|Another Little Library
The concept of “Singithi Pothgula” –
Little Library was introduced by Chilldren Upliftment
Programme ‘CUP’, in order to improve the reading habits and
the creative writing among children. The 9th Little Library
project steered by CUP was established at Sri Sugatha Sunday
School at Kandewatta, Kegalle. The children of Sri Sugatha
Sunday School would greatly benefit from this little
The opening ceremony was held on April 7, 2011. CUP
officials were also present on the occasion.
|BC Narrative Prose
|The British Council recently held Narrative Prose–Speech
Competition for children aged between 7-10 years and 11-14
years. The event was held on May 25, 26, 27, 29 and 30 and
was targeted at children in the age groups of 7-10 (junior
level) and 11-14 (senior level).
The qualifying rounds were held on May 25 and 27 for the
Junior Level and May 26 and 29 for the senior level. Out of
the 120 participants at junior level, 24 were chosen for the
finals held on May 30. For the Senior Level, 19 participants
were chosen out of the 84 participants to compete at the
final round. At the final round three winners each were
selected from the two levels.
The competition was judged by teachers from British Council
Teaching Centre and teachers at other local institutions.
The shortlisted participants were given guidance on
presenting at the finals by the judges following each day’s
selections. The finals were followed by an awards ceremony
with Tony Reilly, Country Director British Council presiding
and handing over certificates and gifts to the winners.
In Juniors’ category Azraa Saldin, Mohamed Zaqwan Zulfiqar
and Tehani Perera were the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd
places respectively while in Seniors’ category Ravisha
Randasmi Hapuarachichi, Senara Vidanapathirana and Minura
Manjith Manchanayaka became 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Competition at British Council
Council organised a Vesak Lantern competition to mark the
2600th Sambuddhatwa Jayanthi. Members and non-members above
15 years of age were given the opportunity to participate in
this competition. A number of colourful and creative Vesak
lanterns were submitted for the competition.
The lanterns varied in shape. There were some developed in
the traditional ‘attapattam’ style, while some had shaped
like lotuses and stars. Some of the lanterns were decorated
with tissue paper, others were innovatively made with
different raw materials.
A panel of judges selected the best three lanterns and
awarded them with first, second, and third places.
|Nuha Nilar wins int’l
|Fathima Nuha Nilar of Muslim Ladies’ College, Colombo 4
won two silver medals at the 18th Annual World Children’s
Picture Contest (9 years age group) organised by the IE-NO-Hikari
Association, Japan recently. More than 27,000 art works from
60 nations including China, Russia, Bulgaria, Indonesia and
Korea were submitted for the competition.
A total of 3,911 entries were submitted from Sri Lanka from
the 6 to 15 years age group. Two other Sri Lankan students
also won in the 7 years and 8 years age groups.
|Fête De La Musique
Wednesday, June 22
Fête De La Musique 2011 (Music Fiesta) jointly organised by
the Ministry of Cultural and Arts Affairs, BMICH, the
Alliance Française De Kotte and the Embassy of France will
be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011.
Fête De La Musique was born out of the idea to dedicate an
event to both music lovers and professionals who live to
share their passion for music with the public. This event,
launched for the first time by the French Cultural Ministry
in 1982, has now become an international event celebrated in
many countries all over the world.
June 22 afternoon will be dedicated to various Sri Lankan
musicians presenting their work to the audience. The French
school will inaugurate the afternoon, followed by the dance
and music group from Art Department of the University of
Then, several artistes will appear on stage, in several
groups. Five artistes, hundreds of possibilities! It’s also
the spirit of the Fête De La Musique to offer new
possibilities, new experimentations… the singers, Natasha,
Hania, Pabalu, Daisy and Wade will show an original project,
The Ravibandu Vidyapathi Drum Ensemble will then show their
great talent in an original performance with pianist
This afternoon will be followed by an explosive live
performance of the Sri Lankan and the French rock group
Stigmata and Merzhin from 8 p.m. onwards.
Renowned for their wild live shows, the six musicians of
Merzhin will be on tour in several Asian countries and will
present their last album “Plus Loin Vers L’Ouest” (Further
Westward), to the public of Colombo. Their music offers
intricate rock melodies full of energy and emotion to move
the public. After ten years of being on tour, more than 500
concerts and 200.000 albums sold, Merzhin continues on its
path to international fame and their new opus marks a real
turning point in the group’s career.
