Pirith, an alms giving at Nawala

In commemorating the 2600th year of Sri Sambuddathwa Jayanthi, youth of Nawala, Second Lane with generous donations of the inhabitants of the area had an all-night Pirith chanting ceremony and an alms giving the following morning for Maha Sanga. To mark this event a cattle and a calf also rescued from the slaughter house



Sadaham Sithuvili

Until May 31
Sadaham Sithuvili, the 84th exhibition of paintings by Wasantha Namaskar and declaring open of Sri Sambuddhatwa Jayanthi Art Gallery by Ven. Olaganwatte Chandrasiri Thera, Senior Lecturer University of Rajarata will be held at Sri Vidyananda Maha Pirivena, Vihara Road, Matale.
Venue: Sri Vidyananda Maha Pirivena Art Gallery.

Until May 30
Wet on Wet, is an exhibition of watercolour paintings by Nimal Karunadasa, a cartoonist and a poet and a teacher by profession.
Venue: Alliance française de Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Kandy open chess c’ship

The second edition of the Kandy Open Chess Championship, organised by the 64 Squares Chess Academy will be held from May 18 to 22, 2011.
The inaugural event last year was a resounding success with 260 players including players from India, Maldives and Nepal taking part. One of the main features of that tournament was the participation of 20 players from Jaffna. C Natraj from India won the tournament while Vithyarani from Jaffna was the best performer among the women.
This year’s event, which will have a total prize fund of Rs. 300,000, has already attracted all top national players. President of the 64 Squares Chess Academy, Rajendra Kalugampitiya said that 85 players with international ratings have already registered and expressed confidence that this would be a successful event.
‘It is a significant achievement considering the fact that the academy was founded only in March 2010. We already have three branches and have built up a reputation as the top such institution devoted to improving chess skills among children,’ Kalugampitiya said.
The organisers have deliberately scheduled the event to coincide with Vesak so that foreign players will have the opportunity to see first hand all events associated with Vesak, he added.
This is the 3rd international tournament organised by this young and vibrant club and all relevant details can be obtained from the official website, www.64squares.org.


Muhudata Tharaha Gihin

A children’s story written by former SLBC media personality and lyricist Suneetha Wickramage is now available in the book stalls. The cover and illustrations has created by Amritha Wickramage, a lecturer at the Science Faculty of University of Sri Jayawardanapura. Suneetha’s children’s book is an attempt to give an understanding of the natural disaster which occurred six years ago in Sri Lanka. The book is a publication of Bhadraji Enterprises.


Wine buffet

Wednesday, May 25
Swirl, smell, taste, and savour the flavours of eighteen aromatic wines. Complete the experience with a platter of cheese, carvery, asparagus and a buffet of accompaniments.
Venue: The Lounge, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



Friday, May 27
A Sri Lankan night: Sample traditional specialties such as hoppers, string hoppers, rotti, pittu, kottu and more.
Venue: Terrace, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel Colombo
Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Isipathana College OBA–UK

Brief minutes drafted on the Isipathana College Old Boys Association UK Branch AGM held on March 20, 2010 at So Asia Slough.
The following office bearers to administer the association for the year 2011 were elected:
President: Fazal Alavi
Vice President: Vijitha Gamage
Secretary: Achintha Rajapakse
Asst Secretary: Venura Weerasinghe
Treasure: Danajaya Weerasekara
Asst Treasure: Gamunu Peiris
Entertainment Secretary: Rohan Pathirana
Sports Secretary: Chandana Edirisuriya
Committee Members:
Lingeswaram Subramanium
Susantha Suwandarathne
Jayampathi Perera
Sisira Perera
Azar Shamsudeen
Pradeep Bulathsinhalage
Kosala Wicramasinghe
Amarathilaka Gamage
Fiyaz Hilmy
Azum Deen
Chandana Silva



The Sting
Tuesday, May 24
Year: 1973
Duration: 129 minutes
Synopsis: 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.

