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Events


Free Ayurveda dispensary by CMC

There could be a number of such instances of wonderful opportunities for the people, and this is one such opportunity by the Colombo Municipal Council at No. 332, Duplication Road, Kollupitiya right through the week.
People who need attention and appreciate Ayurvedic attention present themselves for this voluntary service given with much dedication and ability.
This wonderful service by the Colombo Municipal Council including other parts of Colombo is a tremendously bene-volent health care service for the citizens, they can never be in want of healing attention and services.
Some of these wonderful gestures and services are often unknown to most citizens, and therefore inquiries from others could be most helpful in discovering the closest Ayurveda dispensary.

 

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.
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

 

Wana Mandale Bisaw, Me Mahakanda launches
A creation of poetry (Wana Mandale Bisaw) and a CD of songs by Sunil Sarath Perera will be launched at Buddhist Cultural Center, at Sri Sambudathwa Jayanthi Mawatha, Colombo (Thunmulla Junction) on June 23, 2011 at 3.30pm.
The discussion will be presided over by the Vice Chancellor of Sri Jayawardenapura University, Professor Ven. Bellanwila Wimalaratana Thero, while the keynote address to be delivered by Professor at Hawaii University Wimal Dissanayake. Professor of Sinhala Section, Kelaniya University Darshana Ratnayake, popular Lyricist Mahinda Dissanayake and popular singers will also participate.

 

Avurudu celebration by elders

The NGO Forum on Ageing (NFOA) is counting 12 years - founded in 1999, the UN Year of the Older Person - to bring together Carers of Elders, both individuals and institutions, to focus on elders who are an integral part of the nation who have contributed immeasurably to its development and welfare.
The Forum is registered with the Ministry of Social Services and acts as an advocacy group on behalf of elders to obtain for them enhanced financial facilities through higher interest rates on their bank deposits, insurance policies and more concessions on the elders ID card.
The NFOA also organises fun events for elders. This year too the traditional Avurudu celebration was held at Subud House, Bambalapitiya on May 25. Elders from 15 elders’ homes totaling 75 elders participated in the fun: traditional games, raban playing, singing, dancing resulting in camaraderie and in making new friends, while enjoying refreshments and relaxation. The highlight of the evening was the selection of the Avurudu Kumari and the Avurudu Kumaraya.
Manel Abeysekera
Founder, NGO Forum on Ageing (NFOA),
Member, Executive Committee

 

Lyceum close to a score

What a glorious moment this is -18 years old. It is indeed an invaluable milestone in the history of this institution. This institution was the brainchild of Mohan Lal Grero. It had always been his endeavour to share the immense academic and moral benefits which had accrued to him through education. It was a dream, a desire, a wish. In order to make his dream come true he had to traverse the thorniest paths imaginable.
Thus, Lyceum International School was born on the 14th of June, 1993. It began in a simple manner with seven students and four teachers, housed in two classrooms and an administrative office. Today, this very same school has expanded adequately enough, to include areas which lie outside the city of Colombo. Including the parent school, situated in Nugegoda, the arteries spread out to Wattala, Kandana, Panadura, Gampaha and Ratnapura. Presently all the schools have a total number of academic and non-academic staff at 1800 and the student population numbers around 12,500 island wide.
At Lyceum, games and sports play a major role in the lives of the children. This is facilitated by football fields, basketball courts, cricket pitches, grounds, synthetic tracks and swimming pools. Tennis, badminton, and karate are some of the other sports. Extra Curricular activities include drama, chess, debating, public speaking and scrabble.
It has always been a strong belief of the school management that what builds society is creative, inventive, vital activity and this is fuelled by the integrity of the mind and purpose, a spirit of tolerance and hard work.

 

Donations to A’pura, Chilaw rural hospitals

Rotary Club of Colombo Fort handed over two fully equipped dental surgeries to Thambagalla Central Dispensary in Chilaw and Rathmalgahawewa Hospital in Anuradhapura which serve in total over 25 villages.
The funds were raised through a Matching Grant for a Dental Health Care project from Rotary International with Rotary Club of Bendigo-Sandhurst, Victoria taking the lead role in this humanitarian venture.
Rs. 600,000 worth of equipment including a state-of-the-art dental chair was donated to Rathmalgahawewa Hospital, Anuradhapura in January 2011, after a simple ceremony.
A further Rs. 450,000 worth of dental equipment including a dental chair was donated to Thambagalla Central Dispensary by the Rotary Club of Colombo Fort together with the Y’s Men’s Club of Kotte. Provincial Council Member, Sanath Nishantha accepted the donation recently.
Thambagalla Central Dispensary serves a population of 20,000 in the Chilaw/Madampe district. The dental surgeons have to travel by foot to visit 15 to 16 villages due to lack of proper transport facilities and sometimes even being confronted by wild elephants. This central dispensary is visited by almost 100 expectant mothers every day and the new dental surgery will help these young women with their oral health care as well as the community at large.
H R Dissanayaka, a resident of the area and also the president of the hospital committee, thanked the Rotary Club and the Y’smen Club for their initiative and assistance.

