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Events


Henri Rousseau paintings

The Dreamer of Jungles

November 12 to 22
The Annual Art Week of Alliance Française de Kandy this year is devoted to the French painter Henri Rousseau (1844-1910) in commemoration of the centenary of his death.
The exhibition, Henri Rousseau, the Dreamer of Jungles will display reproductions of the main works of this “naive” and “popular” self-taught artist. The exhibition will be declared open by Conseiller de Coopération et d’Action Culturelle, Embassy of France, Hervé Mascarau, on Friday, November 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, an art workshop will be held for a selected group of students on Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14. The works realised by the students during the workshop will be exhibited from November 16 to 22.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy

 

Cemetery shack to Ranaviru cottage – courtesy ACWBC

Lance Corporal Manoj Kumara, of the Gemunu Regiment, sacrificed his life for his country just four days before victory. His genuine patriotism is recorded for all time in the last letter he wrote to his family – “in a few days this land will be a fully independent country. The lives that were lost in this struggle ensure that this murderous terrorist will never have an opportunity in our motherland”. Sadly, Manoj never lived to see that day.
He came from a poverty stricken home in Ratgama. But he was not job-hunting when he joined the Army in 2007. He gave of his best and was rapidly promoted as an N.C.O. His ambition was to build a home for his widowed mother and family.
This hope has now been achieved thanks to the generosity of the ladies of the All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress. On July 22, 2009 an investigative journalist Sarath Kumara Lokuge wrote to the Lakbima highlighting the pathetic plight of this hero’s family who were squatters in a ramshackle hut in the public cemetery of Ratgama Nayagoda. This story caught the eye of ACWBC President Chitra Dias who immediately commenced a programme to help this hero’s family. The first step was to verify the news story. It was true, and the family was interviewed and informed of the help being planned.
Once the programme was publicised within the Congress, a fund was inaugurated with a generous donation from Mrs. Chitra Dias herself. Members and well wishers rapidly made their own contributions. Many elders in the Congress Elders’ Homes unselfishly handed over their “widows’ mites” to the fund. The search now began for a block of land. This was no easy task, especially as purchase would have depleted the funds available for construction. Fortunately, a generous philanthropist Mr. S.N.Rushanta of Arawwala, Pannipitiya learnt of the programme and selflessly donated a beautifully located block of land in Panagoda, to which the family was ready to relocate.
After a few delays construction commenced, handled by an engineer who had already built Ranaviru houses for security personnel. ACWBC Executive Committee Member Mrs Monica Fernando, wife of the late Admiral Clancy Fernando who sacrificed his life for the country, was largely responsible for introducing this highly efficient and dedicated engineer and his team. Electricity is supplied and a well has been built for domestic purposes. The house is now complete and is being fully furnished by the donation of a generous resident lady of the ‘Suramya Home’ It was formally handed over to the family of Manoj on October 4, by the ladies of the ACWBC with the participation of army personnel from his Gemunu Regiment.
Thanks to the dedicated ladies of the ACWBC, Lance Corporal Manoj’s dream for his family has now been realised and his sacrifice duly honoured.

 

Dementia 2010

Wednesday, November 10
On Wednesday, November 10, twin public lectures entitled Dementia 2010 would be delivered by an eminent Canadian, Dr Lynn Beattie, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia Department of Geriatric Medicine who is visiting Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Dr. Beattie has a general interest in clinical geriatrics with a particular interest in dementia care, especially diagnosis and treatment of disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Dr Beattie is interested in furthering the understanding around treatment interventions that promote functional capacity and quality of life in persons with dementia including working with families and health service providers. She is the Director of the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementias at the University of British Columbia Hospital, which provides a rich clinical setting for the diagnosis and treatment of referral patients, and for conducting research.

