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Events


Eka Adhipathi
January 21
Eka Adhipathi, written and directed by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake celebrating 33 years of fame and acclamation
Assistant director: Ranga Bandaranayeke
Make up: Vasantha Vittachchi
Stage management: Indika Wickramarachchi and Susanga Kahandawalarachchi assisted by Oshadhi Gunasekera, Rohan De Silva, Asiri Priyanga, Arunodh Wijesinghe and Amil Deepal Galanga.
Set design: Leonard Cooray
Stage lighting: Lakshman Perera.
Production planning: Deeptha Bandara, Shasthri Mallawarachchi and Ramesh Kuganeshan,
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre
Time: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets: Elphinstone Theatre, Sarasavi Bookshop, Nugegoda, Sadeepa Bookshop, Borella

 

Richmond old boy to South Pole
Nishad Jayasundara a Richmondite currently pursuing a PhD in Biology at Stanford University U.S.A. is selected to be among 25 scientists from the world to represent the International Graduate Training Programme in Antarctic Marine Biology, 2010.
The programme will take place in January 2010 for five weeks in Antarctica at the Science Centre located at the U.S.A. Marmovdo Base Station.
Antarctica is the coldest place in the world and he may be the first Sri Lankan to attempt research work in Antarctica. In winter, temperature drops down to – 80 0C in Antarctica.
Nishad, born in Galle and an old boy of Richmond College was a President Scout in his time. He was also a member of the College senior debating team. During his school days he represented Sri Lanka as a scout to SAARC jamboree in India and later went to Japan for a cultural exchange programme.
In 1999 he received a scholarship to pursue on International Baccalaureate Diploma at Mahindra UWC in India. From there he received a full scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies at the College of the Atlantic, U.S.A. and spent time doing further studies in southern France and University of Edinburgh, U.K.

 

Wine Buffet

January 20

Wine Buffet brings a selection of the finest wines from across the globe. The ten red and ten white wines include Torres Gran Vina Sol, RM Cabernet Merlot, Vinfruco Arnis Ruby CA, RM Semillon Chardonnay, WB Red LBL Tram Riesling, Harbord Tendril Shiraz, Yvon Mau Chardonnay, Yvon Mau Sauvignon Blanc, KMV Cathedral Chardonnay, KMV Cathedral Tripych and Stello Dell Poggio Dolcetto, among others. The wines are available in unlimited quantities to tantalise your palate and are accompanied by cheese, crackers, asparagus courtesy Sun Agro, pâté, roasts and vegetables.
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For reservations and inquiries: 2491956

 

Rukmanidevi Memorial Programme

January 22

Venue: Lumbini Theatre
Time: 6 p.m.

 

Indian Carnatic vocalist to grace Colombo stage
January 31
T.M. Krishna, one of India’s most leading artistes in the world of Carnatic music and an icon for undiluted classical music tradition will grace the Colombo stage organised by the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, International Centre for Ethnic Studies and Law and Society Trust on the occasion of Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam’s 66th birth anniversary.

T.M. Krishna has been performing from the tender age of 12. Today he is the youngest singer to occupy the top slot in almost every major Carnatic music festival in India and abroad.
From a very early age he was exposed to the classical arts, especially Carnatic classical music. He has travelled widely in India and abroad and won applause from connoisseurs and critics. Krishna has been on tours to South Africa, North America, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East numerous times. His rendering has always been differentiated with aesthetics in conception and execution to a great degree.

This top performer has also authored many books to his credit. He authored the first ever Carnatic music appreciation album titled “Learning to Appreciate Carnatic Music,” in a joint effort with the musicians Vijay Siva and Dr. Sunder Krishna. He has also written many articles for various publications as well as to his own website regarding art, culture, and socio-political issues. He has students throughout India, North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Many of these students compete in top music competitions, and a few are already on the concert platform.

He will be accompanied by Vittal Ramamurthy violin, Melakaveri K. Balaji mridangam and B.S. Prushotham kanjira.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
For more details contact: International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) on 2685085/2679745

 

Managing Pain with Meditation
January 17
Managing Pain with Meditation, a panel discussion organised by the Young Men’s Buddhist Association (YMBA)
Panelists: Prof. Rajah de Alwis and Dr. Kanishka Karunaratne with Rajah Kuruppu as Moderator
Venue: YMBA, Borella
Time: 10 a.m.

