Some Reflections on Esala Poya

Queen Mahamaya’s dream a miracle,
Magnificent white elephant depicting oracle,
The birth of Rahula, a fetter on this day
Leaving Princess Yasodhara amidst moonlit rays,
On faithful Kanthaka, galloped away,
From Kapilawasthu, forgetting royal ways,
To seek Supreme Truth, for man’s Liberation
To end uhtold suffering - great Rununciation!

Performed maiden sermon, melodious
“Dhammachakka Sutta” Wheel of Law wondrous
To pancavagga ascetics of Migadaya
First Bhikku ordained, Ascetic Kondanna
At the foot of spreading tree, Ghandamba
Curbed, reformed arrogance many a Nigantha
Established “Vas” a retreat rainy season
With panchavegga monks, observed with reason.

Memorable visit to see mother in heaven Thusitha,
Dwelling among Devas to preach Vijambana
The first Council significant at Isipathana
Yammaaha Prathihara, great phenomena
Ordained numerous Aryan lad’s n Prince Aritth
At Thumburu Chapter house, Seemalmalaka.

Initiated ‘Kandy Perahera’ colourful pagent
Tooth Relic in golden casket in caparisoned tusker elegant,
Paraded streets in regal splendour,
Traditional cultured, pompous grandeur
King Dutugemunu laid foundation, Ranveliseya
Coincident, “Sadhu, Sadhu” rhythmic chants at Migadaya

Esala flower strands cascading piously
Like a yellow ascetic robe strewn gently
To pay humble homage, utmost reverence
On this historic day, abounding, obeisance.
- Kumari Kumarasinghe Tennakoon


Maris Stella OBA, N. America launches website

Maris Stella College Negombo OBA North American Branch, which is celebrating the completion of its 10th year anniversary, launched a channel on youtube to recognise all its hard working dedicated members and friends. Check the website regularly to see video clips from the OBA. You can check the highlights from Joseph Vaz OBA Canada Branch Vs Maris Stella College OBA NAB cricket match which was held on Canada Day (July 1st) Cricket Festival by clicking on the following link: http://youtube.com/user/MarisStellaCollegeNA


Dialogue on Banana Tree Crisis

Banana Tree Crisis, a dialogue on the Gratiaen Prize and State Literary Award-winning collection of short stories by Isankya Kodithuwakku will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Auditorium of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management - formerly Hotel School, 78, Galle Road. Colombo 3 (across from the Cinnamon Grand). The event will be chaired by Prof Ashley Halpe and will feature presentations by distinguished academics, including Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa, Vivimarie Vanderpoorten, and a reading by the author. The book has been published by Vijitha Yapa Publications.


Medical camp

A medical camp was organised by the Bodhi Ranasinghe Foundation at the Ekamuthupura Community Centre, Kathiranawatte, Mattakkulya, Colombo 15 recently. Large number of patients were given medicine free of charge and spectacles were distributed among the needy. A separate legal advice panel was also present at the camp to give legal advice free of charge.

Bodhi Ranasinghe donating a pair of spectacles to one of the patients


Matale-Colombo Friendship Association Get-together

The Matale - Colombo Friendship Association get-together was held at the residence of Hilmy Mohamed, Mayor of Matale, in Colombo, last week. Following is the group photograph taken on the eve of the above function:


Lion’s Club installation ceremony

Lion’s club of Battaramaulla held its club officers’ installation ceremony on Saturday, June 21 at their Activity Centre 10, Jayanthipura, Battaramulla.


Hot dogs at Cinnamon

Tuck into America’s favourite baseball snack. With many varieties of sausages and a range of complimentary relishes, each hot dog promises to be different.
Until July 31, at the Cheers Pub, Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight.


Sri Lanka Cricket web site launch

Cryptodyne (Pvt) Ltd., the internationally renowned London based company, operating from the World Trade Center under the Board of Investment, specialising in advanced information technologies, and being a leading software solutions provider, with a W3C worldwide web technologies rating, launched the web site of Sri Lanka’s Cricket captain Mahela Jayawardena and star cricketer Kumar Sangakkara. The inaugural ceremony took place recently before a large and distinguished gathering and many foreign invitees, at the Kings Court, Trans Asia Hotel, Colombo.


Kataragama Esala Perahera

The annual Esala Perehera of Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devale started on July 3. The final Maha Perahera will be held on July 18 and water cutting ceremony to be held on July 19 morning. This time the Perahera consists of 72 troupes of up country, low country, Sabaragamuwa and native dancers with 22 tuskers to add extra glamour.

