Jazzamatazz, a show produced
and directed by Sureka Buell
founder/artistic director of
Danceworld School of Modern & Jazz Ballet,
will feature contemporary, modern and jazz
dances performed to well known songs
inspired by Broadway, Musical Theatre and
’60s style jazz. The show is
co-produced/directed by Jith Pieris, a
veteran in the world of theatre.
The great jazz musicians of yester-year
almost come to life, as their music
accompanies entertaining ’40s and ’60s style
dances that are pure jazz from the very
roots of the exciting style that sets
America apart from the rest of the dance and
The programme will also include amongst
others strikingly beautiful dances
choreographed to the songs Shadow Land
and Reflection which blends the
vocabulary of jazz, ballet and modern
styles, performed by the senior and
Broadway and musical theatre
Broadway, Musical Theatre and ’60s style
jazz have been the inspiration for the
choreography of three of the main items. The
finale is inspired by Broadway’s dramatic
style of Chicago in the 1920s. This highly
energetic dance performed to Steppin’ To
The Bad Side is guaranteed to have the
audience jumping off their seats with
In keeping with all the items, the
fabulous costumes are created by Mitabi
Danceworld School of Modern & Jazz Ballet
was founded in September 2005. The school
provides its students a comprehensive and
complete jazz dance programme based on
classical technique, built on ballet
exercises which address line, placement and
The school has grown from 10 students at
its inception to 58 students at its first
show last year, to over a 100 this year.
However, Sureka says that she prefers to
keep her school small and not overcrowd the
classes to ensure a high level of
She says that "it has been both
challenging and exciting putting this show
together within six months, with so many new
students to train. They have achieved a very
high standard in a short period of time
through an organised and systemised
programme of weekly practices.
"The programme was created to instill the
choreography, develop the stamina and
strength of the students while minimising
the strain on both students and parents.
Some of my seniors have been very supportive
and their commitment and enthusiasm have
been a great strength to me."
"If there is ever a motto for my school
it will have two distinct words i.e.
commitment and consistency."
Dates: October 4 and 5
Venue: Lionel Wendt Theatre
Time: 7 p.m.
Tickets: Box plan opens at the Lionel
Wendt Theatre on September 29
Inquiries: 0777 558349
• A short story
"Damn good for the ba...rds!"
Jayantha said softly to himself as he
watched the smoke. The smoke, dark and grey,
rose like great furry balls from the flames
that sprouted from the top of the roof of
the house down the road. It fascinated him
how they appeared as if conjured by magic at
the tips of the flames, fully formed, huge
balls of fluff. He marvelled at the sight of
the balls packing on top of each other as
they rose in to the evening sky, as if
jostling each other in a race, albeit
unhurried, to reach the sky.
He had been waiting for this moment for
the last few hours. Ever since he heard that
the Tamil shops and homes were under attack
that morning he had wanted to see this — the
house down the street on fire.
It would not have been an exaggeration to
say that he had been waiting for a moment
like this for the last couple of years —
from the time a Tamil family had moved into
that house. Every time the woman walked past
dressed in her finery, head held high, eyes
fixed directly in front of her without so
much as acknowledging their presence, he had
wanted to see some calamity befall them.
Bloody Tamils, he had told his wife who
hated them equally strongly. Bloody Tamils
showing off to us. They shouldn’t be here in
the first place.
A few times he had seen the man at the
bus stand, some files in his hand, obviously
on his way to work. He had tried a few times
to smile faintly with Jayantha — faintly —
like someone who did not want to bother with
something more substantial. Not at all like
the man who mended shoes and slippers at the
top of the road.
That Tamil had always smiled broadly and
respectfully when Jayantha walked past even
though Jayantha never gave him anything to
mend. The obnoxious neighbour simply
attempted to smile, without any effort. And
Jayantha had always responded by looking
away, feeling pleased with himself that he
had given the pompous Tamil his due
And now their house was on fire, sacked
by the gangs of marauding youth. Jayantha
had seen them walk past, crowbars in hand,
some carrying wooden chair legs obviously
picked up from their previous target,
laughing raucously and whistling and
He had smiled knowingly at them as they
went past, instinctively closing the latch
in the gate at the same time at seeing such
a gang for the first time that morning. He
had heard a lot about how such bands of men
went on the rampage. But he had not seen any
until then, having stayed home from work
that morning due to a slight back pain he
was having and missing all the sights and
sounds of the mayhem unlike many of his
friends who had rung him excitedly since
morning to give news of sweeping destruction
to Tamil property.
Fire in their eyes
Now when they were in such close
proximity he felt slightly taken aback,
seeing the weapons in the hands and the fire
in their eyes and even as he smiled at them
he was glad that they were passing. And they
had gone straight to the Tamils’ house as if
they knew exactly where they were going and
what they were looking for.
Within minutes he had heard the sound of
glass breaking and soon the smoke had begun
to rise, thin strands of grey before the big
balls of fluff emerged from the flames.
He wondered where the Tamils were, the
man and the woman and their son, the boy who
went to school past their house with his
eyes cast on the ground. Walks like a mouse
but I am sure he will grow into an arrogant
ba...rd like the parents, his wife had said
more than once and Jayantha had nodded in
agreement adding that it was young ones like
that that were killing their soldiers in
Jaffna. They all need to be taught a lesson
he had thought.
And now as the lesson was being taught he
wondered where the family actually was. He
had not seen the man walk past their house
that morning and he had also not seen him
return from work. Perhaps he stayed home
too. Perhaps, the cunning Tamils had some
information that something was going to
happen. But he had not heard anybody
screaming or running away from the house.
Did the mob kill them?
Destitute and scared
He had heard that in some places mobs
threw Tamils in to burning fires. Did they
do that to those Tamils too? That would be a
little too much he thought. It would be
taking it just a bit too far. He hoped it
had not happened and that the Tamils had
simply fled somewhere. Destitute and scared
out of their wits, yes, but with their lives
"Are you trying to get burnt? Come
inside!" He heard his wife call from the
front door. Jayantha smiled at his wife’s
propensity for drama. How could one get
burnt by a fire two hundred metres away?
"I will come in a minute", he said,
glancing at her. His wife made a face and
went inside the house.
Just then he heard a noise to his right.
He turned and saw someone, a boy, in a pair
of shorts, struggling over the side wall. As
he watched in surprise the boy lost his grip
and fell among some bushes at the foot of
the wall, letting out a slight shriek as he
fell. Then as he rose and looked at him
Jayantha recognised the features of his
Tamil neighbour’s son in the dusty face.
Looking out for danger
"Uncle……." The boy said in a small voice.
Jayantha could now see the stains of tears
smudging the dust on his cheeks. The body,
bare and thin, was also covered in dust and
bruises. He must have run and crawled all
the way across the gardens that separated
his house from mine, Jayantha surmised as he
stared at the slender chest heaving
violently. The boy sniffled loudly while his
eyes darted around, looking out for danger.
Jayantha stood rooted to the ground
unable to say or do anything. He simply
could not think what he should do. This was
a totally unexpected turn of events. Was the
boy alone? Where were his parents? Were they
climbing the wall behind him?
— Channa Wickremesekera
To be continued
About the writer
Channa Wickremesekera was born in
Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1967. He obtained
a PhD at Monash University, Australia in
Asian History. He has published four
books so far, Walls, Distant
Worriors (fiction), Best Black
Troops In The World, and Kandy At
War (non fiction) and is committed
to writing, both academic and creative.
The themes of his novels range from
aspects of sexuality to communal
politics in a disapora setting among
expatriate Sri Lankans.
Vijitha Yapa Bookshop wins World Bank
Vijitha Yapa Bookshop has been awarded
the Best Overall Performance for sales in
South Asia by the World Bank.
For the first time, Sri Lanka beat other
south Asian nations, including India, to
achieve the best sales record for 2007.
World Bank books will be on sale at the
World Bank stall at the BMICH during the
Colombo International Book Fair which began
on September 20.
Nation by Terry Pratchett
sea has taken everything. Mau is the only
one left after a giant wave sweeps his
island village away. But when much is taken,
something is returned, and somewhere in the
jungle Daphne — a girl from the other side
of the globe — is the sole survivor of a
ship destroyed by the same wave. Together
the two confront the aftermath of
Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne’s
sheltering fire, other refugees slowly
arrive: children without parents, mothers
without babies, husbands without wives — all
of them hungry and all of them frightened.
As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small
band safe and fed, they defy ancestral
spirits, challenge death himself, and
uncover a long-hidden secret that literally
turns the world upside down.
