Nadil Dushantha Malagoda Foundation held a Bodhi Pooja
giving blessings to Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Leader of the
UNP and the Leader of the Opposition.
Depanama Sugathabandu Thero Viharadipathi of Sri
Dharmakeerthi Vihara Colpetty (Polwatte Temple) conducted
the ceremony for the blessings, with a recitation of Seth
Pirith followed with an ‘Atavisi Bodhi Pooja’.
The ceremony held on June 25, Poson Day, was organised by
the President of the Nadil Dushantha Malagoda Foundation,
attorney Nadil Dushantha Malagoda, under the guidance of
Depanama Sugathabandu Thera.
|Seminar and workshop by SLAAS
Tuesday, July 20
Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
has organised a one day workshop for parents “Skillful
Parenting and Childhood Psychological Well-being.”
Aspects to be covered at the workshop are: Understanding
your child, how children learn, creating a happy home
environment for children, behavioural problems and
managing difficult childhood behaviours.
Prof. Manjula Vithanapathirana (Professor in Educational
Psychology, University of Colombo), Dr. Piyanjali de
Zoysa (Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology,
University of Colombo) Dr. Buddhiprabha Pathirana
(Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Peradeniya),
Ms. Santushi Amarasuriya (Lecturer in Behavioural
Sciences, University of Colombo) are to conduct the
workshop in English.
A certificate for participation will be awarded by Sri
Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.
Venue: SLAAS Auditorium
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 11
Be where the action in this FIFA finals! Enjoy special
deals on drinks and bites during match hours. Charge up
and be ready for the intensively chilling evening to
Venue: Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo
The first edition of the maiden novel Madu and
Sewwandi by Dharma Mahiratna was presented at the
National Housing Development Authority Auditorium,
Madu and Sewwandi is based on a village and a small
family in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The author
is presently working as a Secretary at the National
Housing Development Authority.
|Bright International School study
Students of Bright International
School, Kandy was on an educational tour in the ancient
city of Anuradhapura recently. They visited the cancer
ward of the Anuradhapura hospital and offered free gifts
to cancer patients as a token of sympathy towards them.
|Helping the needy
Muslim Foundation for Culture and Development is pleased
that it was able to respond immediately to the recent
flood that claimed 28 lives and hundreds of houses all
over the island. The victims who were living below the
poverty line had to flee from their shelters (mostly
located in low lying areas) and had to face untold
hardships to find means of fulfilling their immediate
basic needs such as drinking water, meals, clothes and
medical services. MFCD started to provide cooked meals
to the victims who had taken refuge in schools, camps
and makeshift tents. Victims who were stranded in Megoda
Kolannawa, Polwatte, Wellampitiya, Navagampura,
Stadiumgama in Colombo district and Hunupitiya and
Mabola in Gampaha district were provided with cooked
food and dried foods for five days.
Due to the stagnated water, the flood victims had to
undergo the threat of waterborne diseases. There was a
possibility of an outbreak of dengue in some areas. It
was reported that, many children and elders had been
identified with the infection of diarrhea and viral
fever. Regular Medical clinic for women was interrupted
to a larger extent. With the Clinic centres of disaster
hit areas getting inundated, the accessibility for free,
immediate medical services for children and mothers
became a serious question. Hence MFCD had to move
towards its second phase viz; conducting Medical Camps.
MFCD could successfully carry out 8 Medical Camps
through which 2158 flood victims were treated. Dr. M.
Shakir, Dr. (Mrs) M. Mubarak, Dr.(Mrs) F. Silmiya, Dr M.
Nishard, Dr.A.J.Husni and Dr.M.Sawahir rendered a
committed service in treating the patients in Colombo
and Gampaha districts. MFCD could address the needs of
the victims to the volume of approximate Rs. 1m with the
contributions received by generous well-wishers.
Lawrence of Arabia
Tuesday, July 13
An inordinately complex man who has been labeled
everything from hero, to charlatan, to sadist, Thomas
Edward Lawrence blazed his way to glory in the Arabian
Desert, then sought anonymity as a common soldier under
an assumed name.
The story opens with the death of Lawrence in a
motorcycle accident in London at the age of 47, then
flashbacks to recount his adventures: As a young
intelligence officer in Cairo in 1916, he is given leave
to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against
the Turks in World War 1.
