By Kshanika Argent
A charity art
exhibition and sale called Hues Of Blossoms will be held at
The Lionel Wendt Art Gallery from May 8-10 in aid of the Thalesema
patients at the Teaching Hospital in Karapitiya, Galle, featuring
mixed work by 12 young artists from the ages of 7 to 14 years.
11 year old daughter Dulanji, from Visakha Vidyalaya is taking part
in this exhibition explained that Thalesema patients are
transfusion dependent during their entire lives and that the
Teaching Hospital in Karapitiya, Galle is not the most established
She said, "While
they do get funding, it’s not enough and they need the funds as
they’re only just starting to come up, and that’s why we chose
that hospital. Thalesema is a children’s disease and the hospital
has 40 or so patients."
More than 200
paintings will be on display at Hues Of Blossoms and the
parents of these youngsters hope to raise a minimum of Rs. 200,000
to finance medical equipment that the hospital is in dire need of.
‘A painting of the
Dulanji meanwhile is
excited about taking part in the exhibition and according to her
mum, she’d gladly give all her belongings to charity if she could.
The eager child says she has painted many pictures for the
exhibition and hopes that her favourite of the lot, a painting of
the sea will be sold.
The Hues Of
Blossoms charity exhibition is a first time for some of the
youngsters while others like 11 year old Abishek of The British
School in Colombo, who has come up with an exceptional painting of a
banana among the other 24 paintings he has contributed, says he can
paint "any old time," and has been in various art
exhibitions in the past and charity events at The British School in
Colombo, but the one thing all these kids have in common, is their
sheer determination to make a difference in the lives of less
Another common factor
these kids share is the fact that they all study art under the
guidance of Latifa Ismail who has been teaching art for over 30
years now. Latifa says she teaches all age groups, from kids to
adults and it’s the one thing she loves doing. She said, "I
try to let their own style and talent shine and not cramp them in
their art. My house has been turned into an art centre and it’s my
life, it’s what I do."
Latifa has her hands
full on any given day, having to sometimes juggle teaching 20 kids
at a time but the kids seem to love it as much as she does.
Enthusiasm for art
But both children and
parents say that Latifa has been the driving force behind their
enthusiasm for art, and has been a source of encouragement for as
long as they have known her, giving these children the confidence to
be themselves and express themselves through their art.
Dulani says that
her daughter has improved by leaps and bounds in her art, after
training under Latifa who is fondly known as ‘Aunty.’
Kids from different
schools, in different age groups and different styles of
painting have all come together for one great cause, and that’s
helping kids out there who haven’t got as good a break as they
One great example of
their compassion is 12-year-old Rezia, a CIS student who has
interests that range from drama to synchronised swimming. She’s
playing a major role in this art exhibition and she has contributed
a great deal of paintings —20 in fact — but art is not her dream
career. Instead she hopes to become a speech therapist someday to
help kids who have problems with speech.
She says she was
inspired to follow this because of her cousin who can’t speak
well. She said, "I want to help kids like him when I grow up,
because in Sri Lanka you don’t get many people in that field to
help out people with speech problems."
Small kids, with big
hearts for sure, but while it’s the children’s idea to sell
their paintings as a fundraiser for charity, it’s their parents
who are hard at work behind the scenes, putting the exhibition
But this heart
warming gesture isn’t just a one-off thing for
seven year old Lahiri from Bishop’s College who has been
preparing for this exhibition since June last year and according to
her mum Nirmali, she and the rest of the kids and parents want to
continue in this fashion.
Lankan invited to participate at Adobe Live 2007 in UK
All life is an
artists’ palette. And so it is for Bandula Samarasekera.
"Character design is my passion" he says "and I find
it extremely fascinating because it allows me to express myself in
the way that I want to. I draw inspiration from everything that
surrounds me — people on the street, music, architecture, history,
Bandula is a talented
specialist who has worked as a visualiser using Adobe Photoshop and
Illustrator as well as Free Hand and Painter software to create
astounding works of art. Some of his pacesetting work has won him
recognition from Adobe internationally.
illustrations using Adobe software have also won him many awards
including the All Island Digital Design Poster Competition for
professionals held by the Sri Lanka Institute of Printing in March
2002. His recently launched website www.bcomart.com carries ample
proof of his wide and varied styles.
Among these is a
portrait of President Mahinda Rajapakse. "I see the President
as an inspirational figure," says Bandula. Other aspects of his
talents including air brush work, digital illustrations, digital
canvas paintings, sculptures and storyboard illustrations are seen
in his well ordered website.
specialise in image manipulation, retouching and storyboard
illustrations for the advertising industry," says Bandula. He
has been involved in the advertising industry for well over two
decades. Previously he had been employed as a senior visualiser at
JWT (formerly J. Walter Thompson), at LDB Lintas and at Lowe
Worldwide Colombo. He is currently based in Dubai as a senior
visualiser, Illustrator and finishing artist at Fortune Promoseven.
Having used and
promoted Adobe Software throughout his career, Adobe has invited him
to attend their Adobe Live 2007 Exhibition in London.
