Kandy Mahamaya OGA donates Lt.
Gen. Kobbekaduwa Trust
and immediate Past President handing over the cheque for Rs. 400,000 to the
Chairperson of the Trust, Lali Kobbekaduwa
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Kandy Mahamaya Girls’
College, the Colombo Branch of the Old Girls’ Association presented a concert
featuring the Ravibandu Samanthi Dance Ensemble and the award winning dance
troupe of Mahamaya on March 23, at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. A part of
the funds that were raised was donated to the Lt. Gen. Kobbekaduwa Trust.
Nandadasa Kodagoda 10th commemoration
Deshamanya Nandadasa Kodagoda 10th Memorial Oration on the topic, ‘Could
Constitutional Reforms Result In The Restoration Of Peace In Sri Lanka?’ was
delivered by the eminent lawyer, S. L. Gunasekera, on August 2, at the Sri Lanka
supply scheme inauguration
Minister Chamal Rajapaksa unveiling the ceremonial plaque at the inauguration
of the Refurbished Water Supply Scheme at the Walasmulla District Hospital.
CEO/Secretary General of Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, Dakshitha
Thalgodapitiya, President, Bioforce Development Institute of France, Claude
Lardy and Deputy Director of Grand Lyon, France, Guy Peyretti are also in the
TCK OBA (Colombo Branch) Office
Deputy Chairman DILMAH, Himendra Ranaweera was elected President of the
Colombo Branch of the Trinity College Old Boys’ Association. Himendra captained
Trinity College in Cricket and was a recipient of the coveted ‘Cricket Lion.’ He
takes over the reigns from Upali Ratnayake of CIMA fame who completed a
The following Committee was appointed as the Office Bearers of the Trinity
College Kandy Old Boys’ Association (Colombo Branch) for the year 2007/2008, at
the 99th Annual General Meeting held on June 23, at Christ Church (Parish Hall),
Galle Face, Colombo 03.
The Principal – Trinity College
Gilbert Paranagama, James Mather, Dr. Neville Karunatilleke, Sriyantha Senaratne,
Y. C. Chang, L U B Dissanayake, Jim Bandaranayake, Chulika de Silva, Jayantissa
Kehelpannala, Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Andrews Thevathason and Upali Ratnayake.
Sharm de Alwis, Anura Rathnawardena, Anil Goonetilleke, Nath Wijesundara, Horace
Jacob, Prabath Harshakumar, Ajith De Silva, Romesh Jayawardena, Dan Seevaratnam
and Sidath Pananwala.
Asst. Secretary / Asst. Treasurer
Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Jim Bandaranayake and Dr. Douglas Nethsinghe.
Shamal Gunawardena, Madhushanka Ranatunge and Vajira Abeysundera.
Nalaka Madugalle, Suchitra Aluvihare and Chandana Abeywardena
Umindha Dunuwlle, Imal Fonseka and Clifford Shadrach
Amitha Nugawela, Asitha Abeysekara and Upaka Weerasinghe
Desigar Ramanujam: A daughter’s
mark the special occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of my late father D.
Ramanajum, I offer my reflections of his life and pay tribute to a great man and
more importantly a loving father.
“Humility is the sign of an advanced soul. It results from understanding of
oneself and the nature of life and everything within it. When you witness true
humility you will also see love flowing, for the one complements the other” -
Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
My father was a humble man. He lived his life with an understanding of the
nature of people. This unconditional love of his extended beyond love for his
wife, children, family and friends to all that he met. The goal of his life was
to unite people in common purpose, across boundaries of caste, creed and colour.
To do this he threw himself tirelessly and selflessly into social work, serving
the community around him and working to change the whole of society for the
better. He was a strong advocate of basic human rights for all people. He took
up the case of Indian labourers representing them in national and international
forums fighting for their rights. Although he was born to a high caste family he
did not differentiate people according to their birth, material circumstance or
religion and saw them everyone as part of a greater humanity.
My father could not have done his work alone. My mother, Sarojini Ramanajam,
walked hand in hand with him, helping him in his work and at home. A very simple
lady with many talents, she was very much the secret behind my father’s success.
A medical doctor by profession, she did not seek to practice for money but
instead devoted herself to working to improve the health and lives of the less
well off people in society. She always put her patients first and when called,
would not hesitate to drop everything and rush to their aid.
Having been born to such wonderful parents, my brothers and I had a loving,
happy, peaceful childhood and grew up to be worthy members of the community,
remembering the values they instilled in us. They taught that love for humanity
and unconditional love was the greatest of all.
