Enchanted, A Journey Through The Wild

Enchanted, A Journey Through The Wild, an exhibition of wildlife and nature photography by Gihan Rajapakse, Namal Kamalgoda, Palitha Antony and Sarinda Unamboowe will be held today at the Harold Pieris Gallery, the Lionel Wendt, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Hilton excels at World Travel Awards

Celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2008, one of Hilton’s flagship properties, the Hilton Colombo scooped Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel, at the 14th World Travel Awards held in Leela Palace Kempinski Bangalore, India, on November 3.
The voting campaigned reached a total of 167,000 travel professionals worldwide, including more than 110,000 travel agents.
The World Travel Awards is the most comprehensive and prestigious awards programme in the global travel industry. Attended by the captains of the industry, the World Travel Awards ceremony is highly regarded as the forum that acknowledges, rewards and celebrates the enormous achievements found in all sectors of the global travel industry.


Most Outstanding Malayali of the Decade

Former Chief Parliament Interpreter and Director Legislature Services, M. K. Rahulan was accorded the prestigious award for the Most Outstanding Sri Lankan Malayali of the Decade recently. Constitutional Affairs Minister, Dew Gunasekera made the presentation.



Makara, by Jayalath Manorathna organised by the Drama Circle of 80 Group will be staged on November 21 and 22 at the Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana, at 6:45 p.m.
Makara is based on Henry Jayasene’s translation of the renowned Russian author, Eugene Schwartz’s The Dragon.


16th Ophthalmologists’ Congress

The 16th Annual Congress of the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka 2007 was held at the Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy from October 24 to 27. The Organising Committee thanks everyone helped to make the event a success.


Oxbridge alumni dinner 2007

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge and President of New Hall, Anne Lonsdale MA, CBE will be the Chief Guest at the 2007 Oxford - Cambridge Societies’ alumni dinner, at the Galle Face Hotel on Thursday, November 29.
A farewell dinner for British High Commissioner and Vice Patron of the Oxford Society (Ceylon Branch), Dominick Chilcott, will be hosted by both societies and the British Scholars Association, at the British Council on Monday, December 3.
Alumni of the above societies should contact the Secretary of the Oxford Society, Jill Macdonald at The Study, 10 Alwis Place, Colombo 3 for tickets. For more information call 4 928 892, 2 325 922 or 077-3507053.


1st CUP Children’s Club inaugurated

The 1st CUP Children’s Club was inaugurated at Rathana Arama, Polhengoda on November 3.


Sale Of Work-2007

Sale Of Work-2007, organised by the Colombo Centre for Special Education displaying its students’ talents will be held at its premises, 80/7 Layards Rd, Colombo 05, on November 24, from 9:15a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chief Guests will be Mr. and Mrs. Mahen Dayananda.

Greeting cards, notepads, envelopes, gift tags, book-marks, jute rugs, serviettes, dish towels, pot holders, art and craft items, wrapping paper, wood work articles, bread baskets, gift packs, used stamps will be on sale. Snacks, drinks and lunch packs will also be available.

The Colombo Centre for Special Education, is a humble Institution dedicated towards the care and development of individuals with varies disabilities.

Situated in the quiet neighbourhood of Havelock Town, it is composed of 30 students from all walks of life.
Their dedicated staff includes speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, English, mathematics, art, pottery and woodwork teachers.


Sprite compilation with TNL Onstage 2007

TNL Radio Network in association with Sprite released a compilation album made up of songs performed by the finalists of TNL Onstage 2007.
CEO/Chairman, TNL Radio Network, Niraj Wickremesinghe handing over the 1st copy to the Brand Manager for Coca Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd, Shamal Gunawardena



The manufactures of the Prasara Washing Plant receiving the gold award from the Industrial Development and Ranaviru Welfare Minister, Kumara Welgama, at the National Cleaner Production Awards Ceremony 2007 held at the BMICH recently. Director, NCPC, Sena Peiris is also in the picture.

Professor of Soil Science, University of Peradeniya, Dr. Ranjith Mapa receiving the 2007 International Partners Award from the President of the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC), Dr. Graham Gilchrist, at the award ceremony held on November 6 in Edmonton in recognition of his significant contributions to capacity building and agricultural research in Sri Lanka, and his impact on farmers, field workers, students, researchers, academics and policymakers alike.


The First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa handed over an award to Dr Jayalath Jayawardana, MP at the BMICH recently during the 45th World Conference of the Open University for Complementary-Medicine-for conducting the first ever television Health Education Programme continuously for ten years which has been recommended to the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest uninterrupted television medical programme in the world. Chairman of the Open University for Complementary Medicine, Dr. Geethanjana Mendis is also seen in the picture.



