Songs for Buddha Jayanthi
To commemorate the 2550th Buddha Jayanthi leading Sri Lankan singers
and musicians have come together to release a special CD Budu Amavassa
which was produced by Torana Music Box.
The CD was significantly released in time for Vesak and most
remarkably the lyrics were written by Ven. Rambukkana Siddhartha Thera.
The songs reflect the teachings of Buddha and the importance of
following these teachings.
The CD is ideal for posterity since a host of singers and musicians
have supported the cause and includes Victor Ratnayake, Gunadasa Kapuge,
Karunaratne Divulgane, Neela Wickremasinghe, Premasiri Khemadasa, Latha
Walpola, Deepika Priyadharshini, Rohana Weerasinghe, Edward Jayakody,
Charitha Priyadharshini, Athula Adikhari, Samitha Mudunkotuwa and Apsara
Fashion bonanza in London
The much awaited day is finally here. Today, at 11.30am the fashion
show featuring the latest Sri Lankan fashions designed by Chula
Nanayakkara Ariyaratne will kick off to soft piped music and the sweet,
homely aroma of Sri Lankan food at the Prince of Ceylon Restaurant,
Hendal Central in North London.
The event organized by the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth
Countries League is sponsored by Etihad Airways (the national airline of
the United Arab Emirates).
"My main aim is to promote tourism through my fashion collection. I
want to show the world what a beautiful country I belong to" says Chula.
The gorgeous collection of saris and summer wear she has designed will
be modelled by twelve Sri Lankan undergraduates studying in British
universities and two male models.
To quote Reggie Fernando in Newslanka, " ...some of the outfits will
be in vibrant colours, quirky, elegant and sexy - ranging from dreamy
blues to naughty reds..." and will relate not to high fashion but to
accessible but glamorous clothes.
Organized by Charmain Jayatilake the show is surely the best way to
herald the summer, now that spring is drawing to a close.
A Dixie Safari
New Orleans music over the years has a special place in the hearts of
music lovers who enjoy the stomping sound of the wind instruments, the
guitars, the acoustic drums and of course the vocals that were the
platform for jazz to take off and develop.
When you hear the songs When the Saints Go Marching In, Bill Bailey,
Ice Cream - your mind switches to New Orleans and to its music.
A band that has determinedly stuck to the New Orleans and Dixie land
jazz in Norway is the seven piece Safari who performed recently in Sri
Lanka at the Hilton, Colombo. Hailing from Norway, the band is led by
the Sri Lankan saxophonist Ricky Senn who himself was a popular figure
in Sri Lanka before he left with the Colombo Gems to perform in Norway.
Just before the Safari left Sri Lanka after their successful gigs
here, we asked the members about their first experience playing to our
"We were happy and satisfied, the audience was greatly appreciative.
Although it was holiday time here in Sri Lanka they made it to hear us,"
the group voiced in unison.
As to the question whether they would return, Ricky Senn replied
"Yes, we would like to come back. The boys were extremely happy to be in
the tropics to enjoy the wonderful sights of our land which I'm sure had
a lasting impression, and to be honest, will take a long time to forget.
They are also full of praise for the excellent service by the staff
of the Hilton - their helpfulness, friendliness, hospitality and the
delicious food menus. Yes! they would all love to come back to Sri
Safari's repertoire contained many of the well loved dixie melodies
like Bye, Bye Blackbird, Blueberry Hill, Mack the Knife, Swing Low, also
some of Sunil Santha's and C. T. Fernando's songs given a dixie thrust
that was a pleasant surprise. Of course tunes taken from main-stream
jazz too were included. All in all, it was an unforgettable dixie
experience since all the members are professional musicians.
Safari comprises Ricky Senn - soprano and tenor saxes, Roy Wictor
Bakke - trumpet, Per Gunnar Eidsor - trombone, Olav Aune - tuba, Gudmund
Husby - piano, Rene Dalager - guitar and Helge Nilsen - drums.
Dinner Theatre - a resplendent evening
A distinguished gathering of old Thomians from S. Thomas' College,
Mount Lavinia, Gurutalawa, Bandarawela and S. Thomas' Preparatory
School, Kollupitiya had what was described by many of those present as
'one of the most memorable times' in their lives on Saturday, May 7 at
the Crystal Ballroom of Taj Samudra Hotel.
Founder / President of the Thomian Society of Colombo, Dr. Vijaya
Corea, was indeed gleeful as he welcomed the 'house full' audience to
the Dinner Theatre, which saw every ticket sold out eight days prior to
the event. Dr Corea said : "Tickets selling like hot cakes have now
become a hallmark of the activities of the Thomian Society of Colombo -
a matter of pride for the entire membership."
The evening began with friendship and chatter and the clicking of
glasses to the sound of 'cheers' as old Thomians, their guests and
friends mingled with unprecedented cordiality. Then, with each in
his/her seat, heads turned as the theatre was about to begin.
Playwright/Actor, Indu Dharmasena, fulfilled all expectations as the
two dramas - Room to Let and Fortress in the sky produced ripples of
laughter that enhanced the degree of relaxation that had already begun
to fill the air.
The sit-down dinner was sumptuous. The fellowship was excellent. The
Dinner Theatre of the Thomian Society of Colombo enjoyed the distinction
of remaining an evening to remember.
Mothers' Day brunch
It is not too late, give your Mother a special surprise treat at the
Cinnamon Grand today. Mothers' Day Brunch at the Taprobane will give her
a day off from her kitchen. You can spoil her with an incredible
all-you-can-eat spread - a great lunch offer which will go a long way to
show how much she is loved and appreciated for everything she does
throughout the year.
For memories there's a photographer on hand and also plenty of
activities for the kids to surprise mum with a range of do-it-yourself
cakes and candies. If you are thinking of a hamper - sure the Coffee
Shop will help you. And if you want her to enjoy herself may be for a
week, gift her with dinner vouchers so that she can dine in style any
day she likes.
If Tacos is your favourite spicy snack food and Mexico a place you
long to visit, then, be a part of the Mexican experience at the Cheers
Pub, Cinnamon Grand till the end of May.
It's all part of a Tacos and Corona promotion to entice you to make
many returns. A wide choice of fillings for the Tacos like seafood,
beef, chicken and sausage - all cooked in the traditional Maxican way.
With the ice cold Mexican lager - and the get-one-free offer-chill out
at the Cheers to lift your flagging spirits.!