Khema dances for Sahanaya

The renowned dancer, Khema, commenced her career under the guidance of renowned Sri Lankan dancers of the Kandyan and Low Country traditions, such as the late Gurus Ransiri Thelkumudu, Imbulgoda and K. S. Fernando and Gurus S. Welabadage and Herath Banda.

The National Council for Mental Health - Sahanaya, is a mental health resource centre for rehabilitation, education and training in mental health in the community. It was established in 1982 as a non profit non governmental organisation and is an approved charity.

Sahanaya has organised Heritage in Dance, an evening of Eastern and Western Dance fusion to raise funds for their cause. And Khema will be performing with other well known artistes such as Vidyaratna Fernando, Herbert Dayaseela, Gunaratna Banda, Herath Banda and Chantress, Shirani Jayanthimala on August 30, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre and at Sahanaya, 96/20, Kitulwatte Road, Borella.

Sahanaya welcomes all of you to support this worthy cause by witnessing the graceful dance of Khema, who, through her selfless generosity, is helping raise funds for them. Tickets will be available from August 20, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre and at Sahanaya. Telephone: 0112 685960.


Pakistan Independence Day

Pakistan High Commissioner, Shahzad A. Chaudhry addressing the gathering at the 61st Independence Day celebrations, at the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo.


YSLSA donations to Karanduwawala Vidyalaya

York University in Canada, Sri Lankan Student Alliance (YSLSA) donated a roneo machine and school supplies worth Rs. 85,000 to Karanduwawala Maha Vidyalaya on July 25. The items were presented by Sarah Sriskandarajah, Vice President of YSLSA. YSLSA was established in 2003, and is a student organisation that maintains unity and diversity within the York Sri Lankan community.
Committee members (L-R): Samadhi Rathnasena (Social Co-ordinator), Sarah Sriskandarajah (Vice-President), Nigel Jayasingha (Assistant Secretary), Pulasthi Marawanagoda (Treasurer), Haemish Ranasingha (President), Prathap Perera (Founder President), Sarith Nugawila (Sports Co-ordinator), Kriska Hemachandra (Cultural Co-ordinator), Dissannie Chandrasekara (Secretary)


A bodhi pooja for Rizana Nazik

Under the guidance of Central Provincial Councillor and President of Shramashakthi Organisation, Shanthini Kongahage organised a special bodhi pooja at the Gatambe Temple, Kandy recently, for the Sri Lankan housemaid, Rizana Nazik who is on death row in Saudi Arabia for allegedly killing a four-month-old baby. Shramashakthi Organisation officers, members, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim priests were also present.



Rev. Fr. Glen Fernando (CSSR)

Rev, Fr. Glen Fernando a deeply religious priest, whose name was synonymous with social justice, rehabilitation of the unfortunate affected by leprosy, and the exemplary care and concern for the poor, passed away on July 3, 2007, at the age of 67.
His death is a cruel blow to his loved ones, the Redemporist Community and the Catholic Church as a whole, was difficult to understand. A life suddenly cut off, and yet to discerning others there was a quality they recognised in this extraordinary servant of God, that he did not seem destined for this tainted world, he was too good for us!
Fr. Glen was the third in a family of eleven. He was brought up by his very religious and conservative parents in a religious and disciplined environment. From his childhood, he was exemplary in his performance, whether at home or at school. With deep sensitivity his sense of commitment and dedication to anything he undertook was remarkable.
He received his education at St. Anthony’s College Katugastota and Maris Stella College, Negombo. The OSB Priests and the Marist Brothers had a great impact on his life. Imbibed with deep religious convictions, with enviable ethics and moral values very early in his life he showed a great desire to serve the Lord. Propelled by the reality of the suffering of the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden he pursued his vocation despite initial constraints and obstacles.
He joined the Redemporist Congregation and was ordained a priest in 1971. Very early in his vocation he demonstrated his ability to positively influence others by his spiritual leadership. After his ordination serving in the parishes of St. Theresa’s Thimbirigasyaya and Sacred Heart Church Rajagiriya and as Rector of the Redemporist Seminary and as Head of the Redemporist Congregation he performed his onerous duties and obligations with commendable zeal and exemplary dedication. Fr. Glen did not confine himself to the main stream parochial activities. He ministered to all, irrespective of religious and other differences. He was a social apostle of national standing, especially building conviction among the various communities to committed social action and change of a society that is just and true. He continuously exhorted the Christians to understand people of other faiths. His was a multi-faceted personality, deeply religious well read, social worker championing the cause of oppressed and downtrodden, thinker with an incisive mind and a fine preacher. His sermons were not on aspects of intricate theology but he drew moral lessons from his experiences and day-to-day life of the parishioners. He was able to speak in simple ways, virtually holding the congregation spell bound, while interjecting with jokes and anecdotes.
The most significant contribution that he made to the society and the nation was his work in the upliftment and rehabilitations of lepers. Under his guidance and dynamic leadership, the Society for the Upliftment and Rehabilitation of Lepers was very close to his heart and he guided the Society with great dedication and enthusiasm. At the time of his death the Society was caring for 487 persons who were shunned by society, and who have to live in poverty, with deformities until they die, and looking after 500 families located throughout Sri Lanka with love and care. During the last few months his health deteriorating and at times tormented by acute pain he did not sulk he endured with stoicism which would have challenged Diogenes.
It has been said that a worthy person could be judged by how many friends and associates have lasted life long. To many knowing and associating Fr. Glen was a reward in adversity and a joy in times of success. The many thousands from all walks of life, diverse communities, races and religions that came to pay their last respects was and indication of the respect, admiration and affection they had for him.
As we mourn the loss of Fr. Glen, a life cut down almost in its prime when he was on the threshold of reaping the rewards of his good work we indeed never have recourse to questioning. He may not have lived to see and enjoy the fruits of his labour, but he has an awesome heritage - for as a Catholics we are assured that:
“A heaven awaits, beyond, life’s gates and for every earnest man”
If ever there was and earnest man - he was dear Fr. Glen, I firmly believe that there will never be another you!
Rex Fernando


