February 7 to 10
The exhibition of miniature paintings and handicrafts
organised by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in
collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs
features Mrs. Jafari, a woman miniaturist and Sami, an
expert of Khatam works.
Venue: National Art Gallery, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,
Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
|S. Thomas’ College OBA salutes 125
The Old Boys Association (OBA) of S.
Thomas’ College (STC) Mount Lavinia will be celebrating
a remarkable milestone this year when they celebrate
their 125th anniversary.
The STC OBA is known to be Sri Lanka’s oldest alumni
association and is reputedly the oldest alumni
association of a school in the world. They have
immeasurably contributed towards the success and
upliftment of the college that molded them to be brave
men, by organising various successful fund raising
The STC OBA has thus far assisted the college in
numerous ways such as fruitfully completing projects
that generated millions of funds to put up the centenary
block of classrooms and renovation of the college
This year, STC OBA has undertaken a much larger task of
generating Rs 100 million for the college development
fund, primarily to finance the new state-of-the-art
commerce building. This denotes the success and the
years of strong existence of the college and its OBA.
In order to plan and execute the task at hand, the STC
OBA has planned a series of activities that will be
overseen by a special team appointed for events. These
celebrations will not only achieve the funding
objectives but will also bring together members of the
OBA for the betterment of the college.
The remarkable 125th year commenced with a special
Thanksgiving Service for STC OBA in January 2011. The
celebrations are to continue with inter alia, Old Boys
Drama Production (February 28 and 29), Old Thomians in
Concert (April 28), Gala 125 Anniversary Banquet (June
15), 125th Anniversary Thomian Fair (September 1 and 3),
125th Anniversary Ball (October 8), release of first
ever coffee table book on STC (November) and the year
will be concluded with the Thomian Walk and Thanksgiving
Service in January 2012.
All of these events promise delivery of high quality
entertainment to the extended Thomian family, well
wishers and friends of the college.
The underlying drive for these events and the
contribution being made by the OBA can be summed up by
the words of Warden Buck in 1900, ‘you belong to one of
the best schools in the world; you owe so much to S.
|Galadari warmly welcomed Dr Paul
Dr Paul Dhinakaran and his spouse being cordially
welcomed at the Galadari Hotel by the General Manager
Sampath Siriwardena and the team, G G Arulpragasam, Ravi
Karunanayake MP, and Mrs Karunanayake, Azath Sally and
representative for ‘Jesus Calls’ - Sri Lanka,
Colombo office of
Sri Lanka Hambanthota Muhammadiya Association (SLHMA)
successfully organised the 8th year memorial day of
Seyeduna Imam Hussain Raliyallahu an’ which was held at
Dewatagaha Masjid, Colombo recently. At this special
religious ceremony there were speeches in all 3
languages by the most popular moulavies in the country.
This occasion was organised by the President of Sri
Lanka Hambanthota Muhammadiya Association and the
Inter-Religious Alliance for National Unity Co-Chairman
and Colombo Dewatagaha masjid Pesh Imam Dr As-Seyed
Hassan Moulana (Al-Quadiri)
On this occasion As-Seyed Alavi Moulana (Mursi) moulavi
addressing in Tamil stressed the Holy Prophet sal
wasallam’s companions and how they fought against others
and how they protected his holiness in wars such as Badr
If not Al-mighty Allah’s (Wahi) messages will be stopped
and the Holy Quran will not be completed if so the Holy
Prophet sal was been shaheed. And also when it comes to
the Holy Prophet’s companions it is because of them who
protected our Prophet, there is a religion called Islam
and the God Al-mighty Allah.
Alhaj Najumuddeen (Ghawzi) moulavi addressed the
gathering asserted, the specialty of the Holy prophet
sal wasallam and it says in the Holy Quran that the
Al-mighty Allah has send his Prophet for this world as
Rahma for all its man kind and non-human beings. In this
it indicates that Rasoolullah is not only for humans but
also a Rahma for Malaks and Jins.
At this ceremony a golden Shawl was given to Maliban
Garments President Alhaj Illiyas Abdul Careem for his
dedicated service and also for our special guest Alhaj
As-Seyed ubaidul Careem Jisthy the grand children of
Khawaja Mueenuddeen Jisthy of ‘Ajmeer’, India was given
a Golden Shawl respectively to honour them and for there
services rendered towards Islam.
On this special religious ceremony Holy Quran was
recited (Kathamul Quran) and a special dua was held for
the people who are affected in the East.
