University of Peradeniya Alumni Association to stage ‘Puthra Samagama’ The Colombo Chapter of the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya will stage Dr. Jayalath Manorathne’s ‘Puthra Samagama’ at the New Town Hall, Green Path, Colombo 7 on September 7 at 6.30 p.m.Jayalath along with Chandani Seneviratne, Rathna Lalani, Janaka Kumbukge, Sampath Tennekoone, Sarath Chandrasiri, [...]

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University of Peradeniya Alumni Association to stage ‘Puthra Samagama’

The Colombo Chapter of the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya will stage Dr. Jayalath Manorathne’s ‘Puthra Samagama’ at the New Town Hall, Green Path, Colombo 7 on September 7 at 6.30 p.m.Jayalath along with Chandani Seneviratne, Rathna Lalani, Janaka Kumbukge, Sampath Tennekoone, Sarath Chandrasiri, Somapala Pathirage and Susil Wickramasinghe take the lead roles.

Tickets are available at Sarasavi Bookshop, Nugegoda, Sadeepa Bookshop, Borella and at the gate on the day of the play. Bank of Ceylon is the main sponsor.

Ladies’ College Gastor House reunion

The Ladies’ College Gastor House reunion will be held on Saturday, September 14 from 10 a.m. until tea time at the Ladies College Hostel premises. A day of fun and games is planned to revive memories of wonderful days at Gastor House. There will also be a DJ, live band and food to add to the excitement.Tickets will be on sale at the College office until September 10.

University of Colombo Alumni Association forum

A Forum on Contemporary Issues on the “Present Status of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka” organised by the Alumni Association of the University of Colombo will be held on Tuesday, September 3, from 5.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Prof. V.K Samaranayaka auditorium, University of Colombo.

The speakers at the Forum will be S. L. Gunasekera, Senior Attorney-at-Law, Gomin Dayasiri, Senior Attorney-at-Law, Kumaran Arulanandam, President’s Counsel and former Additional Solicitor General and Jayantha de Z. Gunasekera, President’s Counsel.
The Forum is open to all.

John Keells Foundation annual English Day

By Tharooshie Mahahewage

The John Keells Foundation held their annual English Day, a part of their English Language Scholarship Programme at the Bishop’s College auditorium on August 12, with many young performers from all around the country enjoying the opportunity to come on stage and display their newfound skills in the English language.

The event was held for the ninth year in succession with Director of the National Council for Economic Development (NCED), Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mallika B. Samaraweera as chief guest.

Many of the dramas staged had a lesson for the audience. The Batticaloa Gateway Centre presented their drama, ‘The Promise’ and the team from Ratnapura performed ‘Fearless John’.

The other dramas staged were, ‘The Stone Soup’ performed both by the Ampara-Mangalagama branch and the Trincomalee group, ‘Teamwork’ by the Vavuniya branch, ‘Peter and the Wolf’ by the Galle branch, ‘Parliamentary Debate’ by the Colombo branch, ‘The Happy Prince’ by the Bandarawela branch, ‘Fearless John’ by the Panadura branch and ‘The Promise’ by Nellaidy branch.

With the sponsorship of the John Keells Foundation, these students followed the English training course conducted by the Gateway Language Centre under the programme English for Life. So far, some 6,700 students have followed the programme from all areas in the island. For some students who reside in distant locations like Nelliady and Trincomalee, it was the first time they had been to Colombo and they enjoyed the event thoroughly.

The award ceremony saw many happy performers being rewarded for their efforts. The first prize for best performance went to the Trincomalee branch, second place to Bandarawela and third place to Nelliady. The award for the best performer went to Kumuthun Paramananthan from the Trincomalee team. The judges were well known veterans in the theatre arena, Sashi Mendis, Shanuki de Alwis and Surein de S. Wijeratne.

Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church 200th anniversary 

The Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. A series of festivities for the occasion will start off with a gala event “How Great Thou Art” today, September 1 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, at 6 p.m.

Mariazelle Goonetilleke, Rukshan Perera, The Priests, Choro Benedicte, VoicePrint and Devashrie de Silva are amongst the many well-known Christian artists who will be onstage at the programme.  Tickets, priced at Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 can be purchased from the church office and at the venue. All proceeds will go towards funding the various ministries of the church.

The Cinnamon Gardens Baptist Church extends a warm welcome to all who are interested, to join them at the event.

