‘Through 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 Foundation Institute.

‘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 proceedings.


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 Committees.

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 Associations (OPA).
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 large.


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 - tisseraj@sltnet.lk or to Mr. B. P. Tissera, C/o, St. Mary’s Church, Bambalapitiya, as early as possible.


Janasuwaya promotes self-employment

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 Publications.

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 culture.


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 forthcoming ceremony..


Chinese film festival to mark MoU between China, Sri Lanka

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, Katugastota, Kandy.



March 30 & 31
Rencontre Avec Les Mots, an exhibition of posters, at the Alliance Française Auditorium.


March 30
Samurai, the latest production by the experimental Mind Adventures Theatre Company, at the British Council Garden, at 8 p.m.

Public Talk

March 30
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.


March 30
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 Peiris.
The DVD will be presented to Lester James Peiris on his birthday which falls on April 5.