“If a person helps you in your need and if you don’t
show the same before thanking the Al-mighty Allah, He
will not accept that and his all duas will be rejected.”
said the Holy Prophet sal wasallam, this was mentioned
by the President of Sri Lanka Hambanthota Muhammadiya
Association Dr As-Seyed Hassan Moulana before his
He further said, according to our religion if a Muslim
to another Muslim greets him by saying Salam it is
Sunnath and for that, replying the same to that person
saying ‘Wa alaikum salam’ it is Farlu.And also in the
time of Holy Prophet sal wasallam in madina city for all
the Companions to live they were in a requirement of
buying a well so in that time the third Khaleefa in
Islam Seyeduna Usman raliyallahu an bought them the well
and on thanking for that the Holy Prophet sal wasallam
said to him that he will be one of the ten persons who
will enter paradise.
On this special religious ceremony Colombo, Dewatagaha
masjid Managing Trustee Riyas salih, treasurer As-Seyed
Falah Moulana, Chief Khatheeb moulavi Faleel, Ghawzia
Arabic College Principal and the students, Borella
Ahadiya & Islamic Educational Centre principal Alhaj
A.R.M. Shibly Hashim (J.P) and the tutorial staff
members and the students, severel moulavies and business
man Alhaj As-seyed Haneef Moulana and Alhaj Mubashshir
|German language promo by Goethe
The German Ambassador delivered the opening speech at
the Third Principals’ Conference for Partner Schools in
South Asia, under the German initiative schools:
‘Partner for the Future’, was held last weekend at the
Cinnamon Grand Hotel.
The two-day conference, attended by the heads of 90
schools from the South Asian Region, is an initiative by
the German Government to promote the German Language.
Here the Ambassador for the Federal Republic of Germany
in Sri Lanka and Maldives, Jens Ploetner addressing the
Other participants at the conference are from (L): Ms.
Alicia Padrös, PASCH, Co-ordinator, Goethe-Institut,
Munich, Markus Biechele, Regional Language Director,
Goethe-Institut, South Asia, Bjoern Ketels, Director of
the Goethe-Institut, Sri Lanka
Running time: 124 minutes
Synopsis: Pure fairy tale, and with a huge debt to Roman
Holiday, Notting Hill ponders what would happen if a
beautiful, world-famous person were to suddenly drop
into your life unannounced and promptly fall in love
with you. That’s the crux of the situation for William
Thacker (Hugh Grant), who owns a travel bookshop in
London’s fashionable Notting Hill district. Hopelessly
ordinary (well, as ordinary as you can be when you’re
Hugh Grant), William is going about his life when
renowned movie star Anna Scott (Julia Roberts) walks
into his bookstore and into his heart.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo
Time: 6 p.m.
|Iranian Film Week
February 8 to 11
On the occasion of the 32nd Anniversary of the Islamic
Revolution in Iran, the Cultural Section of the Embassy
of the Islamic Republic of Iran has organised a film
week in collaboration with the National Film Corporation
Pouran Derakhshandeh- In Retrospect
Five films of the world renowned woman director, Mrs
Pouran Derakhshandeh are scheduled to be screened. She
is also billed to meet local film personalities in
addition to conducting a workshop at the National Film
Corporation for Cinema enthusiasts
Children of Eternity
Twenty. That’s how many days remain before Soleimani
closes his reception hall. The hall hosts mainly
mourning receptions (and occasionally a wedding), and
the sorrow they invariably bring has drained the owner
so much that his psychologist has recommended closing
down his business immediately.
The 16-year-old Arash, preoccupied with his parents’
divorce and friends’ way of living, decides to break
free from his mother’s domination by taking refuge in
his father’s house. With getting into the forbidden room
of the house, Arash opens the window to father’s past
life, and falls in love with the girl in the
neighbourhood, the love which makes them both experience
the reality of life.
Ten years after their married life, Dr Shakibeh
Moayed, an experienced and skilled obstetrician, and her
husband, a textile designer, are deprived of the joy of
having children. As a last resort to save their
marriage, Dr Moayed adopts an orphan girl, but her
husband finds it impossible to accept her as a member of
Venue: National Film Corporation, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Time: 6 p.m.
Until February 9
Imagining Aftermath by GR Constantine, curated by Anoli
Perera, the first of the exhibitions of the Theertha
Pradarshana Wasanthaya – 2011
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road
Time: Monday to Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays,
open on call, 0773665548, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on
all public and mercantile holidays
Thursday, February 10
Magul Prasthawa and Ekata Mata Hina Hina by Prof
Venue: Hall de Galle, Galle
Time: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Friday, February 11
Magul Prasthawa and Ekata Mata Hina Hina by Prof
Venue: Hindu Cultural Centre, Kandy
Time: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.