Many memories leap out when I think of my father. I fondly recall the times my
brothers and I spent on walks around Kandy town, listening to his wonderful
stories. The stories were generally about great people like Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa, Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi and were told as we followed him in
rapt attention around the streets and through the temples such as the Maha
Vishnu Temple in Kandy.
I also remember that books were his most possessed treasures. I have vivid
memories of a ritual in which my brothers and I sat down round a table, while my
father would pick out a book that we had to read. I still remember with such
clarity sitting reading the play Sacrifice by the famous poet Rabindranath
Tagore and enjoying the part of Ragunauth under the watchful eye of my father.
My father gifted me a love of reading and literature that I will always be
grateful for. More than anything else it allowed me the chance to teach others
and share with them the richness of the literary world. As I was the only girl
in the family, I was very special to my father. During his frequent visits
abroad he would always remember to send me picture postcards which I treasure to
this day. These postcards were always full of loving advice, guiding me towards
the right path. His advice in those cards instilled an approach to life based on
faith, hope and understanding.
“There is only one religion, the religion of love,
There is only one caste, the caste of humanity,
There is only one language, the language of the heart,
And there is only one God and he is omnipresent.”
His life was to spread this message and he believed in it and lived it. Let me
dedicate the following message on his 100th birth anniversary as an inspiration
to all. “Let the love we are sharing, spread its wings, fly across the earth and
bring new joy to every soul that is alive. May all the people, in all the worlds
Charandas, the award winning play directed by Parakrama Niriella, will be
staged on August 10 (Sinhala production) and 11 (Tamil production), at the
Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana, at 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Charandas is an adaptation of the Indian version Charandas Chor by Habib Tanvir,
a veteran drama director and the leader of the Naya Theatre Group of Chattisgarh.
Habib’s Charandas Chor has won the highest award at the Edinburgh International
Drama Festival in 1983.
The Sri Lankan version of Charandas Chor too bagged nine awards at the National
Drama Festival in 2006 including Best Drama and Best Direction.
Music is directed by H. A. Perera, choreography, Ravindra Mapitigama,
management, Dilip Rohana and make up, Chaminda Prasad and Palitha Abeylal.
ICBS LMS partnership
Imperial College of Business Studies (ICBS) formed a partnership with the
London School of Marketing (LMS) to guide, facilitate and tutor students who
would like to take up a career in sales and marketing at the Cinnamon Grand
Lankan elected Wonca regional president
Dr. Preethi Wijegoonewardene, a well known family physician in Colombo was
unanimously elected as the Wonca Regional President for the Middle East South
Asian Region recently.
The 18th World Congress of Wonca (World Organisation of National Colleges and
Academies and Associations of Family Physicians) was held from July 24 to 27, in
Singapore. It was well attended by more than 2000 delegates from many parts of
Hornby Regional School workshop
The British Council Sri Lanka in cooperation with the A. S. Hornby Education
Trust will conduct the fourth Hornby Regional School in Sri Lanka from August 7
to 11, at the Tangerine Beach Hotel, Kalutara.
The A. S. Hornby Educational Trust was established to promote opportunities to
study English, in particular in the teaching of English as a foreign or second
The workshops will be led by a Sri Lankan and an international tutorial team and
the sessions will be interactive and activity oriented.
Beauty in miniature
The Bonsai Club of Sri Lanka will present an exhibition of bonsai on August 4
and 5, at the National Art Gallery, Greenpath Colombo 7.
The Club, founded in 1980, has held biennial exhibitions over the years, and
this year’s exhibition is being held 25 years after the first ever exhibition of
bonsai was held in Sri Lanka in 1982. On display at this exhibition will be a
variety of beautiful bonsai of different styles, nurtured by the members of the
Club over the years.
The art of growing bonsai which originated in China, and developed as an art
form in Japan, has now spread worldwide and members of the Club have over the
years worked on the wide variety of tropical trees such as the ficus varieties,
malpighia, tamarind, woodapple, iron wood and many other varieties, to create
miniatures of the large trees as they appear in nature. The techniques used are
the same as those used in Japan and involve systematic pruning of the roots and
shoots accompanied with a process of wiring and planting the trees in special
shallow bonsai pots.
Hilton wins Best Improvement in Training
Hilton Colombo received the Best Improvement in Training Award at the Asia
General Managers’ Meeting held in Bangkok, Hilton Millennium Hotel recently.
The Truth Is Unbelievable
The Truth Is Unbelievable, an exhibition of paintings by late Ven. Bhikkhu
Sumeda, will be held on August 21, at the Goethe Institute, German Cultural
Centre in Colombo, commemorating its 50th anniversary.
