This weeks `Cultural Diary brings you details about several other fascinating events happening in the city. Take your pick of stage plays, exhibitions or dance performance and add colour to your routine life. You can make merry and enjoy the adventures or sit back, relax and enjoy a movie of your choice. Make a little space to kick into high gear amid the busy work schedules to enjoy the exciting events happening at venues around the city. If there is an event you would like others to know, drop an email to [email protected] (Please be mindful to send only the essential details). Have a pleasant week.
Raging BullRaging Bull (1980)
will be screened on June 19 at 6 pm at the Ameri-can Centre, No 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3. (Run-ning Time: 129 minutes)
Martin Scorseses spectacular film is widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Robert DeNiro puts in a legendary performance as Jake LaMotta, a violent and even repulsive who can never understand that his greatest enemy is himself. Stark, brutal, psychologically complex and emotionally devastating, Raging Bull is an exceptional achievement in cinema, a dark story told with great depth. Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarity are stellar, as well.
LIntouchableThe movie, LIntouchable (2002) by Benot Jacquot
will be screened on Tuesday, June 19 at 3pm and Wednesday, June 20 at 6.30pm at Alliance Franaise de Colombo, 11, Barnes Place, Colombo 7. On the day she celebrates her birthday, Jeanne, a young actress, is told by her mother her father is an Indian she once met on the banks on the river Ganges. From then on, Jeanne acts with singleness of pur-pose: she leaves the rehearsal of the play Sainte Jeanne des Abattoirs she had wanted so much to be in, accepts a shameful role in a poor movie just for the money, buys an air ticket and flies to India, where she both hopes and fears to meet her biological father..
The movie is for general viewing and is subtitled in English.
Balloth Ekka Ba,
one of the most popu-lar stage dramas writ-ten and directed by Ravindra Ariyarathne which is loved by many audiences for its hilarious touch will stage the final show at the air-condi-tioned New Town hall theatre prior to setting off for its two month Australian tour on Sunday (June 24) at 3.30 and 6.45 pm.
With a host of pop-ular artist such as Wijaya Nandasiri, Roshan Pilapitiya, Gihan Fernando, Kumara Thirimadura, Saman Hemarathne
(Leelasena) and Anu-sha Dissanayake. Music will be by Shantha Peiris, back ground creations by Luvoline Vandawall and stage manage-
ment will be by Asoka De Soyza and Shan-tha Udayakumara. The costumes will be designed by Gihan Fernando and Demal Fernando.
The lighting effects will be by Upali Weerasinghe and make up will be by Saman Hemarathna which will create an unforgettable visual
experience. Balloth Ekka Ba is produced by Asle J.Lanka Com-puter Training Insti-tute and Jude Srimal is the main organizer of the drama. Tickets
are available at Sar-asavi book shop - Nugegoda, Sadeepa book shop - Borella, Salaka Senkada - Townhall and from the theatre gate.
Balloth Ekka Ba at New Town hall24JUNE
Moments - an exhibition of oil paintings by Preethi Hapu-watte will be show cased at the
barefoot gallery no.704, Galle road, Colombo 3 until June 24 on week days and Saturdays from 10 am to 7 pm and on Sundays and on poya days from 11 am to 5 pm.
According to Hapuwatte these paint-ings are done during a period of twelve months. I started having nothing in mind but ended up filling canvas after canvas with oil colour until I was satisfied. These are my life experiences with people and land in different places,she said.
An exhibition of oil paintings by Preethi Hapuwatte
Professor D h a m m i k a
Ganganath Dissanayakes collection of columns titled Peni Valalu will be launched at Bishops Col-lege Auditorium on June 18 at 4 pm. Professor J B Disanayaka will deliver the keynote address,
while Saman Athauda-hetti and Sandamali Hewanayaka will com-pere the event. The col-lection will be purged into a website too to coincide with the launch. Peni Val-alu, a traditional sweet-meat, will also be availa-ble free of charge.
Peni Valalu to be launched
Taking into consideration the rapid
growth of the Sri Lankan economy during the post-war period and the critical role the construction sec-tor has been playing in this regard, especialy in the context of the North-East reconstruction and devel-opment, the French Trade Commission (FTC) will be holding a symposium on the theme of Energy Effi-ciency in the Construction Sector on June 20, in the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) auditorium, Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) Convention & Exhibition Centre, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 7. FTC is looking forward to the participation of around 150 professionals (architects, contractors, investors, media and public agencies, etc.) in the sym-posium.
