Caméléons to perform
Once more on December 13 Alliance Française de Colombo will offer a wonderful
evening of music in partnership with the Embassy of France and Hotel Taj Samudra
featuring the jazz band from France, Les Caméléons.
Coming all the way from Lyon, France, Les Caméléons is composed of four new
Orleans jazz style lovers: Samuel Petit (piano), Christian Genin (tuba), Jean-Baptiste
Perez (saxophone) and Max Cotineau (drums).
“Les Caméléons” has a unique style combining a jazzy music style from New
Orleans with French jazz influence and even a little Creole touch. In their
shows they always deliver the energy of jazz, faithful to their spirit
prevailing in United States in 1930s to 1950s. But they have also adapted some
of the most famous pieces of the French variety repertoire to give them a jazz
touch; they even came out with a CD called “Brassens en Jazz” to offer a new
version of Georges Brassens songs whose songs had become standards of the French
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Crystal Room.
50th Anniversary at the Bar
Anton Fernando of Horton Place, Colombo 7 will complete 50 years
of practise as a lawyer on December 11. He was enrolled initially as a Proctor
and later as an Advocate of the Supreme Court. He commenced his professional
career as an assistant at M/s F. J. & G. de Saram. Thereafter he started
practising at Panadura and in the Courts of Horana and Moratuwa where he acted
for the Magistrate on several occasions. He holds a Masters Degree in Law from
the Faculty of Law Colombo. He has been a visiting lecturer in Company Law. He
was a Past Vice President of the Bar Association for the Kalutara Zone and a
Past Chairman of the Legal Aid Commission.
He followed a programme arranged by the British High Commission on Human Rights,
visited Legal Aid Board, Amnesty International, Lord Chancellor’s Office,
Citizens Advisory Bureau, Article 19, Crown Court and other Human Rights
organisations in the U K.
He was also a Council member of Pax Romana an International Organisation of
Catholic Professionals and he has attended several Council Meetings abroad.
He is a consultant to a number of BOI Companies. He is a Life Member of the OPA,
Medico Legal Society, Royal Asiatic Society and the Founder President of the
Christian Professionals’ Union and the Chairman of World Express (Cmb) Limited.
He has written four books: A Guide to Human Rights and The Humanitarian Law, A
Right to Religious Freedom, Constitutional Guarantees for Minorities, The Anti
He was educated at Holy Cross College and at St. Joseph’s College. He is the
brother of the Tax Consultant, Stanley Fernando, Iris Mendis and Consultant
Economist - UNCT AD (retired), Dr. Annesley Fernando. His son Shanil Fernando is
an Attorney- at- Law.
The Panadura Bar Association will unveil the portrait of Fernando at the Law
Library Panadura shortly.
Mayor of Matale, Hilmy Mohamed (second from left) during his
recent visit to United States to attend a conference on global warming with the
Mayor of Los Angeles, Anotonio Villaraigosa, in San Fransisco
Pleasantries between the two cities, Los Angles, Seattle and Matale were
exchanged at a reception. The Mayor of Seattle, Greg Nichols (extreme right),
was also present.
Pakistan donates SVU
High Commissioner for Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Shashad Aslam
Chaudhry donating 13 Heavy Duty Sewing Machines worth more than Rs. 1 million to
the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Marshal Roshan Goonatilake and the
Chairperson, Sri Lanka Air Force Seva Vanitha Unit (SVU) Nelun Goonatilake, in
the presence of the SLAF SVU membership at a ceremony held at the AFHQ on
MP for Hamabantota District and Chairman, Janasuwaya Development
Foundation, Sajith Premadasa at the inauguration of a pre-school in the tsunami
housing complex at Siribopura, Hambantota which was built at a cost of Rs. 1.2
million funded by Firmenech International, a multinational company involved in
fragrances and perfumes and facilitated by Rotary Club of Colombo
Symphony Family Christmas Concert today
The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka will celebrate the season
with its popular Family Christmas Concert today, at 7 p.m., conducted by Manilal
Weerakoon, at the Ladies’ College Hall. The Symphony Christmas Concert was held
Top of the bill at the Family Concert are well known Christmas Songs for the
audience to Sing Along with the Orchestra and combined Choirs – The Menaka
Singers, Past Choristers of St. Benedict’s College and Friends, 45 young voices
in all. The Concert will also feature Johann Strauss’s famous Waltzes ‘Tales
from the Vienna Woods’ contrasted with Waldteufel’s exotic ‘Espana’ Waltz and a
highlight will be a Medley on Rodgers’ Hammerstein’s ever-green ‘Sound of
The Concert is in aid of Sunera Foundation.
