Vesak Camp for Kiddies

Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo celebrates one of Sri Lanka’s most colourful festivals at the Vesak edition of Kiddies’ Camp. This month’s Kiddies’ Camp will take place on Saturday, May 21 at the Waterside where the little campers will learn the significance of Vesak through a series of activities, competitions and stories. With the guidance of the Kiddies’ Camp crew, the children will construct creative and vibrant Vesak lanterns which will be hung up on display. Judges will select the best lantern and every member of the winning team will take home a prize.
Sulochana Dissanayake, who has graced many a Kiddies’ Camp over the months, will set aside her enchanting puppets and entertain the audience with a dramatised story by Sybil Wettasinghe, a name synonymous with children’s literature in Sri Lanka. Generations of Sri Lankan children over five decades have familiarised themselves with her delightful illustrations and unique, colourful stories. With over 200 books and the State Literary Award and the Gratiaen Prize under her belt, she has been published both locally and internationally and her work translated into many languages. Sybil’s stories make an interesting and educational read as they are enriched with references to local customs, elements of cultural imagery and the splendour of Sri Lanka’s natural environment.
At the Kiddies’ Vesak Camp Sulochana will narrate the intriguing tale, ‘The Vesak Lantern’, while seated inside a giant vesak lantern herself. Sulochana’s theatrical and interactive approach to communicating with children at previous Kiddies’ Camps and Cinnamon Lakeside Christmas events have earned her a special place in their hearts.
In the spirit of Vesak, the much looked forward to children’s snacks will be dished out ‘Dansal style’ and will include mini hamburgers, pizzas, French fries, hot dogs, finger sandwiches, pop corn, pasta, éclairs, brownies, cookies, ice cream, ribbon cake and much more.
Amongst the many gifts and prizes on offer will be a bicycle, courtesy of Tomahawk, for one lucky child who will be allowed to choose from a selection of bicycles on display. It promises to be an entertaining time and a great opportunity to spend an enjoyable afternoon with your kids. If some much needed me-time is what you are after, drop the kids off at the Camp and enjoy a solid three hours to yourself.
Kiddies’ Camp is open to children aged twelve and below and will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 21. Tickets are available at Rs. 750++++ for children below 12 and Rs. 950++++ for adults and can be purchased by contacting 2491016 or 2491998 for assistance.


Pirith ceremony to mark Sambuddathwa Jayanthiya

Monday, May 16

A pirith chanting ceremony organised by Nawala Second Lane youth for the first time to mark Sambuddathwa Jayanthiya 2600 and also to invoke blessings to the country and all Sri Lankans
A cattle and a calf will also be rescued from the slaughter house to mark this event.

Venue: Nawala, Second Lane
Time: 7 p.m.


A watercolour exhibition

Wet on Wet

May 20 – 30
Nimal Karunadasa, a teacher by profession, held two group exhibitions in 2004 (Public Library, Badulla) and 2011 (E.L. Senanayake Public Library, Kandy) and a solo exhibition in D.S. Senanayake Library, Kandy, in 2007.
Using the medium of watercolor, he is also a cartoonist and a poetry writer. He won many awards at national and international levels – including a 3rd place in the art competition at fourth Asia Pacific Region Countries Conference 2008 and the 2nd place Excellence awards at the 120th Annual Art and Craft Exhibition 2010.
Opening ceremony:
Friday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. with Dr. Vijitha
Nanayakkara Department of Sociology,
University of Peradeniya as Chief Guest
Venue: Alliance française de Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Otters AC Bakmaha Ulela

The Otters Aquatic Club held their annual ‘Bakmaha Ulela 2011’ partaking all their members and families at the club premises recently. Lots of fun and frolics with traditional games were included for children as well as for adults. The finale was the crowning of the Avurudu Kumari and Kumaraya. Picture shows the Avurudu Kumari receiving her crown and gift from Otters AC president Sisil de Silva


