World Tourism Day celebrations

The book Lankawe Ali Athun authored by Jayantha Jayawardene, an expert in elephant habits and their habitation was distributed in some schools in Habarana celebrating World Tourism Day.

President, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET), Siri De Silva made the presentation on behalf of ASMET, to some school libraries in Habarana.

This book will help to understand the human-elephant conflict rampant in this area.

The children were told that they could read and educate their parents as well as others to mitigate this conflict.


An Evening with Menaka and Soundarie

Tuesday, October 19
Well known musicians soprano Menaka de Fonseka Sahabandu, and pianist Soundarie David Rodrigo, will be centre-stage once again in An Evening With Menaka and Soundarie organised by the Zonta Club 1 of Colombo.
The audience will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of music, ranging from Classical, Romantic, Opera, Art Song, and music from Broadway and popular Latin American, and some Sri Lankan songs. The guest artiste of the concert will be well known flautist Sureka Amerasinghe.
Arias by Rossini, Donizetti, Delibes, Handel and the ever popular Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss will be performed, together with Fly Me to the Moon, and Besame Mucho amongst others.
Proceeds of the programme will be in aid of a project organised by the charitable institution Samata Sarana.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.


Food promotion

Until Monday, October 18
For a taste of sizzling, juicy hamburgers …
Venue: Coffee Shop, Lobby Bar, Margarita Blue Pub, Galadari Hotel
Time: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


SLELTA International Conference

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).
Venue: Mihilaka Medura in the BMICH
Time: 9 a.m.


Iqbal completes 40 years of tea promotion

Mohammed Iqbal, Honorary Tea Commissioner for Sri Lanka in New Zealand completed 40 years of dedicated service to the Sri Lanka Tea Board in promoting their world finest “Ceylon Tea” in the Oceania region.
Migrating to New Zealand in May 1969 with his family Iqbal worked as a Legal Officer for the New Zealand Government’s State Advances Corporation (1969-1970). In 1970 Iqbal was employed by the Government of Sri Lanka Ceylon Tea Board as their first Sri Lankan Manager of the Ceylon Tea Centre in Auckland.

From his position as manager he was promoted to Deputy Tea Commissioner and later Tea Commissioner covering Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. In April 1982 Iqbal became the First Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka to New Zealand. Upon retirement Iqbal was appointed the Honorary Tea Commissioner for Sri Lanka in New Zealand which position he currently holds until end December this year.

In October 2009 Iqbal was awarded a special honour for his outstanding help and services to the New Zealand Indian community and two months later he was conferred the very special honour for his outstanding contribution in promoting Integral Human Relationship by the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Apart from his work Iqbal headed various services to the communities including the Sri Lankans in New Zealand. He organised and assisted in the visits to New Zealand of overseas Head of States, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament and Members of Diplomatic Corps, Religious Dignitaries, sports teams including the Sri Lankan official cricket team tours to New Zealand and Australia.

On April 26, 2009 Iqbal and his wife Jean celebrated their “Golden Wedding” anniversary in Auckland.



Koi Mil Gaya

Tuesday October 26
Duration: 3 hours
Description: A mentally disabled young man tries to continue the work his father did in communicating with extra terrestrials from outer space, which leads to something miraculous and wonderful. Directed by Rakesh Roshan, Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Preity Sinta, Rekha and Prem Chopra
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.

The Treasures of Hermitage

Wednesday, October 20
Production: 1992, 1995
Genre: Documentary
Running time: 84+78 minutes
Description: This museum boasts an enormous collection of paintings and sculptures which in terms of variety and breadth proves to be one of the best in the world. The exciting stories of The Treasures of Hermitage film series cover the history of Hermitage, the lives of great artists whose paintings adorn the luxurious hermitage halls and their works.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, No10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

Up in the Air

Tuesday, October 19
Up in the Air is a 2009 American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and co- written by Reitman and Sheldon Turner. It is a film adaptation of the 2001 novel of the same name, written by Walter Kirn. The story is about a corporate downsizer Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) and his travels. The film follows his isolated life and philosophies along with the people he meets along the way.
Venue: American Centre, 44, Galle Rd, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.


Druvinka’s art

October 20 to 30
Druvinka Madawela is an established artist who has held exhibitions around the world.
Born in Sri Lanka, she is currently residing in Himachal Pradesh, India with her two sons, Tashi and Drona.
Her language of art consists of line, form and colour.
She prefers to work leaving her canvas flat on the floor and circling around it like a dance.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3.