 

The Flying Classroom
January 23
The film, The Flying Classroom is the modern version of the novel by Erich Kästner.
Synopsis: Jonathan (12) is a new boy at the world famous St Thomas boarding school in Leipzig. The other boys quickly become his friends. They find a manuscript of a play and decide to perform it, but their choirmaster forbids them.
He wrote the play together with his friend Robert who, however, disappeared when his father fled to the west from the GDR. The children discover the true relationships and their Christmas celebration is a resounding success after all.
Director: Tomy Wigand (2002)
Duration: 110 minutes
Language: German with English subtitles
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road
Colombo
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Entrance: Free

 

Sirinagayinge Maralathoniya
January 26
Wasantha Namaskara’s 61st exhibition Sirinagayinge Maralathoniya, a perception art exhibition
Venue: Namaskara Open Art Gallery, Bandarawela Road, Ettampitiya
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Food festival
Until January 23
Mexican Delights, Mexican cuisine fiesta
Savour the burritos, guacamole, ceviches, tacos, salsa, tortillas and other dishes are on offer.
Venue: The Dinning Room, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Fables and Fairy Tales
January 29
For the first time, the Galle Literary Festival (GLF) includes an extra day of events dedicated to local school children. These children are the main target audience of Antonia Michaelis, a young and successful German novelist who will be featured at the GLF this year on the invitation of the Goethe-Institut.
Antonia Michaelis was born in Kiel, Germany, and spent her early years in a village by the Baltic Sea with her pleasantly eccentric parents and a variety of cats. A year teaching in southern India after school gave her a case of wanderlust, sending here to Peru, Ghana, Syria, and the British Isles. Antonia has studied medicine and currently lives in a small village of northern Germany, enjoying the perks and pitfalls of small-town life.
She is the author of Tiger Moon and many other children’s books, and her work has been translated into a dozen languages.
Her readings are known for their liveliness and spontaneity.
Antonia Michaelis will present her new book, Tiger Moon at the Galle Literary Festival’s Fables and Fairy Tales programme.
Venue: Hall de Galle
Time: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Entrance: Free

 

The Children of Asia
Until January 31
An exhibition of 13 selected photographs by Bridgitte Goby taken around Asia, organised by EMDH – a non-governmental organisation established in France in 1986 to protect children in danger and promote the recognition of the child as a person enjoying specific rights. EMDH has been operating in Sri Lanka since 2005 and all proceeds will contribute to the implementation of the programmes of EMDH in the Southern Province.
Venue: Gallery at Pedlar’s Inn Café, Galle Fort

 

Country Roads 2010 targets Rs. 500,000
the Country Roads concert for children again putting on its signature Country, Western and Folk musical bonanza on Sunday, February 21, at the DBU (Dutch Burgher Union at Thunmulla) at 4:30 p.m. onwards; it is noteworthy that the ultimate purpose of 2010’s concert will be to raise Rs. 500,000 for the very worthwhile national “Sevana Sarana Fund” for children’s education, a cause recommended by Save the Children UK and further supported by the country’s Department of Probation and Child Care Services.

Once again featuring top shelf entertainment including UK folk sensations Astrid Brook & Amelie Chevalier and German country superstars the Mavericks (appearing courtesy of Sri Lanka Tourism) and a host of returning local bands as well as the concert’s newest addition, beloved Sri Lankan entertainer Ronnie Leitch; a dizzying ensemble of talented, audience favourites who have been brought together with the sole purpose of guaranteeing that the 2010 edition of this noble concert for children will be the most memorable in its more than 20 year history... All ready to put on the best possible show transcending all ages and walks of life as well as, most importantly, bringing the family together again for one shared and joyous experience.

Again featuring a mix of the traditional and popular, including a diverse selection of truly timeless covers from the likes of Bob Dylan, Peter Seeger, Eagles, and Simon & Garfunkel; the Country Roads will also continue with its recent tradition of fun-filled day activities for the whole family, particularly kids of all ages. What activities? the organisers, and the Country Music Foundation, reveal that attendees should prepare to be blown away; undoubtedly due to even more games, prizes and surprises than last year rollicking adventure and cowboy fair.
For more details and to even contribute to this worthy charity even prior to the concert, please call Feizal on 011 2 304 179.

 

Exhibition

January 17
EDEX Exhibition, an education and career exhibition
Venue: Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition and Convention Centre, BMICH

Until January 31
The Insane’s Chili Bed, an exhibition of paintings by Wasantha Namaskara
Venue: Namaskara Open Art Gallery, Bandarawela Road Ettampitiya

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

January 21 to February 4
An exhibition of art by the students of the Faculty of Visual Arts of the Visual and Performing Arts University to mark the opening of J.D.A. Perera Gallery.
Venue: University of Visual and Performing Arts, 21, Albert Crescent, Colombo 7

Film

January 21
Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven (1976, 101 minutes)
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, N10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

Now showing
3 Idiots, Bollywood comedy hit
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Starring: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi
Venue: Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya
Times: 10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m.

Drama

January 20
Jeewithayata Edadenna
Dramatist: Indika Kumarasinghe
Venue: Lumbini Theatre
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Discussion

January 23
Environmental Programme marking the 11th Anniversary of Green Forest Association of Sri Lanka
Topics: Three main environmental issues, bio diversity, environmental conservation and global temperature
Venue: John de Silva Theatre
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public talk
Public talk

January 17
Looking At Fear, That Extraordinary Jewel organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Music

January 22
An evening of Jazz music by Trans Jazz Quartet and Revel Crake & Co.
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. onwards

Abhijnana Sakuntalam video recording

January 18
Video recording performance of Abhijnana Sakuntalam, the masterpiece of Kalidasa in Sinhala
Venue: Kularathne Hall, Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 5:30 p.m.