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 international.
Book Buzz
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.

Asgar Hussein

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.
Asgar 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 Social Sciences.

Premini Amerasinghe

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.
Story Time
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 4521521/4521596.
Venue: The British Council, Colombo, 49, Alfred House Gardens, Colombo 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Dance forum

Theatre lighting conducted

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 Cultural Centre.
Venue: Goethe Hall, German Cultural Centre, Colombo 7 and British School Auditorium, Colombo 5



The Color Purple

Tuesday, March 8
Year: 1985
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.


Youth movie

Shark Tale

Sunday, March 13
Year: 2004
Running time: 90 minutes
Venue: American Centre, Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
Time: 3:30 p.m.



Paa Daya

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 media person.
Now he is giving the opportunity to all art lovers to view some of his magnificent paintings.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Art Gallery
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


K. Sivagananathan Memorial Trust

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 banking/finance.

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 sports gear.

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.

Sunil Thenabadu



Saturday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 15
Signspeak, a performance by the nATANDA Dance Theatre.
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 websites

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 www.ukinsrilanka.fco.gov.uk/ta.
Minister Alistair Burt MP, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Minister for South Asia, arrived in Sri Lanka recently for a two-day official visit.


Health camp

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 offered.
Venue: Siripura Maha Vidyalaya, Dehiattakandiya, Polonnaruwa


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 Thailand.
Venue: Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre,


March 12 and 13
Lawasia, Business Law Conference
Venue: Hilton Colombo


March 12
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 email: agm.servatius@yahoo.com
Venue: ‘Rock House’, Galabada Road, Wewala, Piliyandala
Time: 9 a.m. onwards