Four short films

Friday, May 27
Year: 2008
Duration: 55 minutes
Description: The four short films: Xavier Gens, Jean Luc Herbelot, Arnaud Malherbe and Pierre Ferrière following the tradition of detective films, fantastic and horror films, updated by their authors with the fears and preoccupations of today…
Please notice these ­films are for adults only.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.

Do Bigha Zamin

Monday, May 23
Language: Hindi
Director: Bimal Roy
Runtime: 131 minutes
Synopsis: A small Bengali landowner and his young son are in danger when their two-acre farmland where they live is in danger of being taken over by a local zamindar (feudal lord) for failure to pay mounting debits.
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7


Think Ten

One might think that you are being questioned when going to lunch at the Lakeside? Don’t worry, even if you do, there’s a big bonus at the end of it. A quick lunch with a variety that is unbelievable is what awaits you. This is what the Food and Beverage team has come up with. A menu has been drawn up with 28 delectable dishes. Yes, you read right, and that’s what you get, which is a detailed menu comprising 28 dishes from which you choose ten. Keep in mind the portions are per person and more than enough for anyone with a hearty appetite or not.
From Duck with spring onion and ginger, black pepper lamb, egg plant with hot garlic sauce, bean curd and mushroom, all of which are deliciously flavoured, there’s still so much more to indulge in. Chef Jason has taken it upon himself to give you a taste of his offerings where the different flavours of all the dishes will be long remembered. The stewards at the Long Feng had overheard some guests saying that having just four of the mentioned dishes were more than a meal in itself!
The catch is that this special lunch is only from Monday to Wednesday, every week till the end of May. So, if you haven’t already discovered this bounty, you might just want to make a dash from next week onwards. For just Rs.1200 plus taxes per person, it’s a deal. Do call the restaurant on 2491949 for reservations.
Venue: Long Feng, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.



World Buddhist Monuments and Artifacts Exhibition
Venue: BMICH, Colombo 7

Buddhist Art and Photography Exhibition
Venue: Art Gallery, Colombo 7

Until June 5
Paths to the Peak, Ecology, Landscape and Culture on Sri Lanka’s Sacred Mountain, an exhibition of photographs by Ian Lockwood
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)

Until May 24
Freshly Baked Series, an exhibition of paintings by Priyanthi Anusha and Sobith Wimalajeewa organised by Theertha Pradarshana Wasanthaya, Theertha International Artists’ Collective, curated by Pradeep Chandrasiri and Koralegedara Pushpakumara.
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana Road South, Pitakotte
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Sundays)

Friday, May 27
Made In Sri Lanka, the latest artwork of the Dutch artists Jeanne Geubbels-Denissen and Petra van der Plas
Venue: Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo 7


May 22 and 23
An Islamic lecture, on the topic Etiquettes of Parenting – An Islamic Perspective will be delivered by Sheik Mufthi M H M Yoosuf (Abu Umar) insha Allah, immediately after Isha prayers
Topics covered will be: Choosing a good mother, parents and their ranks, rights and duties, parent-child relationship, how to balance work and family, importance of parent-child bonding, focusing on children’s future, guiding children to success, justice and equality among the children, parent-child financial relationship, parental authority in children’s Nikah, ordering in abstaining from prohibited deeds.
All are welcome.
Venue: Majmaul Khairath Mosque, 30/1, Nimal Road, Colombo 4

Public talk

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.

Food festival

Vegetarian food festival
Venue: Greenpath, Golombo 7

Musical evening

Hornet’s Jazz Afternoon
Venue: CR and FC
Time: 11 a.m. onwards
Saturday, May 28
Chaos, a night of mayhem where music will be your only answer with some of the very best Djs in town take over
Venue: The Beach House, Mt. Lavinia
Time: 9 p.m.


International Film Festival – Cinema Dansala
Venue: BMICH, Independence Square and Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo 7
Children’s films
Venue: BMICH, Colombo 7

Cultural evening

An Evening of Indian Classical dance by Aru Sri Arts Theatre
Venue: Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7
Time: 6 p.m.