An evening of jazz with Natalya

Sunday, August 29
The concert will raise funds for The Sunshine Charity, a non-profit charitable trust dedicated to helping Sri Lankan children affected by the loss of one or both parents in the Tsunami, the ethnic conflict and poverty in Trincomalee.
Natalya 17, has been singing since she was four years old, starting with Merry Ann Singers and performing in drama with Bishop’s College, Workshop Players and currently the British School of Colombo, where her most recent role was playing Sandy in the school production Grease. She is also a jazz ballet dancer with Surekha.
Her love for jazz and blues was kindled from a young age when she was doing impromptu performances with various band members at Jazz Unlimited and other venues.
Natalya has composed her own songs to music arranged by Eshantha Peries which were recorded in 2009. The concert will feature some of Natalya’s own compositions and songs by some of the popular jazz greats.
In her debut, Natalya will be joined by two talented young singers, Niamh Evans from the Overseas International School and Natalya’s sister Aitana. Accompanying them on Piano will be, Eshantha Peiris, Sumudi Suraweera on drums and Isaac Smith (from New Zealand) on Double Bass.
The Sunshine Charity founded in December 2005 currently runs a day care centre in Sambalthivu, Trincomalee. Started as a civil society initiative the charity is now a well established and recognised for its care and concern for all Sri Lankan children. The concert is presented by JC Entertainments.
Venue: British School Auditorium
Time: 7 p.m.


St Mary’s College, Dehiwela OBU elects new panel

Founder: Rev Fr Ernest Poruthota
Patron: Rev Fr Marcus Ferdinandez - Parish Priest - St Mary’s Church, Dehiwala
Vice Patrons: Ven Kollupitiya Saddatissa Thera, Deshabandu Nimal Bulathsinhala J.P. - MMC Dehiwala/Mt. Lavinia, Gamini Dodanwela - J.P.
Immediate Past President: Anjelo Jesudasan
Presidents: Rev. Sr. S.D.P. Asanthi - Principal- St Mary’s College, Dehiwala, S.M.T. Jayawardena (Lal)
Vice Presidents: Trevine E. David, S.P. Jayasinghe, Tyronne Felsinghe, Maurice Kareem, Roger Slemmerman,
Secretary: M. Imtiaz Hasheem
Treasurer: T.Z.A. Kareem (Rexi)
Asst. Secretary: W.B. Abeyratne
Asst. Treasurer: Donald Wijesinghe
Council Members: Kenneth Pereira, Clifford Collom, Terrance Canagasaby, Clive G. David, M.Z. Jamion, Claude Juriensz, Sebastian Silva, Calistus de Silva, Stanley M. Fernando, Ernest Fernando
Auditor: Edward Fernando



Step Up 3D
Now showing
When the Maryland School of the Arts (MSA) goes to Paris for an international dance competition, one of the dancers - Moose (Adam G. Sevani) misses his flight back to Baltimore.
He soon makes friends with an American away from home and a beautiful French sophisticate.
They introduce Moose to the red-hot Parisian underground dance scene, and before long he is wowing the local dancers with his unique moves as they prepare for an underground dance competition.
With time running out before the big event and their routine stolen by a rival crew, Moose turns to his loyal MSA crew in Baltimore for help.
Can Moose, the MSA crew and the French crew pull together a new dance number at the last minute? And will it be good enough to beat the world’s best street dancers?
Venue: Liberty Cinema Hall, Colombo 3
Time: 10:30, 1:30, 4:15 and 7 p.m.