There is a distinctive plethora of academic and applied research on various topics relating to Alzheimer’s and related dementias credited to the distinguished Professor. Dr. Beattie serves as a co-leader for the British Columbia Network for Aging Research; she is involved with many additional activities aimed at improving capacity for aging research initiatives in British Columbia and beyond. Dr. Beattie is the former Chair of the Research Policy Committee of the Alzheimer Society of Canada; a member of the Board of the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation; and Scientific Director of the Providence Health Care Centre for Healthy Aging, the largest faith based health care organisation in Canada.

For more information: Please call Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation on 2583488 or 0777 763592
Venue: Sri Lanka Medical Association’s Auditorium
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Venue: Lanka Hospital’s Auditorium
Time: 6 p.m.

 

Sri Lanka Design Festival

November 11 to 17
The Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) organised by the Academy of Design in partnership with British Council and MAS Holdings with the support of the Sri Lankan government will feature a variety of fashion shows, exhibitions, talks and workshops that cover all areas of design - graphics and advertising, fashion, interior and architecture, and jewellery design.
This will also include two full-day programmes for children from the ages of 6-13 years, over the weekend of November 13 and 14.
Venue: Mount Lavinia Hotel

 

Death of Old Mother

November 10 to 30
Death of Old Mother is Wasantha Namaskara’s 79th exhibition of visual art commemorating 2600th Sambuddha Jayanthi.
Venue: Gallery of Uva Provincial Library, Badulla

 

Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, November 10
Production: 1969
Genre: History
Running time: 160 minutes
Description: The film consists of two parts: Insomnia and Departure.
We meet Leo Tolstoy in the final years of his life at Yasnaya Polyana. There he was surrounded by his family, friends, acquaintances and absolute strangers who were coming to the great man and artist from all over the world. We hear “the voice of his thoughts”. In his sleepless nights, we shall follow his memory of the happy youthful years and the crucial, hard ones. We would witness Tolstoy’s tragic departure from Yasnaya Polyana and his death at an obscure little station of Astapovo.
Venue: Russian Cultural Centre, No. 10, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

 

On Connait La Chanson

Tuesday, November 9 Wednesday, November 10
Duration: 117 minutes Language: In French with English subtitles Directed by: Alain Resnais
Description: Adventurous Camille and married Odile are sisters living in Paris. Through her part-time job as a tour guide Camille meets Simon, a radio romance playwright, who by pure coincidence works for the estate agent from which Odile is buying her dream apartment.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

 

Benedictine Requiem Mass

Thursday, November 11
The annual Requiem Service for the dearly departed members of the Benedictine family is organised by the Religious Committee of the Old Boys’ Union
The Benedictine fraternity is invited to attend this Eucharistic Celebration to thank the Benedictine family in Sri Lanka and abroad who worked and served the School in the years gone by.
Venue: College Swimming Pool Complex
Time: 6 p.m.

 

Drama

National Drama Festival, organised by the National Heritage and Cultural Affairs Ministry, Department of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka Art Board and State Drama Sub Committee
Sunday, November 7
Kumaravaru Avith
by Hewage Bandula
Monday, November 8
Death of a Salesman
by Jerome L de Silva
Tuesday, November 9
Apasu Haren
by Douglas Senaka
Wednesday, November 10
Colombo Colombo
by Indika Ferdinando
Thursday, November 11
Sulanga Mata Katha Karai
by Janaka Kumbukage and Ashoka Hetti
Friday, November 12
Suraganak Avith
by Buddhika Damayantha
Saturday, November 13
Chekku
by Thyagaraja Sivanesan
Sunday, November 14
Apasu Harenna Beha
by Rajitha Dissanayake
Monday, November 15
Binikku Wendum (Tamil)
by S. Dayalan
Tuesday, November 16
Olippu (Tamil)
by Rajaratnam Kingsley
Venue: John De Silva Memorial Hall, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

