AJANTHA’s new innings
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and His Eminence Rev Fr Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith with Lankan cricketer Ajantha Mendis and his bride Yoshini after their marriage at St Theresa Cathedral at Thimbirigasyaya on January 6. Business magnate Harry Jayawardena is also in the picture


Colombo-Tuticorin ferry services on way
A memorandum of understanding was signed between Sri Lanka and India on passenger transport by sea at Temple Trees. Ports and Highways Ministry secretary Sujatha Cooray and Indian High Commissioner Ashok K Kantha signed the agreement in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The deal will enable ferry services between Colombo and Tuticorin (Thuthukudi), and Talaimannar and Rameshwaram. The Colombo-Tuticorin service will commence initially. Deputy Ports and Highways Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Sri Lanka Ports Authority chairman Dr Priyath B Wickrama, senior officials and Indian diplomats were also present at the event. The shipping line ticket will cost 30 percent lesser than an air ticket (Pic by Sudath Silva)


An event organised by the Dr Niyaz Moulavi Foundation to distribute free exercise books among children from low-income families took place at their head office in Colombo under the patronage of External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris. Picture shows Prof Peiris launching the foundation’s website. Also present were Kuli Rukhny, cultural counselor, Iranian Embassy in Colombo, parliamentarian A H M Azwer, Shaik Hassen Sulaiman of the Mustafa International University of Iran and ITN director Hashim Omar


Chithral with Mirage at Margarita Blue
Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15
The native Sri Lankan, Chitral “Chity” Somapala will be the guest artiste at the Margarita Blue Pub on January 14 and 15 along with Derick Wickramanayake.
Chithral has recorded, toured, and made guest appearances with several bands worldwide, including Avalon, Faro, Firewind, Red Circuit and Power Quest to name a few in the rock-metal history.
His unmistakable style of singing combines the passion of blues, soul and vigorous melody with the heaviness of hard rock and Passionate Bluesy Melodic touch.
Chity has been compared favourably to Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Rainbow), Klaus Meine (Scorpions), Johnny Gioeli (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell) and has established himself as one of the leading vocalists in the world.


Blessed Joseph Vaz commemorative talk

Friday, January 14
Organised by the Christian Alliance for Social Action (CASA), a commemorative talk titled ‘Joseph Vaz - A Man Who Served Two Gods?’ will be delivered by Rev Fr. Oswald Firth, OMI.
Venue: Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC Auditorium.
Time: 4 p.m.


Nevi’im in concert

Saturday, January 15
The Nevi’im consisting of the Dhas Brothers Vije and Arjun will stage The Nevi’im Thai Pongal Concert along with Together We May See. They will also perform The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Now and The Day That Never Was.
The Nevi’im is a current manifestation and audio visual expression of visionary trends which comes to us from the beginning of time. More than composing and playing music, The Nevi’im explore the possibility of using music to communicate.
They returned to Sri Lanka from their ashram in Chennai, where they had been working on the potential that music has as a mode of communication.
Their work makes the point that there is a new way to live and a new life for each one of us that will generate a new world for us all.
All funds raised will be utilised to The Spiritual Development Fund that supports some of their work.
Venue: Sri Kathiresan Temple Hall, Bambalapitiya
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Friends of Prisoners’ Children visit Welikada Prison

On Sunday, January 9 almost 300 children will be reunited with their parents at the Welikada prison. Organised by the Friends of Prisoners’ Children, this event takes place every first Sunday of the year, where children of long term prisoners at the Welikada prison can visit their parents and spend the day with them.
The objective of this annual event is to ensure these children get an opportunity to spend time with their parents. They are all children of prisoners who are condemned to death, or convicted for a long term sentence. Very often these children get branded with the same stigma as their parents and are faced with very difficult social situations. As such, they need a lot of mental and financial support in order to lead a normal life. Some of them cannot afford to visit their parents, but can do so on this special day because their transport expenses are provided by “Friends of Prisoners’ Children”.
With great emphasis placed on education, the plan of “Friends of Prisoners’ Children” is to give these students a scholarship which will keep them from leaving school prematurely for financial reasons. As such, since 2005 these children have been receiving financial sponsorship from individuals and organisations who have been touched by the reality of the situation.
The patrons and committee members of Friends of Prisoners’ Children are all dedicated volunteers.


