Arangetam performance
January 16
Bharatha Natyam Arangetam of Ganga Sandamali Mendis, Prabha Kumari Jayawardana, M.D.Yuresha Sandamali and Maheshi Mihirani Withana, the 101st, 102nd, 103rd and 104th students of Guru Miranda Hemalatha of Miranda Hemalatha Kala Ashram
Venue: John De Silva Memorial Theatre, Colombo 7


The Wedding Show
January 10
The Wedding Show organised by the Asia Exhibition and Conventions (Pvt) Ltd. will give the opportunity to meet with the host of local and international top professionals in bridal ware, beauty and hair, jewellery, flower decorations, cake, stationery, food and beverages, planners, photographers, honeymoon packages, banks, insurance agents, travel and leisure agents, real estate agents etc.
Venue: Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and Convention Centre, BMICH


St John’s Ambulance Association
Sinnathuray Re-Elected Chairman
Rajah Sinnathuray was re-elected Chairman, St. John’s Ambulance Association for the 4th consecutive year unanimously. Rajah has been a well known motor racing Champions and past President of the Automobile Association of Ceylon and the Ceylon Society for the Prevention of Accidents, past president of the Wesley College Old Boys Union and President of the Wesley College Welfare Society, past President of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletic Club. He was also the past President of the controlling body for Motor Sports in this country. He has been the President of the Sri Lanka Motor Cycle Club, Honorary Secretary of the Ceylon Motor Sports Club and past President of the Mitsu­bishi Motor Club. Past President of Capri, and Honorary Secretary,

Sri Lanka Turf Club and he hold office in many other organisations in a honorary capacity.
He has been a member of St. John’s Ambulance Association for well over 40 years and was responsible in getting the land where the headquarters is now situated when the old headquarters at Galle Face was taken over by the Sri Lanka Army. He made an appeal to the late President J. R. Jayewardene who granted his request. He is the member of the Governing Board, Wesley College.


Berlin Wall Virtual Reality
Until January 16
ReConstructing the Wall, a Virtual Reality Art Work created by the German and US-American Multi Media artists Tamiko Thiel and Teresa Reuter revolves around the Berlin Wall that separated the East from the West part of the German city.

The interactive 3D virtual reality installation Virtuelle Mauer/ReConstructing the Wall is a project on the Berlin wall by the artist team T+T. It was presented to the public for the first time at the Museum for Communication in Berlin on August 13, 2008, but it is an ongoing art project that will gain in complexity with time. Suggestions and personal stories from the time of the Wall are greatly appreciated for the continuing development of the project.

In Virtuelle Mauer /Reconstructing the Wall, the artist team T+T has reconstructed a section of the dismantled Berlin Wall to create a “ virtual stage” on which to depict the physical ,political and social conditions of life” in the shadow of the wall.” This virtual reality (VR) artwork is exhibited as a large screen projection (see sketch on page 2) which visually immerses users in historical spaces and events from the 1960s to the 2000s in both East and West Berlin. Note that we do not treat the fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989. This event is well documented and better conveyed by live film recordings. Our artwork focuses on everyday stories punctuated by historical events, and on the contrast between mundane normality and exceptional situations in the urban landscape, which we convey using dramatic techniques of virtual reality such as simulation, animation and time travel.

Users move through the interactive 3D world via a simple joystick, their choices and movements bringing those varying views of and encounters with virtual space. They experience this virtual world from the perspective of a simple pedestrian: on foot, following the course of the Wall as it divides a residential neighbourhood in two. They can explore the surreal landscapes created by the Wall, approach virtual characters who relate stories of past events, and explore open doorways to discover elevated views of the Death Strip.

Only those who are curious and actively explore this world will find all the stories it has to tell. In contrast to a film that presents a directed, linear experience, here the plot development and drama unfolds based on the users own actions and decisions, and arises out of the interaction between users and the virtual world itself.
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.



January 15 to 17
EDEX Exhibition, an education and carrier exhibition
Venue: Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and Convention Centre, BMICH
Until January 31
The Insane’s Chili Bed, an exhibition of paintings by Wsantha Namaskara
Venue: Namaskara Open Art Gallery, Bandarawela Road Ettampitiya


January 13
The Lady with the Little Dog (1960, 83 minutes)
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


January 11 and 12
Gladiator Premaya, presented by Play House, Kotte and directed by Prasanna Mahagamage and Namal Jayasinghe
Venue: Lumbini Theatre
Time: 6:30 p.m.


