Jaffna Today launched

The students of Sikaram Media House have launched the Journey of New Media by releasing Sikaram Thodu a youth’s monthly magazine, and, Jaffna Today (JaffnaToday.com) Northern Sri Lankan News and Views Online.
Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development Minister Douglas Devananda was the chief guest at the launch held at Jaffna Central College, Thambar Hall.
Jaffna University Vice-Chancellor Prof N. Shanmukalinkan, Jaffna Mayor Yogeswary Patkunarajah and professor emeritus P. Balasundarampillai were special guests.
Addressing the event, Director and chief media trainer of Sikaram Media House, K Rushangan said: “Journalists have the responsibility in the post war era to help the public to rebuild their lives and develop their land. They should act in accordance with the professional standards of journalism to achieve this.”
Sikaram Media House course coordinator Maheswaran Pirassath handed the first copy of Sikaram Thodu on behalf of the students to Minister Douglas Devananda.


Cruzing Colours

Exhibition of art by Chris Benjamin and Nisreen Amiruddeen

Until today
This is the maiden art exhibition for Chris whilst Nisreen has exhibited her works before. Both of them have used different mediums such as water colours, pastels, acrylic, oil, charcoal and mixed media and have also experimented with both realistic and modern art styles.
They are displaying a collection of their recent works and the paintings interestingly cover a wide variety of subjects and expressions.
Both Nisreen and Chris are mentored by Lathifa Ismail who has given them invaluable guidance, motivation and inspiration.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Rhythm of Heritage

Exhibition of paintings by Nihal Wickramarathne

Friday, October 15 to Friday, October 22
Nihal Wickramarathne spent his early childhood at Meegahakivula in the Badulla District and subsequently in Anuradhapura where his young mind was awed by the age old cultural
remains of this ancient city.

Having studied in the science stream (Science College, Matale) which is unusual for an artist, he was posted as an executive in a government corporation after completion of his studies.
He soon returned to his childhood passion of painting and now resides in the hill capital of Kandy where he draws inspiration for his paintings from the scenic and culturally rich environment.
Nihal was fortunate to associate and learn under Kala Bhooshana Pushpananda Weerasinghe, the renowned sculptor and painter, where his natural talent as an artist was moulded and honed into maturity under the expert’s watchful eye.

He learnt the art of water colouring under the able guidance of M.D.S. Gunatillake, an award winning
water colour artist and further improved the finer points in portrait painting and pastel work with the late P.S.P. Jayatillake, the former Art Director of the Sinhala Encyclopaedia.
He has learnt figure drawing and painting under Chandraguptha Tenuwara, a lecturer and renowned artist at Vibhavi Academy of Fine Arts.
Nihal doesn’t confine himself to one medium. He uses water colours, oil, acrylic and pastel as well as charcoal with equal ease.

Sometimes he strives not to use traditional colours and uses a little clay or powdered lime stone and finishes off the work with the aid of a sponge or piece of cloth rather than the brush.
He has formed an Art Foundation to help young children to learn and appreciate art by organising exhibitions, competitions and workshops.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Asia Pacific Regional Conference

Chairman, St John’s Association, Rajah Sinnathuray was invited for the Asia Pacific Regional Conference held at the Federal Hotel in Malaysia where 29 countries participated.


Charitha Atak

Sunday, October 10
Internationally famed actor Wilson Gunaratne has now come out with his latest comedy, Charitha Atak.
It is also performed to coincide with the World Children’s Day and the proceeds are in aid of the Peter Weerasekera Children’s Home.
Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Time: 7 p.m.


IT Centre from CUP

CUP was able to establish an IT Centre for children at Sri Devadhara Sunday School Pannipitiya recently, facilitated by a generous donation of four computers by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Sri Lanka.
This will be an IT Centre for the children of the area irrespective of their ethnicity. The administration of this centre is done by the CUP Association.
Handbooks containing instructions on computer usage were given free of charge to students. Two volunteers from the area have been vested with the responsibility of teaching IT to children.
A few reputed associations of the village and the Dayaka Sabhawa of the temple have also expressed their interest and support to develop the centre.
National Programme Officer (SDC), Nimal Dassanayake, Social Services Officer, Dehiwala, Divisional Secretariat, Vasantha Senarathna and the CUP officials U. R. Jayaweera Bandara, Lal Saranapala, Mrs N. T. A. Dissanayake, Harsha Gomes, Jagath Kariyakarawana and Nishantha Perera were present at the event.


The Anna Cross

Wednesday, October 13

Production: 1954
Genre: Drama
Running time: 87 minutes
Description: To save her family from disgrace and hunger, a young girl gets married to a rich old man, only to turn into an unscrupulous woman who forgets her close ones.
It was the fourth film by an acclaimed master of literary adaptations, Isidor Annensky, made after Anton Chekhov’s works, The Bear, Man in a Shell and Marriage.
The director’s high culture and professionalism, faithfulness to the literary original, and the amazingly talented acting ensemble were always the marks of his films.
This wonderful, never-aging film is so perfect that each generation of viewers will find it interesting, discovering in it still new unfading gems.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.


