Nana Pahana Dalwamu Scholarship presentation

Under the auspices of Pragna Pradeepa, Nana Pahana Dalwamu Scholarships presentation ceremony was held at Megoda Kolonnawa recently.



Relatively Speaking

The 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, Hilton Colombo.
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 eot1.cmb.lk@britishcouncil.org.


Biodiversité et humanité : posters exhibition

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.
2. Obituaries
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.


Combat Diabetes

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 plant.”
“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 works.”
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 said.
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 6529838
e-mail : info@samutthana.org.lk


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 2008.
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 meeting.


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.



May 14
The Wannsee Conference by Heinz Schirk, (1984 – 85 min), at the Goethe-Hall, German Cultural Centre, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.

May 15
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.

May 16
1942 A Love Story by Vidhu Vinod Chopra at the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo 4, at 5:30 p.m.

May 16
The Five Last Days by Percy Adlon (1983 – 112 min) at the Goethe-Hall, German Cultural Centre, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.

May 18
The Downfall by Oliver Hirschbiegel (2004 – 156 min) at the Goethe-Hall, German Cultural Centre, Colombo 7, at 5:30 p.m.


May 13
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.


May 13
An exhibition of paintings by Rohan Hopman, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

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, Colombo 7.


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.


Rahu period

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)







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