5th National Conference on Buddhist Studies

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 dhammadassi@sjp.ac.lk with a copy to hgoonatilake@hotmail.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, 2009.
Participation is open to members of the public.


Sankalana II -The beauty of the ordinary

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 Forum.

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

September 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 and rewards.
The organisers have discovered many major talents in the making, displaying the clarity dexterity, and originality in their creative work.

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 art lovers.
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 schools.

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, Kegalle).
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.

Thilak Palliyaguruge


Past Familian reunion

September 26
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 drukshan@yahoo.com


Saranga Naven Avith

September 13
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

September 20
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

September 19

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.