ETF Delegation visits Philippines

A delegation from the ETF Board visited several Social Security Organisations in the Philippines recently. The delegation was led by ETF Chairman – K. M. A. Godawatte and included Working Director – G. Tissakuttiarachchi, Additional General Manager - Mangala Gunaratne and Deputy General Manager – S. B. Udugama. Picture shows the delegation with President Social Security System (SSS) in Manila, Rizaldy Capulong


2nd Sub Regional Symposium for parliamentarians on Sustainable Immunisation financing was held last week at the Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. Here, Minister of Health and other distinguished guests at the symposium (From left)
Minsiter of Health, Cambodia, Dr. Svey Sarath,
Member of Parliament, Cambodia, Mrs. Lork Kheng,
WHO Country Representative of Sri Lanka, Fordosi Rustem Mehta, Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena,
Secretary of Ministry of Health, Dr. Ravindra Ruberu and
Additional Secretary, Minsitry of Health, Dr. Palitha Maheepala.


Glimpses of the Surroundings of Beruwala

Until Sunday, August 22
Glimpses of the Surroundings of Beruwala, is an exhibition of paintings by Sameera Kalupahana.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Coffee Morning

Home Makers Haven 2010

Saturday, July 31
Sri Lanka Housewives Association parent body proudly presents the 23rd Annual Fund Raiser Home Makers Haven - A Coffee Morning with a difference.
An audience of 500 to 550 ladies will enjoy a varied interesting entertainment. It will be a fun filled morning with song and dance, a fashion show by Shobras and a hilarious skit, raffle entrance and souvenir draws and many more surprise draws.
Over 30 trade stalls will offer their products at a very special price. An air ticket will be on offer to Chennai.
To keep the show going popular showman Faizal and his band will perform to toe tapping music. Chandanas Troupe and Antonios Latino dancers will also perform to mesmerise the audience. There will also be a sing-a-long.
Part proceeds of this event will be donated to the Sri Lanka Cancer Society.
Tickets are available at Sri Lanka Housewives Association Headquarters, 179, Sir James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 2.
Venue: Galle Face Hotel Colombo 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


‘Celeb Chat’

Monday, July 26
Catch the action with reigning ‘School Boy Cricketer of the Year’ and current Royal College cricket captain, Bhanuka Rajapakse as he bats on Prime TV Roundtable’s ‘Celeb Chat’ compered by Kumar de Silva on Prime TV (UHF 24 and Channel 75 on Dialog TV).
Time: 9:30 p.m.
Repeat time: Tuesday, July 27, at 3 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Watch the live streaming on the Internet on www.primetv.lk


Immortal Hits Just For You

Saturday, July 31
The Sinhala pop music band Chimes of the 70s presents Immortal Hits Just For You.
Many new songs composed by its leader, Rukshan Karunanayake will be sung.
The night will also feature legendary stars of 70s, Indrani Perera, Anil Bhareti, Nihal Nelson, Vernon Perera, Shyami Fonseka, Rukshan Perera (Super Golden Chimes). Sri Kanth Dassanayake will add glamour to the concert as the guest artists. The compere for the evening will be Dr. Vijaya Corea.
A special feature at the event will be the performances of the eight-year-old drummer, Udesha Karunanayake.
Venue: Bishop’s College, Auditorium
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Wood block prints exhibition

Saturday, July 31
to Sunday, August 1
An exhibition of art by Yoko Okada Weerapura on wood block prints will be held in aid of CCC House, a transit home for cancer patients in Maharagama.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.


LIFT 10th anniversary celebrations

Thursday, July 29
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Lanka Institute of Fashion Technology (Pvt) Ltd. has organised a grand fashion show followed by an after party integrating design, fashion, music, dance and the professionals of the fashion industry.
There will be over 30 designers showing their collections, which would be modeled by, top Indian and Sri Lankan models including Miss India Universe 2008 - Simran Kayur, Miss Sri Lanka Universe 2008 - Aruni Rajapakshe, Miss India Athlete 2005 - Gwen Athaide, Miss Sri Lanka World 2006 - Dannielle Kerkoven.
Based on the theme, Sri Lankan Pride the diploma students will present collections on concepts unique to Sri Lanka such as the national bird, national flower, stone carvings, masks, Sri Lankan motives, Kandyan dancers, unique birds such as the Blue Magpie.
The Advanced Diploma students will present unique individual themes: Collections inspired by the pain behind a ballerina’s smile, Waris Dirie- the desert flower, fur or faux - protecting animals, ink blot elicitations, gothic architecture, emotions and colour, the flourishing art of orchids etc.
There will also be a fashion accessory design collection of shoes and hand bags bringing a message of not to use fur or leather but alternatives such as rexine and fabrics to say no to animal skin.
Venue: Hilton Colombo
Time: 7 p.m.