Central Bank Recreation Club
At the Annual General Meeting of the Central Bank Recreation
Club, on September 20, the following Office Bearers have been selected for
President - S. H. A. M. Abeyratne
Vice Presidents - L. Y. Dharmasena, Maj. Gen. (Retd.) S. Wanigasekera
Hony. General Secretary - M. Madigasekera
Hony. Asst. Secretary - S. J. A. Handagama
Hony. Treasurer - P. Gedarawattege
Hony. Asst. Treasurer - C. A. Ariyadasa
Hony. Auditor - P. V. L. Nandasiri
Executive Committee - Capt. K. A. S. H. Karunatilake, W. G. S. S. J.
Keerthiratne, U. P. Alawattege, A. R. K. Wijesekera, H. P. A. I. Ariyasinghe.
Games Secretaries - P. Amarasinghe (Cricket), P. V. P. S. Perera (Badminton), G.
S. C. Dahanayake (Athletics), D. Wilathgamuwa (Netball), A.W. Mohottala
(Swimming), P. H. J. Mendis (Football), G. A. S. Asoka (Volleyball), G. P.
Weerasena (Basketball), F. J. Fernando (Elle), K. G. V. Vijithakumara, W. P. G.
D. S. D. Senanayake (Indoor Games)
Social Secretaries – K. Gunatilake, G. K. Kulathilake
Publicity Officer – A. S. K. Hewavitharana.
To mark the fourth anniversary of the passing away of Ven.
Gangodavila Soma Thera and the eighth annual convention of Janavijeya Foundation
a series of religious ceremonies will be held in Matugama town on December 26,
at 3 p.m.
The sermons will be delivered at the following temples and schools in the area -
December 24: Pannila Sailabimbarama temple, Sri Sudharshanarama temple –
Matugama; December 12, Alms giving at Maharagama Sri Vajiragnana Dharmayathanaya
to more than 100 Buddhist monks; December 15, Bopitiya, Seelawansarama Library,
December 16, Kalupahana Sunandarama Temple, December 19, Dodamgoda Isurupura Sri
Dharmayathanaya, December 21, Narawila Abhayaraja Pirivena.
All devotees attending the ceremony are requested to be dressed in white
costumes. A documentary film on the life of Ven. Soma Thera will be shown after
Vatican Deputy Mission Head at St. Lawrence’s
St. Lawrence’s Church, Wellawatte, would hold its annual
Christmas Carols and Nativity play at the church premises on Sunday, December 16
from 7 p.m. onwards.
Accompanied by a popular band, the choristers and students from the Sunday
school would stage their performance.
Vatican Deputy Head of Mission Rev. Msgr. Baudouin Muankembe would be the Chief
Guest at the event. On Saturday, December 15, a Christmas party would be held
for the children.
From “Himuw Arane” of BBC
Amara Divi Sara, the biography of Visharada W.D.Amaradeva is to
be serialised over the BBC World Service to mark the 80th birthday of the
veteran musician and singer. The discussion forum of Himuw Arane comprised
Professor K.N.O.Dharmadasa, Ratna Sri Wijesinghe, Professor Carlo Fonseka, and
W.A.Abeysinghe. (the programme was recorded recently in Colombo). Several
contemporary artistes including musicians, and composers, participated in the
programme that would be on the air weekly.
Wing Commander Anthony Maurice Fernando
He left an indelible mark
It is with profound sorrow that I pen this appreciation on the
demise of Wing Commander Anthony Maurice Fernando who breathed his last on
November 16 in Brighton, USA. He left an indelible mark in several fields of
activity in the Sri Lanka Air Force and Royal Oman Police, which he enriched and
adorned with great competence and grace.
