Education adventure

Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1
Cartoon Kids will organise a fun reading and activity circle with exciting events such as story book reading, colouring and several other activities and games, followed by an art competition.
Once the kids put their creativity to good use at the art competition, the organisers will display their artwork and reward the most creative drawings of the participants.
If you want your son or daughter to be part of this exciting educational adventure, please contact: Cartoon Kids on 0112366866/0718188299. Tickets (limited) will be available soon. Entrance free for parents. 
Venue: Cartoon Kids,
No.-26/10, Suvisuddharama Road, Colombo 6
Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Trinity College

OBA Committee 2010/2011

The Old Boys’ Association [Colombo Branch] of Trinity College Kandy held its Annual General Meeting on June 12, at the Diocesan Hall of Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.
The following were appointed to the Committee for the year 2010/2011:
Patron: Acting Principal, Trinity College, Brigadier W.G.K. Aryaratne
Vice Patrons: James Mather, Sriyantha Senaratne, Y.C. Chang, L.U.B. Dissanayake, Jim Bandaranayake, Chulika de Silva, Jayantissa Kehelpannala, Gotabaya Dasanayaka, Andrews Thevathason, Upali Ratnayake, Himendra Ranaweera
President: Anil Goonetillake
Vice Presidents: Horace Jacob, Prabath Harshakumar, Ajith De Silva, Romesh Jayawardena, Dan Seevaratnam, Sidath Pananwala, Amitha Nugawela, Muthiah Chandrasekaran, Suchitra Aluvihare, Ranil Prematilake
Secretary: Keshan Thalgahagoda
Treasurer: Vajira Abeysundera
Assistant Secretary/Assistant Treasurer: Chamila Wickramanayake
Trustees: Y.C. Chang, Jayantissa Kehelpannala, Dr Douglas Nethsinghe
Age Group Representatives: (20 –30 Years) Ronald Gunasinghe, Kapila Pilimatalauwe,
Diluka Talagala; (30 – 40 Years) Nalaka Madugalle, Chandana Abeywardana, Shamal Gunawardena; (40–50 Years) Clifford Shadrach, Manick Swaminathan, Kanapathy Saravanan; (Over 50) Dr Prathap Ramanujam, Prince Nayagam, Mahasiva Samarasinghe
Auditor: Keerthi Mihiripenna & Co. Chartered Accountants


Sunday, July 18
Josephian Walk 2010, the grand festival extravaganza will be held on July 18 (today) commencing at 12 noon at the College premises.
This event is organised every two years and every Josephian is looking forward to this all important event. “This year’s event consists many novelties. Once again we expect Josephians and well-wishers to turn up at College in large numbers,” the Chairman of the Organising Committee, Sampath Fernando said.

The proceeds of this year’s walk and the evening musical fantasia will be diverted to the indoor nets, the new library and the fine arts centre project initiated by St Joseph’s College authorities headed by Rev Fr Sylvester Ranasinghe, the Rector/Principal of the College and the distinguished Old Boys.
The Walk will start by 12 noon and via Lipton Circus it would reach the main gates. It will be followed by the carnival which would consist of food stalls, garments, a fashion show, and above all the musical show with stars and bands of repute. Be a part of this memorable event.


Celeb Chat

Monday, July 19
Kumar de Silva brings out the best of Miss Sri Lanka Rozanne Diasz on Prime TV Roundtable’s Celeb (UHF 24 and Channel 75 on Dialog TV)
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Repeats: Tuesday, July 20, at 3 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Watch the live streaming on the internet: www.primetv.lk


Junior Symphony Orchestra

Inaugural concert

Saturday, July 24
The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) is delighted to present the Inaugural Junior Symphony Orchestra (JSO) concert, conducted by Ananda Dabare, the leader of the SOSL and one of its co-conductors.
There has been a long felt need for an orchestra which would provide training and orchestral experience for highly talented young musicians in Sri Lanka playing orchestral instruments.

The SOSL which has had an enduring interest in nurturing and developing young talents, commenced the JSO last year, with a view to developing a high level Sri Lankan orchestra of young musicians and the hope that the best of these young musicians would graduate to perform in the SOSL.
Membership of the orchestra is open to any proficient young musician living in Sri Lanka, through a process of audition.

For the past ten months, children ranging from ages 10 to 20 years, have been rehearsed and trained free of charge, by a dedicated and inspiring teacher and conductor, Ananda Dabare. They have developed their skills over this period and are now ready to showcase their talents at this inaugural concert.

Venue: Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.


40th Anniversary of the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo

The Sociology Alumni Association of the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo convenes its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24th July, 2010 from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at the Department premises.
Established in 1969, the Department of Sociology has produced thousands of individuals with training in Sociology at graduate and undergraduate levels. The Alumni, which was initiated in 2009, has taken measures to present Sociology not only as an academic discipline, but also a discipline intricately interwoven with art, culture and creative media.
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Department, the Alumni, as a multi-faceted and multi-talented organisation, is planning to enrich the occasion with critical and creative interaction. Those who are interested can get more information on 0112500452 or via sasankap@slt.net.