Saturday, August 11 will be a red letter day in the lives of old Thomians and
others from the music loving world when at 7:30 p.m. at the Banquet Hall of the
BMICH, the first note will be sounded for the ‘Grand Sing-a-long’ organised by
the special events team of the STC/OBA for the noble cause of raising the much
needed funds for the renovation of that much loved building, the Chapel of the
Transfiguration, which has been identified as a national heritage.
Anyone who loves perennial favourites, especially the evergreen hits of
yesteryear, would be entitled to come and ‘sing-a-long’ to the music of Sohan &
the X-Periments with a guest appearance by Sunil Perera (Gypsies) and the
evergreen compere, Vijaya Corea.
An elegant Song Book will be presented to everyone who buys a ticket. This will
indeed be a life-long souvenir.
Tickets are available at Keells Supermarkets, Crescat Boulevard and Liberty
Plaza, Vibrations, Quickshaws and the College Gym. For more details contact
Priyan on 0777/329287.
The Journalism Awards for Excellence 2006 organised by the Editors’ Guild of
Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press Institute would be held on Tuesday, August 7,
at 7 p.m. at the BMICH.
Vikurthi, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka Children’s and
Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
Me Heeneta Namak Denna, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka
Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
Asinamali, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka Children’s
and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
Sanda Langa Maranaya, directed by Somalatha Subasinghe and presented by Lanka
Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
August 5 & 6
An exhibition of paintings by Priyantha Abeysundera, at the Lionel Wendt
Gallery, Colombo 7.
August 7 & 8
An exhibition of paintings organised by Brisbane International School, at the
Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.
August 10 – 14
An exhibition of paintings by George Bevan, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
According to your planetary conjunctions this week, you tend to gain from short
travels. You will receive assistance from father and brothers. Progress in
career indicated with the cooperation of superiors. Not a favourable week,
especially for the young.
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 4th house this week with Ravi (Sun)
and Budha (Mercury) in the 2nd, bringing you mixed fortunes. You will talk your
way through most problems. Others will listen to you. Financial documentations
will be profitable. But problems indicated due to land/house related matters.
Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) with Ravi (Sun) in your 1st house and Kuja
(Mars) in the 11th this week will give an extra boost to your income. Those
involved in the technical profession will find this an especially favourable
With Ravi (Sun) in your 12th house and according to the movement of your
lagna lord Chandra (Moon) this week will be both favourable and unfavourable for
you. Those expecting employment will hear good news. Profits in land and or
According to the planetary positions you will be able to increase your capital
somehow or the other. Specially favourable for those in the writing and
journalism and the classical fields. You will earn the respect of your superiors
with your extra will and efforts in career. Assistance indicated from friends in
This is a week will bring you special progress in your career or livelihood
as your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) traverses your 10th house in conjunction with
Ravi (Sun). Assistance and praise from superiors will come your way. A promotion
or favourable change in your career is indicated.
Lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) with Kethu in your 11th house and Ravi (Sun) and
Budha (Mercury) in the 9th will be a beneficial week for students, with special
success in education and higher education. Successful marriage proposals will
come the way of the unmarried.
Your planetary positions this week indicate problems arising out of illness
to your spouse. Problems will arise in marital life. You too will be afflicted
by heart related illnesses. Your father too will fall ill. Your extra effort and
endeavour in your career will gain the respect of society.
Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 7th house and your lagna lord Guru
(Jupiter) in the 12th brings a favourable week for those in joint ventures and
dealings with partners. Closer relationship with spouse will enable you to take
favourable decisions for your future. Assistance from father or relatives on his
Your planetary positions indicate an unhealthy week for you. Stomach
related, urinary and phlegm ailments indicated. Health of your spouse and
children too will be affected. Imbalance in marital life due to these illnesses
will occur. But those doing higher studies will find this week very favourable.
Ravi (Sun) and Budha (Mercury) in the 5th house and Shani (Saturn) in the
5th predicts a week of mixed fortunes for you. A successful week for students in
their educational activities. You will make progress in your career. Income from
career or livelihood will increase.
If you are unmarried, the planetary positions this week shows your future
partner approaching round the corner. You will inherit wealth or property from
your parents. Monetary transactions will profit you. Those expecting foreign
employment or travel will receive favourable news.
Sunday : 4.00 to 5.30
Monday : 7.01 – 8.31
Tuesday : 2.31 – 4.01
Wednesday : 11.31 – 1.01
Thursday : 1.01 – 2.31
Friday : 10.01 – 11.31
Saturday : 8.32 – 10.02