Awards for Architecture
Being unanimously commended by prominent architects
from all over the world, Geoffrey Bawa’s works
remain the most influential and prolific not only in
Sri Lanka but in the South Asia region as well. In
an attempt to honour this significant personality’s
creativity and to encourage talented architects, the
inaugural cycle of Geoffrey Bawa Awards was
initiated in 2007. Marking the success of the event,
entries of high quality, originality and creativity
were submitted and the award was jointly given to
Shyamika de Silva and Lalyn Collure while the award
for the runners up was shared by Palinda Kannagara
and Nela de Zoysa.
Its objective is to recognise and encourage
exemplary works of architecture while taking these
products of contemporary Sri Lankan architecture to
the public for the laymen to appreciate. On July 23,
the opening of applications for the second cycle of
Geoffrey Bawa Awards was announced at the Geoffrey
Bawa residence in Colombo 3. Applications are called
from contenders to the award on the prescribed forms
available at the offices of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust
from 9 a.m to 5.00 p.m. The documents should be
submitted before by November 15, 2010. Both local
and foreign architects can apply for the award if
the edifice is in Sri Lanka and the building has to
be occupied for a minimum of four months while the
completion should be done in less than 10 years.
The winner of the second cycle will be chosen
following a short listing of 10 entries and the
winner will be announced on the July 23 2011;
Geoffrey Bawa’s 92nd birth anniversary. Announcing
the winner is will be at a gala event where Michael
Ondaatje will make the keynote address and the
winner will receive a sum of one million rupees. The
judges for the second award cycle will be Suhanya
Raffel (trustee of the Geoffrey Bawa Trust),
architect Kerry Hill from Singapore, Architect
Jayantha Perera (immediate past president and
nominee of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects)
and Ajith De Costa (textile technologist,
industrialist and heritage conservationist).
The Trust is indeed looking forward to see a
collection of works which integrates style,
tradition and originality in this cycle as well.
They had received much pleasure in the first cycle
seeing the innovative thinking in the varied
projects that were short listed for the award.
Hence, the Trust is enthusiastic to promote the
innovative good designs as Bawa himself was a
restless designer who never stood still and never
repeated himself. The Trust is committed to increase
awareness not only among architects but among all
people who are involved in construction industry and
to reverse the current adverse construction trends
in the landscape of urban Sri Lanka. The members of
the Geoffrey Bawa Trust stated that they are hoping
that the award process will raise the ambitions of
the participants and that it will bestow a special
status on the winners.
A phenomenal name in
hairdressing and beauty culture
Rosairo is a phenomenal name in the hairdressing and
beauty culture field of Sri Lanka for her
experiences in the field dates about two decades
back. Apart from being a hairdresser and a
beautician, she is also a teacher. Recently, one of
her students bagged a Gold Medal at the City and
The Nation met this enthusiastic hairdresser for a
rendezvous about her life and experiences as a
teacher and her future plans.
“I started working with City and Guilds about six
years ago, during a time where earning an academic
qualification in beauty culture or hairdressing was
not considered important in Sri Lanka. Through my
personal learning experiences and training I had
already received in UK, I was well aware of the
importance of theory to excel in this field,” said
Rosairo as she recalled her collaboration with the
Rosairo who hails from a family of designers, had
spent a substantial period of her youth absorbing
inspiration for her true call – hairdressing.
Thereafter she had partaken in various training
programs held in England, Singapore and various
other countries. “Through my personal experiences I
realized the importance of merging theory and
practical knowledge in order to become a successful
hairdresser or a beautician,” she added.
Recently, one of her students was awarded the City
and Guilds Gold Medal for hairdressing and Rosairo
says that this is one of the most memorable moments
in her life.
“It was very gratifying to see that my students
were able to create whatever I had instilled in
them,” she added.
As a teacher, she pointed out her most powerful
tools are communication skills and values such as
honesty and sincerity. She says she always encourage
her students to develop a flair for practical skills
as well as theory. “I teach my students the basics
but I never work in a way that hinders their
creativity. The full freedom is given to pursue
their creativities. I am very happy to say that my
students have now started working in some of the
most reputed salons in the country as well as
She has been a part of the field of hairdressing
and beauty-care for over 20 years now. “My most
treasured earnings over the years are my
experiences. It gives me great satisfaction to know
that there are many who succeeded in their lives and
careers from some simple things I taught them. I am
also quite impressed to see satisfaction of my
clients and happy indeed because I have created
something for them,” she added.
