|Buddhist Film Festival 2011
Wednesday, December 29
The free seminar is on 3D film production conducted as part
of the Buddhist Film Festival 2011.
This event is organised jointly by the National Film
Corporation, Light of Asia Foundation, BMICH Foundation and
OST CADD Centre.
A participation certificate is awarded at the end of the
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
|Call for Papers
4th Annual Research Conference
March 25 and 26, 2011
Organised by the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka, this
year’s Research Conference in addition will launch the
first ‘Philosophy Studies Conference’ and host the third
‘Sinhala Studies Conference’.
Papers can be presented in Sinhala and English.
Abstracts of papers should not exceed 350 words and must
include Title, Author(s), Affiliation, Address, Tel/Fax,
e-mail address (if available).
Abstracts can be sent by email to email@example.com
as attachment in Word, or by fax to No: 2699249 or by
post to the Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, Mahaveli
Center, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Please mention whether your abstract falls under
category (a) Sinhala Studies (b) Philosophy Studies or
A committee of scholars will be selecting the papers,
and acceptance will be notified.
Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 30, 2010
Notification of acceptance: January 20, 2011
Submission of full papers: February 15, 2011
Participation is open to members of the public.
Ruwani Perera will present her latest exhibition of
botanical illustrations in watercolour.
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
Ruwani finds it important to conform to the fundamentals
of the genre in order to provide the viewer sufficient
information to clearly identify the plant. She depicts
the whole life cycle of the plant. Fifty illustrations
will be on display at this exhibition.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
December 21 and 22
Director: Christian Carion
Duration: 116 minutes
Description: Inspired by a true story which occurred in
the trenches of the World War I battlefield on Christmas
That night, a momentous event changed the lives of four
characters. A brief but meaningful ceasefire was called
and soldiers emerged from their trenches to exchange
gifts, play football and celebrate Christmas together,
as well as being allowed to bury their respective dead
who had fallen between opposing lines in No Man’s Land….
Suitable for persons of 12 years and over.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place,
Time: 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
|Donation to Ahadiyya School
Independent Television Network (ITN) Board of Director
Hashim Omar donated a Sound System to Borella Ahadiyya
School (Daham Pasal) at Ahadiyya Secretariat, Colombo
Well-known accupuncture practitioner Dr Prasad
Deshapriya presenting his latest Ayurvedic Book to the
Indigenou Medicines Minister Salinda Disanayake in the
presence of his mother Dr Mrs Ariyawathie Gamage
|Sri Lanka wins Gold at Hong Kong
Henry Rajakaruna has won the Gold Trophy at the recently
concluded 65th International Photo Exhibition organised
by Hong Kong Photographic Society.
Most of the critics highlight this as one of the
greatest achievements in the field of Art Photography on
an occasion that 33 countries, including Germany,
America, England, Poland and France have participated in
this recognised competition.
Showing the skills of Art Photography he also won the
Silver Medal at the photo exhibition organised by Royal
He has won two Bronze Medals in two separate sections at
the Chinese YMCA International Salon of Photography
The photograph which won the Hong Kong Photo Exhibition
was captured in a Ballet Dance of Channa and Upuli at
BMICH that has shown the motion through a still
photograph using special camera techniques.
This award winning photo has been exhibited at 12
exhibitions in 14 countries.
|Children’s party at Westminster
British High Commissioner, Dr. Peter
Hayes, hosted a tea party for 100 children at his
residence, Westminster House recently.
The party was organised in collabo-ration with Hope for
Children – a UK-based organisation working on behalf of
handicapped, orphaned, poor and exploited children – to
mark International Children’s Day.
100 underprivileged, mentally and physically challenged
and orphaned children attended the party and had a good
time, enjoying the merry-go-round, bouncy castle, pony
rides, candy floss, the balloon man and the magic show,
among the other fun and games on offer. The expansive
garden came alive with the unbridled laughter and
delight of the children.
Commenting on the event, Dr Hayes said, “My family and I
enjoy watching such an active group of children have a
happy time in our home. Hope for Children is doing a
wonderful job in helping such children to enjoy a normal
childhood and we are only too happy to assist them in
their work. My wife and I also encourage our two
children to get involved, and they are thrilled to have
so many playmates.”
