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
International seminar on ‘Tradition and
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
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
1. How do traditions react/ respond and adjust to effects of
globalisation? In other words how does globalisation impact upon
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
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
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.
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