Colombo Philharmonic Sings ‘Olivet to Calvary’

The Colombo Philharmonic Choir will present the Cantata ‘Olivet to Calvary’ at St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk, on Sunday April 10 at 7.15 pm. This Cantata recalls in a very simple and reverent mood, the scenes marking the last few days of the Saviour’s life on earth, as recorded in the Gospels, and some of the reflections suggested thereby. The rejoicing of the multitude with hosannas and palms, the view of Jerusalem from the steep of Olivet, the lament over the beautiful city, and the lonely walk back over the Mount at night, are some of the features of the first half of the work.

The drama continues with the Supper of the Passover, at which Jesus washes his disciples’ feet, and gives to his friends the new commandment of ‘love for one another’ as the sign of true discipleship. From this, the scene passes to the infinite pathos of the scene in the Garden of Gethsemane: the sudden appearance of the hostile crowd, Jesus being forsaken by his disciples, his utter loneliness among ruthless foes, the tumult before Pilate in the Judgment Hall, the Passage of the Cross, and the tragedy and final triumph of Calvary.
The composer, John Henry Maunder held appointments as organist and choirmaster at several churches in England. From among his many cantatas and operettas, ‘Olivet to Calvary’ written in 1904, appears to be the most popular and is known for its strong emotional appeal. This sacred Cantata will be an appropriate medium for meditation prior to Holy Week.

The choir, which will be accompanied on the organ by Denham Pereira and conducted by Manilal Weerakoon, will feature Laknath Seneviratne, Baritone as the soloist.


JCI board for 2011

JCI (Junior Chambers International) Sri Lanka inducted its board for the year 2011 at Olympic House recently, with the theme for the year 2011 being “Good to Great”.
EVP Business and International Zulfer Hassen, was elected National President for 2011, whilst Anupama Welgamage was appointed Secretary General and Jc. Radhika De Silva and Jc. Ruwan Senanayake were appointed Deputy National President and General Legal Counsel respectively at the national convention.
Zulfer Hassen has been a JCI member since 2004, the year in which he also won the Young Entrepreneur award, and was the young ICT professional winner in 2006, awarded by ICTA. He has extensive experience in the field of Information Technology and process consulting. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Sydney and is the 55th National President of JCI Sri Lanka.
Other Board members include Executive Vice Presidents Jc. Sumedha Alahakoon, Jc. Charitha Bandara and Jc. Dr. Malarvili Anton and Vice Presidents Jc. Avindra Pieris and Jc. Anushly Sithamparam, along with Treasurer Jc. M. Mayoorathen.
Currently in progress are events such as’ The Leadership Academy‘ which comprises trainings and seminars for the youth and has great potential in producing young individuals with the ability to perform duties responsibly and effectively.
The well famed TOYP awards ceremony, which annually felicitates ten outstanding young individuals between the ages of 18-40, in ten diverse categories, is prominently in their agenda.
Their international events include the Asia Pacific Conference to be held in Manila, Philippines and the World Congress in Brussels.
JCI has contributed immensely towards the development and recognition of youth talent in Sri Lanka. It is present in more than 100 countries around the world and is actively focusing on inspiring projects related to Youth Development and Training.


British Deputy HC speaks to Colombo university students

In the historic buildings of Colombo University, Mark Gooding, Deputy High Commissioner of the British High Commission, held a lively exchange of views on 14 March about the UK economy with students from the Department of Business Economics.
At the invitation of Faculty Dean, Professor Sunil Chandrasiri and Course Director, Prof. HD Karunaratne, Gooding delivered a speech to around 100 students about the UK’s economic strength, and how the UK can contribute to Sri Lanka’s economic development. He also explained why, despite recent challenges, the UK economic recovery is underway and the underlying strength of the UK economy will continue to support global economic development and economic growth.
Commenting on the event, Gooding said, “I am delighted to have met so many able and motivated students at the University of Colombo today to discuss the UK economy and international trade. The UK has long been a global centre for trade and investment. Its historical links to Sri Lanka mean that commercial ties between our two countries are already well established. The UK is Sri Lanka’s second largest trading partner, and second largest provider of foreign direct investment. And over 100,000 British tourists visit Sri Lanka each year. After the recent period of global economic turbulence, the UK Government has taken decisive measures to bring about a sustainable economic recovery. These include steps to eliminate the UK public spending deficit by 2015 and to boost the UK’s international trade and investment. These steps will ensure that successful commercial partnerships between the UK and Sri Lanka will continue to flourish in the years ahead.”


Art and Design Annual Show 2010

Until April 4
The exhibition showcases selected drawings, paintings and collage created by the students who completed the first year, specializing in art and design subjects, a newly developed course in the campus.
The exhibition is held with the hope of training students to meet requirements and face specific challenges of exhibition culture, promoting amicable relationship between the campus and community; exposing the community to the academic world and exposing budding artists of Sri Palee Campus to large art/business community.
Venue: Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo, Wewala, Horana
Time: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



April 5
Year: 2000
Running time: 102 minutes
Set in refugee strewn French North Africa in 1942, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), a night club owner, and his friend Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains), Prefect of Police, enter into a wager as to whether or not Resistance Leader Victor Laslo (Paul Henreid) will be able to escape Casablanca and reach the Free World. When Laslo arrives in Casablanca, Rick is stunned to find him accompanied by his ex-lover, Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). Filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue and romance, Casablanca will remain a favorite of classic movie lovers for years to come.
Time: 6 p.m.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3


Lester’s 92nd birth anniversary

The 92nd birth anniversary of popular film producer, director Lester James Peiris will be commemorated with a screening of Nidhanaya, a film directed by Lester James Peiris, a speech by Liyanage Amarakeerthi, and an open discussion on April 3 at 1.00 pm. at National Film Corporation Hall, Tharangani.
This commemoration programme is organised by Ceylon Axis.
For further details contact 0718107396 / 0712667592.


ACWBC Avurudu Pola

Saturday, April 3
All Ceylon Women’s Buddhist Congress (ACWBC) is organising a New Year Pola as a fund-raiser for the several charity projects the ACWBC has been running for many years, such as the Elders’ Home, Hospice and special facilities for Differently Abled Children, as well as for the planned construction of a special building to be named “2600 Sri Sambuddhattva Jayanthi Building”. Well-wishers are requested to donate goods of any kind to be sold at the Pola. All are welcome
Venue: Congress premises at 400 Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Kusal – Asoka’s Best Student 2009

Kusal Hapuarachchi Grade 8 – Best Student - 2009 of Asoka Vidyalaya, Colombo 10, is seen receiving his colours from the Chief Minister (Western Province) Prasanna Ranatunga, at the annual prize giving held at the school auditorium on March 25