Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy
The launching of the book “Sextet”, by Mark
Amerasinghe will take place with a dramatic
performance by the teachers and students of the
This book published by the Alliance Française de
Kandy, includes the texts of the monodramas that
have been performed by the author during the recent
years, translating and adapting for the stage the
works of six great French novelists, Victor Hugo,
Guy de Maupassant, André Gide, Marguerite Yourcenar,
Albert Camus, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
It has been a great privilege not only to be
present at the stage performances of Mark
Amerasinghe, but also to witness the “work in
progress”, that led to these unique realisations.
Mark Amerasinghe does not know what retirement is.
Instead of getting a peaceful and silent retreat, he
naturally decided to give his voice to some famous
The skills he has developed as a surgeon are now
used in the contact with literary texts which
undergo dislocation and extensive cutting, and
finally extrapolation and transference…
If this voice is of course the voice of the selected
French authors, by doing a deep voyage inside the
original, Mark Amerasinghe, has given a new impetus
to these already remarkable texts.
As a result of his choice, this voice is not
surprisingly expressing the fragility of human
beings, but also and mainly their capacity to give a
deep meaning to our lives, highlighting particularly
the transcendental value of Art.
It is an exceptional illustration of the
encountering of cultures and the benefit we can all
find in promoting cultural diversity.
Sri Lanka, The Ultimate Island Safari, is a photographic exhibition
of leopards, elephants, primates, birds and teeming bio-diversity to
Blue and Sperm Whales by Chitral Jayathilake and Gehan de Silva
Wijeyeratne, two of Sri Lanka’s best known photographers, Alliance
Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
December 6, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. onwards
Venue: Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon (DBU), 114, Reid Avenue,
Organised by (DBU) the Annual Christmas Sale will have a variety of
items such as garments, household goods, costume jewellery, linen,
shoes etc. on sale.
Additionally, there will be the ever popular Burgher delicacies with
savouries and sweets associated with the Burgher Community.
Specialties such as lamprais, love cake or bolo d’amore, foguetti,
the refreshing home-made ginger beer with its over-blown plums, milk
wine, beef patties, beef smore and a host of other items will also
be on sale.
|Lankans in Impac Dublin
|Two Sri Lankan writers from Vijitha Yapa Publications have made
it to the long list of the Impac Dublin award 2010, the richest
literary prize in the world with a prize of 1 million Euros. The
winner will be announced next year.
The story of one man who sacrificed all to discover the everlasting
good of all. Set in ancient India; the book relates the story of a
young man, an Indian Prince of the realm, who finds the monotony of
life meaningless. In the prime of youth, ensconced in the lap of
luxury and dwelling in endless pleasures, he renounces all to go in
search of a mystic treasure. He embarks upon an unknown path, on an
unknown journey, in an unknown quest to find an unknown treasure.
This is the story of his amazing search for the ultimate
treasure: The Stoic Stone, the story of how he discovered it and how
the omens showed him the way.
Author Manu Gunasena, 47, is a law graduate of the London School of
Economics, University of London and is a Barrister-at-Law of the
Inner Temple, England and Wales. He was also the editor of the
national English Sunday newspaper the Weekend and the daily English
newspaper the Sun and the Editorial Director of Independent
Newspapers Ltd until its closure in 1990. He is the grandson of
The Garland of Fate
The story is based on an incident from the Kanevera Jataka and
characters and incidents have been added to evoke a complex society
that appreciated beauty, poetry and philosophy, while also knowing
poverty, banditry and superstition. Many characters and incidents
have been added so as to take in a broad sweep of ancient Indian
society from Benares to Taxila.
Economic circumstances cause the two daughters of a small-time
farmer to be assigned two very different roles: the elder being
given in marriage to an ambitious, social climbing merchant, while
the younger girl is sold as an apprentice to a wealthy city
courtesan, whose role she eventually inherits. Meanwhile a young man
from a good family falls in with a gang of bandits, is captured, and
paraded through the streets of the city prior to execution. The
younger of the two sisters decides to save him....... and thereby
sets in motion a chain of events that dramatically impacts on the
lives of all the characters.
Author, Ruana Rajapakse is a lawyer by profession and the author
of two professional books, An Introduction to Law in Sri Lanka and A
Guide to Current Constitutional Issues in Sri Lanka.
|Paintings that resonate people
Tuesday, December 15
Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, Lionel Wendt Theatre
It’s not often that a niece gets the privilege of being able to
write about her youngest uncle but it did happen. Humbled by his
success with his recent exhibitions over the years, Ifthikar decided
to share his new collection to all art enthusiasts barely nine
months after his most recent exhibition.
He paints primarily because, quite simply, it is what gives him
the greatest thrill and pleasure. Happily he discovered that his
paintings also resonated with people, and that he was blessed with
the luxury of being paid for doing something he enjoyed! It
therefore seemed the best thing to do when he retired from business
in 1993 aged 55.
