Chrys Hill with his art works
Sri Lankan Pages’ is the title of an exhibition of new
work by New Zealand artist Chrys Hill, who has spent the
last 11 years working and travelling abroad. It is to
be held at kOOii Art Space on May 30 and 31.
items on show consist of fragments made up from images
and moments in Sri Lanka.
images are presented as a collected experience. As the
title of the show reflects, The Sri Lankan Pages is much
like the pages from a book that have been removed and
relocated onto a wall.
of the units are exhibited as individual pieces,
allowing for people to collect them as a separate work
or to combine groupings of them into their own
combinations. Regardless of how you approach this
exhibition the works should provide a rich visual
experience and opportunities to reflect on.
show is the first of his exhibitions in Sri Lanka and
comes at the conclusion of a two year residency in
where Chrys Hill has been teaching art at the Overseas
School of Colombo.
Hill holds an M.F.A (RMIT Melbourne) and a Dip. FA
Honours ( Auckland University).
been holding exhibitions since 1970 and has featured in
a large number of solo and group shows in a variety of
countries including New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia,
India, and the United Kingdom.
Founded in 2007, kOOii acts as an intermediary between
Asian artists and a global audience.
further information, call Mieke Kooistra on
+94773515533. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested could also visit http://kooiiart.blogspot.com.
Annesley revives old memories
By Nirmala Kannangara
those ardent music lovers of the late great Clarence
Wijewardena’s style of pop music, the third consecutive
sing-along concert presented by Annesley Malawana, the
one time singing partner of Clarence, is a
not-to-be-missed opportunity. The concert is to be held
on Saturday, June 13 at Palm Beach Hotel, Mt. Lavinia.
‘Sing-Along With Annesley And The Super Chimes’ will
bring back nostalgic memories of the Sinhala golden
oldies of the ’60s and ’70s which were relished by music
lovers. Annesley who with his vast wealth of experience
has mesmerised audiences with his style of performance
in the past, is sure to keep the audience spellbound
once again with his repetoire of popular songs to the
music provided by The Super Chimes.
A tremendous success
last sing-along concert that was held on February 28
this year at the same venue was a tremendous success and
we had to play till mid-night on popular demand. Since
the music lovers do not get regular opportunities to
listen to live golden oldies, this would no doubt be a
great opportunity for them to enjoy the famous hits of
The Moonstones and Super Golden Chimes,” Annesley told
The Sunday Leader.
Annesley with more than 40 years of experience in the
Sinhala pop music arena and many popular songs to his
credit, would be celebrating his birthday on the same
day and Palm Beach Hotel together with Annesley’s loyal
fans are gearing themselves to felicitate the legendry
singer at the concert. According to the organising
committee those who wish to showcase their singing
talents would get a chance to sing along with him at the
the weather permits the concert will be held by the
poolside. Otherwise it will be at the banquet hall and
those who can sing could join me to show their singing
talents,” added Annesley.
Beach Hotel will have a special children’s play area
with attendants where parents could leave their children
in the custody of the hotel’s attendants and enjoy the
sing-along concert undisturbed.
items would be available to suit the family budget while
selected beverages would be on offer during the happy
hour according to the organising committee.
Tickets are priced at Rs.750 and are available at Torana
Music Centre, Liberty Plaza and at the hotel.
Lending a helping hand...
Aid Sri Lanka (MASL), in response to its appeal for
public donations towards the northern IDP crisis has
been receiving donations in cash and kind from generous
donors, and their overseas partner, Global Medicas of
have also received donations from organisations such as
the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA),
International Relief and Development (IRD), The Gandhi
Center, Shabab, Jammaath e Islami, Muslim Ladies Study
Circle and other associations.
