|Maris Stella OBA
|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
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
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
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
|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
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
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
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
The Sri Lanka Week events will comprise of
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
Venue: Water Front
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
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
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:
|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
|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
Venue: Art Gallery, Colombo
|Donations for needy
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
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
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
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Tickets: Available at the Lionel Wendt
|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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.