Photographic exhibition commemorating World Environment Day

Soba Ru

By Pradeep Nishantha Herath
To mark the World Environment Day that falls today, the National Association of Photographers - Sri Lanka (NAPSL) will conduct its member’s photographic exhibition on environment, Soba Ru.
Commenting on the event, Wimal Amaratunge, Executive Director of NAPSL said : “The environment is an area of great concern to many and in an attempt to create awareness to protect this bountiful treasure, the NAPSL is indeed proud of conducting its member’s photographic exhibition to mark the World Environment Day.”
The exhibition was declared open by Sarath Kotagama, Professor of environmental Science, Department of Zoology, University of Colombo, on Friday, June 3 and today is the last day it is open to public free of charge.
The theme of the 2011 World Environment Day is ‘Forests -Nature at Your Service.’ The NAPSL expects the participation of a large contingent of its members, set to showcase nature, using the visual language of photography. The NAPSL marked 30 years of its existence in 2010.
The National Association of Photographers - Sri Lanka (NAPSL), was founded in 1980 as a voluntary organisation with the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in order to popularise the art of photography among Sri Lankans. To achieve this goal, the NAPSL regularly organises photographic workshops, courses, annual competitions and exhibitions etc. NAPSL is governed by an executive committee elected annually by its members. Membership is open to all Sri Lankans who are interested in photography.
Venue: National Art Gallery in Colombo 7
Contemporary Picture Book Illustration in Germany

Until 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.


12 Angry Men

Tuesday, June 7
Year: 1957
Running time: 96 minutes
Synopsis: Sidney Lumet’s directorial debut remains a tense, atmospheric (though slightly manipulative and stagy) courtroom thriller, in which the viewer never sees a trial and the only action is verbal. As he does in his later corruption commentaries such as Serpico or Q & A, Lumet focuses on the lonely one-man battles of a protagonist whose ethics alienate him from the rest of jaded society. As the film opens, the seemingly open-and-shut trial of a young Puerto Rican accused of murdering his father with a knife has just concluded and the 12-man jury retires to their microscopic, sweltering quarters to decide the verdict. When the votes are counted, 11 men rule guilty, while one--played by Henry Fonda, again typecast as another liberal, truth-seeking hero--doubts the obvious.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.


IOM, SLBFE conduct training for migrants

IOM Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) will today organise a database and website management training for SLBFE officials at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo.
The training will help the officials to manage a database and website developed by IOM in consultation with the SLBFE for Sri Lanka’s newly-created Migrant Resource Centre (MRC.)
The MRC, which was set up under IOM’s European Union (EU)-funded “Dialogue on Facilitating Safe and Legal Migration from South Asia to the EU” project, will provide potential Sri Lankan migrants with essential pre-departure information on safe migration.
Other MRC activities will include disseminating information on the migration process, identifying job opportunities abroad and raising public awareness of the consequences of irregular migration.
“The database and website will help the MRC to provide better service to migrants and will facilitate information flow,” says IOM Sri Lanka Chief of Mission Richard Danziger.
“IOM and the SLBFE have already been hosting events to raise awareness of the MRC and we are currently developing a corporate profile and plan of action to ensure its sustainability,” he adds.


Book launch

Meth Bosath Bawata Gauthama Buduradunge Vivarana Labu Dutugamunu Maha Rajano by Rev Mukalangamuwe Pannananda Thera, a writer of historical texts will be launched today.
The book includes information gathered through archaeological research and historic books. It contains much unknown information.
Venue: Sri Jinendrarama Temple, Opatha, Kotugoda, Ja-ela
Time: 3 p.m.


Walana Sri Wijaya Vidyalasthanaya celebrates Buddha Jayanthi

Under the auspices of the head priest of Panadura, Walana Sri Wijaya Saugatha Vidyalasthana, Vijitha Nanda Thera, a series of religious activities were conducted commemorating 2600 Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi.
On the Vesak Day at an auspicious time, the ran veta and the bodhi garaya of the Sri Wijaya Saugatha Vidyalasthana were opened by the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa. Hundred priests going begging for arms, an exhibition of relics and a bathi gee competition and show were other events organised.


Bathi Gee by People’s Bank

People’s Bank Western Zone II Office commemorated the 2600th Anniversary of Advent of Buddhism by organising a Vesak Lanterns competition, Dansal and Bodhu Bathi Gee Saraniya in its 22 branches attached to Colombo Outer Region.
This Vesak Zone was declared open on Vesak day by the Chairman of People’s Bank, W. Karunajeewa and was held for three days. The Board of Directors, D. J. D. Jayakody, Mrs. Lakshmi Sangakkara and. Mrs. Dharma Gammanpila, CEO/General Manager, N. Wasantha Kumar, Senior Deputy General Manager - Risk and Compliance, Sabry Ibrahim, Director Research, K. U. Pushpakumara, and Asst. General Manager, Western Zone II Office, Sunil De Saram were participated at these occasions.
The picture shows the participation of the bank staff in Vesak Bodhu Bathi Gee Saraniya.


Exhibition of photography

Kotthitha Suthraya

Until June 30
Kotthitha Suthraya, an exhibition of photography by Wasantha Namaskar
Venue: Sri Sambuddhathwajayanthi Visual Art Gallery, Vidyananda Maha Pirivena, Vihara Road, Matale



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.

Music festival

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.