March 6 and 7
Chaya is the exhibition of photography of Dr Jeewaranga Gunasekara who was a student of Ananda College, Colombo and an MBBS holder of Faculty of Medicine, Colombo. He currently, works as a freelance photographer and is interested in classical music, western music and Buddhist philosophy. Opening ceremony will be held on the fifth at 3 p.m.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery
Entrance: Free


Sivagananathan Memorial Oration

March 11
K.Sivagananathan Memorial Oration, commemorating his eighth death anniversary
The KS Memorial Trust was inaugurated after his death to continue to help the financial sector by his immediate family members in the presence of a distinguished gathering of eminent bankers and friends at the Grand Oriental Hotel on the August 7, 2002.

W.A.Wijewardena former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Ex President of the Institute of Bankers, Sri Lanka and the current Chairman of the Business Management School will grace the occasion as the chief guest. He will deliver the Memorial Oration titled “the future challenges for bankers”. The guest of honour at the ceremony will be the former Governor of the Central bank of Sri Lanka and former secretary to the Ministry of Finance Deshamanya A.S.Jayawardena. Ajantha Madurapperuma, President of Association of Professional Bankers and Nathan Sivagananathan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the K.Sivagananathan Memorial Trust will also address the gathering.

Venue: Bank of Ceylon Auditorium, 3rd floor of the New Head Office Building, Colombo 1
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Sri Lankan wins in India

“Most Admired Executive Housekeeper of the Year”

A Sri Lankan born Prathima Jayasuriya won the award for ‘Most admired Executive housekeeper of the Year award’. She is a Diploma holder in Home Economics, a course which she followed for two years in Allahabad, India. This is perhaps what triggered her career to date. In 1979, The Hotel School Colombo then saw Prathima following a course conducted by International Executive Service Corps in U.S.A in Responsibility and Effective Control in Food & Beverage, Front Office and Housekeeping Departments, afterwhich; she followed a training course in 1983 in Hospitality Management Practices at Ceylon Intercontinental Colombo conducted by the Divisional Director Training.

Prathima who had her beginnings at other hotels in Colombo way back in the seventies, and overseas stints in Abu Dhabi at the Sheraton, followed by the Inter.Continental as the Assistant Housekeeper, she was transferred to Colombo as the Executive Housekeeper and was in full control of the Housekeeping Department at the then Hotel Ceylon Inter.Continental. Working under the different foreign General Managers, she gained immense work experiences and attended numerous workshops which were held in the region. She remained in this position for 14 years until she was once again transferred to the Bahrain Inter.Continental. Her main strengths were in leadership and direction to others and her wealth of knowledge which was why it was always she who was called in for various openings of new hotels in and around the region.

Once again, she was transferred to the Inter.Continental Abu Dhabi where she was involved in a major renovation of the hotel and after a further ten years with the Group decided to join the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai where currently she is working and has been for the past two years. She is the first expatriate Executive Housekeeper and the only Sri Lankan to work at this hotel since the opening 24 years ago. Her experience is sought after going from her past records of being hired to assist in hotel openings and re-openings from Sydney to Bali, Korea and Singapore.

She was also one of the judges for the Host India Star Vendor Awards organized by H & FS Hospitality and the icing on the cake was when she was awarded The Most Admired Executive Housekeeper of the Year Award at a ceremony which was held at the Golden Awards Ceremony on 10th February 2010 at the Taj Lands End Hotel. Prathima has done her motherland proud and has certainly more to hats to wear as they see it in the days ahead!
Prathima Jayasuriya has a total of over 35 years of experience in the Hotel Industry, of which 28 years were with the Inter.Continental Group in Colombo and other countries. She has a vast knowledge in her field of work as an Executive Housekeeper and has been working overseas for over 14 years.


Hennathota wins All Island dancing and Drama Competition

Students of Dodanduwa Hennathota Maha Vidyalaya were awarded two first prizes at the All Island Dancing and Drama Competition held recently, performing Kandyan Uraga Wannama and the Thuraga Wannama.


Islamic lecture in Tamil for males

February 28
An Islamic lecture organised by Dharunnadhvah Lilkhairiyath, an association of Muslim men and boys, on the topic ‘Ongoing portending Signs of the Last Day’ by As Sheik Moulavi Mujahid ibn Razeen (Sa’dee), Insha Allah will be held immediately after Luhar prayers. All are welcome.
Venue: Al-Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque), 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14.



March 7
Featured musicians: Antoinette de Alwis, Sureka Amarasinghe, Basil Joseph, Senaka Pereira, Kumar de Silva, Dulip Gnanakan, Sumudu Suraweera, Hans Mater, Darlan Perera, and many others
Venue: CR&FC
Time: 1:30 p.m. onwards


Upanda Maranaya
“Upanda Maranaya” is a stage drama by Nalaka Withanage with Amiththa Weerasinghe, Duleeka Marapana, Bandula Withanage, and Kingsley Lose as the cast.
Venue: John De Silva Theatre
Time: 6:30 pm


Retro carnival

March 6
Organised by CnC together with Ceylon Continental Hotel with live performance by Chandani with the CnC and DJ Rienzi

Venue: BBQ Garden, Ceylon Continental Hotel
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.




Nest of the Gentry

March 10
Production: 1969
DVD release: I quarter 2004
Genre: Drama
Running time: 111 minutes
Description: A screen adaptation of the novel of the same name by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. The film portrays the life of Russian landed gentry in the 1840s. After a long travel in Europe, nobleman Lavretsky returns back home. Everything in his estate is so familiar and dear to his heart. On his first visit to his neighbours, the Kalitins, he meets Lisa. He forgets his wife, left in Paris, forgets all his past. He desires only one thing – to always be with Lisa who is so unlike the women he used to know. venue:Russian Centre, Colombo 7 Time : 6pm

My Name is Khan

Now showing

The movie focuses on the relationship between the Western world and Islam and how that has changed over the past few years. It also describes the journey of one family and how it changes because of 9/11.
Cinema: Liberty Cinema, Kollupitiya
Time: 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 7p.m.