Jungle Book at OSC

OSC proudly presents The Jungle Book on November 8 and 9, in the school auditorium.
The Jungle Book has been a truly collaborative process, drawing on the many skills that children, staff and parents have at OSC. This year children are involved as much as possible in the advertising and scenery for the musical, and they have produced a fantastic poster, T-shirt and programme design, as well as all of the scenery for the production.
The musical will be performed by the entire Primary School, involving 230 children. It promises to be a fun filled production, full of music, dance and heart warming dramatic performances.


Picture Book workshop

A Picture Book workshop will be held today at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Maharagama organised by the Japan-Sri Lanka Fellowship for Picture Books supported by Japan Foundation. The workshop will feature a Japanese Picture Books Exhibition from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NIE Lecture Rooms No. 5 and 6.

A special picture book reading of ‘Ohanashi-kai’ for children by a group of experts and a simple hand game of ‘Teasobi’ (action songs for children) will also be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.


Remembering Violence to Write a Personal History

Art of Pradeep Chandrasiri: Remembering Violence to Write a Personal History, an exhibition of paintings by Pradeep Chandrasiri, organised by the Theertha International Artists Collective, will be held at the Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte from November 5 to 21. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This is the 4th exhibition of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya.


Manolayam launched

A book-launching ceremony in memory of late the cartoonist, V. A. Manoranjithan who was attached to the Commercial Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) was held on November 3, at Colombo Thamil Sangam, Rudra Mawatha, Colombo 6, presided over by Education Ministry Additional Secretary ,Thillainadarajah.

Prof. K. Sivathamby, the Chief Guest at the function, delivered the key-note address, and the other speakers were Aruna Selladurai, Kokila Mahendran and Kambavarithi Jeyaraj.

The book titled Manolayam was compiled by Manoranjithan’s brother V. A. Thirugnanasuntharam, who held several important positions in state electronic media institutions in Sri Lanka apart from being a journalist of yesteryear of Virakesari and the book comprised a number of cartoons which were published in Tamil national newspapers and also the cartoons include that of several world leaders like J.R. Jayawardena to Srimavo Bandaranayake, and from Nehru to Nikita Kurushev, Ayub Khan, etc.
In an addendum to the book, photographs in miniature of 48 eminent broadcasters of SLBC have also been featured.
Putavalar Alhaj Hassim Omar, a Board Member of ITN and Pon. Vallipuram, Trustee of Mayurapathi Temple received the first copies of the book.


Young Zoologists’ Association’s Past Members get-together

The Young Zoologists’ Association (YZA) celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. The society which is based at the National Zoological Gardens conducts various activities toward Nature Conservation. The society’s main theme is Conservation through Education and conducts an education programme each Sunday. YZA has been the first school for many of the experts in the field of wildlife and nature conservation.

To facilitate a forum for the past members, YZA is organising a get-together on November 11. The event will be held at the National Zoological Gardens Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. November 11 also marks the society’s establishment 35 years back.
YZA invites all the past members of the society to participate event.


The sensational Oasis Lounge will soon be launched

Ever wanted to be a DJ?
Now you can try your hand at the Oasis Lounge’s unique new computerized jukebox that allows you to pick from thousands of songs by all your favourite artists. With the i Juke, the best music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and the present is just a mouse-click away.
There’s pop, rock, hip hop, reggae, dance, house, soul R&B and lots more… everything from the Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas, Norah Jones to Nirvana.
Try out the bar’s new range of cocktails while you listen, or play a game in the ruby red pool table, nibble on a tasty snack and let the stylish relaxed ambience work its magic on your senses.
The Oasis Lounge at the Holiday Inn will be launched on November 6.


 Five Sinhala novelists share Lanka’s richest literary prize

Five short-listed Sinhala novelists shared the prize money of Rs.500,000 of the inaugural Swarna Pusthaka Award, which is Sri Lanka’s richest literary prize.
The five short-listed books were Kanda Pamula by Karunadasa Suriyarachchi, Chandraratnage Bhavanthara Charikawa by Daya Dissanayake, Kindura Gosin Wetunai Pura Madulle by Karunadheera Alwis, Gangthera Theraniya by Erawwala Nandimithra and Tharu Bambasara by Rupa Sriyani Ekanayake.
Awarded by the Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association (SLBPA) to maintain the quality of Sinhala novel writing and to encourage novelists to aspire to greater heights in their art, the first Swarna Pusthaka Award considered works of original fiction published in Sri Lanka in 2006.


