Arranging flowers for all occasions
By Lakna Paranamanna
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” - Emma
Flowers play an important role in a human’s life. For every occasion,
starting from the birth of a baby, a wedding, a funeral, and other
special moments in our lives, we celebrate such events with flowers.
With time, using flowers for household décor became a trend, giving rise
to a new breed of artistes specialsing in floral décor.
Floral Splendor organised by the Shi-En Ikebana and Floral Art Society
of Sri Lanka, showcased the talents of some of these experts. The event
was organised in order to enable those specialising in floral décor to
both participate and to gather the latest knowledge on the trends and
styles of floral designing.
This year the Society had invited a florist from UK, Derek Armstrong, to
conduct a workshop and impart his knowledge and expertise on the latest
trends in floral arrangements to local florists. Derek has been a floral
designer for more than 30 years. “I travel around the world,
demonstrating and teaching. Flowers can be used for all purposes, to add
colour and enhance the beauty of a house or a work place or any occasion
for that matter,” said Derek.
He said that he also arranges flowers for all types of occasions like
private parties or larger functions. “I am hoping to educate the
participants of the work shop about some latest trends in the floral
designing field. Also I am hoping to teach them some designs where they
can blend the European styles with the flowers that will suit the
climate and the weather here,” added Derek.
The occasion was given added colour with a bridal show and was graced by
the Ambassador of the United States of America. Robert O’ Blake.
Photographic contest and exhibition
The photographic competition and exhibition organised by the Sri
Lanka Theweni Esa Photographers’ and Journalists’ Society will be held
on April 25, 26, 27 and 28 at Shirley Corea Hall, Colombo Road, Chilaw.
The competition is opened to all photographers and is divided into five
categories: Open Section, Digital Section, School Section, Amateur
Section and Members’ Section. Competitors can submit 10 photographs for
each section and all the competitors will be awarded a certificate of
participation, while valuable prizes and certificates will be given to
the winners. April 15 will be the closing date.
The principle sponsor is Millers Ltd., the importers and distributors of
Kodak films in Sri Lanka and co-sponsor is Epson Deberg Company.
For application forms contact Exhibition President, Sri Lanka Theweni
Esa Photographers’ and Journalists’ Society, 71/A, Colombo Road, Chilaw.
Phone: 0717-727084, 0777-727084.
‘INTROSPECTION,’ an exhibition of paintings by
Anitha Haputantiri is being held at the Alliance Française Colombo
Auditorium, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, until April 30
Queen pays tribute to Lankan professor
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II congratulated Professor Mohan
Munasinghe on sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate
change. From historic Westminster Abbey, London, he had the unique
honour of delivering a special message on climate change and sustainable
development, to commonwealth citizens in 53 member countries, at the
recent 2008 Commonwealth Day celebrations. Professor Munasinghe is Vice
Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (OPCC), Geneva,
Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute of Development (MIND), Colombo, and
Honorary Senior Advisor to the Government of Sri Lanka. Mrs. Sria
Munasinghe, Vice Chair of MIND was also present.
Sri Lankan choir in New Delhi
The Neemrana Foundation has invited soprano Menaka de Fonseka
Sahabandu and mezzo soprano Peshali Yapa to play Frasquita and Mercedes
in their forthcoming production of the opera ‘Carmen’ by Bizet. It will
take place at the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi on April 17, 18,19 and
20th. The Foundation has further invited Menaka Singers under the
direction of Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu to join the chorus of this
The Neemrana Foundation which was founded by Francis Wacziarg in India,.
will be producing ‘Carmen’, as its third opera production after ‘The
Fakir of Benaris’ and ‘The Pearl Fishers.’ The aim of the Foundation is
to promote western classical music in India, train local talent through
classes and workshops, and build up an opera repertoire for
performances, in India and abroad.
‘Carmen’ by Georges Bizet is an opera in three acts, and is one of the
most popular and most performed operas in the world. 60 Indian and Sri
Lankan singers, seven dancers and 20 French artistes will come together
for this Indian premiere, under the guidance of French conductor Claire
Lavacher, and directed by Patricia Panton, resident producer and
director of the Monte Carlo opera.
The invitation for the Sri Lanka choir was initiated by the huge success
of ‘The Pearl Fishers’ opera, in which Director Patricia Panton was
impressed by the talent shown by the Sri Lankan singers, who were
directed by Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu. This is the first time, a Sri
Lankan choir has been invited to perform in an opera abroad.
