Pahana Dalwamu Scholarship presentation
Under the auspices of Pragna Pradeepa, Nana
Pahana Dalwamu Scholarships presentation ceremony was held at Megoda Kolonnawa
latest production of the British Theatre Playhouse, Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy,
Relatively Speaking, will be staged on May 16 and 17, at the Grand Ballroom,
The Singapore-based theatre company, British Theatre Playhouse will also conduct
a discussion and question-and-answer session for young actors and directors
(aged 18-years and above) on Thursday, May 17, at the British Council Hall,
Colombo from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This discussion will be lead by the Company Director, John Faulkner, supported
by actors Jeremy Gittins, Marianne Oldham, William Rycroft and Amanda Waldy.
The British Theatre Playhouse opened its doors early in 2004, when they produced
their first show, Alan Ayckbourn’s How The Other Half Loves.
In October 2004, the Playhouse produced Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being
Earnest at the Jubilee Hall Theatre at Raffles Hotel. The success of the
Singapore shows led to the transfer of the production to the Greenwich Theatre,
London, in April 2005 with a cast from the UK, directed by Robin Herford. The
emphasis of British Theatre Playhouse’s programming is on comedy.
For details contact the Hilton Public Relations office on 2492067/2492003 or
Biodiversité et humanité : posters
An exhibition of posters presented by the
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Noé Conservation and Fondation Nicolas Hulot
pour la Nature et l’Homme will be held from May 10 to June 8, at the Alliance
Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
St. Anthony’s College AGM
The Annual General Meeting of St. Anthony’s
College, Kandy, Old Boys’ Association (Colombo Branch) will be held on Sunday,
May 20, at the BMICH.
• 08:00 am- Registration
• 08:30 am- Holy Mass
• 09:30 am- Breakfast.
• 10:30 am- AGM
• 11:45 am- Group photograph
• 12:00 noon-Fellowship followed by lunch.
1. College Anthem, followed by a silent prayer.
3. Read and confirm Minutes of the AGM held on May 7, 2006.
4. Present the Annual Report
5. Present the Audited Statement of Accounts.
6. Resolutions, if any.
7. Address by Rev Fr Principal.
8. Address by President, Parent Body.
9. Address by President, Colombo Branch.
10. Election of Pro-tem Chairman.
11. Election of Office bearers for the year 2007/2008.
12. Address by incoming President
13. Any other Business.
Breakfast and buffet lunch will cost Rs. 1000/-per head.
Dress: slacks, shirt (short/long sleeved) and tie (preferably College tie)
Please confirm your participation early to: Priyantha Rose (Honorary Secretary),
Tel : 0777 361631, 011 2233864 to facilitate catering.
Organised by the Ceylinco Diabetes Centre to
celebrate its 3rd anniversary, a public seminar titled Learn, Act and Combat
Diabetes will take place on May 19, at its Podiatry Clinic to educate and raise
awareness about the disease which afflicts every one in seven Sri Lankans.
A team of doctors and specialists will offer comprehensive insights into the
complexity of the disease and how to cope with it. Dietary advice will be given
by an acclaimed chef who will conduct a cooking workshop, and demonstrate the
preparation of wholesome meals that promote good health.
Journey Through Colours
“I was born in Italy, a country where people
breathe art, just as they breathe the air itself. I have been fascinated by the
architecture, as well as the paintings spread throughout the regions where I
grew up - Umbria and Tuscany,” Antonella Regi, the artist of Journey Through
Colours explained. Her early attempts, as a child, had been with murals and then
with frescos in her own bedroom.
Antonella called each of her paintings “the fruit of the space where I see it.”
They are products of memories of her journeys, with her husband on duty, in
Africa, Chile, Brazil, Europe, Turkey etc. They are a coming together of her
emotions, with colours, “sensations, recollections and research,” she said.
“Every painting takes over my eyes and my hand which tries to be faithful to the
canvas, using the most varied techniques.” Mixtures of water and flour, sand,
acrylics, spray paint, natural pigments made from spices and vegetables, as well
as glass and plastic, even cus cus –would give life to her thoughts. Antonella’s
newest attempt is painting on bamboo sticks, which she considers “a mystical
“Some canvases are finished after a frantic day’s work; others only after
months, with layer upon layer of paint, which add to and alter the mood of the
The paintings are all abstract, because it is colour that interests her most.