Galeena Gunawardane, a student of Estelle Fernando of Kurunegala welcoming Wendy Holsinger of the Wendy Whatmore Academy of Kollupitiya and the other examiners for their exam held on November 4, at the Blue Sky Hotel. Mrs. Fernando is also in the picture.


World Tourism Marketing Summit

Prime Minister of Bermuda, Dr. Ewart F. Browne, Secretary General of the World Trade University, Dr. Sujit Chowdhury, Director General, Sri Lanka United Nations Friendship Organisation, Dr. Deshapriya S. Wijetunga and Millennium Development Ambassador, Deshamanya Dr. A. S. P Liyanage, at the World Tourism Marketing Summit held at Loong Palace, Beijing, China organised by the World Trade University of United Nations from October 27 – 30


To Miss Working Girl

Managing Director, UTN Trading Co. (Pvt) Ltd handing over Enspa range of products to Miss Working Girl, Lanka Adhikari



Quentin Israel: a true ‘Trinity Spirit’

I was deeply grieved to hear of the demise of Quentin Israel, ex-member of staff at Trinity College Kandy, my alma mater. He was a wonderful humanist and an invaluable asset to the College. Quentin coached rugby at Trinity for many years. Those were great years when the team enjoyed many successes and toured abroad. He was a charismatic man of many parts, with an outstanding personality.

On a personal note, he was my mentor, not in rugby but in my involvements with the Trinity College Literary Association (TCLA). He was extremely helpful during my short stint as Assistant House Master at Lower Ryde House in 2001/2002. He was the kind of man who was ready to sit down and discuss any problem, with a fine capability of reaching equitable solutions. As a researcher on international mediation and conflict research, I can appreciate Quentin’s qualities as a listener and a man who cared about people.

An outstanding scholar, Quentin was a real Athenian in both physical strength and his outstanding level of scholarship in many areas. He spent hours in the College library reading and re-reading Western Classics, literature and international affairs. A meal with Quentin was like reading an informative and interesting book, and I always looked forward to discussing various topics with him. He was also a man with a true ‘Trinity Spirit,’ seen only in a handful of my TCK colleagues.

A familiar scene unfolds before my eyes while writing this, from age-old memories at Trinity: when I was about 12, I used to walk up to school on the road that leads to the Chapel, and every morning, Quentin would walk up from Alison House to the Chapel, totally empty at that fresh and misty hour of the morning. He would go right up to the altar, bend before God portrayed on Paynter’s paintings, and say a quiet prayer. Quentin was an extraordinarily kind-hearted man, and an exemplary Christian.

Quentin was a man of high calibre, who always carried himself well. I am reminded of the rivalries and criticisms raised against him during his stay at TCK. Quentin always faced such situations with remarkable sang-froid; he made such attacks a fine opportunity to showcase his genuineness. Quentin’s views on such issues, expressed over meals in the College Dining Hall still echo in my mind.

Lanka has lost one of her illustrious sons, and Trinity has lost a man who deeply loved Trinity and devoted the best part of his life to her. I have lost my mentor and senior colleague, and the man whom I appreciated the most out of all TCK staff members I have ever known during the 15 years spent there as a student and a teacher.
I extend my sincere condolence to the Israel household at this moment of grief.

Chaminda K. Weerawardhana
University of Paris


Suren Wickremesinghe: he was larger than life

I have been overwhelmed with sadness since I heard that my dear friend Suren had died. He was a man who was larger than life in every sense of the word; who filled a room with his presence and his joie de vivre.

I last saw him at his birthday celebration on January 12, this year, and never thought it would be the last time I would see him. He was his usual bubbly self, full of effervescence and as always, the perfect host.

Suren and I have been friends since our youth. His father and mine were both doctors; friends and colleagues. Dr S. A. Wickremesinghe was the Leader of the Communist Party, a most gentle giant, who would breathe fire and fury on political platforms, but was the most refined, cultured person socially.

Our family has always been UNP, but that was a time when family bonds and background cemented friendships irrespective of diverse political views. I would enjoy hearing this soft-spoken statesman speak and learned a lot from him, particularly on communism. Suren’s mother, Doreen has also left her footprints on the sands of time in our country’s history. She was British and the first foreign woman to win a seat in an Asian Parliament.

Suren’s childhood revolved around politics and politicians and his father’s dreams and ideals. During his youth, Suren was an artist and was President of The Young Artists Group of which I too was a member. After a job experience of motor engineering, he went to Moscow to study architecture.

It was here that he met Tanya, a fellow architectural student and married her. They returned to Sri Lanka, set up an architectural firm with some others, and later started ‘Tanya and Suren’ on their own.

