all young musicians
The Institute of Western Music and Speech will
conduct the “Young Musicians of the Year –2006”
competition, as this year has been dedicated to children, and also
marks the 250th birth anniversary of child prodigy composer Wolfgang
Amadeus Mozart. The event has been organised to provide an opportunity
for children to display their talents.
The contest is open to solo pianists, violinists
and vocalists under 21 years of age. There will be four categories
for piano, which includes Primary, Junior, Intermediate and Senior,
and three categories for violinists, which will be Junior, Intermediate
Vocalists will be categorizsed as Junior (under
14) and Senior (under 21 years). The contestants in the Senior category
may choose to be Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass soloists.
While the winners of each category will receive
a trophy and a cash award, there will be a grand award presented
to the “Young Musician of the Year – 2006”, who
will be the most outstanding performer from all categories. The
semi-finals will be held on Sunday, July 9 at the Institute of Western
Music and Speech (IWMS), and the grand finale is scheduled for Saturday,
The I. W. M. S. being a premier examining body
for over 45 years in Sri Lanka, conducts various programmes annually
to encourage the participation of children and young adults in performance-related
activities in music and speech.
Panel discussion on solid waste disposal
The Environment Committee of the Sri Lanka Association
for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS) is organising a Panel Discussion
titled, “Solid waste disposal: barriers for a solution!”
Its objective is to identify barriers that had
hindered the implementation of various proposals that had been made
over more than a decade, for management and disposal of solid waste
generated at the household, commercial and industrial levels.
The lack of a proper mechanism for the disposal
of solid waste, particularly in urban areas, has resulted in the
piling up of garbage at almost every street corner. This has become
not only an eye-sore, but also a health hazard in the city and the
Though various proposals have been made and pilot
projects commenced in the past for proper management of solid waste,
many barriers – social, environmental, economic, legal and
political – have come up preventing local authorities from
implementing these proposed schemes.
It is hoped that the panel discussion will assist
policy makers in deciding on appropriate measures that should be
in place to overcome these barriers, including a suitable policy
framework. Resource persons for this programme are drawn from institutions/organisations
directly dealing with this problem.
The programme will be held on Wednesday, May 24
from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. in the SLAAS Auditorium at Vidya Mawatha.
Those interested in participating are requested
to send their names to the Administrative Officer, SLAAS on or before
An Osteopathic Centre for kids
The inauguration of the Lanka Osteopathic Centre
for Children (LOCC) was held on April 11 at the Bandaranaike International
Memorial Conference Hall with leading osteopaths, paediatricians
and medical specialists in attendance.
The President’s declaration of the National
Year of Children with the theme “A caring hand through childhood’s
land” motivated the LOCC team to expedite the setting up the
Lanka Osteopathic Centre for Children.
The Lanka Osteopathic Centre for Children was
conceived some 17 years ago by the late Professor Anton Jayasuriya
and some of his dedicated students. The first centre will be in
Galle, where the children felt the full brunt of the tsunami and
the trauma of its aftermath.
The Rajagamma Vihara will be the focal point for
treatment of children in need, being in close proximity to the Karapitya
The Osteopathic therapeutic modalities used will
be in harmony with both indigenous and western treatment, encompassing
restoration and realignment of mind, body and spirit. Paediatric
Osteopathy is a tried and tested modality with the pioneering centre
initially set up in London, championed by its then patron Princess
The vision of the LOCC is to set up a centre of
world excellence in Sri Lanka to train and treat both patients and
practitioners, and to duplicate this process worldwide in every
country and area of need.
Stage one is to set up complementary and integrated
osteopathic clinical centres in key locations in Sri Lanka, while
stage two looks to expand into medical centres, incorporating theatre
facilities for children with cleft palates, reconstructive surgery
and dental centres specialising in orthodontics and oral facial
dentistry, while stage three is to set up teaching centres of excellence
for children with learning difficulties to facilitate their further
education and integration into mainstream society.
Children will be treated for free with all auxiliary
and patient care costs borne by the LOCC.