Sanjeeva de Mel, the Country Representative of Hope for
Children Sri Lanka said, “The children of our projects
eagerly look forward in participating in the programme
organised by the British High Commissioner each year, as
this kind of opportunity is very rare in their
|Holiday camp at Russian Centre
A fun filled children’s holiday camp will be
organised at the Russian Centre in Colombo for this
holiday season from December 13 to 23, from 8:30 a.m. to
1p.m. on week days.
This is the eighth time that the Russian Centre in
Colombo is organising the holiday camp.
The holiday camp is especially designed for children
between four years to 12 years of age and will be an
activity-based programme (chess, singing, art, handwork,
computer, dancing, drama workshops, story telling,
children’s films, out door games and lot more).
Please call Chandi on 0112685429/0112685440 for
registration and information.
Wasantha Namaskara’s 80th exhibition of paintings
Venue: Visual Art Gallery, Uva Provincial Council
|Purahanda Kaluwara Potha to be
Purahanda Kaluwara Potha
anniversary collection of writings, including the
screenplay to the film Purahanda Kaluwara (Death on a
full Moon Day) reviews, notes on the government’s
controversial banning of the film and the supreme
court’s subsequent verdict will be launched on December
23, at the National Film Corporation Cinema.
Also part of the programme is an address by Dr Sunil
Wijesiriwardena on Art and State and a special screening
of Purahanda Kaluwara in a restored print with English
The event begins at 6 p.m. The Purahanda Kaluwara Potha
is published by Sarasavi Publishers.
|HDFC Thilina Tharu award ceremony
The award ceremony for the winners of the all
island-schools art competition Thilina Tharu organised
by the HDFC Bank, was held at the John De Silva Memorial
Theatre, recently. Parallel to the award ceremony an art
exhibition was also organised at the National Art
Gallery in Colombo.
HDFC Bank had successfully organised the competition and
the exhibition for the second consecutive year following
the success of the first competition last year, under
the patronage of the Ministry of Education. Extending a
live coverage to the Co-operate Social Responsibility
programmes launched by the HDFC Bank, the project has
been initiated as an annual programme that guides and
encourages the future generation to express themselves
on various social aspects that encourage them to better
participate in the future socio-economic development of
Following the successful eradication of terrorism that
was prevailing in most parts of the country for nearly
30 years, this year’s competition had attracted the
attention of children from pre-school ages up to Grade
11 in all provinces of the country including the North
and East. Accordingly, more than 16,000 artistic
creations and expressions of vivid colour had been
forwarded on the theme “Better City Better Life”
initiated by the World Habitat Day 2010.
Speaking at the occasion of the award ceremony of
‘Thilina Tharu’ 2010, the Assistant General Manager
(Business Development and Marketing) of the HDFC Bank
D.V. Pathirana stated that this year’s theme of the art
competition would make the participants and other
stakeholders of the event well aware of the importance
of sustainable living in fast urbanising social set-ups.
|Dharmaraja Scouts’ Centennial
RISGO Centennial 2013, the
centenary celebrations of the 1st Kandy Dharmaraja Scout
Group of Dharmaraja College, Kandy kicked off recently.
To mark their centenary celebrations, Dharmaraja has
organised the International Scout Jamboree, RISGO
Centennial 2013 in year 2013 in their own Lakeview Park
International Scouts Centre with the island’s first old
scout union, Old Rajans Scout Association in grand
1st Kandy Dharmaraja scouts group was formed in the 1913
six years after the birth of the Boy Scout Movement in
1907 in the Brownsea Island, England. 1st Kandy
Dharmaraja Scout Group won the Best Scout Group Award in
Sri Lanka in 2009.
|The Warrior’s Way
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
Venue: Savoy, Wellawatta
Time: 10:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m.
A Christmas Carol Presented by the English Literary and
Drama Society of St. Peter’s College
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Wednesday, December 22
Joy to the World a spectacular Christmas music programme
with performances by leading Catholic school choirs,
Revelations, Soul Sounds and Peradeniya Singers.
Time: 6:45 p.m. onwards
Medicinal Plants of Sri Lanka, paintings by Ruwani
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
December 24 and 25
An exhibition of paintings and sculpture
Venue: National Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Monday, December 20
Christmas Carols by Choro Calibre
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo