Smart siblings shine

Recently at the prize giving of The Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art four sets of siblings pose proudly with their awards round their teacher Lakshmi Jeganathan of the Academy of Speech Training, Havelocktown.


HFC’s ‘Familians Aglow’

Saturday, May 22
Familians Aglow is the 77th annual social of the Past Pupils’ Association of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya.
This evening of fun, food and surprises galore is open to all Familians and not restricted to those holding PPA membership.
So get into those snazzy, smart casual outfits in the theme colours of deep red, rusty orange or saffron yellow with black and come to your Alma Mater not only to go down memory lane with your batchmates but also to tap a toe, vie for a prize and have a good time.
Tickets priced at Rs. 900, are available at the school Primary Office on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and with all PPA committee members. For more information please contact 0772 278878 or 0773 564107.
The limited number of tickets will only be on sale till May 20 for logistical reasons.
Venue: Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya
Time: 6:30 p.m. onwards


‘O positive’ or
‘O negative’ kidney required urgently

A kidney of a person of either “O positive” or “O negative” blood group, is immediately required for a patient seriously ill at present. D.S Mapatuna (60 years of age) of 166, Matipiripahaduwa Road, Werahera, Boralesgamuwa, is suffering from end stage renal disease and requires regular Haemodialysis followed by kidney transplantation. According to Consultant Nephrologist Dr. C. A. Herath, of the Department of Nephrology- Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital, the patient has to undergo the surgery immediately. A payment can be considered. Would be donors may please contact 071-4054468/2519573/071-4300603.
Please help, as this would give a new lease of life to the patient.


Romantic Masterworks Concert

Sunday, May 23
Romantic Masterworks Concert, performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL), one of the oldest orchestras in South Asia.
The last word should be given to Tchaikovsky again, in letters written to his patroness. “I adore terribly this child of mine; it is one of only a few works with which I have not experienced disappointment” (1878). “I don’t know what the future may bring, but presently it seems to me that this is my best symphonic work” (1888).
Venue: Ladies’ College Hall,
Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: Available at Titus Stores, Liberty Plaza, from Monday, May 10



An Exhibition of Paintings by Pulasthi Handunge,Thilak Palliyaguruge

Pulasthi Handunge is a popular young artist who hails from Hill capital. The opening of his solo exhibition of paintings titled ‘Rhythm of the Stroke’ will be held on May 14, 2010 at 6.30 pm. The Chief Guest on this occasion will be Brigadier Udaya Ariyaratne, Principal, Trinity College, Kandy. The exhibition will continue till May 24, 2010.
Venue: Alliance de Française Gallery, No 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Pulasthi is a 15-years-old student presently studying at Trinity College, Kandy, who had inherited amazing talent in art with a long list of awards to his credit.

To name a few
1st place – Wesak art competition in year 2006, 2007 organized by Swarnawahini TV channel.
1st place – Art competition conducted by the Nature club / Science society, Trinity College -2005
Trinity College Art prize in year 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009
Participated in AYA (Alliance Young Artists) workshop and Art Exhibition in year 2006 and 2007.
Participated in Maurice de Vlaminck and Vassili Kandinsky Art workshops and exhibitions in 2008 and 2009, organised by Alliance Française de Kandy.
Trinity College, Kandy – The Heritage Society Exhibition and Poster competition in 2008.
Pulasthi’s extraordinary aptitude for art was primarily discovered by the reputed watercolor artist and teacher M.D.S. Gunatillake who guided him to grasp the finer points and techniques of watercolor and other medias under his able guidance.

The Alliance Française de Kandy is an institution which provides a platform and a landing pad for up coming young talents to achieve their objectives. One of the most popular annual cultural events is AYA (Alliance Young Artists). Parallel disciplines akin to AYA are Art Exhibitions and Art Workshops organised by the institute to commemorate a leading modern European artists under the guidance of the current Director Dr. Jacques Soulié.
Pulasthi could gain access to these cultural programmes effortlessly and develop his skills further in his chosen field. The art work he produced in these workshops reveals informal understanding of colour relationship tonal values and creativity. It is joy to watch when Pulasthi creates particularly in watercolor and other medias in general with fidelity and clarity. His confident manipulation of colour is praise worthy. Freedom of brushstrokes had come to him naturally since the early days.

