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Tonight, a night of drums with Tyronne

“Different sounds of drums, just through one drum kit.” Back from a stint abroad, this is what fans can expect when they see Tyronne Silva who has developed a unique style of drumming, on stage with his band Rhythmaya today at Chilaw in Sudasuna at 7.30 p.m.

Tyronne will perform, “two drum solos, different styles of music tracks and Tamil, Hindi, and Sinhala songs with a different twist. This will definitely be a new experience to cherish,” he promises.

Stefanie Sylla, an award winning violinist in Germany who is also skilled with the piano and trumpet, and Kamal Addera Arachchi, Sri Lankan actor, singer and presenter will be rocking the audience together with Rhythmaya as the guest artists.

Tyronne will share his experiences in Germany during the show. Though he has featured in many solo concerts this is the first time that Tyronne will be on stage together with his band- Kanchana Jayasinghe (Bass), Pathum Fernando (Guitars), Dominic Perera (Vocals, Guitars), Mihindu Ariyarathne (Vocals), Milan John (keyboard). Tickets are available at Chilaw Arts.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi choir presents A King is Born

The choir of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Mount Lavinia presents "A King is Born!" - a worship service of Nine Lessons and Carols, celebrating the Nativity on Saturday, December 18 at 6 p.m. at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 80, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia.

The service of Nine Lessons and Carols traces highlights of history as recorded in the Bible, beginning with a lesson from Genesis with the story of the fall of man, the promise of the Messiah, the birth of Jesus and concluding with the ninth Lesson from John, unfolding the great mystery of the incarnation. Interspersed with the readings are popular carols for choir and congregation. The service traditionally begins with the singing of the processional hymn, "Once in Royal David's City" followed by an anthem for Christmas "Christians awake, salute the happy morn" composed by J.H. Maunder.

Along with other traditional Christmas works are more recent offerings by composers/arrangers, David Willcocks ("Birthday Carol"), Bob Chilcott ("What Child is this?"), John Rutter ("Angel's Carol"), "Do you hear what I hear", "Oh Holy Night!" and "Noe! Noe!" (Mack Wilberg). The theme is based on an arrangement by Steve V. Taylor "A King is Born!". The service concludes with the blessing of the crib and the recessional hymn "O Come All Ye Faithful".

Colombo Chetty Association’s Christmas party

The Colombo Chetty Association of Sri Lanka will hold its annual Christmas party on December 17 at the Lions Activity Centre, Hekitta Road, Hendala, Wattala from 7 p.m. onwards. A fun-filled programe has been arranged for members and well-wishers.

Winning entries from the wilds on display

The winning and commended entries of the Yala Village - Etisalat Nature Photographer 2010 are on display at the Lionel Wendt Gallery today.

Yala Village Hotel, a member of the John Keells Hotels Group and Etisalat Lanka joined hands to present the Nature Photographer of the Year 2010, an islandwide nature photographic competition which sought to showcase the skills of photographers and highlight the bio diversity prevalent in Sri Lanka's wilds.

This year's effort drew more than 280 contestants and over 800 wildlife images in both the senior and Junior categories.

The organizers were specifically looking for action oriented imagery that helps to raise the bar, hence "Birds in Action" and "Animal Behaviour" categories were designed, said Chitral Jayatilake, Head of eco tourism for John Keells Hotels.

An innovative new category was the Best Camera Phone Nature Photograph to be uploaded to the competition website. Tremendous interest was generated here with several hundred images being uploaded.

BC theatre workshop presents two plays

With the aim of helping young learners to gain confidence in themselves as fluent language users a series of drama workshops organised by the British Council Library commenced in September. Students learnt techniques in speech / breathing, body narratives and dance, as well as working as a group under the guidance of Anabella Brochard, a teacher of the British Council.

The theatre workshop team will present a public performance on December 14 at 5.30 p.m. at the British Council, Colombo. "Little Red Riding Hood" will be presented by the children aged between 6-10 while the older group (children between 11 to 14 years) would perform the "Heart of Ice".

For more information, please contact the British Council Library Help Desk on 4521496/4521587.

Presentation on Safe Bottle Lamp Project in Korea

Dr. Wijaya Godakumbura, Consultant Surgeon and President of the Safe Bottle Lamp Foundation made a presentation at 'The 19th International Conference on Safe Communities' held in Korea recently on the burn prevention work his NGO has been doing for the past 18 years.

The Sri Lankan project has received wide global recognition that includes winning four international awards, viz. Rolex, Lindbergh, Reader's Digest and World Challenge. They welcome donations to maximize their work (

AIDS Foundation marks World AIDS Day

The AIDS Foundation of Lanka observed the World AIDS Day with a comprehensive programme of several different components at the National Art Gallery on November 30. The chief guest was Member of Parliament Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle and the guest of honour Kishu Gomes of Chevron Ltd.

A telephone "hot-line" 011-2587444 to provide confidential and up-to-date information and advice on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections was inaugurated during the programme. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Lecture on Compiling glossary of Pali terms

'Compiling an Illustrated Glossary of Pali Terms', a lecture by Bhikkhu (Dr.) Varado will be held tomorrow, December 13 at 5 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.

The lecture is part of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka's Sambuddhathva Jayanthi lecture series.
All are welcome.

Kids, it’s Grand Buzz from Cinnamon Grand

Cinnamon Grand Colombo has kept its loyal younger customers in mind, with the introduction of the Grand Buzz. Chock full of special promotions, competitions, and even events pages highlighting the events that they participated in, the Grand Buzz is an entertaining kids' brochure with plenty of surprises and prizes to be won to keep the buzz going!

The brochure will initially be sent to the children who have already participated in Cinnamon Grand annual events such as Santa's Workshop, Nuga Gama tours, cookery programmes, story time, etc. Others can sign up when they participate in the many Cinnamon Grand events on offer throughout the year. There's no better time than now to sign up with Christmas Carnival and Santa's Workshop happening in a few weeks!

Remembering the less fortunate

Caught up in everyday life, we have often missed out on stopping to reflect on the lives of others who may not be so lucky or are emerging from the darkness of illness.

Recovery involves being helped by loved ones who know you best, immaterial of an ignorant society who will in time be inspired to ‘reach out’ with help, to protest against the branding and the marginalizing and accept it like any other illness.

‘Celebrating Cancer’ teaches us that it can’t always be worse than it is. That there are always blessings to be counted, within a society that cares.

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