Climate Change and I

Children’s expressions though poetry, poster and art

Children from 12 to 20 from all over Sri Lanka expressed their views on climate change through the creative mediums of poetry, poster and art in the climate change and I competition organised by the British Council in partnership with the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

The Awards Ceremony of the competition was held on March 26, at the British Council Auditorium. The award-wining students, their parents and special guests including the Royal Norwegian Ambassador, Tore Hattrem and the Secretary to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, M. A. R. D. Jayatilleke attended the ceremony.

The nationwide competition was open to all Sri Lankan Citizens between the following age categories of 12 to 14, 15 to 17 and 18 to 20 years. There were over 1250 entries which covered areas such as Jaffna, Batticaloa, Hambanthota Kandy and Colombo. The eminent panel who judged the competition consisted of artist Sybil Wettasinghe, poet Sunethra Rajakarunanayake, climate change experts Nimal Perera, Ravi de Silva and Harshini de Silva.

“It is important to make the younger generation aware of climate change related issues and the Royal Norwegian Embassy is happy to be supporting this programme,” Tore Hattrem, Royal Norwegian Ambassador addressing the gathering said.
“The British Council believes the key to addressing the issues around climate change is to get people and particularly the younger generation, to think about these issues and the causes and what we can all do to help tackle it. Hence this poetry, poster and art competition,” Country Exams Manager British Council, Kishore Roy stated.

War and Peace, from Napoleon’s time

April 4

Production: 1967
DVD release: II quarter 2003
Genre: Epic
Running time: 403 minutes
At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon’s forces controlled much of Europe. In Russia, one of the few countries still unconquered, the army prepares to face Napoleon’s troops in Austria. Among the soldiers are Nicholas Rostov and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. Pierre Bezukhov, a friend of Andrei’s and self-styled intellectual who “knows what’s right but still does wrong,” is not interested in fighting. Pierre’s life changes when his father dies, leaving him a vast inheritance. He is attracted to Natasha Rostov, Nicholas’s sister, but gives in to baser desires and marries the shallow, materialistic Princess Helene. The marriage quickly ends when Pierre discovers his wife’s true nature. Andrei is captured and later released by the French, and returns home only to watch his wife die in childbirth. During a visit to the country months later, Pierre and Andrei meet again. Andrei sees Natasha and falls in love, but his father will only permit the marriage if they postpone it for one year. While Andrei is away in Poland on a military mission, Natasha is drawn to Anatole Kuragin, a scoundrel and libertine. Pierre tells Natasha of Anatole’s past before she can elope with him. Napoleon invades Russia. Pierre visits Andrei on the eve of the battle, and observes the battle that follows. Traumatized by the carnage, he vows to kill Napoleon himself.
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.

The Lovers on the Bridge

April 6 and 7

The Lovers on the Bridge (Les Amants Du Pont Neuf) by Leos Carax (1991, 125 minutes)
Synopsis: Set against Paris’ oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and an affliction which is slowly turning her blind. The film portrays the harsh existence of the homeless as Alex, Michele and Hans, an older vagrant survive on the streets with their wits. As they both slowly get their lives back together, Michele becomes increasingly dependent on Alex as her vision deteriorates further. Fearing that Michele will leave him if she receives a new medical treatment Alex attempts to keep Michele practically a prisoner.
The streets, skies and waterways of Paris are used as a backdrop to the story in a series of stunning visuals which dominate the film.
Venue: Alliance Francais de Colombo, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Jaffna Uni Convocation

 The 25th Convocation of the University of Jaffna was held on March 26

Sworn in as JP

Jaliya Uduwella (Chief Physiotherapist, Lady Ridgeway Hospital) took his oaths as Justice of the Peace (All Island) before the High Court Judge of Colombo. He has been appointed by Minister Milinda Moragoda.
During his service of 20 years, he has cured a vast number of patients by physiotherapy. He also launched a book on physiotherapy in Sinhala, and conducted awareness programmes in print and electronic media as well. Jaliya helped to form the organisation of “Friends of the Disabled Children”. After winning a scholarship to Japan he studied further about paediatric neurological conditions. He also has followed a course in Administration conducted by SLIDA. He was an old boy of Nalanda College, Colombo.

