Deep Waters’ – A perspective of a mariner
Capt. Priyantha de Silva, a veteran mariner will launch his novel
‘Through Deep Waters’ on April 7th,at 5 p.m., at the Sri Lanka
‘Through Deep Waters’ unfolds the eventful years spent by a Sri Lankan,
sailing over the seven seas of the world. He captures vividly the
thrills, joys and the agonies of meeting, interacting and parting with
many, from different walks of life, from different continents, during
his extraordinary journeys round the globe.
‘Through Deep Waters’, this master mariner reminisces his journeys from
the beginning, about his experience at sea as well as on land. The pages
of ‘Through Deep Waters’ carry a message to readers of all ages.
Media consultant Edwin Ariyadasa will deliver the keynote
address.EdmundJayasuriya and E. M. G. Edirisinghe will evaluate the new
book. Veteran media personality Daya Abeysekara will conduct the
Janaprith Fernando becomes
Colombo Law Society President
Janaprith Fernando, attorney-at-law won a closely contested election,
with a convincing majority, to be appointed Colombo Law Society
President. Returning Officer Colombo District Judge Sisira Ratnayake
declared Fernando as President of the Colombo Law Society for 2008/2009.
He is an old boy of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School, Colpetty and S.
Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. At school, he was an all-rounder who
excelled in both studies and extra-curricular activities.
Fernando has been practicing as an attorney for the past 16 years and
has served in the Committee of the Law Society during this entire
period. He has been a former Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Secretary,
Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Law Society.
He has organised and chaired many projects for the Law Society, as well
as the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, and has served in the capacity of
Assistant Secretary of the BASL and Chairman of many Standing
He is also a keen social worker and a past President of Leo Club of
Wellawatta West. There he organised many projects, including massive
health camps, treating around 3000 patients in new settlements in the
Mahaweli areas in 1984 and 1985, trade and fun fairs, beach carnivals
and has won the 100% President’s Award from the Lions Clubs
International. He was the President of the Law Students’ Union at Sri
Lanka Law College in 1990.
Fernando is presently the Scout Commissioner for Colombo District and is
contributing immensely towards the development of the scouts of Colombo.
He has been an Assistant Secretary of the Organisation of Professional
He has attended many conferences and forums in many countries and
represented Sri Lanka. In his inaugural address to the members he said
that he will do his best for the benefit of the membership and promised
to lead the society as its captain and get the co-operation of all the
members to achieve the objectives of the Law Society.
He also said that he is aware of the hardships faced by both the
practitioners and the litigants and that he will do everything to find
the necessary solutions in order that the public will have more
confidence in the judicial system of our country and the lawyers at
Lankan student wins Cicero’s Challenge in Delhi
Sri Lankan student Sachintha Dias of St Joseph’s College Colombo, was
adjudged the winner of the Cicero’s Challenge International Debating
Competition, conducted by the Indian Institute of Planning and
Management (IIPM) at its International Campus in New Delhi, recently.
Five countries, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and theU A E,
participated in this competition.
Sachintha Dias’ speech was on the topic “From Calcutta to Karachi with a
hobbled judiciary, democracy is dead in the sub-continent.”
The panel of judges which comprised of eminent Indian Professors
commended the debating skills of the winner, especially making reference
to his confident and passionate style of delivery
St. Mary’s Church celebrates Centenary Year
St. Mary’s Church Bambalapitiya will be celebrating the Centenary Year
of construction, (of the present church), this year.
One of the special events, the Parishioners have decided to have would
be, a get-together, for all those who got married in the church, and
would like to invite them, regardless of their present marital status.
Those who got married in this church, please send the details such as,
names, date of marriage, postal address, telephone number, e-mail
address to - firstname.lastname@example.org or to Mr. B. P. Tissera, C/o, St. Mary’s
Church, Bambalapitiya, as early as possible.
Sajith Premadasa, MP for Hambantota district and Chairman of the
Janasuwaya Development Foundation, implemented several development
projects in celebration of the International Women’s Day.