In this newest YA novel from admired
fantasy author Terry Pratchett, he steps out
of his usual setting of Discworld and writes
a story that takes place in our own world,
though sometime in the mid-1800s. But like
other Pratchett novels, it is written in
third person omniscient and goes between
several characters, though mostly through
Mau and Daphne. Although this may seem like
a simple re-telling of the flood story in a
more recent time period, it is a lot more
than that — this book questions beliefs,
class and ethnic differences, and many more.
Pratchett knows how to make his readers
think while reading his novels, and does a
great job at it. Hopefully, that hasn’t
scared people off yet because along with the
thinking and the questioning, there’s also
the humour. Pratchett’s novels are filled
with humour, though not usually the
slapstick kind (of course, an occasional
slapstick scene is put in because those are
His humour is more subtle and is
something many enjoy while reading his books
– the wit doesn’t overpower anything else,
nor does it feel forced to make the story
lighter despite all the tragedy happening
around it. It is put in effortlessly and is
weaved throughout, keeping it commonplace
and not out of place in any way. There’s
also some fantastic action scenes in this
book, more notably toward the middle and
end, and all of these together make this
book a highly recommended read.
One sidenote though, for people who are
already Pratchett lovers — if you like his
footnotes, don’t look here for them because
they are very few (only five in the whole
book and four of them are used by page 90).
Farewell Ralf and welcome Udo
Mount Lavinia Hotel bids farewell to
Director Kitchens Ralf Vogt and welcomes
another German Chef, Udo Gross.
Chef Udo takes over the kitchens to
continue to produce the culinary
masterpieces that have become synonymous
with Mount Lavinia Hotel over the last
Udo was born in the quiet countryside
near Frankfurt in Germany. He apprenticed in
a well known family hotel where the owner
was very much from the old school. He then
went on to serve in the military for two
years as a corporal only to return to
He spent four years in Switzerland honing
his skills and absorbing the high standards
He went onto Southern Sun Hotel in South
Africa where he also learnt English. He
travelled onto Syria and joined Sheraton as
He was the youngest executive chef in the
Sheraton chain at 28 years old in Abu Dhabi.
The hotel boasts large state banquets, and a
very popular seafood dinner, well known in
the region. Chef Udo’s record of 623 covers
in one night still stands. Here he received
two Presidential Awards during his five
years of service.
Soon after, he moved to Brisbane
Sheraton, Australia for two years and
received yet another Presidential Award. Udo
felt homesick thereafter and returned to
Germany. Five years later, he once again
joined the Sheraton in Yemen. His move to
Bahrain Gulf Hotel thereafter for almost six
years was a highlight in his career.
He managed large banquets, nine
restaurants, outdoor catering etc. He then
moved onto the very similar Sheraton Doha
for two years again with large banquets,
five restaurants etc. His next destination
was Egypt as corporate chef to transmit his
experience to a local company.
Next stop was Pakistan and Avari Hotels,
setting standards in hygiene and service and
training the local staff in continental
He believes in the old German saying "the
guest is the king’’ and his hobbies are
reading, chess and swimming.
He likes to focus on solutions and not
problems. He considers himself easygoing,
flexible and fair.
He helped bring Bahrain Octoberfest from
400 covers to finally 1200, the best and
biggest in the Middle East. Udo also lays
claim to cooking the biggest rice dish in
the world in Bahrain (12.5 tonnes).
Udo is married to a Sri Lankan lady — a
pastry chef who has worked overseas for 17
7th agm of the Burgher Association
7th Annual General Meeting of the Burgher
Association will be held on Saturday,
October 4, at the Lion’s Activity Centre
Hall (Chandra Wettasinghe Hall), Sri
Jayewardenepura Parliament Road, Etul-Kotte
commencing 5.30 p.m.
The meeting will be chaired by its Acting
President Trevor Ludowyke. Ambassador of
Netherlands Leoni Cuelenaere, will attend
the ceremonial session as chief guest.
Renewal of membership and admission to the
venue will take place from 5 p.m onwards.
Elections will be held to elect a new
president and the executive committee for
the period October 2008 to September 2009.
The AGM will be followed by a member’s
Sundown Get-together with music provided by
DJ Outburst. Members who attend the AGM will
be issued free entrance tokens from 5 to 6
p.m. to the Sundown Member’s Get-together.
Food and drink stalls including dinner will
be available at affordable rates.
