September 19 and 20
Reflections is Wasantha Namaskara’s 76th exhibition of selected paintings. All are welcome.
Venue: 175, Dippitigoda Road, Dalugama, Kelaniya.
Time: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Bengal Bungalow

September 17 to 19
Written and directed by Jehan Aloysius and presented by Centre Stage Productions, this riotous comedy returns six years after it successfully played to packed houses.
The performance will be a fund-raiser for the troupe’s theatre-based humanitarian work conducted through their Stage Hands Project.
Bengal Bungalow is a fast paced situation comedy written in the style of British farcical theatre, with mistaken identity, fantastic characters and situations, as well as cunning twists.
The script is packed with witty one-liners and tongue-in-cheek humour very much in the style of classic bedroom farce.
Come, be a part of a wonderful escape into a vintage world of madness in Colonial India
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.



September 16
Barakat is a 2006 French/Algerian drama film directed by Djamila Sahraoui.
Description: During the Algerian Civil War, Amel is a doctor who, on returning home from work one day, discovers that her journalist husband has gone missing. Receiving no help from the authorities, she decides herself to look for him. She is helped by another woman called Khadidja.
Venue: Alliance Francaise Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 05
Time: 6:30 p.m.


150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore

Commemorative lecture

September 16
There will be a ceremony organised by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian poet, playwright, author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
The ceremony features a lecture titled Rabindranath Tagore: “Reflections, Relevance and Readings” by Sharmila Kantha, an accomplished author and wife of the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka.
An excerpt of poems from Gitanjali, the publication which earned Rabindranath Tagore, the Noble Prize for Literature, will be read.
The ceremony will end with the screening of the film Charulata, one of Satyajithy Ray’s masterpieces, based on a story by Rabindranath Tagore.
Venue: International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) Auditorium, 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8
Time: 5 p.m.


Shiva Ranga 2010

September 12
Shiva Ranga 2010, a dance recital presented by Nuwan Theekshana Liyanage and Visharada Chanuka Dilanki Nanayakkara’s Theekshana Ranga Academy of Dance.
Venue: John de Silva Memorial Hall, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Arogya Foundation helps the visually impaired

Arogya Foundation for the Disabled donated wheelchairs and financial aid to four visually impaired persons (A.A.M.Kiyas, F.Jemila,M.Bilal, and M.Usman) who were handicapped due to the recent floods. The ceremony was held at Nalandaramaya, Pathiragoda, Maharagama recently. The financial aid was given for the self-employment of the visually impaired beneficiaries.




September 16 and 17
Jump is a non-verbal, comic martial arts performance, expertly blending Asian martial arts, including the ancient Korean martial arts of Taekwondo, with acrobatics and slapstick comedy.
This performance is organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of National Heritage and Cultural Affairs.
Venue: Kularatna Hall, Ananda College, Maradana
Time: 7:30 p.m.


College of Ophthalmologists Sri Lanka

Annual congress

The 19th Annual Congress of the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka was held at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo from September 2 to 4.
President of the College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka, Dr Dharma Irugalbandara Chief Guest, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Dr Rajitha Senaratna, Guest of Honour, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Adelaide, Australia Dr James Muecke and Secretary, College of Ophthalmologists of Sri Lanka, Dr Pradeepa Siriwardena


First place in Wanderlust World Guide Awards

Noel Bruno has won the first place as a tourist guide in an exercise conducted in affiliation with Intrepid Travel Organisation Australia. He is the son of Dawson James, an estate labourer attached to Glanenor Tea Estate in Haputale.
Paul Morrison, the Editor of Wanderlust, published in England, and his wife Lyn Hughes, in 2006 gathered tourist guides from all four corners of the world together and began Wanderlust World Guide Awards in recognition of their services.


British HC visits Mannar

The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Dr Peter Hayes, made an official tour of the Mannar District recently. This was his first visit inside the country since the UK eased travel advice to Sri Lanka on July 29. Dr Hayes was accompanied on his visit by officials from the High Commission and his wife, Kirsty Hayes.


Le Candidat

September 18
Le Candidat is a film directed by Niels Arestrup (2007). The plot appears to be very simple. After the unexpected withdrawal of the initial candidate, Michel Dedieu is designated by his party to continue the presidential campaign. Dedieu, a reticent candidate, must face its adversary the popular Eric Carson during a televised debate. In order to improve Dedieu’s image in front of the media, he gathers a group of advisers in a residence in province. There he has only a few days to prepare himself for the coming debate. But behind this simple plot lies a very complicated and intriguing subject.
Indeed Niels Arestrup has chosen not a particularly easy subject for his first film as a director. But compared to some American movies on the subject, “The Candidate” succeeds in reflecting very well not only the French political mentality but the whole European as well. And the ups and downs of the central character, played brilliantly by the talented Yvan Attal, are revealed with such elegance that only an actor turned director could achieve. The film itself is not your usual political drama packed with fast paced dialogues and explosive scenes. It actually possesses the fine quality of a good theatrical performance which makes it an even more enjoyable viewing!
Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes, in French with English subtitles
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kandy
Time: 3:30 p.m.



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

Sunday, September 12
to Sunday, September 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.

Until September 12
Reflection in Colour, Jayani Pinnawale’s exhibition of paintings
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Until September 13
AYA (Alliance Young Artist), an exhibition of painting
Venue: Gallery of the Alliance Française de Kandy, 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy

September 17 to 19
Exhibition of photographs by Gamini R. Hettithanthri
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


September 14
Shwetha Rathriya, a solo musical concert by singer and musician Visharada Nanda Malini
Venue: John de Silva Theatre, Colombo 10


September 14
Death Defining Acts, one act plays directed by Delon Weerasinghe and presented by Gamini Dissanayake Foundation
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

September 12
Minisa, a drama by Priyantha Senevirathne
Venue: Kadawatha Town Hall
Time: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

September 19
Sokari, a drama by Dr Rohana P. Fernando
Venue: Lumbini Theatre, Colombo 6
Time: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Public Talk

September 12
To Look, To Listen, There Must Be Freedom, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.