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Reading Festival, Lire en Fete

Alliance Francaise de Colombo has organized a "Reading Festival", which will be held on October 18, 19 and 20 at the Alliance Auditorium.

Initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, this Reading Festival in French - Lire en Fete is a project to encourage all sorts of reading among the public.

During this 2002 festival, Alliance Francaise has also in the schedule several activities in regard to the event.

* October 18, at 5 pm. Literary meeting on the book: Les Fables de La Fontaine by Prof. Sarath Amunugama.

At 6 pm - A competition of poetry reading in French and Sinhala open to the first 20 candidates.

* October 19, at 5 pm, presentation of the book - Honouring Martin Quere OMI by the Publisher, Philippe Fabry. A conference will be followed.

During the first two days of the Festival - October 18 and 19, French and Sri Lankan publishers are invited to present and promote their books. Some of these books will be sold at special discount rates. On 18 and 19 between 9 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday, 20 from 2 pm to 6 pm, the Library of Alliance Francaise which contains more than 12,000 books will open its doors to the public free of charge.

A large umber of the public are invited to participate: Pupils from Government and International schools as well as students from Universities.

The Phantom of the Opera

Jerome L. de Silva and the Workshop Players (headed by Romesh Devanesan this year) presents Andrew Lloyd Webber's world-renowned opera, based on the book by French novelist Gaston Leroux (1868), The Phantom of the Opera.

Never before and never again will Sri Lanka experience such a haunting production. A production so complex and yet so simple for it will make you laugh, cry, seethe with rage and cringe in fear.

Leaving with you the perpetual memory of a man's haunting face and an insatiable thirst for this black angel's music. Making you wish you were back at the theatre again and again to feel his pain and realise your deepest fears.

After eighteen years Jerome will play the lead in his production, when he portrays the haunting Phantom. Serela Athulathmudali will play Christine; Raoul will be played by Dushyanth Weeraman, Sean Amarasekera and Manoj Singanayagam; Carlotta will be played by Kumudini David and Natalie Gunaratne; Madame Giry will be played by Shanuki de Alwis, Nadeeka Perera and Rochelle Jansen; Monsieur Andre will be played by Anuruddha Lihinikaduwa and Mario Pereira and Monsieur Firmin will be played by Sean Amarasekera, Shiyan Jayaweera and Pagan Kumarasinghe.

Since their inception in 1992 the Workshop Players has staged many sensational musicals such as Lost in the Stars, Cats, West Side Story, Les Miserables and Lion King. Celebrating its tenth year anniversary, this production of the Workshop Players will go on the boards at the Lionel Wendt Theatre from October 17-28.

The Barber of Siberia at Russian Centre

This month's feature at the Russian Centre, will be, The Barber of Siberia (English) which will be screened on October 26, at 5.30 pm at the Centre Auditorium, Colombo 7.

The Barber of Siberia is directed by Nikita Mikhalkov, a film director born into a Soviet cultural elite family. He has been one of the most famous Russian film directors.

The story runs thus - In 1885, travelling across Russia, Jane (Julia Ormond) meets Andrei Tolstoy (Oleg Menshikov) a cadet officer who falls in love with her. Jane is in Russia to help the inventor Douglas McCracken secure a contract for his "barber", a machine for cutting down the Siberian forest. For this purpose, she attempts to seduce general Radlov, the head of the Military Academy. He falls in love with her and asks Tolstoy, who speaks English, to translate his proposal to Jane.

Be there and enjoy the lovely birch forests, famous Moscow landmarks, epic drinking, passions and doomed love lives leading to duel, scandal and exile in the Siberian snow.

Please contact Chandi for further details on 685429/685440 between 9.00 am to 4.00 p.m on weekdays.

Nathaswara and Thavil drum classes at Kalalaya

The Kalalaya School of Dance and Music will inaugurate Nathaswara and Thavil drum classes on Vijayadasami Day, 15th October 2002 at 4.30 p.m. at "Kalalaya", 400/2, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.

The Kalalaya School of Dance and Music founded by the Sri Lanka Tamil Women's Union in 1948 has been in the forefront of promoting and encouraging the study of Indian Dancing and Music, especially Bharata Natyam and Carnatic Music, in Colombo.