Fadna Arunella all island clinical programme

Saturday, May 21
The producers of Fadna Diabe Tea Food and Nature (Pvt) Ltd, presents the social programme titled “Fadna Arunella” together with the Ministry of Health and the Oasis Hospital will be launched on Saturday, May 21, at the Vajiragnana Temple Premises Maharagama. The main purpose of the programme is to convey the message “Managing Diabetics” in the society targeting on the opinion leaders to make a leading awareness. The initial step for this All Island Event will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 8 a.m.
Recognising the requirement, it is a national concern to launch programmes to eliminate the identified causes which are preventing healthiness of the general public. Hence, the participants to the clinic will be examined by qualified medical practitioners, with free testing on height, weight, blood sugar level and hypertension. Medical advice will be given free to any diabetic patient and to those who are prone to the ailment through high calibre resource personnel.
The proposed “Fadna Arunella” clinical series that has been put forward to cover the entirety of Sri Lanka is organised by Food and Nature (Pvt) Ltd whilst Derana Television, Neth FM and Vettri FM will be the media networks socially responsible to initiate their social development mission along with their associates by assisting the Ministry of Health to fulfill its mission to control diabetes as a national objective.
Fadna Diabe Tea is a clinically blended product of green tea with the extracts of Bitter Gourd. Bitter Gourd has from time immemorial been known as an effective agent in controlling blood sugar. All systems of Ayurvedha have effectively used bitter gourd in its various forms as an agent to fight diabetes. The blend of Green tea which too possesses medicinal properties combined with bitter gourd makes a simple and pleasant beverage.
The scientific research report presented at the 5th Asian Congress of Dietetics 2010, proves, that Fadna Diabe Tea instant preparation effectively lowers blood glucose and can be used as a supportive treatment in the diabetics to control the fasting glucose and glucose clearance without toxicity. Long term use could help lower the pharmacological therapeutic dose. The scientific report too, lays emphasis that Fadna Diabe Tea will not have any undue influence on the kidney and the liver.
Fadna Diabe Tea provides a perfect answer to those caught up in a busy life style and unable to live a regimented life with proper exercise and diet. Fadna Diabe Tea is able to control your diabetes condition and offer you the control that you cannot bring about by other means. This is a promise that you can fulfill for yourself by using Fadna Diabe Tea and experiencing the difference.


Paths to the Peak

Ecology, landscape and culture on Sri Lanka’s sacred mountain
Until June 5
Paths to the Peak is an exhibition of photographs by Ian Lockwood.
Opening ceremony: Friday, May 20, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Venue: Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekdays), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sunday)


Promo of e-music in Sri Lanka

A Franco-German project

With the support of the Embassies of France and Germany in Sri Lanka Institut français in partnership with DJ Academy, Yes FM, Bang and Silk between May 18 and 21, the Goethe-Institut and the Alliance Francaise de Kotte are setting up a common programme to promote the development of electronic music production in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s music scene has shown a growing interest in electronic music and DJ-ing. Musicians, event organisers, radio stations and labels try to connect to this sector of global youth culture and to set up local capacities for music production, event management and marketing.
May 18 and 19
Workshops will take place at the DJ Academy of Colombo, 24, Averihena Road, Polhengoda, Colombo 5, with Sri Lankan, German and French electronic music artistes who will cover the artistic exchange and the transfer of knowledge, especially on computer based composing and technical skills.
Friday, May 20
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Goethe Institut, at 39, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7, will host a symposium involving the four German and French artistes with the representatives of the current structures of the Sri Lankan labels and opened to all the participants interested in the production of electronic music in Sri Lanka. This symposium will be inaugurated by Ambassadors of France and Germany.
Saturday, May 21
Silk Club, 41 1/2 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7, a common performance of Sri-Lankan, French and German music acts will be the visible outcome of the whole programme. The format of a DJ-night will target a mostly younger audience of electronic music lovers.
Tickets will be sold at Alliance Française de Kotte, 139 Jawatte Road, and at Goethe Institut, 39 Gregory’s Road, and at the door on the day of the function.
The Sri Lankan and European line-ups for this event (symposium and concerts) are the following:
• Tareeq Musafer, DJs Academy, Sri Lanka
• Ramzi Cassim, Programme Manager and Yes FM station head Sri Lanka
• DJ Tim, alias Timmy Classen, Sri Lanka
• DJ Shiyam, alias Shyam Mohideen, Sri Lanka
• DJ Asvajith , alias Asvajith Boyle, Sri Lanka
• “Jackmate” alias Michael Baumann, Germany
• “Basteroid” alias Sebastian Riedl (Areal Records), Germany
• “Unu” alias Maud de Montigny (Darek Recordings/Chocoflash), France
•Alex Millan, alias Alex Unkovick, (Kompakt Records), France