Film

European Film Festival
November 7
Marias Menn (Norway)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 4 p.m.
Duska (Netherlands)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 4 p.m.
Mannen Som Elsket Yngve (Norway)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 4 p.m.
Soul Kitchen (Germany)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 7 p.m.
Nowhere Boy (UK)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Yella (Germany)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
November 8
Centochiodi (Italy)
Venue: Punchi Theatre
Time: at 4 p.m.
Madly in Love (Switzerland)
Venue: British Council
Time: 4 p.m.
La Rabbia di Pasolini (Italy)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 4 p.m.
Kicks (UK)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 7 p.m.
Chopin Pragnienie Milosci (Poland)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Happy Together (Belgium)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
November 9
Im Winter Ein Jhar (Germany)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 4 p.m.
Nowhere Boy (UK)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 4 p.m.
La Tête De Maman (France)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 4 p.m.
Storm Bound (Nertherlands)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 7 p.m.
Mannen Som Elsket (Norway)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Ma Che Ci Faccio Qui (Italy)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
November 10
Reprise (Norway)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 4 p.m.
Jean De La Fontaine, Le Défi (France)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 4 p.m.
The Boat that Rocked (UK)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 4 p.m.
Happy Together (Belgium)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 7 p.m.
Soul Kitchen (Germany)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Der Freund (Switzerland)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
November 11
Jean De La Fontaine, Le Défi (France)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 4 p.m.
Kicks (UK)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 4 p.m.
Vier Minuten (Germany)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 4 p.m.
Chopin-Pragnienie Milosci (Poland)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 7 p.m.
Ma Che Ci Faccio Qui(Italy)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Duska (Netherlands)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
November 12
Generazione Mille Euro (Italy)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 4 p.m.
La fille du Rer (France)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 4 p.m.
Tandoori Love (Switzerland)
Venue: Goethe Institut, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 4 p.m.
Upperdog (Norway)
Venue: Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella
Time: 7 p.m.
Zoo Rangers In South America (Netherlands)
Venue: British Council, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 4
Time: 7 p.m.
Welcome (France)
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 7 p.m.
November 13
Duska (Netherlands)
Venue: Punchi Theatre
Time: 4 p.m.
Marias menn (Norway)
Venue: British Council
Time: 4 p.m.
Storm Bound (Netherlands)
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 4 p.m.
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (UK)
Venue: Punchi Theatre
Time: 7 p.m.
Hector (Belgium)
Venue: British Council
Time: 7 p.m.
Upperdog (Norway)
Venue: Goethe Institut
Time: 7 p.m.

 

 

Eve of Acapella

Tuesday, November 9
The United Student’s Circle of Royal College has organised the first ever Acapella singing competition in Sri Lankan school history. Students from more than 25 schools will be participating in this unprecedented teen musical event and it will be done on a grand scale in parallel with the 175th anniversary celebrations.
Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Time: 6 p.m.

 

Fotos Live in Concert

Friday, November 12
After the successful release of two albums and 300 concerts in 13 countries including England, France, Mexico and China, the German Indie-Pop band Fotos will now be playing in Sri Lanka.
The South Asia 2010 tour includes eleven metros in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Venue: Navarangahala Hall, Royal College,
Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

 

Sri Lanka-Korea Association Ex Co – 2010/2011

President: Prof Daya Edirisinghe
Vice President: Sumana Liyanage, Clarence Welikala, Savithri Ratnayake
Secretary: Upali S Jayasekera, Asst. Secretary: K. Jayakumar
Treasurer: Asoka G. Weerasekera
Immediate Past President: Dr DW Weerasuriya
Committee Members: Kirthi Senanayake, Uditha Palihakkara, KVDW Wijegunaratne, Bertie G Jirasinghe, Edward Ahangama, Padmini Pilapitiya, Dr Vijaya Corea, Asoka Weerasena, Dudley Edirisinghe

 

Jaffna teacher honoured

Jaffna Kopay Saravanapavanantha Vithyalayam vice-principal Kamalathevi Balachandra, who has completed more than 39 years of teaching services, was felicitated at a recent ceremony at the school.