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Events


Looking into Tradition

The public lecture, Looking into Tradition (Mask Dances around Ambalangoda - Kolam traditions against Kolam theories) by Dr. Wolfgang Mey of Museumsdienst Hamburg, Germany will be held on May 3, at 4:30 p.m. at the Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo. This has been organised by the Goethe Institute in collaboration with the Sociology Department of the University of Colombo, and Sociological Association of Sri Lanka.
Mask dances, among them the Kolam dances, are said to be a relevant aspect of the dance culture of Sri Lanka. Yet, there is a striking discrepancy between the importance of this genre of art and the state of general knowledge and research. A number of theories on the history and meaning of these dances are relating them to an ancient fertility rite or to simply entertain innocent village folk. For some researchers, the dances are an anti-colonial theatre of the suppressed population or the expression of the genius of village craftsmen.

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Lester by Lester

Lester by Lester, the monumental autobiography of Lester James Peries was launched on April 21, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
Lester by Lester is a celebration of a half-century of locally and internationally acclaimed creative excellence. It chronicles, in his own words, “the creativity of a lifetime of the Doyen of Sri Lankan Cinema, Dr. Lester James Peries.”
Its 20 chapters are devoted to each of his 20 films, from Rekawa (The Line of Destiny. 1959) to Ammawarune (Elegy for a Mother, 2006), showcasing and chronicling half a century of filmmaking.
He began with Rekawa his first feature film, a “commercial failure in Ceylon” as he says, which yet made it to the Mecca of world cinema, France’s Cannes Film Festival - the following year. Since the launch of Rekawa, 50 years ago, volumes have been written about Lester over the years, locally and internationally. This is the first time Lester has chosen to write about himself and his half-century filmmaking career. The book takes its readers through the trials and tribulations of filmmaking, and through a variety of anecdotes and memorable moments in the making of his 20 films.

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Blue Elephant closing-down bash

 The Blue Elephant, which was almost 20-years of age, closed its doors forever, with a grand cocktail and three days of partying from April 19 to 21, featuring all top Blue DJs. The icon of the club, the massive wooden elephant was auctioned on the last day, and the proceeds went to charity.
DJs Harpo, Bunty, Kapila, Harith, Wendal, Nalin and Danushka were billed to spin their discs for the last time at the Blue Elephant at this grand closing-down bash.
The Blue Elephant began operating on July 1, 1987. At the beginning, the sound and lights were done by a Singaporean company called Inova. At the early stages, Inova provided the Dee Jays, and the first DJ was a female, Karen Askew from the UK.

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Dr. JJ gets Ambassador for Peace Award

MP and Assistant Secretary, UNP, in charge of relief and human rights, Dr. Jayaleth Jayawardana, has been awarded the Ambassador for Peace Award in recognition of his humanitarian services, by the Universa1 Peace Federation, which has a special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations with its headquarters in New York.
This award was presented to Dr. Jaya1ath Jayawardana in Seoul, South Korea, during the international summit on Asia Pacific Peace, which initiated a new foundation for a regional alliance.
Minister of State, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of Nepal, Han Gyanendra Bahadur Karki, who has played a key role in the Nepal peace process and Dean of the University of Mauritius, Mauritius, Prof. Satinder Ragobur, were also awarded the Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal Peace Federation at this conference.

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Monbukagakusho scholarship 2008

The Government of Japan will award scholarships to Sri Lankan students under the Monbukagakusho Scholarship Scheme 2008, in the categories of Postgraduate Research, Undergraduate and College of Technology. The closing date for applications to the Ministry is May 8. Selection of candidates will be done through an examination conducted jointly by the Japanese Embassy and the Higher Education Ministry in Sri Lanka.
Past papers of the examination and further information regarding this scholarship could be obtained from http://WWw.studyjapan.go.jp/en/toj0302e.html.

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Summer

Prenita Fashions, Colombo’s premier saree boutique will present a fashion show titled Summer on May 11, at 6 p.m. at No. 22, Thurstan Road, Colombo 7.
It will feature a wide variety of fashionable, and trendy selection of vibrantly coloured sarees, handpicked by Managing Director, Prenita Fashions, Priyanthi Fernando. A host of prizes and surprises await the guests, with competitions such as ‘Most Glamorous Lady,’ as well as raffle draws on offer. This promises to be an evening filled with fun and entertainment! Tickets are prized at Rs.1000, and available at Prenita Fashions, inclusive of dinner and dancing.