A dear friend, he left behind a void which never can be filled. His greatest
attribute was his love and respect for all people and his patent humility and
Denzil was born on July 11, 1939, the eldest in a family of 11. He was brought
up by his parents in a deeply religious and disciplined environment. From his
childhood he was exemplary in his performance whether at home or school.
He received his education at St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota and St. Joseph’s
College, Colombo. On successful completion of his GCE Advanced Level
examination, he chose the profession of arms as his calling and enlisted in the
Royal Ceylon Air Force as a flight cadet on April 27, 1959. On completion of his
initial flying training and being awarded “wings,” he was promoted as Flying
Officer in August 1961.
Excelling in his flying and administrative duties, he was promoted as Flight
Lieutenant in 1965. Apart from his superior flying skills, his superiors
identified in him the essential requisites of a trainer. He was selected to
pursue a qualified instructors’ course at Royal Air Force Tern Hill in 1961. On
graduating as a qualified flying instructor he was nominated for a command and
staff college course at the same institution, evidently grooming him for
Given his performance in varied positions of flying training and in command of
flying squadrons, he was promoted Squadron Leader in 1971. During his
illustrious career, he served as a flying instructor, standardisation officer
and acting commandant of the Air Force Academy China Bay while commanding the
Number 2 Squadron.
He was later appointed Officer commanding the Standard Examination Unit and
Command Rating Examiner and also as acting Base Commander. He was promoted Wing
Commander in 1976.
On completion of 21 years in service, he retired on April 30, 1980. He later
joined the Royal Oman Police as an Air Operations Officer. While in service he
was decorated in recognition of his services and awarded ‘The Oman Peace Keeping
Medal,’ ‘10th Anniversary Medal,’ ‘Glorious 15th National Day Medal’ and the
‘Order of the National Emblem.’
Denzil married Premanie on December 28, 1970. Their marriage was a tremendous
success. He adored his two daughters, Sheolie and Dinali. Their home was an
abode of peace, love and affection.
Denzil zealously guided and fashioned their careers and today Sheolie, after
graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Public Health, is presently
a third year medical student at the George Washington Medical College, while
Dinali is a physician attached to the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. They are
both married to professionals.
Denzil was an unassuming person, never given to ostentation and bragging. His
integrity was beyond question and he adhered to a code of professional
rectitude. In retirement his life revolved around the family and religious
Denzil was a wonderful friend who reached out to his friends, particularly in
times of distress. With his demise I have lost a dear friend. I thank God
however for the gift of Denzil’s friendship. I thank God for his life. I will
not say farewell because I know we will meet again. May the turf lie gently over
him and may he rest in peace.
– Rex Fernando
He rendered a great service to the nation
It was saddening to learn of the demise of a patriotic,
charismatic, illustrious, fearless and friendly gentleman and politician with
sterling qualities and agriculturist, planter and first air pilot of Ceylon who
came to Ceylon as a solo air pilot from London Airport after his studies in
England. He was also a great sportsman, excelling in motor - racing.
James Peter Obeysekara hailed from Batadola Walawwe, Attanagalle in the Gampaha
District. He was educated at Royal College, Colombo 7. He excelled in his
studies and entered Cambridge University London, England for his academic
He excelled in his studies and got though the B.A. (Cantab) with Honours and
M.A. (Honours) and qualified as a Barrister-at-Law too. As he was interested in
motor mechanism engineering, he qualified in aeronautical engineering and
obtained an air pilot licence from British authorities.
The Obeysekara family dynasty hails from the Royal Portuguese family. His
ancestor, Fernandez, who belonged to the Portuguese Royal Family in Europe, came
to Ceylon then as Captain of the Royal Portuguese Navy to Galle Harbour to
inspect the activities of the Portuguese administrators in Maritime Provinces of
the entire southern province of Ceylon then.
