|Short & Sweet
Wednesday, March 9
Short & Sweet, a film forum moderated by Anoma Rajakaruna
features selected animated short films from Germany.
The term ‘animation’ originated from the Latin word
‘animare’ and means ‘bringing something to life’, ‘putting
soul into it’, ‘breathing life into something’.
When you watch the artistic animated films in the programme
Short & Sweet you will see that the featured artists not
only bring materials, puppets and paintings to life but they
create worlds that could hardly be more different with
regard to the way they are made. The cinematic techniques
used include animated drawings, layers and puppets
animation, not to mention paintings, clay and sand animation
through to 3D computer animation, and many films feature a
combination of various techniques.
Short & Sweet provides an overview of the productions and
developments in German animated film in years 2000 to 2007
and each have their unique signature. The great variety
proves that in animated film, the filmmakers’ creativity and
imagination knows no bounds.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre, Colombo 7
Time: 5:30 p.m.
British Council book fair
Thursday, March 10 to Saturday, March 12
The British Council Book Fair 2011 featurs
many leading book sellers both local and
Friday, March 11
Wrapped up with the Book Fair 2011 would be
a Book Buzz event featuring Premini
Amerasinghe and Asgar Hussein, two authors
short-listed for the Gratian Prize 2009.
Time: 6 p.m.
A journalist, poet and fiction writer,
Asgar Hussein is the author of The Mirror of
Paradise. This sparkling collection of
stories was short listed for the Gratian
Prize 2009. It depicts the absurdities of
life in a distinctively Sri Lankan setting,
and has earned much praise for its wry
humour and wit.
Asgar’s first book–a volume of poetry titled
Termite Castle was also highly acclaimed. It
won the State Literary Award in 2007.
worked as a journalist for many years, and
headed the business desk of The Sunday
Leader. His work has also appeared in
reputed corporate magazines, literary
journals and anthologies. He has written on
a wide range of topics, covering everything
from corporate scandals to archaeological
discoveries. He holds a BA Degree in the
Premini Amerasinghe worked as Consultant
Radiolgist, Kandy and Peradeniya teaching
hospitals, until her retirement. Her
literary skills were more or less confined
to writing X ray reports.
In 1999 the late Christine Wilson introduced
her to the Wadiya Writers Group. This set
her off on writing seriously. She has
published, to date, three novels and a
volume of poetry. She has been a regular
contributor to the local literary journals,
channels and Navasilu.
She is a member of EWC and SLACLSALS.
She is married to Dr Mark Amerasinghe and
has four daughters, and six grandchildren.
Saturday, March 12
With the idea of inculcating reading habits
in the very young there will be a fully,
interactive story telling session
accompanied by a T- shirt painting activity.
This would be a great chance for the kids to
take part and improve their listening and
speaking skills whilst meeting new friends.
Time: 10:45 a.m.
There will be special discounts on book
purchases and discounts on Library
Membership for purchases over Rs.1500/=.
Food and beverage stalls would be available
for the book lovers to refresh themselves.
For more information, please contact the
British Council Library Help Desk on
Venue: The British Council, Colombo, 49,
Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
by Karsten Krause
Sunday, March 6 and Friday, March 11
German lighting technician and light
designer Karsten Krause was working for
several important theatre houses in Berlin
before he started his own company Lightview.
He added architecture and event lighting to
his portfolio and is now successfully
working in different projects worldwide.
Krause will give a theatrical introduction
into the field of light engineering and also
share his practical experiences in setting
up a light design on stage for the specific
needs of a dance theatre production.
The programme is organised by German
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre,
Colombo 7 and British School Auditorium,
The Color Purple
Tuesday, March 8
Running time: 154 minutes
Acting: Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg.
Steven Spielberg is the director.
Annie Reed is heading to see her family on
Christmas Eve and is listening to a radio
call in show. One of the callers is
eight-year-old Jonah who tells the audience
that his dad needs a new wife. After it
comes out that Jonah’s mom died, and dad Sam
is put on the spot to talk to the radio
shrink on air, women all over the country
fall in love with this man that loved his
deceased wife so passionately. Annie is
determined to meet Sam because she feels a
strong pull toward Sam and Jonah.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle
Road, Colombo 3
Time: 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 13
Running time: 90 minutes
Venue: American Centre, Colombo, 44, Galle
Road, Colombo 3
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Dayananda retired as Editor of The Bindu,
the children’s paper published by Upali
Newspapers Pvt. Ltd. However, several facets
of Dayananda’s artistic life have remained
hitherto unknown to many of his fans. He is
to be blamed for that. Modest to a fault, he
did not care to hold an exhibition for 40
years, though he has much to show the world.