Jennings Pasch Day

The inaugural Pasch Day to mark the partnership between the Jennings International College, Nainamadama and the German Cultural Centre - Goethe -Institut, Sri Lanka, was held recently, under the patronage of Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany in Sri Lanka, Jens Uwe Plottner and his wife Heike Plottner.


Pub Quiz

April 7

The Colombo Pub Quiz has reappeared. For more information, please speak to Jehan Mendis: 0773-527969 or Navin Ratnayake: 0777-763650

Venue: Barefoot Garden Café, Colombo 7
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Lankan Culinary Arts in US

In early March, the iconic Time Warner Center in New York witnessed a rare opportunity, where a spicy Sri Lankan feast enticing a large gathering of top executives from the American corporate world. The unique culinary evening, staged by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. follows a week-long Sri Lanka food promotions held at the World Bank. Joined with the Embassy in hosting this unprecedented event were Restaurant Associates (RA), a leading caterer with operations over hundreds of prestigious locations across the United States and the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines.

The spectacular three course Sri Lankan meal hosted by the Embassy and RA for as many as fifty New York-based executives, was put together by Chefs Gerard Mendis and Madhawa Weerabaddhana, two master chefs specially flown in by the Embassy.

In memoriam

Religious ceremonies will be conducted in 100 temples in Sri Lanka as well as in 100 temples throughout the world in the first week of April to bestow merit on Chandra (Indu) Perera who passed away three months ago. She was the wife of well-known Science Writer and Astronomer Anura C. Perera and was a teacher at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Milagiriya for over 30 years. After retiring she worked as a teacher in America for over 10 years.

Religious ceremonies will be conducted in America as well as in England, Canada, France, Japan, Australia and India. In addition there will be a ‘Mathaka Bana’ preaching by Ven. Dr. Agalakada Sirisumana Thero, Senior Lecturer in Sinhala at University of Colombo from 7.00 pm to 8.00 pm on April 3 at ‘Tharaka Niwasa’, No. 23, Sapumal Place, Rajagiriya. Following day there will be a Sangika Dana to bestow merits.
Dana will be offered to a large number of priests including Prof. Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thero, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura and chief incumbent of Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya, Anunayake of Kotte Chapter Ven. Rathgama Vipassi Thero, chief incumbent of Panakawa Purana Viharaya and Chief Sanganayaka of Kegalle, Ven. Ahangama Ananda Nayake Thero, chief incumbent of Sri Vijayaramaya, Wellawatta and Ven. Dewahandiye Pangnasekara Thero, chief incumbent of’ Sri Jayawardenaramaya, Cotta Road, Borella.

Anura C. Perera has made arrangements, to donate Buddha statues, Mahapirith CDs, pictures of Lord Buddha, books on Buddhism to all who participate at the ‘Mathaka Bana’.


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.

Public lecture

April 4
Is Love Part Of Consciousness (Ojai 1984 Talk four, Video) organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Krishnamurti Study Centre, 208, Beddagana North, Duwa Road, Kotte
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Easter treats

April 4
Special Hot Cross Buns, Chocolate Easter Eggs, Easter Bunnies, Chocolate Hens, Easter Cakes and cupcakes…
Venue: Goodies, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Easter Carols

April 4
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Polwatte, Colombo 3 will have an Easter Carol Service as part of the celebrations for Eastertide. It will consist of Bible Readings, Poems, Anthems and popular Easter Hymns. At the Organ will be Denham Pereira, who will play a series of organ preludes before the commencement of the service. Dr. Lalith Perera will direct the music. All are welcome
Time: 6 p.m.