Exhibition of art by Asanga Padmal, at the Lionel Wendt, Colombo 7.
Until September 15
Ocean and Climate, an exhibition of posters by the French Institute for
Research and Development, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11
Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Thought And The Divisive Process, organised by the Krishnamurti
Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Study Centre, 208 Baddagana (North) Duwa road
at 10:30 a.m.
Heart of Silence, a selection of English poetry written by veteran
journalist and critic Elmo Fernando, at the Kalutara Children’s Library
Auditorium, at 4 p.m.
G.A.Matupema will review the book and recite some of its poems. Senior
Journalist Siri Abeysekara will talk on Elmo and his society. The event
is organized by 3-G Literary Movement in Kalutara.
September 9 & 10
La Möme by Olivier Dahan (2006, 140 minutes) at the Alliance Francaise,
11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Who this Aba?
Who this Aba is an open seminar organised by the Swarna Sanka Foundation
on Aba directed by Jackson Anthony.
Thursday, September 11
3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Mahaweli Kendraya, No 96, Ananda Kumaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Dr. D. B. Nihalsinghe, Somaratne Dissanayake, Sunil Mihindukula
Nilar N Kasim
Nayana Karunaratne wins Woman
Entrepreneur of the Year
Nayana Karunaratne, one of the most well-known faces in the Asian
hair and beauty industry was recognised as the Woman Entrepreneur of the
Year 2007, at the awards ceremony organised by the Women’s Chamber of
Industry and Commerce on August 26, 2008. She was also the winner of a
gold medal for the Business category.
After tsunami: The survivors’ views
tsunami: the survivors’s views, an exhibition of photography will be
held from September 18 to 30 at the Alliance Francaise Auditorium 11,
Barnes place, Colombo 7. An exhibition of photographs presented by
Jérémy Villy, Philippe Benassi and María Heredero Jiménez in
collaboration with ‘Vues D’un Monde’ (Views of a World), a young
cultural association that has already implemented numerous projects on
global photographic meetings since 2004. Their joint vision is based on
the knowledge of the ‘other’ acquired through subjective photographic
representations. One of the association’s goals has been to expand into
new projects focusing on interactions between development cooperation
and artistic expression. For this purpose they have submitted this
project to the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation and
Development (AECID) in 2006, which has become their first partner in
this kind of projects in Banda Aceh (Indonesia), and now they have the
opportunity to implement it in Sri Lanka.
Exhibition: Urban Changes co-ordinated by the two Sri Lankan
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Date and time: September 14 to 22
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Goethe- Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai organised a photography
workshop in 2007 with a special focus – to capture and present images of
India through the lenses of well-known young photographers from the
South Asian region, including two from Sri Lanka: Jagath Dheerasekera
and Alefiya Akbarally.
The workshop was conducted by Berlin-based photographer Andrea Kuenzig.
She also curated the exhibition comprising selected images from the body
of work created by the participants.
The exhibition Urban Changes primarily focused on the development of
urban and rural structures and changes in the era of globalisation,
using photography as an art form and a medium of juxtaposition.
Participants: Alefiya Akbarally, Jagath Dheerasekera (Colombo) Clare
Arni, Vivek M, Mahesh Shantaram (Bangalore) Sohail Abdullah (Karachi)
Urban Changes can also be viewed online at
Open Day at Goethe Institute
An Open Day will be held at the German Cultural Centre, 39 Gregory’s
Road; Colombo 7, on September 13, at 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The special guest
from Switzerland: an expert on German language and entertainment,
Brigitte Schär will be present. Trial courses, entertainment programmes,
quizzes and prizes to win are open to all. A special German food
festival and the opening of the new photo exhibition: Urban Chances will
take place at 6 p.m.
The Goethe Institute, with its Headquarters in Munich, Germany is the
cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global
It promotes knowledge of the German language abroad and fosters
international cultural cooperation and conveys a comprehensive picture
of Germany by providing information on Germany’s cultural, social and
ITU Secretary General to
visit Sri Lanka
Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Dr.