He fell in love with the resplendent island on his inspection visits and decided
to stay. He looked out for a fertile large land in Kathaluwa in the Ahangama
area of Galle District. He then constructed a walawwe, which was known as
Atadahe Walawwe, since he grew 8,000 coconut plants there.
He then wanted to change his name to a Sinhala name. He met a Buddhist priest
known as the Koratota Chief Priest and wanted to change his name as ‘Your
Leader.’ The Chief Priest, considering his nobility, named him ‘Obeysekara,’
which means ‘Your Leader.’
He married a noble lady of royalty from the Kodagoda Walawwe of Seneviratne
Dissanayake, who migrated from the Kandyan Province. He settled down in
Kathaluwa Atadahe Walawwe and brought up very illustrious children to serve the
nation and country for generations.
S.C. Obeysekara (Jnr) entered Royal College, then Colombo Academy, Colombo 7. He
excelled in his studies and entered Cambridge University, London for higher
studies in law.
He qualified as a Barrister-at-Law and came back to Ceylon to practice law. He
bought large extents of land in Gampaha and Colombo, and planted coconuts which
were enjoyed by many generations later. He entered the Legislative Council and
State Council to serve the nation under British Colonial periods 1796/1947.
His descendants – Sir Foestor Obeysekara, Sir James Peter Obeysekara, Sir Donald
Obeysekara, J.P. Obeysekara (Jnr), Fedrick Wimaladharma, Obeysekara P.C. Danton
Obeysekara, Asoka Obeyasekara, Indrajit Obeysekara and Stanley Obeysekara
(Attorney-at-Law) – are all Cambridge Blues who excelled in studies, boxing and
J.P. Obeysekara (Jnr) also rendered great services to the nation and country
politically, economically, socially, culturally, educationally, agriculturally,
industrially, health services, administratively, judicially and also militarily.
Since the demise of late S.W. R.D. Bandaranaike, founder of SLFP and Prime
Minister, of Ceylon 1956/1959, there was a great vacuum in the Attanagalle
electorate of the Gampaha District, which was filled by him by contesting the
Attanagalle electorate at the 1960 March parliamentary general elections, which
He won the 1960 July parliamentary elections too under the leadership of
Sirimavo Bandaranaike. He was appointed as Deputy Health and Finance Minister.
J.P. Obeysekara married a very outstanding lady from the Dassanayake family,
known as Shiva Dassanayake Obeysekara from Dassanayake Walawwe, Mirigama.
I came to know J.P. Obeysekara very well when he was contesting the Attanagalle
electorate and visited my mother’s home at Veyangoda to get my support. Our
deepest sympathies to his beloved wife, children and relations. May he rest in
– Capt. L.B. Lanka Jayaratne, Irangani Senerviratne, B. Jayaratne, Weligama
December 11 & 12
Y aura-t-il de la neige à Noël? by De Sandrine Veysset (90 minutes, 1996) in
French with English subtitles, at 3 p.m./ 6:30 p.m.
An exhibition of paintings by Muhanned Cader, at the Barefoot Gallery,
The 17th Kanchana Abhayapala Memorial Lecture organised by the Sarvodaya
Legal Services Movement, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the BMICH Committee Room ‘B’.
Speaker: Editor, Resurgence, UK and Director, Schumacher College UK, Sathish
Kumar. Title: Humanity And Earth-Balancing Human Rights With Nature’s Rights.
3rd year commemoration of the tsunami disaster and handing over of houses at
Konesapuri, Trincomalee, at 9:30 p.m. organised by Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC in
collaboration with Caritas Trincomalee – EHED.
Pink Party – Ladies Night organised by Real Radio, at the Tramps, Galadari
Hotel, from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight featuring Real Radio DJs. For more information
call 0773405154 / 0716902257.
Colombo In Bloom, at the Viharmahadevi Park. A lecture will be held on ‘How
to Maintain a Successful Garden by Sarath Jayasekara and Wasantha Polwaththage,
at 4 p.m.
December 10 – 20
Strawberry Dreams, at the Hilton Colombo.
Until December 22
English Pies, at the Echelon Pub, Hilton Colombo.