Maris Stella OBA Activity Centre
The Old Boys Association of Maris Stella College, Negombo founded in the year 1928 celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. The main objective of the committee of management was to initiate a landmark project to remember the event and also to pay homage to the past presidents and members who have walked the extra mile to make it happen and to uplift the association to its standing today.

Boundless Marist Legacy was the motto adopted for the occasion and the event became the building of the OBA Activity Centre. The project put in to motion last year, has made vast strides during the past twenty months or so and is now ready to commence construction by next month. The proposed multi faceted centre is a state-of-the-art building costing 28 million rupees and will be built on a plot of land adjacent to the college over looking the college auditorium. The concept, structural design, estimates and Bills Of Quantity (BOQ)s were all drawn up and prepared by the OBA members. The committee is ready to call for tenders in order to commence construction within six to eight weeks time.

It is delighted to note that old boys from all corners of the country and overseas have shown a keen interest for the project and confirmed funding to the tune of 14 million within six months, persuading the Committee of Management to start the project much earlier than anticipated. Management is very confident that the balance money will roll in once the project kicks off by way of personal contributions and also from the planned fund raisers in the future.

Calling all Old Boys of Maris Stella College to be a part of this prestigious project and to have their names engraved on the special granite wall will be a worthy contribution to this mega event.


Book launching ceremony
October 28
The launching ceremony of two of Kamal Perera’s most recent Sinhalese and Tamil short story books named Asamath Rajje and Thirantha Kathavu will take place on October 28.
The Minister of Transport Dalas Alahapperuma will discuss ‘Asamath Rajje’ while Professor S. Thillainadan will share his thoughts about Thirantha Kathavu.

The ceremony will be presided over by the veteran writers Pathma Somakanthan and Sumithra Rahubadda.
The short story book ‘Asamath Rajje’ had been offered to Dayasena Gunasinghe the late veteran short story writer and journalist and Thirantha Kathavu which has been translated in to Tamil by Thikvayal Kamal has been offered to the senior writer Dominic Jeewa, a person who has supported the erection of the bridge between the Sinhalese and Tamil writers.

The conduction procedures of the ceremony will be handled by Madulugiriye Wijerathna and S. Sivagurunathan. Godage publishers have published both the books and the Writers’ Organisation of Lanka and the Sinhala and Tamil Writers Association (STWA) have organised the ceremony.
Time: 3 p.m.
Venue: Auditorium of the Public Library


Ballet performance
October 28 and 29
Jehan Aloysius of Centrestage Productions has devised and directed An Inspired Swan Lake, a contemporary take on the classic ballet. His cast consists of Sunera workshop participants and disabled soldiers from Ranaviru Sevana.

Nalinda Premaratne, of Abhina Academy of Performing Arts has devised and directed Human Touch, a tale which encapsulates the need of all human beings to be respected, valued and loved. His cast consists of Sunera workshop participants and members of Abhina Academy.
Both productions will be performed on both evenings.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Tickets: Now on sale at the Bishop’s College Auditorium


Spectacles for students

The Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society has made arrangements to distribute spectacles among schoolchildren suffering from visual impairment.
Those wishing to obtain spectacles may send in a self-addressed envelope with Rs. 5 stamp affixed to the General Secretary, Spectacles for Schoolchildren, Sri Lanka Eye Donation Society, Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 7 before October 29.
Further particulars may be obtained from telephone numbers 011-2698040, 2698041, 2698043.


Sri Lanka week in Melbourne
October 30 to November 1
A series of promotional events are being organised by the Sri Lanka High Commission in Canberra in collaboration with the Consul for Sri Lanka in Victoria, Bandu Dissanyake and the Sri Lankan expatriate community at Dockland Events in Melbourne.
The proposed series of events are being held to showcase the diversity and the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka, the trade and investment opportunities available and to promote Sri Lanka as a destination for tourism, trade and investments.

The Sri Lanka Week events will comprise of the following:
Seminar on Emerging Investment Opportunities in Sri Lanka, trade display, seminar on tourism, one to one trade/investments meetings, cultural performances and fashion shows, live music/entertainments, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine and culinary demonstrations.

For these events the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Australia has invited several dignitaries, artistes, senior government officials and several other individuals to assist in various aspects of the promotional events. Among those invited are Mano Wijeratne, Minister of Enterprise Development, Ajith Nivard Cabraal,Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ravindra Randeniya, Advisor to the President, Bernard Goonetillke, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Dhammika Perera, Chairman, Board of Investment, Duminda Ariyasinghe, Executive Director, Promotions, Board of Investment. Anil Koswatte, Chairman, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Dr T Publis Silva, Chief Chef Mt. Lavinia Hotel, Dimuthu Kumarasinghe, Corporate Chef, Aitken Spence Hotels, famous sought after singer Anil Bhareti and ever green Christopher Paul and the compere Mrs Noeline Honter.

