Parakrama Niriella’s “Metikaraththaya”

Wednesday, August 11
Another premiere of a Janakaraliya Drama and Theatre Arts Institution production will be staged at the Elphinston Theater. It is the Sinhala language production of Shudraka’s “Mrichchakatika” Sanskrit play translated by Piyadasa Nissanka.
The drama was directed by Parakrama Niriella and assisted by Ronika Chamalee and Thiyagaraja Sivanieshan. Executive producers of the drama are Amitta Weerasinghe and Dilip Rohana. Music direction by Sumudu Mallawaarachchi, costumes are designed by Suwineetha Subasinghe. Rohan Samaradivakara contributes by producing sets and props for the drama. Other major contributors are Ranaga Samarakoon in theatre lighting, Palitha Abeylal in makeup and Ravibandu Vidyapathi in choreography. Jude Srimal is the chief organiser of performances.
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.

Zahira honours Legends

In their inaugural felicitation ceremony to honour the past greats in many fields Zahira College, Colombo held a special ceremony at its main hall last Saturday (July 31). Former greats in the field of sports Ibrahim Hamid, Sylvester Dias and Subhani Hassimdeen received ‘Zahira Legends’ colours for their contribution to the school and country. Business entrepreneur M.H.M. Nazeer and educationalist S.H.M. Jameel were also honoured during the occasion.

Ibrahim Hamid a.k.a. ‘Tanker Hamid’ (Rugby): He was a student at Zahira from 1948 to 1964. Though he excelled in cadetting, wrestling, scout and shooting, it was the rugby that took him to the limelight. He captained the college U-17 and U-20 teams and went on to play for the CR & FC as a schoolboy. After leaving school he joined the police and led the team in 1971. ‘Tanker’ finally represented the country in 1972. After ending a successful playing career he contributed immensely towards the development of rugby in the country by holding various positions in rugby sector. He was licensed to officiate at shooting world championships. He also served the college as Chairman of Board of Governors.

Sylvester Dias (Cricket): Dias joined Zahira after attending couple of other schools in late 1950s. Though he was a reputed soccerite and athlete, it was in cricket that he showed his supreme talents. In 1957 he made 104 runs and secured 13 wickets in a record breaking match against Dharmaraja College, Kandy. Zahira scored 536/2 and won by an innings. After leaving school he joined Bloomfield and later Moratuwa CC. During this period he was selected to represent then Ceylon against Pakistan, India and Australia. His radiant performances led Bob Bartels to recommend him for a stint in Central Lancashire League in England where he spent six years as a professional cricketer for Rosedale CC. He later represented Cornforter CC in the North Lancashire League. On his return to Sri Lanka, the cricket board obtained his services in various capacities.

Shubani Hassimdeen (Soccer): Hassimdeen was one of the fabulous soccerites who represented the college from 1959 and captained Zahira in 1965. A penetrative and deceptive right extreme, he donned the national jersey when he was 19-years old and represented the country for 10 years continuously and led Sri Lanka in 1972 which was the time known as the golden era of Sri Lanka soccer. In 1968, his significant role helped Sri Lanka win the Aga Khan Gold Cup and has a unique record having toured overseas. After quitting active soccer, Hassimdeen held various responsibilities including National Selector and Sri Lanka National Coach. It is popularly known in his days that he could fly, although he hadn’t wings.

M.H.M. Nazeer (Entrepreneur): Nazeer joined Zahira in 1948 and excelled in studies throughout his academic career. He left the college and joined his father’s business ‘The Colombo Picture Palace’ and pioneered many firsts including local manufacture of mirrors. Now it has been transformed into one of the leading mercantile institutions in the glass and mirror industry. Later he joined the Confifi Beach Hotel in 1972 as a Board Director and contributed towards the betterment of the institution until 2006. He also was a founder director of the Palm Garden Hotel and Riverina Hotel.

S.H.M. Jameel (Educationist): Shahul Hameed Mohamed Jameel got through the SSC examination in 1957 and entered University of Peradeniya. While at Zahira he won several prizes in general proficiency, oratory and essay competitions. At Peradeniya he obtained the highest marks in subjects of Tamil and was awarded the Francis Kingsbury prize. He passed out as an Honours Graduate in Economics and later obtained his Masters. He underwent training in the University Administration at the University of Sussex, UK. Jameel served in every field of education which is a rare achievement. Jameel is a prolific writer and has published or compiled 31 books on education, literature and folklore. One of his books received the Sri Lanka National Literary Award.


In aid of education

Chairman, Nadeel Dushantha Malagoda Foundation, Nadeel Malagoda recently donated a digital audio recorder to Ven. Dehiattakandiya Tilokananda Thera of Taporamaya, Mount Lavinia to facilitate the thera’s educational and social service activity.