Hamadoun I. Toure will be in Sri Lanka from September 6 to 8. This is
the first visit of Dr. Toure as the Secretary General of ITU to Sri
Lanka. He will be here on an invitation extended to him by the
President. This visit has been facilitated by Director General
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Priyantha
During his visit Dr. Toure will grace the GSM Association (GSMA) Asia
Pacific conference which will be held in Sri Lanka, as a Special Guest
of Honour. Sri Lanka holds the current chairmanship of the GSMA.
Dr. Toure will meet the President to discuss the development of ICT in
Sri Lanka. The Secretary General has commended the development of the
telecommunications industry in Sri Lanka, especially the initiatives in
the ICT sector under the leadership of the President. This is one of the
reasons which prompted him to accept the invitation to come to Sri
A ceremony will be held at TRCSL in honour of the visiting Secretary
General where the staff of TRCSL will meet him. TRCSL will work closely
with ITU in its endeavour to develop the telecommunications sector and
also facilitate the launch of Sri Lanka’s first satellite in honour of
late Sir Arthur C. Clarke.
Dr. Hamadoun Toure assumed duties as Secretary General on January 1,
2007. Prior to that, he has served as Director Telecommunication
Development Bureau (BDT) of ITU from 1998 until 2006.
Dr. Toure is committed to make ITU an innovative, forward looking
organisation adapted to meeting the challenges created by the new ICT
environment and to spearhead the Union towards implementing the
resolutions of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and
achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
As Director BDT from 1999 until 2006, he played a significant role in
the WSIS process by launching numerous projects based on partnership
building with international organisations, governments, civil society
and the private sector.
ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and
communication technologies. As the global focal point for governments
and the private sector, ITD’s role in helping the world communicate
spans over three core sectors: Radio communication, standardisation and
ITU is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and its membership includes 191
Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates.
TRCSL Director General Priyantha Kariyapperuma expressed that the visit
of the Secretary General will further strengthen the long standing
relationship between ITU and Sri Lanka.
Chaos, congruence and collaboration
Theertha International Artists’ Collective presents Six Degrees of
Separation: Chaos, Congruence and Collaboration, an exhibition
celebrating art exchange through the South Asian Artists’ Network (SANA)
by Red Dot Gallery and Theertha International Artists’ Collective. The
participating artists are Anura Krishantha, Koralegedara Pushpakumara,
Pala Pothupitiye, Pradeep Chandrasiri, Sarath Kumarasiri, Thisath
The exhibition will remain open from September 4 to 17, at Gallery
Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30
The 4th National Conference on Buddhist Studies
The 4th National Conference on Buddhist Studies was held recently at
the All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress. There were participants from
all the major Sri Lankan university departments of Buddhist Studies. In
addition, there were participants from other disciplines, especially
medical faculties who had researched on Buddhist therapeutic practice.
The Inaugural Address was delivered by Professor Emeritus Y. Karunadasa,
present Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong
Kong on “The Buddhist Psychology of Ideologies”. The Guest of Honour was
Prof. Emeritus N.A. Jayawickrema, the doyen of Pali and Buddhist Studies
in Sri Lanka.
Thirty research papers by Buddhist scholars from universities, medical
professionals relating to a variety of disciplines were presented in
both English and Sinhala. The conference was organised by the Buddhist
and Pali University of Sri Lanka in association with The Buddhist Times
Trust and Bodu Sahana Aramudala and the Conference convener was Dr. Hema
De Mazenod English Institute revives three months
The De Mazenod English Institute initiated by the Missionary Oblates
of Mary Immaculate Congregation, in Sri Lanka 15 years ago, will
recommence on Sunday, September 14, with a new batch of 60 students who
will follow the three months long Residential English Immersion Course
at Katuwapitiya, Negombo.
The blessing and the house warming ceremony of the new building of the
De Mazenod English Institute at Katuwapitiya, Negombo will be held on
Monday, September 8. Very Rev. Fr. Clement Waidyasekera OMI, Provincial
of the Oblates of Colombo Province, will preside over the blessing
Rev. Fr. Dennis Iddamalgoda OMI, MA, the Executive Director of the
Institute told The Nation that the members of the OMI congregation
celebrate their 160-year presence in Sri Lanka, this year. The
congregation has added teaching English to their missionary activities
to help students awaiting the results of the GCE AL and OL exams. The
youth of today can now turn for help to this Institute with confidence,
as the dedicated staff will guide them to acquire proficiency in
“We had no building of our own all these years to run the Institute.
