Shilpa Art Festival

Sunday, September 5
The Shilpa Art Festival organised by the Shilpa Children’s Trust gives children from Sri Lanka, between 6-18 age, the chance to exhibit artwork that expresses their feelings on a variety of topics such as village and urban life, peace and harmony among communities, and nature and the environment.
This year, the schoolchildren from Colombo and from other areas are invited to exhibit their paintings.
The artwork done by the children in the North also will be displayed at this occasion.
Entrance free
Venue: Lobby, Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo
Time: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.



A platform for young talents

Until September 13
Alliance Young Artists (AYA) is the major annual cultural event in the cultural calendar of the Alliance Française de Kandy.
The participants selected to display their creations in AYA 2010 include Dhanushka Rathnayake (Selected for the Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Colombo), Gayani Herath (Girls’ High School, Kandy), Poorni Wijesinghe (Mahamaya Girls’ College, Kandy), Pramodya Kuruvitavidanage (Dharmaraja College/Alliance Française, Kandy), Ravindu Bentotahewa (Ecole Internationale/Alliance française, Kandy).
Venue: Gallery of the Alliance Française de Kandy, 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy


Reflection in Colour - Oil painting exhibition

Until September 12
Reflection in Colour is yet another oil paintings exhibition by Jayani Pinnawala. At its opening ceremony, her maiden book Apeksha will also be launched.
Jayani Pinnawala was a senior officer of the Administrative Service and had served as Additional Secretary in number of Ministries further to holding number of important positions in the government as Commissioner of Internal Trade and at the level of Senior Assistant Secretary.

In addition, she served in the Foreign Service as Deputy Ambassador and Acting Ambassador in Rome, Italy.
She is an old girl of Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo and an honours graduate from the University of Peradeniya.
Her paintings create an enchanting world which would draw the people to enjoy the beauty of life, the serenity of the environment, the unforgettable expressions of people, the lovable and graceful existence of animals and birds.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


National Conference on Buddhist Studies

Call for research papers

Until December 5
The 6th National Conference on Buddhist Studies will be held from Saturday, December 4 to Sunday 5. The Conference is organised by the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in association with the Buddhist Times Trust and Buddhist Activities Fund.
Research papers relating to Buddhism would be welcome from a variety of disciplines such as Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Civilisation, History, Psychology, Sociology, Buddhist Scriptural Languages and Literature and other related disciplines in Humanities and Social Science.

The papers can be presented in either English or Sinhala. Abstracts of papers should not exceed 300 words and must include Title, Author(s), Affiliation, Address, Tel/Fax, e-mail address (if available).
Abstracts should be sent by e-mail venyasassip@gmail.com with a copy to hgoonatilake@hotmail.com as attachment in Word, or by fax to Fax No. 2803196 or by post to the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda. A committee of Buddhist scholars will be selecting the papers, and acceptance will be notified.

Joint Coordinators: Ven Dr Magammana Pannananda Thero (pmagammana@gmail.com 0779303407), Ven Panahaduwe Yasassi Thero (venyasassip@gmail.com 0714879654)
Deadline for submission of abstracts: November 1, 2010
Notification of acceptance: November 10, 2010
Submission of full papers: December 1, 2010
Participation is open to members of the public.


Help for artists

President, Nadil Dhushantha Malagoda Sahana Foundation, Attorney-at-Law Nadil Dhushantha Malagoda donating Rs. 15,000/- to a member of the Pipenatharu Sports Club of Polhengoda, Colombo 5 who are planning to stage a drama played by their members


Comedy - Balloth Ekka Be

September 11
The comedy, Balloth Ekka Be is written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna.
Starring: Wijaya Nandasiri, Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Saman Hemarathna (Leelasena), Kumara Thirimadura and Luvolin Vandervol.
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.


British Council and Maldives sign MoU

On Thursday, August 26, Country Director of British Council Sri Lanka, Gill Westaway and the Maldives Minister of State of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Thoyyib Mohamed Waheed, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), defining the scope of future British Council programmes to be delivered in the Maldives.


