By Risidra Mendis
An art exhibition with
a difference is
the best way to describe
'With The Other.' The exhibition of visual arts by undergraduates of
the Institute of Aesthetic Studies (IAS) will include paintings of
Prasad Weerasinghe, Asanga Senaratne, Kosala Piyum Kumara, Sathsara
Illangasinghe, Ruwan Upasena, Susil Senanayake, Prageeth Manohansa
and Amitha Panideniya.
"Diverse opinions have taken place
in the field of visual arts, both in the past and the present. Our
work reflects the involvement with these changes in respect of our
thinking. 'With The Other' is a product of this involvement,"
According to Kumara, their work does
not reflect partiality to any particular school of thought. "We
have executed these artistic creations through mediums familiar to
us," he said.
Taking a look at their paintings, it is
evident the six artists paint with a difference. A look at their
paintings and one cannot help but notice the difference between the
bright colours and dull hues used by the artists.
Weerasinghe, Senaratne, Kumara,
Ilangasinghe, Upasena, Senanayake, Manohansa and Panideniya paint
not because they feel they should. They paint with the intention of
making art lovers aware of the rapid changes taking place in the
field of visual arts.
'With The Other' is expected to attract
many an art lover, especially those who want to see this rapid
change in visual arts that only these six artists seem to be able to
explain through their paintings.
The exhibition will be held at the
National Art Gallery on December 16, from 6 p.m. onwards and on
December 17, 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The staff and students of Asian International
School are having a
'Christmas Revue' at the Bishop's College Auditorium on December 15
to 17, with a promise of something for everyone.
In keeping with the Christmas spirit,
the entertainment will include carols from the senior and junior
choirs, percussion from the juniors, a nativity playlet from the
primary students, a skit from the seniors, and sounds of the season
from the orchestra, to name but a few of the exciting items on the
Jazz dancing, oriental dancing and a
couple of modern fusion dances will be interspersed with the choral
From the tiny tots (making their stage
debut) to the out-going sixth formers, AIS comes together for a
not-to-be-missed evening of celebration and joy.
Christmas will not be Christmas without
a pantomime, and the staff of AIS (turned actors par excellence!)
will perform as the evening culminates in a riotous uproar of Santa
This Asian International School 'family
affair' will be a jubilant and pulsating way of celebrating yet
another fulfilling year's end.
Tickets are available at Bishop's
for upcoming artists
Sharika Galleries, the gallery of
contempo rary art and sculpture will open this
ber at the Colombo Plaza.
Senaka Senanayake, one of Sri Lanka's most prominent artists, under
whose auspices the gallery will function, has taken the initiative
to open this gallery to predominantly promote local artists as well
as developing the local art market. Senaka has been exhibiting
internationally for over 46 years and has worked at promoting other
Sri Lankan artists for the past 25 years.
The new 3,000-square-foot museum style
commercial gallery will hold the finest cross section of work
ranging from modern to contemporary Sri Lankan art, many of which
are exclusive to the gallery. The gallery will provide sculptors ,
painters and emerging young artists with the space and exposure to
place their art in today's contemporary corporate and domestic
"The creativity and determination
of the new wave of artists, wishing to be exposed and accepted by
the world market motivates us," said Senanayake.
The gallery will also feature a number
of renowned international artists from the Asia-Pacific region.
"We like to characterise the gallery and its ever changing
collections as extraordinarily diverse and constantly inviting fresh
and vibrant new artists to express themselves," he further
Oilver to perform in Colombo
The Colombo Plaza will play host to the
one of the region's most versatile DJs, Gary Oliver. This
is the second international act for the season by the Colombo Plaza
Hotel, which is fast becoming a hub for a lot of exciting activities
this season. Gary's biggest aim is to bring the world closer through
music. And like a chameleon he effortlessly switches through
different genres of music - between retro, rock `n' roll, ballads,
funk `n' blues, soft rock, hip hop, salsa and new age music. Gary
Oliver has done it all over Asia. Gary is in Colombo to perform at
the Colombo Plaza for 15 days, from December 10 to 23.
R.R. Samara- kone with three plays to
his credit has gained wide critical recognition as a dramatist of
outstanding talent. Samarakone wrote and produced his first play
Ledak Nethi Ledek in 1968. His second play, Charita Dekak was staged
in 1969. However Samarakone's third play, Ahasin Wetunu Minissu
staged in1971 bagged the awards for the best original script and
production at the last drama festival organised by the Cultural
Ahasin Wetunu Minissu is without doubt
the author's most satisfying play to date. The play deals with the
tensions and problems of the socially oppressed and the downtrodden.
The play will be staged on December 17 at the Elphinstone Theatre at
From purple poinsettias to pink ones, all the way to black and white,
Tamara Davidson has it
all. This Christmas, green and red is definitely taking a backseat.
Moving away from the traditional
colours of Christmas, this season Davidson's Christmas designs
revolve around a modern and daring theme.
The purple and pink designs scream for
attention and manage to keep it, while the black and white designs,
which feature just a hint of red, are very stylish and will
undoubtedly bring that extra touch of elegance to any home.
Explaining the rationale behind her
daring and different designs Davidson said "I thought I'll do
something different for a change."
Tamara also does traditional Christmas
d‚cor if needed, according to her customers' requests.
When Christmas is approaching, life
becomes very hectic for Davidson. What with all the orders for cake
and curtains, decorations and such, there's almost no time to rest.
One thing however remains constant;
whatever Davidson decides to do, she ensures it is done to
Over the years, Davidson has also done
the d‚cor for many corporate occasions and weddings (both church
and reception) and has made a name for herself with her unique
Davidson is a self taught artiste -
it's all thanks to her creativity and the talent she has been
blessed with - along with a very helpful and supportive husband,
Davidson's Christmas decorations will
be on sale at St. Joseph's Church, Ratmalana today (December 12).
In keeping with the festive season, a range of unusual and creative Christmas decor, gift items, cards,
cushion covers, gift boxes, towels and soft toys by Kanthi Weragama
will be available.
"A wide variety of beads, fabric
paint, ribbon and other raw materials for those of you who want to
make your own Christmas gifts, and Christmas cake, wines and
puddings will also be on sale," says Weragama.
The sale will be held at the J.R.
Jayewardene Centre on December 16, 17 and 18.
Rui, an 18 year old fashion house from
Mumbai and Bangalore, comes to
Co-lombo for the first time as an exclusive show.
Rui's line of clothing includes vibrant
block prints with delicate hand and machine embroidery on cotton,
exquisite zardozi work on silk crepes and georgettes and a stunning
line of kurtas and ponchos.
The exhibition will be held on December
17 and 18, at Layards Road, Colombo 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Proclaim Concert was held on
December 3 at the Ceylon Bible
Society Auditorium to a full house. A team of 16 young people
working together performed at the concert to launch their first CD -
a collection of Christmas carols with a new twist. As the CD cover
says, Christmas Sung Like We Do Today. The funds from this concert
and CD will be used for their outreach programmes through the medium
The Proclaim Team worked hard for three
months to compile the CD. The idea of releasing a CD was the vision
of Rukshan Lokuge of Charles / Mark, the award-winning duo. The CD
also includes an original song by Bertram Charles, the other half of
the duo. Ranga Dassanayake of Hit Factory put it all together to
come up with a truly professional product.The CD is available at
Sponge, Back to the Bible Bookshop, The Corner Bookshop, Ceylon
Bible Society, Salon Naresh and Pragna Publishers and is a must for
every home this Christmas season.