In the desert, he organises a guerrilla army and for two
years leads the Arabs in harassing the Turks with
deserts raids, train wrecking and camel attacks.
Eventually, he leads his army northward and helps a
British General destroy the power of the Ottoman.
Running time: 218 minutes
Venue: American Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo
Time: 6 p.m.
Directed by Mathieu Kassowitz and starring Julie
Mauduech, Hubert Kounde and Mathieu Kassovitz, Metisse
features Lola, an attractive, young, half-caste girl.
She is pregnant but she does not know who the father is:
Jamal, the black Muslim, son of diplomats, or Felix, the
penny-less Jewish messenger.
The two men meet when they are summoned to Lola’s
apartment. Lola will not disclose who the father is and
the race begins.
Recognised at the 1994 Cesar Awards, this film uses
comedy to draw attention to the injustices and
prejudices that mark our so-called civilized society.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road,
Time: 6:30 p.m.
|Watering the Grassroots
Wednesday, July 14
The documentary, Watering the Grassroots is a journey of
a group of women, separated by geography and culture.
But their stories converge.
Startlingly similar in their individual journeys for the
hardship and pain they have gone through, they come
across friends and mentors who show the way to a
The film is about the evolution and changing face of
microfinance in India. It is about women whose lives
have been transformed, about their needs for self
confidence and expression, about their need to lead and
to give a better life.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Time: 6 p.m.
|Can You Hear Me?
On November 16, 2006, the Government of India
notified a new Community Radio Policy which permitted
Non Governmental Organisations and other civil society
organisations to run and operate community radio
In less than three years, more than 440 community radio
initiatives have taken off in the country.
Community radio, based on the concept of radio-of, by
and for the people, provides a medium that is robust,
resonant with local voices, and truly representative of
local issues and initiatives.
Can You Hear Me is a film that covers three community
radio stations, operating in India’s hinterland. It
captures how villagers, especially women are using
community radio, not only as a medium of entertainment,
but also to enhance awareness and bring about social
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Time: 6 p.m.
|Regional workshop on Safety
Hafiz Marikar, MMC Kandy, who attended the Regional
Workshop on Safety for the Urban Poor in Asia and
Pacific which was held in Marikina, Philippines, was a
sponsored invitee of Citynet. He is seen soon after the
opening ceremony with the Mayor of Marikina City Mardies
Fernando and former Mayor of the City, Mary Jane Ortega
who is the present Secretary General of Citynet.
MP for Hambantota District and Chairman of the
Janasuwaya Development Foundation, Sajith Premadasa
distributing clothing material to elders, at Yodakandiya
Temple in Tissamaharamaya of Hambantota District, who
have observed sil as part of the religious programmes
implemented by Janasuwaya in lieu of the Vesak
Art exhibition titled Call of the wild by Sasitha
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
June 26- July 24
Kurullanta Thatu Labadeema (Giving wings to birds)
Wasantha Nanmaskara’s 71st of selected paintings
Venue: Uva Provincial Library Visual Art Gallery, Race
Course Road, Badulla
July 22- 25
National Craft Exhibition sponsored by the Ministry of
Rural Industries and Self Employment Promotion
Is it Possible to Empty the Whole of Consciousness,
organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road,
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Debiddo a stage drama by Prasanna Withange will go on
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo
Time: 3:30 and 7 p.m.
July 16 -17
Antigone, a sinhala play directed by Priyankara
Ratnayake will go on board
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre
Ratnawalee, a stage drama will go on board
Venue: Elphinston theatre, Maradana
Time: 8 and 11 a.m.
Vidyaratna Fernando’s Sammatha Asammatha, a stage drama
comprises low country folk dance and ‘Kolam’ style
dancing will go on board
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Maradana
Time: 8.45a.m and 10.45a.m.
July 16 and 17
Enjoy an evening of Malay cultural dance and song
performed by the Malay youth in align with the Sri
Lankan Malay Food Festival hosted by the Galadari Hotel
in association with the Sri Lankan Malay Confederation (SLAMAC)
Venue: Coffee Shop, Galadari Hotel