Book launch

August 10
Arikindra Deepengal by China Fort Faiza Kaiz, at the YMMA Auditorium, Dematagoda, Colombo 9, under the Chairmanship of ITN Director and Founder of Purawalar Puththaka Poonga Purawalar Hashim Omar, at 4:30 p.m. Al Hidaya Maha Vidyalaya former Principal N.U.M.A. Cader will preside.


Pioneer of acupuncture in Sri Lanka remembered

(L-R) Emeritus Prof. Dr. Carlo Fonseka, Chairman, Sir Anton Jayasuriya, Commemoration Committee, T. Don Augustine J.P., John Amaretunga (MP), (partly covered), Chairman, World Congress Medicina Alternativa, Prof. Dr. Githanjana Mendis, Chief Trustee, Dr. John Jayasuriya and Guest of Honour, Dr. Saeki Yoshihiro, of Missaki, Japan, at the Prof. Sir Anton Jayasuriya Memorial Hospital Hall at I.B.C. Road, Wellawatte, on June 20, commemorating Late Prof. Jayasuriya’s 78th birthday. A life-size portrait of late Professor Anton is in the background


Exhibition: Politics & Art – Art & Politics

Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Date and time: August 12 – 22
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This exhibition intends to show a process of decision making and selection of art within a political setting. The Art Advisory Board of the Bundestag, the German Parliament, invited German and international artists to propose works of art to embellish the German Parliament buildings. Berliner photographer Jens Liebchen accomplished this process with the intention of publishing a book. Some of the photographs chosen for this exhibition represent portraits of the artists in conjunction with their works, intending to capture the individuality of every artist’s personality, while revealing the (in)tense relationship between the artist’s work and the representative architecture (Parliament) belonging to the political sphere. The exhibition presents 40 photographs, some black and white, some in colour.


Beauty Queens in Kandy for the first time

Miss India for Miss Universe 2008, Simran Kaur Mundi, Reigning Miss Singapore for Miss World 2007, Roshni Soin, Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World 2007, Mariyah Colombage graced the Installation Ceremony of the 68th President and the First Lady President Gowri Rajan of the Rotary Club of Kandy, at the Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy


Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during his visit to Sri Lanka for the 15th SAARC Summit


Sri Lanka Telecom launches SLT Megaline

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has launched yet another dynamic product, SLT Megaline, on August 5. This is the first time that the SLT is offering its wireline connections in a variety of packages that would grant people the freedom to choose what services they want, especially, broadband, Internet and voice value added services, as well as making wireline connectivity more affordable to the public.


Lions Club donation for Dambulla Hospital

A long felt need of Dambulla Hospital, wheelchairs and water filters were donated by Dambulla Lions Club recently.
On a request made by Dambulla Lions Club President 2007/2008, E.M. Jayatissa, the items were donated by President 306C 1 2008/2009 Deshabandu Lion Dinesh Hettiarachchi to Dambulla Hospital Consultant Physician Dr. Kapila de Alwis.
Dr. G. Seneviratne, Lions Wijebandara and C.S. Siriwardene also took part in the event.


The Muslim Child

We are on a journey, our ultimate goal is Allah’s pleasure, our aim is to build and nurture the next generation of Muslims. The Muslim Child is Sri Lanka’s first magazine, especially dedicated to promote the proper upbringing of the Muslim Child. It is a publication by Al Iman Schools. Launched on July 5, this publication is for parents, caregivers, educators and children: A family magazine to enlighten and uplift your spirits, knowledge and beliefs.

Justice S.I. Imam, Judge of the Court of Appeal, graced the launching ceremony as the chief guest, along with Mubarak, CEO of NOLIMIT, and many other dignitaries.

The Muslim Child began as a digital publication in May 2008 and received much enthusiasm from Sri Lankans all over the world. The Muslim Child is now available in print and we hope to publish it four times a year, Inshallah!