Consignments of non food items such as new clothes,
toiletries, hygiene packs, slippers, towels, empty water
bottles and cans, medicines, solar cookers, and food
items such as dates, biscuits, canned fish and bottled
water have already been distributed to the IDPs.
logistics of this operation is too huge for any one
stakeholder to handle and Muslim Aid Sri Lanka has been
able to work with the government and other local and
international partners in responding to this huge
has responded by providing purified drinking water,
mobile field hospitals, medicines, bowsers, ambulances
and the construction of latrines.
endorses the efforts of the general public, their
donors, partner organisations and donor agencies who
responded to their appeal and thanks them for their
tireless efforts in supporting this worthy cause in the
name of humanity.
A readable book for children
Mission Impossible (Rs. 450 in all bookshops) by Razana
Sameem was recently launched in Colombo. It is the story
of a young girl, who, despite all the odds against her,
tries to rescue her father, a prisoner in the hands of
aliens. Each problem she encounters makes her even more
firm in her determination to accomplish her mission. Not
for one moment does she give up hope.
confidence in her self and the trust she has in God
helps her in her success — a lesson for young people who
give up so easily in the face of the turmoil of modern
story has all the ingredients that appeal to children —
science fiction, mystery, magic, encounters with alien
sea creatures and a lot of suspense. The story moves
rapidly and takes Mona to different places. The language
is simple but full of vivid, colourful, descriptive
images and catchy phrases which would certainly interest
children and make the book a very readable one.
Principal, Harrow International College, Colombo 6
Music is in his veins
a multi-talented artist, songwriter, vocalist,
playwright, music composer and novelist who has made a
name for himself both locally and internationally. His
songs written in Sinhala and English are growing in
popularity among people of all ages.
Bhadraji Mahinda Jayatilaka though residing in the USA
is one person who has not forgotten his motherland.
Which is why he continues to compose songs and write
books in his native language.
latest CDs to be launched in the country are In The
Garden Of Love and Galu Adare Ganga — each includes 18
songs. Jayatilaka is the winner of the prestigious D. R.
Wijewardene Award (1994) for literature in Sri Lanka and
has written over 30 novels in Sinhala and two novels in
Over 200 songs
Jayatilaka who has written over 200 songs up to date has
composed the lyrics and melodies for In The Garden Of
Love and Galu Adare Ganga. Some of the songs include Be
My Friend, Song In My Heart, Everywhere, Sentimental
Fool, Candle With A Prayer, Love Is Blind, When Will I
See You Again, Best Years Of My Life, As I Sit By My
Window, Garden Of Love and Song Of Love.
Jayatilaka’s Battiththa, a 14 song DVD, the first of its
kind for a Sinhala singer was released on September 8 at
the Colombo International Book Fair last year together
with 10 of his novels.
Jayatilaka was the only entertainer selected to sing at
the Los Angeles Coliseum for an audience of 40,000 at
the celebration of the 200th birthday of the city in
1981 where 10,000 people became citizens of the USA.
World Sacred Music Festival
also created the programme representing Sri Lanka at the
World Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles under the
auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After migrating
to the United States in 1973, he graduated from Woodbury
University with a B.S. in Communications and Public
Relations and M.A. in Cinematography and Video
1978, he helped in introducing Sri Lanka’s first
television station (ITN) and has worked as a producer
and consultant for Rupavahini Corporation and ITN.
Jayatilaka began his singing career after migrating to
the United States in 1973. With a Spanish guitar, which
he bought from a pawn shop in Los Angeles, he began
creating his own lyrics and tunes as he strummed his
guitar in his solitude.
Most popular song
Battiththa the most popular of all his songs, was
recorded to the music direction of late Stanley Peiris
in 1978. It became a hit overnight. The song expresses
the feelings of a lonely lover at the famed Peradeniya
University, while its attraction is the whistle of a
thrush. He has many awards to his name, has held a
number of one man musical shows in Australia and Sri
Lanka. He has worked with all leading music directors
like Stanley Peiris, Clarence Wijewardene, Rohana
Weerasinghe, Jagath Wickramasinghe, Upali Kannangara,
Achala Solomons, Ranjith Yapa de Alwis and Sanjeewa