On June 4, at the
Ladies’ College Hall, the Symphony Orchestra of Sri
Lanka will present a dynamic concert programme,
under the baton of the German Conductor, Dr. Hans-Jurgen
Sri Lanka’s music loving audience will be treated to
a rare performance of Beethoven’s violin concerto,
which is widely considered to be the greatest piece
of its kind, by Prof Gottfried Schneider of the
Munich School of Music and Theatre. Prof Schneider
is described as “one of the few German violinists in
his generation of international standing.”
Schuberts Rosamunde Overture was originally written
for a play that flopped but the music is one of
Schuberts most popular works, with its many changes
of mood, thoroughly theatrical and easy to listen to
Siegfried Idyll was composed by Wagner as a birthday
present for his wife, Cosima, the daughter of Franz
Liszt, with whom he had three children. The Idyll is
described as a labour of love and devotion to his
wife and children, in particular to his son
Siegfried, who was born just a few months prior to
the composition. What was meant to be a “symphonic
birthday poem” is now the most performed of Wagner’s
Box plan and tickets are at Titus Stores, Liberty
|One meal – ten
|Until May 31
A quick lunch with a variety that is unbelievable
awaits you at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel. A menu has
been drawn up with 28 delectable 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.
For more information call: 2491949.
Venue: Long Feng, Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo
Time: 12 noon to 3 p.m.
Picture Book Illustration in Germany
Thursday, June 2 to Saturday, June 11
The exhibition aims to provide a distinctive insight
into the work of important German illustrators and
book designers on the basis of 13 representative
In addition to internationally renowned classics as
Klaus Ensikat, Wolf Erlbruch or Janosch Younger
artists will be presented whose work reflect the
latest trends of the German children’s book
The exhibition exemplifies the scope of different
working methods: Some artists are extending the
traditional art of drawings in an innovative and
original way, others, especially the younger
generation experiment with digital picture design.
During the exhibition there will also be a book
reading for children in the children’s section of
the Public Library where selected German books will
be read out in Sinhala as well as in English on
Venue: Public Library Colombo, Sir Marcus Fernando
Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Director: Sriyantha Mendis
Venue: Rukmanidevi Memorial Theatre, Negombo
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
Friday, June 3
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.
Cast: Sriyantha Mendis, Kusum Renu, Sarath
Kothalawela, Wasantha Vittachchi, Malkanthi
Jaysinghe, Sujeewa Priyalal, Mihiri Priyangani
Music: Professional music director Anthony Surendra.
Choreography: Senior Lecturer Ariyarathne
Gabbara Minisa (Pregnant Man) is an adoption of
Ajith Mendis from the book written by W S Wijesinghe.
Tickets are available at Minal Digital Colour Lab,
Rukmani Devi Theatre, Elphinstone Theatre, Sarasavi
Book Shop, Nugegoda and Sadeepa Book Shop, Borella.
Saturday, June 4
Naribena with Jasaya and Lenchina
Dayananda Gunawardena’s Darama Naribena Samaga
Jasaya Saha Lenchina
Cast: Rodni Warnakula, Bandula Wijeweera, Sarath
Kulanga, Gayani Prabuddika, Rathnasheela Perera,
Jayanath Bandara, Saman Gunawardena, Sunil
Thilakarathna, Wasantha Gunawardena, Indika
Music: Kapila Pugalaarachchi
Costumes: Airangani Gunawardena
Dancing: Rohana Baddage
Tickets: Sarasavi Book Shop, Nugegoda, Sadeepa Book
Shop, Borella and Elphinstone Theatre, Colombo 10
Venue: Elphinstone Theatre
Time: 3:30 and 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1
Punchi Apata Den Therei and Toppi Welenda
Play House - Kotte, the leading children’s play
producer, presents the two children’s plays Punchi
Apata Den Therei and (We Know It Now) and Toppi
The Play-House Kotte was established in 1981 by
Somalatha Subasinghe to further the cause of
Children’s and Youth Theatre in Sri Lanka. In its
journey over the past 30 years the Play House Kotte
has been able to produce a repertoire of plays for
children and youth with a high artistic quality.
Some of these productions have been internationally
Punchi Apata Den Therei and Toppi Welenda are based
on well-known folk stories. All plays are produced
as musicals and in the adaptations, new characters
and situations have been incorporated particularly
to communicate with the Sri Lankan child. The
production style of the plays has been developed so
as to give the young audiences as well as the whole
family an aesthetic journey of entertainment.
Choreography, lighting, costumes, stage props, and
music of the dramas have been carefully crafted to
convey the children a sense of basic art forms and
The music enhances the sense of beauty of the
visuals generated on stage by the professional
theatre group of the Play House Kotte. The
composition of music of these dramas has been based
also on our traditional melodies which are modified
and adopted into the present context.