In memoriam

Bernard (Bonnie) Edwin Dias Nagahawatte

February 29, 1932 – August 29, 2005

Sabbehi me piyehi manapehi
Nana nana bhavo vlna bhavo
All that is dear,
And pleasing to my mind
Is changing ever,
And moving away from me,
So it was with you
Like the fleeting bubble
In Ellawella’s mountain stream,
Twinkling, bursting, borne away
Dear love,
We could not hold
That sparkling bubble
In our hands
May you attain Nibbana’s perfect peace

With love and gratitude for all you have been to us Wishwaranee,
Rishi, Ravi, Vishwa, Kanchana and Thiven.

Ellawella Estate


Book launch

The veteran journalist Janadasa Peiris presenting his book, Jathika Gataluwa Gothrika Rajyaye Sita Goliya Rajyaya Dakwa (Racial Conflict From A Tribal Administration To A Global State) which was launched on July 25, at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute to the Opposition Leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe. His wife, Malini Peiris is also in the picture.


BC creative writing workshop

The British Council Library Colombo is launching a programme to support creative writing in English among young people between 18 – 35 years.
The introductory activity will be held on August 25 and 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the British Council Library.
Those selected will have the opportunity to attend 12 workshops conducted by Prof Ryhana Raheem, Dr Dushyanthi Mendis, Vivimarie Vanderpoorten, Ashok Ferrey, Lal Madawattegedara, Amina Hussain and Vaidehi Perera.
At the end of the programme the participants’ work will be published in partnership with Inscript (Pvt) Ltd.


Experiencing God

The Musical, Experiencing God, a worship experience to know and do the will of God, will be presented by the Choirs of St. Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia and St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya on Tuesday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 80, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia.
‘Experiencing God’ is based on an interactive workbook of the same title, which has touched millions of people and has been translated into many languages.


Anuke receives Canekeratne Prize

Anuke H. Warakaulle receiving the Canekeratne Prize for General Merit from the Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis at the Convocation of the University of Colombo held recently.


Nandamalini’s Etha Kandu Yaye to be launched

The latest CD and the cassette Etha Kandu Yaye will be released in next September. Her earlier CD Ran Kenden Benda was a collection of songs from Sinhala films. Etha Kandu Yaye will contain 16 selected songs from Sinhla Films from Ranmutuduwa to Uthpalawanna composed by several veteran composers including Sri Chandraratne Manawasinghe, Mahagama Sekara, Arisen Ahubudu, Dharmasiri Gamage, Professor Sunil Ariyaratne, Kularatne Ariyawansa, Sunil Sarath Perera, Dr. Praneeth Abhayasundara, that were not included in her earlier CD. Music is by Pandith Amaradeva, Shelton Premaratne, Sarath Dasanayake, Victor Ratnayake, Rohana Weerasinghe, Navaratne and Gamage. The CD that includes songs from Ranmutuduwa, Nivena Ginna, Vajira, Tharanga, Pemraja Dahana, Sulanga, Yahalu Yeheli, and Utpalavanna will be released under Gigiri label.


Class of 93 – Award of Excellence

The Class of 93 of St. Joseph’s College Colombo held their annual, ‘Class of 93 – Award of Excellence’ on July 27, at the SSC Main Pavilion. This was held for the 3rd successive year. This award is presented to individuals in recognition of their commitment, dedication and devotion in uplifting the standard of sports at St. Joseph’s College. Past recipients include the illustrious Cricket Coach, Harsha De Silva and Ex. Soccer Coach, Marcus Fernando. The award epitomises the appreciation of those who go beyond their call of duty for the betterment of sports at St. Joseph’s.