Plants from Ruk Rakaganno
Ruk Rakaganno will hold a plant sale on Saturday,
May 27 at Kithu Sevana, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7 (next to
the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour and opposite the Met
Department) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ruk Rakaganno’s nursery focuses primarily
on Sri Lankan indigenous trees and stocks timber, flowering, fruiting,
ornamental and medicinal plants. Among other species on sale will
be Jak (18 month variety), Koboleela (Bauhinia), Rambuttan, Ebony,
Gammalu and many many more.
For more info or to book your plants early please
contact Pubudu/Premila/Tilaka on 2554438 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LC family picnic
The Old Girls’ Association of Ladies’
College will hold their annual family picnic on May 27 at Tangerine
Beach Hotel, Wadduwa.
Old Girls interested in participating could
contact a committee member for more details.
RASSL lecture series
The lecture of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri
Lanka for May 2006 will be held at 5 p.m. on May 29 at the Gamini
Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy
Mawatha, Colombo 07 on the subject “Greeks in the Mahavamsa”.
The lecturer will be Prof. Merlin Peris. All are
|The Rotary Club of Colombo Uptown recently
constructed ten tube wells for the fishing village of Mathangawatte
in Moratuwa. Picture shows President Manoji Samararatne opening
one of the wells.
||The inaugural show of R. R. Samarakoon’s
latest drama “Kaputu Bo” will be held at the Lumbini
theatre, Havelock Town on May 28 at 3.30 p.m. and 6.45 p.m.
The cast includes Gihan Fernando, Hashinika Karalliyadda, Prasannajith
Abeysuriya, Anusha Dissanayake, Shiromika Fernando, Ravindra
Ariyaratne and Yamuna Weerasekara. The music is directed by
Navaratne Gamage, stage management is by Ravindra Ariyaratne
and Jude Srimal, who presents the play, is production manager.
|The North Dakota State University
will be admitting 15 students from Sri Lanka this fall with
financial aid, including part time and full-time work, through
Priyanthi Dissanayake, University Placement Advisor.
The students from Kandy, Galle, Kurunegala, Wennapuwa and Gampola
are seen here at the US Embassy in Colombo with Cultural Affairs
Officer Angela Gemza.
|Students and staff of the Asian International
Infant School organised a bread dhansala to celebrate Vesak,
2006. The picture shows from left Vice Principal Sita Chelliah,
Deputy Vice Principal Marie Mendis and Headmistress of the Infant
School, Manrukka Pasquel in front of the dhansala.
||A poor family of four, living in a shed in
Aniyamulla, Kiribaththuduwa, Pogosowita received a wonderful
gift on Vesak Day. The youth of the village had constructed
a house for them and the Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman of Homagama,
Manjusri Arangala donated some chairs to the family. The father
of the family Wedikarage Susantha Silva, a labourer, thanked
all involved for their meritorious deed on Vesak day.
St. Patrick’s College
(Jaffna) Alumni Association, Colombo branch
The following office bearers were elected at the
94th Annual General Meeting of the St.
Patrick’s College (Jaffna) Alumni Association, Colombo
Branch for 2006/2007:
Patron – Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam
– Bishop of Jaffna, Vice Patrons – Rev. Fr. Dr. Justin
Gnanapragasam, Ph.D – Rector, St. Patrick’s College,
C. N. Lawrence and R. H. S. Phillips
President – Achilles Joseph (Retd, DIG),
Immediate Past President – J. S. Bastiampillai, Past Presidents
– M. D. Jesuthasan and B. J. Vincent, Vice Presidents –
J. B. M. Ponrajah, S. R. Swamipillai, Brig. H. L. David, N. T. Pathmadasa
and S. B. David, General Secretary – P. M. G. Selvarajah,
Asst. Secretary – L. R. Constantine, Treasurer – S.
Jesurasan, Asst. Treasurer – P. C. Arulranjan, Sports Secretary
– C. R. M. Chryshanthan, Social Secretary – Aloy Peter.
Committee members –Anton Gerard, W. C. M.
Gunaratnam, Anton Punithanayagam, S. P. Emmanuel, W. D. Jegan, R.
B. Prashanthan, N. V. Emmanuel, T. Mukunthan, Terrance Martyn, S.
F. Rajendra, A. A. Joshan and M. J. Dinesh.