January 3 and 4
Visions is an exhibition of art by Menaka Karunaratne
Menaka Karunaratne was a student of the Ceylon Society of Arts and Kegalle Balika Maha Vidyalaya. The exhibition will feature about 30 oil, acrylic and watercolours paintings covering subjects such as portraits, landscapes, still life and wildlife.

By the Ceylon Society of Arts the artist was awarded the first place in the Wildlife Painting, Landscape painting, All-round Artistry and Composition which is adjudged on the artist’s creativity, colour combination and expression. At the opening ceremony on January 2, Menaka launched her website: menaka-art.com.

Venue: National Art Gallery, Colombo 7


Reconstructing the Wall
January 8 – 16

Through a Virtual Reality Art Work created by the German and US-American Multi Media artists Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter, you can get to know how it was like living in Berlin with the wall that separated the East from the West part of the city.

The absurd and surreal situation of a heavily fortified military border running through the middle of a major city, and the effect it had on the daily life of those who lived “in the shadow of the Wall” can be experienced. In order to get as close as possible to the reality of that time the artists researched for months; went through files and photos, studied building plans and interviewed contemporary witnesses.

If you step into the Virtual Reality installation you will find yourself at a border crossing in Berlin. The stories of everyday life and the historical events are depicted in a web of scenes. Using a joystick to move through the 3D virtual world, users determine the sequence of these scenes through their own actions and movements.
Users must take an active role in investigating the virtual world because characters, standing at strategic points in the world, reveal their stories once they are approached. The users are in effect the main characters, in the role of Berlin residents who live day in and day out with the presence of the wall.

Opening: In the presence of the artistes: January 7, 5:30 p.m.
Round table discussion: On invitation, please apply; January 8, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Time: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This installation will be shown in South Asia first at Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka and will afterwards be on display in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in India. All are invited to walk along the “Virtual Wall” in the Goethe Hall in Colombo.



Wedding Show
Date: Friday, January 8 to Sunday, January 10
Venue: Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and Convention Center, BMICH


Moratuwa-Piliyandala Scouts celebrate Golden Jubilee

The Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Moratuwa-Piliyandala Scouts, together with the 44th Annual District camp and Rally ended with a great success. The District Camp which lasted for five days recently at Sri Sunandopananda MV Grounds, Egoda Uyana, Moratuwa were packed with the scouts from Moratuwa-Piliyandala District and many other visiting contingents and Cub Scouts.

As the theme goes, i.e. ‘A Bridge to the Future’ a Contingent of Brother Scouts from Kankasanthurei District in the Northern Province had participated in the camp, and took part in all camp activities. Additionally scouts from Panadura-Horana District were also camped. The scouts from Gampaha, Negombo and Colombo Districts too visited the camp on a regular basis.

The District Camp and the Scout Exhibition were declared open by P. C. Rodriigo, Principal of Sunandopananda MV, and Rohana Karunaratne, the Principal of Prince of Wales College. Among the ‘’Skill O’Rama’’ activities, the water games in the Bolgoda Lake, rope and pioneering events, wide games, miming programmes, etc. could be highlighted.

The Grand Campfire was held under the patronage of M. E. S. Jayasinghe, the National Training Commissiner, and K. A. D. Punyadasa, the Provincial Commissioner for Western Province.

In commemorating 50 years of service, the Camp Rally and the Presentation of Awards Ceremony were organised in a grand scale. V. Puththirasigamoney, the Deputy Minister of Justice and Law Reforms and the Secretary to the Parliamentary Scouts’ Association was the Chief Guest. He was garlanded by a Scout, and worn a Jubilee Scarf by the District Commissioner in welcoming him at the entrance. Then the Scout officials and the leaders were introduced to him. The Western Band of Sri Sunandopananda MV paraded him through a Scout Guard of Honour and Cub Scouts’ Grand Yell to the pavilion where the public rally was scheduled to take place.

Srilath De Silva (District Commissioner)


Senior citizens’ scrabble tournament
The Sri Lanka Association of Senior Citizens’ (Colombo Branch) was held their Annual All Island Scrabble Tournament recently at the Hilton Hotel. The contest was in two categories set out to those playing professional scrabble in ‘A’ and others who prefer the Oxford Dictionary in ‘B’. Over 60 players took part in the two divisions playing five games of one hour each.

Indramalee Cooray emerged champion in the ‘A’ section with five wins. She also clinched the Highest Number of Bonus Words award. Shaila Amalean was runner-up.
S. Rajendran was the winner in group ‘B’ and Dr. T. Cumarasamy was runner-up.
Anil Wickremasinghe and K. Kulatunga won the Highest Game Score and Highest Word Score awards respectively.
Dr. Lalantha Amarasinghe, President of the Scrabble League gave away the trophies.


Islamic New year celebrations
The Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs and Borella Ahadiyyah School jointly organised Islamic New Year (Muharram) celebration was held at the Zahira College Hall, Colombo recently. Borella Ahadiyya School Deputy Principal Ruzaik Farook is seen presenting English translation of Holy Quran to SLBC Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe. Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs Director Y.L.M. Navavi, ITN Director Hashim Omar and Ulama Party leader Moulavi Mubarak Abdul Majeed are also in the picture


The Lady with the Little Dog
January 13

Production: 1960
DVD release: II quarter 2003
Genre: Drama
Running time: 83 minutes
Description: A screen adaptation of the story of the same name by Russian writer Anton Chekhov. The chance meeting of Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna, while both were vacationing in Yalta, is evolving into a serious relationship. But he is married, and has a family. Their relations, that have developed away from home, open up for both of them a new world, full of illusory hopes for their future life together. Back home, both strive to preserve their love, notwithstanding the circumstances… Starring in the principal roles are the famous Russian actors Alexei Batalov and Iya Savvina, for whom this role was her debut in “big” cinema.

Awards: Prize for Best Film Program (“Lady With a Dog” and “Ballad of a Soldier”) at the Cannes IFF, 1960; Honorary Diploma to director Joseph Heifits at the London International Best Films Festival, held by the British Film Institute, 1960

Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7


Teachers’ Consultation
Together with the Ministry of Education, Lanka Bible College and Seminary recently conducted a consultation for Christian teachers from several schools. Hemachandra Perera, Assistant Director of Education (Religious and Values Unit of the Ministry of Education) and S Athukorala, in-service advisor and a renowned lecturer from the Zonal office in Anuradhapura led the sessions on Teaching Methodology and Pedagogy.

An official addressing the teachers at the consultating seminar. Rev. Lal Senanayake (Principal of Lanka Bible College) also participated.



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.

January 5 - 7
Min of Environment, an environment exhibition, at the Red Varendah & MEH, BMICH, Colombo 7.

January 15 - 17
EDEX Exhibition, at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and Convention Center, BMICH.


January 6
Cruel Romance (Production: 1984, DVD release: IVquarter 2001, Director: E. Ryazanov, Genre: Drama, Running time: 74+71 minutes), at the Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, at 6 p.m.
Cruel Romance 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

Musical show

January 5
A musical show by Edward Jayakody, at the Main Hall, BMICH.


Until January 9
Karl Katz Ensemble, jazz music: 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.