‘What Sound Does Colour Make’

Wednesday, August 12
For a few artists, Art has always been an experience of multiple senses. Their works combine fields as diverse as music, architecture, performance, the graphic arts and installation.
In this lecture/presentation, Rohan De Livera will trace the history of multidimensional art through the Synestheist experiences of Kandinsky, the Symbolist poetry of Mallarme, the philosophy of Schopenhauer, the opera of Wagner and the architecture of Le Corbusier, culminating with the work of several contemporary British and international artists who work in multiple medias to realise what Richard Wagner first coined, Der Gesamptkunst or the Complete Art.
Venue: British Council Colombo; Time: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free


Please help Radika

Radika Nishanni Subhasinghe is suffering from a severe kidney disorder. Amidst financial difficulties, her parents are seeking the help of the public to give her the required expensive injections. Donations can be made to Bank of Ceylon, Matara Super Grade Branch Account Number 1685902.


Ramadan breakfast buffet at Galadari

Galadari Hotel spreads out a Dinner Buffet with a variety of salads, soups, main dishes and desserts to celebrate Eid AL Fitr on August 20 and 21 at the Sheherezade Arabic Restaurant, Galadari Hotel. The buffet will include speciality Arabic main dishes and sweets. Special treats such as Canji, Faluda, fresh fruits and juices, Arabic sweets, Basboosa, Lassi, Buriyani, Magluba Rice, Kebabs, Shawarma and many more delicious items will be available at the dinner buffet.

Café 64, Pastry Shop will also offer varieties of items from Chicken Pies, Gothamba Roti, Vegetable Samosa, Spring Rolls, Fish Patties, Fish Cutlet, Pasthol, Sahan Biriyani and many sweet treats which will be available. Take away orders accepted.
The regular cakes, savouries, juices, ice creams, sandwiches, lunch and dinner time specialities are available throughout for take away as well.


 Exhibition in France

Images of Bouzigues

Until August 28
An exhibition of digital art by the Sri Lankan artist in France, Seneka Abeyratne will be held at the museum of De L’Etang De Thay, Bouzigues, South of France, from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Seneka Abeyratne is a freelance Economist/International Consultant with an M.S. from Cornell University and about 30 years of work experience as a Researcher/Policy Analyst. During his career he has worked closely with several government institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Finance. From 2000 to 2003 he served as CEO of the National Agribusiness Council, and from 2004 to 2006, as Director of Economic Affairs at the Peace Secretariat. He has during the current decade undertaken numerous, high-level policy assignments/studies for the Asian Development Bank (Manila).

Abeyratne is also an award-winning playwright who likes to explore complex political, social and psychological themes. Most of his plays are stark, minimalist and unconventional, and they view life through a blurred or distorted lens. Psychosexual drama is his forte and he likes disturb the audience through the use of graphic linguistic and visual imagery. His published works include Three Star K (Gratiaen Prize 2006), Mad People (Shortlist, Gratiaen Prize 2005), and Midnight Train, an absurd play which won the prize for best drama script awarded by the English Association of Sri Lanka, in 1995. His first published work was a novel titled Fragments of a Fugue, which was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize in 1993. Two of his published plays (Por la Libertad and Midnight Train) were performed at the Closenberg Hotel as part of the 2009 Galle Literary (Fringe) Festival. Midnight Train was also performed in French at the Alliance Francaise (AF) in 2008. Of the 12 plays he has written to date, 10 have been performed in Sri Lanka at various venues including the British Council, the Barefoot Garden Café, and the Lionel Wendt. Two of his plays have also been performed by the Madras Players in India.

In 2008 he published two books titled Three Star K (drama) and Facets of Wewala. The latter is Sri Lanka’s first village photography book, with over 130 B&W images and around 15 pages of text.

In recent years Abeyratne has also gained recognition as a photographer and digital artist. In 2008 he also held his first digital art exhibition (‘Images of Bouzigues’) at the AF, jointly sponsored by the French Embassy and the AF. There were 36 images and these will also be displayed at Musee L’Etang de Thau in Bouzigues from August 3 to 28 this year. This is quite an honour as it is the first time a Sri Lankan will be holding a solo digital art exhibition in Europe. Bouzigues, a famous fishing village, is situated in Languedoc Roussillons – a region of southern France, on the Mediterranean coast, extending from the Rhone delta to the border with Spain. It is noted for its beautiful vineyards and landscapes and ancient architecture. The exhibition was arranged with the assistance of several agencies, including the French Embassy, Alliance Francaise, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Communauté de Communes Nord du Bassin de Thau.

