De Lanerolle Brothers unite to sing

March 3
The De Lanerolle Brothers famed for their prowess in the music industry, announced that they would be teaming up to mesmerise and wow audiences in Sri Lanka and overseas. The unification of Rohan De Lanerolle and Ishan De Lanerolle marks an important milestone in the country’s entertainment industry.

Rohan, the ‘high baritone’ who is the older brother of the two is acknowledged both internationally and locally as Singer/Vocal Trainer. Rohan has graced many a concert hall around the world including the likes of the Weill Recital hall, Carnegie Hall- New York, the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford and the Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham, UK, with performances in Los Angeles, Australia, Singapore and the Maldives. His work has led to him significant collaborations with other famous musicians; some of them include internationally acclaimed Pianists such as Rohan De Silva - USA, Dr Jonathan Clarke - UK, Dhilanthi Fernando – USA, UK and Soundarie David - Sri Lanka.

Rohan has also recorded several albums with Sri Lankan pianist Ramya De Livera Perera and has appeared with Orchestras conducted under the baton of Dr James Ross and the Christ Church Festival Orchestra, the late Rohan Joseph De Saram and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sri Lanka and with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka.

Ishan de Lanerolle the ‘Bass’ singer and younger of the two siblings, is the President/ Partner/Director of the Revelations Academy of Performing Arts and Creativity involved in teaching children to sing/act and draw. The school has 100 students attending these classes. Revelations is the Male Voice Choral Ensemble who are ranked sixth in the World, to which both brothers contributed a great deal towards its success. Ishan has been involved in directing many choirs in Sri Lanka.

While in College, he won “The Best Bass singers” trophy for his Alma-mater S. Thomas’ College and also won the “Best Actors trophy”. The “Thomian Chamber Orchestra” was the ‘Brainchild’ of Ishan who was responsible for forming the Orchestra and was invited to be the ‘First’ conductor as well as leader of the Orchestra. He initiated the first Inter School Music quiz for college through the ‘Classical Music Association’ of which Ishan was the President and this event continues to date where many schools participate. Ishan has been invited to sing as a ‘Guest soloist’ since 2001 to date at the St Andrews Cathedral - Singapore for their annual Christmas service. He has been extensively involved in many musical productions in the capacity of Director and Producer at college level and to date with productions affiliated to his scope of work. Guest performers in 2009 when Ishan sang with his older brother Rohan at the “Platters concert” held at the Cinnamon Lake Side, Waters Edge “Music to us is communication and blend,” says Rohan, “it’s a communication that we have between ourselves, inevitably drawing our audience who just can’t resist but join in as our ‘backup singers’ “ Meanwhile, adding to this, Ishan says, “People tell us that our blend is amazing”, something which even we can’t fathom, but at the end of the day if I may say, ‘like a cup needs a saucer’ all we aspire to do is to ‘make people happy’ with our brand of singing. With that, it is obvious to us now why they have ‘blended in’ so well as brothers, singers and business partners.”

‘The De Lanerolle’ brothers are currently in the process of planning tours covering countries such as Singapore, Malaysia and the Maldives and are also preparing for their own productions throughout 2010.

Venue: Waters Edge, Battaramulla
Time: 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2009

By Ayomi Perera
The Royal Commonwealth Society in collaboration with the British Council held the award ceremony of the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2009, on February 8, at the British Council premises.
The President of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Fred Mendis addressing the audience stated that the competition was aimed at recognising the capabilities of young learners in Sri Lanka.
The chief guest of the event, Country Director, British Council of Sri Lanka Gill Westaway in her speech said that the competition was a tremendous opportunity for the young learners in Sri Lanka to show their talents and capabilities. She further said that it was mainly based on the development of the English Language which is universally accepted and essential in order to understand the reality of Global Education. She emphasised that through these competitions, they expect to divert the attention of rural schools in Sri Lanka as well.


Women with artistry

Until March 4
Art of Inoka De Silva and Shamila Kumari, the final of the six exhibitions of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2009 under the Freshly Baked Series organised by the Theertha International Artists Collective.
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed on February 27 and 28)


Ruwan Prasanna’s exhibition

February 23 to March 16
Ruwan Prasanna’s paintings were featured at the Exhibition of Young Contemporaries, at the Harold Peiris Gallery from 2004 to 2007.
Venue: Paradise Road Galleries, 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to Midnight daily


Malt Night

February 25
Single Malt Evening features ten different varieties of whisky.
Venue: The Library, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 8 to 10 p.m.


The Wolfman

Now showing
Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman, is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father, Talbot sets out to find his brother... and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died.
After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe, tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search.
He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline has come to investigate. (Special Thanks: Yahoo Movies)
Cinema Hall: Majestic Cinema – Bambalapitiya
Time: 10:30, 1:30, 4:15, 7


ASP joins UPFA

Sri Lanka Labour Party led by A.S.P. Liyanage has joined the UPFA. A.S.P. Liyanage is handing over a letter to UPFA General Secretary Minister, Susil Premajayantha to extend his support for the upcoming General Election


Burma Vj - Film

February 23
Armed with pocket-sized video cameras, a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country. In 2007, after decades of self-imposed silence, Burma became headline news across the globe when peaceful Buddhist monks led a massive rebellion.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery Café, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 7.30 p.m.


National Dressage Competition

February 21
The National Dressage Competition 2009 is organised by the Sri Lanka Equestrian Association (SLEA) and Premadasa Riding School.
This event will be the final competition of the National Championship for Preliminary levels C and D.
Riders from ages seven and upwards will be participating in four categories – under 12 (Group A), Young Riders on Horses (Group B), Young Riders at Preliminary Level (Group C) and, Adults at Preliminary Level (Group D).
Technical advisor to SLEA Colonel Sarpatarp Singh will be the chief judge at this event.
Venue: Premadasa Riding School arena, Nugegoda
Time: 3 p.m.



Until February 28
Paintings by Ranjan Aluwihare
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekends)


February 27
Tharawo Igilethi
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10


February 26
Sri Lanka Islamic Society has organised Holy Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Celebration and distribution of exercise books, stationeries and uniform materials for school children under the patronage of President of the Society Ruzaik Farook. Sri Lanka Freedom Party Colombo District Organiser Fawzan Anver will be the chief guest.
Venue: SLIS Secretariat, Cotta Road, Borella
Time: 4:30 p.m.


Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival

February 22 - 27

A film festival of the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, presented by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
British born Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was an English film-maker and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He is often regarded as the greatest British film-maker.
The Following six of his masterpieces will be screened.

February 22: The Man Who Knew Too Much
Plot: A family vacationing in Morocco accidentally stumble on to an assassination plot and the conspirators are determined to prevent them from interfering.

February 23: Notorious
Plot: A woman is asked to spy on a group of Nazi friends in South America.

February 24: Rear Window
Plot: A wheelchair bound photographer spies on his neighbours from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

February 25: The Birds

Plot: A wealthy San Francisco playgirl pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

February 26: Frenzy
Plot: A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect... but he’s the wrong man.
February 27: Vertigo
Plot: A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend’s wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.
The films will be introduced by Michael Hardy, PhD Candidate, Department of English, Rutgers University on February 22 for the 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. shows.

Venue: ICES Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace,
Colombo 8
Time: 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.