Miniature paintings exhibition

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, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


S. Thomas’ College OBA salutes 125 years

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 projects.
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 chapel.
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. Thomas’ College.


Galadari warmly welcomed Dr Paul Dhinakaran

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, Rathnakumar


SLHMA 8th Anniversary celebrations

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 and Uhud.
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 welcome speech.
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 Ahamed participated.


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 gathering.
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


Notting Hill

Tuesday, February 8
Year: 1999
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 4
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

February 8

Children of Eternity

February 9
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.

February 10

Wet Dreams

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.

February 11

Lost Time

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 his family.
Venue: National Film Corporation, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
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 South, Pitakotte
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 Ediriweera Sarachchandra
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 Ediriweera Sarachchandra
Venue: Hindu Cultural Centre, Kandy
Time: 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.