“Colour inspires me, colours have meaning.”
“For me, after the Renaissance, the way in which figurative art represented
‘reality’ reached its perfection.” She loves the technique of ‘realism’.
She paints when she is happy, “when I need to express a feeling.” “This is why
every painting has a very strong emotional association, its own story and a
reason to be positive. It is not an ‘art’ of commitment or conflict, it is not
to make its viewers think, but for them to find it enjoyable and relaxing.”
Stripes, vertical and horizontal, are a characteristic of her paintings. “Lines
could represent reaching beyond the canvas - infinity. Lines reach out,” she
Antonella Regi’s Journey Through Colours is open to the public from May 11 to
June 6, at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 7.
French classical guitarist to perform here
Alliance Française, in collaboration with the
Embassy of France presents a classical guitar concert, by Thibault Cauvin.
Thibault Cauvin was born on July 16, 1984 in Bordeaux. Since the age of six, he
has dedicated himself to the study of classical guitar, under the direction of
his father, guitarist and composer, Philippe Cauvin.
He continued his studies under Olivier Chassain, at the National Conservatory of
Bordeaux. There he earned the Gold Medal with the highest honors, and he was
awarded, the Medal of Honor of the City of Bordeaux, with distinction. At 17, he
received the highest ranking in the entrance competition to the Superior
National Conservatory in Paris, where he still studies.
In 2001, Thibault Cauvin played with the Orchestra of the conservatory of
Bordeaux, and in 2002, toured with the Bernard Thomas’ Orchestra of Paris in
Portugal, Antilles Island and France. In 2003, he received le prix des arts from
the Rotary club of Bordeaux.
He was placed 1st in the 2004 San Francisco International Classical Guitar
Competition, the prestigious Sotsenberg Guitar Competition in Los Angeles, and
the Concours International de guitare Alexandre Lagoya. He also received the
Prize of the Dominica Island during a concert in the Dominica, which was
telecast live by Caribbean TV in the English Antilles.
The concert will be held on May 17, at Hotel Taj Samudra and will begin with a
performance by Pradeep Ratnayake, May 18, at Nupe Cultural Centre, Matara and
May 19, at the Children’s Library, Kandy, at 7 p.m.
SLHRF’s Special General Meeting
A Special General Meeting of the Sri Lanka
Human Rights Foundation (SLHRF) was held at Hotel Ranmuthu, Colombo, recently.
Guest Speaker on the occasion, Attorney-at-Law N.M. Shaheid, delivered a speech
on Fundamental Rights in Sri Lanka. President, Sri Lanka Human Rights
Foundation, B.M. Murshideen, Senior Vice President, A.M.J.M. Jauffer, Vice
President, Attorney-at-Law N.G. Sabir Sawaad, Joint Secretary, M.L.M. Shums and
Treasurer, N. K. Deenoor are also in the picture.
Renewal and Regeneration conference
Following the Asian Tsunami in 2004, a group of
UK psychiatrists and psychologists decided to establish a resource centre in Sri
Lanka. This was to improve the quality of care delivered to tsunami survivors,
and increase the capacity of local mental health provision. The UK-Sri Lanka
Trauma Group, a registered charity in the UK, working in Sri Lanka since 1996,
to help deal with the psychological impact of the civil war, felt the need for a
resource centre, to respond in any significant way to the need in the country,
and help build the mental health infrastructure. Samutthana, the King’s College
London Centre for Trauma, Resettlement and Mental Health in Sri Lanka, was
established by volunteers from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College
London in collaboration with the UK-Sri Lanka Trauma Group. The Centre has also
received the backing of the World Health Organisation, as well as significant
financial support from CAFOD (the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development).
