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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.”
Lalitha Kala Shiromani
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.
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.
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.
Thoppi Welenda by Somalatha Subhasinghe, at the Tower Hall, Maradana, at
November 21 & 22
Makara by Jayalath Manorathna at the Elphinstine Theatre, at 6:30 p.m.
Monkey Boy by Anoja Weerasinghe at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 7
Jaffna Food Festival, at the Holiday Inn, on every Saturday and Sunday, from
7 – 11 p.m.
Until November 23
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