The Buddhist Special Vesak Issue - 2009

For Vesak this year, the Colombo Young Men’s Buddhist Association (YMBA) has released a special issue of The Buddhist, the journal of the association. Apart from learned articles and poems on the Dhamma in English and Sinhala as in previous publications, it has valuable information on the history of the association and its present activities with colourful photographs.

A few articles, poems and interesting snippets from past publications of this journal, which is now 111 - years old, are also included. Moreover, it clearly indicates the contributions that members, well-wishers and philanthropists could make to support the Buddhists and social activities of the association.
The Buddhist Special Vesak issue is now available for collection by members at the Colombo YMBA Head Office at No.70, D. S. Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 8, during working days.



Hilton Colombo adds cheer to children from North

The Hilton Colombo organised a programme which brought joy and cheer to the hearts and lives of several children from the war zone in the North recently. In a unique initiative, the Hilton Colombo hosted 100 children to dinner. The children, who were between the age of 10 and 16 years, were from the Kadiragama School in Menik Farm, Settikulum north of Sri Lanka. These children were also encouraged to paint as a part of the initiative and their paintings were featured in an exhibition at the National Art Gallery at the Lionel Wendt following which the paintings are currently being displayed on the famous Giant Pyramid at the main lobby of the Hilton Colombo, and are for sale. The proceeds of the sale of paintings are to be equally divided amongst the children and deposited in their respective accounts for their future benefit.

The evening’s proceedings commenced with a welcome address by the General Manager of the Hilton Colombo, Jerome Auvity, followed by an address by the Deputy Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Lionel Premasiri and a traditional welcome dance by two team members of the hotel concluding with a magic show! These children were given accommodation at Ananda College and Devika Balika Vidyalaya and the principals and teachers of the respective schools took care of them throughout their stay in Colombo.

General Manager Hilton Colombo, Jerome Auvity stated that, “Anyone who wishes to purchase these paintings could do so and we urge the public to support this worthy cause. Every child has his/her own story about the war and these painting will tell you those stories. They have all been victims of the three decade long war which finally ended last week,” he concluded.
The children who travelled from Kadiragama School in Menik Farm to Colombo made several new friends in Colombo and had many enjoyable and enriching experiences. These children and many others in the North live in hope of a prosperous and peaceful life in their motherland Sri Lanka.

Hilton Colombo’s first CSR project for the year was a giant Easter Egg pyramid located at the lobby where the eggs were painted by kids from the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind and the Overseas School of Colombo. Subsequently, Hilton together with Dilmah filled the giant pyramid with clay pots made by villagers from Koulara a remote village close to Udawalawe National Park to raise funds for their community project.


A Pirith Ceremony to bless national heroes

An all night pirith ceremony to bless the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the national heroes was held on May 28, at the Sri Lanka Telecom Man Power Head Office under the patronage of President, Sri Lanka Telecom, Lesha de Silva Chandrasena and the Chief Executive Officer of Man Power Solution, Ranjith Rupasinghe. It was also commemorating the first year celebration of the launch of Man Power Solution.

Ms Lesha de Silva Chandrasena offering flowers to the relic casket


Musical evening commemorating Cuban Revolution and birth anniversary of Che

A musical evening and a variety entertainment show to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the 81st birth anniversary of the legendary revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara will be held at the Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo on June 13, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Organised by the Cuba-Sri Lanka Friendship Society, this will be a musical evening with variety and vibrancy. There is an array of local plain songs, folk songs from several lands, modern and classical world masterpieces of great composers of the world, guitar, esraj and drum music, folk and classical dance performances in celebration of solidarity of the two countries by two music groups - Peradeniya Singers and Victor Hara Music Group from Kandy.


My Feelings

My Feelings, an exhibition of paintings by Teklan Chamara Perera will be held onJune 13 and 14, at the Lionel Wendt from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

My Feelings exhibits 22 paintings of acrylic on canvas. The art works portray what he has felt in life. Teklan Chamara Perera is a student of University of Fine Arts.
Entrance is free.



Moscow Orchestra in Sri Lanka

An orchestra from Moscow, Russia will arrive in Sri Lanka due to the high demand of the Sri Lankan Music lovers, in June 2009.
A 10 member Orchestra is headed by the honoured artist of the Russian Federation, Professor of Moscow State Conservatoire, Pianist and Lecturer, music public figure Veniamin Korobov who is ready to conduct piano master classes as a gift for Sri Lankan lovers of music.

The Embassy of Russian Federation and the Russian Centre in Colombo wish to hold this event to bring the Russian Culture which is represented by the renowned performers of international level to the music lovers in Sri Lanka.
During their visit in Sri Lanka, the 10 member orchestra will perform a concert at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on June 13, at 6:30 p.m. (the box plan is now open at the Russian Centre from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at No. 10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7) and at Earl’s Regency Hotel, Kandy on June 14 from 6:30 p.m. onwards.
For further details, please call on 2685429/2685440 or mail as on colombo@ruscent.com.



Chamatkara, a cultural programme organised by the Royal Asiatic Society brings together musical dance and drama performers in an intellectual setting.
The first event in the Chamatkara series is:
CommemoratingSarachchandra: A musical evening with his original performers
On: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 4 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium, Mahaweli Centre, 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.



Heimat 3 (subtitled Chronik einer Zeitenwende - Chronicle of a Changing Time) premiered in 2004. It picks up Hermann’s story in 1989 as he returns to Schabbach and depicts the events of the period from the fall of the Berlin Wall until 2000. The cinema version consists of six episodes running to 11 hours 29 minutes, although controversially, the version broadcast on the German ARD television network in December 2004 was edited to six ninety-minute episodes
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre
Dates: Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 12
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.