People and events

One person's trash is an artist's yoghurt cup castle
Noeline Fernando’s students to hold art and sculpture exhibition on March 1
By Aanya Wipulasena

'Life-too good to waste' - the title itself prompts further inquiry. Using only materials in storage or that were being thrown away such as plastic bottles and industrial thread spools as their base, the students of Noeline Fernando have delighted in exploring their creative side and will exhibit their works, both art and sculpture on Thursday, March 1 at 6.30 p.m. at Park Street Mews Warehouse D, 50/1, Park Street, Colombo 2 with Professor Albert Dharmasiri and Gypsy Wade both artists themselves declaring open the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open March 1-4 from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. This exhibition is an invitation to these young artists' fun and fantasy lives. They have transformed the things we throw away in our daily lives into an artistic world of their own. Each and every painting and creation exhibited gives a simple yet complex message; that with a little creativity and lateral thinking even discarded items can be made useful.

"This time we have more creativity put into things made out of 'rubbish'," says the proud teacher. Thirty young artists, who are all students of Noeline, have come together, helped by some of her older students who now work as instructors at her class.

"This is a part of the children's art work. We collected a few waste materials and decided to put a bit of creativity into it and make it a useful item. Some of the older children came up with the idea of creating a castle out of them. Then merry-go-rounds and roller coasters came up in a fun way," says Noeline.
"Our daily lives have more pictures than you ever think. People say that they don't have topics but within a day there is so much a person can put into art," Noeline explains.

De Lanerolle special at Waters Edge

By Duvindi Illankoon

Ishan De Lanerolle is denied seats to his own concert. Walking into the Commons Coffeehouse, he asks them to reserve Table 24 for some friends, only to be told that the event is sold out. “It's crazy!” he exclaims. “We only made them available yesterday evening.”

Inquiries from the other two locations that tickets had been made available- at the Waters Edge and the Park Street Mews- prove to be just as futile. The tickets for the seated dinner show have been sold out within 24 hours.

But then again, these are the De Lanerolle brothers. Two of Sri Lanka's best known voices, these two have made headlines in the music industry time and again since they banded together as a duo three years ago. It is this partnership that they will celebrate on the 3rd of March, presenting The De Lanerolle Brothers-Live III at the Waters Edge from 7 p.m. onwards.

Revisiting hits from the 60's, 70's and the 80's, from the likes of Elvis Presley and Freddy Mercury to the Bee Gees and the Everly Brothers, the brothers will be the only performers at the event scheduled for two and a half hours. The concert is the first in a series of three for this year. “We'll be doing three shows,” says Ishan. “This one will focus on music from the latter part of the last century. Mid year, we will perform a concert honouring classics and Broadway tunes, and then there'll be a Christmas show, which I'm sure will appeal to everybody,” he smiles.

The event is being held on schedule despite one half of the duo, Rohan De Lanerolle, being afflicted with dengue and being in the ICU for a while. He is recovering speedily, and determined that the show will go on. "I should be doing very well by the time March comes about. And I really wanted to do this on the 3rd of March, because it's always a day that people associate with the De Lanerolle Brothers and our anniversary. There are people flying in especially for this, we don't want to disappoint them-or any single one of our fans," he says.

"We're expecting roughly about 500-600 people at the event," adds Ishan. 'This time the stage will be in the middle of the room so everybody can see us as well as hear us, and nobody's left out.'

Ladies' College OGA hosts Quiz Night

The Executive Committee of the Ladies’ College OGA will host a Quiz Night - the first of its kind, on Tuesday, March 6 at the School Old Hall commencing at 6 p.m. in an effort to reach out to a broad base of past pupils, irrespective of age, profession or area of interest. Old girls and even old boys are invited to participate.

The Quiz will be conducted by experienced Quiz Masters. Participation is open to teams of 5 to 7 members and the competition will comprise several rounds of questions on diverse topics. Members can also enjoy the evening by being there to watch the fun and support the teams. As the next day is a holiday, late night celebrations and bonhomie in true L.C spirit are the order of the day!

Tickets priced at Rs 1,200 (inclusive of dinner) are available at the OGA Secretariat (Tel 2575469) and the School office only until March 2.

Galle Music Festival ready to go

Traditional and contemporary music and dance will be in the spotlight when the Galle Music Festival, sister event of the Jaffna Music Festival, bringing together musicians from around the island, is held on March 3-4.

Last year the Jaffna Music Festival attracted over 13,000 people. The organizers, addressing a press conference said that this year too, the open air event promises to be just as exhilarating. The Galle festival will host an exciting line up of musicians, dancers and performers at the Samanala Grounds in Galle. Joining the local artists will be performers from Bangladesh, India, Norway and Palestine.
One of the objectives in this event is to educate festival-goers and the youth of Sri Lanka about different forms of folk music and artists, to give a more diverse and interesting experience of each folk form and to preserve traditional Sri Lankan music.

The two day line-up of national and international artists will include folk music items like Sanni Yakuma from Paravahera, Kolam from Mirissa, Rookada from Ambalangoda, Sampradaika Jana Gee from Alawwa, KafferManja from Sirambi Adiya, Kali Kambatam from Akkaraipattu, Vasanthan Koothu from Kadduwan, Kovalan Koothu from Mullaitivu, Vaasappu from Mannar, Adivasi from Dambana and contemporary music items by Sangeeth from Bhawana Galle, Evolution, the choir from the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Centegratz and B&S with Ashanthi, Umara, Umariya and Randhir.