Book launch

Dambadiva Asiriya authored by Nitha Wickramasinghe (former Deputy Cultural Director of Kalutara district) was launched recently in Bhudda Gaya, India. The book extensively describes valuable information for pilgrims and enthusiasts who would like to visit Bhudda Gaya.
Author Nitha Wickramasinghe, presented the first copy to Chief incumbent of Bhudda Gaya Vihara Ven. Panditha Haputhale Wimaladhamma Thera. Chief incumbent of Kalutara Sri Bodhirajarama Vihara Shastrapathi Ven. Pugngnasiri Thera had generously sponsored the publication of ‘Dambadiva Asiriya’ book.


The Sting

Tuesday, May 24
Year: 1973
Duration: 129 minutes
Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Set in 1936, the movie’s about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner.
Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other.
But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


Northern Ireland trade delegation visits Sri Lanka

The first trade delegation from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka arrived for a two-day scoping visit recently. The 13 companies and representatives from two universities met government officials, local business community and chambers of commerce.
British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, John Rankin, hosted the delegation at his residence on April 4, 2011, along with key representatives of the Sri Lankan business community. Speaking at the reception, the High Commissioner welcomed the delegation and said, “Sri Lanka has both historical and personal ties with UK. Our relationship remains strong and the arrival of the very first trade delegation from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka is a testament to the strengthening of this bond. I believe this delegation couldn’t have come at a better time than now. The end of the war has provided a boost to all business sectors of the economy and I believe that both Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka are have a lot in common, including shared experiences. This visit to the Sri Lankan market may be the first for many of the Northern Ireland delegates here – but I’m sure it won’t be the last. As I have discovered already, Sri Lanka is a great place to make friends.”
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), the commercial arm of the British High Commission, works to increase bilateral trade between the two countries. The UK is Sri Lanka’s second largest trade partner by volume, after India and the second largest FDI contributor after China.


Cultural evening

Monday, May 16
Fiddle and Dance: A Journey through Norwegian Traditions, organised in association with Royal Norwegian Embassy, Colombo and Sewalanka Foundation
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.

Public talk

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.


Monday, May 16

Media Studies in Asia: Theory and Practice, a lecture organised by Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka by Dr. Kalinga Seneviratne, Head of Research and Capacity Building, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore.
Venue: Mahaweli Centre, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Club Night

Saturday, May 21
Organised by Goethe-Institut Colombo and Alliance Francaise, Kotte. Tickets available at the Goethe-Institut Colombo and Alliance Francaise, Kotte
Venue: Silk Lounge Bar, 41 ½ Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7
Time: 8:30 p.m.


Islamic lecture (for males)

Monday, May 16
An Islamic lecture, on the topic Duties and Responsibilities of Both the Employer and Employee delivered by Sheik Mufthi M H M Yoosuf (Abu Umar) insha Allah, immediately after Isha prayers.
All are welcome.
Venue: Majmaul Khairath Mosque, 30/1, Nimal Road, Colombo 4