Peterite Carol Service

The Peterite family joins to set the tone for the season by raising their voices in praise and worship at their Christmas Carol service, The Word Was Made Flesh And Dwelt Amongst Us.
The Choir of St Peter’s College, the Primary Choir, the Teachers’ Choir and the Peterite Chorale will usher in the season with beautiful renditions of age-old carols.
The festive air will continue even after the carol service, with families being able to mix and mingle, have their dinner and say hello to Santa Claus thereafter during fellowship time.
Venue: St Peter’s College Hall
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Ma Femme Est Une Actrice

Tuesday, December 14 and Wednesday, December 15
Director: Yvan Attal
Year: 2001
Duration: 95 minutes
Synopsis: A “normal” guy who is married to a hot actress gets worried that she is involved with her co-star. This worry turns into jealousy and causes problems in their relationship. This is a story about trust and a comedy about the actions between men and women. Suitable for persons of 15 years and over.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Colombo, 11, Barnes’ Place, Colombo 7
Time: 6:30 p.m.


Art workshop at Alliance Francaise de Kandy

As we walked into the Alliance Francaise de Kandy, on Saturday November 13th, to view the works of Henri Rousseau, we thought we had chosen an inappropriate time and were about to leave, when the Director, Dr. J. Soulié signaled to us to walk into the hall where a workshop was in progress.
A crowd of about 25 children, who have been selected from more than 10 schools in Kandy and the district, sat on mats around the room, eagerly focused on what was going on. A girl was commenting on the picture of her choice – A Tropical Jungle, painted in vivid colours. She was followed by others.
To us, the most interesting painting was one chosen by a boy of around 10 or 12. It depicted an idyllic, timeless village scene, whilst above were painted with stark clarity a plane, a zeppelin and a parachute. The boy rightly contrasted war with peace, commenting on the instantaneous destruction rained down on a centuries old village.
It was pointed out that degradation of the natural environment of forest trees and a flowing river had already begun, as there was a factory rising above the trees.
This workshop technique, developed and introduced by the well-known Sri Lankan painter and art teacher Thilak Palliyaguruge, with the unstinted support of the Director, helped develop the children’s critical faculties and their appreciation of art.
Throughout the room, there was an all pervading air of excitement and enthusiasm. The children needed no coaxing to come forward and commented on the pictures with confidence. They were eagerly awaiting the next phase of the activities which involved painting their own pictures.
The Alliance Francaise de Kandy is to be thanked and congratulated for conducting workshops such as these; an activity which we gather is on-going and which no doubt will be of invaluable benefit to the fledgling artist.


British envoy addresses APIIT Law School students

British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Peter Hayes, addressed the first and second year students of APIIT Law School recently at the institution’s premises on Union Place, Colombo 2. Prompted by questions from the students, he spoke on number of topics related to the UK, including foreign policy, multiculturalism, a British degree, links with Sri Lanka and his career path.
Explaining the connection between law and foreign policy, Dr. Hayes said, “Rules – or the law – give stability, giving society a chance to do business; enter into relationships; deal with other nations. This is the element of law in foreign policy, which sets the stage for communication, transparency, honesty, openness and respect in international relations. It is essential to build trust with each other, even if you disagree – even more so if you disagree, because you need to be able to work through those disagreements without stepping across certain boundaries.”
He also spoke about multiculturalism in the UK – a subject of interest amongst the students – saying, “… The heart of multiculturalism, to me, is not about statistics but about attitude: do you see diversity as a positive or a negative thing?” Whether in the UK, Sri Lanka or anywhere else, Dr. Hayes encouraged his listeners to “embrace diversity”.
Dr. Hayes was invited by APIIT Law School, which was established in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK, in 2009 to provide the internal LLB (Hons.) degree programme from that university, as part of a series of guest speakers, The guest speaker programme endeavours to give the students an insight into different aspects of law, part of the Law School’s aim to broaden students’ learning experience beyond their academic studies. He was the first speaker for the academic year, addressing the students as part of their orientation programme.



Thursday, December 16
Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner
Year: 2008
Duration: 120 minutes
Language: In German with English subtitles
Description: When the plague sweeps across Europe, a young man named Krabat is left without family, food or hope. An old mill keeper takes him in, offering basic necessities in exchange for gruelling hard work with other young men. An excursion with fellow worker Tonda leads to a chance meeting with a pretty girl in the nearby village and affections grow. A veil of secrecy remains shrouded over the mill. Eventually, after proving his obedience, Krabat learns that the mill keeper holds them all there with something more seductive than food and shelter. The boys are being trained in the dark art of sorcery. The magic is intoxicating and gives Krabat his first taste of real power.
As he is taken into the fold, Tonda warns him, “Everything in this world has its price”. He discovers that to be involved in the magic at the mill you must have no outside friends, no girlfriends, and no choices beyond what the Master chooses for you.
As the magic becomes increasingly dark and more secrets are revealed, Krabat tries to escape, only to discover too late that he can never leave.
Venue: Goethe Hall, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Toi Et Moi

Friday, December 17
Director: Julie Lopez-Curval
Genre: Comedy
Year: 2006
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Language: In French with English subtitles
Synopsis: Ariane has a habit of transposing the complicated love lives of those around her into the trashy love stories that she writes for a women’s magazine. Her current preoccupation is Lena, her half-sister, who has started taking an interest in Mark, a fellow musician. Lena already has a boyfriend, François, but the spark went out of that relationship long ago and Lena is reluctant to let it go any further. When she is not imagining a happy future for Lena, Ariane reflects on her own disappointed love life. She has fallen for Farid, a wealthy businessman who insists that he cannot settle down with her. She fails to notice that her true admirer is Pablo, a Spanish builder.
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.


