credit to the country through
Love And Peace
A man with a vision and a professional by nature
is the best way to describe renowned painter
and artist, Jayasiri Semage. Like many other artists Semage paints on
canvass. However by using his artistic talent and intuition Semage is
successful in depicting and bringing out the traditional Sri Lankan culture
in his paintings.
is a self taught artist. But by using his creative efforts and free style of
deep expressions, Semage succeeds in bringing out the traditional Sri Lankan
cultural outlook in his paintings. The use of contrasting colours and
rhythmic expressions is the secret to the success of Semage’s paintings
sought by hundreds of art lovers all over the world.
Semage’s famed paintings is now permanently on display at the great hall
of the United Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland in appreciation of a
man whose talent and experience has given him the will power and strength to
go on painting. “I was invited by Japan to erect a large decorative pandal
depicting Sinhala art forms and Buddhist themes” says Semage, who is
pleased at having brought glory and prestige to his motherland.
recipient of the Kalapathi, Kala Bhusana and the Kala Suri
awards, Semage now plans to take his next exhibition to Sweden and Finland.
12th international exhibition
titled Love And Peace to be held in Sweden and then Finland, Semage
hopes to attract a large audience. According to Semage art lovers in these
two countries will have the opportunity to see for themselves and appreciate
forms of Sri Lankan culture and traditions at Love And Peace
is an artist of international repute and one who has had close links with
Sri Lankan art for many decades.
exhibited his exquisite pieces of art at exhibitions all over the world Semage’s latest paintings will attract
has held exhibitions in Sweden, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal.
But at the Love And Peace exhibition Semage plans to display
over 50 paintings on oil and canvass. These paintings will depict the
traditional Sri Lankan culture. “Through these paintings I hope to attract
the audiences of Sweden and Finland by giving them an insight into the rich
and valuable culture of my motherland. Visitors to my exhibition will see
oriental art at its best” says Semage.
President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have
extended their warm wishes and congratulations to Semage for his valuable
contribution to the country.
message to Semage the President has said “It is with a sense of
appreciation that I send this congratulatory message to Kalasuri Semage, one
of the senior most artists in Sri Lanka. Having bagged many international
achievements in his career as an artist of unique identity, Semage is now
extending his horizons to Finland. His exhibition in Finland gives every Sri
Lankan art lover a new sense of pride.”
started his career as a painter and a journalist. He drew much inspiration
from ancient traditions of the East, while adopting modern forms and
techniques. This created an extremely beautiful and romantic version of
paintings. These achievements won him the titles of Kalasuri and Kala
Bhushana. I wish to congratulate him on his achievements and wish him
well with the exhibitions that are being organised in Scandinavian
the PM in his message to Semage says, “Kalasuri Semage is an artist of
international repute who is closely associated with Sri Lankan art for many
decades. He has chosen to exhibit his paintings in Helsinki, Finland, this
time, following many successful exhibitions he has held in Sweden, Malaysia,
Singapore, Thailand and Nepal”.
gives me great pleasure to note that he has chosen Love And Peace as
the theme of this exhibition. What better medium to convey man’s love for
peace than through paintings. Scandinavian art lovers have already been
introduced to Semage’s art. Now for the first time in Finland, his art
which is developed on the Sigiri-Ajanta tradition of medieval times, will
make an inedible mark on Finish audiences. His themes are fusion of East and
West making his work particularly appealing and popular among Western art
efforts convey the oasis of peace which prevails in his native land
following a prolonged period of war and conflict. I wish his exhibition all
paintings will first be exhibited at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Sweden from
October 6 to October 22 and will be steered by Ambasador, V. K. Valsen. From
October 28 to November 21 the paintings will be on display at the National
Cultural Center in Helsinki Finland which will be organised by Lakkana
set to Razzle Dazzle!
Since of late we have been inundated by
musicals, staged in particular by various schools eager to show off
their talent. Not that we are complaining or anything — musicals are
always a treat — when they are well done at least. But it is nice to note
that Stafford International School has planned something a little different
for the tons of music fans out there.
Dazzle, as the
show is appropriately named, is bound to be a treat. An enthralling line up
includes tunes such as Rhythm Of Life, West Side Story and Broadway
to popular hits by Michael Jackson. It is a mixed dish of eras and genres.
