Buddhist Film Festival 2011

Free seminar

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 programme.
Venue: BMICH.
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 conference@royalasiaticsociety.lk 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 (c) General.
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.


Botanical exhibition

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 botanical subject.
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.


Joyeux Noel

December 21 and 22
Director: Christian Carion
Year: 2005
Duration: 116 minutes
Description: Inspired by a true story which occurred in the trenches of the World War I battlefield on Christmas Eve 1914.
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, Colombo 7
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 recently.


Ayurvedic book presention

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 recently


Sri Lanka wins Gold at Hong Kong Photo Exhibition

Renowned photographer 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 Photographic Society.
He has won two Bronze Medals in two separate sections at the Chinese YMCA International Salon of Photography 2010.
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 House

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 day-to-day lives.”


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 Library, Badulla


Purahanda Kaluwara Potha to be launched

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 subtitles.
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 Sri Lanka.
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 kick-off

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 style.
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

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.


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.

Music Programme
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.
Venue: BMICH
Time: 6:45 p.m. onwards

Medicinal Plants of Sri Lanka, paintings by Ruwani Perera
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