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 composers 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.


Sri Lankan youth in Ottawa help our IDPs

Sri Lanka Ottawa Youth Alliance (SLOYA) from Canada is an organisation that is committed to unite the Sri Lankan youth in Ottawa, as well as serve the community of Ottawa and the underprivileged youth in Sri Lanka. On May 7, 2009, SLOYA officially launched a campaign to collect aid for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Northern Sri Lanka. The campaign lasted from May 7 to 27, 2009.

Although within a short period, this was the first time SLOYA organised such a massive and successful tri-city campaign by collaborating Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. Hence, several drop-off locations were designated in the said three cities, and the aid were collected in compliance with a list of essential goods provided by the Government of Sri Lanka. The aid was shipped on May 28, 2009 via Brisk International Cargo Inc. located in Toronto, and is to arrive in Sri Lanka on June 29, 2009. They will be distributed through the Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation.

SLOYA President Sarah Sriskandarajah, the Executive Committee consisting of Udayanga Gunatillake, Isuru Ranasinghe, Nirosh Kannagara, Lakmal Jayawardena, Lalantha Silva, Tharindu Nanayakkara and Campaign Coordinator Hiruni Kodippily sincerely convey their thanks and gratitude to the following individuals for their utmost dedication in making this campaign a great success: Sri Lankan High Commissioner Daya Perera and other SLHC personnel; Ven. Hemalankara Thera of Ottawa Theravada Buddhist Vihara; Ven. Muditha Thera of Hilda Jayewardenaramaya (Ottawa); Ven. Sirisumana Thera of Ottawa Buddhist Vihara; Ven. Thich Bon Dat of Vietnam Buddhist Congregation of Ottawa Carleton; Ven. Rathanasiri Thera and Ven. Wimalabuddhi Thera of Toronto Mahavihara Society; Henry Nathan and Mrs. Priyani Suwandaratne of Promoters Auto Centre (Toronto); Ven. Dhammawasa Thera of West-End Buddhist Centre (Mississauga); Ven. Vipulasiri Thera of Montreal Buddhist Cultural Centre; Nalin Ahangama and the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Canada Sinhala Association of Montreal; Brisk International Cargo Inc. (Toronto); Ranjith Wickramasinghe of the Voice of Lanka programme; and all other individuals from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal that contributed to this campaign.

For more information on SLOYA future events and other inquiries, please contact (613) 608 6915 / (613) 261 2300 or sloya@live.ca or join the Facebook group ‘Sri Lanka Ottawa Youth Alliance’.


Don Bosco gives generous gifts to North war victims

A team led by Rev Fr Anthony H. Pinto SDB, Provincial Superior and Country Director of St Joseph Vice Province, Sri Lanka, with brotherly love and best wishes from Salesian Fathers, Brothers and Sisters of Don Bosco working in several provinces of the country took a few truckloads of clothes and other amenities worth over rupees 3 million to be distributed among the war victims of the North.

Prior to leaving SDB Provincial House at Dungalpitiya, Thalahena, for Murunkan Fr Pinto told the media that the Don Bosco fraternity has been serving the nation from 1957, and specially within the past decade the Congregation had paid their special attention to the rehabilitation of youths from the North, who fell victims of the ethnic strife. “We have been helping them to come to their senses as youth by providing them socio-psychological assistance, financial and educational help and support to stand their own feet.”

Fr Pinto did not mince his words when he stressed the importance of sharing our responsibility. “The war has ended and the younger generation of our nation needs our help. We have understood the heaviness of the task lay before the nation. We, as responsible citizens of this country, have a duty by the people at large to give our best in reconstruction work and in effort made to bring about peace and understanding among all communities.”

Fr Pinto also said that there has been a request for us to take some of the ex-combatants, the ex-child soldiers to rehabilitate them. “We will be doing our best in this regard. We plan to open up several of our centres for those youngsters - both boys and girls,” he added.

He said, “I had been personally to the District of Mannar and I saw the dire needs of our people. I decided with a team of collaborators and took steps to collect whatever that would be of use to those in the North.”
Referring to the goods he was taking in trucks with his team to Murunkan, Fr Pinto said that he got a tremendous support from “’Men of Good Will’ – the benefactors both local and foreign, and they made our task easy. We will be distributing them to the inmates at the Ananda Kumaraswami Camp in Mannar.”
The goods included shirts, T-shirts, jeans, shorts, babies’ and small children’s clothes, mix-clothes, sarongs, skirts, frocks, towels and bed sheets and other utility items.


Musical show at Elphinstone on June 20

Mystical Rose International School, Ethul Kotte, has organised a musical show in aid of expanding and developing the school.
This show, organised by the school’s development committee, will be held on Saturday, June 20 at the Elphinstone Theatre. The show is titled, Susara Gee Rathriya and will commence at 6 p.m.
Amarasiri Peiris, Jagath Wickremasinghe, Nila Wickremasinghe and T. M. Jayaratne are some of the popular artistes who’ll be on stage.
Tickets for the show can be obtaind at the gate. More details about the show can be obtained by calling Namal Ramanayake on 0714835054.


The Hilton Colombo has something for everyone in the month of June

June 21
Rs 2100/- ++++
• A free glass of beer for Dads
• “Win Your Weight in Beer” by entering the Raffle Draw exclusively for dads at Spices.
Just fill in the coupon at the restaurant and drop into the Raffle Draw will take pace at 3 p.m.
June 21
Rs 2,500/- +++
A special three course set menu inclusive of a free glass of wine for dad.
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
800/- +++ for High Tea Buffet
June 17 – Tea and Ice
June 20 – Fashion Splendour by Geraldine


SLAAS seminar and panel discussion

The Science and Technology Advisory Committee of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) and Media Resource Service (MRS) of the SLAAS have organised a seminar and panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Energy: Potential and Policy Gaps’ on June 16, 2009 at 3 p.m. at the SLAAS, Vidya Mawatha, Wijerama Road, Colombo 7.


 Film at Alliance

Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17

Les bronzés 3 by Patrice Leconte (2002, 95 minutes) at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
For nearly three decades, ever since their first meeting during an eventful Club Med holiday in 1978, Nathalie, Bernard, Gigi, Jean-Claude, Jerôme and Popeye have kept in touch. They now meet up once a year at Popeye’s luxury hotel on the island of Sardinia.


 Public lecture

June 14
‘Meditation And The Ending of the Self’, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 a.m.


Until June 28
‘Time Lost And Found’, an exhibition of visual art by Mahen Perera, at the Barefoot Gallery, Galle Road, Colombo 3.

June 14
An exhibition of art by Harsha Jayawardena, at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7.
An exhibition of art by Chamara Perera, at the Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7.


June 14
Velendage Maranaya, the Sinhala translation of Arthur Miller’s play, Death Of A Salesman by Jerome de Silva, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 7 p.m.
Kapuwa Kapothi, at the Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10, at 3:30/6:30.