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Soul Sounds steps into 2011 with a Gospel concert

Premier female ensemble Soul Sounds begins the year with a 'Song of Thanksgiving,' concert featuring their extensive gospel repertoire on January 16 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre at 7.30 p.m. Prof Mark Wilson, conductor of UC Berkeley Gospel Choir, California will be Guest Conductor.

The concert promises lovers of spiritual and gospel music an evening of quality entertainment- with a difference because the audience will also be given the opportunity of selecting some of the repertoire they would like to hear the choir sing.

Prof. Wilson has been Guest conductor of Soul Sounds concerts over the past three years. Under his direction, the repertoire of this all- girl choir has expanded substantially, and their renditions of hymns, spirituals and gospel favourites have been acknowledged hits at their international tours. Their most recent tour to the USA saw the choir singing in churches in New York and Los Angeles, where these well known gospel songs were received by a very appreciative congregation.

Ranked with some of the most renowned choirs in the world, Soul Sounds have enthralled many an audience, both in Sri Lanka and abroad. Soul Sounds is the only choir to record an international album in 2004, when they were asked to record a single for a Tsunami project and shared the stage with Cliff Richard, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, Russell Watson (the famed contemporary tenor), Robin and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Steve Winwood, Boy George, Chicago and other musical celebrities.

The choir has won gold medals at the World Choir Games and is the only choir to have made many concert tours on invitation. The choir is directed by well known musician and pianist Soundarie David Rodrigo with Artistic Director is Jerome L de Silva.

Tickets are available at the Lionel Wendt Theatre from January 10.

Pension Dates for 2011

January 10 (Monday)
February 10 (Thursday)
March 10 (Thursday)
April 07 (Thursday)
May 10 (Tuesday)
June 09 (Thursday)
July 08 (Friday)
August 11 (Thursday)
September 08 (Thursday)
October 06 (Thursday)
November 09 (Wednesday)
December 08 (Thursday)

Sri Lanka studies abroad

A lecture on "Sri Lanka Studies Outside Sri Lanka: Challenges and Opportunities" by Prof. Karori Singh, Former Director, South Asia Studies Centre, Jaipur will be held at the Royal Asiatic Society at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 17 at the Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium of the Mahaweli Centre, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7.

De Lanerolle Bros take their music to the web

The De Lanerolle Brothers, Rohan and Ishan took their musical journey to another level when they launched their website on Wednesday at the Park Street Mews with friends and family present. No occasion is complete without a song and the gathering enjoyed a brief burst of music as the evening shadows fell.

Epiphany Carol Service at St. Michael’s Polwatte

The Services of Christmastide 2010 at St Michael's and All Angels, Polwatte, Colombo 3 will conclude with an Epiphany Carol Service by the Choir of St. Michael and All Angels, on Sunday, January 16 at 6 p.m.

There will be readings from the Bible and Christmas poems by T.S. Eliot and others. Carols sung by the Choir under the direction of Dr. Lalith Perera, with Denham Pereira at the organ, will be interspersed with popular hymns and carols for choir and congregation. The offering of gifts for Epiphany will take place during the service and items of stationery and books will be gratefully received, to be given to needy children.

Dr. Ajith Perera heads SLUKS social responsibility mission

The Sri Lanka UK Society (SLUKS) in their Silver Jubilee year has adopted 'Enabling the Disabled', as their social responsibility commitment for 2011. President Ravi de Silva and the committee of management SLUKS have appointed the well-known voluntary disability activist and accessibility advisor Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera as the Chairman of this important CSR project.

SLUKS mission is to focus on working to ensure that state and private sector new buildings are designed and constructed in accordance with legislation already in force and in compliance with Supreme Court Orders SCFR 221/2009 of 14th October 2009.

Dr. Perera, a paraplegic since 1993 following a tragic road accident, a Fellow of several internationally reputed bodies and a former Test-match-panel senior cricket umpire, is now dedicated to campaigning for equal opportunity, justice and dignity of all people - the key concept in this context being design for inclusion of people.

Appearing in person on a wheelchair, he successfully pursued a public interest litigation fundamental rights application.

He argued the need to have new public buildings here in the state and private sector in the commercial, recreational, social, educational, residential and industrial categories, with key building parts, toilets in particular, that should be constructed in accordance with designs specified by the 'National Standard for Building Construction' SLS ISO TR 9527:2006 that's further set out in the accessibility regulations gazetted on 17 October 2006.

The association reiterates that the immediate task is to take these 'life infusing' measures of significant national importance to the widest possible audience and urges business organisations, social service entities like the Lions, Rotarians, Zonta Clubs, Philanthropists and especially the print and electronic media, actively to support SLUKS in this mission.

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Hon. Chaminda Pusswedilla on DVD

A star of many plays at the Lionel Wendt, Hon. Chaminda Pusswedilla who has had many appearances both on the local political stage and on the international stage, now makes an appearance on DVD.

The newly released DVD, titled Thank you for Voting! - The Life(and)Times of Hon Pusswedilla, contains 6 episodes that run for 192 minutes and tracks Hon. Pusswedilla's political career from a first-time Member of Parliament to the highest office of the land.

A brief synopsis of each episode:

Episode 1 - The money the money, the more the votes
Pusswedilla wins the seat from his village Kotaudagama and is invited to America to be interviewed by Robert Westernthinking for the Carrying Nothing Newsworthy Channel. Puss, explains to Robert how the process works in Sri Lanka and the most important item on his agenda… getting re-elected.
Episode 2 - A dignified tomorrow for our Buffalo

Back in his office, Pusswedilla begins the busy task of being an MP. Giving jobs to his loyal supporters he kickstarts his flagship project: Making the gravel roads in his village better and softer. With blessings from the top Puss ensures that no matter what, the buffalo in Kotaudagama will not suffer foot problems.

Epsiode 3 - Now that I am a Minister, I will do more women… in my car!

Elevation to the cabinet is followed by a gruelling interview with Westernthinking. Puss' plans are so advanced that even other countries are asking for his assistance. Puss also finds out that his bumbling secretary Cyril Nitharamasuffering has made him sign a document which has landed him in trouble with the big boss.

Episode 4 - The bird that's worth in the bush will be in my hand

The political winds have blown unfavourably on Puss and he find himself in the loneliest place in the political world, opposition leader in Sri Lanka. Puss, taking a cue from another famous leader initially resolves to do nothing but then launches a clever plan to win power. Aided by his friend Bernard Pagaagiving, political ally Bimal Kammaliwansa and son Banki Pusswedilla, Puss embarks to sit in the most powerful chair in the land.

Episode 5 - I may be a moron, but I am a moron with a dream The Election campaign is long and hard. Pusswedilla decides to do something so radical that no other politician has ever done it before. Tell the truth

Episode 6 - Who is President? You or me?

After winning the election Hon. Pusswedilla returns to America for an interview with his old friend Westernthinking. The interview is a stormy one with Westernthinking asking many questions that leave our hero hot under the collar. Finally, a gentle reminder about who has the ultimate power.
The Pusswedilla DVD is available at the Lionel Wendt, Commons, Park Street Mews, Café Che, Bay Leaf, Barefoot, Paradise Road, Dwellings, Vijitha Yapa Bookshops, Vibrations, M Entertainment dealers and Video International. Also available islandwide on and worldwide on and

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