The Other Object of Desire

Until February 18
Theertha exhibition season presents The Other Object of Desire visual art exhibition by Aruna Widanaarachchi in the segment titled Freshly Baked. He is a graduate of the Visual and Performing Arts University Colombo. This is Aruna Widanaarachchi’s first solo exhibition. The show talks about homo eroticism and its place in the consumer culture.

Aruna says, “Within consumer culture, the male body has been constructed as a desired object as much as the female body, and I would attempt to illustrate its allure and performative nuances. That is, to capture its nature of repetitive existence within popular culture and to emphasise the ‘clinically clean look’ as a characteristic feature on the surfaces of the fantasised futuristic/mechanised world. By placing these desirable male bodies (emphasising certain body parts which are looked upon as high sensual zones) on pink coloured cushions, I construct the idea of desire connected to the male body as a specific representation of the contemporary consumer society’s perception. I use my own body as the central object in my artwork exploring the idea of narcissism as a contemporary phenomenon that explains the desire of self.”

Aruna’s art ideas and art works could be considers as current expressions of the 90s Trend which emerged at the end of the 20th century in Sri Lanka.
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Invisible Spectrum

February 12 to 22
Invisible Spectrum by Dr. Ranjith Pallegama is the first Digital Infrared Photography exhibition in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Ranjith Pallegama is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya. He received the BDS degree from the University of Peradeniya in 1997 and the PhD from the Tokyo Medical and Dental University in 2005.

Self learned photographer, he has been practising photography in several countries including Japan, Sri Lanka and has won ‘Gold Medal” in an international photography contest held in Japan in 2004. He is a member of Senkadagala Photo Circle and Sri Lanka Institute of Photographer’s, a member of the Arts Council, University of Peradeniya and the Head of the Printing and Photography Unit of the Faculty of Dental Sciences.
His images are widely available on several websites. He has exhibited his photography work in Japan in an exhibition “Beautiful Japan” held in the University of Peradeniya in 2007 and also in numerous other exhibitions in Sri Lanka.

Digital Infrared Photography
Recording infrared, that is the “invisible light”, has been attempted from the past by many enthusiastic photographers in the world as it has been an intriguing and fascinating experience. The history of infrared photography dates back to 1910, where the Royal Photographic Society Journal published a paper by Robert W. Wood, who discovered the unusual effects of infrared for photography. But taking infrared photographs has never been easy with infrared film since it involves a complex, difficult and expensive workflow. Infrared photography has been done first with black and white films and then with colour films.

But with the development of digital sensor, infrared photography was raised to new heights as certain camera models have the capability of recording infrared with some simple but unique techniques. These techniques have been developed by a few curious and creative photographers around the globe. Using these unconventional digital Infrared Photography techniques, they have been able to produce quite eerie fascinating images. The digital infrared photography has initially been used to create wonderful landscape images but now it is being used even by wedding photographers.

Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6
This exhibition will be declared open by Prof. S.B.S. Abayakoon, Vice Chancellor, University of Peradeniya on Friday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m.


Workshop on design

February 11 and 12
A lecture and workshop with the German Curator Prof. Volker Albus and Chief Designer has been organised by the Goethe-Institut Colombo, German Cultural Centre.
Kai Richter was born in 1971 in Germany. He apprenticed as an industrial mechanic, going on to study at the famous Design academy Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe.
From 2002 - 2008, he became an assistant for product-design at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. Since 2000 he has been an ifa representative (ifa = Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations)
Volker Albus, born in 1949, studied architecture at RWTH Aachen from 1968 to 1976, and then started work as a freelance architect. In 1984 he began designing furniture and interiors, quickly becoming one of the most important protagonists of new German design – and its intellectual mouthpiece. Albus curated exhibitions, including »Gefühlscollagen – Wohnen von Sinnen« (1986). Since 1994 Albus has been professor for product design at the University for Design in Karlsruhe.
Venue: University of the Visual and Performing Arts, Faculty of Visual Arts.

Public talk

February 7
What is Wrong with Pleasure, organised by the
Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Study Centre, Beddagana, Duwa Road, Kotte
Time: 10:30 a.m.


Launching of “Kalabala Pancha” Magazine

Asset Publication (Pvt) Ltd., together with the national channel the Neth F.M launched the children’s monthly magazine “Kalabala Pancha” Magazine on January 19, 2010 at the National Museum auditorium.
“Kalabala Pancha” is the most popular children’s programme introduced by the Neth F.M. This was mainly aimed at developing children’s knowledge, understandability and entertaining. This is the first time that a radio channel is launched a children’s magazine which was broadcast as a programme.