Ranchinagoda and Yoshita Abeysekera will handle the choreography while the
music will be directed by Soundarie David. Music will be provided by
Niranjan de Silva on keyboards and Christopher Prins on drums with Soundarie
on the piano.
talented cast of over 80, including four past pupils, are set to get toes
tapping and hands clapping in this selection that will thrill the young, not
so young and young at heart. Asked what they felt about the whole affair,
the two students present, Melanie and Samanthi, said they are “having
loads of fun.” Both said they loved the selection and were sure the
audience would love it too.
why they were putting so much time and effort into this, Noreen Welikala,
the principal of SIS said the idea was to build poise and instill confidence
in the students. She added, shows like this help to create well rounded
show will go on boards at the Lionel Wendt on October 10, 11 and 12 at
6:30pm. Tickets are available at the school premises. TNL radio and TV are
the main media sponsors. This is undoubtedly something worth watching out
Sex and the city in Windbird
Inoka Sathyagani’s maiden film
is passionate affirmation of the sanctity
of human life. It rejoices in the sensuality of healthy, vigorous, youthful
sex. It hints at the abysmal ignorance of young women in our prudish
society, about the basic facts of life. It implicitly makes the case for sex
education of adolescents. It questions the rationality of our laws on
abortion. It demonstrates how the law on abortion permits doctors to
exercise their propensities for greed and fraud. Perhaps unwittingly, it
provides insight into what a physiologist would recognise as tranquilizing
sex, pair-formation sex, and pair-maintenance sex (as opposed to procreative
no doubt, that she had bitten off more than what a maiden film-maker can
possibly chew in the realistic mode, she has imposed on the bulk of the film
the format of a fantastic dream sandwiched between two episodes occurring
during waking hours.
film is essentially about a dream, does it depict reality? Inoka
Santhyangani who is responsible for its story, screenplay, direction and
production, says that Sulang Kirilli is based on a true story. Her
film art seems to imitate nature. Dreams are part of human life and
Shakespeare’s Prosper goes so far as to say that “we are such stuff as
dreams are made of.” So there is no reason why dreams cannot be used to
explore reality. Inoka Sathyangani is clearly a cinema buff and the film is
replete with symbolism and technique. In fact in one or two places I found
myself wondering whether the film technique wasn’t overpowering film art.
old medic like me the pervading theme of the film — unanticipated and
unwanted pregnancy and the consequences thereof — is neither novel nor
shocking. Inoka Sathnayangani’s elaboration of the theme, however, held my
sustained interest. Sulang Kirilli deserves to be seen by all
intelligent adults with a sensitive conscience who wish to let themselves
bump into current social reality. Being the creation of a young woman with
an independent and controversial cast of mind, Sulang Kirilli does
have the potential to become a tremendously influential film.
film opens in the waking world with an unmarried, rustic, young woman,
living away from home as a worker in a garment factory, learning for sure
that she is pregnant. Her lover happens to be a soldier who has put his life
on the line in order to preserve the physical integrity of his motherland.
Biologically speaking, the purpose of sex is reproduction and in the natural
work, when a young woman discovers that she is with child, she should feel
fulfilled and jump for joy. No longer, do we live in a state of nature.
Unlike in the animal world, society has imposed cultural and ethical norms
on sex and reproduction, which vary enormously from place to place and from
time to time.
given society at a given time the prevailing norms demand conformity and the
price to pay for defying them could be terrible even for a famous
philosopher let alone a humble village lass working as a factory hand. Thus,
at one time Bertrand Russell, perhaps the most influential philosopher of
the 20th century, lived together with Miss Dorna Black without getting
married to her, professing the belief that true marriage had nothing to do
with signing on the dotted line in a marriage register.
1921, however, when Black became pregnant, much to her great disappointment,
Russell insisted on getting legally married to her before the birth of the
child. He gave two reasons. First, the child may grow up feeling resentful
of the parents for making him a legal bastard. Second, as an unmarried
couple with an illegitimate child, they will have great difficulty in
renting a house to live in, and hiring servants to work for them. Such were
the woes of Christian England in those days. Since then the world has seen
profound changes in social and sexual values.
return to Sulang Kirilli, for the young woman in the film, life
itself becomes a real bastard when it transpires that her soldier lover is a
married man with a pregnant wife. He runs out to be a duplicitous, selfish
brutish character. Everybody including Inoka Sathyangani knows that in our
country the kind of ruthless self interest manifested by this character is
best exemplified by our doctors, who strike at the drop of a hat realising
full well that such action may kill poor, innocent patients. But of course
she couldn’t have credibly cast a medic in this role of impregnator
because medics know all about contraception, and if contraception fails, how
to procure cheap, safe, abortion!
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