Germans in Dutch and British Ceylon

Germans in Dutch and British Ceylon, organised by the Sri Lankan Architect Ismeth Raheem, at the Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre until November 10, 2008.
Opening hours:
Monday – Friday - from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Saturday and Sunday - from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This exhibition of prints, engravings (mostly copies), books and photographs, from the 17th to 19th century attempts to encapsulate the visual response of artists, photographers and writers of German origin to Sri Lanka’s rich heritage, fauna, flora and peoples.


Thomas Siffling Trio

November 20
Thomas Siffling Trio from Germany will perform in Colombo on Thursday, November 20 at the Barefoot Gallery at 7 p.m.
The event is organised by the Goethe-Institut, Sri Lanka, in collaboration with Barefoot Gallery in Colombo.

“Since the beginning it was important to me to find my own language both on my instrument and in the form of compositions and sound,” says Thomas Siffling, the founder of the trio with the same name. “Starting 1992 with a Quartet playing classical Jazz, I began to take an interest in electronic, groove-orientated music: Nu Jazz, House Music and Chill out. I was fascinated by the question of how to combine Jazz and Electronics. The question was: How can I integrate all these influences into my music? After having experimented a lot, I finally found the right set-up”.

Now the three young men are a well-rehearsed and harmonic trio, consisting of members who often make fun of themselves because music should amuse, as they believe.


Paradise in Tears launched

Paradise in Tears - a journey through history and conflict by Victor Ivan was launched on October 28 at the Barefoot Gallery Café.
The book includes a rare collection of photographs depicting life since British colonial days.


Lecture on Modern Art

November 11
Modern Art – a presentation by Curator, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany, Dr. Matthias Mühling, at the German Cultural Centre, Auditorium, Colombo at 5:30 p.m.
Contemporary Curatorial Praxis
Ideally, the task of conveying and communicating art reflects the complexity of contemporary life; rather than viewing itself simply as part of life, it should become actively involved in social concerns through exhibitions and events. In this respect curatorial practice is always also a political activity. The museum of the 21st century therefore becomes both producer and mediator, and must find structural ways and means to satisfy this responsibility.


World Children’s Day Donation

A major theme of Universal Children’s Day is demonstrated at a ceremony held at Gangodawila Children’s Home under the patronage of First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa recently where Keerthanan Sivakumar, a child patient at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital received a cheque for Rs. 100,000 as a donation from child singer Githmi Mihara towards his medical expenses. Here Githmi greets Keerthanan after handing over the cheque as the First Lady looks on. The money is the proceeds of the sale of Githmi’s music C.D. Githmi’s father Deshamanya Dr. A.S.P.Liyanage and Keerthanan’s mother Mangaleswari are also present.


St. Peter’s College Senior
Prefects 2008/2009

This is the first prefect body to have the most number of students who obtained 8 A’s at G.C.E. O/L examination. Also many of them are involved in various co-curricular and extra curricular activities. Many of them are not just leaders in the field of prefectship, some of them are also captains and presidents of various sports and associations. The prefect body is a mixture of various personalities, cultures, talents and capabilities. These young leaders are fully prepared and determined to take up new challenges and uphold rich traditions of their Almamater at all times.

Seated (L to R) – Shan Amarasekera, Andre Power, Keishara Perera (Deputy Head Prefect), Rev. Fr. Freely Muthukudaarachchi (Vice Rector), Duane Mascrenhas (Head Prefect), Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel (Rector), Lakshimaal Samarasignhe (Deputy Head Prefect), Jerome Anthony (MIC of Prefects), Chinthaka Wanigaratne, Chathuranga Wimalasiri, Shashika Jayathilaka.
1st Row (L to R) – Damian Biraj, Heshan Fernando, Ivan Saverus, Malshan Dissanayaka, Jude Ousman, Sharala Ranawana, Madura Jayawardana, Ishan Grero, Sanjaya Rodrigo, Naresh Anthony, Mahesh Peiris.
2nd Row (L to R) – Omar Firdausi, Malik Hannan, Hiraumal Wickramasinghe, Malkan Cater, Shalendra Fonseka, Darshana Wickramasinhge.



 Public lecture

November 7
Health Benefits of Meditation, the third of the series of interactive sessions, conducted by Contemplative Neuroscience Group, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo and organised by the All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress (ACWBC) at the All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress (ACWBC), 400 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7 at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Until 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.


