Display of creativity and
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.
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
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 –
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,
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.
Anawaratha, a collection of poetry by Prabhath Jayasinghe was
launched on January 21, at the New Art Centre, University of Colombo
First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse and Githmi Mihara, at a children’s
programme held at the Temple Trees recently where she sang a song on