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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
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 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
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
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
Friday, January 8 to Sunday, January 10
Venue: Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and
Convention Center, BMICH
Scouts celebrate Golden Jubilee
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
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
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
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
DVD release: II quarter 2003
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
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue,
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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
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.