A year after its establishment, Samutthana is hosting an International
Conference on Renewal and Regeneration with the focus on mental health, from May
11 to 13 in Colombo. The aim of the conference is to afford experts in mental
health and disaster planning, in the region, the opportunity to jointly review
their response to the Tsunami and other recent disasters and discuss lessons
learnt and recommendations for the future. It is hoped that this would
contribute towards better immediate and medium-term planning from a post
disaster mental health perspective. ‘Peace and Reconciliation’ work is one of
the objectives of Samutthana and, the third day of the conference is dedicated
to presentations and workshops on this theme with experts from Northern Ireland,
South Africa and Afghanistan participating.
For further information contact : 2686402 (between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.) or 077
e-mail : email@example.com
Dr. P.R. Anthonis Awards presentation
The Board of Trustees and the Dayaka Sabha of
the Vajiraramaya, Bambalapitiya, will present, for the second consecutive year,
‘Deshamanya Dr. P.R. Anthonis Scholarship Awards’ to students successful at the
December 2005 G.C.E. (O/L) Examination.
The awards ceremony will be held at Vajiraramaya Bambalaptiya on Saturday, May
19. Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo, Prof Tilak Hettiaraachchi will be
the Chief Guest. Kala Keerthi Edwin Ariyadasa will be a Special Guest Speaker.
The winners, selected from schools neighbouring the Vajiraramaya, such as Visaka
Vidyalaya, St. Paul’s Balika Vidyalaya, Isipathana College, Dudley Senanayake
Vidyalaya and Lumbini Vidyalaya.
will be provided a special monthly grant of Rs. 500/= from April 2007 to May
Deshamanya Dr. P.R. Anthonis is a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Bambalapitiya Vajiraramaya, since he took over from his late father,
Polwattaarachchige Magris Anthonis, one of the five founder members of the Board
of Trustees when it was established in 1940.
The award winners will be selected by a committee comprising former Director,
National Archives, Dr. K.D.G. Wimalaratne, Dean, Faculty of Natural Science,
Open University of Sri Lanka, Dr. G. Bandarage, and Director, National Science
and Technology Commission, Dr. Ranil Gunaratne,
St. Anthony’s Girls’ College AGM
The inaugural Annual General Meeting of the
Colombo Branch of the Old Girls’ Association of St. Anthony’s Girls’ College,
Katugastota, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the SSC (main
pavilion), 31, Maitland Place, Colombo 7, on Sunday, May 27.
For further information please contact, Manaram (0777583401), Ramani
(0722722722), Roshani (0777846843) or Nishanthi (0777397396).
Past pupils of the school are invited, and membership obtained during the
The Little Prince
The Little Prince, a monodrama of Antoine de
Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince [Gallimard], translated, scripted and presented
by DrMark Amerasinghe will be held on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. (75 mins), at
the Alliance Française de Colombo, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Dr Amerasinghe presents this magical tale, together with slides of the author’s
own water colour drawings that appear in the text.
6-years-ago Prof. Valentine Basnayake and Dr Amerasinghe made a joint
presentation of The Little Prince in the form of a dramatised narration of
extracts from Katherine Wood’s English translation, together with excerpts from
the music of Gabriel Fauré, with Prof.Basnayake at the piano, and illustrations
from the text.
Smith Clan Softball tournament
The annual inter-company softball cricket
tournament and Avurudhu festivities of Smith Clan (Pvt) Ltd was held yesterday,
May 12, at Mirihana Police Grounds.
Smith Clan (Pvt) Ltd is a highly diversified group of companies ranging, from
Three-Star Hotels, to Media and Construction.
The proceeds of the tournament will be utilized for a social project at
Maharagama Cancer hospital, in August.
The organisers Thank all the friends, advertisers and well-wishers who have
committed their support to the project.
The Wannsee Conference by Heinz Schirk, (1984 – 85 min), at the Goethe-Hall,
German Cultural Centre, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.
Good Night And Good Luck (93 Minutes), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.
May 15 & 16
Capitaines d’Avril by Maria de Meideros (124 min – 1999) in French with English
subtitles, at the Alliance Française, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.
1942 A Love Story by Vidhu Vinod Chopra at the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo
4, at 5:30 p.m.