Tower Hall Nurthi Gee night

Namel Malini Arts Circle is having its monthly programme, Legendary Music Evening, with ‘Tower Hall Nurthi Gee’ on August 25, at Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, at 6:45.
The singers will all be Tower Hall artists.
For further information contact: 2672121/ 0602187604/ 0773170117



August 21 & 22
Feydeau, Un Fil A La Patte by Georges Lavandant (2003, 130 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Francaise, Colombo, - 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

August 21
The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 135 minutes) at the American Centre, Colombo, at 6 p.m.

August 24
Nehru (3 hours) in English at the Indian Cultural Centre, at 5:30 p.m.


August 24 – 26
Macbeth, by Ravi Bandu Samanthi Kalayathanaya, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


August 19
A World of Enchantment, a chiildren’s concert presented by Oosha Garten Dance School, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


August 19
An exhibition of paintings by Madhawa Sanjeewa, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

August 20 – 22
An exhibition of paintings organised by Singer Sri Lanka, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colomo 7.

August 24 – 26
An exhibition of paintings organised by the Vibhavi Academy, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7.

August 19 – 22
An exhibition of paintings by Tissa Ranasinghe, at the Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo 7.

Public talk

August 19
When There Is Total Attention, Is There A Self? organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.


With lagna lord Kuja (Mars) in your 2nd house with Ravi (Sun) in the 5th you have to be extra careful with how you use your tongue this week - refrain from using harsh words while talking with your family members, friends and neighbours. Your children will face obstacles in their educational activities. They may be inflicted with phlegm related ailments or mental stress.
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) is in the 3rd house this week along with Ravi (Sun)in the 4th promising success in documentation work. You will profit from short-distance travels. Your children will enjoy success in their education. Inheritance of property from your paternal side may be realised. Head or heat-related ailments too are indicated this week.
Your lagna lord Budha (Mercury) in your 2nd house with Ravi (Sun) in the 3rd promises a week with sudden windfalls. You will reap the benefits of your learning. New avenues of income indicated this week. An extra good week for those engaged in educational activities. This is an auspicious week for buying, renovating your house or purchasing household implements.
Sikuru (Venus) with Budha (Mercury) in your 1st house means you can look forward to a carefree week ahead. You will go on trips or otherwise spend happy times with the opposite sex and enjoy their assistance too. New avenues of income will open up. Your abilities will earn you dividends. Children will make progress in their education. You can expect sudden windfalls.
Lagna lord Ravi (Sun) in the 1st house and Sikuru (Venus) in the 12th will bring you a week of mixed fortune. You will be inclined to take your own decisions at work and at home. You will vie for leadership among your colleagues. The indications are good for you to proceed in construction of your home. This week will bring obstacles in romantic affairs and marital life, and your expenses will be high.
Lagna lord Budha (Mercury) with Sikuru (Venus) traverses your 11th house while Ravi (Sun) is in your 12th house. Your income will increase. This week is especially favourable for those in the artistic fields, as well as those in business. Males will receive valuable assistance from the opposite sex to make family life favourable.
Your lagna lord Sikuru (Venus) in the 10th house and Ravi (Sun) in the 11th will be an especially favourable week for you. Promotions and privileges in career can be expected. Favourable results in higher studies for those involved in education. Those expecting employment will be successful in setting off on a career in keeping with their capabilities.
Your lagna lord Kuja (Mars) is in the 7th house with Guru (Jupiter) in the 1st and Ravi (Sun) in the 10th will earn you the respect and praise of your superiors in career. There will be many opportunities for you to shine at your place of work. You will gain expected privileges. You will be popular and receive due respect from society. If any land/property disputes exist, they will be resolved.
With lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) in your 12th house and Ravi (Sun) in your 9th this week is not very favourable for you. However hard you work in your career and personal matters, the results will not be as expected. Expenses too will be very high. Incessant affliction by urine and stomach related ailments will plague you.
Your lagna lord Shani (Saturn) with Ravi (Sun) in the 8th house does not portend a favourable week for you. You will be afflicted by urine or stomach related ailments, as well as serious heat-related ailments too are indicated. Females will be distanced from their spouses. Your inheritance from father will have to overcome many obstacles.
Lagna lord Shani (Saturn) and Ravi (Sun) in your 7th house will bring you a favourable week. A favourable week for purchase of house or land. Also favourable for those engaged in land/property sales and those in the technical field. You will be active in your career, but wll be afflicted by heat-related ailments and headaches.
Your lagna lord Guru (Jupiter) is in the 9th house with Ravi (Sun) in the 6th will see you victorious in several ways. This week is especially good for matrimonial affairs - you will get the partner of your dreams. Increase of happiness in romance. You will recover from any existing illnesses.

Rahu period

Sunday: 4.04 to 5.34
Monday: 7.04 – 8.34
Tuesday: 2.34 – 4.04
Wednesday: 11.34 – 1.04
Thursday: 1.04 – 2.34
Friday: 10.04 – 11.34
Saturday: 8.34 – 10.04
(Applicable both day and night)









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