The crowning of the AGM Queen 2008,
dancing competitions and exciting
entertainment with prizes and surprises have
been organised for the evening. All members
are welcome to the AGM, while their guests
may accompany them for the Sundown Members
Reflections in Colour
Pinnawala will conduct yet another oil
painting exhibition at the Lionel Wendt Art
Gallery. With her exposure both at national
and international exhibitions, knowledge
gained on leading painters and influenced by
quotes from great personalities like Oscar
Wilde she has developed her own style of
Pinnawala believes that paintings are
related to you, your life, the surroundings,
people and nature. In every painting there
are one or more of these features which are
part of our lives. In life, we do face
challenges - so is it in paintings too. She
believes that whatever you paint initially,
it becomes a challenge, but finally becomes
Pinnawala, a product of Visakha Vidyalaya,
Bambalapitiya, had excelled in studies and
later joined the Sri Lanka Administrative
Service. She served the government as an
administrator and had also served the
Foreign Service. From her school days she
was interested in music and drama.
She was a member of the school choir
and took part in plays including Visakha
Geetha Natakaya. She also took part in Dr.
Sarathchandra’s Sinhabahu while studying for
her degree at the University of Peradeniya.
She started oil painting much later in life.
She studied oil painting under a British
painter and teacher for a short period. Her
paintings were displayed at joint
exhibitions held at the FAO headquarters in
Rome. Her first oil painting exhibition was
held in the Isle of Capri, south of Italy.
Pinnawala plays with colours and shows the
influence of her experiences abroad,
especially her stay in Italy, visits to UK,
Middle East and Asia.
She goes for subjects that deal with the
positive side of life, the warmth of the
people, landscapes, animals and flowers.
“Sun set of Age,” and “Emptiness” are some
to be admired. “Splendor” is another
beautiful painting which is a blend of sober
colours. “Nature’s Delight” is her
masterpiece in landscapes which she did in
Italy. The impression and feeling created in
the painting is quite unique.
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever,” an
art lover had quoted in the visitor’s book
after seeing her exhibition. Art is
beautiful, fascinating, even a sad thought
transformed into canvas could produce a
painting to attract one’s eye.
The famous painter Renair once said, “Greeks
believe that Gods visit the earth looking
for love and beauty of a wonderland. Yes,
Earth is a wonderland and I like to paint
The exhibition will be held at the Lionel
Wendt Art Gallery from October 3-5.
An evening of wonderful music
Ascintillating evening of music called
Miyesi Visaka 2008 organized by Visakha
Vidyalaya is scheduled to go on boards on
October 4 at the BMICH from 6.30 pm onwards.
A very popular line up of artistes featuring
Shihan Mihiranga, Priyantha Fernando, Ranil
Mallawarachchi, Deepika Priyadarshani,
Uresha Ravihari, Dushyanth, Harshana and
Samitha Mudunkotuwa are due to perform at
Students will certainly enthrall the
audience with dances choreographed by
talented teachers of the school. The Compere
will be none other than the pulse of any
audience, Kamal Addararachchi.
Music for the event will be provided by
Flash Back. No doubt the programme will
captivate both the young and the old music
enthusiasts. The proceeds of the event will
be utilized for the much needed development
projects of the school. Tickets priced at
Rs.1000 and 1500 are available at school.
Frederik Haren’s Ideal Book
I was rather apprehensive about the contents
of this book purely because of the title, as
it gave the impression of a book with many
suggestions of little practical value. Yet,
the lack of frivolity in the cover design
and the very subtle silver letters on black
for a cover evoked my enthusiasm beyond just
curiosity. The Foreword did the trick, it
simply convinced me that the book must be
read in detail and in detail I did as page
after page provided unbelievable insights in
to life, culture, people, behaviour,
management and a host of other areas.
The author, Frederik Haren, apparently a
well known writer in Scandinavia but a
little known entity here, has been able to
extract the reader’s absorptive interest
page to page. He draws on ancient history,
arts, theatre and culture as much as he
competently draws on contemporary
management, corporate philosophy,
At first glance I did not believe that there
will be so many management insights in this
book. The abundance of these intermixed with
family life, people management and the
comprehensive coverage of inspiration,
innovation, motivation, loyalty, etc. make
this book a truly valuable asset to the
young and the old in every sphere of life.
Haren has drawn on many examples from
international history. Einstein to Jobbs, he
brings to life for the reader - their
thinking, their curiosity, their enthusiasm,
their desire, evoking that interest in the
content. I was particularly absorbed in the
following quotes from the book.
