through paint and poetry
recall reading these lines
'All things want to fly. Only we are weighed down by
desire/caught in ourselves and enthralled with our heaviness?' Does
the name Rainer Maria Rilke ring a bell? No? Never mind.
aren't these two lines enough to make you feel its worth knowing
more about this poet, who seemingly wrote his poems in a dingy room
on the Left Bank of Paris by a flickering kerosene lamp, his pen
scratching on paper pulled out of stacks heaped on table and chairs;
or perhaps, seated in the Bibliotheque Nationale, amid silence,
clearing throats and shuffling feet; or a few years later in a
cottage near Rome, or later still in the dying Swedish summer, under
a beech tree?
still, how great to have the emotions his words invoked within you,
brought out and expressed with paint?
are three ways in which you can respond to the paintings of Anoma
Wijewardene, which are, as she emphasises "not
illustrations," but her responses to Rilke's poems. You can
read the poem, let your emotions surge forth, move to Anoma's
painting and see if your feelings match her's. Or, vice versa, look
at Anoma's paintings, try to describe to yourself what you feel,
then match them with those of Rilkes' verse. Or, try the third
approach, the easiest. Forget Rilke, forget Anoma, look at the
paintings and give your heart the freedom to soar the skies in
unrestrained joy or remain on the ground on firm feet, perhaps
pondering over the futility of existence, depending entirely on your
mood at the moment.
paintings, too are not simply emotions (as Rilke said of poems)
...they are experiences. They are the blend of many cities, many
people and things ...they are the gestures which small flowers make
when they open in the morning. They are the memories of unexpected
encounters, and partings you have long seen coming and many more.
a MA from Central St. Martin's College of Art, London and several
lectureships at prestigious Colleges of Art in Britain, Anoma has
now returned to her motherland to become a fulltime artist and a
teacher. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Architectural Digest and
the World of Interiors. With many exhibitions over the last decade;
in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Brisbane and a solo show in New Delhi,
Anoma is planning to hold her next exhibition in Sydney in 2005.
at her current collection of paintings and feel the exultation of
knowing for a moment, you had shared the feelings and thoughts of
Rilke who deserves a place among Shelley and Keats. Looking at the
combination of cool creamy colours, the slim shadows, the bold
strokes and the gentle lines of the picture in front of you, you may
detect the silhouette of a bird with its wings spread out. Treat
yourself to a satisfied grin. You have had an inclination of what
the poet had written the mirrors were still dizzy with your presence
and startled, gave back/my too sudden image. Who knows? Perhaps the
same/bird echoed through both of us/yesterday, separate, in the
there at the Gallery Caf‚ between November 19 to December 8.
Discover the hidden poet in you. Or even better, give your emotions
the full reign they deserve. Chances are you may feel "a boy
once again, with your life before you." or you will get a
glimpse of the "void where all things begin.so that this once
you may give it your perfect assent." Whatever, you are
guaranteed you will be making a journey into the very depths of your
soul because Anoma's are emotions and experiences. on canvas.
- A journey through the wild
- A Journey Through The Wild, a book launch and an exhibition of
wildlife photographs will be held at the Harold Peiris Gallery -
Lionel Wendt Colombo 7 from November 19-21 from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30
- A Journey Through The Wild is a photographic recording of over 170
encounters with nature. These images are the work of four wildlife
photographers who have had the privilege of spending time in our
country's rich wilderness.
special moments include hours spent on the beaches in Mannar
watching gulls, ducks and shorebirds; in the jungles of Yala
watching elephants at play. You will encounter unique moments spent
in the company of leopard in Wilpattu after the park was recently
reopened and in Kumana watching the fabulous crossed tusker. You
will be captivated by the beauty of our lesser-known jewels such as
butterflies, lizards and reptiles in Sinharaja, Morapitiya and
exhibition spans the entire country from Mannar to Kumana, Horton
Plains to Sinharaja, Wilpattu to Colombo. The photographers have
made a commitment to depict the country's rich biodiversity in its
true splendour. Encounters cover many species of birds, some of
which are so rare they may be seen in an exhibition or in print for
the first time in Sri Lanka.
photographers Gehan Rajapakse, Namal Kamalgoda, Palitha Antony and
Sarinda Unamboowe have had vastly different life experiences but
have been drawn together by one passion - the wild places of Sri
Lanka. To them nature photography has many dimensions.
opportunity to create art out of an image, to show the unique
behaviour of animals and to foster awareness amongst a wider public
on the need for conserving and protecting our wild places. Twenty
five percent of the profits of this venture will be set aside to
assist in various conservation related projects thus ensuring their
own contribution towards the protection to Sri Lanka's rapidly
vanishing wild places.
'Jets' are coming home
and Gentlemen," announced
the famous commentator of yesteryear, Bob Garvie. "the
rip-roaring rhythm of Anton Gunawijeya," he continues,
"the booming bass of Felix Fernando, the lilting lead guitar of
Indra Raj and the dynamic drumming of Harris Jurangpathy. The
was the entrance call to the band of the 60's. Four guys who turned
the music scene literally on its head. And then Uncle Bob, as he was
fondly referred to by the Jets, would introduce
"Beat-boy-extraordinary Ishan Bahar along with Miss Music
herself Mignonne Fernando.
then was the line-up of the original Jetliners in the latter part of
the 60's. Sohan, the little man with the big voice joined the 'Jets'
at a later stage. Now these young men and woman of the 60's are
ready to set the stage on fire when they come together for the first
time in Sri Lanka after a lapse of almost four decades.
average age about 55, but they still churn out the same music of the
60's with the same passion and gusto of 30. "If you are the
'young ones' who danced, tapped your feet, jived and rocked and
rolled at the Coconut Grove of the Gale Face Hotel at the then
famous Sundown Dances, here is your chance to re-live those great
and memorable times when all we did was have a good time,"
quipped Ishan, now a grandfather of four, the only member of the
original Jets still living in Sri Lanka.