Thursday, August 26
Persepolis is an animated French film won the Jury Prize at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival based on Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel.
The film was written and directed by Satrapi with Vincent Paronnaud.
The story follows a young girl as she comes of age against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution.
The story ends with Marjane as a 24-year-old expatriate. The title is a reference to the historic city of Persepolis.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte, 139 Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Visual Responses

Wednesday, August 25
to Sunday, August 29
Visual Responses During the War, an exhibition of paintings featuring the Sri Lanka’s leading contemporary artists: Chandraguptha Thenuwara, Jagath Weerasinghe, Kingsley Gunatillake, T. Shanathanan, Anoma Wijewardena, Vasuki Jeyashankar, G.R.Constantine, Anoma Rajakaruna, Inoka De Silva, Chammika Jayawardena, Kusal Gunasekara, Anura Krishantha, Sanath Kalubadana, Prasanna Ranabahu, Sajeewani Hewavitharana and Niluka Weerasinghe.
These talented individuals will provide us with detailed visual insights of social and political perceptions, through the eyes of an artist.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Book Buzz
Featuring Prashani Rambukwella

Saturday, August 28  
Meet the author of Mythil’s Secret, Prashani Rambukwella, who won the Gratiaen Award in 2010 and have all your questions about the book answered.
While this session is mainly aimed at children aged 7 to 15, adults, parents and those interested in creative writing are also welcome.
This rare opportunity to interact with Prashani Rambukwella is a part of the British Council’s animating literature programme where the works of contemporary UK and Sri Lankan writers are brought to life.
Prashani Rambukwella is a corporate writer and children’s author. She studied at Methodist College in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was a founder editor of the school newspaper. She then went on to be the children’s page editor of the Weekend Express, a national newspaper. Chariots, a children’s board game she created while still a student was adopted and mass-produced by the Ceylon Bible Society.
Prashani graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, where she was known as a playwright and director. Two of her plays, Things that Matter and Light Bulb were performed on stage at inter-university drama festivals. She also won the best director award for two consecutive years at the annual drama competition of the University of Peradeniya.
Prashani has contributed articles to Travel Sri Lanka magazine and the Literary Encyclopaedia on the life and novels of Sri Lankan writer James Goonewardene.
Venue: British Council Hall, Colombo
Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: On first-come-first serve basis
For further details please contact Library Help Desk on 4521596.


Hoppers and Calypso

Saturday, August 28

Crispy hoppers, egg hoppers, pittu, string hoppers, kottu, chicken curry, babath, fish ambulthiyal will be served piping hot. Try our Sri Lankan desserts, ginger tea and a complimentary arrack cocktail. The traditional dancers and calypso music will add the final touches to the evening.
Venue: Poolside, Cinnamon Lake Side, Colombo
Time: 7 to 11 p.m.


Colombo in Bloom

Until Sunday, August 22
The floral and plant exhibition, Colombo in Bloom organised by Chandana De Silva will display special cacti and bonsai plants, vegetables, herbal and medicinal plants, fertilisers and agro chemicals in around 100 stalls.
About 1,000 vegetable and fruit plants along with fertiliser packs will be distributed free to visitors to the exhibition.
Venue: Viharamaha Devi Park, Colombo 7


Malsha needs your help

Miss. P.G. Malsha Sugandhi, a little girl of four and a half years old, is suffering from a congenital heart disease, and she has been recommended an urgent ‘Atrial Septal Defect Surgery’ by Dr Sandeep Srivastava, the resident senior consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and Head CIVS of Nawaloka Hospital, Colombo.
The total cost for the average package for this surgery will be Rs. 395,000 which would be a dream forever for her poor parents. So they request the kind hearted philanthropists to save her little daughter’s life. Your donations may be sent to Account No 081-2-001-4-4958051 of People’s Bank, Ruwanwella Branch. Tel: 036-5614582


Seminar on Sai Baba’s teachings

The Sathya Sai Seva Samithi of Ratmalana has organised seminar on “Sai Baba’s Teachings and Meditations for Lasting Happiness” at the Mahaweli Kendraya Auditorium (Opposite Vihara Maha Devi Park) on August 24, 2010 from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The entrance to the seminar will be free of charge on prior reservations by contacting Sisira Baranage on 0177706995 or Thilak Kodikara on 0773130167.
The seminar will be conducted by two leading Professional Trainers in HR Developments in Sri Lanka Professor Sunanda Degamboda and Dhammika Kalapuge.
A special CD on Joythi (light) meditation blessed by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba will be released on this day.
The participants will have the opportunity in practicing the Light Meditation with the help of an audio guided CD under the direction of Professor Degamboda.