CD launched

An audio CD including six Sinhala songs was released recently by Manoj Uduwana.
The capture of the CD is ‘The Songs Never Heard”. All of the songs are sung matching to classical rhythms with six different tunes mixed with slow, medium and fast tracks including Baila songs further enhancing the love, friendship and humour.
The music directions of two songs were done by Samantha Geekiyanage and the other four songs by Ranjith Dias where both of them are well experienced hands in music field.
The lyrics by Piyal Yatawara and Samantha Geekiyanage, rhythms designed by Manoj, Piyal and Ranjith along with the duet with Shiromie Almeda which further adds value to the CD.


Discover Sri Lanka Conference 2010

Deputy Director General of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, A.M.C Kulasekera addressed the “Discover Sri Lanka Conference 2010” held recently, where over 25 fund managers of international repute participated. Kulasekera’s address covered the role of the BOI in Sri Lanka’s economy and gave prominence to the country’s resilience during the three decades of conflict. Sri Lanka had spent a total of US$ 5.8 billion in 30-year conflict and indeed could have achieved 5 times that quantum of investment had there been peace in the country.
In addition, Sri Lanka had also weathered the current global economic downturn unlike most countries that experienced FDI downturns of 40-60%. Sri Lanka’s performance had been comparatively good, having seen a slight decline in FDI from US$ 889 million in 2008 to US$ 602 million in 2009.


Nobel prize winners meet

Prof. Mohan Munasinghe (Vice Chairman, IPCC- AR4), who shared the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, is congratulated by Prof. Joseph Stiglitz (centre), winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Economics, and Jose Maria Figueres (left), former President of Costa Rica, at launch of the second edition of Prof. Munasinghe’s highly acclaimed book on “Making Development More Sustainable” in UK. They were participating in a high level international conference on climate change and sustainable development in Manchester. Prof. Munasinghe is also Chairman of the Munasinghe Institute for Development (MIND), Colombo


Digeka Avith and Kandoskiriya

Sunday, August 8
Namel Weeramuni’s latest productions, of two one act comedies- Digeka Avith, an adaptation by Namel, of Chekov’s The Proposal, highly acclaimed vaudeville, which had been a text in schools for the last so many years and Kandoskiriya, an election booth satire by Somapala Gunadheera go on the boards
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 6: 30 p.m.


Film forum

Dedicated to Michael Ballhaus

August 12 – Martha
A film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973, 111 minutes, with English subtitles
The story of a less than ordinary marriage. After her father dies, Martha flies the parental nest and gets married, replacing one type of dependency with another until she finally becomes completely helpless when an accident confines her to a wheelchair – a situation which, in an intriguingly ambivalent way, she seems to relish.

August 13 – Satansbraten
A film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1976, 106 minutes, with English subtitles
The crisis of identity, life and creativity of a poet who started out on the left wing, then lost his utopia and now believes he is Stefan George. Although Fassbinder calls it a comedy, this is one of his most bitter, aggressive and despairing works.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.

The Last Air Bender
Now showing
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Water bender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world
Venue: Savoy Wellawatte
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.



Saturday, August 14
Sparkle in a Singing Style, a choral concert presented by Cantabile School of Singing
Venue: Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

Sunday, August 15
Makarakshaya, a stage drama by Dharmasiri Bandaranayake
Venue: Lionel Wendt
Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.


Friday, August 6
to Sunday, August 8
An exhibition of paintings by Jayasiri Semage
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, August 13
to Sunday, August 15
An exhibition of art by Heather De Lanerolle
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Until August 22
Glimpses of the Surroundings of Beruwala an exhibition of paintings by Sameera Kalupahana
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Rd, Colombo 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Musical show

Monday, August 9
Kapugeta 65, a musical show in memory of the late singer Gunadasa Kapuge
Venue: Elphinston Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 6.30 p.m.

Public talk

Sunday, August 8
What is Action, organised by Krishnamurti Centre
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


Youth orphans’ leadership camp

Thursday, August 5
to Sunday, August 8

The seventh Senehasa Youth Orphans Leadership Residential Camp organised and conducted by Friends, a social service organisation under the Department of Social Services since 1987.
There will be 100 children (50 girls - 50 boys) participating at this year’s camp. The children are in the age groups of 12 to 18 and have been selected from youth orphanages in Colombo and Kalutara Districts.
The theme of the camp will be Education Through Recreation. At this year’s camp there will be several leadership training sessions coupled with lectures, games, competitions, talent contests, a camp fire and sing song sessions.
For more information of the above camp please contact Kumudu Pasqual on 077-3062302
Venue: Subodhi Institute of Integral Education, Wewala, Piliyandala
Time: 4 p.m. (opening