A trinity of dramas

Dramas by the veterans of the Sinhala stage, Dayananda Gunawardana, Simon Nawagaththegama and Henry Jayasena

Friday, January 14
Nari Bena and Jasaya Saha Lenchina

Saturday, January 15
Suba Saha Yasa

Sunday, January 16
Hunuwataye Kathawa

Venue: Tower Hall, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.


Book launch

Juse Vas Muni Sirithai Galgamuwai

Saturday, January 15
Blessed Joseph Vaz the Apostle of Sri Lanka, his mission and his stay at Galgamuwa comes in the latest life story authored by Wattala E Weerapperuma.
The book Juse Vas Muni Sirthai- Galgamuwai gives a vivid description of the Blessed, his mission and the times he lived in this land, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.
The book will be out on January 15 to mark the 300th death anniversary of the Blessed Joseph Vaz, the pioneer missionary produced by the Oratorian Congregation of Goa that served Sri Lanka for over 150 years.
The book will be on sale at the Catholic Book Shop in Colombo.


Trade show

January 12 to 14
Printing, Plastic, Packaging and Food Processing Machinery - Sri Lanka, one of the leading trade fairs in the region will showcase a wide range of products and accessories for the related industry under single roof.
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka



Living Buddha

January 11
Director: Clemens Kuby
Year: 1996
Duration: 131 minutes
Colour: Colour
Language: English
The Tibetan Master Gyalwa Karmapa died in Chicago in 1981. For seven years, director Clemens Kuby followed the search for his rebirth. Monks then found Karmapa, according to his own prophecy, in eastern Tibet: An extraordinary child born into a nomadic family.
The film, “A milestone in celluloid – A marvel” as Stern magazine called it, was shot in parts of Tibet no camera team had ever travelled before.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Shamanic Healing

Wednesday, January 12
Director: Clemens Kuby
Duration: 81 minutes
Colour: Colour
Language: English
Experience a new mysterious and fascinating world, Alchemists, Spiritual Healers, Shamans. We encounter them everywhere in the world, but do they have really supernatural abilities? What is real? What is magic?
Clemens Kuby, director of documentary ‘Living Buddha’, travels also for this film around the world to document phenomena which are usually inaccessible for normal people. He witnesses unusual methods of healing and traditions in Peru, Russia, the Philippines, Nepal, Burma and Korea.
This film discovers inconceivable powers and possibilities. Clemens Kuby has succeeded in capturing magic worlds on the screen: He links the seemingly inexplicable with the newest findings of brain research.
Viewers experience their own personal powers through the film; powers that always suspected within themselves but in which they never dared to believe. Some viewers have even experienced spiritual healing of their illnesses through the film.
The film will be followed by a discussion with the director, Clemens Kuby.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre, 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.


Mihimandala awards ceremony

The awards ceremony of the essay and art competition organised by Mihimandala Environmental Foundation for students of the three armed forces and the Police was held recently at Colombo Public Library. A special Mihimandala book containing the winning entries was also launched.


Swarna Varna

January 21 to 23
There will be an art exhibition by Cyril Wickremasinghe to mark 50 years in his role as an art teacher and artist. It consists of expression drawings, scenes from Jataka Stories and copies from Temple Murals during the last five decades. Drawings covering the life of the Maldivians and some beautiful scenery from the Maldive Islands, where the artist worked for about twenty years also can be seen in this exhibition.
The mediums used are water colours, poster colours, powder colours and a few done in oils. The influence of local traditional paintings as well as Indian and Western are seen in his work.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


UNHCR helps Sri Lankan refugees return home

UNHCR staff receving, Sri Lankan refugees on their return at the Bandaranaike International Airport


Splendours of the Sea

January 12 to 14
Select your choice of seafood from oysters and crab to cuttlefish and even handallo and have it cooked in a preparation of your choice.
Venue: Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.



Saturday, January 15
Blood donation campaign organised by the Interact Club of AIS. We welcome anyone wishing to donate their blood and come under the requirements of blood donors
Venue: Asian International School
Time: 8:30 a.m.


Until today
Vision 21, an exhibition of paintings by Dr Jack Kulasinghe with over 90 water colours and oil paintings by the artist.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Centre, 18, Guildford Crescent, Colombo 7
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Saturday, January 15
Tharawo Igilethi by Lucian Bulathsinhala
Venue: Gampaha Bandaranayake Vidyalaya
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.


Monday, January 17
Sri Lanka Studies Outside Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities −a lecture by Prof Karori Singh, Former Director, South Asia Studies Centre, Jaipur.
Venue: Royal Asiatic Society, at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m.