Fete De La Musique 2010

Sunday, June 20
The Alliance Française de Kotte, Sri Lanka’s newest French language and cultural centre, celebrates Fête De La Musique (International Music Day) with a gala concert.
Due to perform at this grand event are:
Children’s Choir: Sri Lanka-France
Anno Domini: Sri Lanka, Pop
Women’s Choir: University of Kelaniya
Kalei/dos/cope: Europe, Pop
Slipping Chairs: Sri Lanka, Rock
Triloka: Sri Lanka, Fusion
Ravibandu Vidyapathi: Sri Lanka, Folk
Minimal Trio: France, Rock Ballads
Venue: Galle Face Hotel, Colombo
Time: 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.


Song of the Sanctuary

Monday, June 21

The film, Song of the Sanctuary explores the pioneering initiatives of environmentalist and physicist Vanadana Shiva, social activist Beena Sebastian and feminist writer and publisher Urvashi Butalia.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Remember the Titans

Tuesday, June 22
Academy Award winner Denzel Washington gives a victorious performance in this stirring and uplifting film, Remember the Titans.
Remember the Titans is a rousing celebration of how a town torn apart by resentment, friction, and mistrust comes together in triumphant harmony.
The year is 1971. After leading his team to 15 winning seasons, football coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone (Washington), tough, opinionated, and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be.
How these two men overcome their differences and turn a group of hostile young men into champions plays out in a remarkable and triumphant story full of soul and spirit.
Running time: 113 minutes
Venue: American Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo
Time: 6 p.m.


Carey Walk and Fair 2010

Saturday, July 3
Carey College Colombo, founded in l9l4 has rendered an unprecedented service to uplift the standard of education and extra curricular activities during the last century in Sri Lanka.
At present, Carey has a student population of 2,500. The College has embarked on a project to construct a modern basket ball court, to uphold sportsmanship, build team spirit, cultivate an attitude to succeed and devise game plans to display talent and uplift skills of the students.
A Carey walk and fair has been organised to raise funds for this ambitious project. This event will be held on Saturday, July 3, commencing at the College premises. The Walk will proceed towards Ward Place, Town Hall Junction, and Lipton Circle ensuring maximum exposure in the heart of Colombo 7.
A fair has been organised after the walk at the College premises to ensure greatest entertainment. Furthermore, this event brings students, parent, academic staff, old boys, sponsors and well wishers together creating a family environment to take Carey to great heights.


The Proposal

Sunday, May 20
Namel Weeramuni’s newest productions Deegeka Avith, an adaptation of Anton Checov’s play, The Proposal and Kandoskiriya, an election booth satire by Somapala Gunadheera will go on stage next week.
Cast: Wijerathne Warakagoda, Malini Weeramuni, Grace Ariyawimal, Daya Tennakoon, Mercy Edirisinghe, Sanett Dikkumbura, Lalith Rajapaksa, Anusha Dissanayake, Surangani Kosala, Anil Wijesinghe, Pabath Manohara and Sangith Perera.
On May 21 at 9:30 a.m. there will be a show for school children.
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella.
Time: 6:45 p.m.


Duo art exhibition

Until June 27
Sybil Keyt and Neville Weeraratne have been painting for decades. Their work has been exhibited in joint shows with some other artists as with the Young Artists Group which grew out of Cora Abraham’s Art School in Colombo, and the ’43 Group which gave modern painting in Sri Lanka a place of high regard.
They had exhibitions together in Melbourne (1990) and in Colombo (1993, 1999, 2002 and 2004). Their last show was in Melbourne at their home in Melbourne in 2009. Sybil and Neville enjoy the patronage of collectors around the world.
Venue: The Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.


Nepalese in dance

Until June 27

A traditional Nepalese dance performance will be held by six Nepalese dancers.
Venue: Spices Restaurant, Hilton Colombo
Time: 8:30 p.m. onwards


Musical workshop

Thursday, June 24
Indian Council for Cultural Relations in association with Sri Lanka India Society presents a Hindustani vocal music workshop and an evening of Hindustani vocal music recital by Gauri Guha, an internationally renowned Indian classical vocalist and an exponent of North Indian classical music.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: Workshop: 10 a.m. -12 noon
Recital: 5:30 p.m.


Realism through oil paintings

Until June 28
(Sur) Realism, an exhibition of oil paintings by Laurens Gerard
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Suwanda Denuna Jeevithe

Now showing

The film, Suwanda Denuna Jeevithe, starring Roshan Ranawana and Pooja Umashanker is the latest Sinhala romance flick. The movie is directed by Dhammika Siriwardena and co-produced by Basuru Siriwardana.
Cinema: Savoy Cinema, Colombo 6
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 7 p.m.


