Jaffna Food Festival at Holiday Inn

Until August 30, 7 p.m. onwards
It’s time to celebrate the joy in the air with a journey to the North, and where better to start than at the Jaffna Food Festival at the Holiday Inn. Savour the cuisine from the northern peninsula of the island at the Gardenia Coffee Shop as you indulge in the heady aromas, seductive spices and delicious delicacies. Odiyal Kool - the signature dish of Jaffna is an exotic concoction of seafood, vegetables, carefully measured spices and odiyal flour. This star of the festival is an ideal way to start the gastronomic journey. An ambience of northern hospitality welcomes you with the offering of an auspicious kumkum bindi, the brightly coloured kolam at the entrance and the décor of chains of flowers and mango leaves. The strains of live music from the region will accompany you along the way, as you are served and attended to by traditional vetti clad personnel of the Coffee Shop.

An array of authentic favourites lovingly brought to life according to traditional recipes delicately flavoured mouth watering crabs, prawns, and a wide selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are available. Complete the discovery of Yaalpanam treats with the traditional rasawalli pudding created out of a sweet potato from the region.


International seminar on ‘Tradition and Development’

August 26 and 27
The international seminar on ‘Tradition and Development’ organised by the German Cultural Centre, (Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany) will be held at the Goethe-Hall, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregorys Road, Colombo 7.
The Goethe-Institute Sri Lanka has invited Prof. Dr Frank Heidemann, LMU, University of Munich, Germany and Dr Rustom Bharucha from Calcutta as resource persons.

Tradition as a rather evasive concept is popularly seen as a set of practices/ customs and beliefs, passed on from generation to generation. The practices and customs that are supposed to have come from the past are governed by overtly or tacitly accepted rules and usually in a ritualistic format, which in most cases seek to inculcate a sense of continuity with the past. But it is also our contemporary experience that traditions do change, and that traditions do show remarkably protean aspects that allow them to continue into the future. The main purpose of this seminar is to mediate between these two seemingly opposite aspects/ slants of tradition in the age of globalisation.

The conference will be structured around the following four broad key issues/ questions:
1. How do traditions react/ respond and adjust to effects of globalisation? In other words how does globalisation impact upon traditions?
2. How does the tradition change dyad function in contexts of political/ representational struggles and circumstances?
3. How do tradition and change get manifested in the field of aesthetic and symbolic expressions in the face of current globalisation forces’ most dominant register of popular culture and media manoeuvres of Asian traditional music, dance, and visual expressions?
4. If development in different spheres of life is enhanced by today’s globalisation, as claimed, how does a country (like Sri Lanka) reconcile the inherent demands of globalisation’s driving forces with its own traditions?


IOM to improve migrants’ skills

IOM is backing efforts by the Ministry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare (MFEPW) to improve housekeeper/domestic help and caregiver training courses to upgrade the skills of migrant workers and enhance their earning potential abroad.


Mass Lanka Award Ceremony

Mass Lanka Award Ceremony organised annually by Sri Lanka Mass Communication Foundation was held at the BMICH recently. A few State media officers also received awards.


Workshop at Fulbright Commission

Last week the American Embassy sponsored a two day workshop on August 6 and 7 for journalists/sub-editors at the US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission at Flower Terrace for 10 media personnel from different English papers in Colombo. The workshop was conducted by John Stifler of the United States.

John Stifler studied English at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Then he earned a Master’s degree in English Literature at the University of Manchester in England and spent three years teaching at an American school in Switzerland followed by several years writing for newspapers and magazines, as well as writing examination questions. Since 1984, he has been teaching Writing in the Economics Department of the University of Massachusetts, at the other end of the small college town of Amherst where he earned his BA years earlier. He has been teaching Writing and Literature in English at Peradeniya University and will return to the University of Massachusetts at the end of August, filled with hopes of coming to Sri Lanka again soon.
The workshop was very informative and practical and covered all aspects of sub-editing and writing skills as well. (P.J.)



To Micheal Jackson with love

August 26, 7:30 p.m.
The award-winning local choir Soul Sounds spearheaded by Soundari David will host a concert as a tribute to the legendary King of Pop Micheal Jackson, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. The concert will also feature performances by artistes such as Dushyanth Weeraman and special arrangements by Mignonne Fernando. Tickets will be available at the venue.


US Ambassador-designate visits SL Ambassador

Sri Lanka Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya Wednesday welcomed Patricia Butenis, the United States’ newly-confirmed Ambassador-designate to Sri Lanka, as she prepares to take charge of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya and Ambassador-designate Butenis spoke cordially and extensively about the post-conflict situation in Sri Lanka during a meeting at the Embassy of Sri Lanka. The talks included a discussion of the condition of the 280,000 people displaced by the successfully concluded conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or LTTE.


Deputy Principal Royal College awarded

Deputy Principal, Royal College, Mrs. C. L. Attygala receives the award of honour from President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 161st Prize Giving of Royal College held on August 7


Tribute to the Masters

August 20, at 7:15 p.m.
Goethe Institute Sri Lanka together with the Chamber Music Society of Colombo pays tribute to the Masters: Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, at the Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.
Tickets are available at Goethe-Institute.



August 20
Lecture cum demonstration on Kathak dance by renowned artistes Hari and Chethna, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4, at 6 p.m.



August 18 and 19
Luna Papa by Bakhitar Khudojnazarov (1999, 107 minutes) at 6:30 p.m.
Teenage Mamlakat lives with her father and brother in an ancient city by the sea. She dreams of being an actress and when a touring theatre company comes to town, she sees her chance.


New Branch of Studio 3000

The new branch of Studio 3000 run by the two famous photographers Dinuka and Dulani will be opened at Mount Lavinia Hotel on August 20, at 7 p.m.