EU- Film Festival Colombo

The EU- Film Festival Colombo organised by the Goethe-Institute will be held from November 28 to December 7.
Opening GALA will be a cinematographic film event:

The silent classic film NOSFERATU by F.W. Murnau (1922) in its latest restored version with the live accompaniment by the group 5 Minute Heroes from Regensburg, Germany (a group including a Brazilian musician).

Venue: Regal Cinema
Time: 6 p.m. (as ministers and many ambassadors are there, please be seated before 5.45 p.m.)
Admission will be on first come first served basis.
The main part of the Festival will take place at the BMICH from November 29 to December 6 (three screening every day: 10:30 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 06:30 p.m.) Entrance on first come first served basis

Closing GALA - with the release of the latest Sri Lankan film at the new auditorium of the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka
(by invitation only).

Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is a landmark silent film from Germany by F.W. Murnau, released in 1922. This adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula considered a masterpiece of vampire film.

Thomas Hutter is secretary to an estate agent in Wisborg, where he lives happily with his wife Ellen. One day his boss sends him to Transylvania on business, to negotiate with Baron Orlok about purchasing a house. His wife Ellen senses that something is amiss, she is aware of the danger which threatens her husband, but he will not be held back. It is night-time before Hutter meets the strange master of the castle - the latter signs the contract. When Hutter wakes the next morning, he discovers small red marks on his neck and guesses the horrors to come. Orlok is a vampire. Hutter flees the castle at once, afraid that the ghost is on his way to his wife.

One day a ship with no one at the helm lands at Wisborg, its cargo bringing plague, death and ruin to the inhabitants. The dead all have the same red marks on their necks. Ellen recognises the challenge, and in order to put an end to the disaster, she sacrifices herself and surrenders to the vampire. The mysterious form dissolves into the air in the first light of the next morning.

Live musical performance for this silent film by:
5 Minute Heroes

Since 1994 the Brazilian-German group 5 minute heroes have been heard on German & International stages by accompanying silent films like Nosferatu. The musicians combine electronic with analog sounds: recorded compositions meet live instruments like percussion, wind instruments and tape. Collages of samples function as a rhythmic or harmonic foundation for free improvisation. You may recognize a March or a Waltz, Hip Hop, Jazz, a Zwiefacher, Minimal Music or Balcan Sounds: the music feels never forced or alien to its subject, the film. Accompanying live music by the 5 minute heroes captures the moods and statements of the vampire classic.



November 18
A Family Thing (1996, 109 minutes), at the American Centre, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.


Deposition of ‘Nidhan Wasthu’

‘Nidhan Wasthu’ deposition ceremony of newly constructed ‘Chaithaya’ at Narahenpita Dabare Mawatha Sri Gauthama Viharaya was held recently.

In the picture the Rev. Executive Nayaka of Sripada Koppakandae Ven. Sirisumanatissa Thero and Rev. Wahumuhuwe Wijewansa Thero is in the process of depositing the ‘Nidhan Wasthu’ and sacred relics under the patronage of Viharadhipathi Rev. Omalpe Sumanaratana Thero. Dayaka Saba of Gauthama Viharaya organised the event


Ruses’s Awards Ceremony

Russel’s New Building Opening and Awards Ceremony was held on October 25, 2008 in grand scale. The main highlights of the Russel’s Awards night was the selection of -
Best Employee of the Year
Outstanding Stewards/Stewardess
Best Three Outlets
Chef of the Year
Best Salesman
Russel’s dancing floor kept the audience going with lot of cheering. The Second Runner-up of the Best Outlet is being awarded by Mr. Lanka Irugalbandara, Guest of Honour.


Kathina Ceremony at London Buddhist Vihara

London Buddhist Vihara celebrated its annual Kathina Ceremony on 2nd November, 2008 with a large number of devotees including High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Justice Nihal Jayasinghe and Madame Jayasinghe. The ceremony was organised under the guidance of most venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of London Buddhist Vihara and Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain. This year Kathina Ceremony was sponsored by Mrs. Rathnayaka and family




Buttala Inter-Religious community commemorates Fr.Mike

Rev.Fr.Michael Paul Rodrigo OMI was a man of simplicity. He was gunned down by an unidentified gunman on November 10, 1987. He was offering Holy Mass at his simple abode “Subaseth Gedera” in Badulla at the time he was shot on the head. His brain was blown apart but not his thinking.

The small Catholic community assisted by the vast majority of the Buddhist at Buttala commemorated his tragic demise with an alms giving. Many had arrived from both far and near to honour the man they knew. They called him the “il-masa wiruwano” of their hearts.

Badulla Bishop Rt.Rev.Dr. Winston Fernando SSS, Very Rev.Fr. Clement Waidyasekara OMI, the Provincial of the Colombo Oblate Province and Rev.Fr. Augustine Fernando concelebrated the Holy Mass in memory of late Fr.Michael. Ven. Walaharuwe Sirisumana Thera was also present.

