Dr. Peter Hayes addresses Colombo undergrads

Dr. Peter Hayes, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, gave a guest lecture to undergraduate students and faculty members of the Economics Department at the University of Colombo on Wednesday, June 23 on the topic of ‘Foreign policy and economics’. The lecture traced the development of trade and foreign policy in history, moving on to the significant role of economics in current times.
Defining economics as ‘the science of scarcity’, Dr. Hayes went on to comment that, “The very driver for both economics and foreign policy is scarcity. Human civilisation is not, by nature, co-operative; we are tribal by nature – in our families, communities and countries. However, we have learned to co-operate because we need to deal with the challenges of the world and we have realised that we are stronger if we co-operate.”
He continued, “This recognition of the need to co-operate is the crux of the relationship between economics and foreign policy, which brings about stability and security.”
The lecture was followed by an interactive Q&A session and later, by tea and refreshments, during which time Dr. Hayes had an enjoyable and informal chat with some of the senior students.


New judge of the Supreme Court

Senior Attorney-at-Law, M.R.K.S Suresh Chandra took oaths as a judge of the Supreme Court before President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees recently. Secretary to the President, Lalith Weeratunga was also present on the occasion


saints to storm kandy in july

The all-male ensemble saints are preparing for another soul stiring performance for music lovers in kandy on saturday july 3 at the trinity college auditorium.
Following their highly acclaimed concert ‘renaissance 111’ held at the lionel wendt late last year, the past pupils of good shepherd convent, kandy have invited these talented group of choral singers to replicate renaissance 111 for the benefit of the music crazy public of kandy.
The choir members all hail from st. Schools and hence the name whilst their multi- facet voices have blended together in perfect harmony. A significant aspect of this group is their varied ages, which does not get in the way of their performance or the fun they enjoy together. The saints have performed in colombo on three previous ocassions and will also be featured as guest artistes at the old joes sport club concert in august, just prior to their own annual concert to be held on october 17 at the lionel wendt.
Their repertoire of songs include devotional, light classics, golden oldies, contemporary and even sinhala favourites.
Tickets for this much looked forward event are available in kandy, with past pupils shriyanthi 0777353857, surangani 0777392224, srimathy 0777298380, or at sirisena tailors 081-2224100. Proceeds from the show would be chanelled towards the completion of the half built class rooms at the school, which is a most deserving and urgent need.


“Pipena Piyum” by School for the Deaf

The students of the School for the Deaf in Ratmalana will be staging a variety show on Friday, July 2 at 6.00 p.m. at the Ladies College, Colombo 7 under the patronage of several distinguished guests. The proceeds of this show will be utilised for educational projects in the school. It would also be a great opportunity for hearing impaired students to exhibit their talents and skills in dance and drama to the general public.
With the expansion of the numerous projects and other activities, the shortfall of funds is ever increasing and the organising committee appeals to the public to watch this show and generously support this worthy cause.
Tickets are available at the school office and at the gate.


Give them a reason to wag their tails

Nothing in the world can describe the relationship between man and animal.
It undeniably transcends other human relationships in terms of fidelity, love and gratitude.
2010 is a year where emphasis is placed on acts of compassion and generosity.
Thus, this year, the Animal Welfare Protection Association (AWPA) reaches out to the community at large to request their assistance in helping society’s animal friends by lending a helping hand and donating money for food and general upkeep.

“A day’s meals cost approximately Rs. 3500/- but any contribution would be much appreciated. We also earnestly encourage and ask that you build an enduring friendship by opening up your heart and home to one of the many domesticated animals in the shelter, or assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of the sick and injured,” said an AWPA member.

Operating at 107A, Kadawatha Road, Dehiwela, the AWPA has been a non profit organisation that has been operating since 1963 to help provide shelter and protection for over 475 stray cats and dogs.
Cheques/Money orders should be drawn in favour of - The Animal Welfare & Protection Association and posted to 14/1, De Fonseka Rd, Colombo 5.
For an alms giving (dana) please contact Surangani de Silva on 2587116 (after 4 p.m.)


Teachers, students of Karandana MV to felicitate

Sixteen students from Karandana Sri Jinaratana Maha Vidyalaya, in Sabaragamuwa Province who sat for the A/L examination last year, 15 passed the exam. These students have shown their capabilities not only in studies but in curricular activities also.

A felicitation ceremony for these students and their teachers organised by old boys of the school will be held on July 1, at 1.00 p.m. at the college hall. The Chief Guest will be Sabaragamuwa Province Chief Minister, Maheepala Herath. The main address to be delivered by one old boy of the school T. R. Ariyaratne, the Professor of the Physics Faculty of Colombo University and Hubert Premachandra, another old boy of school, presently an Economic Adviser of the World Bank also billed to address the meeting.

In parallel to this ceremony, a get-together of old boys will be held. Old boys are cordially invited. For more information, contact 0453460949 and 077-2416644.


