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'Selamuthu Pinna' a love story

'Selamuthu Pinna', a story about youthful love will come on the silver screen from the first week of August in 22 cinema halls including the cinema halls of the EAP circuit.

The story is about Mali, a young girl from the rural born with talent in music and dancing.

Athula Adhikari and Indika Upamali in a scene.

The young man 'Janu' born with talent in music is smart and good looking. 'Mali' and 'Janu' become lovers and they were dreaming to enter stardom. 'Sanath Sir' bring them the good tidings which enthral them as their dream of becoming film stars going to be a reality.

The young lovers become the centre of attraction in every event and they climb the ladder of fame and become very popular. But what will be their future, their inheritance?

Where will they lead? Will they be led astray or destroy by the constant bickering and jealousy within the film industry? Will there be an opportunity for them to become film stars and become popular? What will be the end of the spotless young couple pressed between the villain and the hero with their constant fights? The story will tell you what happens to them.

The script and dialogue is by Roy de Silva. The film is produced by G. R. Padmaraj and Executive producer is Sumana Amarasinghe.

Art Director is Mahesh Hettiarachchi and Camera G. Nandasena.

The film edited by Elmo Haliday. Music is by Somapala Ratnayake and dancing is by Wasana Thalgahagoda. Vocalists are Athula Adikari, Indika Upamali, Nuwan Gunawardene, Ishak Beg and Sangeeth Wickremesinghe.

The lead role is played by Athula and Indika with Sanath Gunatillake, Cletus Mendis with several others.

- Wiruma

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'Sindi Guru Avith' visualised

Visualisation of 'Sindi Guru Avith' - Kapila Kumara Kalinga's lyrical creation based in the legend of poet Vira Raghavan who arrived in Sri Lanka during the time of the Kandyan Kingdom took place recently at Kandy.

Music was from Navaratnee Gamage while Visharada Nalin Jinendra Alwis and Indika Upamali sang this song. Camera was handled Ashok Dev Jayasekera while lyric writer Kapila Kumara himself directed the visual.

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The famous Corner Bookshop reopens

The famous Corner Bookshop at Kollupitiya, dating from the 1920's was reopened recently with a distinguished gathering in attendance, mainly drawn from the Anglican-Catholic Union of Colombo (ACU). The ceremony was performed by the Rt. Rev. Swithing Fernando, Emeritus Bishop of Colombo.

Entrance to the Corner Bookshop

Speaking on the occasion, Bishop Fernando said that the bookshop will be of great service to all who visit it as it offers a wide range of books and periodicals.

'Reading something positive everyday maketh a more remarkable man,' the Bishop said. He said that whether the choice of reading was spiritual from the classics, adults should inculcate the reading habit in the young. 'Reading lifts depression, cures inertia and widens knowledge,' Bishop Swithing said. Children could uplift themselves by reading, he added. This, he said, is the concept of the new Corner Bookshop. A former Bishop of Colombo, Bishop Swithing later offered prayers of Thanksgiving and dedicated the building to 'the glory of God'.

The bookshop is of service to both young and old as it contains a wide-ranging collection of audio/video cassettes as well as its range of reading matter. The store is dedicated to the well-being of all its customers. It is situated at the top of Hudson Road which leads to St. Michael's Road, Kollupitiya, and stands in the shadow of the beautiful Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

'The credo of the Corner Bookshop is to enlighten minds and broaden horizons through reading and learning,' the Rev. Marc Billimoria said.

One of the youngest Anglican clergymen, the Rev. Billimoria whose book on history of his alma mater S. Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia was published a few years ago, said: 'This place is open especially for schoolchildren as a range of books used for school-work is available. Students of S. Thomas' and Bishop's College are more familiar with this place than others. But we expect all children to visit this bookshop for school stationery and text books. Make spirituality and learning a part of life,' the Rev. Billimoria said.

The success story of the Corner Bookshop continues as the most popular Christian bookshop in the island. It was initiated in the late 1920's by the Anglican-Catholic Union of Colombo for the purpose of disseminating religious literature and promoting ideas of the Catholic revival in the Anglican church and has played an important role in the Diocese of Colombo.

The store reopened after a major renovation and restructuring by the revived ACU. It has a stock of all types of Christian books and classical literature for children a selection of Sinhala and Tamil books, gift items, religious pictures and plaques, church requisites, greeting cards and all kinds of stationery. Today, although the Union says that it had a humble beginning, the foresight of the ACU is synonymous with the contents of the bookstore. It could also be called a paradise for children to browse in with as broad a choice as possible. The store has to its credit a variety of books and material for the entire generation, its speciality being the classics.

Establishing itself in making inroads in the area of children's books, it could be classed as a one-stop shop for a large variety of publications.

- Therese Douglas

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Vijaya Corea back on air

Veteran broadcaster Vijaya Corea is back on air with a one-hour program on SLBC (95.6 FM) every Tuesday at 9.30 p.m. His program titled 'Just You And Me', focuses on the thrust of the song and its meaning with the accent on the lyrics rather than the titles or the names of the artistes, he says.

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