This year they plan to introduce two new subjects to their curriculum. They are fortunate in having a young graduate from Kalai Kaveri Institute, Tiruchi and a son of eminent Vidwan R. V. Selvaraja, Shri S. Suriyaprakash to conduct the Nathaswara classes. They also hope to start Drum (Thavil) classes this Vijayadasami.

At the Kalalaya, Bharata Natyam classes are conducted by Adyar Kalakahetra graduate Miss Tiruveni Marayanaswamy, Carnatic Vocal & Thevaran classes by Tiruchi Kalai Kaveri graduate Shri T. Sivayogarajah and Veena lessons by Vidwan Varnakulasingam, said President Sri Lanka Tamil Women's Union Mrs. Indira Sathasivam.

The artlink 2002 participants work on display

Artlink 2002 organised jointly by the Alliance Francaise, the British Council and the Goethe Institut is co-sponsored by Connaisance de Ceylan, Ninehearts Ltd and the Barefoot Gallery. This year's artlink camp focuses on photography and involves 11 photographers: Joy Gregory (UK), Peter Neusser (Germany), Roger Vulliez (France), and Sri Lankan participants: Anoma Rajakaruna, Sammeera Jayasundara, Manikavander Poorten, Kushantha Hewapathirana, Kumara Dayawansa Nannaththi, Chandrasiri Bogamuwa, U. G. Gunasekera and Carmen Pereira.

An exhibition featuring the work of all the artlink 2002 participants will be on display at the Barefoot Gallery, 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3 from 15 to 20 October and at Alliance Francaise of Kandy, 412, Peradeniya Road, Kandy from 8 to 15 November. All are welcome.

Children's Day and Shankar's International Children's Competition at the ICC

To commemorate Children's Day, which falls on 14th November every year, coinciding with the birthday of the first Prime Minister of India Shri Jawaharlal Nehru the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), Colombo will organize an event for children to paint, draw and write on Saturday, 16th November 2002. Children interested in participating in the event may register their names with the Centre by calling Tel. 500014 and are requested to come to its premises at 133, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo - 4 on November 16, 2002. The Centre will be open from 1030 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on 16th November for this purpose. The entries done by children on that day would be sent to New Delhi for the Shankar's International Children's Competition 2002, a press release says.

The Shankar's International Children's Competition 2002, in the categories of writing, painting and drawing, is open to children all over world born on or after January 1,1987. Started in 1949 by late Shri Shankar Pillai, the international participation in the Competition has increased greatly over the years. Children from over hundred countries have participated and won prizes.



"Rathu Sebaliya"

By Anula de Silva
Sooriya Bookshop, Colombo 10
Prize Rs. 280.

"Rathu Sebaliya" is Anula de Silva's authentic translation of Mehong Xu and Larry Englemann's "Daughter of China".

Although "Rathua Sebaliya" is the story of a Chinese woman soldier Xu Mehong, she represents an important aspect of contemporary society.

The translator is a veteran journalist and a well-known writer of novels, short stories and children's literature. She was also a former editor of "Mihira", "Tharuni", "Srikatha", "Vanitha Viththi" and "Yavvana" newspapers and magazines.


"Far-off things"

by Richard Spittel
Sooriya Bookshop, Colombo 10
Prize Rs. 490.

Richard Spittel was a surgeon who spent a number of years in the Sri Lanka's jungles exploring their remotest depths. He also came into contact with the wild denizens, both human and animal.

"Far-off things' is a collection of his thoughts and experiences vividly told by a veteran writer. The reader will be thrilled to come across trackers' tales, details of wild elephants, snakes, the devil bird, age-old jungle shrines and tutelary gods. This is a must for any private or public library.


"Hrudayangama Upadesha"

By Ven. Mandawala Pannavansa Thera
Sooriya Bookshop, Colombo 10.
Price Rs. 200.

Ven. Mandawala Pannavasa Thera's "Hrudayangama Upadesha" is the Sinhala translation of "Conseils due Coeur" by the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The book contains useful advice given by the Dalai Lama of Tibet considered as a religious teacher full of seminal theories. However, the book can be read profitably by anyone who wants to improve his life.

- R. S. Karunaratne

Quotations for Newsprint - ANCL


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