As an advice to the novices in the field she added
that the most important fact is to develop fond and
passion towards the profession. “They need to update
themselves. Caring for clients is vital because
their wellbeing should be their priority. Educating
oneself and participating in competitions are
methods through which one can absorb and experience
a lot of knowledge to develop their career,” she
Mentioning of her future plans, Rosairo said that
she intend to expand her salon in Colombo as well as
develop a formal education system for hairdressing
in Sri Lanka. “Educating one-self is essential for
the development of his/her career. I wish to provide
a chance for those who are interested in the field
of hairdressing and beauty culture to equip them
with the knowledge which would help them to excel in
their field,” she said with certainty.
Here’s art, but not as you
know it. A jigsaw puzzle? Yes. Extraordinary? Yes.
ArtWalk is set to outdo itself this August.
the.creative.house. is about to bring these two
concepts into a collision on the catwalk. Think
bizarre futurism, think art redefined.
Photography, sculpture, dance, painting and
graphic design are just some themes that have
influenced what will saunter down this radically
innovative runway. Progressive designers are
bubbling with passion and energy as they combine
style with inspiration and originality. They will
drape their models in the colourfully creative, the
inventive, and the aesthetically appealing.
You last saw ArtWalk on the Street. Next, in the
form of an ingenious jigsaw masterpiece, it will be
unfolded piece by piece at a location that is yet to
be disclosed. The media will reveal only slight
hints to the public; that’s one more thing to muse
This explosion of inspired creativity will
explore art from diverse areas of life. Powerful is
too understated a description for the fashion show.
Anticipate a fiery hot explosion of fashion fusion.
ArtWalk will query the unthinkable and the absurd,
and bring it to life. Imagine artistic diversity,
and synthesise that thought with brilliance. Expect
more. The show will give you reason to.
ArtWalk will experiment with marbles, clay,
echoes, mirrors, holograms and popsicles. Designs
will be epic and kaleidoscopic, deliciously vibrant.
Models will be geishas; designs will glow in the
dark. ArtWalk will break through the conventional,
and revitalise the rational. Here’s something to
Feeling enticed, or possibly…perplexed?
|Amelia-Acting is great, but
film a flop
By Peter Marshall
The key to making an engaging film about a famous
person, when many have tried the same thing before,
is to give the public something new, or to at least
expand on some aspect of that person’s life that has
only been touched on before.
For those who are not, as they say, in the know,
the film is about one of the female pioneers of
flying in the 1930’s, who twice flew the Atlantic
(once as a passenger and once as a solo pilot, just
five years since Charles Lindberg had become the
first man to do so). Despite living in such
tumultuous times that included a World War and the
American economic depression, she was still one of
the most famous people of her time and an
inspiration for women the world over who yearned for
equality with their male counterparts.
Starring such Hollywood luminaries as Richard
Gere (as George Putnam – Earhart’s publicist and
subsequent husband) and the Oscar winning Hillary
Swank who plays the adventurer of the skies herself,
not to mention a bit part for Ewan McGregor (Gene
Vidal - Earhart’s temporary lover) and Christopher
Eccleston as navigator Fred Noonan, this picture has
all the makings of something very special.
And to be fair, Swank delivers a typically adept
performance as the famous aviator, with Gere-and-co
bringing up the rear with fine performances of their
own. Considering the fact that the film seems to
look perfectly good on the screen, both in terms of
vast landscapes Earhart crosses by air and also in
terms of the period look of the 1930’s that is
fantastically brought back to life, the blame for
the film’s failings must be aimed squarely at the
direction of Mira Nair.
The main problem with this film, as hinted to in
the first paragraph is that it offers nothing new to
such a well known story. At times, the film touches
on Amelia’s clash with corporate sponsorship as a
means to generate funds for her to fly, but then the
film suddenly pulls up on the stick before too much
is revealed about this side of her life. Much the
same can be said for the initial lack of respect for
women pilots or her affair with Gene Vidal
(McGregor) with us barely allowed to see the two
lovers kiss before she goes running back to her
husband; as much as anything this gives the talented
McGregor little to do in the film and thus wastes an
otherwise sound asset. There is also a rather flat
feeling to the film in between her feats of aerial
daring do with the filmmakers doing little to show
what makes the woman behind the celebrity tick. This
gloss rather than depth approach is made all the
worse for the fact that depth is exactly what you
are looking for in a biopic film.
As a stand alone piece of cinema it is reasonably
interesting, assuming you knew little about the
great woman of the air to start with, especially
when it comes to Swank’s fine mimicry of her
character and the good art direction. Even so, the
whole project can’t seem to shake the feel of a high
budget made for TV movie rather than a big screen
All in all it’s a well dressed, well photographed
movie that tells the basic story of one of the words
great female aviators who captured the hearts of the
public with her sense of unquenchable adventure.
Unfortunately though, that’s as far as it goes,
giving you the feeling that so much more could have
been revealed given the array of acting talent on
offer. The film is worth a watch if only for Swank’s
impressive turn as Amelia but as a film it really
doesn’t offer anything we haven’t seen before.