Mon Frère Se Marie

Saturday, October 16
Director: Jean Stéphane Bron
Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Language: French with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy
Description: Vinh, a boat-people refugee, who was adopted 20 years ago by a Swiss family, is going to marry. His birth mother, who stayed in Vietnam, takes the opportunity to take the trip and finally go to meet this perfect family who raised her son. But it’s been long since that the family Depierraz has exploded. The unexpected visit of Mrs Nguyen will create turmoil.
This will be the occasion for everyone to dive back into their forgotten roles of father, spouse, brother and sister, to become an ideal family, loving and full of complicity, to stage the fragile comedy of happiness.
Venue: Alliance Francaise De Kandy
Time: 3:30 p.m.


6th SLELTA International Conference

Friday, October 15
Saturday, October 16
Sunday, October 17

Two hundred years of English Language Use in Sri Lanka: Trajectories of Language, Literature and Pedagogy will be the theme of the sixth International Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association Conference (SLELTA).
Celebrating 200 years of English in Sri Lanka, this year’s conference is also the first after the end of the conflict. The organisers envisage many teachers from the North and East attending and participating in the deliberations. The event will be symbolic of Sri Lanka’s resumption of pan-Sri Lankan academic activities and teacher training opportunities after years of uncertainty. SLELTA is looking forward to a robust discussion on the many aspects of English in Sri Lanka, including ‘speaking English our way,’ in a fast globalizing world, where Sri Lankan identity still holds strong.

Plenary speakers include Lakshmi Cumaranatunge who will speak on “Swings of the Pendulum: A Survey of ESL Textbook Writing in Sri Lanka”, and Profs Arjuna Parakrama and Manique Gunesekera, speaking on “English and Equity in Sri Lanka: Achievements, Setbacks, Challenges”.
The presenters and participants include well known academics and educationists such as Arjuna Parakrama, Siromi Fernando, Upali Sedera, Ryhana Raheem, Sunimal Fernando, Sumathy Sivamohan, Lakshmie Cumaranatuna, Glen Davis, Saravanapava Iyer, Lesley Dick, Kamal de Abrew, Kandiah Shriganeshan, Manique Gunesekera, Dinali Fernando, Kaushalya Perera, and Wilfred Jayasuriya.
There will be sessions such as Teaching and Learning English in the Post-War North and East, Motivating Learners and Teachers, Young Learners of English, Understanding Strategies of Teaching and Learning in the Classroom, Activity-Based English Teaching, The Use of Literature in Teaching English, Theoretical and Political Issues in English Studies, Culture and the ESL Learning Environment, Using IT in the English Classroom, Sri Lankan English, English for Specific Purposes (ESP) in Sri Lanka, University English Teaching and Learning, and on Teaching Reading.

SLELTA was initially launched by a mix of university and secondary school teachers under the auspices of the British Council, in the early 1990s. However, in the last 10 years, SLELTA has declared its own identity and functions as the only professional organisation for English teachers. Its vision is to ensure English is available to all Sri Lankans, and its membership draws teachers of young learners to adults, located all over the country. The position of Chair, SLELTA has been held by Sri Lankans of diverse ethnicity as in Prof Thiru Kandiah, Prof Ryhana Raheem, and currently, Prof Arjuna Parakrama.

At the conference, bookstalls will line the entrance to Mihilaka Medura in the BMICH, the venue of the conference. Popular booksellers and libraries will have stalls, including the Educational Publications, the British Council, Orient Blackswan, Cambridge University Press, and Vijitha Yapa.
The Proceedings of the 2008 SLELTA Conference on the theme of The Learning Teacher and the second edition of The Postcolonial Identity of Sri Lankan English will also be available at the conference.
Venue: Mihilaka Medura in the BMICH
Time: 9.00 am



Tuesday, October 12 and Wednesday, October 13
Description: Léon by Luc Besson is a hitman living a solitary life in New York City’s Little Italy.
He reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda–a neighbour whose parents were killed. and teaches her his trade.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.



Saturday, October 9
LC Classics III, a concert of light classical music and jazz presented by Ladies’ College Old Girls Association
Venue: Ladies’ College Hall, Flower Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 10
Encore, by Voice Print, the award winning acapella vocal ensemble presented by Waters Edge
Venue: Waters Edge Main Ball Room, Battaramulla
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19
An Evening With Menaka And Soundarie, presented by Zonta Club
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.


Sunday, October 10 and Friday, October 15
Deyyo Sakki by Anura Chandrasiri and Thatta Gayikawa by Kanchuka Dharmasiri
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Until Saturday, October 16
A Festival of Short Plays organised by the National Youth Services Council.
Fifteen plays in Sinhala Medium, four plays in Tamil medium and six long dramas are billed to be shown.
Entrance free
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 10 and Thursday, October 21
Debiddo, Prasanna Vithanage’s new
production of Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo’s political farce
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.


Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17
Art exhibition organised by Cora Abraham School of Art
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Public Talk

Sunday, October 10
The Movement of Thought and Becoming, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, 310, High Level Road, Colombo 6
Time: 9:45 a.m.