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Sunday, 20 November 2011





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What is Bharathanatyam?

Nirmala John

Nirmala John will present a lecture demonstration on 'What is Bharathanatyam?' at the Alliance Francaise de Colombo auditorium, Colombo 7 on November 26 at 6.30 p.m.

The pupils of Nirmalanjali School of Dance represent every linguistic and religious groups in Sri Lanka and other countries. On completion of their course most students stage their Arangetrams.

Since Bharathanatyam originated as a Hindu temple ritual as a dance in honour and praise of Hindu gods, the symbolism and nuances are sometimes lost on the audience, especially those, from non-Hindu or non-Tamil backgrounds.

Nirmala John has pioneered a unique culture of bridging the gap between different groups through innovative choreography without deviating from the conservative Bharathanatyam forms.

Anandians In search of Heritage

Senior Old Anandians will hold the Annual General Meeting along with the annual reunion and lunch today commencing at 9.00 a.m. at the Centenary Building of Ananda College. The guests of honour will be Senior Minister P. Dayaratna and (Dr) Jagath Balasuriya, Minister of National Heritage.

Prof. J.B. Disanayaka will deliver the keynote address on 'Cultural Diplomacy in Asian Region'.

Anandians In Search of Heritage will be launched to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi and the 125th anniversary of Ananda College.

The book which covers cultural and environmental heritage sites and places of interest including lesser known places of all provinces, is illustrated with maps relevant to each site as well as 40 colour photographs.

Additionally, there are a number of annexes relating to maritime zones of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, the development of the Sinhala script from ancient Brahmi, rivers and irrigation systems of the island along with a detailed index of the places of cultural and environmental interest.

The publication is made by senior old Anandians.

Sahithya Vishehsha Kalapaya and Saviman Navagathegama Sankathana Sanhitha

Sahithya Vishehsha Kalapaya and Saviman Navagathegama Sankathana Sanhitha will be launched tomorrow at the National Library auditorium, Colombo 7. Brief lectures about the publication will be delivered by Prof. Somaratna Balasooriya and Dr. Kanil Priyanka on Abhinavayen Kiyavu Kurutogee and Prof. Anada Tissa Kumara will also deliver a brief lecture.

JAHCOOZI live in Colombo

The concert by Jahcoozi will be held on November 25 at 8 p.m. at La Voile Vlanche,Mt. Lavinia. The Goethe Institut in Association with Bang Bang Entertainment Presents: JAHCOOZI |, hailing from the Berlin club scene and its international cohorts in the pre-Internet era of the early noughties, this bass-heavy electronica trio is a creative alliance made up of London-born, Sri Lankan songwriter and front woman Sasha Perera and two beat-freak producers/multi-instrumentalists - Teuton Robot Koch and Tel-Aviv born Oren Gerlitz.

Silent Light

Silent Light will be screened on November 25 at 4.30 p.m. at the Sri Lanka Television Training Institute,100A, Independence Square, Colombo - 7.


Patavi, a ballet-opera by Thanuja Priyanthi Bandula and script written by Gaya Ramya Alwis will be held on November 25 at 6.30 p.m. at Kularatne Hall at Ananda College.

Music, costumes and choreography are also by Thanuja.

Shaap Mochan

The dance drama Shaap Mochan written by Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore will go on the boards at the Bishop's College Auditorium, Perahera Mawatha, Colombo 3 on November 22 at 6.30pm.


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