Display of creativity and objective accuracy

One fine day, I dropped at the General Hospital of Kandy to see an ailing friend who was warded in a compact ward. While indulging in an intimate discussion with him, he drew my attention to a non-assuming young man who was engrossed in a sketching spree of pencil portraits of the inmates of the ward.

P. Padmasiri Ranaweera who was involved in this discipline is an up and coming young artist, a third year undergraduate of the University of Aesthetic Education Colombo.

Glancing through some of the pencil portraits he has so far executed, at once I realised that he possesses an abundance of creativity and objective accuracy. His lightening pencil portraits, drawings and related paintings reveal keen observation, precision and balance.

His line work moves effortlessly with a certain amount of rhythm. It is quite interesting to note that he is equally free not only with the medium of oil paintings but with other mediums as well. The portraits he has done in oil are remarkable the way he has handled his medium.

Alliance française de Kandy is pleased to sponsor his maiden solo exhibition. The opening ceremony took place on Friday, January 23. The Chief-Guest was Prof. Athula Senaratne, Department of Geology, University of Peradeniya. The exhibition will continue until February 2.

Thilak Palliyaguruge


Pinnacle laying ceremony

Laying pinnacle to newly constructed Chaithiya and opening ceremony of ‘Danasala’ of Sri Gauthama Viharaya at Dabare Lane, Narahenpita will take place on 30th January at 6.30 a.m.
Ceremony of unveiling the pinnacle takes place at 4.00 p.m. Dayakasabha of the Viharaya has organised this religious event on the advice of Chief Incumbent of Viharaya Ven. Omalpe Sumanarathana Thero.


Tarzan The Baba today at Elphinstone

Popular star Tennyson Cooray’s Tarzan The Baba will be on stage at the Elphinstone Theatre today at 3:30 p.m. an 6:30 p.m. This show is organsed by DB Schenker Sri Lanka in aid of ‘Ecology’ Environmental Project. Tickets are available at the gate and Salaka. Contact 0773237037/0777712573 for more information.


St. Joseph’s School,Bandarawela - Brothers in the hill country

De La Sale Brothers bought the property called ‘Mount Saint Joseph’ at Bandarawela in 1906 for the purpose of a sanatorium. There they built a bungalow and a small school and conducted this St. Joseph’s school from February 1, 1909.

The small school commenced with the Irish Bro. Simon Matthew – Patrick Purchell as principal. Seventeen boys were admitted, the first entrant was Master Stephen Peirts.

Among the first Brothers who taught at St.Joseph’s were Damas Emilien (Infant class), Vulbert Jean (Std. IV), Bartholomew Leo (Std. IV stand-by) Bro William Josephus.

True to its motto, ‘simper fidelis’ St. Joesph’s Collge, Bandarawela continues today as a government school, retaining its original name – St.Joseph’s.


RASSL monthly lecture series

 The monthly lecture of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka will be held at 5.00 p.m. on Monday 26th January at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07. 
 The title of the Lecture is ‘Ola Leaf Manuscript named Nissankamalla Anusasana or the Inscriptions of Polonnaruwa’  (Nissankamalla anusasana hevat polonnaruve silalekana nam puskolapota) and is presented by  Prof. Mahinda Somathilake  


Anawaratha launched

Anawaratha, a collection of poetry by Prabhath Jayasinghe was launched on January 21, at the New Art Centre, University of Colombo


Mother’s love

First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse and Githmi Mihara, at a children’s programme held at the Temple Trees recently where she sang a song on mother’s love