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Events


Ru Sobha

Wednesday, May 11 to Thursday, May 12
Imalka Praveen Gunasekara and Hiran Patikiriarachchi of Young Zoologists’ Association (YZA) will hold their maiden exhibition featuring wildlife art on gunny bags with marker pens.
Venue: Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Shades of Sri Lanka

- An exhibition of art in aid of disabled children

Today
Shades of Sri Lanka is an art exhibition held to promote 12 artists and to generate funds for the disabled children of Prithipura Infant Homes in Wattala. Prithipura Infant Homes is home to many physically and mentally disabled children abandoned by their parents, in dire need of love and care.
The artists displaying will be Ayub Cader, Hafsah Cader, Aloka Chandrasena, Suchitra Colonne, Anoma Fernando, Ravish Fernando, Zeyana Haniffa, Mumina Irfan, Zainab Irfan, Asma Shafeek, Namali Silva, Salaf Tegal.
The exhibition showcases paintings and drawings done by amateurs and previous exhibitors from a common art teacher, Latifa Ismail. Some artists have been long standing students and others freshers. Whilst the old timers have practiced their techniques for a long time the freshers have risen to the challenge of the exhibition.
The repertoire of Shades of Sri Lanka consists an array of artwork derived from various artist backgrounds on different level of expertise and aptitudes.
The exhibition will display a maximum of 250 paintings, ranging from Old Masters to Vector art showcasing two extremes of art.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre and Art Gallery, Colombo 7
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Sri Weerasingharama Dhamma School prize giving
Parakandeniya Sri Weerasingharama Dhamma School Annual Prize Giving was held at the school premises recently. Over 200 students received prizes and certificates based on their performance.
Chief incumbent of Sri Weerasingharama Ven. Parakandeniye Seewali Thero, Dhamma School Principal Ven. Nalande Wimalasiri Thero and Principal of Nittambuwa Vidyananda Pirivena Ven. Galapitamada Indrananda Thero were the Chief Guests on this occasion.
The most honest male and female student also received special awards.

Electronic Music Production in Sri Lanka

The Alliance Française de Kotte and the Goethe Institut are setting up a common week programme between May 17 and 21 to support the development of electronic music and DJ musicians, event organisers, radio stations and labels will connect to this sector of global youth culture and set up local capacities for music production, event management and marketing.
France and Germany have well established structures in electronic music production. Artistes from both countries represent the state-of-the-art and are featured on world-wide scale.
Artistes and labels will give the needed input on how to build up professional structures to foster the further development on the scene and share practical experiences with their Sri Lankan colleagues.

Workshops
A one day symposium involving a German and a French electronic music label will evaluate and discuss both the European and Sri Lankan situations in the production fi­elds.
A three-day workshop with Sri Lankan, German and French electronic music artistes will cover the artistic exchange and the transfer of knowledge. The focus will be on computer based composing and technical skills of DJs. All artistes will work on a common set which will be presented in the framework of a club-night the day after the workshop.

DJ Night
Set up at the Silk Club on two floors on May 21 and starting from 8.30pm onwards, this DJ night will invite all the electronic music fans of Colombo and its greater area to vibrate with the French, German and Sri Lankan DJs. This event is aiming on being accessible for everyone who feels attracted by live DJ-ing on a high professional level.
Tickets are available at a preferential rate of Rs. 500/- if you buy them at the Goethe Institut at No. 39, Gregory’s Road or at the Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road. If not, they will be sold at Rs.1000/- at the gates on the night’s event.


Muditha reaches dizzy heights

Muditha Nanayakkara, a student of James Ruse Agricultural High school, Sydney has achieved success in his HSC examination in 2010. With an ATAR score of 99+, he has been placed in the top 0.9% students in New South Wales out of more than 70,000 who undertook the 2010 HSC exam.
Muditha also achieved excellent results in Chemistry and Physics Australian National Olympiad Programmes and received special plaques for National Chemistry Quiz in two consecutive years.
He was the Sports Captain and a Prefect at the James Ruse Agricultural High school for 2009/2010. Also he was a prefect at Murray Farm Public School where he studied until Grade 6.
Muditha represented his school and won much credit in athletics, cricket, soccer and represented the school in Zone and Sydney West Athletics Carnivals. He was recognised with the JG & E Wilson medal for cricket at the school presentation night. He was a member of the school’s String Ensemble and performed in Japan representing his school. Muditha won first place in Public Speaking competitions at Sydney Eisteddfods.
He was also actively volunteered to raise funds for Cancer council and Salvation Army in Sydney and collected Science text books from his High School and distributed them to Tsunami affected schools in Sri Lanka. Muditha is also a member of the Lankarama Vihara Buddhist Youth Group and a member of the Sri Lankan Islanders Cricket team in Sydney.
He was born in Australia and has achieved a commended award from the Education Minister of NSW for fluency (writing, reading and listening) in a Community language (Sinhala) when he was only ten years old.
Muditha is planning to study Medicine at the James Cook University, Queensland and wishes to serve both Australia and Sri Lanka in the future.


Moors Youth Club Aluth Avurudu programme

Moors Youth Club (affiliated to the Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs), Dehiwela organised their second successive year Aluth Avurudu programme on Sunday April 24, 2011 at the Moor Road, Dehiwela. Independent Television Network Director Hashim Omar was the chief guest. The award ceremony was held at the conclusion under the patronage of the President of the Club Ms. Munasha Rauff.


Films

On Paris Roof Tops

Thursday, May 13
Director: Olivier Lassu
Year: 2002
Whether they do it for their job or for their pleasure, let us discover these men and women who walk on rooftops and let us share with them a totally different vision of Paris seen from above. Beautiful and surprising images will certainly seduce you!
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.

Notre Musique

Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
‘Notre Music’ (Notre Musique) is divided in three kingdoms: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise like in Dante’s Inferno in the Divine Comedy. Hell shows footages of many wars; Purgatory mixes reality and fiction in Sarajevo; and Paradise is a surrealistic view of a beach “protected” by the American Marines.
Venue: Alliance Française de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7
Time: 3 p.m./6:30 p.m.

Gandhi

Tuesday, May 10
Year: 1982
Duration: 191 minutes
A critical masterpiece, Gandhi is an intriguing story about activism, politics, religious tolerance and freedom. But at the center of it all is an extraordinary man who fought for a non-violent, peaceful existence, and set an entire nation free. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director (Lord Richard Attenborough) and Best Actor (Sir Ben Kingsley), Gandhi’s highly acclaimed cast also includes Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, Sir John Gielgud, Roshan Seth and Martin Sheen.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road,
Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Public talk

Today
How Is Freedom To Be Understood And Lived? Organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, No. 310, High Level Road, Colombo.
Time: 9:45a.m.

Sunday, May 15
The Ending of Conflict, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Public Library, Colombo 7.
Time: 10:30a.m.

Sunday, May 22
The Beginning of Meditation, organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, No. 310, High Level Road, Colombo.
Time: 9:45a.m.

Sunday, May 29
Why do We Have so Many Problems? Organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, Sri Lanka
Venue: Anula Nursery School, No. 310, High Level Road, Colombo.
Time: 9:45a.m.