Most of his fine works of art have remained
hidden from the public eye as he is shy of
publicity in spite of his long innings as a
Now he is giving the opportunity to all art
lovers to view some of his magnificent
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 8th Annual Awards ceremony of the K.
Sivagananathan Memorial Trust and the K.
Sivagananathan Memorial Oration jointly
conducted by the K. Sivagananathan Memorial
Trust and the Association of Professional
Bankers of Sri Lanka is scheduled for
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the Bank of
Ceylon Auditorium, Colombo 1. As on previous
occasions, this annual event will be
attended by elite bankers and financial
institutions, reputed professionals and
other distinguished invitees.
Chief Guest, Dr Koshy Mathai, IMF
Resident Representative for Sri Lanka and
Maldives will deliver the memorial oration
titled ‘Prospects for Sri Lanka’s Economy.’
The Guest of Honour - former Governor of the
Central Bank and former Secretary to the
Ministry of Finance and presently
Non-Executive Chairman of Bartleet
Trans-Capital, Deshamanya A.S.Jayawardena,
Ms. W.A. Nalani, President of the
Association of Professional Bankers of Sri
Lanka, Chairman of Board of Trustees Nathan
Sivagananathan and the Secretary General of
Association of Professional Bankers will
also address the gathering.
After successfully conducting seven award
ceremonies involving 401 cash awards since
2002, this will be the 8th K. Sivgananathan
Memorial Oration and Awards Ceremony,
conducted jointly by the KSMT and APB. 56
students, who obtained the highest marks in
all three languages in the Diploma in
Banking and Finance examination in March and
September 2010 conducted by the Institute of
Bankers of Sri Lanka (IBSL), will receive
cash prizes and certificates.
The KSMT has sponsored a needy student to
sit the Certificate in Banking and Finance
Examination in 2010 by paying the
examination and lecture course fees to the
College of Banking & Finance and purchasing
the necessary examination books.
The KSMT has decided to award a Gold
Medal annually in remembrance of the late K.
Sivagananathan at the IBSL Convocation to
the youngest candidate below 24 years who
completes the Certificate in Banking &
Finance Examination at the first attempt.
Accordingly, a gold medal was awarded at the
15th Convocation of the Institute of Bankers
of Sri Lanka held in 2010.
As the banking examinations are conducted by
the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, which
is affiliated with the IFS School of
Finance, UK, formerly known as the Chartered
Institute of Bankers London (CIB), open to
the bankers and public, tremendous amount of
enthusiasm has been generated not only among
bankers but also among those who aspire for
a career in banking and finance. It is
heartening to note that the number of high
achievers in the Diploma in Banking and
Finance examination has doubled from 29 in
the year 2002 to 56 in 2010.
The K. Sivagananathan Memorial Trust (KSMT)
is a non-profit organisation dedicated to
providing assistance to financially
disadvantaged students pursuing higher
studies in the field of banking and finance
and encouraging them to excel in their
examinations and achieve the same high
standards as their counterparts in developed
countries. It is encouraging to note that a
number of high achievers at the DBF
examination hailed from outstation cities
like Jaffna, Galle, Ambalangoda, Kurunegala,
Batticaloa, Badulla, Vavuniya, Embilipitiya,
Mahiyanganaya, Lindula, etc.
The K. Sivaganananathan Memorial Trust
was created on August 7, 2002 to fulfill one
of the last wishes of the late
Sivagananathan, namely to assist needy
students pursuing careers in the field of
Banking and Finance. Sivagananathan rose
through the ranks to the level of Senior
Deputy General Manager and Acting General
Manager of Bank of Ceylon by sheer
determination, dedication, perseverance and
hard work. He became a Fellow of the
Institute of Bankers (London) in 1961. A
letter found after his death contained a
request to form a trust to grant assistance
for the education of needy students in
After his retirement from Bank of Ceylon,
he served as CEO at Janashakthi Insurance
Company PLC and thereafter, as a Consultant
to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka up to the
time of his untimely death. The late K.
Sivagananathan’s involvement with the IBSL
has contributed to its association with the
Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB) London
to raise the professional standards of
bankers in Sri Lanka.