The Commission is also expecting about five com-panies from France to attebd the symposium in addition to French compa-
nies already operating in Sri Lanka or South Asia, such as Alstom, Cegetel, Lafarge, Saint Gobain, Sch-neider Electric, Vinci and AFD (French Development Agency).
For more information, please contact the FTC - Ishara Yoosuff. Tel: 011 2502320. Email: [email protected]
Symposium on Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector
Shango Shango Shango Oh! Another Tempest per-formed by the dancers of Arpeggio Creative Dance Academy of Sri Lanka led by
Nilan Maligaspe will be held on June 22 at 7.30 pm at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH),outside hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Shango Shango Shango Oh! is an ambitious contemporary dance presentation based on Aim Csaires book, A Tempest (Cho-reographed by Nilan Maligaspe). The book explores the story of Prospero. Duke of Milan, who find himself exiled on a deserted island after being overthrown. On a stormy day, a ship turns on its side and sinks, and Prospero sees his old enemies-survivors from the shipwreck-coming ashore. Revenge is near! Caliban, the black slave, seizes the opportunity to mount a rebellion and nothing will ever be the same again.
Shango Shango Shango Oh! at BMICH
The second annual Lester James Peries Oration will be held tomor-row (June 19)
at 5.30 pm at the Sri Sam-buthdathva Jayanthi Man-dira (SSJM) Auditorium, Havelock Road, Colombo
5. The chief guest for the event will be Senior Minis-ter of International Mone-tary Cooperation,Dr. Sar-ath Amunugama while Senior Assistant Director, Audio Visual Archives of Singapore, Prof.Phang Lai Tee will be the guest of honour.
Lester James Peries Oration at SSJM
T a l e n t Search (TS) 2 0 1 2 , c o m e and witness history in the making at the
Viharamahadevi open air theatre on June 22 from 6 pm onwards!
In the recent past, Sri Lanka has been saturated with a flurry of reality and talent shows, often influenced and inspired by the popularity of shows such as American Idol. However, before all of them, before even Ameri-can Idol, there was Talent Search. Initiated in 1995, TS was the brainchild of the Interact Club of Royal College. Initially organ-ized in collaboration with numerous schools includ-
ing St. Bridgets Convent, Visakha Vidhyalaya, Girls High School and Muslim Ladies College, Talent Search went solo in the year 2005 and remained as such ever since. This June, TS returns with a bang to light up the shores of Sri Lanka following a lengthy hiatus since 2005. Also, continuing the tradition of being a trendsetter, TS 2012 introduces beat box-ing to its lineup of catego-ries including solo singing and bands. This year 10 performers, from various disciplines take to the stage of the Viharamahade-vi open air theatre in an epic battle for dominance in their quest to be the next big thing.
Reshmi Gomez, Chrisni
Mendes, Dilina Aarewatte and Raaya Gomez grace the solo singing category while bands in the caliber of the Accidentals, Run-ning from Lions, Antharb-hawaya and Trip Switch vie for victory in the Bands category. Diego Samson and Shonel Perera will also take to the stage for a beat boxing showdown of epic proportions.
Tickets are available at: The Royal College Union Souvenir Shop and also available online through www.ticketslk.com.
For more info and tick-ets, please contact:Kavish on 0777-569867 or Chedi on 077-3546595
Otherwise visit : face-b o o k . c o m / T a l -entSearch2012
Edward Chandrasiri a per-sonality in the field of Sri Lankan theatre, will launch his first book on June 28. It is
based on humorous stories, which we wrote to the tabloid Rasaduna of Silumi-na newspaper.
The book titled as Sina Sayura is a
publication of M/s Sarasavi Publishers, Nugegoda.The book launch will take place at the National Library Auditorium, Colombo 7 at 3.30 pm. Senior journalist, Tilakaratna Kuruwita Bandara will make the keynote address while Co-Editor of Silumina newspaper, Sunil Mihindukula will chair the head table.
Sina Sayura to be launched
TS 2012 at Viharamahadevi open air theatre