Maurice de Vlaminck and the Fauvism at Alliance

The Annual Art Week of Alliance Française de Kandy will be held from October 24 to November 3 commemorating 50th death anniversary of the French artist Maurice de Vlaminck (1876-1958).

An exhibition will display large reproductions of his main works belonging to the Fauvism’s period.

The opening ceremony will be held on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. under the patronage of Ambassador for France in Sri Lanka and Maldives, Michel Lummaux.

An art workshop will be held for a selected group of students on Saturday October 25 and Sunday, October 26. The students’ works will be on display on October 29.


Renaissance 11 with

The ‘SAINTS’, an all male choral ensemble which include in their line up five Old Bens, will present their 2nd public performance “Renaissance 11” on Sunday 26th October 2008 at the British School Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The five Old Bens in the line up are the famous duo Denzil & Bosco (Denzil Perera & Bosco Fonseka), Nalake Fernando, Placidus Gomez and Gladwin Ramanaden, all former members of the Choro Benedicte.

The evening programme of delightful choral music will feature inspirational and popular songs of the 60’s & 70’s, Perennial favourites, Sinhala classics and even a Calypso session. The group who perform most of their songs in four part harmony, are trained by the very talented Old Joe, Suren Abeysekera and inspired by Choral Director Bosco Fonseka and are accompanied by former Bridgeteen Ruwanthi Yatagama on piano and Old Ben Peter Prins’s son Old Pete Cristo Prins on drums.

Also billed into the evening’s entertainment will be a guest performance by the Past Bridgeteen Choir and the much loved duo of S Denzil & Bosco with their smooth harmony reminiscent of the famous Everly Brothers.

Tickets priced at Rs 750/ are available at Mabroc Trades, Lanka Hands Building. Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, Citibank Building, Security Office and also with Old Bens, Denzil, Bosco, Nalake, Gladwyn & Placi.
Buy your tickets early and avoid disappointment.


French travel agents hold Congress in Sri Lanka

SNAV Provence (Syndicate National des Agences de Voyage), the counterpart French organisation to SLAITO (Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators) held its annual Congress in Sri Lanka with 100 travel agents attending, from October 13 to 16.

The convention’s theme this year was ‘Sustainable Tourism’ and the discussion was based on the role of tourism distribution and how to integrate it with mainstream operations.

100 SNAV members arrived in Sri Lanka on September 13 on the invitation of Chairman, SLAITO, Chandra Wickramasinghe.


Touch of Music -
Charity Concert

The National Cancer Institute of Maharagama has approximately 850 patients, yet only 600 beds. Patients without a bed are called “floor patients” and that’s exactly where they receive their treatment and care …on the floor!

Approximately 25% of patients at Maharagama are “outpatients” who cannot afford to live in outside accommodation, nor travel long distances to and from their rural homes. Therefore these outpatients have no option but to stay at the hospital.

The CCC foundation in Australia and Sri Lanka have taken on the project to build the CCC house, a 140 bed transit home for children and adults at the NCI Maharagama. With approval from the Director of the NCI and the Hon. Minister of Health, state land has been allocated for the CCC house inside the NCI hospital premises.

The United Nations Youth Association of St. Joseph’s College, a very prestigious youth club within the district, has felt the need to support this cause and therefore has volunteered to organise Touch of Music’08, an awareness cum charity choir concert for the benefit of many innocent children, their families and society as a whole.

This concert will involve performances from:-
• St. Joseph’s College Choir
• St. Benedict’s College Choir
• Bishop’s College Choir
• Good Shepherd Convent Choir
• Mary Anne Singers
and a number of guest performers
The above concert organised by UNYA of St Joseph’s College Colombo is scheduled for the 24th of October 2008, at the St. Joseph’s College Auditorium from 6.00pm onwards.


School of English Kohuwela Concert and Prize Giving

The Principal of the School of English, Kohuwela, Indranee Mayadunne has announced, that the annual Concert and the Prize Distribution of the School of English, Kohuwela will be held on Sunday the 19th of October 2.00 p.m. at the John de Silva Hall Colombo 7.
The chief guest will be S.B.Atugoda, formerly of the Sri Lanka Diplomatic Service.


Free E- The Muslim
Child No. 4

The digital version of “The Muslim Child” - Issue No.4 is available for downloading / viewing @ www.slmuslims.com. The Muslim Child, a quarterly publication of The Al Iman Schools, Empowering Excellence in Education, Early Learning Centre is a must read for parents, caregivers, educators and children. The co-editors of the above magazine are Azim Abdul Majeed and Ms. Rukshana Hassen Azim, Specialist, Early Childhood Education. For further details, call + 94716 111 999 or email- themuslimchild@alimanschools.org



 Public lecture

October 26
How Is Freedom To Be Understood And Lived, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.


October 19 - 26
An exhibition visual arts by Antonella Regi, at the Barefoot Gallery, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

October 28 – November 2
Kumamoto Artpolis, an exhibition of Japanese architecture organised by the Japanese Embassy and the Vibhavi Academy, at the Art Gallery, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

October 23 to 26
Wild Life, an exhibition of photography by Senarath Gunasena, at the Alliance Française Auditorium.


October 22
Sinhabahu, at the Elephantine Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3:30/6:30 p.m.

October 20
Great Utopia, (Annual Short Drama Festival) at the Borella Mini Theater,
at 6 p.m.


October 19 – 26
Sound Of Music directed by Jerome de Silva, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 7 p.m.


October 21 & 22
A Tout De Suite by Benoit Jacquot (2003, 95 minutes) at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.

