Outstanding Grade 5 scholarship student gets cash award
Central Tennekumbura Y. M. M. A. Kandy, donated a scholarship of a cash award
of Rs. 10,000.00 to Umar Hatthab Fathima Fasrin, a student of AI- Aqza National
School, Kalpitiya, who scored third highest, at the 2007 Grade 5 Scholarship
Examination in the Tamil Medium.
Fathima with the Treasurer of the Association, S. M. Hussain, JP,
Secretary, Grand Jummah Mosque Tennekumbura, A. L. Aboobucker Alhaj, President,
M. S. Rakeeb and Life General Secretary, Mohamed Nagoorpichai
Drip irrigation system inauguration
Agriculture Minister, Hemakumara Nanayakkara and the wife of the Indian High
Commissioner, Nandini Prasad inaugurating the drip irrigation system last month,
at Labuduwa School of Agriculture.
The project was initiated by Nanayakkara and the equipment was jointly donated
by Jain Irrigation Company of India and their exclusive agents Jinasena Company
(Pvt) Ltd of Sri Lanka
Diploma in Buddhism for Buddhist monks
Union of Myanmar Ambassador in Sri Lanka U. Tin Oo Lwin, MP Dr. Jayalath
Jayawardana with Rajamaha Viharaya, Jaffna Chief Incumbent Rt. Rev. Dr.
Brakmanawatta Seevali Nayake Thero at the discussion held to obtain more
opportunities for Sri Lankan Buddhist monks to obtain scholarships to study in
international Theravada Buddhist universities in Myanmar at the Embassy in
Colombo recently. The Ambassador has agreed to extend his fullest cooperation
Handloom and handicraft exhibition
The Western Province Industries Department, under the directive of the
Western Provincial Sports, Youth Affairs, Rural Development and Rural Industries
Ministry, held a handloom industries and handicraft products exhibition at the
National Art Gallery in Colombo. The exhibition was declared open by Industrial
Development and Ranaviru Welfare Minister Kumara Welgama. Next to the Minister
is Western Provincial Sports and Youth Affairs, Rural Development and Rural
Activities Minister Gamini Thilakasiri, as Welgama inspects the products
Youth Development Centre inauguration
The centre was constructed at a cost of Rs. 3,000,000 and provides free
English language education and information technology skills (international
computer driving license) for educated unemployed youth of the area and
surrounding villages that were affected by the tsunami.
The cost of equipment was funded by assistance from the Norwegian Government and
support for the construction of the centre was extended by Hino Hinzenhofen, a
philanthropist from Germany.
National Civilian Bravery Awards 2008 – Invitation for
Applications are invited by the Foundation for Civilian Bravery for the
following awards for selfless acts of saving others. The applications will be
evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges.
1. Lord Budal Gold Medal (Gold Medal for Civilian Bravery)
This award will be presented to a citizen who, voluntarily disregarding risk to
his or her own life, displays courage in saving or attempting to save another
whose life is in imminent danger of being lost, such as by fire, flood, mine
accident, or like disaster.
2. Silver Medals of Civilian Bravery
Citizens whose acts, even though not equal to the heroic act of the recipient of
the Lord Budal Gold Medal, fall within the description in the above paragraph
are eligible to be awarded the Silver Medals of Civilian Bravery.
1. Applications will be received until February 29.
2. The period applicable for the heroic acts is January 1, 2007 to December 31,
3. Information may be forwarded by the candidate or by another on behalf of the
4. The applicant is responsible for providing proof of the veracity of the
rescue under consideration.
5. The past recipients of Gold and Silver Medals of Civilian Bravery are not
eligible to apply.
6. The decision of the panel of judges for selection shall be final.
Applications are available from:
Kasun P. Chandraratne
Foundation for Civilian Bravery
137 A, Siri Siddaththarama Road
Telephone & SMS: 0385670050
Sucharitha Office Bearers 2007/2008
The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Sucharitha Viyparaya Limited was
held under the patronage of Vice President, Sucharitha Viyparaya Limited, Sajith
The following Office Bearers were elected for 2007/2008.
President: Hema Premadasa
Vice Presidents: Sajith Premadasa, Dulanjalee Jayakody Premadasa, B.V.
Sugathapala, Gamini Jayaratna, Ariyasiri Arangallage
Secretary: Vijitha Kadiragonna
Assistant Secretary: G. B. Mallawarachchi, Siripala Hettige
Treasurer: Maira De Silva
Assistant Treasurer: D. S. Gurusinghe
Managers: H. M. Khemadasa, L. B. M. De Silva, Shantha Kadiragonna
Auditor: R. K. Piyadasa
The Pearl Fishers
January 9 to 11 at the BMICH
Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Sunil Sarath Perera’s Vidyuth
Madhyopadesha Vigrahaya was launched on January 2 at the Foundation Institute
Auditorium. The book was officially presented to Media Minister Lakshman Yapa
Dr. Sarath Kongahage, Buddhadasa Withanachchi, Sriyantha Mendis, Jayani
Senanayake and Devinda Kongahage, lighting the traditional oil lamp at the
launch of the tele-drama, Sadisi Tharanaya at the Fingara Cricket Academy,
Nugegoda. The tele-drama was produced by Dr. Kongahage and directed by his son,
Oshadha Weerarathna presenting his book, Buddhi, to Media Minister
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena at the launch on January 2 at the Media Ministry
Madam Elina Jayewardene
write this tribute with a great sense of gratitude to a lady par excellence whom
I have revered, and served loyally during the period I was with President J. R.
Jayewardene as his Protective Officer.
My memories and experiences with President Jayewardene are many. They are most
rewarding and unforgettable. I would venture to mention one simple incident
which, if I did not would be an act of ingratitude to this great lady, Elina
It was on March 1991, that my wife Rameena (now deceased) and son Zulki made a
courtesy call at ‘Braemer’.
