Another Little Library by CUP

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 library.

The opening ceremony was held on April 7, 2011. CUP officials were also present on the occasion.


BC Narrative Prose speech contest
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.


Vesak Lantern Competition at British Council

The British 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 award
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 2011

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 Kelaniya.
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, totally unreleased.
The Ravibandu Vidyapathi Drum Ensemble will then show their great talent in an original performance with pianist Sundarie David.
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’

Veet 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 training.
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 women.
“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 Hambantota

The 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, Secretary


All Island JP

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 Magistrate recently.


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 info@royalasiaticsociety.lk.


Exhibition of photography

Ceramic Walls

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.

June 20
Ediriweera Saratchandra’s Kada Walalu and Elova Gihin Melova Awa
Venue : Kalutara Town Hall
Time : at 8.30 and 10.45am

June 21
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

June 24
A classic masterpiece of Henry Jayasena’s Hunuwataye Kathawa
Venue : Elphinstone Hall at Maradana
Time : 3.30 and 6.45pm