Wesley College Welfare Society

The following office bearers were elected at the Annual General Meeting held recently for the year 2010/2011.
President: E. N. Rajah Sinnathuray
Vice Presidents: Deepthi Perera, Roshan Dassanayake, B. A. Jurangpathy, Maithri Withanage
Secretary: Farman Cassim
Teranka Carim
Treasurer: S. Renganathan
Asst. Treasurer: Priyantha Herath
General Committee: Dharsana Liyanage, Wilhelm Vandort, Ranjeewa Senanayake, Tyronne Amath, Mrs. Roshani Perera, Mrs. Champa Rodrigo, Mrs. Nirosha Gazaly,
P.T.A. Representatives: Ms. Gloria De Silva, Capt. T. Hamidon
O.B.U. Representatives: Chandima Silva, Laksanda Gunawardane
Standing Committee Representatives: Rev. Dr. A. W. Jebanesan, Wasantha De Silva
Co-opted Members: Farzad Mila


Rhythm Is It!

June 3
Rhythm Is It, a film by Thomas Grube and Enrique Sánchez Lansch records the first big educational project of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle.
The orchestra ventured out of the ivory tower of high culture into boroughs of low life for the sake of 250 youngsters. They had been strangers to classical music, but after arduous but thrilling preparation they danced to Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’ (‘The Rite of Spring’).
Colour, 2004,100 minutes
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Maris Stella College Day celebrations

June 5
Old Boys Association of Maris Stella College, Negombo has arranged a host of events to celebrate the “College Day” at the college premises.
The day’s proceedings will begin with the commencement of “Maris Fun Rally” at 7 a.m. in the morning at the College Premises for the young and old Maristonians.
Evening “Holy Mass” will be at 6 p.m. at the College Chapel followed by “Rt. Rev. Bishop Dr. Frank Marcus Fernando Memorial Oration” delivered by Rev. Fr. Placcid Anthony Fernando at the college hall.
The final event for the evening will be the fellowship for Maristonians and their families at “Avenra Garden Hotel.”
All present and old Maristonians and their families are invited to grace this occasion.


Hidden Japan

June 3 - 7
Hidden Japan, an exhibition of photographs by Kijuro Yahagi features 85 photographs and reflects the Japanese hidden beauty and its people’s creativity.
Yahagi’s collection includes stills of nature, landscapes, rock gardens, mountains, traditional and modern Japanese architecture, city road networks, modern city structures and many more.
The exhibition is organised by the Embassy of Japan and Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts
Venue: National Art Gallery
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Only `Old Men` Are Going to Battle

June 2
Production: 1973
DVD release: 2005
Genre: War
Running time: 87 minutes
Description: Only `Old Men` Are Going to Battle is one of the best Russian films about the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
The “old men” in this squadron were no older than 20, but those “wet behind the ears”, a reinforcement fresh from flying schools with accelerated training, were not allowed to go to battle for quite a while.
They were yet to experience everything – the heat of the battle, the joy of the first victory over the enemy, the grandeur of a brotherhood strengthened with blood, the first love, and the bitterness of a loss. And there came the day when, on hearing the command “only ‘old men’ are going to battle”, it was them who rushed to their planes.

Only during its first year at the theatres, the film was seen by 44.3 million viewers – a record in the history of world cinema. When this war musical was released (1973), audiences thronged at the theatres, asking for a “spare” ticket, and the old, long-forgotten “Darkie” song became very popular again. Incidentally, the character nicknamed Darkie had a real-life prototype – Bykov’s childhood friend, Shcheglov.
Awards: Best Actor Award to Bykov at the seventh All-Union Film Festival in Baku, 1974 Prize of the Central Committee of the Union of Czechoslovakian Friendship at the 19th IFF in Karlovy Vary (Czechoslovakia), 1974 Top Prize at the “Films for Freedom” IFF in Conome (Yugoslavia), 1974 Dovzhenko Silver Medal to director/actor Bykov Shevchenko State Prize of the Ukrainian SSR for Cinematography to Bykov, director and lead actor in the films “Only ‘Old Men’ Are Going to Battle” and “One-Two, Soldiers Were Going…”, 1977
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Overseas School stages Run for Humanity

