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.

The Man Who Loved Women

Tuesday, April 12
Director: François Truffaut
Duration: 120 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Synopsis: Many women are attending Bertrand Morane’s burial. They are all the ones that 40 years old engineer loved. Flashback: Bertrand’s life and love affairs, told by himself while writing an autobiographical novel. A film about the love relationships, the need to charm and the literary creation.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m.


La France

Friday, April 22
Director: Serge Bozon
Duration: 115 minutes
Genre: Drama
Year: 2007
Synopsis: During the First World War, Camille, a young woman whose husband is away fighting at the front, receives a short letter of break-up from him.
Distraught, she decides to go and join him, but is driven back by the rule of the time which forbids women to move around alone. She has no other recourse than to dress herself up as a man so as to be able to take to the road on foot.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.


First mission

Thirteen companies and representatives from two universities took part in the first business mission from Northern Ireland, to Sri Lanka. Members of the Invest Northern Ireland [INI] delegation explored business opportunities with Sri Lankan companies and government officials in Colombo, from April 2-5.

Most of the companies and the two universities are new to Sri Lanka and are keen to develop long-term relationships in their respective sectors. Janet Ford, Head of UK Trade and Investment at the British High Commission, who recently visited Belfast to promote opportunities in Sri Lanka to UK companies, said, “There is currently a substantial amount of UK business interest in Sri Lanka, given the Government of Sri Lanka’s plans for regeneration of the economy and the outlook for further growth across all major business sectors. This first trade mission from Belfast is evidence of that. ”

Noel Johnston, Head of INI’s Asia team, commenting on the mission, said, “We’ve been active in South and West Asia for some years and I am delighted that for our first trade mission to Sri Lanka, there is such a strong interest from Northern Ireland companies. The Northern Ireland trade delegation is broadly representative of our most successful industries and includes companies with extensive experience of doing business in South Asia.

“We are keen to develop relationships with Sri Lanka across a range of business activities including trade, technology transfer and partnerships. One of Northern Ireland’s most successful IT companies, Aepona, already has an existing investment in Sri Lanka, tapping into Sri Lanka’s growing technology talent pool to support its Northern Ireland operations and help it compete in international markets. There are clearly mutual business opportunities, and we are keen to build on those relationships as Sri Lanka invests in modernising its economy.”


Kumpulan Melayu office bearers

At the Annual General Meeting of Kumpulan Melayu, Kotikawatte (KMK) was held recently and the following office bearers were elected for the period 2011-2012.
Patron: Al Haj M S A Rahim
Vice Patrons: Al Haj T J (Joe) Hallaldeen, Sdr. Arifeen Hamidon, Sdr. Aswan Bangsajayah, Al Haj Ashraf Salay, Dr. Aleem Moulana
Immediate Past President: Sdr. Ameen Dole
President: Al Haj M A Careem
General Secretary: Sdri. Raleena Lantra
Treasurer: Sdr. T Ishan Miskin
Vice President: Sdr. Milam Hallaldeen
Asst. Secretary: Sdri. Folina Zainudeen
Asst. Treasurer: Sdri. Rozana Aasif
Committee: Sdri. Fami Hamidon, Sdr. Fauz Pallie, Sdr. B F (Roshan) Musafer, Sdr. Shamlin Meedin, Sdr. Rasheeth Dole
Auditor: Sdr. T M Sarap.


Sreaming Elergy

Until April 11
Sreaming Elergy, an exhibition of paintings by Janananda Laksiri organised by the Theertha International Artists’ Collective, as a part of the Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya.
The exhibition curate by Pradeep Chandrasiri and Koralegedara Pushpakumara and ceremonially opens on Sunday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m.
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Ranaviru foundation to assist needy children

The Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Memorial Foundation which runs a pre-school Montessori for the under-privilege children of Wattala, Hendala and Nayakakanda now in its successive fifth year. The pre-school assists to lay foundation for their future for children whose parents work as domestic servants or coolies and whose children are not much cared for, by the wider society.
This foundation set up in the year 2007, was a result of the combined efforts of the parents, friends and those who had come in contact with Pramil while he was a student and serving the country as a brave soldier.
Mrs. Christobel Perera, mother of late Pramil was a veteran Montessori teacher, had successfully conducted a nursery for 25 years until the demise of her only soldier son. She has trained many young girls as nursery teachers
She told the media, that in 1996, the Pre-school she conducted was handed over with all equipment, to the two-young women who had worked with her as Pre-school teachers to run on their own, while she, from 2007 onwards concentrated on looking after the children of parents working as domestic servants.
With the blessing of her husband Reginald Perera; she initiated the project to carry the memory of her only son, who sacrificed his life to free the country from the clutches of the terrorists. Captain Pramil Perera, a brilliant product of the St. Benedict’s College, Colombo, was killed during a combat situation in the battle field on August 22, 1999 while serving in his capacity as a lieutenant of the commando regiment of the Sri Lanka Army at Paranthan.
The foundation has also opened bank accounts in respect of 25 children under their care and money is deposited on a monthly basis and a number of projects were carried out to help those in need, including blood donation camps, dental clinics.

The foundation welcomes any assistance from the generous public to keep the memory of the brave soldiers alive and they could contact the foundation by dialing 2938935; mobile 0716362611 or email : reppmfoundation@gmail.com or write to Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Memorial Foundation, 25/3A Ranaviru Captain Pramil Perera Mawatha, Maradanawatta, Hendala, Wattala.


Global leadership workshop

Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, and Honorary Senior Fellow, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, presented a paper by invitation at a workshop on Global Leadership held at Yale University, USA held from March 25 to 27.
The Global Leadership Workshop Programme, conducted by the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale, covered international leadership, ranging across a spectrum of different disciplines.
The Guest Speaker was Marwan Muasher, a former Jordanian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in charge of governmental reform. He was Jordan’s first ambassador to Israel and later ambassador to the United States and played a key role in Middle East Peace negotiations over two decades. He is the author of ‘The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation’.


Donation to Zahira College

Former Principal and distinguished Old Boy of Zahira College Colombo Desamanya Prof MTA Furkhan donated rupees sixty million for the construction of a new building for the primary section at Zahira College which comprised twenty three class rooms, Auditorium and IT Lab. The foundation laying ceremony was held at the College premises recently.
Principal of the College Mohamed Jiffry delivered the welcome address. Board of Governors Chairman and Old Boys Association President Fowzul Hameed and Prof. MTA Furkhan also addressed the gathering.
Senior Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, Provincial Councillor A.J.M. Muzzammil, Former Saudi Arabia Ambassador Nowfel S. Jabir and old boys were present at this ceremony.


Wesley College Founders Day

The 137th Founders Day of Wesley College, Colombo was celebrated on March 3rd at the College. Christine Weaver, the daughter of Rev. James T. Cartman a former principal of Wesley, and her husband Michael Weaver were the guests of honour. Mrs. Weaver presented mementos to students who were at Wesley during the principalship of Rev. James Cartman.
Mrs. Christine Weaver presents a memento to Rajah Sinnathuray, an old boy who attended Wesley when her father was the principal. Also present from left: Michael Weaver, Dr. Shanthi Mclelland (Principal Wesley College) and Rev. Dr. A.W. Jebanesan (President Methodist Church of Sri Lanka)


Thera appointed

The Most Venerable Matara Dammaloka Thera, the chief incumbent of Anandagiri Viharaya, Payagala has been
appointed as the Chief Governing Bikkhu in the Kalutara District body of Sri Lanka Ramanna Chapter.
He is also a very popular social worker in Payagala area and renders his service to needy people, irrespective of racial discrimination.


Public Talk

April 10
Can I Strip Myself of the Network of Language? Organised by the Krishna-murti Centre Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, No. 310, High Level Road, Colombo
Time: at 9:45 a.m.

April 24
How Is One To Have Complete Order? Organised by the Krishnamurti Centre Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, No. 310, High Level Road, Colombo
Time: at 9:45 a.m.


April 26
The Wish List–Music Inc – a choral concert directed by Shannon Jacobs
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7

April 29
Maestoso, presented by Thomian Chamber Orchestra
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7