'Great Experience in Sri Lanka'
L: Candace, Jay and Ann
Mclnerney just before boarding the air taxi in Kelaniya
Candace Bushnell, the critically acclaimed international best-selling
author from New York, was joined by award winning American writer Jay
Mclnerney and Mrs Mclnerney on a SriLankan Airlines' Air Taxi ride from
Colombo to Koggala to participate in the Galle Literary Festival, held
from January 26 - 30.
The trio were some of the first celebrities to embark on a scenic
ride since the recent re-launch of the air taxi service which has been
scheduled as well as special domestic air services to several parts of
The writers attended the GLF following the Rajasthan Literary
Festival in Jaipur, India. Candace and Jay were among several authors
and writers in conversation over topics relating to published books
which have won awards, made movies and TV series.
The air taxi ride over the coastal belt of the western and southern
Sri Lanka afforded a breathtaking view of the country and after an
extended stay at the Taprobane Island in Weligama she said 'Sri Lanka is
beautiful and I loved my visit here.
I intend to come back sometime to see what I have missed like the tea
plantations, Elephant Orphanage and Kandy.' She also commented that 'the
people were nice' and that she had a 'great experience in Sri Lanka'.
Magul Prasthawa in Galle and Kandy
Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra's Magul Prasthawa and Ekata mata hina
hina will be staged at Hall de Galle, Galle on February 10 at 8 am and
There will be a repeat show at the Hindu Cultural Centre, Kandy
on February 11 at 8 am and 11 am.
The cast includes Prasannajith Abeysooriya, Rasika Jayapala, Supun
Tharanga, Lakmal Chaminda, Ravindra Ekanayaka, Chamara Gamaethige and
Rajitha Asanka. Choregraphy is by Miranda Hemalatha. Costumes are
designed by Prasannajith Abeysooriya. Makeup is by Lalitha
Iranian Cultural Week -2011
An exhibition of Handicraft , Miniatures by famous Iranian artists
will be held at the National Art Gallery, Colombo 07 on February 7 at
Debut by soprano Tharanga
Opera lovers will be able to appreciate the performance of Tharanga
Goonethileke when she is featured as soprano soloist at the forthcoming
concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka which will be on February
12. This will be her solo debut with the SOSL after winning the SOSL
Concerto Competition in 1998. Tharanga will sing the arias Quando Men Vo
from La Boheme, The Jewel Song from Faust by Gounod, and Pogi Amor from
La Nozze di Figaro.
Tharanga has completed The Artist Diploma for Opera Studies at the
Julliard Opera Centre, New York, a Master of Music in Voice and Opera at
Julliard School. At Julliard she has been awarded the Makiko Narumi
Memorial Prize and is the first Sri Lankan woman to be accepted to this
Lingasritha roga, Lingikathvaya ha samajaya and Towards Health
Dr. Shantha Hettiarachchi's 'Lingasritha roga, lingikathvaya ha
samajaya and 'Towards Health Living" will be launched at the Mahaweli
Centre Auditorium Colombo 7 on February 8 at 3.30 p.m.
Prof. Carlo Fonseka will preside over the launching ceremony.
Kalakeerthi Edwin Ariyadasa and Dr. Praneeth Abhayasundera will address
Auchithya Weerasinghe's Quicksilver is a collection of poems of
various moods. Some of the poems are romantic and transport the reader
to a lush, magical world of natural beauty. Other poems bring us to the
real world where justice and injustice exist side by side. Then there
are other poems which give us a certain degree of pleasure. Auchithya
Weerasinghe is a Grade 12 student of Bishop's College, Colombo.
Panadure Mini Muthu
Jayani Chathurangika Thilakasiri, a student of Agamethi Balika
Vidyalaya, Panadura, launched her maiden book Panadure Mini Muthu
The book records details of eminent personalities of Panadura who
have contributed their wealth and resources for the welfare of the
people. The book opens with an account of Dr. Neville Fernando, founder
of the Agamethi Balika Vidyalaya.
The other personalities included in the book are Sir Susantha de
Fonseka M. Henry Peiris, Leslie Gunawardane, Leo Fernando, Mrs.
Jeramiyes Dias, Arthur V. Dias, P. C. H. Dias, Sir Bennette Soyza,
Mudliar Sri Chandrasekara, M. Wilmot A. Perera, Prof. Gunapala
Malalasekara and M. Richard Salgado. A major drawback in the book is
that it has no contents page.
Sando Harrtis in a scene from the play
Sando Harris's comedy Sergeantge Nendamma will go on the boards at
the Sarvodaya Auditorium, Moratuwa today at 3.30 pm and 6.30 pm.
The cast includes Sando Harris, Chanchala Warnasuriya, Susila
Kottege, Kopikade Dayawathi, Nandana Hettiarachchi, Somachandra, Kapila,
The music is directed by Turin Ariyadasa. The play is produced by
Chanchala Warnasuriya and directed by Sando Harris.
H. A. Perera
A series of drama performances will be held at the Tower Hall,
Maradana to mark the first death anniversary of dramatist H. A. Perera.
February 6 at 6 p.m. Kalidasa's Abhignana Shakunthala directed by
Navadharshani Karunaharan. February 7 Thala Thalam directed by Ravibandu
Vidyapathi Tamil version of Kora Saha Andaya directed by Dhamma Jagoda.
A workshop on traditional dramas in Sri Lanka and different styles of
drumming will also be held today from 9 a.m. to 5. p.m. at the Tower
Hall Theatre, It will be conducted by Prof. S. Mounaguru, Ravi Bandu
Vidyapathi and Dr. Lionel Bentarage.
Role players for Hamlet
Shakespeare Centre Sri Lanka calls applications from aspiring actors
and actress to play diverse roles in its maiden film production 'Hamlet.
Details can be obtained from "House-Shakespeare At work ", 327, Darley
Road Colombo 10.
Did Einstein understand E+me 2?
The launch of Did Einstien understand E+me 2? , a book by Laurel
Botsford will be held on February 9 at 6.00 p.m. at the Namel Malini
Punchi Theatre, Colombo 08.
Professor Wimal Dissanayake's "Golu Birinda" directed by Namel
Weeramuni goes on the boards at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre on 12
February at 6 pm. "Golu Birinda" is a brilliant adaptation of the comedy
of Anatole France's "The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife" for the stage to
which life is pumped by Malini and Namel Weeramuni together with Daya
Tennakoon and S. Dikkumbura.
Untouchable Woman's Odyssey
The launch of Untouchable Woman's Odyssey, a novel by Sri Lankan
Canadian author Dr. Suwanda H J Sugunasiri will be held on February 11
at 4. 00 p.m. at Punchi theatre in Borella. The author will read
extracts from the book at the launch.