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Events


 

Sextet launch
December 11
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 Alliance.
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 French writers.

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.

Jacques Soulié

 

Wildlife exhibition

December 15
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.

 

Christmas Sale

Date: Sunday, December 6, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. onwards
Venue: Dutch Burgher Union of Ceylon (DBU), 114, Reid Avenue, Colombo 4
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 prize longlist
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 Prince
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 M.D.Gunasena.

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
Date: 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 Spaniard Sorolla.
Realist and Impressionist American painters who have also influenced him include Sargent and one of the world’s greatest living artists, Richard Schmid.
Having been privy to his new collection, I am honoured to remain his niece.

Yasmin Cader

 

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 the event.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya also stated that the government of Sri Lanka is ardently pursuing reconciliation among its people, both at home and abroad.

 

Exhibition

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

December 11
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.

Concert

December 6
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.

Pooja

December 12
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.

Film

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 p.m./6:30 p.m.
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 apartment...

Under The Bombs

December 10
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 5:30 p.m.