IOM assistance for Earlalai East preschoolers

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) handed over the refurbished St. Isidore preschool to the community of Earlalai East in the Jaffna District recently.
The pre-school, the only one in Earlalai East, was damaged during the civil strife in 1996. Although repaired subsequently, it still lacked the basic facilities for preschoolers and their teachers. For instance, the preschool was housed in an old building and it lacked a well or a toilet in the premises.
IOM together with the Catholic Youth Club of Earlalai – Soorawathai and local government authorities provided the pre-school with a toilet, overhead water tank, furniture and play material including children’s plastic toys, a see-saw, swing, mat slide, climber, and a merry-go-round.
The project, aimed at creating a better learning environment by providing early childhood development facilities, was funded by the UK Home Office and the European Refugee Fund under the ‘Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme – UK.’


UNESCO excellence

Sri Lanka retained its seat in the Executive Board of UNESCO for a further period of four years at the election held on October 24, during the 34th Session of the General Conference.

Education Minister, Susil Premajayantha with Sri Lankan Ambassador for France, Chitranganee Wagiswara, at the UNESCO Conference

Education Minister, Susil Premajayantha being honoured with blessings by the Hindu Vidyanani Brahma Sri S. Gohananda Sarwasswami for the recent success at the UNESCO General Conference recently.


 ‘Most Outstanding Sri Lankan Malayali of the Decade’ award for Ruhulan

Former Chief Parliament Interpreter and Director Legislature Services M. K. Ruhulan was accorded the prestigious award for ‘Most Outstanding Sri Lankan Malayali of the Decade’ recently.
Constitutional Affairs Minster D.E.W. Gunesekara made the presentation and the event took place at Narayana Guru Memorial Hall, Colombo 15.


Vidatha Resource Centre opened in Yatiyantota

The Vidatha Resource Centre was opened recently in Yatiyantota with an exhibition displaying products of small entrepreneurs developed by the technologies given by Vidatha Resource Centres. The products were on sale.

Science and Technology Minister Professor Tissa Vitarana, examining a packet of carbonic fertiliser produced by one small entrepreneur.



Sarath Hewagama – outstanding cricketer and pioneer in banking sector

I am deeply saddened to hear the passing away of my beloved kalyana mitta, Sarath Hewagama, on September 19, 2007. True to his nature, he departed this world without much publicity and in silence.

Sarath Hewagama was an outstanding school-boy cricketer, who shone in the early 1950s. He was an outstanding banker and administrator par-excellence, who served at Sarvodaya, during the latter part of his life.

Sarath was a rare gem. He always played a ‘straight bat.’ He was always ready to help others. It is rather unfortunate that men of Sarath Hewagama’s caliber are very rare in the present society. He was born on July 30, 1933 and at the time of his death he was 74 years old. He was a devout Buddhist, and a dedicated social service worker.

My association with Sarath, began in the early 1951s, at Nalanda College, Colombo, when, I was in Grade 7. He was my cricketing hero. He represented the Nalanda Invincible 1957 Cricket Team led by legendry Stanley Jayasinghe. With his intelligent right arm leg spinners he mesmerized many opposing batsmen.

After leaving school he joined the People’s Bank and rose to the high position of Assistant General Manager and later served as the Secretary to the Board of Directors of the People’s Bank. He had a colourful and distinguished career at the People’s Bank. Very few people knew that he was one of the pioneers in Rural Banking and Rural Credit in Sri Lanka. His contribution to the banking sector was enormous.

Soft spoken and unassuming Sarath Hewagama was always ready to help others. He was loved by everyone and he too loved everybody. He was a vociferous reader. In spite of his very busy schedule and engagements, he also wrote a large number of thought provoking articles on various topics ranging from sports to banking.

Sarath Hewagama was a man of honesty and integrity. His demise is not only a big loss to his beloved wife Indrani and his children, but also an irreparable loss to everyone of us.
May his sojourn in Sansara be short and peaceful, May he attain Nibbana!
Premasara Epasinghe


Piyadasa Kondarange- man of many parts

Piyadasa Kondarange (JP), a former graduate teacher from Colombo Lumbini Maha Vidyalaya passed away four years ago, at the age of 70. A loving father of six children, Piyadasa served for over 35-years in the educational service as a senior teacher and principal in several areas of the island including Kurunegala, Gampaha and Colombo.

