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Events


Films

August 19
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.

August 23
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)

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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.

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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.

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Khemadasa’s Agni at Dharmaraja, Kandy

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.

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Foundation stone for building laid at Saman Devale, Ratnapura

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.

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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 Maligawa.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Armed Forces, Police Officers, help sports development project

“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, Horana.

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.

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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.”
Edmand Weerapperuma

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We are the Champions – Revelations’ celebratory concert

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, Colombo.

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