President’s Counsel takes oath

Nihara E. Rodrigo took oath of office as a President’s Counsel on July 16, 2010 before the Chief Justice.
Rodrigo received his education at Ave Maria Convent, Negombo, Maris Stella College, Negombo and Aquinas University College. He apprenticed in the chambers of the late G. F. Sethukavelar, PC and the late Eardley Perera, PC. He was admitted to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law on September 18, 1978.

Rodrigo joined the Attorney General’s Department on October 15, 1979, as an Acting State Counsel and served in the Department, retiring prematurely on September 15, 1995. At the time of retirement, he was a Senior State Counsel.

Rodrigo has represented Sri Lanka at the 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th session’s of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, Geneva, from 1991 to 1994. He has also represented Sri Lanka at the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights, Session’s in Geneva from 1991 to 1994.

Immediately upon retirement, he successfully established a wide practice in the fields of criminal and industrial law. He appears in the Superior Courts in Colombo and Court’s throughout the island. Rodrigo is the Chairman of the Grants Board of the Information and Communication Technology Agency, Capacity Building Programme.

Rodrigo is a Director of Dunamis Capital PLC, First Capital PLC, Kotmale Holdings PLC and Kelsey Holdings PLC, Secretary of the Coconut Growers Association of Sri Lanka, Past President of the Gampaha District Cricket Association. He is the son of late J. E. John Rodrigo, who was the Mayor of Negombo, Appointed Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy and the Permanent Representative to the Food and Agricultural Organisation.



Friday, July 30
Saturday, July 31
Ada Vage Davasaka Antigone, a Sinhalese translation of Sophocles’s Antigone by Ariyawansa Ranaweera and presented by Academic Players, students’ drama circle of the Faculty of Drama and Theatre at the University of Kelaniya.
Venue: Lumbini Theatre,
Colombo 5
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Public Talk

Sunday, July 18
Ending Disorder Now organised by Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library,
Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.


Thursday, July 22
Saturday, July 24
The 14th exhibition of paintings by celebrated artist Iromie Wijewardena
Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, the Lionel Wendt Theatre,
Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Tuesday, July 27
Wednesday, July 28
Islamic Banking and Finance conference
Second Sri Lankan Islamic Banking and Finance Conference. Key Note Speaker Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Head of Islamic Finance, Thomson Reuters (USA) on 2010



Sunday, July 18
Evocative, a stimulating classical piano recital by the acknowledged young pianist Eshantha Peiris will feature compositions by Bach- Germany, Debussy- France, de Falla- Spain and Piazzolla- Argentina and music composed by two recognised Sri Lankan musicians, Dinuk Wijeratne- pianist/composer/conductor and Rohan de Livera.
Venue: Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.



The Barbarian Invasions

Thursday, July 22
Les Invasions Barbares (The Barbarian invasions) directed by Denis Arquand and staring Remy Girard, Dominique Michel and Dorothee Berryman
Description: Dying of cancer and having a difficult time accepting the reality of death and parallely feeling regretful about his past, Remy tries to find peace in his last moments.
His estranged son Sebastien, his ex-wife Louise, ex-lovers and old friends will all come to him to “share” in his last breath.
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kotte, 139 Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.



Now showing
Description: As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger.
In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.
With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: Life or death.
Venue: Liberty Cinema Hall, Colombo 3
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.



Tuesday, July 20
Description: A critical masterpiece, Gandhi (1982) is an intriguing story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom.
But at the centre of it all is an extraordinary man who fought for a non-violent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free.
Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Lord Richard Attenborough) and Best Actor (Sir Ben Kingsley), Ghandi’s highly acclaimed cast also includes Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, Sir John Glelgud, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen.
Running time: 191 minutes
Venue: American Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.


Indian Elections

Wednesday, July 21
Description: A documentary film depicting the journey of how the world‘s largest democracy conducts, manages and oversees the elections.
It shows how India, irrespective of the changing times, has successfully mounted general elections and achieved the hallmarks of an energetic, pulsating, vibrant, electoral democracy.
The film-maker, Laxmana Dalima has directed documentaries for Doordharshan, International and national networks for more than 30 years.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 144, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Bamboo Flute

Wednesday, July 21
Description: India has as many varieties of the flute as it has languages. In it, one finds the purest tone. The metonymies of Indian cultural practice and poetry are full of the flute’s enchantment and go beyond the Greek mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice.
The film Bamboo Flute works through the creative mode of musical and specifically cinematographic elaboration, suggesting the actual playing of flute.
Through parallel and other configurations, different melodic lines may position themselves in space and time to suggest the creative act as also the compassion generated by the metaphysics of the flute.
The form of the film evolves from the musicality and the specificity of its visual correspondences in architecture, dance, poetry and the intersecting axes of colour and narrative.
The film-maker, Kumar Sahani, is one of India’s most distinguished film-makers. In his career of over 20 years he has pioneered an art poetic movement in cinema and is acknowledged as a “visionary who puts everything into question.”
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 144, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.