CMSC gets multi-year sponsorship commitment

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) announced this week that Fairway Holdings, the high-end real estate developer has come on board as Premier Sponsor of the CMSC through to the 2016 season. With this multi-year commitment, Fairway Holdings becomes the exclusive Premier Sponsor of the CMSC.

CMSC Artistic Director Lakshman Joseph de Saram commented, “The generous multi-year sponsorship by Fairway Holdings will allow the Chamber Music Society to enhance its originality and relevance as one of the leading organisations of the Sri Lankan arts community. With this sponsorship, the CMSC will strengthen and expand already established artistic benchmarks and be able to advance fresh initiatives that will increase its engagement with the music loving people living in Sri Lanka. We are grateful to Fairway Holdings for their shared commitment in adding value to the city we live in by supporting the classical arts and its appreciation among wider audiences.”

“The Chamber Music Society has done much to add a greatly needed professional musical experience to the cultural calendar of Sri Lanka,” said Paul Ratnayeke, senior advisor to the Board of Fairway Holdings. “We are proud to be able to help further the high artistic standards set by the CMSC by being its Premier Sponsor.”

The CMSC next performs at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on October 17, when they present “The Rohan Joseph de Saram 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert” featuring Kishani Jayasinghe, soprano.

19-year-old launches second novel

Uditha Devapriya, a 19-year-old LLB and ACCA student who had his education at Lyceum International School Nugegoda will launch his second novel ‘The Islanders’ at the Mahaweli Centre, today, September 1 at 3.30 p.m. The chief guest will be Prof. Carlo Fonseka and guest of honour Dr. Samitha Samanmali.

Documentary on former Director General of Broadcasting

ITN will telecast a special documentary on Newton Gunaratne, former Director General of Broadcasting who completes 50 years in the world of broadcasting today. Mr. Gunaratne began his career as an announcer at the then Radio Ceylon and was Chairman of ITN and Rupavahini and founder of Lakhanda Radio. The programme which will be telecast on ITN tonight at 10.30 p.m. looks back at his career highlights.

Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha appoints first female secretary

The Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha appointed Mrs. Premalatha Munaweera, a veteran public servant with 33 years of service as its first female secretary last week. She assumed her duties at a ceremony presided over by the President of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha, Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana.

Lanka Mahila Samithi 83rd AGM

The following Members were elected to the Central Board of the Lanka Mahila Samithi at the 83rd annual general meeting held at the Samiti Training Centre at Kaduwela on June 29.

President: Mrs. Prema Ilepperuma, Vice President: Mrs. Thilaka Perera, Hony. Secretary: Mrs. Mangalika Dahanayake, Hony. Treasurer: Mrs. Malkanthi Perera, Committee members: Dr. Thelma Gunewardena, Mrs. Benita de Mel, Mrs. Lilamani Gunawardena, Mrs. Swineetha Amarasinghe and Mrs. Srima Costa.

SLILA appoint 2013-2014 Council Members

(Seated L-R): Hony. Secretary K.A.D. Chandradasa, , Imm. Past-President Shiranee Balasuriya, President, Shereen Amendra, President-Elect Radha de Silva, Inaugural Founder President Hester Basnayake. (Standing L-R): Council member Vihanga Nirman, Asst. Treasurer Champa Liyanage, Vice-President, Chandana Kalupahana, Council member Rohini Gunathilaka, Asst. Secretary Susira Udalamaththe. (Absent): Hony. Treasurer D. Hettiarachchi, Council members Sujani Pilapitiya, Chamara Liyanage, Wasana Wickremaarachchi

The Sri Lanka Institute of Landscape Architects (SLILA) elected its new Council at the Annual General Meeting held recently. The office-bearers are as follows:

President: Ms.Shereen Amendra
Founder and inaugural President: Ms.Hester Basnayake
Immediate Past President: Prof. Shiranee Balasuriya
President-Elect: Ms. Radha de Silva
Vice-President: Ms. Chandana Kalupahana
Honorary Secretary: K.A.D. Chandradasa
Honorary Treasurer: D. Hettiarachchi
Asst Secretary: Susira Udalamaththe
Asst Treasurer: Ms. Champa Liyanage

Members in Council: Sujani Pilapitiya, Rohini Gunathilaka, Chamara Liyanage, Wasana Wickremaarachchi and Nirman Rathnayake.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Landscape Architects is a corporate body established under an Act of Parliament No. 33 of 2009. Their vision is to be the leading force in advancing the landscape architectural profession in Sri Lanka and the guiding light for sustainable landscape planning, design and development throughout the country. SLILA upholds the vision of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) of which it is a member.


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