On this day, 200 women from the area were provided with Rs. 5,000
interest free loans each, which cost a total of Rs. 1,000,000, to
upgrade their livelihoods and living standards. The programme promotes
self-employment the villagers.
Exclusive book on Sri Lankan Music
Devar Surya Sena Trust has decided to release in book form, a manuscript
on Sri Lanka Music written by Devar Surya Sena in the seventies. The
book ‘Music of Sri Lanka’ was launched on March 28, at the Devar Surya
Sena Centre in Alvis Road, Colpetty, published by Vijitha Yapa
Each copy comes with a CD containing some of the memorable songs of
Devar Surya Sena, sung in his inimitable rich baritone voice, and
impeccable English pronunciation.
At birth he was named Herbert Peiris (son of Sir James Peiris), and he
was later known as Surya Sena. He graduated from Cambridge University
and was a barrister at law. In 1928, nationalistic fervour led him to
abandon his career, to change his name to Devar Surya Sena, and to
devote his time to travel through the length and breadth of villages in
Sri Lanka to collect folk songs. He not only recorded the vannamas, pel
kavi and paru kavi for posterity, but also learnt and sang them.
He abandoned Western attire to dress in colourful Asian costumes, and
performed at concert halls, as well as radio and later on TV in many
countries, including European countries. He mesmerised his audiences
with not only the songs, but also with his knowledge of Asian and
Western music, including spirituals.
He wanted to use his voice, to bring an understanding, between the East
and West. He was ably assisted by his wife Nelun Devi. The music critic
of The Manchester Guardian praised his “perfect diction in which no
trace of foreign origin was perceptible”. He was awarded the British
honour, the OBE, in 1949 in recognition of his service, to music and
Book launch at National Library Auditorium
“Evidda Paya,” The Shattered Earth, “Mahi Pancha and his friends”
“Eskimo Katha”, “Lena Petauw” and “Baby Aiyage Bakki Karaththe” authored
by P.G. Punchihewa and published by the Stamfond Lake, Vijitha Yapa and
Wijesooriya Grantha Kendraya book publishers, will be launched at the
National Library and Documentation Service Board Auditorium,
Independence Avenue, Colombo 7 on April 4(Friday) at 4.00 p.m. Sybil
Wettasinghe, Tissa Devananda and Leel Gunasekara will speak at the
Chinese film festival to mark MoU between China, Sri
A Chinese film festival will be screened from April 3-6 to mark the
“Memorandum of Understanding” signed between China and Sri Lanka.
The festival is being organised by the National Film Corporation and
opening ceremony will be held on April 3 at 6.00 p.m. at the National
Film Corporation’s new cinema hall.
The chief guests will be Ye Dabo, the Chinese Ambassador and Cultural
Affairs Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardene. The Chairman National Film
Corporation, Jayantha Dharmadasa will also be in attendance.
The Chinese film “Call for Love” will be screened on the opening day
only for invitees.
Also to mark the occasion, on April 4 at 3.00 p.m. the film, “When Nuoma
was Seventeen” will be screened, and at 6.00 p. m. “A Railway in the
Clouds” will be will be screened. On April 5 at 3,00 p.m. “Prince of the
Himalayas”, will be screened, and at 6.00 p. m. “Honeymoon” will be
screened at the BMICH cinema hall, Colombo.
On April 6 “Call for Love” and “When Nuoma was Seventeen will be
screened at 10.30 a.m and 2.30 p.m respectively at the Sigiri Cinema,
March 30 & 31
Rencontre Avec Les Mots, an exhibition of posters, at the Alliance
Samurai, the latest production by the experimental Mind Adventures
Theatre Company, at the British Council Garden, at 8 p.m.
Meditations is the Ending of the Activity of the Self, organised by the
Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, H.L.R.
Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.
Irsha by Kapila Palihawadana, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo
7, at 7 p.m.
DVD on Dr Lester James Peiris
Nizam Deen, a popular videographer, has produced a documentary DVD
“Lester the Master” based on the cinematic life of Dr. Lester James
The DVD will be presented to Lester James Peiris on his birthday which
falls on April 5.