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Events


European film festival
November 7 – 15
The European Union member states represented in Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Norway, and the co-organiser Alliance Française de Colombo, present the European Film Festival 2009. The main film festival (nine films of 35mm) will take place at the BMICH while the fringe festival (DVD screenings of 21 films) will take place simultaneously at the British Council, Goethe-Institut and Alliance Française. A selection of short films directed by young Sri Lankan film makers will be presented before the screening of each feature film. European Film Festival 2009 will also screen, as an exclusive preview for the opening night, Lester James Peries’ masterpiece Gamperaliya.

November 7
Kissed by Winter (Norway) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
La Maison Du Bonheur (France) at the Alliance Francaise, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.
Das Leben Der Anderen (Germany) at the Goethe Institut, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m.
I Know You Know (United Kingdom) at the British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3, at 5 p.m.
Skin (UK) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
Dias De Futbol (Spain) at the Alliance Francaise at 7 p.m.
Max Manus (Norway) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
HannaHanna (Netherlands) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

November 8
Skin (UK) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
Latebloomers (Swiz) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
Love Is All (Netherlands) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
Cosas Que Hacen Que La Vida Valga La Pena (Spain) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
Mme Bovary (France) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
Ne Le Dis A Personne (France) at the Alliance Francaise, at 7 p.m.
Vidange Perdue (Belgium) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
Ricordati Di Me (Italy) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

November 9
Auf Der Anderen Seite (Germany) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
Formidable (Belgium) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
La Finestra Di Fronte (Italy) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
Blindsight (UK) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
Grabben I Graven Bredvid (Sweden) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
O Dve Slabiky Pozadu (Slovakia) at the Alliance Francaise, at 7 p.m.
Wer Fruher Stirbt Ist Langer Tot (Germany) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
Buitenspel (Belgium) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

November 10
Agata e La Tempesta (Italy) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
Dias De Futbol (Spain) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
Rain Falling (Slovakia) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
HannaHanna (Netherlands) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
Ca Rend Heureux (Belgium) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
La Maison Du Bonheur (France) at the Alliance Francaise, at 7 p.m.
Das Leben Der Anderen (Germany) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
I Know You Know (UK) at British Council at 7 p.m.

November 11
Sisters In Law (UK) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
Latebloomers (Swiz) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
Max Manus (Norway) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
Nord (Norway) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
Kissed By Winter (Norway) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
Dias De Futbol (Spain) at the Alliance Francaise at 7 p.m.
Love Is All (Netherlands) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
Cosas Que Hacen Que La Vida Valga La Pena (Spain) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

November 12
Kirschbluten Hanami (Germany) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
Ne Le Dis A Personne (France) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
Vidange Perdue (Belgium) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
Ricordati Di Me (Italy) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
Agata E La Tempesta (Italy) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
Formidable (Belgium) at the Alliance Francaise, at 7 p.m.
La Finestra Di Fronte (Italy) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
Blindsight (UK) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

November 13
Sisters In Law (UK) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
O Dve Slabiky Pozadu (Slovakia) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
Wer Fruher Stirbt Ist Langer Tot (Germany) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
Hanna Hanna (Netherlands) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
De Tweeling (Netherlands) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
Latebloomers (Swiz) at the Alliance Francaise, at 7 p.m.
Rain Falling (Slovakia) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
Nord (Norway) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

November 14
Min misunnelige friser (Norway) at BMICH at 5.00 p.m.
Formidable (Belgium) at Alliance Francaise at 5.00 p.m.
La finestra di fronte (Italy) at Goethe Institut at 5.00 p.m.
Blindsight (UK) at British Council at 5.00 p.m.
Auf der amderem Seite (Germany) at BMICH at 7.00 p.m.
Ne le dis a personne (France) at Alliance Francaise at 7.00 p.m.
Wer Fruher Stirbt ist langer tot(Germany) at Goethe Institut at 7.00 p.m.
Ricordati di me (Italy) at British Council at 7.00 p.m.

November 15
Les Glaneurs Et La Glaneuse (France) at the BMICH, at 5 p.m.
Grabben I Gaven Bredvid (Sweden) at the Alliance Francaise, at 5 p.m.
Max Manus (Norway) at the Goethe Institut, at 5 p.m.
Buitenspel (Belgium) at the British Council, at 5 p.m.
Capitaine Achab (France) at the BMICH, at 7 p.m.
O Dve Slabiky Pozadu (Slovakia) at the Alliance Francaise, at 7 p.m.
Love Is All (Netherlands) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
I Know You Know (UK) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.
Meranga ––a school of dancing
It is widely accepted that our traditional dance is a perfect blend of mind and body, a rich and unique mode of dance which is not second to any other dance in the world. Mahesh Umagiliya and Menaka Jayasooriya, young dancers are dedicated and committed to endow Kandyan Dance for the next generation. They assume that it is a bounden duty and a way of life. They established a dancing academy named “Meranga” which aims to preserve Kandyan Dance.

In 2009, October 1, Meranga Dancing Academy was declared open at the Western Province Aesthetic Resort, in Prof. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 7, starting traditional dancing classes for the beginners with good hopes.