Being the first time
a Sri Lankan has been invited it is indeed remarkable and brings
prestige and prominence to our country. In his website Bandula, sums
up his future plans, "I intend to exploit the boundaries in
computer graphics designing and create a new wavelength in
Philharmonic Choir sings Fauré’s Requiem
Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Manilal Weerakoon and accompanied
by Soundarie David on the piano/organ, will sing Fauré’s Requiem,
Mozart’s Te Deum Laudamus and Anton Bruckner’s motet Virga
Jesse Floruit at the Ladies College Chapel, Colombo 7, on
This programme is
being repeated at the request of those who were unable to attend the
first performance of this programme. The soloists for this programme
will be Minoli Goonewardene (Soprano) and Sanjeev Niles (Baritone)
Entrance will be by
programme which could be obtained at the Chapel door.
‘Sun’ and the ‘Wind’ were outstanding!
By Fathima Razik
Though this review
maybe a tad too late, the overall performance and production calls
for an encore. Hence it would be appropriate to pay kudos to a band
of ballet students who put on a sterling performance in the not too
The Sun ‘shone’
within the confines of the Lionel Wendt Auditorium when Shiyani
Saranapala, a student of Kanthi Ranchigoda performed a solo dance
with a generous lacing of the salsa along with many other
performances by the students of Kanthi when they presented Flashback
— which brought back nostalgic memories of dances performed over
the years, from 1989 to 2004.
The piece de
resistance was the performance depicting the Sun, the last item
of Act 1. Appropriately costumed in orange, the ‘Sun’ danced on
stage to the theme song from The Man From La Mancha. Supple,
lithe, graceful and not missing a beat, the dancer portrayed the Sun
moving across, somewhere between the earth and the sky, not just
shining down on the world but smiling with the world as well.
That such a
performance is possible in Sri Lanka is somewhat unbelievable.
Shiyani Saranapala should continue to dance and be tutored to be a
professional — and undoubtedly she would make it!
The performance of
Michelle Joseph is also worthy of mention. She is yet another dancer
who was outstanding with her solo item Wind. She was
gracefully expressive and gave one the impression that she was
simply breezing through to the strains of Colours Of The Wind.
She is another dancer who would certainly go far, given the
Ranging from 4 - 21
years, the students turned out as fireflies , butterflies , cats and
snakes (dancing up ladders as well), their costumes also
communicating a language that complemented their performance. The
fireflies were zzzzzzing, butterflies in a kaleidoscope of colours
were flitting around and the snakes were slithering all over. And
gracefully menacing, as well. No harm done!
And oh! The Snake
Charmer was quite charming too. Rainbows in violet, indigo,
blue, green, yellow, orange and red did their little number, their
dresses adding to the beauty of their performance.
Creativity was at its
best with performances like Thunder And Lightning with
special effects, Red Hot to the tune of Big Spender by
Shirley McLaine, Most Beautiful Girl with the girls
gracefully sliding through hoops, Complex with five
performers who were bound to each other by yards of ribbon and did
not end up in a tangle, rather they extricated themselves with ease
and poise, Los Super Seven who ‘tapped’ their way through
and strongly reminded one of being in Rio at Carnival time, Intruder
with Shiyani, Michelle and Hasitha and the finale — Viva la
France which was a saucy performance of the Can Can of
years gone by.
Though Kanthi is an
exponent of ballet, quite often one sees a fusion of various other
dance forms as a part of the programme. Someone in the audience
commented that it would have been ‘nice’ to see only ballet.
Whilst the writer could relate to that line of thought, audiences
today, on the other hand, are not so specific that a performance
such as this should be confined to one type of dance. Hence a range
of dances gives an opportunity for many students to showcase their
talent, especially when they are venturing out as future prima
Barabar Jhoom at
The premier of the
Hindi movie Jhoom Barabar Jhoom will be screened at the
Liberty Cinema this Friday at 3 p.m. The film is distributed by
E.A.P. Films (Pvt) Ltd.
Busy London station.
Delayed train from Birmingham. Two strangers waiting for the train.
Rikki Thukral (Abishek Bachchan) born in Bhatinda living in London,
and Alvira Khan (Preity Zinta) more British than the Queen herself,
however with Lahori blood in her veins.
Crowded café one
table to share. Two hours to kill. Perfect setting for the start of
a love story. Hitch? Both Rikki and Alvira are engaged and have come
to pick up their fiancés who are arriving in the same train. To
kill time, they begin telling each other ‘how I met my fiancé’
Rikki met his fiancé
Anaida (Lara Dutta) at the Ritz (Paris) the same night that princess
Diana and Dodi walked out of the hotel and into the paparazzi. Rikki
goes on to say "when two lovers die another two are a
born" They dance…. They sing…. They’re in love.
Alvira a princess by
birth, discovers her prince at Madame Tussaund’s, when
a gigantic wax model of a superman falls from the ceiling.
The two talkers are
irresistibly drawn to each other. What next?
— Virgini Perera