Spring Recital

Friday, May 7
Spring Recital is a programme of music by Menaka Singers, trained and directed by Menaka De Fonseka Sahabandu.
It will feature solos and ensemble by the senior singers of the choir and chosen from the Classical, Romantic and Modern repertoire. Works will include Arias and Art Songs from Handel, Mozart, Donizetti, Debussy, Faure, Franck, Lehar and Bernstein.

The artistes are collaborated on the piano by Menaka De Fonseka Sahabandu.
Menaka, who holds a fellowship from the Trinity College London for Voice and Piano and a Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music for Voice and Piano has a teaching career of 25 years. She is one of the leading piano and singing teachers in Sri Lanka. She is the founder and director of Menaka Singers, a mixed choir consisting primarily of singers trained by her.

The singers are regular prize winners, high scorers and exhibition and medal winners from Trinity College London and Royal Schools of Music London.
Many of her students pursue their studies in voice and opera in the USA and the UK. Menaka Singers have had the opportunity of being featured as the Guest Choir by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka at many of their concerts.

Menaka Singers have been invited to perform in several international operas both in Sri Lanka and abroad.
They have performed in the operas The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet, Carmen by Georges Bizet and Si J’etais Roi by Adolphe Adams, working with conductors Benjamin Levi, Claire Levacher, Pierre-Michel Durand. They have worked with opera directors such as Patricia Panton and Jean-Francois Vinciguerra the most recent being Si j’etais Roi at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi under the auspices of Bonjour India of the French Embassy in New Delhi and the Neemrana Music Foundation.

Entrance: By invitation. Invitations could be collected at Alliance Francaise de Colombo, 11 Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo Auditorium, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.
Time: 7:30 p.m.

French Language Contest

The Embassy of France and the General Delegation Alliance Française in Sri Lanka, organised a French language competition for all Sri Lankans studying French and young French teachers between the ages of 18 to 25 in order to celebrate “La semaine de la francophonie in March, (French speaking week).

The first stage of the contest, which consisted in making a video of 1.5 minutes explaining why French is learnt and having to include five of the 10 Official words proposed by the International Francophonie Organisation, encountered a great success and appealed to many participants from all around the country, including the Maldives.



Tuesday, May 4

Production: 1976
Running time: 121 minutes
Media madness reigns supreme in screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing satire about the uses and abuses of network television. But while Chayefsky’s and director Sidney Lumet’s take on television may seem quaint in the age of “reality TV” and Jerry Springer’s talk-show fisticuffs, it’s every bit as potent now as it was when the film was released in 1976. and because Chayefsky was one of the greatest of all dramatists, his Oscar-winning script about the ratings frenzy at the cost of cultural integrity is a showcase for powerhouse acting by Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight (who each won Oscars), and Oscar nominee William Holden in one of his finest roles.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.


Jazz session

Sunday, May 2
Presented by Jazz Unlimited, the event will feature Rodney Rabot, Duleep Fernando, Royle de Andrews, Basil Paiva, Hans Mater, Lalith Fernando, Hilary Christie, Lentimal Jayamanna, Shanthi Seneviratna, Dilip Seneviratna, Diren Sabaratnam, Ravin Rutnam, Damien Wickramatilleke and many more will be featured.
Venue: CR & FC Grounds
Time: 1:30 p.m. onwards


Tomorrow Was The War

Wednesday, May 5

Production: 1987
DVD release: 2006
Genre: War Drama
Running time: 85 minutes
Description: Based upon the title story by the classic of the national literature Vasilyev (“The Dawns Here Are Quiet”, “Officers”), this film recreates with an amazing authenticity the atmosphere of the 1930s-1940s Soviet Union, which stirs at once the feelings of admiration and horror, and, thus, mesmerizes and entices…The year is 1940. A small provincial town. A 9-year schoolgirl, Vika Lyuberetskaya, recites poems by the “banned” poet Sergey Yesenin. Soon her father is arrested as “an enemy of the people”. The girl gets hunted at school after that, and she commits suicide. And tomorrow the war starts and almost all of yesterday’s schoolchildren are to die in its fire…The film’s soundtrack includes music of the 1930s and works by Antonio Vivaldi.
Awards: IFF in Koszalin (Poland) – Top Prize “Grand Amber”, 1987 * IFF in Manheim – Special Jury Prize, 1987 * IFF in Valladolid (Spain) – Grand Prix “Golden Spike”, 1987 * IFF “Film Meetings in Dunkirque” (France) – Grand Prix, 1988 * Dovzhenko Gold Medal to director Kara, screenwriter Vasilyev, actors Nikonenko and Ruslanova, 1988 * “Nika” Award to actress Ruslanova (for the films “Tomorrow Was the War”, “Sign of Misfortune”, “Brief Encounters”), 1987
Venue: Russian Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


