St. Benedict’s Christmas Carols
December 21

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 and songs.
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.


Expats’ Christmas in Washington
The 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.


Chathurika Karunasekara takes oaths
Mrs. 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 University.
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 Vidyalaya.
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.


Mazenod’s award ceremony
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 communication tool.

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 languages.

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 over seas.

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 deteriorating”.

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.


Latvia National Day

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 recently.


Shrines Temples
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 holidays.
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte


Anna Karenina
December 23
Production: 1967
DVD release: III quarter 2002
Genre: Drama
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 Are Flying”)
Entrance free; subtitled in English
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7


Award Presentation
Chief 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 the picture


Neurologists’ forum
Nimalka 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
December 22
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
Book signing
December 20
Meet the author of Paradise in Tears, Victor Ivan, field any questions and purchase your very own autographed copies today.
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Venue: Barefoot Bookshop, Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Moods of Christmas
December 20
Moods of Christmas, a musical evening is by Cinnamon Grand with Soul Sounds- Soundari David’s award winning choir.
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.

December 20
Eka Adipathi by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7, at 3p.m./7p.m.

Awards ceremony
December 20
Film Awards, National Cinema Foundation, at the Main Hall, BMICH.

Until December 23
Colombo Shopping Festival, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and Convention Center, BMICH.