Rhythm of Anula 2010

April 2
Anulians are to take the stage with a unique orchestral performance for the first time in its history of 68 years.
With the 125 talented performers will be well known past Anulians such as the singers, Amitha Wedisinghe, Charitha Priyadarshini, Deepika Priyadarshini, Priyanka Weerasekara, the dancers, Manjula Kumari and Ayesha Sandamali and the comperes Sandya Rambukkana, Chethana Liyanage, Rasadari Peiris, Himali Sayurangi and Kaushika Geethani.
The programme comes to light under the guidance of the principal, Neelamani Malaviarachchi and the support of the teachers, Ananda Perera and Deepa Gunawardana.
Venue: BMICH
Time: 6 p.m.


Gamata ICT by RICTAG

Radapasa ICT Associates’ Guild, one of the premier guilds in the Southern Province has conducted two ICT Seminars aiming to raise the students understanding of how ICT and internet can be used to achieve better results in day to day activities including education.

The seminar held on March 7 at Sri Sonuththara Dhamma School, Weeraketiya was conducted in collaboration with CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd, the world’s leading travel software solutions provider. The Dhamma School was donated with two computers by the CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd and the official web site of Dhamma School (srisonuththaradhammaschool.org) was also launched at the function. Dr Ranjith Bandara, Senior Economic Advisor was the Chief Guest of the function.

A continuation seminar of the seminar series “ICT For A Better Tomorrow” was also held on March 8, 2010 at the Zonal Education Office, Tangalle. Grade 11 IT students of Tangalle Educational Zone have participated for this programme. Both the seminars were facilitated by CodeGen International (Pvt) Ltd under the purview of Ranjith G. Rubasinghe, Chairman – RICTAG as well as the CEO – Sri Lanka Telecom Manpower Solutions.


Up in the Air

Now showing
Academy Award-winner George Clooney stars Up in the Air comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman.
The movie is an adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn.
The story is about a businessman Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) on the verge of reaching five million frequent flyer miles when his company decides to cut back on travel. But his goal isn’t the only thing just out of reach: He now won’t be able to see a fellow frequent traveller who has caught his eye.
Cinema hall: Majestic Cinema, Bambalapitiya
Show time: 10:30, 1:30, 4:15, 7



March 28 – 31
Ravens is a new dance production by the Sri Lanka modern dance troupe, nATANDA.
Venue: The British School in Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m.



Jazz Ensemble

April 4
Three groups of leading musicians have been invited to perform at the April Jazz Ensemble
Group 1: Dilukshi Sirimanna (piano and vocals), Gavin Senn (saxophone), Basil Paiva (bass), Shiral Nooramith (drums)
Group 2: Gananath Dasanayaka (saxophone and vocals) Timal Jayamanna (bass) Senaka Pereira, Ashane Perera (keyboard)
Group 3: Jean van Heer (vocals) Kumar De Silva (piano) Nilantha Ariyaratna (bass) Sumudi Sureweera (drums), Rodney van Heer
Venue: CR & FC Grounds
Time: 1p.m. onwards


French film

April 6 and 7
The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants Du Pont Neuf) [1991, 125 minutes] is a film by the French-born film director, Leos Carax.
Synopsis: Alex is a drug-addicted, fire eating homeless man who lives on the deserted bridge, which is being restored for the French Revolution Bicentennial Celebration. When Michele stumbles into his life, a desperate, passionate relationship unfolds
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Young reporter with news of war

March 28
Written by German playwright Theresia Walser and translated for performance by Asoka de Zoysa, The War Reporter has its measured beginnings in a mêlée of nerve-wracked award ceremony attendees and the mysterious appearance of one young reporter with news of war.
Directed by Jake Oorloff and Ruhanie Perera the performance is a collaboration between Goethe-Institut, Sri Lanka, the German Cultural Centre, and the theatre company Floating Space.
The War Reporter brings together a cast of performers that include Tehani Chitty, Ashini Fernando, Venuri Perera, Imani Perera, Minari Fernando, Lilanka Botejue, Chinthaka Fernando, Niren Neydorff, Gehan Blok and Christopher Stephen.
Venue: Goethe-Institut, No. 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.


Celestial with music

Monday to Saturday
The band Celestial will rock your musical world with a blend of Pop, Funk and Retro hits.
Venue: Thorana Lounge, Hilton Colombo
Time: 8:30 p.m. onwards


Russian film: War and Peace

March 31
Production: 1967
Genre: Epic
Running time: 403 minutes
Description: This gigantic motion picture epic, based on the novel of the same name by the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, has won worldwide critical acclaim.
For the shooting of the film’s battle scenes, such as the Battle of Borodino or the 1812 Moscow fire, a regular army was mustered into service, as well as a specially created cavalry regiment.
Over 120,000 soldiers participated as extras in the crowd scenes. More than 35,000 costumes were made for the production.

