|The presentation of
‘Eloquence in Stone’ to the President
A copy of Eloquence in Stone – The Lithic Saga of Sri
Lanka was presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Anu
Weerasuriya and Christopher Silva, who worked together with
their mentor Nihal Fernando and the Studio Times photography
team to produce this book. The text was written by SinhaRaja
Tammita-Delgoda. Words and images come together in this epic
production to recount the tale of one of the oldest living
cultures in the world – of a people who still speak the same
language, practice the same religion and follow the same
customs, as their ancestors did more than 2,000 years ago.
The book is the vision of Nihal Fernando, who says: “This is
the dream I have had for the last 15 years. I want to tell
the story of this country and its people. I want to make
people think of our past and what we are doing to it, before
it is too late.”
Sparing much more than
MP for Hambantota District and Chairman- Janasuwaya
Development Foundation, Sajith Premadasa, has initiated many
development projects to upgrade and enhance infrastructure
and livelihoods of all 576 villages and 1,360 micro-villages
in the Hambantota District.
Here, Sajith Premadasa is seen inaugurating a pre-school
built by the Janasuwaya Foundation at a cost of Rs 1.2
million, in Viharagala track 550 in the Sooriya Wewa
Division of the Hambantota District.
To date, 325 such pre-schools have been built in the
Hambantota District, in order to benefit the 3-5 year-old
children living in the District.
The 30th Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Export Credit
Insurance Corporation (SLECIC) was recently held under the
patronage of the Minister of Export Development and
International Trade, Prof. G.L. Peiris, at Hotel
Parallel to the anniversary celebrations, an
award-presentation was also held where services rendered by
State and Private Banks and Export Companies, over the
period, were recognised.
Picture shows Minister G.L. Peiris handing over the Award
presented under the APARA Scheme to the General Manager-
National Savings Bank, Sunil Perera. Chairman andManaging
Director- SLECIC, C.A.N. Perera, is also in the picture.
‘Crafts’ in Action
Manel Gamage and her students will be presenting their
‘Crafts in Action 2009’ exhibition on March 14 and 15 at the
National Art Gallery, Colombo. The exhibition will display
an exquisite collection of Ribbon Embroidery, Brazilian
Embroidery, Kashmir Work, Chamankthi, Hand Embroidery and an
unusual collection of wall hangings by the students of Manel
Gamage Academy of Arts and Crafts.
Photographic exhibition A New
March 12 to 27
French speaking countries, commonly known as Francophony, do not only
share the use of a same language but also constitute an active space of
In order to illustrate this idea during the month of March 2009,
l’Alliance Française de Colombo invited Swiss Artist David Prêtre to
exhibit his works on the walls of its gallery auditorium.
David is a free lance photographer who, in this case, used his camera to
tell us about a reconstruction project of the Red Cross in Sri Lanka in
the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami.
Rather than adopting a photo reporter approach, David Prêtre chose to
focus on the lives of twelve Sri Lankan families who had to suffer in
their flesh the natural catastrophe. He decided to give an account of
all the ‘small things’ as would have put it by Arundhati Roy, taking
place in their daily existence and which are marking their hope for ‘a
The results are these forty photographs exposed in l’Alliance Française
de Colombo: forty snapshots that the eye of David Prêtre and his
photographer’s art fill up with humanity. These photos touch us, appeal
to us and they also witness the trust and solidarity boundaries woven
between the Swiss artist and the Sri Lankan people he was to meet during
his stay on this island.
The Exhibition is held in cooperation with the Swiss Red Cross and with
the support of the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC).
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo,
Time: Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Islamic lecture in Tamil for males
An Islamic lecture organised by Dharunnadhvah Lilkhairiyath, an
association of Muslim men and boys, on the topic ‘Lessons to be Learnt
from Prophet’s Seerah’ by As Sheik Moulavi S. A. K. Abdur Razick (Naleemi)
will be held, Insha Allah, on Tuesday, March 10 (Poya Day), immediately
after Asar prayers at Al-Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul
Falah Jumma Mosque), 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14. Chairman,
Religious Activities, Dharunnadhvah Lilkhairiyath, Al Haj M.T. M. Hilmie
Soul Sounds at Hilton’s The Blend
Venue: t-Bar, Thorana Lounge, Hilton Colombo
Time: 3 to 6 p.m.
Hilton Colombo’s newest tea-Bar in collaboration with Dilmah Tea,
located at the Thorana Lounge, offers a delightful menu of over 30 teas:
Hot teas, tea cocktails, iced tea, tea shakes etc.
Every Wednesday the Hotel, together with Dilmah has planned something
special - The Blend. Enjoy the soothing voices of the soulful ensemble,
Soul Sounds this Wednesday at The Blend!
A big thank you to Mr. Bus Driver!
It’s with irresistible delight the whole country watched and
read the heroic act of the bus driver who was conveying our cricketing
ambassadors to the Lahore stadium on that fatal day, March 03, 2009. If
not for the timely and level-headed action taken by Mr. Mehar Mohammad
Khalil who was driving our cricketing heroes to the ground on this
fateful day, not only to the cricketing fans but to the whole country,
it would have been a true melancholy and desolation. In fact, had he not
had the bold and conscientious mind to get the bus moving after the
initial attack, our loving heroes would have been a far easy target for
This diminutive man seems to have driven the bus at full speed carrying
the cricket team, without leaving it and running away which would have
been the safest thing for him to do in terms of his personal safety.
Sri Lankans must pay a special tribute to this simple but extraordinary
man for his remarkable bravery in the face of direct gunfire from highly
sophisticated weapons of ruthless, brutal barbarians.
I feel that our Cricket Board must get Mr. Mehar Mohammad Khalil down to
Sri Lanka and bestow a special accolade in recognising his brave action
that saved our adoring champions.
K. R. Pushparanjan
Mahinda Club AGM
Venue: OPA Auditorium, Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Office bearers for the coming year also will be elected. All members are
This is the12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Mahinda Club (an old
boys’ organisation of Mahinda College, Galle)
Video conference on
Dr. Kent Williams from US Department of Energy will discuss ‘Peaceful
Applications of Nuclear Technology’ via Digital Video Conferencing with
A/L students, members of the Youth Nuclear Society of Sri Lanka,
professionals of nuclear medicine, food irradiation and other relevant
Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3.
The public is welcome to attend. Call 249 8180 or 077 299 2143 for
Les Amants Du Pont Neuf by Leos Carax (1988, 125 minutes), at the
Alliance, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Alex is a drug-addicted, fire-eating homeless man who lives on the
deserted bridge, which is being restored for the French Revolution
Bicentennial Celebrations. When Michele stumbles into his life, a
desperate, passionate relationship unfolds.
Samaye Piya to
Child Vocalist Githmi Mihara’s ‘Samaye Piya’ DVD album
is being presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees
recently. Githmi’s father Deshamanya Dr A. S. P. Liyanage and her sister
Kasuni Liyanage are also in the picture.