Fellowship Lunch

Royal College Over 70 Group on November 22

All Old-Royalists provided they have reached the age of three score and ten, are eligible for membership of the Over 70 Group and then are qualified to partake in the Fellowship Lunch accompanied by their spouses.
This Lunch attracts the vintage group of Old Royalists and their spouses who are indeed, senior citizens of our motherland.

Those of you who are eligible but not yet members may contact the President, L.S.Dissanayake (2714424), or the Secretary, K.Manickavasagar (250-3249) for enrolment and further details.
All Fellowship Lunches held bi-anually are very well attended – number about 80 each time, the attraction being the delight and enjoyment derived from the get-together, and reminiscing past memories and recollect moments of yesteryear. Now in its 15th year, a get-together of this character and magnitude may well be the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka.

So come on, join in and avail yourself of this glorious opportunity to meet and greet your had been teen-age associates and friends, now graciously ageing.
Ageing and sickness are inevitable in our span of life, but what matters most is how you face the inevitable in a meek and mild state.

Understand life and see the reality of existence positively. Enjoy the last lap of life with those you have spent the best part of your life.
Since 1994 the fellowship lunches have been held firstly annually and later by popular request, bi-annually.
Venue: Dutch Burgher Union Hall

Haywin turns 15
A leading company in the photographic field, Haywin Group (Pvt) Ltd, offered an alms-giving followed by a Pirith ceremony at the premises on October 3 to mark their 15th anniversary.
Employees who completed 15-year service were honoured by Long Service Awards by the directors of the company on this day


60th Anniversary celebrations

Cora Abraham Art Classes 1949-2009

December 4 to 6
Colourful Expressions, an exhibition of paintings will be held commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Cora Abraham Art Classes.
The Cora Abraham Art Classes was established in 1949 as the Melbourne Art Classes (on Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4) by a pioneer teacher of Education through art, the late Cora Abraham together with art teacher Sita Kulasekera. They were soon joined by Richard Gabriel (a founder member of the 43 Group).
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Venue: Cora Abraham Art Classes, 183/5, High Level Road, Colombo 6


Phase 1 training course

Participants with the officers of the Phase 1 Training Course organised by the Colombo District Training Division of Sri Lanka Scout Association from October 17 to 18, at Nalanda College, Colombo 10


Little Tharushika
This baby girl from Higurapanagala, Battebedde, Kotapola is suffering from an abnormal growth in her head and needs quick medical attention to save her life. Since it is a difficult task for their parents to raise the money quickly, your generous donations are sought to rectify her pathetic condition soon.

Your worthy contributions we implore you, could be made to account number 1014 5012 2840 at Sampath Bank, Deniyaya branch in favour of T. M. Sirika.


Rotary kidney project
In an effort to save the lives of many ailing kidney patients, the Rotary Club of Colombo West has pledged to help the fund of the Renal Care and Renal Research Centre in Anuradhapura.
This noble act will be done with the participation of other Rotary clubs, local and international service organisations, the business community and concerned members of the public.

Once the required funds are raised, the Centre will have wards, dialysis units, operating theatres, out-patient clinics, radiology and scanning units, pharmacy, laboratory, etc., offering free treatment including dialysis and kidney transplant surgery to around 200 in-house patients from the North Central Province and neighouring regions.

Currently there are over 2000 patients receiving treatment at the makeshift clinics daily. Around 800 are critically ill and require urgent treatment.
Many deaths have caused due to chronic kidney diseases and end stage renal failure. In the North Central Province, which has a population of 1.2 million, 20% of patients are classified as “end-stage patients”, most of them die due to lack of medical care.

The Rotary Club of Colombo West kindly requests generous public to assist them in this urgent humanitarian project. They could send their donation in favour of: Rotary Club of Colombo West, National Kidney Foundation Project - A/c No: 008100012358, c/o Nations Trust Bank Ltd, 242, Union Place, Colombo 2.
The National Kidney Foundation is an Approved Charity Gazetted No. 1554 of 13/06/2008.


M. A. A. Weerakkody
M. A. A. Weerakkody of Ambamalla Bulathkohupitiya is the father of five children and needs an immediate surgery for an acute heart condition. The surgery to be carried out at the Nawaloka Hospitals will cost around Rs. 700,000/- according to the doctors there. Without a steady income, he is unable to face the situation on his own and requires the help of those willing to assist him to go through this surgery.
You can make your contributions to – A/C No. 252-2070326270 People’s Bank. Tel. 071-2312403.


Foreign Ministers meet
During a lunch hosted in honour of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Sergey V. Lavrov by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama at Hilton Colombo


November 21
36, Quai des Orfèvres/Department 36, V/O French/English subtitles, at the Alliance Française, 642 Peradeniya Road, Kandy, Tel. 2224432, at 3:30 p.m.
36 Quai des Orfèvres (Department 36) is a 2004 French film directed by Olivier Marchal and starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu.
36 Quai des Orfèvres is the address of the French equivalent of Scotland Yard. The film was nominated for 8 César Awards.


Sunanada wins first place
Sunanada Kodagoda won the first place in photographic category at the Dahadiya Siththam Arts Festival organised by the Arts sub-committee of the National Trade Union Centre (NTUC). Kodagoda is an employee at the People’s Bank.


Conflicts over Humanity + Gender
People have many dreams, so do I. It was when I was in the A/L class that I first tried to express my dreams on canvas. After A/Ls I came to Colombo. But once in Colombo, my sweet and simple dreams from village were replaced by the harsh realities in the city.

From the time I could remember, Sri Lanka has been tinted with war. For 30 years bullets fired in Jaffna. However, the war is now over and it is an ideal time to talk about the problems the South faces due to war.

The incomplete human figures symbolise both the impact caused by war and the bohemian life I’ve been spending in Colombo. Thus, this is an effort to recreate the lives of both yours and mine on canvas.
My journey as a painter would not have been complete without one special person. Jeff Anderson has been the inspiration behind my career, whom I remember with praise and gratitude.



Until November 22
‘Form and Space’, an exhibition of hand built ceramics by Yvette Spowers, at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo, 704 Galle Road, Colombo 3, 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.

Until 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 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 (Netherlans) at the Goethe Institut, at 7 p.m.
I Know You Know (UK) at the British Council, at 7 p.m.

Book sale

November 21 and 22
The end of semester book sale will take place at the Alliance Francaise De Colombo, 11, Barns Place, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. there will be used magazines and VHS tapes ,too, for sale.


OPA Annual Sessions
The Annual sessions of the OPA was held in grand scale at the Galle Face Hotel recently.
Being given a warming welcome, professionals leading the Chief Guest in procession to the hall


19th International Sea Power Symposium

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe addresses the historic 19th International Sea Power Symposium in Rhode Island, USA, recently