The language of these theatre pieces are both
musical and performance based. They have been
developed in a manner to inculcate in children a
sense of pride in our own culture as well as to
promote the importance of the institution of family
and its values.
The lessons of love, humanity and world awareness
for children are refreshingly presented in the
plays. The plays provide the opportunity for an
intellectual and entertaining discourse with
Both plays are written and directed by Somalatha
Music: M R Chulasinghe
Cast: Wickrama Seneviratne, Rohitha Karunaratne,
Mayura Kanchana, Dilum Buddhika, Sulochana
Weerasinghe, Geetha Alahakoon, Nimmi Priyadharshini,
Lahiru Nimantha, Pramod Edirisinghe, Dilip Kumara,
Thilina Prasad, Ayesh Perera, Purna Dilhani, Palitha
Venue: Youth Center, Maharagama
Time: 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
|Fête De La
Alliance Française de Colombo, is once again
organising ‘Fete de La Musique’
(International Music Day) on Saturday, June 18 from
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at their air conditioned
auditorium at No. 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7. This
unique musical event ‘Fête de La Musique’ began in
France in 1982 on June 21 and now this music
festival is celebrated all over the world and every
year professional and amateur musicians in France
take to the streets and parks on this day to
celebrate the arrival of summer after a dismal
spring. It is free of charge and thousands and
thousands of people flock to these parks, streets
and performers embrace all kinds of music and
nothing is out of place and it goes on the whole
Here in Sri Lanka, this is your chance to expose
your hidden musical talents, it is for everyone
amateurs, professionals (no age limit–children as
well as adults), and you could sing in any language.
Individuals, school bands, schools music clubs,
Interact clubs, music groups, ballet schools/groups,
dancing schools, music associations etc,.
If you can sing (in any language), play any musical
instrument, dance etc.. this is the big day for you.
Pop, Jazz, Rap, Country and Western, Disco, Rock,
Baila or anything in Music goes…..
Its free of charge and the organisers Alliance
Française de Colombo will provide the hall, sound
systems and also background music by Annesley
Malewana and Super Chimes or you could play your own
musical instrument or have your own music or group.
Hurry! Please contact the Alliance Française de
Colombo at 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 07 - Tel
2694162/2693467 to obtain application forms.
|The Board of Trustees of the Shikh Usman
Waliyullah Shrine and Masjid (Dewatagaha Mosque) had
elected the following office bearers at the 33rd
board meeting held recently.
Chairman: Al-Haj Naizer Cader
Managing Trustee: Al-Haj Falah Mowlana
Secretary: Al-Haj Muhammed Hamza
Treasurer: Afhara Cassim
Asst. Secretary: Al-Haj Dr A M Yakoob
Asst. Treasurer: Al-Haj A C Abdul Latheef, Shikh
Usman Waliyullah Shrine and Masjid
The maiden book of
Lakshitha Mataraarachchi Your Home Studio launched
on May 27, at the Colombo Public Library Auditorium.
This is the first ever book to be published in Sri
Lanka on the area of computerised music studio
techniques, and its specialty is that it also
includes a range of topics for students following
music as a subject at G.C.E (O/L) examination.
The inaugural speech made by the well-known composer
Nawarathna Gamage who addressed the gathering on the
subject of music. This was followed by a workshop on
Until May 30
Wet on Wet, an exhibition of watercolour paintings
by Nimal Karunadasa, a cartoonist and a poet
Venue: Alliance Française de Kandy
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Until May 31
Sadaham Sithuvili, the 84th exhibition of paintings
by Wasantha Namaskar
Venue: Sri Vidyananda Maha Pirivena Art Gallery.
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
Until June 18
S Vijayalajan and M Manokar’s Exhibition, organised
by the Theertha International Artists Collective
Venue: Theertha Red Dot Gallery, 36 A, Baddegana
Road South, Pitakotte
Time: Monday to Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Dances with Wolves
Tuesday, May 31
Duration: 181 minutes
A “truly spectacular” (The New York Times) film that
combines action, romance and breathtaking adventure,
Dances With Wolves is “a cinematic masterpiece”
(American Movie Classics) that is nothing short of
“a triumph” (Roger Ebert)!Sent to protect a US
outpost on the desolate frontier, Lt. John Dunbar
(Kevin Costner) finds himself alone in the vast
wilderness. Befriending the very people he’s sent to
protect the outpost from, the Sioux Indians, Dunbar
slowly comes to revere those he once feared. But
when the encroaching US Army threatens to overrun
the Sioux, he is forced to make a choice one that
will forever change his destiny and that of a proud
and defiant nation.
Venue: American Centre,
44, Galle Road, Colombo 4.
Time: 6 p.m.
Ireland trade delegation visit to 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