January 10
World Hindi Day Celebrations
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


January 16
Glorious Quest - Oh Happy Day!, a gospel concert by the Soul Sounds Choir a gospel concert
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.

New Beginning

January 10
New Beginning, an exhibition of paintings by Saman Siriwardena, V.P Sunil Shantha, Lalith Chandana and Gayani Shrimali
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


January 12
Kalawe Saha Kalakaruwage Karyabharaya (The Role of Arts and the Artiste), a conference with the participation of the veterans in cinema, theatre, television, art and literature such as Dharmasena Pathiraja, Prasanna Withanage, Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Pasan Kodikara, Jayalal Rohana, kasun kalhara, Chandani Senewirathna etc.
Venue: Public Library, No 14, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m.


Graphic Designing seminar
January 10
Sri Lanka Institute of Printing has organised a free one day workshop style seminar on Computer Graphic Designing for those who intend to take up graphic designing as a career.
The intake will be limited.
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Venue: Sri Lanka Institute of Printing, Government Printing Department, No. 118, Dr. Danister De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 8.
For information: SLIOP Office on 2686162 or 2679791 (to reserve a seat), Fax: 2686162, E-mail: sliopreg@sltnet.lk, Web: www.sliop.com



3 Idiots
Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi starring 3 Idiots is the latest Bollywood comedy hit.
3 Idiots is directed by Rajkumar Hirani, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the movie is based on the novel, Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat.
It is Bollywood’s biggest blockbuster with biggest opening of all time.
Venue: Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya
Show Times: 10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m.
Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven
January 21
Production: 1976
DVD release: IV quarter 2004
Genre: Drama
Running time: 101 minutes
Description: The film is based on the early stories by the outstanding Soviet writer Maxim Gorky. There are several interwoven love lines in this beautiful, poetic drama: of the proud beauty Rada who bewitched the horse thief Loiko Zobar, of golden-haired Yulishka who was in love with Loiko, of noble Siladi, passionately enamored of Rada… The action in the Gypsy camp is set against the background of lifestyle and traditions of the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s provincial outskirts – the late 19th-century Bessarabia.
Awards: Big Golden Shell at the San Sebastian IFF, 1976, Prize for Best Actress (Svetlana Toma) at the Panama IFF, 1977 Prize for Visual Images at the 11th Congress of UNITEC in Paris
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Purva Uttaara – Past Forward
January 13 and 15
A series of unusual English films on historical sites of India
January 13
Part I
Directed by: Zafar Hai
Features: A World Apart: Princely Mewar
Rome of the Tropics: Goa
Immortal Capital: The many cities of Delhi
Visions of Paradise: The Taj Mahal
January 15
Part II
Directed by: Shyam Bengal
Features: A Riddle in the Sands: Mamallapuram
Where Kings and Gods Meet: Vijayanagara
Monument of the People: Sanchi
Chariot of the Sun: Konarak
In this two part series, eight of India’s most spectacular sites Sanchi, Konark, Mamallapuram, Vijayanagara, Delhi, the Taj mahal, Mewar and Goa are examined in a thought provoking manner in the context of the history of the time and the socio-economic milieu. The approach may be best be summoned up as ‘Art and history of ideas.’
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
Admission: Free, first come first basis
theertha Women Artists’ Residency Exhibition
Until January 19
theertha International Women Artists’ Residency Exhibition 2009 organised by the theertha International Artists Collective
Participating Artists: Manori Jayasinghe - Sri Lanka, Louise Low Seok Loo – Malaysia, Sajeewani Hewawitharana - Sri Lanka, Sonia Jose – India, Saurganga Darshandhari – Nepal, Therica Miyanadeniya - Africa/ Sri Lanka
Venue: theertha Red Dot Gallery, theertha International Artists Collective, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Gallery Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; closed on all public and mercantile holidays


Janakaraliya Drama Festival
January 12 to 15
Parakrama Niriella’s Janakaraliya (People’s Theatre) Drama Festival

January 12
Meti Karattaya (Clay Cart), a Sinhala production of Shudraka’s Mirchchakatika, the Sanskrit play written in 400 AD translated by Piyadasa Nissanka

January 13
Seethambarapata Saha Andaramal

January 14
In the State Drama Festival 1976, Sekkuwa won the awards for the Best Script -Parakrama Niriella, Best Background Music- Samson Silva, Best Makeup - Heenatigala Premadasa and Best Costume - Heenatigala Premadasa.

January 15
Charandas, a Sinhala play based on Charandas Chor, the Indian play created by Habib Tanvir
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.