Arunthathy Sri Ranganathan, Artistic Director of the of the Music Cooperation, said that the event will open doors to local artists to perform to an international audience and musicians of all ethnic groups from all parts of the island to perform together. "Sri Lankan students, teachers and sound engineers are able to draw on modern technologies and musical communication to share in their work and enhance their performances, concerts and festivals. It's a celebration of our diverse multi-cultural traditional heritage and an effort towards harmony by creating a shared festival experience for visitors from the North and their brothers and sisters from the South," she added.

The event is in collaboration with Rikskonsertene (Concerts Norway) and Aru Art Theater, Sewalanka, with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

"I believe that the music festivals are creating positive meeting places for performance communities from different parts of Sri Lanka," says Hilde Haraldstad, Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, adding that she's glad that there will be people coming from Norway to the festival and also from South Asian countries and the Middle East.

Dudley G. celebrates 90th b’day with friends and family

Well known public figure of yesteryear Dudley Gunasekera celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday amidst a large gathering of family members and friends at his Colombo residence. Mr. Gunasekera is a Doctor of Philosophy and was a public servant, being once the Chairman of the Ceylon Transport Board. He was also a former President of the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress.

Human Rights Foundation AGM

The 11th Annual General Meeting and get-together of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Foundation was held at the Ameer Mahal Banquet Hall, Wellawatte recently. Picture shows chief guest Norwegian ambassador Hilde Haraldstad addressing the meeting, which was chaired by SLHRF president B.M. Murshideen. Former AG Mohan Peiris delivered the keynote address.

Bimsara new president of ASN

Consultant Neurologist Dr. Bimsara Senanayake of the National Hospital, Colombo, was elected as the 6th President of the Association of Sri Lankan Neurologists (ASN) at the annual general meeting held recently.

Dr. Senanayake is also a founder Joint Secretary of ASN which celebrated its fifth anniversary last month having been set up in 2007 as an apex body following increasing manpower and infrastructure development in neurology.

Among the ASN's primary objectives are to achieve and maintain excellence in the practice of neurology in Sri Lanka; promote education, training and research in neurology; and guide future direction of neurological services in the country.

Picture shows outgoing President Dr. Sunethra Senanayake handing over the reins to Dr. Bimsara Senanayake.

Events diary

Premier schools-level debating tournament on

The 'Faculty of Law Sri Lanka Schools Debating Championship' - the premier schools-level debating tournament in Sri Lanka organized by the Moot Court and Debating Society of the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo is now in progress. Held on February 25 and 26 and March 2-4, at the Faculty of Law premises, this annual event, being held for the seventh year, is carried out in the "World Schools" style of debating.

The tournament provides the platform for over 500 English, Sinhala and Tamil medium debaters, from national and international schools, from around the island to engage in healthy debate and increase their knowledge on a range of current issues. The students are trained to not just acquire knowledge on current affairs but to think rationally and critically analyse the information.

The competition is also the forum to select the Ministry of Education endorsed team to represent the country at the World Schools Debating Championships, the foremost debating competition for secondary school students in the world.

Hillwood College presents “A Musical Evening with the Marians

The PPA of Hillwood College, Kandy presents "A Musical Evening with the Marians" as the first in a series of events planned to mark the 90th anniversary of the organization. The event will be on March 3 at St. Anthony's College Hall, Katugastota. Tickets priced at Rs. 1000, 1500 and 2000 are available at Hillwood College, Nihal's Supermarket and Palayakats and will also be available at the gate. All proceeds to Archive development and renovation of school buildings. Call 071 414 5775 for more details.

From today, Jazz and brunch at Loon Tao

The monthly Sunday brunch Jazz session comes alive today on Mount beach, with Diren Sabaratnam on drums, Basil Paiva on bass, Ashane Bernard on keyboards and Shamistha de Silva on vocals at the popular Loon Tao Restaurant from to 4 p.m.

Jazz on the beach will be held on the last Sunday of each month with a fascinating gastronomical ride of Schezuwan, Cantonese, Peking and Shanghai cuisine from the master Chef of Loon Tao. There will be no cover charge for the session.

Alumni Pera Uni Colombo Chapter

The 21st Annual General Meeting of the Alumni Association of the University of Peradeniya, Colombo Chapter will be held on Sunday March 4 at the Shalika Halle, Park Road, Colombo 5.

Former Vice- Chancellor of the University of Colombo Prof. W.D. Laxman will be the chief guest and Chairman Seylan Bank, Eastman Narangoda will be the guest of honour.

Members are invited to be present at the day's proceedings which will include music by Jayalath Manoratne, Nissanka Diddeniya and Mahanama Wickremasingha. Lunch tickets will be available at the gate on the day.

RASSL monthly lecture

The Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (RASSL) monthly lecture, this time on "Gardens of Lanka and Foreign Relations from Ancient to Colonial Periods" will be delivered by Ms. Sarala Fernando, (Sri Lanka's former ambassador in Thailand and Sweden) tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Gamini Dissanayake auditorium, No. 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7. The lecture is open to the public.

3rd edition of In the Line of Duty

The third edition of Dr. Gamini Goonetilleke's book 'In the Line of Duty'- Life & Times of a Surgeon in War & Peace was released recently.

The story of a 25-year career as a surgeon in strife-torn Sri Lanka, Dr. Goonetilleke's book provides a deep insight into Sri Lankan society and some aspects of the North-East conflict. The book is available at Rs 1000 at 22, Sulaiman Avenue, Col 5. Tel no: 25039398, 0777794107 or at Rs 1350 at Jeya Bookshop Colombo 3 and Vijitha Yapa bookshops, Colombo.

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