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Lankan MP meets Musharraf

V. Puthrasigamany, MP, shaking hands with the Pakistani President, General Pervez Musharraf at the 3rd Joint Asia and India Regions Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, held in Islamabad, Pakistan, at the end of March. The Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Mohamadian Soomro is also in the picture.

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Sing-along

The Moratuwa Y.M.C.A. has organised a Sing-along with Rukshan and the Gypsies, which will be held on Saturday, May 5, at the Ranmal Hotel, Gorakana, Moratuwa at 7 p.m. The Chief Guest will be Chairman, Bartleets Group of Companies, Eraj Wijesinghe.
This, event is aimed at raising funds for building a community centre and a sports complex for the benefit of the youth in the community.
The programme has been designed with songs selected to cater to a wide cross section of music lovers. The songs include English oldies of the 50s, 60s and 70s, by Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, Harry Belafonte, Tom Jones, Englebert, Bee Gees etc. The Sinhala Oldies will be of C. T. Fernando, Clarence Wijewardene and others.
Tickets are priced at Rs.500/-. A song book will be given free of charge to all those attending the show.

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Stanford scholarship to Lankan

Sashendra Aponso, an outstanding student at the Sri Lankan School in Muscat has just earned himself a full scholarship at Stanford University, USA for the academic year 2007/2008.
Sashendra, who is the Head Boy of the school, scored ten distinctions at his GCE O/L Examination in 2005, and was ranked first in the world, in Art and Design. In 2006, he received the best results in the school with four ‘A’s and more recently he scored 2290 out of 2400 in the SAT exams, and 116 out of 120 in the TOEFL exam.
“Sashendra is a very committed, dedicated and hardworking student. He sets an example in his studies, behaviour, extra-curricular activities and leadership,” his Principal, Indra Siriwardena, said.
His goal is to become a doctor and make a difference in people’s lives and to serve humanity. “I couldn’t have got this far without my parents’ support and the help and guidance of the Sri Lankan School in Muscat,” he said.

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New UK visa scheme for graduates

A new scheme which will enable international students to work in the UK for a year after they have completed their studies, was welcomed by the British High Commission and British Council recently.
International students who obtain a bachelors degree or higher level qualification in any subject from a recognised university or college in the United Kingdom, will be able to stay on for a year.
The scheme will be introduced on May 1, and will help cement the UK’s status as a top study destination for international students. British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott said “International students bring many benefits to the UK. After the United States, the UK is the country which attracts the most number of international students and we need to build on this enviable position.
These changes will help ensure Britain continue to attract students who contribute so much to the UK’s economic and cultural life.
“Allowing them to work in the UK for a year will provide them with valuable work experience to augment the knowledge and skills they have acquired at our universities and colleges. It will also allow UK employers to benefit from skilled people who have gained UK qualifications and have experience of living in the UK.”

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MODABORN

The ‘nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka presents their modern dance performance, MODABORN under choreography of Kapila Palihawadana at the Barefoot Gallery on May 8, at 8 p.m.
MODABORN does not imitate or copy styles to fuse east and west, but uses these different influences to question the present dance culture. The performance is divided into two sections. The first is an entertaining showcase, the kind that Sri Lankan audiences may be more accustomed to. The couple or group-dance items draw fantastic pictures of love and jealousy, dignity and doubt, conformance and confrontation on the stage. It is what you would call beautiful Sri Lankan dance at its best.

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Computerised Birth Certificate programme launched

President of the Colombo Registrar of Marriages, Births and Deaths Association, Greta Wickremaratne, receiving the first computerised Birth Certificate from the Minister of Provincial Councils and Home Affairs, Karu Jayasuriya, at the inaugural ceremony held at Thimbirigasyaya Provincial Secretariat, on April 23.

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New FEB Chairman

Former Chairman Foreign Employment Agency [Pvt] Ltd., Kingsley Ranawaka [Attorney-at-Law] was appointed Chairman, Foreign Employment Bureau on April 23.

 

 

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Thaththi Magey Thaththi to President

Githmi Mihara presented her CD, Thaththi Magey Thaththi to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the Temple Trees recently. Her father, Deshamanya A.S.P. Liyanage and sister, Kasuni Liyanage were also present on the occasion.

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New UK visa scheme for graduates

A new scheme which will enable international students to work in the UK for a year after they have completed their studies, was welcomed by the British High Commission and British Council recently.
International students who obtain a bachelors degree or higher level qualification in any subject from a recognised university or college in the United Kingdom, will be able to stay on for a year.
The scheme will be introduced on May 1, and will help cement the UK’s status as a top study destination for international students. British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott said “International students bring many benefits to the UK. After the United States, the UK is the country which attracts the most number of international students and we need to build on this enviable position.
These changes will help ensure Britain continue to attract students who contribute so much to the UK’s economic and cultural life.
“Allowing them to work in the UK for a year will provide them with valuable work experience to augment the knowledge and skills they have acquired at our universities and colleges. It will also allow UK employers to benefit from skilled people who have gained UK qualifications and have experience of living in the UK.”