The KSMT has not only provided financial
assistance for education in banking and
finance but it has also supported other
charity projects such as the distribution of
books to schools in the Nawalapitiya area
and providing supplies to the Hindu College
in Ratmalana and the Missionaries of
Charity, Moratuwa (an orphanage run by the
Mother Theresa Sisters’ Home). It has also
provided relief assistance to those affected
by the Tsunami and rebuilt a school
destroyed by the Tsunami in the Eastern
Province. Six schools in the Southern and
Eastern provinces were provided with the
necessary infrastructure and equipment for
their laboratories as well as libraries and
In June 2007, a pre-school was built in
Bakmitiyawa in the Ampara District and its
students were provided with books, sport
items and uniforms. In addition, the KSMT
has also donated food items to the IDP camp
in Vavuniya and made cash donations to
Abhnavarama Maha Viharaya, Bodhirajapura,
Kataragama for the construction of the
Avukana Buddha Statue and the Nutritional
Fund of Bowalawatte Sithumina Vidyalaya,
Kandy. It has also donated books on Banking
and Finance to the IBSL Library.
The trustees have ambitious plans for the
future, namely to promote banking studies by
conducting classes, seminars, workshops,
revision classes, especially in outstation
areas, and facilitating distant learning to
those in rural areas, issuing publications,
books, journals, scholarships, etc.
Arrangements are also being made to install
an interactive Website which will facilitate
students’ access to research information.
Saturday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 15
Signspeak, a performance by the nATANDA
Venue: British School Auditorium, Colombo 5
Time: 7:30 p.m.
|Fr Jude Rohan Silva
appointed Director CSR
The Congregation of the Oblates of Mary
Immaculate Southern Province (Colombo) has
elected Very Rev Fr Jude Rohan Silva OMI,
Director, Centre for Society and Religion
(CSR) as their 13th Provincial and
election has been ratified by the OMI
Headquarters in Rome. He replaces Very Rev
Fr Clement Waidayasekera OMI who has been
elected as Asian Councilor of the OMI
Congregation replacing Very Rev Fr Oswald
Firth OMI, one time Provincial of the
Colombo Province and a lecturer at the
National Seminary of Our Lady of Sri Lanka.
The Provincial elect is Post Graduate Degree
holder from Luvain University, Belgium on
Sociology and Holy Scripture and well
experienced missionary who had served both
local and international churches.
The installation ceremony of the New
Provincial Very Rev Fr Rohan Silva OMI and
the Council Members took place on February
17, at the OMI Headquarters at De Mazenod
House, Farm Road Mattakkuliya.
|BHC launches Sinhala and Tamil
The Sinhala and Tamil
language versions of the British High
Commission’s official websites were launched
by British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Minister for South Asia, Alistair Burt MP,
on February 21.
The launch of the websites took place in the
presence of British High Commission staff.
The two websites will carry information in
the local languages about the United Kingdom
and its work in Sri Lanka.
The Sinhala site can be accessed at
www.ukinsrilanka.fco.gov.uk/si and the Tamil
site can be accessed at
Minister Alistair Burt MP, Foreign and
Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for South
Asia, arrived in Sri Lanka recently for a
two-day official visit.
March 12 and 13
A free health camp organised by the JICA
Alumni Association of Sri Lanka
Distribution of over 1000 pairs of
spectacles after examination of those who
referred to obtain spectacles by eye
specialists, cataract operations and blood
sugar tests are also some of the services
Venue: Siripura Maha Vidyalaya,
March 11 to 20
Thailand Shopping Festival 2011 will be a
platform for buyers and sellers of Thai
products. The event is being organised to
boost the business of companies of Thailand.
The event will provide a golden opportunity
to the companies of Thailand to attract new
customers for their business growth as well
as to expand their business in new areas.
The event Thailand Shopping Festival 2011
will provide an opportunity to the visitors
to know about the products of Thailand as
well as about Thailand because they will get
a chance to communicate with the people of
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention
March 12 and 13
Lawasia, Business Law Conference
Venue: Hilton Colombo
The Annual General Meeting of the St.
Servatius’ College Matara Old Boys’
Association (Colombo Branch) will be
followed by a fellowship/lunch.
The event will be graced by distinguished
old boys including Senior DIG Anura
Senanayake, cricketing star Sanath
Jayasuriya, Prof. Nalaka Mendis, Minister of
Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dullas
Alahapperuma and Deputy Minister of Economic
Affairs Luxman Yapa Abeywardena.
For further details please contact the
Secretaries - Dr. Susantha Siriwardena
(0772931073), Lionel Wagasinghe (0777387370)
and Preethi Kahakachchi (0772972567) or on
Venue: ‘Rock House’, Galabada Road, Wewala,
Time: 9 a.m. onwards