|St. Benedict’s Christmas Carols
This programme will contain secular
as well as seasonal Carols and music, and is expected to
last no more than two hours.
The entrance procession will be led by the highly reputed
Choir of St Benedict’s College, who will continue in
rendering rare arrangements of traditional Christmas Carols
Many times the All Island Champion Primary Choir will be
rendering Christmas songs and a musical nativity. The
College Western Band will keep the feeling of Christmas in
the air through their breathtaking instrumentals.
Inspiring Choral music will continue with the Choro
Benedicte with all time Christmas favourites at its best.
The programme will conclude with the grand finale
performance by all three Choirs combining in popular
Christmas songs and medleys.
This is an offering by St. Benedict’s College, celebrating
of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
All are welcome!
Time: 6:45 p.m.
Venue: St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Kotahena.
Christmas in Washington
Sri Lanka Embassy’s annual Christmas celebrations were
held on a crisp and cold Washington evening on December
6, in keeping with the tradition of the Embassy of
commemorating the important festivals of all four world
religions practised in Sri Lanka.
|Stories of Hope
|The International Federation of Red Cross and Red
Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Thomson Reuters Foundation
launched a new multimedia web documentary – Surviving
the Tsunami: Stories of Hope – produced jointly to mark
the fifth anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami –
recognised as the worst natural disaster in living
memory last week
Combining powerful imagery by award-winning Reuters
photojournalists with eyewitness testimony from four
people whose lives were dramatically changed by the
tsunami, the documentary reveals the strength of the
human spirit in the face of catastrophe. These are
stories of compassion, hope and dignity.
Karunasekara takes oaths
Chathurika Karunasekara of Pahala Nugepola, Gallella,
Ratnapura took oaths as an attorney-at-law before the
Chief Justice and other judges recently.
She obtained a doctorate of Philosophy from the Colombo
She is an old student of Ferguson College, Ratnapura.
She is the only daughter of Mr. Nimal Karunasekara,
retired food and drug inspector of Ratnapura and Mrs.
Kanthi Chandralatha Deputy Principal of Gallella Maha
She is married to Susika Hettiarachchi, a Computer
Engineer. She is a mother of a baby daughter. She
intends go abroad for further studies next year. She has
an ambitious plan for her future as a lawyer.
|The Mazenod English Institute at Katuwapitiya held
its award ceremony on Saturday, December 5 with Very
Rev. Fr.Cyril Gamini Fernando, the Episcopal Vicar
Colombo North Region as chief guest.
Over one hundred students both boys and girls who had
successfully followed the three- month Immersion Course
received their certificates. The course included basic
integral formation plus the learning English as a
The MEI is an Oblate Project and
has come stay as the pride of the OMI Congregation which
had served the country well over 160 years as
missionaries in various parts of the country.
Rev. Fr.Dennis Iddamalgoda OMI, the Director of the
Institute presented the Annual Report while Very Rev.
Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando, the Episcopal Vicar Colombo
North Region underscored the importance of learning
The Institute which had no permanent place during the
past 15 years had helped over 1,500 youth to improve
their knowledge in the English language. Some students
have found better employment opportunities both here and
Rev. Fr.Dennis Iddamalgoda OMI, the Director of the
Institute presenting the Annual Report said that the
programme initiated and designed by the Institute was
not merely meant to teach English as a language. If the
sole aim was to impart English as a subject of
importance, the student could have attended other
institutions. “But ours is a different and difficult
task. We are committed to give the youth a sense of
direction in their lives through a basic and integral
formation, to become self reliant and self confident
active educators. This I feel is much more important in
the context of today when discipline in society,
especially among the youngsters, is rapidly
Very Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando, the Episcopal
Vicar Colombo North Region underscored the importance of
learning languages. “Languages keep us all bound
together. If we know a language common to all, our bonds
become stronger. Countries like Japan and China were not
very keen in learning English. But when they realised
they need to communicate with outside world they began
to learn English. Thus the English Language has become
one of the well recognised world languages. Hence if
anyone willing to communicate, or enhance once
knowledge, should learn English”, he said.
