The invitees who graced the Gateway launch
High Commissioner for Great Britain, Dr. Peter Hayes, Director
British Council, Gill Westaway, Governor Gateway Graduate School, Vidya
Jyothi Emeritus Professor Dayantha Wijayasekera, Director Gateway Group,
Dr. Harsha Alles, Chairman Gateway Group, R.I.T. Alles, Head, Gateway
Graduate School, Peter Nanayakkara, Manager Academic Support, NCC
Education, Andrew Rennie, at the launch of the Gateway Graduate School
of Education recently
Telecom and Excel World officials with actress, Pooja Umashankar at
the inauguration of Sri Lanka Telecom Excel World partnership for Wi-Fi
services on August 15, at the Park premises
Rotabats usher in a new term
Club of Battaramulla known by the pseudonym ROTABATS held their annual
Installation Ceremony of the new President and Board for 2008/09 at
Hotel Galadari on July 19th.
The Installation was followed by the annual ‘Rendezvous 2008’ Dinner
dance, the main fund raiser of the club for projects during the year.
The Rotary Club of Battaramulla completed a successful Rotary year with
many notable service projects and was adjudged the best (joint) Club of
the district 3220 (Sri Lanka) for the 3rd consecutive time.
The newly appointed club President, Rtn. PHF. Rohan Amirthiah is seen
here in conversation with the Rotary District Governor Rtn. PHF Nalin
Fernando and immediate past DG Rtn PHF Thariq Thulba, soon after the
Dr. Abeywardena to attend 2nd International
Conference on Ayurveda and Complementary System of Medicine, Thailand
(Ayurvedic) to the Ministry of Tourism, Ayurvedic Dr. Ranjith
Abeywardena was invited as a chief guest to represent Sri Lanka at the
‘2nd International Conference on Ayurveda and Complementary System of
Medicine’ organised by the Thathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation,
India. This conference was held on August 23rd, at Pataya, Thailand.
Dr. Abeywardena, who is working immensely to develop and promote
Ayurvedic medicine in the tourism industry, is a registered traditional
Ayurvedic doctor. He was a guest speaker at the conference and would
speak on the topic ‘Identity of Sri Lankan Ayurveda in the tourism
Dr. Abeywardena stated that, Thathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation is
planning to hold the next conference in Sri Lanka and are having
discussions with him about it.
This will open gateways for Sri Lankan indigenous medical practitioners
to connect with the International Ayurveda sector which will result in
new ventures in the arena.
Dr. Abeywardena is an old boy of St. Joseph’s - Maradana and Ananda
College, Colombo and is the son of the late Dr. Wilfred Abeywardena, who
was a member of the Ayurvedic Medical Council.
Art Of Documentary Films
A discussion on the “Documentary Art of the French Director, Rithy
Panh” will take place on Thursday, August 28, at 6 p.m. at the Alliance
Française De Colombo (Entrance free)
After the screening of The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine directed by Rithy
Panh, a discussion on his documentary art will be conducted by the
documentary film-maker Jude Rathnam.
Rithy Panh (born April 18, 1964 in Phnom Penh) is an internationally and
critically acclaimed Cambodian documentary film director and
screenwriter. The French-schooled director’s films focus on the
aftermath of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
His 2003 documentary, S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, about the
Khmer Rouge’s Tuol Sleng prison, reunited former prisoners, including
the artist Vann Nath, and their former captors, for a chilling,
confrontational review of Cambodia’s violent history.
Scholarships presentation ceremony at German
A scholarship presentation ceremony was held at the German Cultural
Center on August 9, with the ambassador of Germany present for the
The scholarship was awarded to eight students, four boys and four girls
from schools in Wenappuwa and Colombo. The students will first leave for
a three week residential camp. Such camps that are entirely funded by
the German Organisers, have already started this year, in the district
of Nordfriesland in Scheleswig Holstein, Germany, just North of Hamburg.
This is the first time that the German Cultural Center has been in a
position to send students to Germany, and they hope that this will be
the beginning of a fruitful programme to send more students to Germany
in the coming years.
Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake
Arangethram of the de Silva
Thanuri Lashwani de Silva (left) and her sister Charini Lashindri de
Silva, two Bharatha Natyam students of Kalasuri Padmini Dhanayake, will
stage their Arangethram at the Kegalle St. Josephs Balika Vidyalaya
Auditorium on August 31 at 5.30 p.m. Prof. Athula Senaratna of the
Peradeniya University will be the chief guest. They are the daughters of
Malka and Dicksan de Silva of Kegalle.
Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh) lectures in Tamil (for
Islamic Jurisprudence lectures will be conducted by Al Haj Moulavi M.
Rizvie Mu’min (Rashaadi), Lecturer at Rashaadi Arabic College, Colombo
Markus, Lukmanjee Square, Grandpass, Insha Allah, every Monday,
immediately after Isha Prayers at Al- Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie
Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque) 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14,
says a Press Release issued by the Al Haj M.S.M. Hallaji, President of
the Board of Trustees of the Mosque.
Q & A only on fasting
Q & A session only exclusively on ‘Fasting in the month of Ramazan’
for Males will be held at Majma-ul Khairaath Jummah Mosque, Nimal Road –
Marine Drive intersection, Colombo 4, insha Allah, on Monday August, 25
immediately after Isha Prayers. The Resource person is well known
Islamic Scholar As Sheik Mufthi M. H. M. Yoosuf (Bin Noori). All are
welcome for the above programme. (Participants can either pose questions
orally or submit handwritten questions.)
The Yolande School of Speech and Drama proudly celebrates 50 years
with Showcase 2008, an entertaining evening for the whole family
directed by Samantha Abeywira de Soysa, featuring lively excerpts from
popular stories and plays performed by students of the School at the
Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, on August 29, 30 and 31, at 7 p.m.
Master Chivath Dematampitiya member of the U 13 Div. IV Cricket Team
of St. Peter’s College (above), singing a song in praise of the ‘Heroism
of Soldiers’ and Azif Macci, Ranger Suraweera, Thanusha Jayawardena and
Mohamed Sohil Channa participating in a drama that portrayed different
aspects of cricket at the Junior Cricket Award Ceremony
Dead Man Walking
Dead Man Walking will be screened at the Russian Centre in Colombo on
Saturday, August 30, at 5 p.m.
Dead Man Walking (1995) directed by Tim Robbins, won Oscar (Academy
Award Winner) for best actress Susan Sarandon. Starring Sean Penn,
Robert Prosky, Raymond J. Barry, R. Lee Ermey.
Dead Man Walking is based on a true story. Mathew Poncelet (Sean Penn)
is the convicted killer of two teenage lovers, waiting to end his
sentence and his life on Death Row. In response to a letter, the
progressive and outspoken Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) visits
Matthew and finds herself face to face with a convicted killer who
continues to plead his innocence when the date is set for his execution
– death by lethal injection. Poncelet asks Sister Helen to be his
spiritual advisor, and she agrees, little knowing the anguish and pain
that will follow for him for her and for the parents of the children he
is accused of slaughtering.
The journey they will undertake in search of the truth, is as powerful
and profound as you are ever likely to witness on screen
For further information, please contact Chandi on 2685429/2685440.
Films at American Centre and
3:10 to Yuma (2007, 122 minutes), at the American Centre, 44, Galle
Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
An Academy Award nominated Western film, makes it the second adaptation
of Elmore Leonard’s short story. It is directed by James Mangold and
stars Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Filming took place in various
locations in New Mexico. Rancher Dan Evans heads into Bisbee to clear up
issues concerning the sale of his land, when he witnesses the closing
events of a stagecoach robbery led by famed outlaw Ben Wade. Shortly
thereafter, Wade is captured by the law in Bisbee and Evans finds
himself one of the escorts who will take Wade to the 3:10 to Yuma train,
for the reward of $200. Evans’s effort to take Wade to the station is in
part an effort to save his land, but also part of an inner battle to
determine whether he can be more than just a naive rancher in the eyes
of his impetuous and unslinging son William Evans. This film was
nominated for two Oscars, another two wins, and 13 nominations.
August 26 and 27
Ma Femme Est Une Actrice by Yvan Attal (2001, 90 minutes) at the
Francaise, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Yvan, a young sports writer, is married to one who is very well known -
Charlotte. They try to live a normal life, but her fame makes it
difficult - autograph hunters interrupt their dinners, cops about to
serve traffic summonses let them off with a warning and a smile when
they recognise her, and impossible-to-get restaurant reservations
magically appear when Charlotte makes the calls instead of Yvan. All
this threatens and challenges his male ego…
La Machine De Mort Khmer Rouge (Documentary), by Rithy Pan (2003, 105
minutes), in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française,
11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6 p.m.