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
|HFC’s ‘Familians Aglow’
Saturday, May 22
Familians Aglow is the 77th annual social of the Past
Pupils’ Association of Holy Family Convent,
This evening of fun, food and surprises galore is open
to all Familians and not restricted to those holding PPA
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
Please help, as this would give a new lease of life to
|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,
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: Available at Titus Stores, Liberty Plaza, from
Monday, May 10
RHYTHM OF THE STROKE
An Exhibition of Paintings by Pulasthi
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
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
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
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
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
“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.
Tuesday, May 11
Running time: 119 minutes
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.
|Father of a Soldier
Wednesday, May 12
DVD release: 2001
Genre: War Drama
Running time: 92 minutes
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.
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,
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
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
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
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 8 and 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 9
‘The Beginning of Meditation’ organised by the
Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road,
Time: 9:45 a.m.