German Masterworks Concert

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 Nagel.
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 lyrical themes.
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 non-opera works.
Box plan and tickets are at Titus Stores, Liberty Plaza.


One meal – ten dishes
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.


Contemporary 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 positions.
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 illustration.
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 three days.
Venue: Public Library Colombo, Sir Marcus Fernando Mawatha, Colombo 7
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Gabbara Minisa
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 Kaluaarachchi
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 Jayasinghe
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 Welenda.
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 acclaimed.
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 meaningful entertainment.
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 children.
Both plays are written and directed by Somalatha Subasinghe.
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 Abeyratne.
Venue: Youth Center, Maharagama
Time: 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.


Fête De La Musique

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 day.
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.


Trustees of Dewatagaha Mosque
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


Your Home Studio launch

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 music editing.



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 p.m. (Sunday)

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
Year: 1990
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.


Northern 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 after China.