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
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:
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 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
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
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,
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
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
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”
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
“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
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.
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.
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.