Mihimadala Exhibition 2010

Until Sunday, October 24
Organised by the Young Zoologists Association of Sri Lanka (YZA), Mihimadala Exhibition 2010: Prevent Global Warming; Conserve Biodiversity would be a campaign to conserve wildlife with the changing climates, providing knowledge and products of renewable methods and recycling ideas.
An International Youth Conference will be held as an element of the Mihimadala Exhibition 2010, themed ‘Prevent Global Warming; Conserve Biodiversity’ with the participation of both local and international delegates.
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC)
Time: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Anula Get-together 2010

Saturday, October 23
Anula Get-together 2010 organised by the Past Pupils’ Association (PPA) of Anula Vidyalaya features fun games, stalls, food and drinks, souvenirs, a musical show and a raffle draw.
Past Anulians can get the PPA membership at the event (a copy of the NID, school leaving certificate and two stamp size photographs are required).
For further information contact Nilanka Karunaratne 0714-285064 (Secretary), Himani Jayaweera 0777-372605 (Asst. Secretary), Inoka Gunawardana 0714-870563 (Vice President), Sandya Uggalla 0728-825036 (Treasurer), Rashmi Navaratne 0715-638816
(Asst. Treasurer)
Venue: Anula Vidyalaya, Nugegoda
Time: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Workshop on parenting and child psychology

Skillful Parenting And Childhood Psychological Well Being, a one-day workshop organised by Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
The areas covered include understanding your child, how children learn, creating a happy home environment for children, behavioural problems, managing difficult childhood behaviours and discussion time with resource persons.
Resource persons include: Professor in Education Psychology University of Colombo Prof Manjula Vithanapathirana, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology University of Colombo Dr Piyanjali de Zoysa, Senior Lecturer in Psychology University of Peradeniya Dr Buddhiprabha Pathirana, Lecturer in Behavioural Sciences University of Colombo Santushi Amarasuriya.
Medium: English
Venue: SLAAS, Vidyamandiraya, 120/10, Wijerama Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Leadership Award

Vice President, IPM Sri Lanka, Dhammika Fernando (middle) with Head, Group HR, ABG Ship Yard Ltd, S. K. Dutt (left) and Chief People’s Officer and Group Head of HR, Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt Ltd, Saguata Mitra (right) after receiving the HR Leadership Award by the Asia Pacific HRM Congress, India recently held at Taj Residency Hotel, Bangalore


Livestock quiz programme

The Educational Quiz Television Programme in Livestock organised by the Livestock and Rural Community Development Ministry is a mechanism to improve the transmission of information on livestock, popularisation of liquid milk consumption and create awareness of the new entrepreneur avenues in the livestock for the general public. It is held district wise covering the whole island and conducted among the young school children.
This quiz programme has gained its popularity day by day within the schools and has recently concluded its second phase in the District of Kegalle between KG/Sirisaman National School, Deraniyagala and Ruwanwella Rajasinghe Central College on September 28 successfully.


Rhythm of Heritage

Until Friday, October 22
Rhythm of Heritage is an exhibition of paintings by Nihal Wickramarathne.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.



Wednesday, October 20
Swetha Rathriya, Visharada Nanda Malini’s newest comeback solo musical concert in collaboration with Sirasa FM and award-winning wordsmith Prof Sunil Ariyaratne who has written the most number of songs for this unique songstress
Venue: University of Sri Jayawardenepura
Time: 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 24
Dance Sri Lanka Natmo 2010 presented by Revega Dance Studio
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.


October 23 to 25
Exhibition of photographs by Harsha Maduranga
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Public Talk

Sunday, October 17
To Be Utterly Free of Disorder organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Book launch

Sunday, October 17
The Krishnamurthi Forum will launch the Sinhala translation of a compilation of selected talks, dialogues and writings of the world renowned spiritual teacher, J. Krishnamurthi by Ariyaratne Wijayasinghe.
The celebrated documentary film on the life and work of J. Krishnamurthi titled The Seer Who Walks Alone directed by Pupul Jayakar will also be screened.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 4
Time: 4 p.m.


Wednesday, October 20
Makarakshaya, the Sinhala translation of the Soviet playwright, Yevgeny Shvarts’ play, The Dragon by Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka
The translation was done by Cyril C Perera.
Venue: Buddhi Mandheera, Polonnaruwa
Time: 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.