Lean Transformation workshop

September 10
Dramatic cost savings, efficiency levels and high level of staff and customer satisfaction are all achieved when long-term problems or issues are tackled with an innovative mindset. You will be taught the proven lean thinking principles (used successfully for over 50 years by the Toyota motor company) and how to integrate them in to the way your organisation does business. Enjoy improved staff morale and commitment to improvement right across the organisation.
The workshop is presented by Pieter Walker, the Managing Director of People and Process Consulting Specialists, Australia.
The beneficiaries of the programme include CEOs and company directors, senior executives/senior managers, HR directors, middle level managers, process owners, quality and safety leaders, customer relations managers and all those interested in improving their businesses.
Venue: Galadari Hotel,
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Malinga, all-island most promising performer

Harindu Malinga De Silva, an outstanding student of Oxford College International, Udahamulla of Grade 7 won ‘Verse Speaking’ honours, All Island Winner, Year 12 and 13 Category and Most Promising Performer (Senior) at the Sri Lanka Festival for the Performing Arts Grand Final Competition under the patronage of Adjudicator David Fonville (USA) and Mrs. Carol Schroder (UK) held at the Russian Cultural Centre during last month. This competition was organised by the Institute of Music Speech & Speaking Skills Centre, Colombo.


Awarding of certificates

September 10
The students, who completed the advanced course in Acting, Drama and Theatre conducted by the Tele-drama Director and Media Personnel Thilak Gunawardena, will be awarded certificates by the artistes - Somaweera Sennanayake, Namel Weeramuni, Suminda Sirisena, Bandula Withanage and S. Vishvanadan.
The students will also display their short creations at this ceremony:
A Puja dance by Chammi Asanka.
Mudaganeema - a short drama directed by Roshan Chaturanga Ahangama and Punaragamanaya by Chandrasiri Wikramasuriya.
Onna Horo Kavi by Nishanthi Padeepika and Diluksha Manoj.
Aluth Mashima and three short dramas by Udaya Mangala.
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 2:30 p.m.


Beneath the Sun and Moon

Now showing
Coincidentally, a soldier and an Army Officer meet, at a dark night, in a forest raging with war.
The soldier’s efforts born out of sheer respect to save the life of his critically wounded senior officer become futile at the end. At the senior officer’s death, he, nagged constantly by his conscience, and its questioning, feels that he too was responsible for the death of his senior officer.
In the face of this, the soldier begins to probe into the past of the Army Officer’s life and engages in boundless sacrifice to bring justice to him and in that process he gets his past wrongs corrected. Thus, Ira Handa Yata (Beneath the Sun and Moon) will tomorrow bring us the true strength of the human bond created between an ideal soldier and a dying Army Officer.
Venue: Savoy, Wellawatta
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p. m.,
7 p.m.


Indian visit

Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa with former Indian Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Tourism Kumari Selja during his recent visit to India 



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

Until September 15
Dharma Gaveshana, Vasantha Namaskarage’s 74th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Public Library Auditorium, Racecourse Road, Badulla

September 12 - 26
Ganeshism 2, an exhibition of Lord Ganesh in art by Mahen Chanmugam
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


September 6
Gamini Gee Sara, a musical programme conducted by Latha Walpola, Indrani Perera, Uresha Ravihari
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana
Time: 5 p.m.

Friday, September 3
to Sunday, September 5
September Song, a choral concert presented by Menaka singers and Menaka Singers Opera Ensemble directed by Menaka De Fonseka Sahabandu
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

Dancing performance

September 5
Chalana, presented by Visha De Silva Dancing School
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

September 5
Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphic Designing, a free one day workshop style seminar organised by Sri Lanka Institute of Printing, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs for those who intend to gain an exposure and understanding of the use of essential Graphic Software packages used in Multimedia Industry.
The programme is organised by Phantomz Global Pvt. Ltd.
Venue: Sri Lanka Institute of Printing, Government Printing Department, No. 118, Dr Danister de Silva Mawtha, Colombo 8
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

September 9
Leadership workshop: Workplace Emotional Intelligence involves thinking intelligently about your own emotions and others’ emotions and how we can respond strategically to maximize outcome for all.
The global business trend is towards a focus on leadership, building and enhancing organisational culture and teams, succession planning and peoples’ skills development.
Emotional intelligence training and development have been one of the key foundations in this arena. Much published research has demonstrated that emotional intelligence is a distinguishing feature of high performing organisations in relation to revenue or sales, productivity, quality, customer and staff satisfaction and retention.
The workshop is presented by Pieter Walker the Managing Director of People and Process Consulting Specialists, Australia. The beneficiaries of this include CEOs and company directors, senior executives, human resource directors, middle managers, staff with an interest in emotional intelligence.
Venue: Galadari Hotel,
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.