October 19
Aimee And Jaguar by Max Faberbock (1999, 125 minutes) at the German Cultural Centre, at 5:30 p.m.

October 21
The Grapes Of Wrath (1940, 129 minutes) by John Ford, at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.

October 25
Music And Lyrics (2007) at the Russian Centre, Colombo 7at 5 p.m.

   Italian Film  

Organised by the Embassy of Italy in Colombo in collaboration with the embassy of Switzerland on the occasion of the Week of the Italian Language in the World, at the Russian Centre, 10, Independence Avenue, Colombo

October 20
La Leggenda Del Pianista Sull’oceano - The Legend Of 1990, at 6:30 p.m.

October 21
Oltre Il Confine – Beyond The Border, at 6:30 p.m.

October 22
Uomo D’acqua Dolce – A Man From Sweet Water, at 6: 30 p.m.

Entrance free
All films are in Italian with English subtitles
For more information: Telephone 2588388


Lanka’s first comics and cartoons website

Sri Lanka’s first comics and cartoons website was launched recently by the Chairman of ANCL (Lake House), Bandula Padmakumara. A concept of a professional graphics designer, Lalith Bandara Samarakone, this website was created by Malinthe Samarakoon. Malinthe, was a student of Kingswood College, Kandy. You can get the latest comics, cartoons, news, information about professional and novice artists and many articles related to the comics industry by www.lankacomics.com


Kin Wild 2008 Exhibition of wildlife paintings and sketches

Kin Wild 2008, presented by the Young Zoologists’ Association (YZA) has been supported by the British Council for the past 15 years. This year’s exhibition will showcase over 100 exhibits by 20 young members who have completed a training course on wildlife art conducted by the YZA.
The exhibition will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from October 22 to 25 at the British Council, Colombo and admission will be open to all free of charge.


Musical Memories
 Xi – A Sing-Along

Ever since Y’s Men International – Sri Lanka Region, a social service club that works in partnership with the YMCA pioneered the ‘Sing-along’ concept some eleven years ago, most other associations or volunteer organisations have followed suit as a means to fund raising for their various activities
‘Musical Memories’ was meticulously conceptualised by a group of dedicated and knowledgeable Y’s Men at that time and some of them are yet even as of today involved in the organising and the continuous infusion of new ideas and this remains a major factor for achieving even greater success. From ‘Sam the Man’ to the ‘X-periments’ and from the ‘Cosmic Rays’ to the dance bands ‘Pearl’, the Sing-along has been conducted to add spice and variety.

This year, the Y’s Men’s movement of Sri Lanka will step up this programme even further. Scheduled for the October 25, at the B.M.I.C.H., it has been flavoured with a ‘Halloween’ theme with a lot of fun, entertainment and prizes built into it. The dance band ‘Pearl’ has been tasked again to provide the quality music and a great evening is guaranteed by the organisers. The proceeds will aid the various charity programmes organised by Y’s Men – Sri Lanka Region.


Spiritual luminary endorses Sri Lankan book

World renowned spiritual teacher Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith has endorsed best selling Sri Lankan author Dr. Priyanga de Zoysa’s book Mokvana - The Effortless Mind Awakening System. Dr. Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Centre, Los Angeles, California, USA, and author of Spiritual Liberation-Fulfilling Your Soul’s Highest Potential. He is one of the prominently featured teachers in the best selling documentary The Secret and an occasional guest on Larry King Live, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Dr. Beckwith has sent the following quote. “Dr. Priyanga’s generosity of spirit is fully expressed through the transmission of his Heart Minding practice that supports its practitioners in skillfully working with the challenges of twenty-first century living. He has left out nothing-all of the fundamental life structures of spirit, mind, heart, and body are integrated in a holistic way that breaks through all forms of limitation and empowers us from centre of the inner Self. Mokvana offers its readers the precious assurance that we live in a friendly Universe, one that cherishes each and everyone of us and has provided all that we need to live a meaningful and magnificent life.”

Dr. Michael Beckwith’s life is a living testament to building spiritual community. In the 1970’s he began an inward journey into the teachings of East and West, and today teaches universal truth principles found in the New Thought-Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality. Gifted with a vision of a trans-denominational spiritual community, in 1986 he founded the Agape International Spiritual Centre upon his faith in that original vision.
In a personal letter to him Coretta Scott King wrote, “I greatly admire what you are doing to bring about the Beloved Community, which is certainly what my dear husband worked for and ultimately gave his life.”

Recently described in “What Is Enlightenment?” magazine as a “non-aligned trans-religious progressive,” Dr. Beckwith shares his powerful conviction of creating the Beloved Community through his participation on international panels with other peacemakers and spiritual leaders including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is co-founder of the Association for Global Thought, an organisation dedicated to planetary healing and transformation.
Dr. Beckwith is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, which he teaches throughout the country along with meditation, scientific prayer, and the spiritual benefits of selfless service. He facilitates retreats, workshops and seminars. His books include: “Inspirations of the Heart”, “Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast”, and “A Manifesto of Peace”.

Dr. Beckwith’s achievement as a humanitarian and emissary of peace have been widely acclaimed. In 2003, his activities were enumerated when he was written into the Congressional Record of the 107th Congress. He is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, some of which include: The 2004 Africa Peace Award, Thomas Kilgore Prophetic Witness Award, Howard Thurman Stained Glass Window Award by Morehouse College and the Humanitarian Award of the National Conference for Compassion and Justice


Mahinda Family Day

October 26
Mahinda Family Day organized by Mahinda Club, an old boys’ organization of Mahinda College, Galle will be held at Aqua Pearl Lake Resort, Gorakana, Moratua.
All Mahindians are invited.