Tanya and Suren went on to build housing schemes, apartments and houses together. They were the perfect team, at work and at home. Tanya was his soul mate, they were on the same wavelength. Suren served as Chairman of the UDA for a few years too.
Suren was a wonderful friend who always reached out to help his friends and was a pillar of strength to me after my husband died. He was one of my favourite dancing partners and in recent times would boost my ego no end by stating publicly that I danced like an 18-year-old.

He never failed in his steadfast loyalty to his friends, which is rare today. I think former President Chandrika Kumaratunga would endorse my view as he stood by her through thick and thin as well.

It is hard to think of life without this wonderful man who was the life and soul of any gathering at which he was present. It is perhaps only Almighty God who knows why he was snatched away from us so unexpectedly – A good man who had both honour and integrity at a time when these two words seem to have lost their meaning.

A devoted son, husband brother, father and grandfather, Suren’s favourite role recently was being a grandfather and spending quality time with his grandchildren. Holidays were family ones in Nuwara Eliya or at his ancestral home in Matara. To Tanya, Maya, Sonia, Sasha and Surya, I say that I will always be there for you as Suren was for me. Farewell sweet Prince, you were simply the best.
Ilica Malkanthi Karunaratne



Om Sri Prema Moorthlye Namaha

I quoted a sthotra (eulogy) from Sri Satya Sai Ashtotra Satanamavali containing 108 sthothras, thus “Om Sri Prema Moorthiye Namaha” (Image of Love) as a heading, to begin this article on the occasion of the 82nd Birthday of Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba, meaning, I worship the Image of Love. He was born on 23rd November 1926, in a hamlet called Puttaparthi in the backwoods of the then Madras Presidency, Andra Pradesh in Southern India.

Sai Baba personifies love or affection. This signifies his love towards mankind irrespective of nationality, religion or race, “Bring me your sufferings and grief and take away happiness and satisfaction from me,” says Sri Satya Sai Baba. According to Hindu books, there is no God who can perform miracles more than Krishna. Sri Satya Sai Baba is said to be an avatar (means the incarnation of divinity in human form) of God Krishna. Once, Bhagavan Sri Satya Sai Baba had said. “If I had come as a mere man, you would not have respected my teachings and followed it for your own good. So I have to be in this human form with super human wisdom and powers. Do not attempt to see me through your external eyes.

My mission is to grant you courage and joy, to drive away weakness and fear. Do not condemn yourselves as sinners. Sin is a misnomer for what are really errors, provided you repent sincerely and resolve not to follow evil again. Love and serve the motherland. Don’t hurt or hate the motherland of others. Love all men without distinction. Know that mankind is a single community. If all beings and all nations follow Sri Satya Sai Baba’s precepts: ‘Satya (truth), Dhamma (right conduct), Shanthi (peace) Prema (love) and Ahimsa (non- violence)’ there would be no war, no bloodshed, no strife anywhere in the world.

He says, always be on the watch for an occasion to pacify, save or inspire others, all of you should get accustomed to help or assist others quickly. It is the noblest service. Love creates that feeling. Love overflows and spreads. Love sees with joy how a seed sewn on rock flourishes.

In conclusion, let me quote one of his sayings; “My greatest wealth is my love. People speak about my powers and my miracles, but my greatest miracle is my love. All should show this love. Only then will there be oneness.”

Pram Deldeniya
Lalitha Kala Shiromani



November 20
Grease (1998, 110 minutes) at the American Centre, at 6 p.m.

November 20 & 21
La Sentinelle by Arnaud Desplechin (1992, 139 minutes) in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, Colombo, 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

November 24
The Phantom Of The Opera by Joel Schumacher, at the Russian Centre, 5 p.m.


November 14 -27
A New Way Of Looking At Sri Lanka, a group exhibition headed by Manorjan Herath and Sanjeewa Kumara at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 3.

November 18
An exhibition of visual art by Kingsley Gunethileke and Karunasiri Wijesinghe at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7.

Until November 30
Photos of Switzerland, an exhibition of photographs by Alexander Kveladze, at the Alliance Française.


November 16
Thoppi Welenda by Somalatha Subhasinghe, at the Tower Hall, Maradana, at 10.30 a.m.

November 21 & 22
Makara by Jayalath Manorathna at the Elphinstine Theatre, at 6:30 p.m.

November 23
Monkey Boy by Anoja Weerasinghe at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 7 p.m.

Food festival

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

Until November 23
A nice, juicy steak is always welcoming. Hilton Colombo together with Prestige Foods International Australia brings to you a steak promotion at the Spoons Restaurant.
Guest Chef Paola Felicelli from Australia has compiled a super menu for your dinners.










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