologies of Sinhala poems Kadaima and Sarali and the CD of the latter by Shirani Wijeyakulathileka were launched recently at the Sri Lanka National Library and Documentation Services Board Auditorium. Well known scholars, Edwin Ariyadasa, Tilakaratne Kuruwita Bandara, Dr. Carlo Fonseka, and Ajantha Ranasinghe delivered lectures. Seen here is Dr. Carlo Fonseka addressing the gathering. Seated are Ajantha Ranasinghe and Edwin Ariyadasa


Rajapakse Vidyalaya inaugurated

Schneider Electric and the Kashi Bunda Association inaugurated the extension of the Rajapakse Vidyalaya College in Ahungalle on January 22.
The Governor of the Southern Province, Kumari Balasooriya, Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, Anura Weerasinghe, Balapitiya Town Council Vice Chairman, Channa Mendis, Country Manager of Schneider Electric, Eric Leger, and French Embassy officials were among the distinguished guests present.


Ex-seminarians donate computer

Rev. Fr. Clement Waidyasekara OMI at the computer room of the Seminary after declaring it open on February 17.
Rev. Fr. Irwin Morais OMI, the Rector of the seminary and Rev. Fr. Lyle Jayantha Fernando OMI are also in the picture.

Ex-seminarians of St. Joseph’s OMI Seminary, Kohuwela came forward to donate a computer facility to their alma mater recently. A computer room with newly equipped facilities including six PCs was declared opened on February 17 by Rev. Fr. Clement Waidyasekara Provincial of Oblates of Mary Immaculate congregation.
The Ex-seminarians Association undertook the project following a request by the Seminary Rector Rev. Fr. Irwin Morais OMI, who also functions as the moderator of the association, named St. Eugene’s after the founder of the OMI.

Fr. Provincial remarked that it was a timely to arm seminarians with modern technology to face new challenges in society. He also asked the seminarians to make good use of the equipment in their mission ‘to serve the poor’.
Former Secretary of Association Mr. Rex Clementine hailed the decision taken by Fr. Morais to equip the young seminarians with IT knowledge. Ex-seminarians Prasanga Gamage and Pradeep Nirosh who are computer engineers worked hard to complete the project within a short period.
Former seminary Rector Rev. Fr. Herman Paul OMI, Rev. Fr. Prasanna Rodrigo OMI, Rev. Fr. Lyle Jayanth Fernando OMI and Rev. Fr. Angelo OMI also took part in the opening ceremony.


The Dancer Upstairs

International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo, presents the film ‘The Dancer Upstairs’ (Spain, 133 minutes) by John Malkovich on Wednesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8


STC Old Boys’ Centenary Group AGM

The S.Thomas’College Old Boys’ Centenary Group, is a prestigious organization comprised of old boys who were in the Mount Lavinia school in 1951, the year when the College celebrated its centenary. The privilege of being a member of this Group was also extended to old boys who were in the Bandarawela and Gurutalawa branch schools in the year 1951. The total membership of the Group, as at today, is 208 with 178 being resident members in Sri Lanka and 30 being resident members, overseas.

The annual general meeting of the Group will be held at the Global Towers Hotel, Marine Drive, Colombo 6 on Sunday, March 4 at 7.00 p.m. followed by Fellowship and Dinner.


Costley’s thank you party

Zareena Rahim, Kosala Watakuluge and Asoka Pathirana at the ‘Thank You’ party hosted by William Costley, General Manager, Hilton Colombo, for the top Corporates and Travel Segments.


World Bank helps Puttlam IDPs

In support of the government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to rehabilitate conflict-affected areas, the World Bank on February 20, approved a US$32 million credit to rebuild the lives of the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the Puttalam district in the north west of the island.

The Puttalam Housing Project will meet the housing needs, provide safe drinking water, sanitation, improved drainage facilities, and regularise land titles for the IDPs who have suffered much hardship during the twenty-five year ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. These people have lived and owned land in Puttalam since 1990, but without any legal land ownership documentation. At present there are over 60,000 people living in 141 IDP camps with 41 percent being children, who have known no home other than these camps.

“It is critical that needs of these very vulnerable people are met and assistance provided, to bring normalcy to their lives after 16 years of displacement,” said Naoko Ishii, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka. A special feature of this project is that it is designed to support, not only the social and economic integration of these IDPs, but also some of the needs of the adjoining vulnerable non-IDP communities, through shared development activities such as drinking water schemes, sanitation, and resolution of land disputes.


PhD scholarships for Lankans

A presentation proposing a scholarship scheme, conducted by North Dakota State University (NDSU) for PhD hopefuls from universities in Sri Lanka was held at Trans Asia Hotel recently. The presentation was held with the participation of Education Minister, Susil Premajayantha, former Minister of Higher Education, Kabhir Hashim, the professors of the NDSU, Vice Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Gunapala Nanayakkara and other distinguished guests. This event was organised by the Guidance Counsellor and Foreign University Placement Advisor, Priyanthi Dissanayake.


Zonta International Award 2007

Zonta Club 11 of Colombo invites applications for the ‘Young Women in Public Affairs Award 2007’ (YWPA).
Applicants should be between the ages of 16 to 20 and must show evidence of leadership and active commitment to the cause of advancing the status of women in the community.
There is a cash award of Rs. 35,000/- to the Sri Lankan winner, who will have the opportunity to participate at district level, which offers a cash award of USD 500, and at international level, which offers a further cash award of USD 1000.

For the application kit contact: 2695648
Zonta International is a worldwide service organisation of executives in business and the professions, working together to advance the status of women.



February 26
‘Arth’ by Mahesh Bhatt (3hrs) in Hindi with English subtitles, at the Indian Cultural Centre - 5.30pm

February 27
‘A Soldier’s Story’ (1984, 102 min.) at the American Centre - 6.00pm

February 27 & 28
‘Samia’ by Philippe Faucon (2001, 75 min.) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française de Colombo - 6.30pm


February 25
‘VAFA Annual Show 2006’, an exhibition of visual art by the students of Vibhavi Academy, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery

Until March 9
An exhibition of paintings by Janani Cooray, Indralatha Dharmasene, Inoka Silva, Krishanthi Sepalika at the Thilaka Hotel, Tearway Gallery, Kandy - 10.00am – 9.00pm

Until March 11
‘Oasis of Silence’ an exhibition of photographs by the Swiss photographer, Beat Presser on Theravada Buddhism at the Barefoot Gallery


February 25
‘Modaborn’, presented by Kapila Palihawardena at the Lionel Wendt Theatre - 7.00pm

February 28
Hindustani Vocal Recital by Ms. Chamila Edwards at the Indian Cultural Centre - 6.00pm


February 3
R.R.Samarakone’s ‘Kelani Palama’ at Rukmani Devi Theatre Nugegoda – 7.00pm


February 26 – March 10
‘Oasis of Silence’, Beat Presser, Switzerland, Images of Theravada Buddhism, photographic workshop at the Mount Lavinia Hotel







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