A dramatic Easter musical

The Passion of His Love", a dramatic Easter Choral musical organised by the Ceylon Bible Society and presented by the Choir of St. Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia will be held on Wednesday, April 28 (poya day), at 5.30 p.m. at the Ladies College Hall, Colombo 7.

Created by Tom Fettke and Randy Vader and produced by Don Moen, the musical is interspersed with narration and drama and features new and favourite worship songs blending great hymns of the Easter season. "The Passion of His Love" presents the Easter message in a fresh and meaningful way.

The programme will also include the favourite hymn "Guide me O Thou great Redeemer" and the hymn that has crossed generational, denominational, and international boundaries -"How Great Thou Art".

The Gratiaen Prize short-list on Monday

The Gratiaen Prize is awarded every year to the best work of creative writing in English by a resident Sri Lankan writer. Created in 1993 by Michael Ondaatje with the money he received as a joint winner of the Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient, the Gratiaen has seen several distinguished winners over the years.

A total of 52 entries were received this year, both published and unpublished- novels, short stories, memoirs, plays and poetry and the shortlist of five will be announced on Monday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the British Council auditorium. The event is open to the public.

The panel of judges this year is Vijita Fernando, a past Gratiaen Award winner, theatre personality Rohan Ponniah and Dr. Asoka de Zoysa of the Department of Modern Languages of the University of Kelaniya.

For more on the Gratiaen, see their website

Reunion of Caucasian Chalk Circle team

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, staged in November 1966 at the Lionel Wendt marked a turning point in Sri Lankan theatre.

The instigation came from Professor E.F.C. Ludowyk then retired in London and the pioneer of classic literary drama in Sri Lanka as well as a seminal influence on his university colleague Professor Ediriwira Sarachandra, on the road to a Sinhala drama.

Forty four years on, there is to be a re- union at the Lionel Wendt on Sunday, May 9 of the actors and producers of the English Caucasian Chalk Circle. The pleasures of partying with the Chalk Circle music of Haig Karunaratna and nostalgia aside, preparations are being made for informal discussions on the significance of the 60s for Sri Lankan theatre, and about changes in the idea of theatre everywhere.

Actors and production people in the English Caucasian Chalk Circle are requested to contact Mohan Wijesinghe ( on 2583159) to attend this party and discussion.

Lecture on ' Understanding the Technological Achievements of Ancient Sri Lanka'

The National Trust of Sri Lanka's monthly lecture on ' Understanding the Technological Achievements of Ancient Sri Lanka' by Dr. Premala Sivaprakasapillai will be on April 29 at 6.30 p.m. at the Barefoot Gallery, Colombo 3.

Dr. Premala Sivaprakasapillai Sivasegaram, DPhil (Oxon.), MSc (Management), DIC, BScEng (Ceylon), FIE(SL), MICE, CEng. was the first woman to enter the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ceylon. She graduated with First Class honours in 1964 and was awarded a Ceylon Government University Scholarship, to Somerville College, Oxford, where she was awarded her doctorate in 1969. She then worked in the Ministry of Public Building and Works, UK, before returning in 1970 to the Department of Buildings. She was appointed Chief Structural Engineer in 1978.

She also served as Consultant, Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation, UK in Barbados, after which she proceeded to London in 1988 and completed a Master of Science (Management) degree at Imperial College.

She worked in the public and private sectors until she returned in 1997 to join the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Open University of Sri Lanka as Senior Lecturer. She retired in 2007.

Dilmah dinner postponed

The Dilmah Tea Company has announced the postponement of the Chefs & the Teamaker Grand Charity Dinner (featured in the Plus last week) which was to be held on April 26 at the Hilton Colombo due to the unexpected closure of European airspace and the cancellation of flights. Five of the twelve featured Chefs are from Europe and were unable to arrive in time for the event hence the postponement.
The charity dinner will now be held on July 26.

Get ready for Sri Lanka's first ever Hobby and Career Fair

Meet and swap tips with people with similar hobbies and interests, post pictures and display the results of your work, tell your story and learn from others' experiences. Sri Lanka's first ever Hobby and Career Fair, scheduled to be held in July, will be a hub for anyone interested in taking up an activity or hobby or simply looking for an opportunity to sell their products or services.

An Essay Competition will also be held for youth between the ages 15-25 on the topic "What a hobby means to me" in order to mark this exhibition. Essays should not exceed 1,500 words and must be typed or written legibly on A4 size paper. Essays can be submitted in Sinhala, Tamil, or English. The last day for submissions is May 31, 2010.

Winners placed first will receive a cash prize of Rs. 10, 000 and if the winner is a student, the winner's school will be rewarded with an additional Rs. 15, 000. The second prize is a mobile phone for each language group and the third prize is a gift voucher worth Rs. 5, 000 from a leading book shop.

To find out more about Hobby Fair 2010 Essay Competition or to book a stall, email or call 011 4931797.

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