The Magnificent Seven, (1960, 128 minutes), at the American Centre, 44,
Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
August 19 and 20
Je Ne Suis Pas Là Pour Être Aimé by Stéphane Brizé (2004, 93 minutes) at
the Alliance Française, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Les Silences Du Palais, by Moufida Tlatli (1994, 120 minutes), in French
with English subtitles, at the Alliance française, 642 Peradeniya Road,
Kandy, at 5:30 pm
Rendez Vous Documentaires
Thursday, August 21, 6 p.m.
A discussion on the art of documentary films (The Démon of Passage, Lost
Paradise) directed by Pierre Coulibeuf will be presented by Anoma
Rajakaruna. Entrance is free.
Pierre Coulibeuf, film-maker and artist was born in Elbeuf (France) in
1949. He has achieved a cinematographic body of works that owns its
originality to its close relation to other artistic disciplines (visual
arts, choreography, literature). Crossing cinematographic genres
(fiction, documentary, experimental) as well as always presenting the
image with different supports (35 mm projection, installation,
photography) has given his simulacrum-movies the chance of inventing a
place or a language closely related to other forms of art, criticising
the more established ones and questioning the ways reality has always
been presented. After 1987 Pierre Coulibeuf shot several short and long
length films based on the worlds of Pierre Klossowski, Michelangelo
Pistoletto, Marina Abramovic etc. His films have been long exhibited as
installation (films, photos and videos) in contemporary art locations.
Le Démon Du Passage (The demon of passage) (1995, 14 minutes)
Lost Paradise (2002, 33 minutes)
Glamour of Watercolours
Glamour of Watercolours, an exhibition by Sreemathie Herath will be
held from August 22 – 29, at the Alliance française in Kandy, from 9
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sir Razik Fareed’s 24th death anniversary
The 24th death anniversary of Sir Razik Fareed will be commemorated
with a mass prayer meeting at his grave side at the Moors Islamic
Cultural Home, ‘Pasha Villa”, Dematogoda, Colombo 9 on Saturday, August
23, at 5 p.m,. organized by Sir Razik Fareed Foundation. Former
Director, Muslim Service, SLBC and President of the Supreme Council of
Thareequas in Sri Lanka Moulavi Al Haj. Z.L.M. Mohamed and Governor
Western Province Ash Seyed Alavi Moulana will be present. The SLBC will
broadcast the commemorative talks that will follow on the life and work
of Sir Razik Fareed, in all three languages, with Aflal Hisham in
English, Moulavi M.M.M. Safraz in Tamil and M.I.M. Ahson in Sinhala.
Khemadasa’s Agni at
Sri Lanka’s foremost musician maestro Dr. Premasiri Khemadasa’s
opera, Agni (fire), the unique blend of East and West music, libretto
written by the well ¬known poet Eric Illayapparachchi, will be staged at
Dharmaraja College Auditorium, Kandy on August 23 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
to mark the 95th anniversary of the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout Group
which was formed in 1913.
This charity show is organised by the Old Rajans Scout Association in
aid of Lake View Park International Scout Centre Development Fund. Agni
revolves around the simple theme of introduction of fire to the human
world, played by nearly twenty players including Indika Upamali, Krishan
Wickramasinghe, Subudini Lakmali and Sumudu Pathiiaja, both
Western-Eastern-Eastern and folk music, and would be a rare occasion for
all lovers of music and drama, specially the admirers of Master
Khemadasa in the Hill Capital.
Agni is yet another successful effort of the maestro to create both the
music and movements to portray the moods of happiness and sorrow more
effectively, embedded in the ethos of Sri Lankan culture. It is based on
the legend of Prometheus, an Olympian God who became human and provided
the spark to ignite knowledge, enlightenment.
The proceeds of the show will be in aid of Lake View Park International
Scout Centre which was opened in 1978 and located on a summit of a
promontory within the 54 acre land belonging to Dharmaraja Collage.
Foundation stone for building laid at Saman Devale,
Dinesh Gunewardene, Minister of Urban and Sacred Area Development
recently laid the foundation stone for the proposed three-storied
multi-purpose building which includes a pilgrims’ rest, to be erected on
the premises of the Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devale at Ratnapura.
New edition of Kandy Esala Perahera released
The new edition of the Kandy Esala Perahera, with beautiful
photographs and descriptions ranging from the history of the pageant, to
details of what happens before the Perahera, and the actual Perahera
itself, brought out in time for the Perahera season, is now available.
Written by Professor Anuradha Seneviratna, the book also contains some
rare pictures including the centre spread which shows the Dalada
Maligawa complex through a British artist’s eyes in 1819, in contrast to
a picture taken this year.