I thought this would be more appropriate to pay this visit when my son equalled
the Wicket Keeping Record for taking the highest number of wickets in a series
(1990-91) at the Royal Thomian Big Match.
My son wore the college blazer for this occasion and was introduced to President
and Madam Jayewardene. As a true Royalist, President Jayewardene was happy to
hear of my son’s achievement, and asked for his blazer. He was keen to wear it.
I helped him to put it on. Reminiscing about his own cricketing days, he showed
us his Cricket Colours on his blazer.
Madam Jayewardene who was also happy about my son’s achievement surprised us all
by presenting my son with a sovereign gold coin. It was a day to remember.
Her gift is a treasure which will be preserved in high esteem by our family for
a long time.
It is not surprising that Mrs. Elina Jayewardene has a heart of gold.
May her loving soul Rest in Peace.
Retd. Senior Suptd. of Police
Kailasapathy and his interest in theatre
Kanagasabapathy Kailasapathy died aged 49 in 1982. During his lifetime,
Professor Kailasapathy carved a niche for himself as a great Tamil scholar, not
only in Sri Lanka and South India but also in the West.
As an academic he has several well-researched articles and more than 10 books to
his credit. Oxford University Press published his magnum opus Tamil Heroic
Poetry, a book based on his doctoral thesis, conducted under the guidance of
Professor George Thomson at the University of Birmingham.
Prof. Vithiananthan, a respected Sri Lankan academic, stated that Kailasapathy’s
comparative study of early Tamil poetry with Greek epics was a long-felt need
which “Kailasapathy made it a reality.”
Kamil V. Zavabil, an oriental scholar from the Eastern Europe, introduces
Kailasapathy in one of his books thus: “Marxist literary critic and historian,
scholar, creative writer…”
Following his death, a fair amount of writings appeared about his contribution
to comparative studies, literary criticism and journalism, with no serious
effort being undertaken to put to perspective his involvement and interest in
Kailasapathy had his early education in Malaya and came to Ceylon (as then
known) to pursue his secondary education. He attended Jaffna Hindu College for
three years from 1948, where M. Karthigesan was a member of the teaching staff.
This scholarly teacher, during the same period, functioned as the secretary of
the Jaffna branch of the Ceylon Communist Party.
Karthigesan found in the boy from Malaya a prodigy and discussed with him a
range of literary subjects including Shakespearean plays, Greek theatre and
Russian creative writers, which would have been highbrow stuff to another child
in his early teens.
To prepare for the University Entrance Examination Kailasapathy joined Royal
College, Colombo. During this period the Radio Ceylon (as then known) Tamil
service was broadcasting dramas and Kailasapathy wrote several scripts. He
continued writing radio drama even as an undergraduate, and the number of
scripts he wrote, according to his biography, was in the range of 40.
Some still recollect the popularity of the Shakespearean play The Tempest, which
was written by Kailasapathy as a radio drama in Tamil and serialised for several
During Kailasapathy’s time at the University of Ceylon, the environment was
congenial for him to develop his love for theatre.
English Department Head Professor Ludowyk made it a point to see that the Ceylon
University Dramatic Society produced at least one English play a year. Professor
Sarachchandra was experimenting with different techniques to usher in a
renaissance in Sinhala theatre. Similarly two Tamil professors, Kanapathipillai
and Vithiananthan, who were Kailasapathy’s lecturers, strained every nerve to
keep the Tamil theatre active.
Kailasapathy, during his undergraduate days, acted in four plays, including
Sundaram Engai and Durohigal, based on Kanapathipillai’s script.
In the early 1960s, Vithiananthan produced a play based on an episode from the
epic Mahabharata. On this occasion Kailasapathy, as a relatively young member of
the academic staff, assisted Vithiananthan in the direction and production.
Kailasapathy returned to Sri Lanka in mid 1960s on completion of his
post-graduate studies at Birmingham University. As an academic, with vast
knowledge on various forms of art, he gave young producers every encouragement,
accompanied with constructive criticism.
In several books authored by him and various articles he wrote to newspapers,
one cannot avoid coming across frequent reference to theatre. In one of the
books while discussing Akalya, a beauty, according to legend seduced by the Lord
of the Celestials, Kailasapathy refers to a technique of linking new themes to
ancient literature or past incidents.
In his book Thamil Naval Ilakkiyam (studies in the Tamil novel), Kailasapathy
deals in detail with some early Tamil novels by Mathaviya where past gives way
for new society. A detailed study of the writings of Kailasapathy shows that his
writings were studded with his observations about Tamil plays, both in India and
Sri Lanka, including folk theatre. In his doctoral thesis submitted in 1966 he
mentions Kuttu, a form of folklore, which encapsulated, among other things,
‘dance and dramatic performance.’
His interest in theatre remained with him until the very last. He followed the
evolution of the play, based on the script written by his friend Subair
Ilankeeran, which was to be performed on December 10, 1982 at the cultural
festival, associated with the centenary celebration of the great Tamil poet
However, Kailasapathy passed away four days prior to the performance, despite
the yen of the organisers that he should grace the occasion as the chief guest,
a disappointment documented in his biography written a decade after his death.
January 8 & 9
Babel Oued City by Merzak Allouache (93 minutes, 1994) in French with English
Subtitles, at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Alliance Francais, Colombo
Conference on the exhibition of photography by Marc Blanchet, at Alliance
française Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m.
At The End Of Sorrow Is Passion, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri
Lanka, at the Study centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte, at 10.30 a.m.
January 7 – 10
An exhibition of photographs by Marc Blanchet, at the Alliance Française