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 a thought

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.



SLECIC 30-years-old

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 Intercontinental.

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 2009’

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 Beginning

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 multiple solidarities.
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 new beginning’.

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

March 10
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 welcomes all.


Soul Sounds at Hilton’s The Blend

March 11
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 the fanatics.

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

March 15
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 invited.
This is the12th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Mahinda Club (an old boys’ organisation of Mahinda College, Galle)


Video conference on Nuclear Technology

March 11
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 areas.
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 registration.



March 11
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 President

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.