Isuru to release his first CD

Isuru Wickrema, son of famous musician Sarath Wickrema has stepped in to the musical arena after perfect studies of music. He was educated at Isipathana College. He won the best music award for 2004 for ‘Ranga Nagaraya,’ a short drama, contested in all-island drama contest. In 2008, he has won Youth Distinction District Award for Best Music.

He is studying for his final examination at Trinity School of Music, England and he expects to work out a CD utilising his musical talents. In this strive Sangeeth Wijesuriya, Ivor Dennis, Samitha Mudunkotuwa, Damayanthi Jayasuriya, Nuwan Goonewardena, Theekshana Anuradha and two other freshers have contributed immensely.

Presently, veterans of the music field criticise the novices for not being properly or academically equipped. Isuru says that criticism is justifiable because nowadays young crowd who intend to enter music field are not up to standard.
But Isuru is quite contrast to other novices and he follows his father’s footsteps.

He has directed music in few stage dramas and short films and he hopes to go in that field further up.
Some songs in this CD like Sangeeth’s ‘Lilee’ and Theekshana Anuradha’s ‘Mal Dunne’ songs are already released to few channels and broadcast over those channels. Lyrics for all songs are written by Dilshan Pathiratne.
Isuru convey his gratitude to his father, his friends and all those who helped towards his effort.


Mala - First Asian player in US National Women’s Cricket Team

Sri Lankan born Texas resident, Mala Joseph was selected as the first ever Asian player to play for the American National Women’s Cricket Team, at the recently concluded ICC matches in Florida. The US team played against six other countries and emerged runners up, thus qualifying to play for the ICC 2010 Women’s World Cup. Mala is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a distinguished old girl of St. Bridgets Convent, Colombo 07 where she excelled in athletics, cricket and basketball. She also played for the Nomads Sports Club.
She is the daughter of Sam and Prema Joseph of Dehiwela.


Fête de la Musique 2009 - International Music Day

Once again ‘Fête de La Musique’ organised by the Alliance Française de Colombo will come alive on Sunday June 21 from 1200 noon to 7 p.m. at the Alliance Française Auditorium at 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7. This unique musical event ‘Fete de La Musique ‘ began in France in 1982 and now this music festival is celebrated all over the world and every year professional and amateur musicians in France take to the streets and parks on this day to celebrate the arrival of Summer after a dismal Spring. It is free of charge and thousands and thousands of people flock to these parks and streets and performers embrace all kinds of music and nothing is out of place and it goes on the whole day.

Here in Sri Lanka, this musical event has grown in popularity amongst the young and old and every year. Many people take part and people of all ages come to see it and it is free.

So here is your chance to expose your hidden talents, it is for everyone - amateurs, professionals
(no age limit), individuals , school bands, music groups, dancing schools / groups, ballet schools / groups, etc…etc.
If you can sing (in any language), play any musical instrument, dance etc., this is the day for you. Pop, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Baila or anything goes….The organisers also will give a chance to the up-and-coming comperes to show their talents as well.

It’s free and the organisers will provide the hall, sound system and background music by the ever popular band Annesley Malewana & the Super Chimes or you could have your own music or group.
Please call over at the Alliance Française de Colombo at 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 07 or Telephone 2694162 / 2693467 to obtain application forms.

And all are welcome to come and enjoy a great day of music and fun free of charge and some professionals including a few Sirasa Super Stars are also expected to perform as Guest Artistes.... so be there on June 21 (Sunday) at Alliance Française Auditorium , 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.


‘Createract’ showcases creative talents

Createract’ - The festival celebrating creative talent, organised by the Rotaract Club of Colombo, for the 14th successive year, brings together Interactors and Rotaractors, giving them the opportunity to highlight their talent to prominent personalities in the related industry. This year, ‘Createract’ recorded participation of over 200 participants in total.
This festival hosting various events ranging from Create-an-answer; an-ad; an-act; a-sketch; a-song; a-story; a-dance and many more, gives a choice of opportunities for Interactors and Rotaractors to showcase their talents. With celebrated personalities as judges, we had Brandon Irangam, Anjuli, Nehara Peiris, Charliya Sathyagith, Ashanthi de Alwis, Randhir Withana, Umara Singhawansa and the opportunities for our youth were limitless.

‘Createract 2009’ was held on May 23 at the Sasakawa Hall in Colombo. Sponsored by Reborn as the Gold Sponsor, British Computer Society (BCS) as the Silver Sponsor, and supported by Virtusa and the Sandwich Factory.
In 2007, the Interact Club of Wesley College and in 2008, the Interact Club of Asian International School and this year the Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-Town won the overall championship.

Nine Interact Clubs and seven Rotaract Clubs making a participation of over 200 participants in total participated this year and the items were won by; Just-a-minute -Visaka Vidyalaya; Create-an-act - Rotaract Club of Panadura; Create-an-answer -Zahira College; Create-a-look - Thurstan College; Create-a-sketch - Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-Town; Creative Writing - Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-City; Create-an-ad - Royal College; Create anything - Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-Town and Independent Team consisting of the University of Colombo and Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-City; Create-a-dance - Rotaract Club of Colombo Mid-Town; and Create-a-song - Zahira College.

Chartered in 1969, the Rotaract Club of Colombo (http://www.rotaractclubofcolombo.org/) is the first Rotaract Club to be established in Sri Lanka and has a history of appreciated community service and professional development spanning 40 years. Operating within the family of the international Rotary movement, the Rotaract Club of Colombo is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Colombo.
The Rotaract Club of Colombo meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Royal College Union Building at 6.30 p.m.

Rotaract is a movement found worldwide for young men and women aged between 18 to 30 years who believe they can make a difference by serving their communities. Rotaract clubs are usually community or university-based and sponsored by a local Rotary Club, making them true ‘partners in service’ and key members of the Rotary family. The Rotaract movement encompasses all facets of life with 4 main avenues of service – namely, Community Service, Professional Development, International Understanding and Club Service.

Through the Rotaract programme, young adults not only augment their knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, but also address the physical and social needs of their communities while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service. As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programmes of Rotary service, with more than 8,000 Rotaract Clubs in 163 countries and geographic areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.