commemorating World Environment Day
|By Pradeep Nishantha
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
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.
Tuesday, June 7
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.
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
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.
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,
Time: 3 p.m.
Sri Wijaya Vidyalasthanaya celebrates Buddha
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
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
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
The picture shows the participation of the
bank staff in Vesak Bodhu Bathi Gee Saraniya.
Exhibition of photography
Until June 30
Kotthitha Suthraya, an exhibition of
photography by Wasantha Namaskar
Venue: Sri Sambuddhathwajayanthi Visual Art
Gallery, Vidyananda Maha Pirivena, Vihara
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,
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
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.
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
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
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