5th National Conference on Buddhist
Call for research papers
November 28 – 29
The 5th National Conference on Buddhist Studies has beeen organised by
the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri
Jayewardenapura in association with the Buddhist Times Trust and
Buddhist Activities Fund.
Research papers relating to Buddhism would be welcome from a variety of
disciplines such as Philosophy, Civilisation, History, Psychology,
Sociology, Buddhist Scriptural Languages and Literature and other
related disciplines in Humanities and Social Science. The papers can be
presented in either English or Sinhala.
Abstracts of papers should not exceed 300 words and must include
title, author(s), affiliation, address, Tel/Fax, E-mail address (if
available). Abstracts should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a copy to email@example.com as attachment in word, or by fax
to Fax No. 2803196 or by post to the Deptartment of Pali and Buddhist
Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Nugegoda.
A committee of Buddhist scholars will be selecting the papers, and
acceptance will be notified.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: October 10, 2009: Notification of
acceptance: October 15, 2009: Submission of full papers: November 25,
Participation is open to members of the public.
Sankalana II -The beauty of
September 13 and 14
‘Sankalana II’, the second solo exhibition by Dayan Kotachchi will be
open to the public at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
Dayan, who works at a leading ad firm as a senior Art Director has been
drawn towards the arts from very early stage in his life, which only
adds to his allure as an artist.
His ‘Sankalana II’ is a journey through the familiar Sri Lankan life
where he explores the beauty of the ordinary. Each painting is a
reflection of local life, people and places. “I wanted people to see the
paintings and connect themselves with them instantly; to think ‘I’ve
been there…’ or ‘I’ve seen that person…’ and to just be able to see the
ordinary with new eyes…”
Fourth Wall Forum
Jayalath Manoratna’s drama festival
September 15 – 19
A drama festival comprising five plays of Jayalath Manoratna is to be
staged for the pleasure of drama enthusiasts again in this September in
Colombo. The festival, now a customary cultural event carried out in
every two to three years, is organised this year by The Fourth Wall
Jayalath Manoratna has been a dramatist actively involved in the
craft of drama for the past four decades.
The plays lined up for the festival are Thala Mala Pipila (1988),
Andarela (1993), Guru Tharuva (1996), Lokaya Thani Yayak (2005) and Sudu
Redi Horu (2008) and will go on the boards at John de Silva Theatre from
September 15 to 19 at 6:30 p.m. on each day.
The scripts of these award-winning creations at State Drama Festivals
and State Literary Festivals are now available in print as books. Thala
Mala Pipila is a prescribed text for Grade 11.
G.L. discusses investment
opportunities in Sri Lanka with Lord Brennan
Prof. G.L.Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International
Trade met with Lord Daniel Brennan, A Specialist in Banking and
Investment Law, during his recent tour of the United Kingdom.
Discussions were centred around the present political and economic
climate in Sri Lanka and the steps necessary to persuade the leading
British Businessmen to invest in Sri Lanka.
Alliance Young Artists (AYA) – 2009
18 to 25
Alliance Française de Kandy, an Institution committed for the promotion
of Language and Culture, has been serving the culturally oriented
population of the Hill Capital for well over 42 years.
AYA – Alliance Young Artists, the annual cultural event came to fruition
in 2003, based on a proposal made by the current Director of Alliance
Française de Kandy, Dr Jacques Soulié. This programme is conducted for
selected students with a special aptitude and a proven ability for art
within the age group of 12-18 years. About 50 selected paintings will be
on display for a week at the auditorium of Alliance Fançaise de Kandy.
This cultural programme has been designed primarily to encourage the
young artists to enrich their knowledge of form, line, texture and
pattern in the world around them both natural and man-made. This
aesthetic discipline further builds a common platform for students to
discover the wonderful horizon of art, its freedom, vision, discipline
The organisers have discovered many major talents in the making,
displaying the clarity dexterity, and originality in their creative
To name a few, Jeevantha Bandara Samarakoon of Hataraliyadda,
presently studying at the University of Aesthetic Studies, E.A. Chanuri
Madhushani of Matara, A.I. Chaminda Siriwardene presently at the
University of Kelaniya, and Pragathi Helakumara of Gampola, a student of
Alliance Francaise de Kandy, Fathima Rifka Farook, Militha Menura
Bandara, Thamali Dhananjani Kumari, Ashinshani Jayawanthi Nambuge, Sudan
Jerome Samarasinghe are some of the major talents discovered during the
last seven years of existence of AYA.
Special mention has to be made about the budding charming youngster
Pulasthi Handunge, a student of Trinity College, who possesses an
amazingly rich and prodigious artistic talent with a profound devotion
to visual art.