Colombo 6 Cosmopolitan Lions Club

Sixth Charter Night celebration

It was a very successful and well attended event, held at Indian Spice, Marine Drive, Colombo 4, with the participation of the District Governor, Vice District Governor, and Cabinet Officers of the district 306A2 Lions, Lion Ladies as well as their guests.
The pinnacle of the event was a slide show depicting all the projects done by the club under the presidency of Lion Dr Zurfick.
This challenging charter night was single handedly organised by the president of the club Lion Dr M.G.M.S. Zurfick in spite of severe obstacles.


Singaporean street feast

Sunday, July 25
For hawker street style food visit World Food Festival
Venue: Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo, 115, Sir C. A. Gardiner Mawatha
Colombo 2
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Islamic lecture tour

Dr. Jamal Badawi, the world renowned scholar is visiting Sri Lanka from Canada on a lecture tour organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies (CIS), 15A, Rohini Road, Colombo 6.
This visit coincides with the CIS completing 25 years.
Public lecture
Friday, July 30
Reforming Islam or Reforming Muslims?
Venue: D. S. Jayasinghe Hall, Dehiwala
Time: 7 p.m.
Shariah forum
Saturday, July 31
Muslims in a Non-Muslim Society
Sheikh Esam Ishaq from Bahrain along with Mufti Yusoof will be other members of the forum with Minister, Technology and Research, Prof. Tissa Witharana as Chief Guest and Western Province Governor, Alavi Moulana as Guest of Honour

Venue: Hotel Ranmuthu, Colombo 3
Time: 4.30 p.m.
Sunday, August 1
Role of Muslims in Emerging Post-War Sri Lanka
Venue: Miami Reception Hall, Colombo 6
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Other participants are Founder President Sarvodhaya Shramadana Movement, Dr A. T. Ariyaratne, President of Institute of Contemporary Studies and Vice President of RICEAP, Malaysia, Rizwan Wu Abdullah, Member of Parliament Kabir Hashim and Managing Director, Lyceum International School, Mohan Lal Grero
Profile: Jamal A. Badawi is an Egyptian born Muslim Canadian and former professor in the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is a well-known author, activist, preacher and speaker on Islam and Muslims. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cairo, Egypt and his Master’s and PhD degrees at Indiana University in Bloomington.


Colombo Malay Cricket Club Members Day

Saturday, July 31
Events: Soft Ball Cricket 6-a-side, netball, carom, pool, darts, entertainment, variety of food, fellowship
Register early as a limited number of teams will be entertained.
Venue: Padang, Colombo 2
Time: 8 a.m. onwards



Amelie Poulain

Thursday, July 29
Description: This is a film about an extremely imaginative young girl, Amelie who had a very isolated upbringing. The story line is fairly mundane but is jazzed up by Amelie’s ways of dealing with things.
Directed by Jeunet and Caro, this 121 minute 2001 film has a top cast of Audrey Tautou and Matheuu Kassovits.
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kotte, 139 Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.

The Battle of Algiers

Tuesday, July 27
Description: One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers (1967) focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria’s struggle for independence from France.
Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly recreates the tumultuous Algerian uprising against the occupying French in the 1950s.
Running time: 125 minutes
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.
Beyond Tradition

Tuesday, July 27
Description: India has immensely rich heritage of classical dance. Timeless in its beauty and appeal, Indian classical dance has already won global acclaim.
Beyond Tradition explores the exciting and inspirational journey.
The award winning film maker, Rajesh S. Jala has been making documentary films for last 12 years.
Venue: Indian Cultural Center, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.



Friday, July 30
to Saturday, July 31
Othello, the English play presented by Old Royalists Association of Dramatists and directed by Thushara Hettihamu
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7

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 25
What Is Action That Transforms Consciousness, organised by the Krishnamurti Center, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


Until July 29
Vigil, an exhibition of installations, drawings and paintings by Chandraguptha Thenuwara
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Until Tuesday, August 3
Omnipresence of the Prick, Women Artists’ Colloquium Exhibition, organised by the Theertha International Artists Collective
Venue: Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

July 27 to 29
To Win – What can be done about Alcohol?, an interactive educational exhibition organised by FORUT Sri Lanka
Venue: Auditorium, Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Friday, July 30
A tabla recital by the students of Visharad S.W. Randoowa
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.

Book Launch

Sunday, July 25
Kovai Ansar’s book, Kanavukalin Pirasavam under the patronage of Purawalar Hashim Omar, organised by the National Welfare Society Colombo
Venue: Tamil Sangam Auditorium, Colombo 6
Time: 4:30 p.m.


Friday, July 30
to Monday, August 1
A three-day dance and choreography workshop conducted by Nrathya Nipun and Sangeeth Visharad Moksha Samarasuriya
Venue: Sri Lanka Television Training Institute (SLTTI), Colombo 7

Public lecture

Wednesday, July 28
Perfect Mental Health by Dr. Vasantha Gunatunga, of the Contemplative Neuroscience Group, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo
Conducted by: Medical Section, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science Organised by: All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress
Venue: ACWBC Hall, 400, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.