Coloured Ballpoint pen on Canvas – 2010

Exhibition of Ballpoint painting

March 19 - 21
Mangala Madanayake is a professional artist who uses the ballpoint pen as his medium. He has been awarded the Presidential Award thrice for introducing this new medium of art. The works on display include human figures, village scenes, wildlife, forests, nature, landscapes and the ocean.

He is the pioneer in this form of art and is responsible for the 4’ tall painting of the first Sinhala Mayor of the Galle Municipal Council. He began his career with water colours and oil paintings until he invented this creative art in 1994. According to him, ballpoint art is the result of experiments and a study carried out by him for over a year using ballpoint pens. He uses red, blue, black, green and brown coloured ballpoint pens for this creative art.
It takes a lot of patience to master this form of art and takes millions of strokes to create one such piece of art. His paintings have been bought by art lovers from countries all over the world including USA, Germany, Austrailia, France, Italy, Korea and Sri Lanka. In 1997 he was selected by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board to represent Asia at the exhibition held at Singapore Trade Centre.

Mangala held his first exhibition of oil and water colour paintings way back in 1985 at the National Art Gallery. As everybody else was using oil paints he decided to try out something different. As a result he turned out to be perhaps the only Sri Lankan artist to paint with ballpoint pens. This exhibition will not only display his innovative and skilful artistry to the viewers but they will get an opportunity to see an alternate and uncommon form of art.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo Auditorium

Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Annual Francophone film festival

Bonjour Cinema

A collection of 12 films representing the diversity and creativity of French speaking countries in the field of movie making for both children and adults will be screened on this occasion at the BCIS Auditorium (BMICH).
For Adults

March 19
5Strangers in Good Company (En Compagnie D’e’trangers) by Cynthia Scott (Canada, 1990, 101 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Private Madness (Folie Privé) by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, 2004, 67 minutes)
Time: 7 p.m.

March 20
Just Anybody (Le Premier Venu) by Jacques Doillon (France, 2008, 2 hours 3 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Days of Darkness (L’ Age Des Ténèbres) by Denys Arcand (Canada, 2007, 104 minutes)
Time: 7 p.m.

March 21
Gilles’ Wife (La Femme De Gilles) by Frédéric Fonteyne (Belgium, 2004, 1 hour 43 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Home by Ursula Meier (Switzerland, 2008, 98 minutes)
Time: 7.p.m.

March 22
Private Madness (Folie Privé) by Joachim Lafosse (Belgium, 2004, 67 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Crossed Tracks (Roman De Gare) by Claude Lelouch (France, 2007, 1 hour 43 minutes)
Time: 7 p.m.

March 23
Crossed Tracks (Roman De Gare) by Claude Lelouch (France, 2007, 1 hour 43 minutes)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Not Te Cps, Not The Blacks, Not The Whites (Pas Les Flics, Pas Les Noirs, Pas Les Blancs) by Ursula Meier (Switzerland, 2002, 89 minutes)
Time: 7 p.m.

For Children
March 19
Mechanic Angles (La Mécanique Des Anges) by Alain Margot (Switzerland, 2008, 53 minutes)
Time: 2:30 p.m.

March 20
The Blue Butterfly (Le Papillon Bleu) by Lea Pool (Canada, 2004, 1 hour 36 minutes)
Time: 2:30 p.m.

March 21
Loulou And Other Wolves (Loulou Et Autres Loups) by Grégoire Solotareff, Jean-Luc Fromental (France), 2003, 1 hour 5 minutes)
Time: 2:30 p.m.

March 22
Special Children’s Programme (Special Enfants) (Belgium, 2007, 1 hour)
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Entrance: Free
Language: Subtitled in English


Richmond College Group of 85 get-together on March 19

A get-together of the Richmondites who left Richmond College in 1985 (O/L in 1982 ) will be held on March 19, at Aradhana Hotel, No 184, Richmond Hill Road, Galle. All Richmondites of 85 Group are warmly invited for this get-together. All inquiries from Geethal- 0777 252524, Kapila 0777 006675 and Senaka 0714 453666.


AWA Show 2010

Until April 8
Commemorating International Women’s Day, the Association of Women Artists (AWA) comprising of Manori Jayasinghe, Sajeewani Hewawitharana and Yamuna Munasinghe, has been organising an annual visual art exhibition during March, since 2001. AWA’s objectives are making art, conducting research and documentation work on women’s art and hosting discussions and workshops to enrich AWA and the community.
AWA was initiated at the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts (VAFA) in 2001.VAFA provides special space and care for the activities of AWA members. AWA invite not only women artists who followed art making programmes at VAFA but women artists from outside VAFA are also invited.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Europe Laughs

