Oriflame Sri Lanka recently launched the newest product in its 2011 portfolio - The Otara Handbag - the new stylishly chic handbag exclusively created by one of Sri Lanka’s leading entrepreneurs and fashion icon Otara Gunewardene.
This limited edition handbag sports a trendy colour and design perfect for today’s modern sophisticated woman. Made of shiny PU leather with a quilted stitch finish, its silver plaque is stylishly engraved for a luxurious finish while the bag’s strap safely carries your belongings with a magnetic click lock.
Managing Director Oriflame Sri Lanka Erik Stenback said, ‘This is undoubtedly a landmark event in the 14-year old history of Oriflame in Sri Lanka. This is the very first time that the Oriflame Catalogue is featuring a signature product inspired by a local personality. We’re both proud and honoured to have a person of the calibre of Otara Gunewardene on board which makes this a truly great achievement for Oriflame Sri Lanka’.
‘I’m delighted to team up with Oriflame on this very special project. A handbag is a much needed fashion accessory for a woman and one that a woman chooses with great care. This bag has been designed to suit every lifestyle with a combination of style, convenience and elegance. I’m happy to be a part of this venture and wish it lots of success’ said Otara Gunewardene.
‘Celeb Chat’ celebrates with Dr. Lester James Peries on his 92nd Birthday
CSN/Prime TV's Celeb Chat pays tribute to the Doyen of Sinhala Cinema Dr. Lester James Peries on his 92nd birthday which falls on Tuesday 05 April 2011.
Join LJP's long-standing colleagues in the film industry - the legendary Iranganie Serasinghe, Ravindra Randeniya and well known music composer Nimal Mendis (of 'Master Sir' fame), as they recall working with the maestro .. with an array of anecdotes, unforgettable incidents and fond memories.
Breaking away from the typical South Indian formula Ceylonese audiences were accustomed to, Lester James Peries changed the course of Sinhala cinema in December 1956 with 'Rekawa' (The Line of Destiny) which proved to be a "total commercial failure".
Dr. Peries recalls, "The biggest sociological study was why the audience couldn't understand the film .... I remember going to the Elphinstone Theatre incognito. Fortunately nobody knew me. I saw people were coming out saying, Why the hell did we come to see this film. It would have been better if we had bought bread for the crows (kaakkanta paang gaththanang.). That's what they were mumbling. Had I been recognised they would have even lynched me. They were really furious".
Despite negative audience reactions, 'Rekawa' however DID meet with great critical acclaim. It even went to the Cannes Film Festival in 1957 where there were eight masterpieces in competition. "I think it was one of the greatest years in the history of Cannes. It was the tenth anniversary. There was Robert Bressons "A Condemned Man Escapes", Andrzej Wajdas "Kanal", Kozinsevs "Don Quixote", Ingmar Bergmans "The Seventh Seal", William Wylers "The Friendly Persuasion" and Federico Fellini's "Nights of Cabiria", all films of 1956", Dr. Peries says.
Lester James Peries now enjoys a quiet retirement at his residence at the former Dickmans Road, now Dr. Lester James Peries Mawatha in Colombo 05.
Making a brief appearance on this special programme, he looks back on 92 years and modestly sums it up as a life well lived.
Join host Kumar de Silva on this special tribute to Lester James Peries at 9.30 pm on Monday, 4 April.
The repeat programme will be on Tuesday at 8.00 am.