By Peter Marshall
On Sunday May 9, students, parents and teachers from the Overseas School of Colombo (OSC) organised a ‘Run For Humanity’, the community service project supporting Habitat for Humanity and the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation. Approximately 140 people attended, young and old, some pushing their children in carriages and others walking their dogs. The route too participants through the back-streets and paddy fields near the school in Pelawatte to the east of the city.
Otara Gunewardene, the Goodwill Ambassador for Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and CEO of the Odel Corporation participated in the event and donated water bottles and hats for all.
In addition, Habitat Project Based Manager, Samantha Wimalasuriya, and Manager of the Volunteer Programme, Francis Fernando also ran in the event.
Representing The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation, Sri Lanka were Founder and President Lorain and Tami Tamitegrame. They set up a display promoting awareness before striking out on the walk.
After the event gift certificates and prizes were awarded by Odel.
Rs 60,000 was raised for Habitat for Humanity and The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation showing that community based events such as this can make a real difference.


MFCD meets Fowzie

A delegation from Muslim Foundation for Cultural Development (MFCD) had a meeting with MP, Minister of Disaster Management, Al-Haj A.H.M. Fowzie on May 20, at the ministry office to discuss the flood situation in the island.
The matters related to emergency relief activities carried out by MFCD were discussed and agreed for mutual corporation and coordination in mitigating the current emergency situation.
It is worthy to mention here that, MFCD had already taken necessary steps to help the affected people in the island. It has distributed cooked meals and dry foods to over 2000 flood victims in the several parts of the Western Province of Sri Lanka.


First Lady at Alliançe De Colombo

First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa being welcomed by Nana Kashimoto at the Photographic Exhibition held recently at Alliance Française de Colombo


Dr. C. E. Gunatilleke Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. C. E. Gunatilleke Memorial Trust Fund has been set up by late Dr Gunatilleke’s three daughters, Iranganie, Gitanjali and Kamini to award a scholarship annually to a student entering a University from St John’s College, Panadura. It entitles the student to financial assistance of Rs. 1000/- monthly till he or she completes the degree.



Until May 31
An exhibition of drawings by the students of VAFA, the Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts
Venue: VAFA Institute
Time: 6 p.m.

Until May 31
Anguru, a selected collection of charcoal drawings done by 14 students of Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts will be showcased at an exhibition.
Artists taking part are, Shanaka Kulathunge, Chanudi Wickramasinha, Pushpitha Iresh, Pathum Nimesh,Senani Senanayake, Nalin Karunarathne, Dayananda, Savindi Niriella, Sajeewa Thotagamuwa, Srimathi Edirisuriya, Ranga Prasad, Nikita Deana, Lester, Neeliya Puvimanasinghe
Venue: VAFA Gallery, Ethul Kotte
Time: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

June 4 - 6
A textile exhibition by Chandra Thenuwara
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7

June 10-13
An exhibition of paintings by H.K. Wimalarathna
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.

Public Talk

May 30
The Relationship of Time and Thought to Fear organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.

Buddhist Film Festival

May 30
To mark the 2600th Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi in 2011, the Light of Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka Film Corporation, BMICH and International Computer and Technology Agency will hold the International Buddhist Film Festival.
Venue: BMICH, Colombo


June 12
Maname, the stage play of Ediriweera Sarachchandra
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 8 and 11 a.m.


May 31
Geoffrey Bawa Memorial Lecture 2010 with Cecil Balmond as the Guest Speaker
Venue: Kularatne Hall, Ananda College, Colombo 10


Alice in Wonderland

Now screening
The most anticipated fantasy adventure film Alice in Wonderland directed by Tim Burton, written by Linda Woolverton, and starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen and Stephen Fry is now in Colombo.
Venue: Liberty Cinema, Kollupitiya
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:15, 7 p.m.