November 9
A guitar concert by Nethaji at the Russian Centre Auditorium, Colombo 7 at 7:30 p.m. For more details : 0777032461



November 4 and 5
Les Clefs De La Bagnole by Laurent Baffie (2003, 94 minutes) in French with English Subtitles at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7 at 6.30 p.m.

November 4
On Golden Pond (1981, 109 minutes) at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3 at 6 p.m.


Health camp in Gonawela

A health camp sponsored by the Lions Club of Colombo Pearl District 306 C2 was held at Sri Sunandaramaya temple at Gonawela on the 18th October in which over 600 persons including patients seeking medical advice participated. They were given free medical advice and medicine and about 240 persons were provided spectacles after eye screening at the venue.


A dance show with stars

The Sri Lanka Housewives’ Association is a national association funded in 1958 by a group of enterprising young women. Today it is one of the largest women’s organisation in Sri Lanka spreading across 19 principal towns. We promote friendship and co-operation irrespective of race, religious or political opinion. We are affiliated to the Sri Lanka Women’s Conference and through it to the International Alliance of Women. Our main objectives are to promote the economic, cultural, social and intellectual interests of housewives.

A regular feature has been a monthly members evenings usually sponsored by a big business house to educate and inform about housekeeping, cookery, home gardening, first aid, beauty culture, sewing, etc. This has resulted in our housewives becoming experts in these fields.

The association has a welfare centre run by volunteers from 1960s. Part of the income from our main fund-raisers goes to charity works for Tsunami victims, National Defense Fund, welfare of our own members, etc.
Negombo branch is more than 30 years old and we have a membership of over 200 ladies from various walks of life.

We have organised a ‘Dancing Show with Stars’ on the 8th November 2008 from 6 p.m. onwards at the Maris Stella Auditorium, Negombo. This fund-raiser is in aid of our Building Fund. This is going to be an extraordinary power packed event with music, dancing. surprises and draws. Night will be enlightened by Dancing Stars - Dushyanth Weeraman, Nilanthi Dias, Saliya Sathyajith, Anusha Damayanthi, Yureni Noshika, Shiroshi Romeshika while Don Shermen and Shanika Wanigasekera will entertain the audience by providing music.


Nidhan Wasthu deposition

Nidhan Wasthu deposition ceremony of the newly constructed Chaithaya at Sri Gauthama Viharaya, Dabare Mawatha, Narahenpita will be held on tomorrow at 10 a.m. under the patronage of Viharadhipathi Rev. Omalpe Sumanaratana Thero. Dayaka Saba of Gauthama Viharaya will organise the event.


Presentation of Souvenir

The Souvenir of the Kuwait Sri Lanka Cultural Society was presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently at the Temple Trees by the former Vice President of Kuwait Sri Lanka Cultural Society and the Hanwella branch President of Middle East Employees Union P. Sunil Perera. Member of Provincial Council for Kelaniya Prehenasiri Waragoda was also participated at this event.


Drinking Water Project

M.P. Vijitha Herath inaugurates the Drinking Water Project meant for the residents of Sudukanda at Ambepussa under the “Jana Setha” Development Programme using the resources allocated to the M.Ps of the Gampaha District.
Pic by Ravindra Dharmathilake


The Sri Lanka Housewives Association celebrates 50 golden years

The largest women’s organisation in Sri Lanka, with a membership of over 5,000 members in Colombo, and its 17 branches spread all around the island celebrates its Golden Anniversary with a gala banquet and evening of entertainment at the Holiday Inn Hotel on Saturday, November 8 from 7 p.m. onwards.
“Golden Jubilee Night” with music by he popular band “Friends in Harmony” will play all the golden oldies, music for dancing and accompany the young at heart in a sing along session to keep the 18-80’s in a fantastic mood. The evergreen Faizal will compere in his inimitable style, and entertain the audience with many surprises and games. Valuable prizes will be offered on the ticket and souvenir draws. Principal Sponsor is Reckitt Benckiser (Lanka) Ltd. Limited dinner tickets are now available at Sri Lanka Housewives Association Headquarters, No. 179, Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2. Please call Yasmin for booking on 2449715.


Ex-Leverites’ Get-together 2008

Ex-Leverites’ Get-together 2008, will be held at Hotel Sapphire, Wellawatte from 8 p.m. onwards. For more information: Tel: 2586853/5347737;