Venue: Water Front City-Docklands


Thurstanite 2009
November 7
Notwithstanding the yet gloomy economic conditions in the world and in keeping with the “Rebuilding of awakened Sri Lanka” Thurstan College OBU will be hosting their annual reunion dinner dance for the 19th occasion.
For almost two decades this magnificent event has become the most looked forward to event in the Old Thurstanites calendar and as experienced in the past, a large number of past Thurstanites and their families from overseas also are expected to attend the dance, thus adding more colour and glamour.

The surplus generated from the dance from the inception has been channeled to the Thurstan College Trust Fund that has played a major financing role of the educational, sports and social needs of college. Hence, the dance becomes a significant annual event for Thurstanites of all walks of life.

Music for the evening will be provided by ‘Rajiv and the Clan’ backed by ‘DJ Kosala’ while the MC for the evening will be evergreen past Thurstanite – ‘SunilDee’ of “Yes or No” fame of yester year.
Venue: Holiday Inn, Colombo
Tickets: Bookings could be confirmed with Dushyantha Abeygunawardena “Symphony” 438/2, Havelock Road, Colombo 5: Tel. 4967928


155th birth anniversary celebrated
Under the auspices of the Sri Narayana Mentors Society a special celebration was held in regard to the 155th birth anniversary of the great Malayalee sage Sri Narayana in Colombo recently. A commemoration stamp was issued on this day in the memory of the great sage. Seen in this picture are some of the invitees, Governor Western province Alavi Moulana, Presidential Advisor Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Deputy Minister Posts M.S.Sellasamy, Competent Authority Colombo Municipality Omar Kamil and Secretary Posts and Telecommunications, being taken in procession to the celebration hall.


Exhibition of art
October 30 and 31
The maiden exhibition of two sisters, Vonara (Grade 3) and Perhara (Nursery) Dahanaggamaarachchi of Bishops College, Colombo 3 will be opened by the Principal, Bishop’s College, Hemamali Bibile, at 9:30 a.m. on October 30.
About 70 arts based on crayons, water colours will be exhibited.
Venue: Art Gallery, Colombo


Donations for needy
The R. Duminda Silva Foundation organised a campaign of money donation for the needy of medical treatment, housing and drinking water. Donations were made at his office in Kolonnawa by R. Duminda Silva, the chief organiser of Kolonnawa and Provincial Councillor of the Western Province.


First day cover presentation

Post master General M. K. B Dissanayake (extreme right) presenting the first day cover of Army 60th anniversary to the Army Commander Maj. General Jagath Jayasuriya. Maj. Gen Upul Perera (Deputy Chief of Staff) is next to the commander. Stamp Designer Sanath Rohana Wickramasinghe is also present (far centre)


Portraits Self-Portraits 20/20
October 30 to November 8
L’Alliance Française de Colombo and the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka present the exhibition Portraits Self-Portraits 20/20 by Gilles Porte.
The entire world would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Convention on Rights of the Child, ratified by 191 countries.
The 54 articles depicted from 20 countries where Gilles Porte travelled would be exhibited at this convention are meant to protect the children worldwide.
Venue: Green Path along Victoria Park, Colombo 7


Festival of Choirs ‘09
October 30
Organised by the Western Music Society of Royal College, the Festival of Choirs ’09 showcases the vocal talents of nine of the best school choirs in Sri Lanka.
The Nine School Choirs of Royal College, Bishop’s College, Ladies’ College, Colombo International School, Visakha Vidyalaya, St Nicholas College, St Peter’s College, St Benedict’s College.
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Tickets: Available at the Lionel Wendt


Musical extravaganza
A leading musical instructor in the hill capital, Cristry Fernando of Music Education Centre, conducted his second successful musical extravaganza at the Trinity College Main Hall, Kandy. More than 35 young students performed.



Until October 30
Untitled Book, an installation exhibition by Kingsley Gunatillake, at the Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

Until November 1
I, You and We, an exhibition of sculpture by Manoranjana Herath, at the Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends).

Until November 9
Numbed, the first of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009, at the Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Closed on all public and mercantile holidays. The curators for this season are Pradeep Chandrasiri and Prasanna Ranabahu. Theertha Pradharshana Wasanthaya 2009 showcases art of Bandu Manamperi, Koralegedara Pushpakumara, Sarath Kuamarasiri.

Public lecture

October 25
There Must Be Freedom To Observe, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka, at the Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6, at 9:45 p.m.


October 30
Bharatha Natyam Recital by the students of the Indian Cultural Centre trained by Guru Subahsini Pathmanathan, at the Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, at 6 p.m.


October 27 and 28
A Tout De Suite by Benoit Jacquot (95 minutes, 2003 in French with English subtitles, at the Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3/6:30 p.m.
Synopsis: Lili, falls for a handsome Moroccan criminal and impulsively follows him into hiding after a bungled bank robbery. She joins him on the run in a dizzying cross-continent escape through Spain, Morocco and Greece, but a sudden betrayal leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Magic show

October 25 and 26
Mega Magic Show, by the master magician, Dr. A. Alexander, organised by the St Michael’s College Batticaloa, Alumni Association (Colombo Branch), at the St Joseph’s College Indoor Stadium, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on October 25 and 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on October 26.