Mousse cakes

Until June 30
Mousse cakes in flavours such as Chocolate Truffle, Dark and White Marble, Cappuccino, Ginger, Mixed Berry Yoghurt, Lemon Brownie Bar, Raspberry and White Chocolate Chip, and Rhubarb and Lychee for your indulgence…
Venue: Goodies, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Song for war heroes

The launching of ‘Pembara Lakmatha’ Ranaviru Upahara song dedicated to the war heroes was held on June 17 at The Department of Government Information auditorium. This song is written by ex Director General of Civil Defence force Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekare and music composed by Visharadha Nimal Dissanayake.
This song is sung by Visharadha Nimal Dissanayake, Buddhika Kuruppuarachchi and Asanga De Alwis.
First CD and the Music video of this song were officially handed over to the Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella by Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekare. The director General of Information Prof. Ariyaratna Athugala was also present.


Light of the World contest

The Colombo Y.M.C.A. Speech Contest based on Sir Edwin Arnold’s “The Light of the World” will be held on August 28 and September 4, 2010.
The contest is open to students below the age of 18 years.
Entries will close on Thursday, July 15, 2010.
Entry forms can be obtained from the Colombo Y.M.C.A. Youth Department, Colombo Y.M.C.A., 39, Bristol Street, Colombo 1.


Art exhibition by Sybil, Neville
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.


Henry Jayasena Memorial drama festival

July 6,7and 8
A festival of theatre has been organised to commemorate the 79th birth anniversary of Henry Jayasena, whose recent demise was an irreparable loss to the field of theatre in Sri Lanka.
Thavath Udesanak a play written and produced in 1964 will be one among the three festival plays that are scheduled to be staged.
The schedule is as follows
July 6
Thavath Udesanak
July 7
July 8
Hunuwataye Kathawa
Available at Sarasavi Book Shop, Nugegoda, Sadeepa Book Shop, Borella and Lumbini Theatre.
Venue: Lumbini Theatre, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Nepalese dance performance

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


Variety show from school for the deaf

Friday, July 2
The school for the deaf at Ratmalana which is a branch of the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind provides Education up to G.C.E O/L.
Apart from the vocational training they are provided with, it is the home for nearly 240 hearing impaired children.
Founded in 1912, it was incorporated as a Trust by Act of Parliament in 1954.
If not for the generosity of the philanthropic organisations and individuals both locally and abroad, the school would not have been maintained for the last 98 years.
But due to the current inflation and high cost of living, the school is finding very difficult to maintain its standards and implement programmes beneficial to these students.
The school has made arrangements for a variety show to provide an opportunity for children to show their skills in dance and drama.
It would also be a fund raising venture by the school.
Venue: Ladies’ College Hall, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Video graphic workshop

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.



Thursday, July 1

The film Crazy by Benjamin Lebert features a 16-year old with a slight physical disability. He is enrolled in boarding school by his parents due, among other things, to his inadequate school performance.
Although he has once again failed his exams at the end of the school year, he has finally made friends, had his first sexual encounters with the opposite sex and learned a great deal for his future life.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Now screening
The most anticipate movie, Raavan which was made simultaneously in Hindi (Raavan), Tamil (Raavanan) and Telugu (Villan), produced and directed by Maniratnam is now showing in Sri Lanka.
Abishek Bachchan played the lead role in Hindi version while Vikram played the lead role in the Tamil version.
Aishwarya Rai played the female lead role in both the version.
The film’s music is composed by the Oscar winner A. R. Rahman.
Venue: Liberty Cinema, Kollupitiya
Show Time: 10:30, 1:30, 4:15, 7. p.m.
  The Sandlot

Tuesday, June 29
It’s the early 1960s and fifth-grader Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) has just moved into town with his folks (Karen Allen and Denis Leary).
Kids call him a dork he can’t even throw a baseball! But that changes when the leader of the neighbourhood gang recruits him to play on the nearby sandlot field.
It’s the beginning of a magical summer of baseball, wild adventures, first kisses, and fearsome confrontations with the dreaded beast and its owner (James Earl Jones) who live behind the left field fence.
Soon nine boys have become best friends, Scotty is part of a team, and their leader has become a local legend in this hilarious and warmhearted comedy.
Running Time: 101 minutes
Venue: American Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6:30 p.m.
A Tale of Two Cities

Tuesday, June 29
The film A Tale of Two Cities- Mumbai and Bombay focuses on the two faces of the city, Mumbai and Bombay in the mutual and inclusive globalization.
The success and growth of corporate is to a great extent the contribution of the positive attitudinal aspects of a large workforce and the multiplier effect of the service fundamentals, as seen in Mumbai, are rare to find else where.
Duration: 1 hour
Venue: Indian Cultural Center, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha , Colombo 4
Time: 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
Until June 30
An exhibition of art by Priyantha Udagedara
Venue: Paradise Road Gallery, 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 3
Until June 28
(Sur) Realism, an exhibition of oil Paintings by Laurens Gerard
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy
Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  Public Talk

June 27
The Nature of the Brain that Lives Religiously organised by the Krishnamurti Center, Sri Lanka.
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.

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

Suddek Oba Amathai, a stage play will go on board
Venue: Samupakara Mandiraya, Matara
Time: 2:30 and 6:30 p.m.

June 28
Bharatha Natyam recital by Lakshmi Sharma, Sakitha Kugamoorthy and Josita Peter, Graduates of Kalakshetra
Venue: Indian Cultural Center, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.