The details of 19th-century Russia’s everyday life, the period costumes, society and its traditions, the psychological characteristics and the heroism of the people, the glory of Russian arms – all this attracts the viewer not less than the love story of the delightful Natasha Rostova and the Prince Andrei Bolkonsky.
Awards: Grand Prize Ex Aequo and Diploma to L. Savelyeva for Best Actress at the Moscow IFF, 1965, Honorary Diploma at the Venice IFF, 1965, Golden Globe and Oscar Awards for Best Foreign-Language Film in USA.

Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Go Cocoshell

Exquisite coconut shell jewellery launch

March 31
The coconut shell jewellery are products of the Women’s Group of Mahausakande Project situated in Kiriella. Pioneered by the Ellawala Charitable Trust, the project is funded by HSBC and focusses on regenerating a tropical rainforest. As part of the project, the women’s group was formed in early 2008 and comprises of 50 unemployed village women who have mastered the art of creating exquisite jewellery from coconut shells, now branded as “cocoshell”.
“Cocoshell” is a classic example of what could be done to uplift the quality of life in the rural sector, not only through financial enrichment, but also by stimulating confidence in them.
Let’s help support these women entrepreneurs in crafting a livelihood.
The launch will bring forth a fascinating array of high quality coconut shell jewellery designed exclusively for ODEL
Venue: ODEL, Alexandra Place
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


Jazz with Wolfgang Haffner

March 28

The Goethe Institut in collaboration with the Barefoot Gallery presents Wolfgang Haffner Jazz Trio featuring Wolfgang Haffner (drummer), Lars Danielsson (bassist) and Huber Nuss (pianist) from Germany.
The drummer Wolfgang Haffner was born in Wunsiedel, Germany in 1965. He began his career as a professional musician in the German French Jazz Ensemble, conducted by German jazz legend Albert Mangelsdorff.
Haffner later became the drummer in Klaus Doldingers’ Passport with whom he played for 11 years, touring Europe and South Africa. Wolfgang is one of the most in-demand international jazz artistes, having performed and recorded with jazz greats including Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, Bob James and Pee Wee Eliis among many others.
In 2002, he formed the Woolfgang Haffner Band and has so far recorded 11 titles. When not performing with his own band, he plays with the Nills Landgren Funk Unit of Sweden.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: Barefoot Gallery, Goethe-Institut, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7



Until April 8
AWA Show 2010, an exhibition of paintings by the artists of the Association of Women Artists (AWA) Manori Jayasinghe, Sajeewani Hewawitharana and Yamuna Munasinghe commemorating the International Women’s Day.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 5:30 p.m.


March 29
An Islamic lecture organised by Dharunnadhvah Lilkhairiyath, an Association of Muslim Men and Boys, on the topic ‘Islam – A Religion of Peace’ by As Sheil M.H.M. Yahya (Falahi/Bin Noori) Insha Allah, immediately after Luhar prayers
Venue: Al- Ma’hadul Bukhariyul Kadirie Thakiya (Jamiul Falah Jumma Mosque) 178, Layard’s Broadway, Colombo 14.


Carey College Old Boys’ Union 82nd Annual General Meeting

April 3
The Annual General Meeting of the Old Boys’ Union of Carey College
Colombo 8 will follow a fellowship dinner at the Sathi Lower, P. Sara Oval.
Venue: Rev Dr. W. G. Wickremasinghe Hall, Carey College, Colombo 8
Time: 3:30 p.m.
For more details contact: Bertram Amerasinghe on 011 2793418


Congratulations Shenuli!

Shenuli Hashara Devduny Gamage, a Grade 5 student of Brisbane International School, Nugegoda has been awarded a Distinction for Science in the 2009 International Assessments for Schools, organised by the Educational Assessment Australia (EAA) of the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her score was in the top 10 percent of Class 4 participants in the Region.
EAA is a non-profit testing organisation owned by the University of New South Wales. EAA specialises in large-scale assessments including the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, India, South Africa and the Pacific region. ICAS tests primary and secondary school students in the core curriculum subjects each year nationally and internationally.
ICAS covers Science, Mathematics, English, Spelling, Writing and Computer Skills.


Media and new technology art

Until April 7
Organised by the Theertha International Artists Collective, Theertha International Artists’ Residency Exhibition 2009 highlighting new media and new technology art was launched on March 27 at the Theertha Red Dot Gallery.
Participating Artists:
Eline Jongsma (Netherlands), Kel O’Neill (USA), Kusal Gunasekara (Sri Lanka), Manoj Baviskar (India), Pradeep Thalawatta (Sri Lanka), Prasanna Ranabahu (Sri Lanka), Sarawut Chutiwongpeti (Thailand)
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South Pitakotte
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on all public and mercantile holidays.