The Muslim Child covers a range of subjects in the areas of family, parent-child relationships, child psychology, modern teaching tools and developments in the field of education, practical guidance in nurturing Muslim children, Islamic morals and supplications, a range of reader offers and competitions. Laid out in a very professional and artistic manner, this magazine attracts the reader by the diversity in contents and colour, a must read for all families. The joint Editors, Rukshana Hassen Azim and Azim abdul Majeed, invite the reader to join them in their journey to learn, teach and educate through these precious years! For further details mail to info@alimanschools.org or themuslimchild@alimanschools.org or call on +94 716 111 999.9


Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya attending a special religious service in the Greater Washington Area recently  


Colombo District UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake with US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs, Richard Boucher during a meeting on August 3


An Evening of Piano Music

An Evening of Piano Music with Deepani will be held at the Auditorium of the British School at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 15. The Canadian pianist Deepani de Alwis will be the star attraction, this being the first time she is giving a recital in Sri Lanka. Her usual excuse was that her visits to Sri Lanka were her holidays during which she wanted to relax, not work. This time, however, she had been talked into giving a recital in Sri Lanka in support of the charity “Educate a Child”. For the benefit of those who are more inclined to vocal rather than keyboard music, two of our most talented singers, Baritone Rohan de Lanerolle and Tenor Srimanthaka Senanayake will make an appearance as guest artistes at this concert.



August 12
Shane, (1953, 118 minutes), at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
August 12 and 13
Le Dernier Métro by François Truffaut (1981, 130 minutes) at the Alliance Française, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.

August 14
Documentary Faits Divers by Raymond Depardon (1981, 90 minutes) at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6 p.m.


Rendez Vous Documentaires at Alliance Francaise

Following the workshop on documentary film making, initiated during the film festival of French speaking countries, Bonjour Cinéma, a series of ‘screening and discussion’ on the documentary art is proposed at Alliance Française de Colombo.
Starting this month with the French ‘masters’ of documentaries, this weekly rendez vous will be a platform of debates and exchanges, guided by film makers and specialists of cinema in the country.
Tuesday, August 12, 6 p.m.
Les Maîtres fous (The Crazy Masters) Jean Rouch (1955 – 30 minutes)
Les statues meurent aussi (Even statues die) by Chris Maker, Alain Renais (1953, 30 minutes)
Thursday, August 14, 6 p.m.
Faits Divers by Raymond Depardon (1981, 90 minutes)


AOD Design Week 2008

August 10
Fashion Design Exhibition, at the Alliance Francaise, 11, Barnes Place, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Interior Design Exhibition, at the British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Graphic Design Exhibition, at the Barefoot Gallery, 706, Galle Road, Colombo 3, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Fashion portrayed in film

Fashion in Film and Fashionable Stars, a lecture by Dr. Asoka de Zoysa, Department of Modern Languages, University of Kelaniya was held on August 9, from 3 – 5 p.m. at Alliance Francaise, No 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 07.
Fashion design has played a vital role in film making, as reflected in the many awards that have been given to outstanding fashion designers. This journey through 20th century fashions, life styles and music, sets the changing fashions in perspective through a series of video clips from acclaimed movies of the last century. Through these film extracts, the social realities of various strata of society and subcultures are manifest, although they are embedded in memorable music and alluring dance.


Images of South Africa: A Literary Evening

Images of South Africa: Aparthied and After – Transformation and Transition in Contemporary Art, Film, and Literature, a literary evening with Neelika Jayawardane (Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Creative Writing, State University of New York, Oswego) organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Colombo will be on Thursday, August 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the ICES, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8.

 Dr. M. Neelika Jayawardane teaches contemporary South African literature, film and art; new memoirs and fiction centering on the transnational and postcolonial experience; and courses in globalisation, theory, and culture.  Her primary education began at a Buddhist School for Girls in Colombo; she went on to schools set up by the Zambia Consolidated Cooper Mining Company in the Cooper Belt Province in Zambia. She holds a doctorate in English, with a focus in Creative Writing, from the University of Denver, Colorado; her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees are from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Her ongoing research at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town focuses on the manner in which labouring bodies have been historically documented, removed, and erased in order to fulfil colonial desires – and how individuals have disconnected themselves from the branding machinery of the nation state as a means of protesting the categorisation of the ‘Othered’ body through the map of passports, visas, and permits.











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