Western Infirmary Private Hospital celebrates World
The Western Infirmary Private Hospital in Borella, the only special
care hospital locally dedicated to diagnosing and treating kidney
disease, dialysis and kidney transplantations, conducted a free
preventive kidney screening clinic on March 13 to mark the World Kidney
Day. This is the third consecutive Free Kidney Screening Clinic that the
Western Infirmary Pvt. Hospital held on the World Kidney Day.
The theme for this year is ‘Amazing Kidneys.’ This programme was
organised under the guidance of Prof. Rezvi Sheriff, Consultant
Physician and Nephrologist and the first Sri Lankan Councillor elected
to the International Society of Nephrology.
The Free Kidney Screening Clinic was declared open by Dr. Chula Herath,
Consultant Physician and Nephrologist of Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital
and President of Sri Lanka Association of Nephrology and
Transplantations. The guest of honour at the event was Dr. Ariyarani
Gnanathas, Consultant Physician, National Hospital, Colombo and Head of
Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Colombo.
Dr. Gnanathas, delivering her speech explained the importance of kidney
diseases. Dr. Chula Herath delivering a speech explained the serious
problems that the people in North Central, North Western and Uva
Provinces facing, due to an unknown chronic kidney problem.
He explained that investigations are being conducted to find out the
cause for majority of the people living in these provinces, getting
kidney failure. There is no clear answer emerging yet after five years
Enhanced hospitality training at Hilton Colombo
During the last year, the Hilton Colombo has achieved success in
several training programmes, designed to offer every team member, the
opportunity to develop their full potential. Training programmes
available to Hilton Colombo team members include, those offered by the
Hilton Hotels coveted online Hilton University, as well as courses such
as the Hilton orientation programmes, the Management Training Programme
and modules specifically geared towards specialist hotel functions, such
as Revenue Management, Finance and IT.
The Hilton Colombo’s Radcliff Fernando and Duminda Botheju were recently
recognised, as the team members completing the highest number of
e-learning courses for the year 2007, at the globally renowned Hilton
University. The Hilton University provides its people learning and
development opportunities, to develop their careers and realise their
full potential. Accessible, international and contemporary, it puts the
development of Hilton Hotels employees, at the heart of the group’s
business strategy. The University was launched in February 2002. With
this, Hilton joined the growing number of international companies that
have established a corporate University. Hilton, however, is one of the
very few companies in the hospitality industry to have embarked on such
a project. Many of the facilities are in partnership with European Hotel
Schools, which provide a truly unique opportunity, for the hotels’ team
Biography of Lakshman Jayakody
As a Politician and a Parliamentarian for a period of Forty Years, a
performing artiste of the Tower Hall Tradition, and as a Cultural
Ambassador, Lakshman Jayakody’s life story is being written by Ranjith
He is requesting our readers to kindly send any untold stories and
information, photographs, and any other documents pertaining to the
above subject, if they are in possession, of such material.
Ranjith Amarakeerthi Palihapitiya is from Meda Keembiya in Galle and
could be contacted on (Tele Phone 071-6010099).
Diyawadana Nilame lauds YMBA
Colombo- YMBA All Island Dhamma Examinations Annual prize awards for
the winners of November 2006 examinations were successfully held at the
Colombo YMBA auditorium Borella on 19th January 2008. Diyawadana Nilame
of Dalada Maligawa Kandy Pradeep Nilanga Delabandra graced the occasion,
as the Chief Guest and the welcome address was made by President of the
Colombo YMBA Prasanna Goonethilake.
Diyawadana Nillame in his speech, commended the Colombo YMBA for the
remarkable contributions made by the Association, in conducting the All
Island Examination annually, initiated by the late Sir D.B. Jayatilaka,
in his capacity as founder President of the Colombo YMBA in 1920, with
374 candidates. President of the Colombo YMBA, Prasanna Goonethilake, in
his speech mentioned that, the Colombo YMBA was very successful in
conducting the All Island Dhamma Examination, a task carried out
continuously since 1920 (a short break from 1971 to 1979 when the
government took over the YMBA, but handed back the functions to the
Colombo YMBA shortly). A dedicated permanent staff employed by the
Colombo YMBA, under the Dhamma examination branch consists of a Chief
Examiner, Deputy Examiner and 18 others who worked on this gigantic
task, to ensure the smooth conducting of the examination. Even with
facilities afforded by the Government, the Association had spent over Rs
6.0 million annually, to conducting these examinations.
A meeting with Ranil
British Parliamentarians Andrew Love, Andrew George, Dr. Ashok Kumar
and Steve met the Leader of the Opposition, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on