The Warriors Way

Now showing
The story is about a warrior named Yang (Jang Dong-gun), who is forced to hide in a small town in the American badlands. He meets the town drunk (Geoffrey Rush) and a circus knife-thrower (Kate Bosworth), both of whom have powerful secrets.
Venue: Savoy, Wellawatta
Time: 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.


Workshop on beauty care

Priyashanker skin care and beauty workshop was held on November 27 at Priyashanker Institute of Hair and Beauty 25A, Wasala Road, Kotahena.
Priyashanker beauty care and salon commenced its operation in the year 2003 as an exclusive ladies only salon offering beauty care, hair care and bridal dressing as its main services.


Captured Moments
… The Second Odyssey

December 10 to 17
Chandrasena Perera is a multi-talented all-round photographer, indulging in still photography for more than 40 years besides having ample skill in the field of cinematography as a director and script writer.
Chandrasena’s roaming eye constantly seeks form, shape, contrast and colour and captures superb photographs with a fascinating sense of light.
He is an active member of many photography related societies in Sri Lanka.
His new exhibition Captured Moments… The Second Odyssey is a part of the programme Kandy Alliance Photo which is annually organised by the Alliance Française de Kandy. This cultural programme that took place for the first time in 2002 intends to be an echo of the events occurring at the same period of the year in Paris, The Month of Photography and Paris Photo. 12 photographs have been selected and have displayed their works in this programme: Four French, one American and seven Sri Lankan.
A young and self taught artist, Prasanna Upajeewa, and Chandrasena Perera, a well known photographer, are part of the Kandy Alliance Photo 2010.
The exhibition was opened on December 10, by Dr W A D P Wanigasundera, Head, Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy, 642, Peradeniya Road, Kandy.


ComBank 10th Anniversary

Commercial Bank Branch at Piliyandala recently celebrated the 10th Anniversary with a ceremony held at the Branch. Shaminda Fernando Branch Manager lit the oil lamp in the presence of the staf



Medicinal flowers

December 17-19
Ruwani Perera will present her latest exhibition of botanical illustrations in watercolor.
Ruwani’s passion for nature and art led her into the botanical illustrations field where she could pursue both interests as well as exercise her talents for drawing and painting.
She chose the plants with the medicinal usage as the botanical subject.
Ruwani finds it important to confirm to the fundamentals of the genre in order to provide the viewer with sufficient information to clearly identify the plant. She depicts the whole life cycle of the plant, from bud to the seed.
Fifty illustrations will be on display at this exhibition.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery,
Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, December 12
The Dhas Brothers in Concert
Venue: Park Street Mews
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 12
Clarence the Legend, a memorial musical tribute to late Clarence Wijewardana
Venue: Ananda College Kularathne Hall
Time: 7 p.m. onwards
Tuesday, December 14
Twas the Night before Christmas, a celebration of dance and music from around the world
Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Time: 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 18
Esperanza 2010
Venue: Bishop’s College Auditorium
Time: 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Until Sunday, December 12
Jewels Sri Lanka 2010, international jewellery, gem and mineral trade show
Venue: BMICH
Until December 19
Hope, Wasantha Namaskara’s 80th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Visual Art Gallery, Uva Provincial Council Library, Badulla

Until Sunday, December 12
Exhibition of wildlife photographs by Chithral Jayathileka
Venue: Harold Pieris Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday, December 13
Kaputa Saha Keju by Keerthi Bandaranayake
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
December 17-19
A Christmas Carol, a Christmas evening for the whole family presented by the English Literary and Drama society of St Peter’s College
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.

Monday, December 13
Compiling An Illustrated Glossary of Pali Terms, Sambuddhathva Jayanthi Lecture Series No: 5 organised by the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL) by Bhikkhu (Dr) Varado
Venue: Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.

Islamic Lectures
Sunday, December 12 and Monday, December 13
Death - Your Time Is Up
and Arrogance And Pride - Diseases Of The Heart
Venue: Supun Arcade, First Floor, 56, Galle Road, Colombo 6
Time: 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 14
A Challenge to the Youth- Staying clear of Satan’s plan
Venue: Marine Grand Reception Hall, Marine Drive, Colombo 6
Time: 8 p.m.
The lectures will be delivered by Mufthi Ismail Musa Menk.