Khema dances for Sahanaya
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
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
YSLSA donations to Karanduwawala Vidyalaya
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)
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
“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!
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
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.
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.
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.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995, 135 minutes) at the American Centre,
Colombo, at 6 p.m.
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,
A World of Enchantment, a chiildren’s concert presented by Oosha Garten Dance
School, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.
An exhibition of paintings by Madhawa Sanjeewa, at the Lionel Wendt Gallery,
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.
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
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
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.
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)