For sweet - lovers

Until May 31
Éclair’ is the French word for lightning. It got its name for it glistens when coated with confectioner’s glaze. From traditional to more innovative éclairs are available whole of this month.
Venue: Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.



Rosetta, a film by Jean-Pierre Dardenne (90 minutes) in French with English subtitles
Tuesday, May 4
Time: 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Rosette is a 17-year-old girl who lives in a trailer park with her alcoholic mother. Trying to survive and to escape her situation, she attempts to find and hold a job that will allow her to move out of the caravan and away from her mother.


Environment Day celebrations

Join the British Council in celebrating the World Environment Day 2010 and showcase your creativity and support the environment!

Environment Day Workshop
Saturday, May 8
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3
Time: Age 5 to 10 years: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Age 11 to 15 years: 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Age 16 to 35 years: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Note: Please bring an apron if needed
Tickets: Available at the British Council Library Help Desk

Environment Day Exhibition
Saturday, June 5
After the Environment Day Workshop on May 8, create your own craft and submit it for the World Environment Day Exhibition.
Winners will receive fabulous prizes and all participants will receive certificates
For more information call: British Council Library Help Desk on 011-7-521-596


Seminar on new U.S. visa application procedures

Tuesday, May 11
The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, is organising a seminar on the new procedures for applying for a visa to the United States.
The U.S. Embassy now requires the use of the newly-developed DS-160 non-immigrant visa (NIV) application which incorporates existing NIV forms into one interactive, online form.

U.S. Embassy staff will explain the new process and answer general questions on U.S. visa procedures. Also, AmCham’s Executive Director will discuss the Secure Pact assistance programme – one of the many benefits available to AmCham members.

The seminar aims to provide a better understanding of U.S. visa procedures to company CEOs, HR Managers and other Senior Management Staff.
Visa applicants in Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives must access the Consular Electronic Application Center website (https://ceac.state.gov/GENNIV) to complete a new DS-160 application form. With the new form, the applicant will also be required to upload a visa photograph.
The DS-160 eliminates the need for paper application forms and the applicants are required to submit the printed confirmation page at the interviews.

More information about the DS-160, as well as links to the new application, can be found on the U.S. Embassy Colombo’s website http://srilanka.usembassy.gov/.
The seminar is expected to enhance AmCham member companies’ understanding of the visa approval process, improving trade and commerce between the U.S. and Sri Lanka.
Registration details are available with the AmCham office at 233-6073 or at www.amcham.lk.
Venue: Hilton Colombo
Time: 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.



Friday, May 7
Maname, the great Sinhala theatrical play written by Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra
Tickets and box plan: Lionel Wendt Theatre Office
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 9
Nari Bena and Jasaya saha Lenchina, by Dayananda Gunawardena
Tickets and box plan: Lionel Wendt Theatre Office
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 6
Friday, May 7
Sunday, May 9
Digeka Avith and Kandoskriyawa by Namel Weeramuni
Digeka Avith is a periodically localised adaptation of the play, The Proposal by the Russian dramatist, Anton Chekhov.
Kandoskriyawa, written by Somapala Gunadheera, comprises Wijerathna Warakagoda, Malini Weeramuni, Daya Tennakoon, Grace Ariyawimal, Lalith Rajapaksa, Senate Dikkumbura, Anusha Dissanayake, Anil Wijesinghe and Pabath Manohara as the cast.
Venue: Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5
Sakunthala, a dance drama of Mahakavi Kalidasa’s masterpiece Sakunthala, presented by the Indian Cultural Centre and directed by Aru Sri Art Theatre.
Venue: Veerasingam Hall, Jaffna


Until May 18
Abinishkramanaya, a solo exhibition of paintings and other works of Sathsara Ilangasinghe will be held on
Venue: Artway Gallery, Nugegoda