Balloth Ekka Be

Sunday, April 25

Balloth Ekka Be is a comedy written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna. Starring: Wijaya Nandasiri, Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Saman Hemarathna (Leelasena), Kumara Thirimadura and Luvolin Vandervol.
Music: Shantha Peiris
Stage set: Luvolin Vandervol
Stage management: Asoka De Zoysa and Shantha Udaya Kumara
Costume design: Gihan Fernando
Lighting: Ranga Samarakoon
Make up: Saman Hemarathna
Tickets: Sadeepa Book Shop, Borella, Sarasavi Book Shop, Nugegoda, Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.


Pool Party

Sunday, April 25

For kids under 12 years
Don’t forget your swim suits and towels!
Venue: Cartoon Kids, 26/10, Suvisuddharama Road, Colombo 6
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Hoppers and Calypso

Friday, April 30
For a taste of plain to egg hoppers with katta sambol, pittu, babath, string hoppers, pol sambol, chicken and vegetable kottu, sweetmeats, traditional ginger tea etc. along with calypso music to complete the mood.

Venue: Pool Side, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.


High Tea

Continuing the High Tea tradition, this generous and enticing buffet spread has a different menu for each day of the week.

Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 3 - 6 p.m.


Panel discussion

Tuesday, April 27

Talk cum panel discussion on Principal Researcher, Point Pedro Institute of Development, Point Pedro, Economic Prospects of Sri Lanka, With Special Focus on the North and East by Dr. Muttukrishna Sarvanathan.
The talk will be followed by brief remarks by two discussants, after which the floor will be thrown open to the audience for question and comments.

Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Synthetic Road
Sunday, April 25
‘Synthetic Road’, 68th installation art exhibition by Wasantha Namaskara

2 F, Seelalankara Mawatha, Mullegama, Homagama


Last day

Sunday, April 25

The ninth century reconstructed Omani vessel ‘Jewel of Muscat’ which arrived at the Galle Port on April 19, on view for the general public.

Venue: Galle Port
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m


Dance concert

Friday, April 30

A dance concert organised by the Manakala Ranga Peetaya of Seeduwa headed by Yamuna Peiris (Director)

Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Time: 5.30.p.m.
Tickets: Available at the gate


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 former 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.


Dharmaraja wins All Island Dancing Competition

Western Province Mampe Dharmaraja Maha Vidyalaya performed the Dummala Padaya dance and won the first place at the All Island Dancing Competition. A felicitation ceremony was held at the school premises with the participation of the Deputy Zone Director, Ariyathilaka Dissanayake.


Public lecture

Thursday, April 29
China-Sri Lanka Historical Relations: An overview by Senior Lecturer, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Dr. Hao Weimin organised by the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. All are welcome.
Venue: Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.


Exhibition by Gayan Prageeth

Until May 21
An exhibition of paintings by Gayan Prageeth Samaranayaka
Venue: Paradise Road Galleries, 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to Midnight daily


Executive PA - Beyond Excellence

The role of the Personal Assistant has undergone change due to many reasons among them are the rise of multinational organisations, IT revolution, demanding lifestyle which at most times challenge the PA, said former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge addressing ‘the annual conference of the Academy for Administrative Professionals (AAP).

She said that earlier the PA was required to type the letters and maintain the files unlike today the PA is required to be the bosses’ shadow. She has not only to maintain the files but prepare the necessary briefs, manage the diary, maintained excellent personal relations with all who matter. In addition she should be able to decide fast and prioritize her work at all times.
Former President Kumaratunge said that there is a dire need for professional PAs and we as bosses expect a lot from the PA. Therefore her advice to PAs was don’t be a doormat but be humble. Most importantly read and be updated and committed towards the work you do which will make you an excellent PA.
Director AVIVA NDB Insurance Deepal Sooriyaarachchi speaking on the theme professionalism a way of life said that a professional is a person who knows what he is doing and does what he knows.
He said a professional needs to pre plan, pay attention to details, maintain proper records, perform excellently have a process approach and reach the set goals.

He said that people do not plan to fail but many fail to plan. He said that when pre planning rather than filling the diary with things to do it is better to allocate time according to your core purpose. Plan for the year, month, week and day but the most natural time zone that can be planned is the week.
Sooriyarachchi said that big losses are the results of small mistakes therefore never take the eyes off little details as the mistake can be very costly. In addition maintaining proper records is also a must to be a professional.
In this instance the right thing should be at the right place in the right sequence and time.
World class is a moving target, to show excellence in performance you can raise the benchmark but be consistent always.

Personal growth is also necessary to be a professional, therefore acquire new capabilities, get rid of weaknesses, improve the present skills and most of all prevent drifting into non performance.
Protecting your reputation, wealth and health are also necessary for personal growth. Enjoy a balanced life be it money, time, body, relationships or emotions. Good friends are a must as friends can have the most profound influence on your life.

Ranel Wijesinha, on the subject of “PA to the next Level -Strategy of Rising”. Conducted a work shop assessing the strength and weakness of the PA which was an interactive session. PAs were able to address common issues they face and ways to overcome thus making their profession indispensable in the market place.
Bernard Croose spoke of Social/Business Etiquettes which were highly in need in day today life. This should be a subject never to be neglected by a PA, he emphasized.

Sunethra Jayaratne, Executive Director of AAP, said that the Annual Conference has been a great success with overwhelming response. She requested all PAs to acquire professional qualifications which is a need of today. To commemorate the 5th year anniversary of AAP, series of events have been lined up and the next event would be the Annual Award Ceremony followed by the Dinner Dance to be held at Galadari Hotel on May 8. Charity project to assist deserving students also will take place soon. She also invited administrative professionals to join the Asian Secretaries Congress to be held in Taiwan, October this year.
The conference was co-sponsored by Colombo Hilton and Janashakthi Insurance.


Ahasata Giya Salu

A book by Bhadraji Mahinda Jayathilake

Ahasata Giya Salu (Fabrics in the Air) is Bhadraji Mahinda Jayathilake’s latest children’s story. As the theme, he has chosen unity – he means to say, individual colours are attractive but together they are beautiful.
Unity in place of separation through nationalities, religions, caste and colour results in a world full of misunderstandings and hostility. But, if the world could become one choice! Bhadraji has this theme coming out in both Sinhala and Tamil in Ahasata Giya Salu.

Bhadraji is the winner of the D.R.Wijewardene Award for Novels, the State award for Literature and the Sarvodaya National Award. He has completed nearly a hundred books.
Artist Amrita Wickramage has done the drawings as well as the cover for this book. The Tamil translation was done by Ajith Kumar who is a translator at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.



Friday, April 30
Hindustani Vocal Music Recital by Shastrapati Sangeet Nipun Asith Attapattu
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

Choral musical

Wednesday, April 28
The Passion of His Love, a dramatic Easter Choral musical organised by the Ceylon Bible Society, presented by the Choir of St Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia
Venue: Ladies’ College Hall, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Now showing

Clash of the Titans
Cinema: Liberty
Time: 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.

Green Zone
Cinema: Majestic
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m.

How to Train Your Dragon
Cinema: Majestic
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 27
Mon Oncle D’Amérique by Alain Resnais (125 minutes)
Prof. Henri Laborit uses the stories of the lives of three people to discuss behaviorist theories of survival, combat, rewards and punishment, and anxiety. René is a technical manager at a textile factory and must face the anxiety caused by corporate downsizing. Janine is a self-educated actress/stylist who learns that the wife of her lover is dying and must decide to let them reunite. Jean is a controversial career-climbing writer/politician at a crossroads in life.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, No. 11, Barnes’ Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m.