Data collection of Catholic artistes

Mass Media Commission of the Colombo Diocese has decided to compile a list of data engaged in different field of Catholic artistes across the island.
Please send in your details to the following address: The Organiser, National Catholic Mass Media Center, No. 45, Kinsey Road, Colombo 8. Phone: 011-2693425/011-2692372/071-8954214
E. mail address: dnccsc@yahoo.com


UK envoy welcomes MAS interns

The British High Commissioner, Dr. Peter Hayes, and the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) recently welcomed 21 interns from the MAS Annual Summer Internship Programme to the High Commission in Colombo.
Since the inception of this programme, it has been customary for the interns to visit the British High Commission to understand the intricate workings of a diplomatic mission. It has also been very useful in gaining insight as to the opportunities that await returning graduates in Sri Lanka, from the perspective of the High Commissioner.


Ama Gee Ranga variety show

Friday, August 27
The Niwasi Foundation Kalapura founded by reputed artistes, all residents of Kalapura Housing Complex located at Templer Road, Mt. Lavinia has organised the variety show Ama Gee Ranga.
This unique variety show will comprise our traditional dance items, Sinhala classical, pop and oriental music and various other cultural items to keep the audience spellbound with rare aesthetic delight. The prime objective is to extend rare aesthetic nourishment by renowned, veteran and illustrious artistes possessing a wide range of immense talent in various fields of art and music, and to utilize funds derived to swell the Niwasi Foundation Fund to be spontaneously equipped to cater for the genuine needs of welfare activities of the members
Venue: National Youth Services Council Auditorium, Maharagama
Time: 6:45 p.m.



Sunday, August 22
Kids on Safari, a photographic exhibition by Ashwini Jayathileka and Dimithri Gunawardena
Venue: Harold Peiries Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Glimpses of the Surroundings of Beruwala an exhibition of paintings by Sameera Kalupahana
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sun, an art exhibition by Dileepa Gunatileka
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, August 22
to Tuesday, September 7
An exhibition of art by S. H. Sarath
Venue: Artist Gallery, Nugegoda
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday, August 26
to Tuesday, August 31
An exhibition of art organised by the Women Artists’ Colloquium of Theertha and the Theertha Red Dot Gallery

Preview: Wednesday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Venue: Harold Peiris Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public talk

Sunday, August 22
Time, Death and Love organised by the Krishnamurti Centre
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.


Sunday, August 22
Dancing for the Gods, a dance recital presented by Chithrasena Vajira Dance Company
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo
Time: 7 p.m.


Friday, August 27
Ama Gee Ranga, a variety organised by the Niwasi Foundation Kalapura founded by reputed artistes, all residents of Kalapura Housing Complex located at Templer Road, Mt. Lavinia.
Venue: National Youth Services Council Auditorium, Maharagama
Time: 6:45 p.m.

Beyond the Battlefront launched

Beyond the Battlefront, a collection of poems and short stories by Romayne de Alwis, focusses entirely on the long 30-year war that existed in the country.
In the story, four women: A Muslim, Burgher, Sinhala and Tamil relate their individual experiences of the conflict. Every story is followed by a poem which, the author claims, in her foreword, provides a link and a poignant insight.

Video installation in spotlight

Sunday, August 22
to Saturday, August 28
As a follow-up to the year-long endeavours of the Goethe-Institut to expose art lovers to new aesthetic expressions, there will be a six day video installation workshop themed Beyond Peace on social harmony based on the art of video installation.
Target Group:
*Photographers and Video Artists who like to enter Video Installation Art
*University students who are studying subjects related to Image Art and Film Studies
*Visual Artists
Every participant will have to produce one Video Installation within the last four days of the workshop. These products will be exhibited on the final day.
Number of participants: 15
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39,
Gregory’s Road, Colombo