 

AGM of Bens OBU

Sunday, June 26,
The 107th AGM of the Old Boys’ Union of St. Benedict’s College will be held on Sunday, June 26, will be preceded by Holy Mass at 9:30 a.m.
All old boys are cordially invited to be present for the Holy Mass and the annual sessions followed by a fellowship lunch and get-together at the Old Bens Sports Club.
Kindly contact the following, for Lunch Reservations: Anton Leon - 0714-805287, Chandra Bastian - 0775 984580, Ashan Stanislaus - 0777 558244, Peter De Croos 0776 396060, Darrel Ludowyke - 0777 414567.
Venue: St. Benedict’s College Hall
Time: 10:30 a.m.

 

Films

Ridicule
June 24 June
Genre: Romance
Director: Patrice Leconte
Year: 1996
Running time: 102 minutes
Synopsis: Grégoire Ponceludon de Malavoy of the 18th century French countryside, is wealthy in property and high in social position but poor in cash. Local peasants, dependent upon his largesse for their income are in poor health, the result of a festering marsh that, if drained, could solve the villagers’ illnesses and create valuable farmland.
Venue: Alliance Française de Kotte, 139, Jawatte Road, Colombo 5
Time: 6 p.m.

The Verdict

Tuesday, June 21
Year: 1982
Running time: 129 minutes
Synopsis: In this 1982 courtroom drama written by David Mamet and directed by Sidney Lumet, Paul Newman found the perfect role for a transitional period of his stellar career. As alcoholic Boston lawyer Frank Galvin, Newman shook off his screen persona as a handsome, blue-eyed hunk to portray an aging, weary man whose best years are behind him, with a shot-glass future that looks very bleak indeed. But when Galvin is given a chance to redeem himself by proving medical negligence in the case of a comatose woman–he makes one final effort to regain his self-respect and tarnished reputation.
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44 Galle Road, Colombo 4
Time: 6 p.m.

Tuck Everlasting

Saturday, June 25
Year: 2005
Running time: 90 minutes
Venue: American Centre Colombo, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 4
Time: 3:30 p.m.

 

Drama

Balloth Ekka Be
Saturday, June 25
The hilarious comedy Balloth Ekka Be written and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathna
Cast: Wijaya Nandasiri, Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Saman Hemarathna (Leelasena), Kumara Thirimadura, Sarath Kothalawela, Sarath Kulanga and Anusha Dissanayakea
Music: Shantha Peiris
Stage set design: Luvolin Vandervol
Stage management: Asoka De Zoysa and Shantha Udaya Kumara
Costume design: Gihan Fernando
Lighting: Ranga Samarakoon
Make up: Saman Hemarathna.
Tickets: Available at the Lionel Wendt Theater.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m. / 7 p.m.


Naribena
Sunday, June 26
Dayananda Gunawardena’s famous drama Naribena and Jasaya Saha Lenchina
Cast: Rodney 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: Available at the Lionel Wendt Theater, Colombo 7

Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Colombo, Colombo
Friday, June 24
Indika Ferdinando’s Colombo Colombo which received seven awards including Best Play of the Year at the National Theatre Festival 2010
Ferdinando won Best Playwright and Best Director, while Anuasuya Subasinghe received the award for Best Performance - Female. The play also clinched Best Music Composition, Best Choreography and Best Stage Management.
Colombo Colombo represented Sri Lanka at the South Asian Women’s Theatre Festival 201 0 and the Kathmandu International Theatre Festival 2010.
This tragi-comic musical play is fast-paced, theatrical, and bursting with energy, and constantly attempts to tap into the imagination of the audience to create an exciting theatre experience. Tickets are available at the gates of Lionel Wendt Theater.
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo 7
Time: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

 

June 19 Sunday
Ediriweera Sarathchandra’s Maname
Venue: Elphinstone Hall, Maradana
Time: 3:30 p.m. / 6:45p.m.

June 20
Ediriweera Saratchandra’s Kada Walalu and Elova Gihin Melova Awa
Venue: Kalutara Town Hall
Time: 8:30 a.m. / 10:45 a.m.

June 21
Somalatha Subasinghe’s Thoppi Welenda and Punchi Apata Den Therai, a drama for children
Venue : Kurunegala Town Hall
Time : 8:30 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.

June 24
A classic masterpiece of Henry Jayasena’s Hunuwataye Kathawa
Venue: Elphinstone Hall at Maradana
Time: 3:30 p.m. / 6:45 p.m.