We moved from one place to another looking for spacious building to
provide facilities to students following the course. But now we have a
building of our own, as Rev.Fr. Tissa Balasuriya OMI, founder of the
Centre for Society and Religion (CSR) at Maradana has donated the
ancestral home of Balasuriya family at Katuwapitiya, Negombo to the OMI
Congregation. We are thankful to Fr. Balasuriya for donation and to Fr.
Provincial for giving the house to run the Institute”, Fr. Iddamalgoda
“I started the Institute with the approval of my congregation in 1993
using a building attached to the OMI Mother House at Mattakkuliya,
Colombo. Though we had to move from one place to another place, we
continued our services without interruption. We are happy to note that
with the support of brothers-priests of the OMI’s and the De La Salle
Brothers, over 1,500 students had gone through our training. Some of
them do extremely well in Sri Lanka, and some others have migrated to
overseas looking for greener pastures to better their future.”
He added, “Scientia Locupletat” – ‘Knowledge Perfects’, is our motto and
the three months immersion program calls for hard discipline, long hours
of concentrated studies. The course is not mere learning English but it
is English and Life education program. directed towards character
formation, moral and spiritual development, while drawing out the best
in each one who undergoes immersion course to give them the strength to
face challenges in their future life.”
The Oblate Fathers and Brothers have served the Catholic Church from
1847, almost from the very inception of the OMI Congregation founded by
St. Eugene De Mazenod.
Toastmasters celebrate 25 years in Sri Lanka
The Colombo Toastmasters Club celebrated 25 years of service in Sri
Lanka and South Asia at a gala ceremony and banquet on the evening of
Sunday August 24, 2008 at the King’s Court, Trans Asia, Colombo. The
special occasion was graced by Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard
Cabraal as the chief guest. Toastmasters District Governor for Sri Lanka
and India Arunasalam Balraj and the entire Toastmasters community in Sri
Lanka were present at the event, as were distinguished members from the
The highlights were the recognition of 24 past Presidents of the Colombo
Toastmasters Club, the installation of the 25th President Yukthi
Gunasekara and the Executive Committee, and the cutting of the Silver
Jubilee Anniversary Cake. In his inaugural address, President Gunasekera
announced the theme for his term in office – “Creating people of value
for our nation’s progress,” and urged the business community to support
the Club to provide public speaking training on an honorary basis to key
government officials and the best and brightest high school students in
The Colombo Toastmasters Club (The CTC) is the first Toastmasters Club
to be founded in the South Asian region, encompassing India, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. For 25 years the CTC has
lived up to its promise of being a training ground for fledgling leaders
to sharpen their public speaking and leadership skills. It has also
provided yeomen service to uplift the public speaking skills of Sri
Lankans through aggressive growth of the Toastmasters movement in India
and Sri Lanka with the spawning of new Clubs in both countries,
initiating community outreach programmes like the Speech Craft Programme
and the Youth Leadership Programme, and the holding of signature
oratorical contests – the Junior Public Speaker (for those under 18
years) and the All Island Best Speaker (for those over 18 years of age).
Today, the Colombo Toastmasters Club is the undisputed leader in public
speaking in Sri Lanka, if not the entire South Asian region.
The Colombo Toastmasters Club counts as its alumni/members entrepreneur
industrialist Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean, the father of advertising in
Sri Lanka, late Deshabandu Reggie Candappa, and corporate training Guru
The Club has trained over 600 members in public speaking and leadership
skills. Furthermore, the Club’s community outreach programmes – the
Youth Leadership Programme and the Speech Craft Programme – have
unleashed the communication and leadership skills of more than 1,500
high school students and corporate executives. In making such
contributions to Sri Lanka’s progress, the Colombo Toastmasters Club has
become truly a national asset.