Kandy Alliance Photo 2009
A photographic exhibition Femmes Du monde by Philippe Salaün will be held from November 13 to 23, at the Alliance Française de Kandy.

Philippe Salaün is from Brittany in France. A close friend of Robert Doisneau, he became his photo printer.

“I simply gathered images that I took during my travels and when visiting my home town in Brittany. In the exhibition, there is a dozen of nationalities represented and I have no other intention but to celebrate the force and the diversity of women through my photos captured during the past 30 years. I shall leave it to the public to give a title to each and entire collection.”


SLAHAB founder president wins int’l accolade
Achieving another milestone to the local beauty industry, renowned beautician and Founder President of SLAHAB Nayana Karunaratne was recently awarded the Organisation Mondial Coiffure (OMC - World Federation of Hairdressers), Prestige Club Medal of Distinction.

Karunaratne was awarded the medal in recognition of the contribution and the services she has rendered for the beauty industry in Sri Lanka. She is already a member of the OMC Board of Directors and is also the President for the Asia zone. “I believe it is a great achievement not just personally, but also to the local beauty industry,” she opined of her latest accomplishment.


Conflicts Over Humanity and Gender

November 16
Conflicts Over Humanity and Gender, an exhibition of paintings by Manoj Nalaka, at the American Centre, 44, Galle Road,
Colombo 3.


The nation fetes young inventors
Sri Lanka’s outstanding achievers at the ‘Young Inventor of the Year’ (JIY) competition/2009, organised by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka (IESL), were warmly felicitated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at the colourful 103rd Annual Sessions of the IESL, at the BMICH recently.

Over 600 schoolchildren who had participated at provincial level competitions held island wide, 60 successful participants were invited to the final competition held in Colombo. In this competition at the IESL’s Wimalasurendra Auditorium in Colombo, 20 outstanding achievers were selected as the winners of the JIY competition/2009, in their order of merit.

Master G. Nanayakkara of Ananda College Colombo was adjudged the “Junior Inventor of the Year-2009” , for his invention, of the “Wireless Access Technology for Horology”. A Gold medal, a certificate and a cash award of Rs. 15,000, was presented to him by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the IESL’s inaugural annual sessions at the BMICH.

The President presented a Silver medal, a certificate and a cash award of Rs. 12,500 to Master R.M.A.P. Keerthiratna of Vidyartha College Kandy, who secured the second place for his invention of “Instrument to Measure Focal Length”.

President Rajapaksa also presented a Bronze medal, a certificate and Rs.10,000 cash award to Miss. A.M.K.J. Layanal of Sumana Balika Vidyalaya Ratnapura for her invention of “Modified Three Pin Socket Outlet”.
Other Merit and Category-Specific Special Awards were also presented to the respective winners of the competition, at the TECHNO 2009 exhibition held at the BMICH.

The Chairman of the IESL JIY committee, Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda was of the view that overall, the competition was of a very high standard and was very close and competitive. There had been a high turnout and much enthusiasm among the competitors of the rural areas of the country.


Zonta Club II of Colombo promotes vision of empowerment
Zonta Club II of Colombo, conducted a Career Guidance Programme for grade 10, 11, 12 and 13 students of St. Claire’s Balika Maha Vidyalaya recently. This is the third such programme conducted by Zonta Club II. The other two programmes were held for the schoolgirls of St. Anthony’s BMV in Colombo 3 and All Saint’s Convent, Borella. Zonta Club II of Colombo is a member of Zonta International, a service organisation of women in professions and business who work towards advancing the status of women.


In Remembrance
Michael Weerasinghe,
Hilarene Mohammed, Mahen Samuel, Chinta Gohonuwatte, Yohan Chunchi, Nishantha Nanayakkara, Anarga de Mel, Terathi Ahamat, Premraj Peiris, Denis Jayawardena, Dilky Balthazaar, Jerome Gray, Thilak Fonseka, Christopher Shockman, Rohan Daniel and Chamara Perera
Years have passed away and gone since those we know so well
Was taken from their homes on earth, to a better place to dwell
The flowers we place upon their grave, may wither and decay
But the love for them who sleeps beneath, shall never fade away

Fondly remembered by, The Members of the Flight Attendants Union Cabin Crew of SriLankan Airlines


Paravi Rajina

The new generation novelist Sanjeeva Mahesh Perera who has published such novels as Obawa Soya Awa, Dedunu Chaya, Gimhanaye Lassana Davasak, has launched his latest addition to his works Paravi Rajina.
The story woven around a love triangle of young school goers depicting playful youth in all its glory and the sensitive inner heart feelings of the author’s, present you in simple language for easy reading and enjoyment. The book has published by Multi Book Store, Colombo 11.


155th birth anniversary celebrates

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 commemorative stamp was issued on this day in memory of the great sage. Some of the invitees were Governor, Western Province Alavi Moulana, Presidential Advisor, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Deputy Minister of Posts, M.S.Sellasamy, Competent Authority, Colombo Municipality, Omar Kamil and the Secretary, Posts and Telecommunications.


Zeylanica, A Study of the Peoples and Languages of Sri Lanka by Asiff Hussein is by far the most comprehensive study of the origins of the peoples and languages of Sri Lanka undertaken to date.
The author has employed a multi-disciplinary approach in this work to trace the origins of the races which have made Sri Lanka their home over the centuries and millennia, adducing evidence from historical geography, physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics and even the exciting new science of genetics.

The ethnic groups covered in this survey includes both the major communities as well as minor groups who have made Sri Lanka their home over the centuries including the Veddas, Sinhalese, Tamils, Moors, Malays, Memons, Portuguese and Dutch Burghers, Kaffirs and Ahikuntaka. He has also dealt with the legendary peoples who are supposed to have once inhabited the country including the Raksasas, Yakkhas, Nagas and Nittavo.

The author has gathered around him a vast corpus of information from ancient literature, research studies and field work, not only to substantiate established facts, but more importantly, has postulated some new theories which should stimulate further research and inquiry into this fascinating subject.
Available at Vijitha Yapa, Lake House, Barefoot, Odel, Sarasavi and Serendib Bookshop



Until November 9
Numbed, by Bandu Manamperi, the first of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009, at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte, at 6:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Closed on all public and mercantile holidays.

November 12 – 22
Form and Space, an exhibition of hand built ceramics by Yvette Spowers, at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, 704 Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Weekdays) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays).

Nov 19 – December 15
Sri Lanka, The Ultimate Island Safari by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne and Chitral Jayatilake, at the Alliance Française de Colombo Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

November 14 – December 7
Goodwill Hardware, an exhibition of paintings by Koralegedara Pushpakumara, the second of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009, at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte, 6: 30 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Closed on all public and mercantile holidays.


November 10 and 11
On Connaît La Chanson by Alain Resnais (1994, 120 minutes), at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Sri Lankan student honoured
Sri Lankan student Gian M. Dalpethado has been selected for the membership of The National Society of High School Scholars (NHSS) in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.
The society recognises top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence.

“On behalf of NHSS I am honoured to recognise the hard work Gian has demonstrated to achieve the exceptional level of academic excellence”, NHSS founder and Chairman Claes Nobel said.
Gian is a grandson of the renowned film director Robin Thampoe and was educated at St Joseph’s College in Colombo.

“St Joseph’s College is proud to announce that student Gian Dalpathado has received a national honour and has been selected by the NHSS”, Rev Fr Sylvester Ranasinghe, Principal St. Joseph’s College said.