Famous dancers, Ravi Bandu Vidyapathi, Samanthi Vidyapathi, the Principal and the Vice Principal of Bishop’s College Colombo, a many of well wishers participated at the opening ceremony. Perfomances by Ravi Bandu, Samanthi Mahesh and Menaka left the audience awestruck.

Mahesh, one of the dancing teachers of Meranga, is a well trained dancer. He has been trained in various forms of dancing for more than fifteen years. His first teacher of dancing was the famous dancer Vajira Chithrasena. Subsequently, as he joined the Chithrasena Dance troupe he was privileged enough to train under experts such as Upekha Chithrasena and Piyasara Shilpadhipathi. He has gained low country dancing and drumming under J. D. Gunathunga and K. N. S. Atugoda respectively.

Mahesh, an all rounder, talented in dancing, costume designing, set designing art directing and music editing for the ballets done by Chithrasena. He has mastered in graphic designs and documentaries which is vital for stage shows.

Menaka is also an experienced dancing teacher. By profession she is a dancing teacher at Bishop’s College Colombo; and was graduated at University of Visual and Performing Arts.
Her flair for dancing was first recognized and encouraged by her mother who was also a teacher. Later she became a student of Thimbiripitiya and Piyadasa Perera. After sometime she joined the Chithrasena Dance Academy where she was trained by well known dancers Vajira and Upekha Chithrasena.

Her low country dancing teacher was J. D. Gunathunga. She was fortunate enough to meet another set of experts in the same discipline in the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Piyasara Shipladhipathi, Dhammika Lankathilaka and Wayidyawathi Rajapaksha. She learned Bharatha Natyam under Mrs. Suriyakala Chandrika Jeewanandan. Menaka’s force behind, is her beloved husband Vishal Karunarathna.

Meranga Dance Academy which is a perfect place for Kandyan dancing, low country and Bharatha Natyam dancing for beginners with scientific exercises, invites all children who love traditional dancing.
Meranga

 

Over Here and Over There Film Festival: November 3 to 6
Over Here and Over There Film Festival echoing the International Film Festival of the Islands (France) will be held at the Arts Theatre, University of Peradeniya, at 5: 30 p.m. It is organised by the Brain Tea Association, Alliance Française de Kandy and Arts Council and Department of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya. The opening ceremony will take place on November 3, at 5:30 p.m. with the participation of renowned film director, Prasanna Vithanage.

November 3
Sri Lanka:
Podi Nama (2007) by Damayanthi Fonseka.
Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul) (1996) by Prasanna Vithanage.
November 4
Pacific Ocean:
Nauru, Une Ile a la Derive (Nauru, an island adrift) (2009) by Julien Salgado.
November 5
Madagascar:
Mahaléo (2005) by César Paes, Raymond Rajaonarivelo.
November 6
Sri Lanka:
Oranges (2006) by Sumathy Sivamohan.
In Search of a road (2006) Dharmasena Pathiraja.

 

Gold pendants from Swadeshi ‘Khomba’
Country’s leading herbal beauty soap offers consumers a chance to win a pendant a day for 10 weeks.
Users of the herbal beauty soap brand ‘Khomba’ will once again have a chance to win beautifully crafted gold pendants from Swadeshi Industrial Works.

The promotion started on October 7 and participants will be able to win 70 gold pendants in the shape of a Kohomba leaf, the signature symbol of the ‘Khomba’ brand, with an attractive light green coloured semi precious stone in it, the company said.

Consumers who send in two wrappers of Khomba Herbal Soap or an empty pack of the newly launched ‘Khomba 4-in-1 Herbal Soap’ with their name addressed to Swadeshi Khomba Ran Ruwa, P.O. Box 4, Kandana, will be eligible to participate in draws at which a gold pendant a day would be present over a 10 week period.
The draws held recently and the winners will be announced during news telecasts of ITN and Rupavahini every Sunday.

 

Exhibition

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.

Katina ceremony in Chennai

A cultural show was staged at Sahiras Buharees Hall, Egmore, Chennai in order to boost Indu-Sri Lanka cultural ties at large.
Five troupes of Sri Lankan dancers performed in a variety of styles and traditions while students from Shiv Jothy Dancing Academy, Chennai graced the show with Barathanatyam.
The event coincided with the annual Katina ceremony of Chennai – Sri Lanka Mahabodhi Centre on October 23 and 24 amidst a massive crowd of devotees from Sri Lanka as well as Tamil Nadu.

Carbon Conservation Company:

Making a sustainable difference through analog forestry carbon trading

By a Correspondent
Carbon Conservation Company, a firm set up to offer ‘carbon footprint consultancy and an ecologically responsible alternative to current carbon offset trading’, announced the formal launch of its first vintage of voluntary carbon credits. Company CEO Subramaniam Eassuwaren invited ‘concerned companies and individuals who wish to obtain carbon offsets that are more than mere licences to pollute’ to consider investing in the company’s ‘sustainable carbon credits’.

The firm specialises in helping companies calculate their impact on the environment including their carbon and water footprints. After helping them monitor their footprints, they then offer the companies ecologically sound credits to offset what they cannot reduce.

They are now working with several boutique eco hotels to reduce their carbon footprints while also advising individuals and organisations on how to manage their lands in an environmentally sound manner.