Wildlife photographic workshop tours Yala
40 members of the Negombo Photographers Association participated in a wildlife photographic workshop in the Yala National Park recently.
Deshashakthi Rohan Fonseka, a wildlife photographer, a programme instructor, and the director of the Negombo Photographers Association explained, “Like any other form of photography, wildlife photography demands dedication and perseverance, above all a love for wildlife. The primary rule of the game is observation. Study the behaviour of the animals we wish to photograph. As venturing into deep jungles may not be safe, one can certainly learn animal behaviour in nature parks. However, initially try to go without the camera. When you have the camera with you, you will try to photograph the animals and miss out the study of their behaviour.”



Wave FM96.1 launch
The media team of Lyceum International School, Nugegoda presents Wave FM96.1 a 16- hour radio broadcast from December 30, 2009 to January 3, 2010.
This is the fifth occasion after the successes of the previous four broadcasts and is designed to promote radio journalism, speech confidence and responsible broadcasting in young minds for the future.

This broadcast will be aired on 96.1MHz frequency allocated by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) and broadcast in English. A media team consisting of senior students of Lyceum International School, Nugegoda, under the supervision of their Master-in-Charge, Prasanga Gunaratna, hope to entertain listeners for five days with a mix of music, announcements and news (excluding any forms of political opinion, racial, religion, marital issues and business transactions).

The target audiences of this broadcast are children, teenagers and parents within a 50km radius from the transmission station in Nugegoda.


Pirith pinkama
An all night pirith chanting ceremony will be held on December 31, at the Inependence Memorial Hall, Colombo 7, for the New Year to invoke blessings on the Government, all security forces, police and the entire nation.
It will take place under the patronage of Rajye Seva Bauddha Sangamaya in association with the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Cultural Affairs and Sports.
The pirith ceremony will be under the guidance of most Ven. Maharagama Nanda Nayake Thera, the Chief Sanganayake of Colombo District Valukaramaya, Kollupitiya. This is the 50th successive pinkama of the Association.


Grand Class Prizes

6-year-old Nishta Fernando, a Grade 1 student of Hilburn International College, Avissawella was awarded the Grand Class Prize for English, Mathematics and ICT, at the annual prize giving held at the Town Hall, Avissawella, on October 24, 2009.


Lanka Relief and Development Foundation (LRDF) held its Annual General Meeting at the Marine Grand, Colombo recently.


Home Basics anniversary celebrations
Recently celebrating its first anniversary of successful operations was “Home Basics”, the charming lifestyle store at Thisara Plaza in Kohuwala. The concept first began as a hobby for its proprietor Kshanika de Silva one year ago, and has today turned into a very popular gift boutique and lifestyle store with its fast growing loyal clientèle.
“Home Basics” features a grand variety of gifts and home items spanning artifacts, kitchenware and exquisite linen, to crockery, cutlery and bathware. Almost all the items are sourced from different parts of the South Asian region and are frequently replaced thus ensuring an unbroken supply.


Cruel Romance

January 6

Production: 1984
DVD release:IVquarter 2001
Director: E. Ryazanov
Genre: Drama
Running time: 74+71 minutes

Description: The film is based on the play “A Dowerless Girl” by the prominent 19th-century Russian playwright Alexander Ostrovsky. The beautiful Larissa Ogudalova, daughter of an impoverished, widowed noblewoman, living in a small town on the Volga, is madly in love with Sergei Sergeyevich Paratov. He reciprocates the girl’s feelings as long as it suits his purposes. Paratov keeps secret his engagement to another girl and just passes time with Larissa. At the same time, Larissa is being proposed to by Karandyshev, whom she despises. The film is enriched with a lot of beautiful music, with romances which had been written expressly for this motion picture and became very popular after the release of the film. Awards: “Golden Peacock” – the Grand Prize at the New Delhi IFF (India), 1985.

Entrance free; subtitled in English
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7


Seminar on Hajj – Symbol of universal unity
A full day national Hajj seminar organised by the Department of Muslim Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran was held on November 3, at the Ranmuthu Hotel in Colombo - 3.
Among those present were Governor of the Western Province Alavi Moulana, the Director of the Cultural Section of the Islamic Republic of Iran Dr. Seyed Mahmoud Reza Marandi, the Director of the Department of Muslim Religious Affairs Y.L.M. Navavi and Rev. Father Hettiarachchige Don Sarath Jayapala.


Awards day of British Language Centre
Students who have successfully completed the internationally recognised London Examinations in British Language Centre Colombo were awarded at the BMICH recently with the patronage of Dr. David Davies Global Relationship Manager of Edexcel International.
More than 200 students who qualified were awarded on the occasion.



Until January 4
The Nature of Sri Lanka, exhibits photographs by Luxmanan Nadaraja. 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.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)

Shrines Temples, an exhibition of art showcases works by Sarath Kumarasiri is the third of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 – 4:30 p.m.; closed on all public and mercantile holidays.


December 27
Sri Lankan Life- final contest organised by the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Hall, BMICH, 7 p.m.
Karl Katz Ensemble

Until January 9
Enjoy live jazz music at different locations.
Sunday: Thorana Lounge, Hilton Colombo, from 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Tuesday to Saturday: IL Ponte, Hilton Colombo, from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.



Now showing

Up, (English) at Majestic Cinema, Colombo 3, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

Kandha Kottai (Tamil), at Samantha-Dematagoda (10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.), Roxy Cinema-Wellawatta (10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.) and Raja Cinema-Jaffna (10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.)

Michael Jackson’s This Is It, at Liberty Cinema, Kollupitiya and Savoy Cinema 2, Wellawatta, at 10:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Vettaikaran (Tamil) at Cine City-Maradana, Premier Concord-Dehiwala, Capital Colombo, Arena-Katugastota, Rex-Badulla.

Aladdin (English) at Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.

Peranmai (Tamil) at Roxy-Wellawatta, Samantha-Dematagoda, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Alimankada (The Road From Elephant Pass) at the Regal Cinema.

From January 1

3 Idiots (Hindi), at the Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya.
2012 (English), at Savoy Cinema, Wellawatta