Quoting Bertrand Russel, he writes: “The
trouble with the world is that the stupid
are cocksure and the intelligent are full of
doubt.” How apt is this statement still.
Some of his statements could go
misunderstood, but reading through those
sections one sees the authenticity and the
value of the writer’s arguments. Just read,
Be an upstart. Those who are upstarts by
nature may revel with this quote, but they
still need to deliver their success.
He harps on the value of newer knowledge and
in the process coins the word Newlede.. He
encourages the reader to acquire newer
knowledge for doing better in whatever
pursuit you are in.
Among his parting words in the book Do not
give up sets the final tone for the reader,
encouraging him/her to think different, the
Fredrik Haren is undoubtedly an individual
who has gathered inspiration from a number
of people(whom he acknowledges in the book),
used his innovative thinking and creative
ability to deliver a book that one cannot
resist reading. After reading it once, I am
simply motivated to read it again. It is not
just an Idea Book but, in my opinion an
IDEAL BOOK, for all.
— Eardly Perera
Mariazelle in Concert - to celebrate 40
By Nirmala Kannangara
A spectacular musical extravaganza never to
be missed by music lovers of the nightingale
of Sinhala pop – versatile singing sensation
Mariazelle Gunathilake will be held on
October 5 at the BMICH to celebrate 40 years
in the musical arena.
Mariazelle started her musical career as a
kid by winning a talent contest, then joined
Junior Rhythm followed by the Emeralds and
later went solo.
“It was Mildred Perera who encouraged me
when I sang with Junior Rhythm. If not for
her inspiring words I wouldn’t have come
such a long way. At this point in my career
I wish to pay her a great tribute,”
Mariazelle told The Sunday Leader.
To reach this outstanding milestone in her
career and to celebrate it in grand style
Damayantha Kuruppu of DK Promotions is
putting the show together.
“Damayantha was very supportive and I have
gained much following his advice. Thanks to
Damayantha and DK Promotions this show will
be a reality” added Mariazelle.
To be in the music field for 40 years is a
great feat and a triumph for Mariazelle.
To make ‘Mariazelle Gala 40’ bash’ a life
time recollection - Indrani Perera, Ronnie
Leitch, Keerthi Pasqual, Shyamie Fonseka,
Nalin Perera, Damayantha Kuruppu and the
Voice Print Orchestra will keep the audience
spellbound along with Mariazelle backed by
Nalin and the Marians. The dance sequences
will be by Chandana Wickremasinghe and the
Dancers Guild while the compere will be
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Mariazelle
spoke of the loss of her mentor - her mother
who was behind her throughout.
Mariazelle’s mother who passed away on
August 4, this year was to celebrate her
82nd birthday the day after her daughter’s
musical concert (October 6).
“She was looking forward for the 40 years
celebration and when I asked her to get
ready to celebrate her 82nd birthday at the
BMICH following my concert she was
overwhelmed. Unfortunately my mom could not
live till this day and although I miss her
at this juncture I have planned to dedicate
this concert to the memory of my beloved
mother who would have been 82 years on
October 6,” Mariazelle said.
Although Mariazelle was in the field for a
couple of years before she became popular it
was the song Kandy Lamissi that paved the
way to fame.
“Being a very simple person I never went
behind any fame but instantly it came behind
me. It was Wijepala Hettiaratchi - the owner
of Gemtone Records who requested me to sing
Kandy Lamissi in 1976 and that song made me
popular as the song became an instant hit,”
Mariazelle said reminiscing of the early
‘Mariazelle in concert’ is organised by the
Old Boy’s Association of Isipathana College
in association with DK Promotions. Tickets
are available at Torana, Liberty Plaza and
Video International 325, Nawala Road Nawala.
According to Mariazelle most of her popular
Sinhala and English songs will be sung at
She also paid a special tribute to two
ladies who have helped her when she was new
to the stage. “I was inspired by Mignone
Fernando and Dalreen Suby,” she said.
“I am thankful to my only son Teshan who is
presently doing his higher studies in the UK
for being so tolerant in the last 18 years
as I was away from him most of the time
leaving him in my mother’s custody,” said
Speaking about the legend Clarence
Wijewardena, Mariazelle said he was an asset
and was happy to work with him closely for
five years and her favourite song Sihina
Nelum Mal which was dedicated to her son was
composed by him. “The vacuum that was
created with Clarence’s death cannot be
filled and the service he rendered to the
Sinhala pop music industry is invaluable,”