the past with Aavarjana
years is something to celebrate and that's what Holy Family Convent,
Bambalapitiya has been doing these past months since February 3.
And a bright
jewel in HFC's crown has been the rounded character formation of
that this convent school is so proud of. As part of this process,
Familians have been introduced to different kinds of cultural activities.
To show the
world the high achievements and talents in the field of dance, HFC
will bring to the stage Aavarjana, portraying the 30-year history
of oriental dance in the school.
dancing as a subject at Holy Family in 1972," says Visharadha
Swarna Mihiripenne, who has guided the "hand and footwork"
of hundreds of little ones, nostalgically. "At first, the dance
classes were held after school for the little ones but spotting
my talent and the enthusiasm with which the children took to it,
the then principal took me onto the staff to teach the upper school
children," she says with humility.
That was the
beginning and the school has come very far in this field since 1972.
Aavarjana will be a dazzling performance of colour and variety of
dance forms ranging from Kandyan to low-country and North Indian
folk and classical to South Indian classical. To add that extra
dimension and keep the audience tapping their toes will be a
special performance of kafferingha, which caught Sri Lanka by storm
with the advent of the Portuguese and has become very much a part
of the country's cultural milieu.
of nearly 90 past and present pupils in the age group 17 to 41,
Aavarjana will also feature the music coming down the ages. "Most
of the past pupils are mothers, housewives or professionals who
have just one thing in common - that they love dancing. They've
learnt under me. They and the present pupils have come together
to honour their school through dance drama. It's a look-back of
both dance and music. A series from yesteryear," as Ms. Mihiripenne
aptly puts it.
"exciting and fun" for the participants including Lilanka
Boteju, 18, there is a deeper meaning too for most of them.
As Deanna Brohier,
19, says, "I'm so proud to be part of this momentous occasion.
I'm a Burgher but love traditional dancing. As you can see, it reflects
what Holy Family is all about."
reflects just that - the strength of diversity.
on the boards at the auditorium of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya
on October 25 and 26 at 6.45 p.m.
Dear Love Birdy, (Letter withheld
I'm sorry your letter didn't reach me on time. Have you met
this guy since then? It's quite possible that he likes this other
girl. Then again, they might only be friends. You can try and make
some discreet inquiries from his friends. If you don't smile, let
alone talk, how do you hope to get his attention? Be friendly. It
won't hurt you either way. So just give him a smile the very next
time you bump into him and see how things work out.
it a try
I'm a boy of 16 studying for my A/Ls at a leading school in
Colombo. There's a girl who comes from Ratmalana in my tuition class.
She always looks at me. I know there's something special going on
between the two of us even though we haven't spoken to each other.
We just keep communicating with our eyes. Now I've fallen in love
with her. What can I do?
You can continue your eye contact,
forget about the whole thing or be a little bold and do some talking.
What do you think? Isn't it worth a shot? Ask for her note book,
the time etc. At least, it's a start. As time goes on, talking to
her won't be such a stressful experience. Good luck!
I'm a boy of 16. I finished my O/L exam last December. I fell
in love with a girl who comes to my English class. She's around
13. When her class ends, my class begins. That's how I met her.
She's one of my friend's sister's friends. Even though I don't go
to the class now, I see her quite often. My friend tells me she's
too young for me. Is she? I tried to forget her several times. I
love her so much, I could even die for her. How can I speak to her
and express my feelings or even get close to her as a friend? I've
got her phone number but how do I start a conversation? Please help
Dear Sick at Heart,
Sad to say, but your friend is right. She's only 13. Give her
time to grow and mature, for remember, she's just stepped into her
teens. You'll only end up disrupting her studies and getting her
into trouble with her parents. Why not start with something like,
'hey, aren't you in so and so's class'. Say that she looked so familiar
that you were sure you knew her from somewhere. Be friendly. Smile.
Talk but keep the subject of love out of your vocabulary for now.
Surely, you can make that sacrifice for the sake of true love.
Welangoda (Letter withheld on request),
I haven't come across your first letter yet. Please write in,
and let me know what's bothering you. I'm sorry, but I'm not authorised
to send you a direct reply but I will do my best to help. Maybe
you could borrow the paper from a neighbour or read it up at a library.
I wish there was a better way to help you out but until I know the
problem, there's very little I can do.