Intercultural comedies from Europe

As a follow up to the well received European Film Festival in November 2009 at the Goethe Institute, Colombo 7 will show more films from Europe with a focus on the funny side.
Today, when people in Europe from different cultures encounter one another, their meetings do not necessarily lead to a dramatic clash of cultures. More often, in fact, the mishaps and mix-ups that result from intercultural encounters hold potential for a great deal of comic relief.
Films of the so called “culture clash comedy” exist in almost every EU country, and they often reveal more about sensitivities and national idiosyncrasies of the inhabitants of a European country than many a theoretical essay addressing cultural differences. The various takes on cultural “diversity in unity” are particularly intriguing, whether the film focusses on Pakistanis or Indians in Great Britain, Algerians in France, Caribbean women in Spain or Turks in Germany.
The comedies deal not only with ethnic minorities but also with the different preconceptions inhabitants of neighbouring countries have of each other.
Besides these feature films there will be screenings of four short films including the Oscar-winning Schwarzfahrer (Black Rider). Comedy plays a key role in the aforementioned tug-of-war between mainstream culture that believes itself to be superior, and purportedly “uncivilized” immigrants. Pepe Dankwart’s short film is an excellent example of a comedy driven by a trickster hero.
March 15
Flowers From Another World by Iciar Bollain (Spain, 1999, 75 minutes)
Just Get Married by Hussam Chadat (Syria , Germany, 2003, 21 minutes, Short Film)

March 16
Born in Absurdistan by Houchang and Tom Dariusch (Allahyari, Austria, 1999, 89 minutes)

March 17
Helsinki – Napoli All Night Long by Mika Karusmaek (Finnland, 1987, 80 minutes)
Die spracchschule by Andy Bausch (Luxemburg, 2006, 4 minutes)

March 18
Polska Love Serenade by Monika Anna Wojtyllo (Germany, 2007, 75 minutes)
Padam by Juan Manuel Carrasco (Spain, 2007, 12 minutes)

March 19
Red Coloured Grey Truck by Srdan Koljevic (Serbia, Montenegro, Solovenia, 2004, 95 minutes)
Schwarzfahrer by Pepe Dankwart (Deutschland, 1991, 11 minutes)

March 20
Shouf Shouf Habibi by Albert Ter Heerdt (Netherlands, 2004, 108 minutes)
Venue: Goethe Hall, Goethe-Institute Colombo, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


The Flight

March 17
Production: 1970
DVD release: I quarter 2006
Genre: Drama
Running time: 95+102 minutes
This film is based on works by the Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov. The 1920s Civil War in Russia. Routed by the Red Army, the panic-stricken White Guards were fleeing the country. Like a headlong avalanche, they carried along those who wouldn’t accept the new power. Among many who fled abroad from the Crimea were Roman Khludov, head of the general staff of Wrangel’s Army, a hangman and executioner; Sergei Golubkov, a university professor; Serafima Korzukhina, wife of a St. Petersburg businessman who renounced her to save his own skin, and others. Their lives in a foreign land took different turns, but they were all destined to go through a bitter re-evaluation of their former ideals and personal dramas. One of the world’s best screen adaptations of M. Bulgakov’s prose – his novels “The Flight” and “White Guard” and libretto “The Black Sea” dedicated to M. Frunze. Literary consultant of the film – the author’s widow Yelena Bulgakova.
Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.



March 14
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:30

March 15
Subha Saha Yasa
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 9 a.m. and 12 noon

March 20
Balloth Ekka Be, the hilarious comedy, written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna
Tickets: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre Office
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 6:45 p.m.


March 18 - 20
12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies, is the largest ever conference in Sri Lanka on humanities and social sciences.
With around 300 presentations and papers, it has the main theme: “Sri Lanka after the War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity”. Papers covering many other areas will also be presented. For the first time in the humanities and social science fields, it has contributions from all the universities in Sri Lanka. It is organised jointly by the Royal Asiatic Society and the Open University of Sri Lanka. The programme is open to the public by registration. Contact: (077) 725-7020.
Conference Homepage: http://www.slageconr.net/12thicslshome.html


Until March 21
Degree Show, an exhibition of installations and paintings by the Visual Arts and Design and Performing Arts Unit of the University of Kelaniya and the Barefoot Gallery
Venue: Barefoot Gallery Colombo, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays) 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays)

Until March 16
Ruwan Prasanna’s exhibition of paintings.
Venue: Paradise Road Galleries, 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to Midnight daily

Until March 24
Giraga, Wasantha Namaskara’s 64th art exhibition of paintings
Venue: Namaskara Art Gallery, 175, Dikpitygoda Road, Dalugama, Kelaniya
Time: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Prize giving

March 14
Periyamulla Ahadiyyah School Negombo organised Meelad Un Nabi Celebration and Prize giving
Sri Lanka Islamic Society President Ruzaik Farook will be the Chief Guest. Gampaha District Ahadiyyah Schools President As Sheik M.H.M. Lafir and Ahadiyyah National Organiser Al Haj A.L.M. Azwar will be the guests of honour and University of Colombo Lecturer Al Haj A.L.M. Azwar Guest Speaker.
Venue: Negombo Municipal Council Auditorium
Time: 2 p.m.