The aim of this magazine, published by Asset Publication Ltd., is to improve the story narrating art and children’s writing ability. The target group includes children between 8-13 years of age and it is believed this magazine will provide an educational value especially to the year five scholarship students and other students as well.
This magazine was inaugurated under the guidance of the president of Asset Publication Ltd., Nihal Seneviratne, a concept of chief executive officer Asanga Jayasuriya and the immediate supervision of Asset Publication Editorial Board director, Kulasiri Kariyawasam.

It consists of 44 pages and published as a monthly magazine at a reasonable price of Rs 50. This will be available in all newspaper agencies island wide.



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


‘Sithru’ art and sculpture exhibition

Art and sculpture are beautiful media to convey deep emotions, in such a way that pleases the eye of the artist and many others. Art has been enjoyed and loved for thousands of years, in its various styles and expressions
The Arts Society of Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, has been a society devoted to uplifting the aesthetic talents of medical students for many decades. It organises many events annually with the intention of flourishing the hidden talents and enlightening the interest in artistic work. These events are participated enthusiastically by students as well as the staff

The Arts Society of Faculty of Medicine, Colombo has organised an Art Exhibition “Pahasara” in February 2008.This year an exceptionally talented artist, a recent graduate of the medical faculty of Colombo, Dr. Shanaka Kulathunga will put forward a collection of his paintings and sculpture along with many other art works of students in the faculty ‘Sithru’ on February 7, 2010 at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery.
The opening ceremony was held on February 5, with the presence of Prof. Harsha Senevirathna, the dean of the faculty of medicine, Colombo as the Chief Guest, veterans of the field Chandraguptha Thenuwara and Jayasiri Semage and the academic staff of the faculty The exhibition will be open from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.


Quiet Flows The Don

February 17

Production: 1958
DVD release:
I quarter 2005
Genre: Historical Drama
A screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Soviet writer Mikhail Sholokhov, a Nobel Prize winner. One of the outstanding works of Russian cinema, recreating with a powerful artistic impact and authenticity the dramatic events connected with the establishment of Soviet power in the Don region and the destruction of the age-old lifestyle of the Russian Cossacks. The film’s main historic, psychological and emotional line is the life story of Don Cossack Grigory Melekhov and his family. On the screen is the harsh truth of life, full of cruelty, deadly hostility, broken lives, irreparable mistakes, irrevocable losses.

Awards: IFF in Karlovi Vary – Grand Award “Crystal Globe”, 1958, All-Union Film Festival in Moscow–First Prize and Best Director Award, 1958, Diploma of International festivals in Brussels and Mexico, 1958, Best Film of 1958 as voted by Soviet viewers and critics
Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Paintings by Ranjan Aluwihare

February 9 – 28
The preview of Ranjan Aluwihare’s recent paintings will be on February 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



The long awaited movie of South India’s one of most successful director Venkat Prabhu; who is on a hat trick after “Chennai 28” and “Saroja”. Goa Tamil movie is now showing in Sri Lanka.
Goa is about a gang of friends who go to Goa to celebrate their holiday, get stuck in a perilous situation but emerge unscathed.
Cast: Premji Amaran, Jai, Vaibhav, Arvind Aakash, Sneha
Direction: Venkat Prabhu
Production: Soundarya Rajinikanth
Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinema: Eros – Pamankada, New Olympia – Maradana, Nathans – Jaffna
Time: 1:30 | 2:30 | 6:30


12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies

Submission of paper abstracts through February 15, 2010

The 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies (ICSLS) will be held from March 18 to 20, 2010 in Colombo. The ICSLS is a bi-annual meeting of scholars researching on socio-economic, historical, cultural, and political aspects of Sri Lanka. Conferences have been held every two years in various venues across the world.

This year’s conference is jointly organised by the Royal Asiatic Society and the Open University under the main theme “Sri Lanka after the War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity”. Individual papers are also invited on a broad variety of disciplines such as anthropology, archeology, architecture, culture and society, defense studies, demography, development studies, diasporic studies, distance learning; economics, education, ethnic studies, environmental studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, information science, languages and literature studies, library and information studies; management studies, media studies, philosophy, political science, post-tsunami studies, psychology, religious studies, risk studies, science and technology policy; and sociology.

For more information, please visit the Conference Homepage: http://www.slageconr.net/12thicslshome.html or Email: 12thicsls@slageconr.net