In the artist’s own words: “I love Bouzigues, for it is dotted with beautiful landscapes and buildings that give it a serene ambience. The light has a special quality because it is clear and bright and the lagoon looks surreal when the moonlight falls on it. One day (two years ago) I went for a walk through the garrigue at twilight. The sky was changing colour and while gazing down at the lagoon, embellished with a geometric pattern of oyster forms, my mind was filled with vivid, abstract images; and it suddenly dawned on me that my subconscious was pushing me in a new direction. This exhibition is the outcome of that unforgettable, transcendental experience, which one might call a fleeting encounter with the Infinite.”

Abeyratne also likes to dance and is a member of the Deanna School of Dancing. He has performed in many full-length ballets staged by the Deanna School over the past ten years, including The Nutcracker, La Bayadere, and Sleeping Beauty.


NCMC third batch celebrates silver jubilee

Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
The third batch of students who entered the North Colombo Medical College is celebrating their silver jubilee. Instead of a dance, which is the norm for such occasions, the batch has organised an event where the gathering could spend quality time in catching up with each other. The Jetwing Beach, Negombo will be the venue for the occasion.

As is the case with almost every batch of university students, a large number of batch mates are overseas. Almost all who are in Sri Lanka are tipped to attend the function along with their families, whilst around six are coming down from overseas. Many colleagues and their families from the other batches of NCMC are also joining.

Doctors Dennis Aloysious, Sathis Jayasinghe and Walter Gooneratne will be special guests of honour. Along with their late colleagues who served on the Board of Governors of NCMC, these doctors were the visionaries who made possible NCMC and the great success it was. The Alumni of NCMC acknowledge their vision, courage, determination, integrity and the immense amount of hard work that they put in. All professors and lecturers who were on the permanent staff of NCMC have also been invited as special guests.


‘Gearing For The Upside’

Wednesday, August 12, 5:30 p.m.
The Management Club, Mt. Lavinia would have the pleasure of the presence of Hilmy Cader, CEO of MTI Consulting to share his business insights on aligning enterprises for the economic upturn. This very special evening presentation titled ‘Trim & Fit – Gearing for the Upside’ is one in “The Way Forward” series conducted regularly by The Management Club under its programmes for professional managers and would take place at TMC-Mount Lavinia, Berjaya Mount Royal Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia. The presentation is open to all members of TMC, CMI, ETD, FCI, their member organisations and guests.

Reflecting on the current financial crisis, one finds that a common feature is that it is the failure of some of the strongest companies that enjoyed meteoric rise in the good times. Research clearly shows that, how companies respond to the crisis, is what separates the ‘living’ from the ‘departed’. Most organisations tend to cut costs indiscriminately, freeze all forms of developmental work and adopt a ‘wait & see’ approach. We call them the ‘Chop & Cripple’ companies.
They also see the upside of acquiring low valued assets, strengthening their market position given the lower level of marketing activity and gear their organisations for the upturn.
For more information and reservations, please contact the TMC Secretariat.


Pioneered felicitation of teachers

The Colombo Branch of the St. Aloysius College Galle OBA pioneered the felicitation of its teachers - past and present.
Needless to say, what one is today is mainly due to the guidance and values inculcated in us by the teachers at great sacrifice. They were, to us in our school days, not only mere teachers of academic subjects. They, guided by those incomparable Jesuit priests, were mentors in every sense of the word. Just as in the marriage vows, in sickness and in health, in the classroom and on the playingfield they shepherded us and moulded us.

To them our everlasting thanks
Alas, we were unable to realise during our schooling days the commitment they made for us, year after year, and every student that passed through their hands. However, older and wiser now, we realise the debt we owe them and take this opportunity every year to felicitate and show them our gratitude.
We do know that repayment in full will never be possible.


Exhibition: Segar

Until August 27
Segar, an exhibition of paintings by Raja Segar, at the Alliance Francis Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.



Monday, August 10
nATANDA Dance theatre of Sri Lanka presents Frangipani at the John De Siva Memorial Theatre, Colombo, at 6:30 p.m. Choreography by Kapila Palihawadana.


Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Tourism International

Sri Lanka Tourism held a media conference followed by a reception to introduce Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Tourism International on August 5, at Hilton Colombo Residence (Pix by Ravindra Dharmathilake)



Tuesday, August 11 and Wednesday, August 12
Sitcom by François Ozon (1998, 85 minutes) at the Alliance Francis Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3/6:30 p.m.
A comedy about the unravelling of a middle-class French family. They are abruptly confronted with the younger brother’s discovery of his homosexuality, the elder sister’s suicide attempt, and the intrusion of an unexpected character: a Rat!