Jazz Session

February 7
Musicians: Upula Madushanka, Primal Liyanage, Eshantha Pieris, Billy Fernando, Harshan Galle, Devashri, Rakitha Wickremaratne, Gerome Spelderwind etc.
Venue: CR & FC, No 28, Malalasekara Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 1:30 p.m. onwards


Galle in pictures

Until February 1
A series of photos of Galle and the Fort captured by the young photographer from Galle, Nayanahari Abeynayake are exhibited at the Galle Literary Festival.
Venue: The Fort Printers, Galle Fort


Voice of youth on conflict

January 31
Do We Really Want To Live Like This? is a 40 minute documentary of young Sri Lankan voices speaking on their experiences of conflict and their ideas for moving forward.
The screening will be followed by a Q & A session with Kannan Arunasalam and Prashan Thalayasingam.
Venue: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort
Time: 5 to 6 p.m.


Ancient ways display

Until February 2
A selection of framed black and white limited edition hand prints from the renowned photographer, Stephen Champion’s latest book, Dharmadeepa will be on display throughout the Galle Literary Festival.
In Dharmadeepa, Champion celebrates the simple art of living and ancient ways of being that have bound Sri Lanka’s people together in relative harmony for thousands of years.
Venue: The Sun House, No. 18, Upper Dickson Road, Galle


Senior Old Anandians Executive Committee - 2009/2010

President: Das Miriyagalla
Vice Presidents: J. F. Ranjith Perera, Prof. H. Sriyananda
Immediate Past President: Col. Parakrama Molligoda
Joint Secretaries: Upatissa Nikapitiya, Siri Chandra Edirisinghe
Treasurer: U. K. Silpadasa
Assistant Treasurer: Nihal Jayawardane
Committee Members: Upali Madanayaka, W. K. Wickramarachchi, Upali Sirisena, Kit Liyanage, P. Kongahage
Past Presidents: G. P. Dhanatunga, Dr. Pandu Liyanage, Tilak Wijesinghe


Emil and the Detectives

February 6
The film, Emil and the Detectives (Colour, 2000, in German with English subtitles) is the modern version of the famous novel by Erich Kästner.
On his way to Berlin from a small Baltic town, 12-year-old Emil Tischbein is robbed by a petty thief.
Upon arrival in Berlin, he follows the thief and soon finds support from a gang of kids led by young Pony Hütchen who organizes further help. The thief is finally overwhelmed by an enormous crowd of children.
Director: Franziska Buch
Duration: 98 minutes
Venue: Goethe Hall, Goethe-Institut Colombo, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Entrance: Free
Time: 3:30 p.m.



Until February 28
Sculptures of scrap metal and welds figurative and abstract outdoor sculpture by Prageeth Manohansa, a prominent Sri Lankan contemporary sculptor, are available for purchase.
Venue: Amangalla Hotel, Galle Fort


Contemporary Sri Lankan art

Until February 1
Created by Annouska Hempel, Founder and Director of the Colombo Art Biennale, an exhibition of art of mixed media works including painting, photography and sculpture are showcased at the Galle Literary Festival. The works are a selection by a selected group of Sri Lankan contemporary artists including participating artists from Imagining Peace Colombo Art Biennale 2009.
Annouska set up and managed the first Art gallery in Galle showcasing Sri Lankan artists although she was born in London and came to live in Sri Lanka almost seven years ago with her family.
Venue: The Fort Gallery, Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort



January 31
Traitors is a stage drama written and directed by veteran artiste Asoka Senerath Mudalige.
Asoka being involved in arts for the last 35 years has chosen a story woven around the Sinhalese and Portuguese period as the backdrop for this production. It brings out the love for the country, bravery, greed for power and comedy coming out of it in this giant stage production.
The following stars are expected to take part in this production :- Sadun Wijesiri, Prasanna Fonseka, Udeni Alwis, Melani Ashoka, Sarath Peiris, Maleesha Namalgama, Karu Athukorala, Resh Hamilton, Roshan Jayasundera, Sunil Samarakoon, Ajith Indrapala, Reeshanthi Dilruk, Shanika Liyanage and Tilini Nisansala Jayasinghe. Upul Arunashantha Gunawardena will be directing the dance routines. Stage production and Choreography by K. A. Piyakaru. Music Direction Suneth Kalum. Stage Administration Lalith Jagoda, Premalal Weerasinghe and Sureka Perera. Traitors produced by Karu Athukorala.
Venue: Lumbini Hall
Time: 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano

February 10
Production: 1977
DVD release: I quarter 2000
Genre: Drama
Running time: 103 minutes
Description: The film is based on the works by Russian writer Anton Chekhov. This is a picture of life of the Russian gentry in the late 19th century. Without a grain of sentimentality, the director reveals the moral bankruptcy of his heroes. A village teacher, Platonov, is undergoing an emotional crisis. He believes his life has had no purpose. He is tormenting both himself and his young wife, Sashenka. The film’s another protagonist – Doctor Terletsky – hates his patients and his work. The guests staying with a general’s wife, Anna Petrovna, are talking about the pleasures of a simple village life, not really believing what they are saying. The retro style chosen by the director and the masterly cinematography (a credit to N. Mikhalkov’s permanent cameraman – P. Lebeshev) combine to make this film a real treasure for the lovers of Russian classics. Played in the film is the music by G. Donizetti, F. Liszt, S. Rachmaninov.

Awards: Big Golden Shell at the San Sebastian IFF(1977), Special jury prize for best acting (A. Kaliagin) at the Cartagena IFF (1977), Golden Plate Prize at the Chicago IFF (1978)


Fourth Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya

Until February 3
The fourth of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009 under the Freshly Baked Series exhibits the art of Saman Liyanage, presented by the Theertha International Artists Collective.
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Gallery hours: Daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except January 26, 27 and 29)


Qatar National Day celebrations

38th anniversary celebrations of the National Day of Qatar, was held at Hilton Hotel, Colombo recently. The chief guest Minister M. H. Mohamed, M.P. cutting of the cake along with Ambassador of Qatar, Saed Abdullah Al Mansoori with A. A. Mohamriled Nagoorpichchai, Life General Secretary of Central Tennekumbura YMMA, of Kandy (with the plate). The other picture shows President M. S. Rakeeb and members of the association with Embassy Counsellor.


Meti Karaththaya

February 2
Clay Cart (Meti Karaththaya) by Parakrama Nirialla, a Sinhala Language production of Shudraka’s Mirchchakatika Sanskrit play written in 400 AD
Venue: Ediriweera Sarachchandra Open Air Theatre, University of Peradeniya
Time: 6:30 p.m.



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

Until February 4
An exhibition of art by the students of 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

January 31
The Children of Asia, 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


Now showing
3 Idiots, Bollywood comedy hit
Director: Rajkumar Hirani
Cast: 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.

Aayirathil Oruvan (One in a 1,000) in Tamil
Director: Selvaraghavan
Cast: Reema Sen, Andrea Jeremiah, R. Parthiban
Venue: Cine City – Maradana, Concord – Dehiwala, Seegiri – Katugastota, Manohara – Jaffna
Times: Cine City 10:30 | 2:30 | 6:30 | 9:30, Concord 10:30 | 1:30 | 4:30 | 7:30
Manohara 10:30 | 2:30 | 6, Seegiri 11 | 2:30 | 6:30

Naanayam (Coin) in Tamil
Director: Shakti S. Rajan
Cast: Prasanna, Sibiraj, Yasmin and Ramya in lead roles
Venue: Samantha - Dematagoda, Nathan – Jaffna, Eros – Pamankada
Times: Samantha10:30 | 1:30 | 4:30 | 7:30, Nathan 1:30 | 2:30 | 6:30
Eros 1.30 | 2.30 | 6.30

Public talk

January 31
Why Do We Suffer, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


January 31
T.M. Krishna, one of India’s most leading a rtistes 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.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
For more details contact: International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) on 2685085/2679745

January 31
A performance by the Chitrasena Dance Company
Venue: Galle Fort
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

January 31
Japanese pianist Masahiko Shinohara organised Kandy Music Society
Venue: Engineering Faculty Theatre, University of Peradeniya
Time: 6:30 p.m.