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Drama

April 29
Kinduri, the Sinhala translation of Henrik Ibsen’s The Lady From The Sea by Pasan Kodikara, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.

Exhibitions

April 29
An exhibition of paintings by T.V.S. Menaka, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

Public lectures

April 29
Why Have We Divided Life Into A Religious And Non-religious Life? (Saanan 1972, talk 7), organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, H.L.R. Colombo 6 at 9:45 a.m.

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ARIES
With Ravi and Budha in your first house and Sikuru in the 2nd, this week will be a week full of results for you. Your education and knowledge will yield expected results and those expecting employment will find success. You will receive assistance from your superiors and scholars.

TAURUS
This will be a mixed result-oriented week according to your planetary positions. You will purchase luxury items for your household and fashionable dresses. However hard you may try to lead a happy marital life, it will be disrupted by disputes. Your leadership in place of work will cause problems.

GEMINI
Lagna lord Budha traverses your 11th house with Ravi, while Shani is in the 12th this week will bring you a mixed bag of fortune. Teachers, scholars and the ailing will get due respect from society. You will enhance your knowledge this week. Authors/writers will find their popularity increasing. More profits indicated for those engaged in buying and selling land or houses.

CANCER
With Senasuru in your 1st house with Ravi and Budha in the 10th, this week will bring you a mixed-bag of events. You may experience disruptions likely in your marital life due to disagreements between spouses. Your partner will suffer from sinus and phlegm related ailments; as well as bruises due to accidents or falls. This is a lucky week for purchasing or constructing your house.

LEO
With Lagna lord Ravi with Budha in your 9th house and Kethu in the first, the week will bring you mixed results. There may be disruptions in your marital life due to disagreements with spouse. Take special care in your day-to-day work and travels as you and your spouse are both accident-prone this week. Latent ailments will recur and will make you lethargic, however, an opportune week for love and marital affairs. Success indicated for those in business.

VIRGO
With lagna lord Budha with Ravi in the 8th, Kethu in the 12th, the week will bring you a mixture of events. Expenses will be high, but those involved in business will be lucky. Enhanced income shown for those involved in import-export sector. A special payment or loan from your place of employment will come your way.

LIBRA
Your lagna lord Sikuru in the 8th house with Ravi in the 7th. Your attempt to manage household responsibilities by yourself will be a cause for disputes. However these will be settled amicably. The young will encounter obstacles in love affairs and may end up in separation. Parents’ peace of mind will be disturbed by children’s stubbornness.

SCORPIO
Your planetary positions indicate a very successful week. You will enjoy marital happiness due to peace and co-operation on the home front. For the unmarried, the week will bring prosperous marital proposals leading to happy married lives. You will consolidate your future as your superiors and those in high society will assist you.

SAGITTARIUS
This is a week of mixed events for you, with your lagna lord Guru in the 12th and Ravi in the 5th. You will indulge in work and household affairs with diligence and determination. You will acquire leadership in employment. The unemployed can expect work opportunities. Those engaged in education will be very successful in examinations.

CAPRICORN
A balanced week indicated with Shani in the 7th, Ravi and Budha in the 4th. You could inherit wealth/property from maternal relatives. Unexpected receipt of properties from others indicated. Successful week for those involved in education, especially those doing higher education. Good week for documentary work.

AQUARIUS
This week will bring you mixed results, according to your planetary positions. You will be energetic and will find your work place peaceful. Good week for construction or renovation of home. You may purchase household items or vehicles, and receive help and assistance from maternal side, relatives and neighbours.

PISCES
Yours too will be a mixed result oriented week, with lagna lord Guru in 9th and Ravi/Budha in the 2nd. Business and personal relationship in joint ventures will be enhanced and increase in profits indicated. You can expect grants or loans. House construction will be successful. Illness indicated from stomach ailments.

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Rahu period

29 Sunday: 3.57 to 5.27
30 Monday: 6.57 – 8.37
01 Tuesday: 2.27 – 5.57
02 Wed.day: 11.27 – 12.57
03 Thursday: 12.56 – 2.26
04 Friday: 9.56 – 11.26
05 Saturday: 8.26 – 9.56
(Applicable both day and night)

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