Annual cultural calendar of the Alliance Française de Kandy has a series
of cultural events. Art workshops followed by exhibitions of works of
famous modern artists quite popular especially among the students and
Those who are selected for these cultural programmes enjoy enormous
freedom of expression in a relaxing and entertaining environment which
they are normally denied in their usual syllabus-oriented art classes in
Alliance Française de Kandy is organising AYA 2009 for the 7th
consecutive year from 18 to 25 September.
The young artists who have been selected this year are Fathima Shaakira
(Badi-Ud-Din Mahmud, Kandy), Kanishka Iddamalgoda (Hillwood College,
Kandy), and Sirini P. Kumarasinghe (St Joseph’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya,
The opening ceremony will take place on Friday, September 18 at 6.30 pm.
The Chief Guest will be Bertrand Dufieux, Délégué Général de l’Alliance
française à Sri Lanka.
It will no doubt be a rich and rewarding visual pleasure for those who
are committed to aesthetics in the Hill Capital.
Past Familian reunion
As all past students of the O/L classes of 1974 and A/L classes of
1977/78 of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya, have reached or will
reach that memorable half-century milepost this year, a celebration has
been arranged for Saturday, September 26.
The day will begin in the true Familian spirit with a thanksgiving mass
at 11 a.m. at the Holy Family Convent chapel followed by a group
photograph, after which a festive lunch has been arranged at the Palm
Lounge of Galle Face Hotel.
All those who are 50 or soon will be, come join the celebrations,
re-establish contact with your schoolmates and go down the memory lane
to the fun times we had in school.
For more information please e-mail: Rukshan at
Saranga Naven Avith
Lions Club of Colombo Park Circle of District 306 C 2 presents “Saranga
Naven Avith”, a hilarious comedy by Rodney Warnakula, the popular stage
actor on Sunday, September 13, at the John de Silva Memorial Hall.
The Lions Club of Colombo Park Circle, which is carrying out effective
humanitarian projects, is in the process of building two houses for the
poor whom have been already selected. The funds generated from this
event will be utilised for this project. On previous occasions, we,
lions, have carried out signature projects such as multi-health service
programmes, distribution of spectacles, blood donation programmes where
we contributed 900 pints blood for the war heroes etc.
Studio 3000 launched
The new branch of Studio 3000 run by two famous photographers Dinuka
and Dulani was opened at Mount Lavinia Hotel recently.
Feel the rhythm of light
An opportunity for a creative eye
September 18 to 20 & 27 and 28
Aperture 2009 Rhythm of Light photographic contest and exhibition
organised by the Level Three and Level Four students of Graphic Circle
specialising in Graphics and Communication Design at the Faculty of
Architecture, University of Moratuwa is to be held at the Harold Peiris
Gallery, Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7 on September 18 and 20, and on
September 27 and 28 at Y.M.B.A. Kurunegala. A workshop for school
children regarding photography is to be held in parallel to this
exhibition in Kurunegala on September 28.
DHL Volunteer Day
Introduced in 2008, DHL Volunteer Day is a community outreach program
focused on instilling among employees the spirit of volunteerism and
encouraging them to devote time and effort to create a positive impact
in their communities. Over 15,000 employees from more than 20 countries
in Asia Pacific participated in over 70 community projects that support
various local causes over a week last year.
Following the success in Asia Pacific last year, DHL Volunteer Day
2009 has expanded into Africa, Europe and Latin America. From September
1 to 6 more than 15,000 DHL employees in over 40 countries collaborated
with local partners, customers and non-governmental organisations
(NGOs), and participated in a variety of community initiatives in the
company’s largest ever coordinated volunteer drive to date.
Until September 20
An exhibition of paintings by George Beven, at the Barefoot Gallery,
704, Galle Road, Colombo 3 fromS 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Thry Minded, a rock concert by the rock bands Thriloka and Grey Mind
Domain hits the stage of Punchi Theatre, Borella, on September 20, from
6:30 p.m. onwards.
Days of Glory
Days of Glory, directed by Rachid Bouchareb (2006, 2 hours 8 minutes
in French (English subtitles) at the Alliance Française, 642, Peradeniya
Road, Kandy, at 3:30 p.m.
Between 1944 - 1945... Liberation of Italy, Provence, the Alps, the
Rhone Valley, Vosges, Alsace was essential to the victory of the allies
and to establish France’s presence among them after the armistice. This
victorious battle to advance on Germany, after much bloodshed and great
losses, was the accomplishment of the First French Army, recruited in
Africa in order to avoid the control of the German commissioners and the
Vichy authorities: 200,000 men, including 130,000 “indigenes” (natives)
including 110,000 North Africans, and 20,000 Africans. The rest made up
of two thirds “pieds-noirs” (French colonials) and one third young
Frenchmen who fled the occupation. The film relates the forgotten story
of the soldiers known as “Indigènes” following the epics of four of
them: Abdelkader, Saïd, Messaoud and Yassir (le goumier) a mobile corps,
reputed for their endurance, ground sense, and courage in close combat.
They are sent to the front line.