Pulasthi paid a glowing tribute to Mrs. Deepika Gamlath the then art teacher of the primary school in Trinity College who gave this child artist the required creative vigour with timely motivation and guidance. He also paid his gratitude to art teachers Sarath Henagama and Somasiri and pays profound gratitude to his beloved teacher M.D.S. Gunatillake.

His parents who are also devoted to aesthetics, father being a reputed photographer and nature lover engage in field trips where he often accompany his son Pulasthi affording enormous opportunities for him to get adequate inspiration for his creative disciplines.
Pulasthi enjoys these excursions in the refreshing company of his beloved father. He often mentioned about his mother who is also contributing immensely to enhance his knowledge and devotion to aesthetics.
Finally Pulasthi thank his close associates, well wishers who assisted him in numerous ways to enable him to translate his expectations in to tangible reality. His propound thanks are due to Alliance Française de Kandy for organizing his maiden exposition.
‘Rhythm of the Strokes’ will no doubt be a visual pleasure for art lovers of the Hill capital.


SL Ambassador to US discusses with Yale university

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya, met recently with Yale University faculty members to discuss student exchange programmes and a possible exhibition of Sri Lankan art and artifacts in an American Museum.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya was invited to Yale, one of the United States’ most prestigious universities, by faculty members who study Pali and Buddhism in Yale’s Department of Religious Studies. The Ambassador met with Professors Phyllis Granoff, Mimi Yiengpruksawan, Osmund Bopearachchi and Koichi Shinohara, recently.
The group had invited the Ambassador to discuss possible joint programmes between Yale and Universities in Sri Lanka. They stressed the rich nature of Sri Lanka’s 2,500-written history and culture, and suggested that it was not well known or fully appreciated in this part of the world.
Professor Bopearachchi is a Sri Lanka native who is currently teaching at Yale and conducting Archeological work in Sri Lanka.

In addition, the Ambassador took part in a separate meeting with Dr. Jon Butler, dean of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Howard R. Lamar Professor of American Studies, History and Religious Studies. They discussed an exchange programme for graduate and PhD students, to be funded by Yale.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya also met with18 undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at Yale, 12 of whom are from Sri Lanka.

“I was heartened to see the enthusiasm of the Sri Lankan students, both for their studies and for events occurring right now back home,” Ambassador Wickramasuriya said. “And I was also delighted to find scholars here at Yale who are so enthusiastic about Sri Lanka’s history and culture. These proposed programmes will help them explore Sri Lanka more deeply.”
In particular, Ambassador Wickramasuriya and the Yale Professors discussed the possibility of student exchanges beginning in the summer of 2011.
Professor Phyllis Granoff of Yale’s Department of Religious Studies also raised the possibility of an exhibit of Sri Lankan art at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Professor Granoff said that Yale had recently completed an exhibit of JAIN art, and that discussions had already begun on an exhibit focused on works from Sri Lanka.

The Ambassador pledged Sri Lanka’s full support to the effort and noted that it would give U.S. citizens the chance to share in Sri Lanka’s culture.
Professor Bopearachchi, who usually teaches at the Paris Sorbonne University, would take part in the selection of items in Sri Lanka that would be part of such an exhibit, she said.
Professor Bopearachchi was in part responsible for facilitating the meeting between the Ambassador and Yale faculty. So, too, was Dr. A.P. Ganepola, a New Jersey cancer surgeon and Sri Lanka native who is active in the Sri Lankan community in the U.S.
Discussions about the exchange programmes and art exhibit are set to continue.



Citizen Kane

Tuesday, May 11

Production: 1941
Running time: 119 minutes

Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.

Father of a Soldier

Wednesday, May 12
Production: 1965
DVD release: 2001
Genre: War Drama
Running time: 92 minutes
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

Le Placard

Le Placard a film by Francis Veber( 81 minutes) in French with English subtitles

Tuesday, May 11
Time: 3 p.m.
Wednesday, May 12
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barn’s Place, Colombo 7


Public Lecture

Monday, May 10
A public lecture by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, an associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, where she teaches Buddhism, World Religions, and Comparative Religious Ethics
Venue: American Centre Auditorium, 44, Galle Road Colombo 3
Time: 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 15
Reggie Siriwardena Memorial Lecture, commemorating his 88th birth anniversary delivered by Prof. Rajini Obeysekera, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University (retired)
Venue: International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 13
Ratnavalie, a drama based on school curriculum will be staged.
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 8 and 11 a.m.

Public Talk

Sunday, May 9
‘The Beginning of Meditation’ organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.