A song composed by Fr. Mike was replayed, during the bhavana session, before the audience attending the religious services. The song he composed was about a mother had given birth to in the middle of the night. The mother had given birth while she was her way to the hospital at Subaseth Gedera where Fr.Mick was residing. Rev.Sister Benedicta who was a qualified nurse had helped the safe delivery of the child. The song says that there are no angles around but a poor couple has announced the birth of this child. At the time of the birth hena kavi was being recited by farmers staying in near by chenas. That song spoke of reality and touched the hearts of men and women and brought the audience alive.

The Buddhist laymen and women assisted in preparing the alms and also held a ceremony in keeping with Buddhist customs, in the evening at the burial ground in the Subaseth Gedera. Piyumi, a Grade IX student, conducted the commemorating meeting.

She said “We have not had the merit to see and touch him. But our elders speak with gratitude when recalling the help Fr.Mike had offered to make their lives better. We salute Fr.Mike and we wish to live his message of love. He lived and died making himself available to us all.
Men and women from far and near came to participate at the memorial ceremony.


Sheik Hisham visits SL

Seyyidina Sheik Muhammed Hisham Kabbani will be visiting Sri Lanka on November 16, 2008 and he will be staying here for 9 days. Sheik Hisham Kabbani is the Head of the Islamic Supreme Council of America and the United Kingdom. He will be staying at the Naqshabandi Makaam at 24, 28th Lane, off Flower Road, (Lane adjoining U.A.E. Embassy) Colombo 7, giving talks and meeting people after prayers. On Friday he will be conducting Jumma prayers at Dewatagaha Mosque, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo 7 on of November 21.

All are welcome to listen to his talk on November 23, 2008 at Marine Grand Reception Hall on No. 41, Marine Drive, opposite Wellawatta Railway station, Colombo 6 at 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. on Classical and Traditional Islam.

Sheik Hisham Kabbani and family members are well known personalities in the world of Islam as Imams for generations. His lineage, Ahlal Bait, goes back 40 generations to the Holy Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) family.


Bren Security employee wins SLSSPA Raffle Draw

Head of Administration, Embassy of Sweden, Britt Bhatt, handing over the first prize of a Honda Karizma Motor Cycle worth Rs. 250, 000 to Kumudini Yatawatta, a member of the security contingent at the mission. Also present are Bren Security Chairman and Managing Director, Major Tissa Aluvihare and Stefanie-Wege Aluwihare who graced the occation. Ms. Yatawatta emerged the winner out of more than 20,000 tickets sold by Sri Lanka Security Service Providers Association (SLSSPA)


Prof. P L D Waidyasekera Memorial Lecture

Prof. P L D Waidyasekera Memorial Lecture organised by the Committee for the Popularisation of Science (CPS) Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) will be held on Friday, November 21 at 5 p.m. at SLAAS Auditorium.
Topic: Science Popularisation - Past, Present and the Future
Presenter:Dr.Jayantha Wattavidanage
B.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D, M. I. Biol. (SL), Chartered Biologist, Senior Lecturer in Zoology, The Open University of Sri Lanka
All are welcome


Buddhika Pathirana records a resounding victory

Southern provincial councillor Buddhika Pathirana was elected to the Supreme Executive Committee of Young Liberals and Democrats of Asia (YLDA) in an unprecedented happening at the Annual Elections of Office Bearers of YLDA held on November 4, 2008 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Pathirana is the first People’s Representative of Sri Lanka for this influential post. Also he is the first People’s Representative from the entire South Asian Region for this impressive office meant for the entire Asian Region.

Due to this fact, Pathirana has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the YLDA for the South Asian Region.

Nominees from 15 member countries of Asian Continent contested in this election. Buddhika Pathirana polled highest number of votes of the elected 3 Executive committee members.

Currently, Pathirana is the National Chairman of Liberal Youth Guilds (LYG) in Sri Lanka with a 3,000 youth membership spreading in 17 Administrative Districts.
Besides, Pathirana was adjudged as the Most Outstanding Young Politician in Sri Lanka at the TYOP Awards - 2006.


New Board of Directors of Business for Peace Alliance for 2008/2009

Front row : (from left) K.C. Suwarneraj - Vavuniya (Vice Chairman), M.I.M. Pathahulla - Badulla (Vice Chairman), Suresh De Mel - Hambantota (Chairman), H.D. Wijeyanandana - Matara (Immediate Past Chaiman), Manique Mendis (Secretary General/CEO), Stephen Leonard (Representative for C.Thangarajah – Jaffna)
Back row: (from left) Bandula Gunawardhana (Representative for Palitha Weerakoon – Kurunegala) Kelum Jayasena – Kandy, Cholomondoly Gunaseela – Rathnapura, A.R. Indrasena – Anuradhapura, K. Ilankovan – Batticaloa, Lakshman Walpittagamge – Galle
Absent: K.Poornachandran - Jaffna