Dolpo Tulku

Wednesday, June 23
Film: The Tibetan-speaking Dolpo in north-western Nepal is one of the most isolated regions in the world. Surrounded by the enormous Himalayas, the people of Dolpo live to a large extent without electricity and modern communication and without the pressures of assimilation felt in China or India. The Dolpo, far removed from the Nepalese government, is a place where Buddhist culture still thrives.
When he was only ten years old, the shepherd Sherap Sangpo was recognised as the reincarnation of a highly regarded lama, the Dolpo Tulku. He was sent to the Namdroling convent in southern India for his education. Sixteen years later, he returns to the Nepalese mountains, along with more than 30 monks and nuns, to take up his job as spiritual leader of the deeply religious Dolpo people.
Upon his arrival, Tulku is overwhelmed by the positive reception and the confidence offered to him by the people of the Dolpo. The task as reincarnation of his admired predecessor means an enormous responsibility which he - as a young man of 26 years - has to prove he is up to.
Filled with both doubt and respect for his followers, he searches for ways to fulfill the expectations placed on him. He comes up with various plans strengthening the monastery communities, building a school for Buddhist education of all lines, and most importantly, modernising the region. Schools here don’t offer Tibetan lessons, healthcare is almost non-existent and also there aren’t any roads or any electricity.
By very impressive pictures of the mountains of the Himalaya, by calm and dense observations, the movie tells us about the fascinating archaic culture and the people of the Dolpo and the substantial task to oppose the painful poverty.
It is about risking a modernisation spiritually founded on the deeply rooted original Buddhism with the sense of community and altruism. The young Dolpo Tulku is facing this task with an enormous dedication, modesty, a surprisingly acute sense of humour and a deeply felt love.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cltural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


India Infrastructure An Opportunity

Monday, June 21

The film, India Infrastructure An Opportunity showcases the flurry of activity being witnessed by infrastructure all over the country and to explain the PPP Model for Public Private Partnership to prospective investors in the private sector.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Felicitation ceremony
Thursday, June 24
The 1985 old boys’ group of Mahanama College, Colombo has organised a felicitation ceremony for teachers called Thamath Mathakai, the first in a series.
A group of teaching staff including K.N.P.De Silva, the Past Principal will also be felicitated. For further information on this event please contact Narendra Gunathilake on 0777 713408 or Noel Priyantha 0714 150641.
Venue: Third floor conference room, Jaic Hilton


Union Bank Vesak Bakthi Gee

The Vesak Bakthi Gee recital by the staff of Union Bank was held in the hallowed precincts of the Kalutara Bodhiya, recently (May 28). The bakthi gee were witnessed by a record crowd of devotees who had congregated at the Bodhiya. A unique feature was the composition of the bakthi gee group, with staff members from many religions.



June 19 - 20
Modern Dance, an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by W. Nayanananda Wijayakulathilaka
Born in Madampe, Ambalangoda, 63-year-old Wijayakulathilaka, an ex-insurgent, discovered his talent in a cold Ceylonese prison cell, when he was sentenced to jail during the 1971 insurrection.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

June 26 – July 24
Kurullanta Thatu Labadeema (Giving Wings To Birds) - Wasantha Namaskara’s 71st exhibition of selected paintings
Venue: Uva Provincial Library Visual Art Gallery, Race Course Road, Badulla

June 20
An exhibition of paintings and an inter-international schools art competition organised by Burhani Serendib School, Bambalapitiya
The High Commissioner of Malaysia in Sri Lanka Datuk Rosli Ismail will be the chief guest and President of Anjuman-E-Saifi (Sri Lanka) Trust Janab Amil Saheb Nooruddin Bhal Saheb will be the guest of honour.
Venue: National Art Gallery
Time: 9. a.m. - 6.p.m.

Until June 30
An exhibition of art by Priyantha Udagedara
Venue: Paradise Road Gallery, 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3

Public Talk

June 20
Thought And The Divisive Process organised by the Krishnamurti Center, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.


June 23 - 24
Wastrel And Unrealistic Expectations, an English drama written and directed by Nuzrath Moulana, presented by students of IEMS Examinations
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

June 19 - 20
Makaraakshaya by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 6:45 p.m.

June 27
Bara Awi, a stage drama
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, June 29
Digital Revolution in Video and Cinema, a seminar and workshop for professional videographers organised by the Metropolitan Group of Companies
The speakers are from Canon and local experts.
The programme is ideal for media, film producers, directors, camera crews, advertising/production houses, events/wedding videographers etc.
For more information contact Sharmain at communications@metropolitan.lk /0776274135
Venue: Waters Edge, Battaramulla
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.