Venue: Bandaranaike Centre for Ethnic Studies (BCIS)
Time: 4 p.m. onwards
|Veet in the limelight
with ‘Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World 2011’
in collaboration with Derana TV, conducted the “Miss Derana
Veet Sri Lanka” beauty pageant with great fanfare and
publicity befitting the gala event at the Galadari Hotel,
Grand Ballroom. The winner of Miss Sri Lanka 2011 for Miss
World 2011 Pushpika De Silva who hails from Polonnaruwa, was
crowned by Miss Sri Lanka 2010 Ms. Fallon Ranasinghe. In
addition to the several other mini pageant titles, she won
the titles of Veet Top Model and best National Costume. She
will represent Sri Lanka in the forthcoming Miss World
2011pageant to be held in London.
Many aspiring young women from various parts of the country
competed for the prestigious crown with an opportunity to
gain invaluable experience and exposure in the company of
professionals in the relevant fields of beauty, posture,
personality development, grooming techniques and catwalk
Veet, for the fourth consecutive year is proud to sponsor
this event which showcased the talents, cultural heritage,
values and the inner and outer beauty of young Sri Lankan
“The event provided a great opportunity for these
contestants to cultivate their career goals, and experience
a host of other invaluable exposure that would leave a
lasting impression on their lives” endorsed the Assistant
Brand Manager of Veet, Chrishankar Janathanan of Reckitt
Benckiser. He added, “They also serve as spokespersons
representing the cream of young Sri Lankan women with the
possibility of becoming ambassadors of our country, working
with various organisations devoted to worthy causes”.
|Johanniter International Assistance to
Johanniter International Assistance of Germany in
collaboration with St. John Ambulance Sri Lanka constructed
a Disaster Management and First Aid Training Centre at
Hambantota recently. It was constructed at a cost of Rs. 8
million with the funds of The Johanniter International
Assistance of Germany. The building was officially opened by
Jens Schwalb who arrived from Germany recently.
In the picture from (L) are Jens Schwalb cutting the ribbon,
Rajah Sinnathuray Chairman St John Ambulance, Dr. D. W.
Weerasooriya Chief Commander, Dr. S. D. Samarage Director
Training, M. Gunatilake Vice Chairman and T. F. Jayah,
Retired Vice Principal M. M.
Chandrasena of Padavigampola, Rambukkana has been appointed
an All Island JP by the Minister of Justice Athauda
Seneviratne and he took his oaths before Kegalle District
|An invitation to
‘recreate’ ancient Anuradhapura
Over the last
few years, computer techniques have been developed to
digitally recreate on the Internet over the ancient cities.
For example, parts of ancient Rome and Greece have been
recreated and can be today explored by anybody on the
Internet. Over the last one year, the Royal Asiatic Society
of Sri Lanka (RASSL) by bringing together experts from Sri
Lanka, the USA, Canada and Australia have attempted to
digitally recreate ancient Anuradhapura. In its first
exercise, it has recreated the ancient Jetavanaramaya
complex from existing ruins and descriptions in literature.
This digitally recreated Jetavanaramaya can be seen today by
accessing the Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka website
(http://www.royalasiaticsociety.lk/). The basic techniques
have been mastered and as has been the case in construction
of other ancient cities, the RASSL is now calling for
volunteers with access to the Internet to collaborate with
them. By such popular collaboration, it hopes to recreate
all the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa sites so that from
home, a person could see and explore ancient Anuradhapura.
The RASSL experts have simplified the techniques to an
easily explainable level and will guide others who would
join with them. By collaborating with a large number of
persons in Sri Lanka with access to a computer and Internet,
it is hoped that the heritage of our forefathers will be
preserved. The Royal Asiatic Society is requesting those
interested in helping recreate our ancient sites to contact
it at email@example.com.
Until June 20
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3
|June 19 Sunday
Ediriweera Sarathchandra’s Maname
Venue : Elphinstone Hall at Maradana
Time :at 3.30 and 6.45pm.
Ediriweera Saratchandra’s Kada Walalu and Elova Gihin Melova
Venue : Kalutara Town Hall
Time : at 8.30 and 10.45am
Somalatha Subasinghe’s Thoppi Welenda and Punchi Apata Den
Therai, a drama for children
Venue : Kurunegala Town Hall
Time : at 8.30 and 10.30am
A classic masterpiece of Henry Jayasena’s Hunuwataye Kathawa
Venue : Elphinstone Hall at Maradana
Time : 3.30 and 6.45pm