Mignonne's roots are also here she travels around the world keeping
in touch with her children and grand children. She will be flying in
from the USA for the three shows being presented by DR
Entertainments, two back-to-back stage shows at the BMICH on
December 19 and 20 and a farewell dinner dance at the Coconut Grove
on the 21st.
years ago tickets were priced at Rs. 2 with a bottle of Coke thrown
in free. But that was 40 years ago. Today, the tickets will cost a
little more. But believe it will be worth it!
guys are coming home from various parts of the world. Felix from OZ,
Anton from the UK, Indra from Switzerland, Harris from Denmark and
Sohan from the land of grass skirts and blue waters, Hawaii. They
were together on two occasions in Australia, their first reunion
being down under in 1999 and again in 2003. But this show is going
to be special, as there will be much nostalgia and memories to
will be available on November 15 and 16 at the Banquet Office of the
Galle Face Hotel.
New Singer' award for Prageeth & Gajan in Shanghai
& Gajan, the newest entry in the Sri Lankan music industry,
won the `Excellent New Singer' Award at the Seventh
Asia Singing Competition in Shanghai last week. The duo was
awarded the first place in the category by performing two originals
- Nimeshayakin and You've Been Warned at the finals.
Jagoda assisted Prageeth & Gajan as their manager cum producer
on their trip to Shanghai. Twenty-one contestants participated at
the finals. Prageeth & Gajan thank Arunthathi Sri Renganathan,
their parents, family and fans and the media for supporting them in
to The Sunday Leader, Gajan said, "It was a really great
experience representing the country in Shanghai and getting the
award was great! It was also a great opportunity to build
relationships with international artistes."
wonders and beauty of nature has never seized to fascinate wildlife
and nature lovers in Sri Lanka. But due to the selfish attitude of
man and the lack of awareness among the public, many of the
country's valuable and rare resources are slowly being destroyed. If
we are to protect these valuable resources for future generations
every one of us must contribute towards this cause.
Sri Lanka there are a few places that continue to create awareness
on environmental issues for the public. Eco Rhythm at Perehera
Mawatha, Colombo 3 is one such place. At its initial stages Eco
Rhythm sold music CDs on aromatherapy. But gradually due to his love
for nature and the need to make people interested in the subject
Viraj Seneviratne took on the task of introducing books on wildlife
to The Sunday Leader, Seneviratne said it is important that the
public is given the opportunity of learning the values and
importance of protecting wildlife and nature in Sri Lanka.
does not realise that if he destroys nature he will ultimately be
the one who gets destroyed. We must use the natural resources of
nature. But make it our responsibility to pump back those resources
back into the environment. Every year at least five to 10 species
are lost in the world, due to the greed and selfish attitude of
man," says Seneviratne.
to Seneviratne, the public should have access to books on nature and
wildlife at a reasonable price. Many books on these subjects are
expensive. But whatever books I can find for a reasonable price I
make available at Eco Rhythm," says Seneviratne.
present the book A Guide To National Parks In Sri Lanka by the
Wildlife Department is a book that Seneviratne is promoting at Eco
Rhythm. "This book is very useful for any nature lover and is
reasonably priced," said Seneviratne.
book contains an insight into the national parks of Sri Lanka,
except for Wilpattu and Kaudulla and includes maps of the
parks," Seneviratne said. The book encourages people to follow
the park rules and refrain from destroying the environment.
books on wildlife available at Eco Rhythm include those on birds,
leopards and novels on experiences faced by environmentalists, while
visiting national parks and other places of natural interest.
have posters with messages to protect nature and wildlife, wildlife
cards and two little booklets with butterflies and dragonfly species
found in Sri Lanka by Gehan de Silva Wijeratne," explained
interest in nature and wildlife came from his parents who were
nature and animal lovers. "I can still remember those days when
our house was full of many pets. Apart from the usual cats and dogs,
we had birds, fish, deer and owls as pets," says Seneviratne.
watched his father take photos of animals, scenery and wildlife in
national parks, Seneviratne decided to take his own photographs.
first started taking wildlife photographs around 10 years ago. At
that time we did not have the modern day cameras with all the
facilities. Those days the only cameras available were box cameras.
As time went by I gradually developed my photography using the
latest equipment available," Seneviratne said.
who has also taken many video clips on nature and wildlife continues
to take wildlife photos when he has the time.
Prince at the Wendt
is not easy being a prince. Especially not when you are from five centuries
ago, your two friends cum advisers are crows, you need to find a
princess real fast in a time when princesses are obsolete, and to
top it all off, you are also a frog! By the way, you have also got
yourself a reputation as a womaniser for falling in love with all
the wrong people.
with spoilt rich kids running around messing things up, the closest
thing to a princess you find is, to say the least, full of herself;
state money is being used for stag parties and what not, peace
accords and MoUs, and the people freaking out, it ain't easy at all
trying to find someone to spend an evening with you, let you drink
from her cup, eat from her plate and kiss you to break the spell!
Dharmasena's latest - Gemba Prince - is all about broken promises,
power and money, blackmail and becoming a man again. With time
running out fast and death waiting to get you, there is another
surprise - things don't always turn out the way you think they will!
The Gemba Prince will go on the boards at the Lionel Wendt on
November 19, 20 and 21.