The Five Last Days by Percy Adlon (1983 – 112 min) at the Goethe-Hall, German
Cultural Centre, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.
The Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel (2004 – 156 min) at the Goethe-Hall, German
Cultural Centre, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.
Iolanthe, an operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan, presented by Visakha Vidyalaya, and
directed by Indu Dharmasena, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
May 18 – 20
Yes! Hon. Minister! a comedy by Ray Cooney - directed by Jehan Bastian at the
Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
An exhibition of paintings by Rohan Hopman, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
May 13 – June 6
Journey Through Colours, an exhibition of paintings by Antonella Regi, at the
Barefoot Gallery Colombo 3.
May 18 – 20
An exhibition of paintings by Palitha Jayasekera, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
Ravi (Sun) traverses in your 1st and 2nd houses with Kuja in the 12th. During
the beginning of the week you will be recognised and respected by society while
assistance is forthcoming from your superiors. This situation will somewhat
weaken by mid-week and expenses will rise. Employment related or other
documentation will bring you gains.
A fortunate beginning of the week with Ravi (Sun) in the 12th and during
mid-week Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 1st house with Sikuru (Venus) in
the second. Your high expenses during the past several weeks will gradually
decrease. Will take wise decisions for your future prosperity and act
intelligently and with a will. Increase in income shown.
Your planetary positions indicate a week of mixed fortune. Income good at
beginning of the week but increased expenditure indicated during mid-week.
Subject to criticism by your superiors and increased enemy activity at work
place. Loss from documentary transactions.
Ravi in your 10th and 11th houses and Shani (Saturn) in the 1st brings you a
week of mixed fortunes. Income from employment or livelihood will increase.
Special success for those in the clerical field and those involved in education
and higher education. Promotions in employment. Expect popularity.
Yours too will be a week of mixed fortunes with lagna lord Ravi (Sun) in the
9th and 10th. A good week for those engaged in clerical work. Assistance from
father or paternal relatives. Increase in income for those in business and the
arts. Obstacles and delays in everything you do.
Ravi (Sun) in your 8th and 9th houses and lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in the
9th and Kethu in 12th portends a week of mixed fortunes. Income from employment
will increase for those in business and the arts. Assistance from females.
Spouse prone to accidents.
Your planetary positions predict a favourable week with mixed fortunes.
Sudden windfalls from father or paternal relatives. Will receive an expected
loan. Income will remain steady. Marital problems due to your stubbornness.
Success for those engaged in higher education.
Lagna lord Kuja in the 8th with Ravi (Sun) in the 6th and 7th indicates a
favourable week. Success for those engaged in joint business ventures. Success
in your children’s educational activities and favourable for interviews.
Scorpios will be successful in the education field.
Ravi (Sun) in the 5th and 6th with Guru (Jupiter) in the 12th brings you a
mixed fortune this week. Afflicted by intermittent stomach and phlegm ailments.
Loss from land or property transactions. Obstacles in employment or livelihood.
Unnecessary romantic escapades will eat into your finances.
Ravi (Sun) in the 4th and 5th houses with Shani (Saturn) in the 7th brings
you a mixed bag of fortunes. Purchase or renovation of house indicated during
the beginning of the week. Success in students’ educational activities.
Favourable for those expecting foreign employment.
The week brings mixed fortune. A week you will spend in haste. You will
offend others with your harsh words in public and private. Your lethargy raises
problems in romantic affairs. Students will face good fortune especially those
in the field of arts. Favourable in employment but beware of accidents.
Ravi (Sun) in the 2nd and 3rd houses, Kuja in your lagna and Guru (Jupiter)
in the 9th brings you exceptional results this week. Will work with extra will.
Better chances for higher education or foreign employment. Increase in income
for those in the technical field. Favourable for building or renovation your
house. Favourable for romance and happiness indicated in marriage.
Sunday: 3.54 to 5.24
Monday: 6.54 – 8.24
Tuesday: 2.24 – 3.54
Wednesday: 11.24 – 12.54
Thursday: 12.54 – 2.24
Friday: 9.54 – 11.24
Saturday: 8.23 – 9.53
(Applicable both day and night)