Born in Colombo on May 10, 1938 and educated at S. Thomas’
College, Mount Lavinia, Ifthikar chose to explore the education
systems in the UK and finished his education at the London School of
Economics (University of London).
The exhibition will have around 45 plus paintings for a preview and
reception for invitees in the Harold Peiris Gallery at the Wendt on
December 14 and thereafter open to the public on December 15.
Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is an island of extraordinary beauty and it is no
small wonder then, that he mostly enjoys painting its magnificent
landscapes directly from nature. Getting into the nitty gritty of
how he paints, (not all are exposed to this) he begins by accurately
measuring and drawing the outlines of the main shapes lightly
blocking in their values, edges and colours, starting from top to
bottom, background of sky and distant objects through middle ground
and finally what is close up in the foreground.
He then proceeds to build up details generally finishing the
prominent shapes with the correct colour, values and edges that he
sees. For him, it is an intensely satisfying experience to lay down
the paint with brush and painting knives and watch the picture
evolve and translate in to what he had in mind. To me it sounded
like a History, Maths, Geography and Physics lesson were all thrown
into this one subject! His mission is always to strive for
excellence and attempt to convey the passion and emotion the subject
has evoked to the best of his ability. And, he sure does just that!
He developed a life-long passion for painting as a teenager
watching and being inspired by his brother Ashy Cader’s water colour
creations. He experimented and soon turned to oil colours in the
early fifties which has since remained his preferred medium. He had
no formal training but benefited substantially from the
opportunities he had visiting the famous art galleries in England
and France during his student days, and later on his frequent
business tours to UK, France, Italy, Holland and also one visit to
Boston, USA in 1984 which were all equally inspiring he said.
But the opportunity to paint fulltime happened when he retired
from business prematurely in 1993. He started to paint seriously and
had the first of several exhibitions in 1996 that sold many
paintings and launched a successful professional career.
He paints in the realist-impressionist style and prefers to paint
plein-air landscapes. He has been inspired by the great French
Impressionists especially Monet, Pissarro, Corot and
Post-Impressionists Cezanne, Gauguin and the Dutchman, Van Gogh, and
Realist and Impressionist American painters who have also influenced
him include Sargent and one of the world’s greatest living artists,
Having been privy to his new collection, I am honoured to remain his
|Atlanta Community Meeting
|Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya recognised members of the Sri
Lankan Diaspora for their support for the nation’s post-conflict
development and reconciliation efforts during a day-long meeting in
Atlanta, Georgia. He expressed gratitude to the Sri Lankan community
for their commitment to Sri Lanka both during the recently concluded
conflict with the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam,
as well as afterward.
In line with the Government’s initiative in reaching out the Sri
Lankans living abroad, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.,
in collaboration with the Sri Lankan community in the State of
Georgia, organised one day “Community Outreach Programme” with the
assistance of Daminda Manamendra, Director Kinderland Montessori, in
Atlanta on Saturday, November 14. Rev. Panamwela Wajirabudhdhi Thera,
the Chief Priest of the Georgia Buddhist Vihara, also attended at
Ambassador Wickramasuriya also stated that the government of Sri
Lanka is ardently pursuing reconciliation among its people, both at
home and abroad.
Until December 13
Dream Weaver, an exhibition of weaving by Marie Gnanaraj, at
the Barefoot Gallery Colombo, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3. Gallery
hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
December 6 & 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. 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.
Get-together organised by the Old Boys Association of Asoka
Vidyalaya, Colombo 10, at the Capital Mall Hall, Thalawathugoda, at
6:30 p.m. For more details contact Namal: 0777743646, Amila:
0773647222 or Panduka: 0724 309736.
Annual concert organised by the Kinds of Lanka Nursery School, at
the YMBA, Borella, at 3 p.m. ITN Board of Director Hashim Omar will
be the Chief Guest.
A bodhi pooja and pirith ceremony organised by the JICA Alumnai
Association of Sri Lanka, at the Gangaramaya, Hunupitiya, Colombo 2,
to invoke blessings on Emperor of Japan, Emperor Akihito in
connection with his 76th birthday, at 5:30 p.m.
On Connaît La Chanson December 8 and 9
On Connaît La Chanson by Alain Resnais (1994, 120 minutes) at the
Alliance Française Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7, at 3
Synopsis: Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger
sister Camille who just completed her doctoral thesis has falls in
love with an estate agent who is handling the sale of Odile’s
Under The Bombs
Under The Bombs (Lebanon) directed by Philipe Aractingi in Arabic
with English subtitles commemorating the 61st Anniversary of
International Human Rights Day, at the International Centre for
Ethnic Studies Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, at 3:30 and