Great heights of dwarfed Pope
1700 when his family moved to Bonfield in Windsor Forest, Pope contracted
tuberculosis. He also suffered from asthma and headaches.
wrote his first verses at the age of 12. His breakthrough work An Essay On
Criticism appeared when he was 23. It included the famous line 'A little
learning is a dangerous thing.' The Rape Of The Lock (1714) an elegant
satire was based on a quarrel between two families with whom Pope was
acquainted. It was caused by Lord Petre cutting off a lock of Miss Arabella
great achievements were the translations of Illiad and Odyssey into English.
Among Pope's other works are Essay On Man and Moral Essays.
didactic poetry the Essay On Man is addressed to Bolingbroke and Pope
clearly implies he was its inspirer.
then, my friend, my genius, come along;
master of the poet, and the song!
then this verse to future age pretend
wert my guide, philosopher and friend?
urg'd by thee, I turn'd the tuneful art
sounds to things, from fancy to the heart.'
didactic manner of writing is clearly seen in the second Epistle Of Man. He
is the most frequently quoted English poet after Shakespeare.
his last years Pope designed a romantic 'grot' in a tunnel which linked the
waterfront with his back garden. It was walled with shells and pieces of
mirror. Alexander Pope died on May 30, 1744. He left his property to Martha
Blount, with whom he had formed a lifelong relationship.
Lauch of a new book - a crucial choice...
De Silva lives in Colombo with his wife Shirlene and their two sons. He is currently working on his second book.
to the legends - sung
To The Legends which was to be held on Sep-tember 13, will now be held on
October 5 at 7 p.m. at BMICH
To The Legends which is a concept of D.R. Entertainments, will pay tribute
to legendary performers from the theatre of music song, and cinema.
four artistes who will be remembered are Sunil Santha, Rukmani Devi, Eddie
Jayamanne, and Wally Bastian.
Sunil Santha entered the music scene six decades ago and achieved a
significant milestone in Sri Lanka's musical history. Sunil Santha's
unmistakable hits such as Olu Pipeela, Handa Pane, Suwanda Rosa Mal Nela,
Mihikatha Nalawala, Kokilayange and Lanka, Lanka will glisten fresh when
Ivor Dennis pays tribute to him.
Bastian, identified as the God Father of Baila was responsible for bringing
Kaffringna to the fore. Also titled Baila Visharadha, Wally Bastian besides
singing, played the violin, Spanish guitar and the banjo. Sunil Perera of
the Gypsies will step mike - side to pay tribute to the legendary singer
Wally Bastian, singing evergreen hits such as Nurse Nona, Mathakai Amme,
Vadhakaha Sudiya, Yamang Bando, Irene Josephine and Babi Achchi
songs and acts on the silver screen of Eddie Jayamanne will be re- lived
when Ronnie Lietch steps on stage to pay his personal tribute to the veteran
film star and singer. Ronnie will sing songs such as Sirini Apey Lankawe,
Payana Sandawatakara, Lapati Rupe Age, Thakkita Thaikita and Kolampura Sriya.
memory of the queen of the silver screen and nightingale of song Rukmani
Devi, will be fascinatingly rekindled when Corrine gets on stage to pay
nostalgic tribute to the legendary lady. The unforgettable hits such as Gala
Kandeni Mathuwela, Nilambare, Mawilapenuni Rupe, Mage Pemwatta Rasawatha and
Ulu Male will be some of the songs to be sung by Corrine.
will indeed be a scintilating experience to watch Ronnie, and Corrine
performing in salutation to Eddie and Rukmani. Rajiv and Felix too will join
hands with Corrine in duets.
music will be provided by Rajiv and The Clan, Supported by a six piece
orchestra, there will also be dance acts to add colour.
is more to this unique musical event presented by HCIMA ( Hotel Catering
International Management Association) in collaboration with DR
Entertainments. The emcee for the evening will be Vijaya Corea.
the announcements made recently and prior to the postponement, most of the
reserve tickets have already been bought. The tickets already purchased for
the 13th are valid for the show on October 5.
Chicago alive and kicking!
Gere tap-dances, Catherine Zeta-Jones struts, and Renee Zellweger sings -
and miraculously it all works. Even the normally sedate John C. Reilly shows
off his set of pipes in this lavish extravaganza. Chicago is a rousing,
sultry, scintillating spectacle that mixes adultery and murder with comedy,
drama and dance.
1929 and all the world's a stage - at least that's how it feels to
vaudeville star, Velma Kelley (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Velma and her sister
are partners in a song and dance act managed by Velma's husband. When Velma
finds her two-timing husband in the arms of her sister, the act comes to an
abrupt end with the two lovers shot to death and Velma behind bars for their
murders. Meanwhile wannabe singer/dancer Roxie Hart cheats on her simple
husband, Amos (John C. Reilly) with a man she believes can make her famous.
Once she discovers the man is just a furniture salesman with zero
connections to showbiz, Roxie pulls a gun on him and winds up in jail
alongside her idol, Velma.
jail, the star and the starlet fight for freedom and headlines, and vie for
the attention of legal eagle Billy Flynn (Richard Gere). Flynn's never lost
a case and more importantly, he has the Chicago media feeding from the palm
of his hand. This stylishly sexy movie is based on the award-winning play
Chicago,adapted by Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb from the original
play by Maurine Watkins. Unlike the stage play, most of the movie's song and
dance numbers spring from the imagination of Renee Zellweger's character,
is perfect as the sweet, innocent-looking blonde with a fiery imagination
and a lust for the stage. She belts out songs and dances with a grace of a
lifelong Broadway performer. Catherine Zeta-Jones' experience in musicals
onstage serves her well in her role as Velma Kelley. A fan of the old Fred
Astaire/Ginger Rogers movie musicals, Zeta-Jones' smoldering sensuality
heats up the screen.
solo dance numbers are mesmerising and she pumps the energy level of the
film to a fevered pitch. Richard Gere is perhaps the most surprisingly
delightful member of the cast. His performance as Billy Flynn could very
well be one of his best in dozens of years. He displays a sly sense of
humour, delivering lines that provoke genuine belly-laughs from the
music? See for yourself!
The Lionel Wendt Theater
Merry An Singers
Through Time In Song
3rd and 4th 7.30 PM and
5th 11 AM
like food is a matter of taste. Inasmuch as one would not want to
on gourmet food, a diet of fast food would kill one's taste buds. The Merry
An Singers vocal presentations over the last 22 years have proved that
audience auditory senses also need variety. Their concert in the first week
of October will be made up of two parts. In the first half the lighter
extracts of music from the great classical composers will set off the modern
arrangements of spirituals and gospel in the second. The concert will
feature new young singers with tremendous potential for becoming performers
who will hit center stage in this country.
from Carmen, Il Travatore, The Magic Flute, and Don Juan will provide
singers with a different dimension in singing to Answer Me, Clap Hands, The
Wind Beneath My Wings. There is a special treat for audiences in the
arrangements of two numbers by Director Mary Anne David and one by
accompanist Neranjan de Silva. There will also be arrangements by one of
today's most sought after and famous arrangers of music - John Rutter. The
programme will have a section where the audience will be invited to sing
with the choir of 44 adults and 25 children.
The Sunday show is a matinee for those who find late evenings inconvenient.
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