The author who has very close links with the Sacred Temple of the Tooth,
the Dalada Maligawa, traces the evolution of the Kandy Esala Perahera
since its inception over 1,600 years ago during the reign of King Kirti
Sri Meghavarna (Kitsiri Mevan). He refers to ancient texts, the Dalada
Sirita, the Culavamsa, etc, and other descriptions by Robert Knox, Davy,
Millawa Disava, C.E. Godakumbura, etc, complementing the text with rare
photographs giving an insight into the rituals within the Dalada
Dr Anuradha Seneviratna was the Senior Professor of Sinhala Faculty of
the Peradeniya University, and was conferred the National Award
‘Kalakirti’ by the Government of Sri Lanka.
Soul Sounds in Concert
Soul Sounds, the premiere Sri Lankan all female vocal ensemble
directed by Soundarie David celebrating their latest achievement,
winning three gold medals in the open categories of Gospel & Spiritual,
Popular Choral Music, and Folklore categories, will be holding a concert
titled Soul Sounds in Concert on August 20, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre
at 7:30pm, to give Sri Lankan audiences a taste of what they experienced
in Austria last month.
Bright International win ‘Do You Know 2008’
Bright International School Kandy, emerged champions of the ‘Do You
Know’ contest organised by the Association of International Schools Sri
Lanka (AISSL) and conducted at Giggles International School Colombo.
It was a remarkable achievement, because Bright International School won
both the Senior and Junior Levels. Bright International School had to
compete with 18 other schools in the AISSL. In the Juniors’ final round,
they overcame Republican International School, Nuwara Eliya, while in
the Seniors, they beat Oxford International School Nawalapitiya.
This was a historic victory for Bright International School. Chief Guest
on the occasion was Mr. DIE, English Unit, Western Province, Gamini
Abeyaweera, President, AISSL, M.M. Haniffa and Secretary General, AISSL,
Dr. Newton Peiris. The best performance of the senior section was given
to Srilani Wickramasingha of the Bright International School Kandy.
Armed Forces, Police Officers, help sports
“Taxila Gee Miyesiya” the mega musical event organised by the Armed
Forces and Police Officers’ Guild of Taxila Central Collage (Taxila AF &
PO Guild), was held recently to a packed audience at Sri Pali Rangahala,
Mr. Dammika Perera, the Chairman Board of Investment (BOI) a product of
Taxila Central Collage, handed over a special contributory cheque to
Brigadier Mahinda Hathurusinghe, the President of Taxila AF & PO Guild
at the venue in aid of school sports development project.
Captain (Sri Lanka Navy) CR Kulasekara is also in the Picture.
Under the shades of Siyambala Tree
We know ceremonies are usually held with fanfare in comfortable halls
distinctively and elegantly decorated. But here is something very
unusual at least to us who went all the way from Colombo to a very
remote village in the jungle, for an unusual ceremony.
The ceremony was to hand over some foot-cycles, bags and all that is
useful to a group of poor school children at Indiwewa, a hamlet within
Dematawewa in the Horowpathana Electorate in the Anuradhapura District.
It was held under a Tamarind Tree (Siyamala) within the vicinity of
houses of the children living in this village on Monday, August 11 with
the Deputy Resident Representative of Korea International Cooperation
Agency (KOICA) Mrs.Nam Young Sook was the chief guest.
The donation of foot-cycles to the children was made by the AKOPE –KOICA
Fellowship in Sri Lanka.
Principal of the Parangiyavadiya School R.Ranjan welcoming the members
of the AKOPE told the children receiving the foot-cycles that they
should concentrate more on studies, as one of their biggest obstacles in
attending school had been overcome with the donation of bicycles.
The President of AKOPE Gamini Wijesinghe said that as he was also from
Polonnaruwa, he could understand the difficulties faced by the children
when pursuing their studies. He asked the parents not to keep their
children at home or use them in farm work while ignoring their studies.
He told the children if they really wished to succeed, there was only
one way to do so, and that is to study.” If you do that we will help
you”, he said.
Executive Members Roshan Serasinghe and Saman Weerasinghe along with
other members of the Association were also present. Pictures show
children with their foot-cycles and the small gathering under the shades
of “Siyambala Tree.”
We are the Champions – Revelations’ celebratory
Sri Lanka’s impressive all male choir The Revelations did almost the
impossible at the World Choir Games held this July in the Austrian town
of Graz, known to be among one of the most significant choral capitals
of the world. The Revelations emerged with two World Championships, the
first choir to have done so in Sri Lanka and in the whole of South Asia.
Now ranked 94th among the top 1000 choirs in the world, The Revelations
also won two gold medals and a silver to their impressive haul of
awards, The Revelations will perform at their celebratory concert, We
are the Champions on August 18th at the Oak Room of the Cinnamon Grand,