All steps have been taken to provide drinking water, transport facilities and sanitary works. Twenty two government offices, 36 private sector offices with NGOs and voluntary service organisations have agreed to give their assistance and contribution, overlooked by the Presidential Secretariat. Over five thousand voluntary service oraganisations have come forward to discharge their services.

Three forces will beef up the security during the Perahera season to devotees who trek all the way from North, East via Yala Nationl Park. All devotees who gather at Kataragama will be served lunch, throughout the period of 16 days by Dansalas put up in front of the Devala premises by philanthropists throughout the island.


Sajith on European tour

MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the Janasuwaya Foundation, Sajith Premadasa toured three European countries to promote support for the Janasuwaya project. The latter has initiated many projects to promote poverty alleviation and rural development in the Hambantota District and the rest of Sri Lanka.

Sajith Premadasa with the former Prime
Minister of Norway Bondevik, who is presently
the Chairman of the Oslo Peace Centre,
at the head office of the Oslo Peace Centre


MP receives honorary fellowship

Mr. Gitanjana Gunawardena, MP who qualified in the Unite d Kingdom with BSc Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Bank London (formally known as the Polytechnic of South Bank) was awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Engineers, Sri Lanka from April 2008.
Hon. Gitanjana Gunawardena, MP was a Assistant Lecturer at the Polytechnic and a Researcher in Fluid Mechanics when he had to, abruptly return to Sri Lanka and take up to politics. He has been associated with the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna and its related political activities since his arrival in Sri Lanka 1987.


New office bearers for Toastmasters Club

The following were elected as office bearers for the Toastmasters Year 2008/2009 at Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Toastmasters Club.
President - Pathum Akalanka
Vice President- Education – Nadeera Kankanamage
VP-Public Relations - Anjani Orawatte
VP Membership - Asanka Indunil
Sergeant at Arms - Hasitha Nawarathne
Treasurer - Rasika Priyanath
Secretary - Sudehi Geeganage


Fulbright student joins WAMU 88.5’s “Youth Voices” programme

Washington: WAMU 88.5 will host a Fulbright Student from Sri Lanka, Nishantha Mallawaarachchi, to work with the station’s Youth Voices programme, which trains the next generation of public radio journalists. He has been awarded a five-month grant to study “Youth Empowerment” through traditional and new media as part of the Fulbright Student Programme, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and through a pilot programme administered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

“Youth Voices is the best expression of WAMU 88.5’s commitment to continuing the legacy of public radio into the next generation. Having that goal recognised by an entity as prestigious as the Fulbright Student Programme is a dream come true,” said WAMU 88.5 General Manager Caryn G. Mathes. “I look forward to witnessing Nishantha’s contributions to Youth Voices while he is with us.”


Evening with Josephians

 An ‘Evening with Josephians’, organised by the Josephian Group of 88 celebrate 20 years of life after school. It will feature Ricky B & Legacy with guest performance by fellow batch-mates, Aldrin Gamage, Nicholas Gunasekara, Hirosha Perera, Druvi De Silva and DJ Naushad. Special guest appearances will be made by fellow Josephian Damian Wickramatileka. Don’t miss out on this special event of the year.!
Venue: Blue Elephant – Hilton
Date: Friday, July 18, 9 p.m. onwards
For reservation please call Lalith De Silva on 0777772006



July 15 and 16
Taxi by Gérard Pirès (1998, 86 minutes) at the Alliance Française, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

July 16 and 17
Safari by Boglarka and Robert Pulcz (Hungary, 2001, 10 minutes); The Villa by Calle Overweg (Germany 2005, 83 minutes); Relieved by Aliona van der Horst (Netherlands 2003, 15 minutes); Willi Wants To Know by (Germany 2004, 25 minutes); Wow! Adrian Can Dance by Manuel Fenn (Germany 2003, 15 minutes); Ayla, The Tsunami Girl by Wilma Ligthart (Netherlands 2005, 15 minutes) at the Goethe Hall, German Cultural centre, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7, at 5: 30 p.m.


July 18 – 24
July… Life After 25 Years, an exhibition of photographs by Anoma Rajakaruna, at Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.


July 13
Nari Bena and Jasaya Saha Lenchina by Dayananda Gunawardena, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

July 19 & 20
Macbeth by Ravibandu Vidyapathi and Samanthi Art Circle, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.

Public lecture

July 13
If You Are Accumulating, There is No Learning, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.

July 15
Yoga as alternative therapy for various ailments. by Amarendra Narayan Lal and Roy Biswas Rajiv from Vivekananda Kendra, Yoga university, Bangalore, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, at 6 p.m.