As an assistant teacher in-charge of sports, he was responsible for starting cricket as a game for the students at the Lumbini Maha Vidyalaya and also at Borella Susamayawardena Maha Vidyalaya. Later these two schools won the Championship several times in the All Island Cricket Tournament. Piyadasa was a social and a religious worker in Kalubowila and Dehiwala areas.

For nearly 40 years Piyadasa had been a teacher at the Kirillapone - Balapokuna Sadhu Dhaham Pasala and later the Vice Principal of the same school. He was also a member of the Colombo Pradeshiya Sasanarakshaka Mandalaya. He was a co-founder of Kalubowila Provincial Pensioners Union of which he was the General Secretary at the time of his death.

Later Piyadasa served as an Advisor to the Kalubowila Sri Lanka Community Vocational Training Organisation and also served as Manager of the Community Environment Protection Organisation at the Sri Sunandaramaya Temple in Kalubowila, Dehiwala. He was a life member of the Trusteeship Committee of the Kalubowila ¬West Funeral Benefits Association, and a life member and a committee member of the Alumni Association of Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.
Those who knew Piyadasa Kondarange, will always remember him as an honourable gentleman. May he attain the bliss of Nirvana!
Hemantha Fonseka


 Nishanka Wijesundera

Nishanka, brother of Stanly Wijesundera,
A reputed lawyer who lived at Meewathura.
Always with a big smile to everyone
Friendly with big and small, rich and poor.

A loving husband to his wife Padmini dear,
A darling father to his three daughters.
A devout Buddhist very close to the temple
A leader and friend to all the poor people.

President of the Kandy Bar Association
Performed his duties to all his associates.
An unofficial magistrate at the court bench
Friendly atmosphere in courts he maintained.

One time an Ambassador in Australia
Performed his duties well and truly,
Left for good, his friends and everyone.
Goodbye, my sweet friend – goodbye.

Edward Wijeratna



November 6
Singin’ In The Rain, (2002, 103 minutes), at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.

November 6 & 7
N’oublie Pas Que Tu Vas Mourir by Xavier Beauvois (1996, 118 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, Colombo, 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

November 6
Blow Up by Michelangelo Antonioni (1966, 1hours and 51 minutes) in Italian with English subtitles, at the Goethe Hall, German Cultural Center, at 5:30 p.m. organised by the Italian Embassy in Colombo and the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with the Sri Lanka-Italy Friendship Society as a tribute to the Famous Italian Film Director, Michelangelo Antonioni.

November 7
The Passenger by Michelangelo Antonioni (1975, 2hours and 3 minutes) in Italian with English subtitles, at the Goethe Hall, German Cultural Center, at 5:30 p.m. organised by the Italian Embassy in Colombo and the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with the Sri Lanka-Italy Friendship Society as a tribute to the Famous Italian Film Director, Michelangelo Antonioni.


From November 1
Photos of Switzerland, an exhibition of photographs by Alexander Kveladze, at the Alliance Française.

November 4 & 5
Picasso 1907 – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (Young Ladies of Avignon) And The Birth Of Cubism, with large reproductions of related paintings of Picasso and Sri Lankan artists under the auspices of the Alliance française de Kandy, at its auditorium, at No 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy.


November 9
Lychee Lassi from Germany, in association with the Goethe Institute, at the Barefoot Gallery, 7 p.m.


November 4
Oktoberfest, the beer festival, at the Sports Club car park, Hilton Colombo.

Until November 25
Jaffna Food Festival, at the Holiday Inn, on every Saturday and Sunday, from 7 – 11 p.m.

  Book launch   

November 7
Sithalayo, a collection of short stories by Kapila Janaka Bandara and Somasiri Ekenayaka, at the Library and the Documentation Library Auditorium, Independence Square, at 3 p.m.


November 11
Podi Ayata Jana Gee, a oneday workshop, organised by the Ranwala Foundation, at the Buddhist Congres Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 8, at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open for the children of Grade 3 – 6.







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