Mr. Nihal Perera, one of the parents commended the
efforts taken by the Institute to keep the student well
disciplined. “ We placed our confidence having learnt
from others how the institute run and look after the
youth joining the programme. I am proud and am sure
other parents share my view and appreciate the good work
done by the priests in charge”, he said.
Miss Yvonne Jayamaha comes from Kurunegala. She is
the student leader of the 2009 Third batch. Speaking on
behalf of the students’ body, she said the time spent at
the Institute was a blessing come rare in their life. We
are grateful to this institute for tolerating us. We are
thankful to the Rev. Fathers and the staff for the
efforts they made for us to enhance our language skills.
She said that they learnt about life more than learning
the language. “ We go out from the institute enriched
ourselves and we are grateful”, she added.
Latvian Consul General in Sri Lanka Thomas F.
Daetwyler toasting with Minister of Public
Administration and Home Affairs and Deputy Finance
Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, during the National Day
celebrations at the Cinnamon Lakeside, recently
|Honouring humanistic personalities
|Ilakkiya Mutram honoured Humanistic Personalities of
the Print and Electronic Media at the Galle Face Hotel
|Until January 4
Shrines Temples, an exhibition of art showcasing works
by Sarath Kumarasiri is the third of the six exhibitions
of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays
11 – 4:30 p.m.; closed on all public and mercantile
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road
DVD release: III quarter 2002
Running time: 77+68 minutes
Description: The film is based on the novel of the same
name by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. “All happy
families resemble each other, each unhappy family is
unhappy in its own way,” goes the novel’s opening
sentence. The melodrama centers around a tragic story of
love and infidelity, the destiny of a woman who
irrevocably changes her life for the sake of a passion.
Anna Karenina finds it impossible to renounce her
feelings for the loved one. She rejects the morals of
society and tries to defend her right to love. Her
husband bars Anna from her son, her acquaintances turn
their backs on her… Starring in the title role was the
famous Russian actress Tatiana Samoilova (“The Cranes
Entrance free; subtitled in English
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence
Avenue, Colombo 7
Guest Deputy Minister of Law, Reforms and Justice R.
Puthirasigamani presenting an award with golden shawl to
Ruzaik Farook; Puravalar Puththaka Poonga Founder
Puravalar Hashim Omar and Ananda Balakitnar are also in
Morahela of Sri Lanka Convention Bureau addressing the
participants of 3rd Annual scientific sessions of
Neurologists’ conference held at the Cinnamon Lakeside
recently, continuing with bureau’s efforts of enticing
conferences into Sri Lanka.
|Light from Heaven 2009
The Carol service, Light from Heaven 2009 is presented
by the Choir of St Anthony’s College, Kandy together
with the Rajagiriya Parish Community.
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Rajagiriya
Meet the author of Paradise in Tears, Victor Ivan, field
any questions and purchase your very own autographed
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue: Barefoot Bookshop, Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle
Road, Colombo 3
|Moods of Christmas
Moods of Christmas, a musical evening is by Cinnamon
Grand with Soul Sounds- Soundari David’s award winning
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Atrium Lobby, Cinnamon Grand Hotel
Until January 4
The Nature of Sri Lanka, an exhibition of photographs by
Luxmanan Nadaraja, 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. (Sundays)
Luxshman Nadaraja has been a wildlife and nature
photographer for over 25 years. He is based in Sri Lanka
and loves the jungles. His book of photography The
Nature of Sri Lanka was published in 2008. He
collaborated with Studio Times on the books Eloquence in
Stone and Serendib to Sri Lanka. His photographs appear
in the recent publication Gardens of Lanka.
Eka Adipathi by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, at the Lionel
Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3p.m./7p.m.
Film Awards, National Cinema Foundation, at the Main
Until December 23
Colombo Shopping Festival, Sirimavo Bandaranaike
Memorial Exhibition and Convention Center, BMICH.