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The Sri Lankan Pages

Chrys Hill with his art works

‘The 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.

The items on show consist of fragments made up from images and moments in Sri Lanka.

The 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.

The exhibits

Some 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.

The show is the first of his exhibitions in Sri Lanka and comes at the conclusion of a two year residency in Colombo where Chrys Hill has been teaching art at the Overseas School of Colombo.

Chrys Hill holds an M.F.A (RMIT Melbourne) and a Dip. FA Honours ( Auckland University).

He has 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.

For further information, call Mieke Kooistra on +94773515533. The email address is:  Those interested could also visit

Annesley revives old memories

By Nirmala Kannangara

For 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

“The 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 concert.

Singing talents

“If 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.

Palm 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.

Food 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...

Muslim 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 Canada.

They 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.

The 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 crisis.

MASL has responded by providing purified drinking water, mobile field hospitals, medicines, bowsers, ambulances and the construction of latrines.

MASL 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.

Book Review

A readable book for children

Mona’s 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.

Her 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 day life.

The 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.

A.T. Dhanabala

Principal, Harrow International College, Colombo 6 

Music is in his veins


 By Risidra Mendis  

He is 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.

His 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 English.

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

He 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 Productions.

In 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 Paranamana.









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