Tissa goes 'Off Track'
VERSATILE LITERARY PERSONA: Abeysekara addresses the invitees at the
BOOK LAUNCH: Versatile and outstanding film personality, creative
writer and essayist, Tissa Abeysekara, launched his latest book to the
Sinhala literary world titled Ayalegiya Sitaka Satahan (Off track
thoughts) at the National Library Auditorium recently.
The book, a collection of memories of Tissa's pieced together with a
kaleidoscope of articles on a diversity of topics, is embedded with
words invented and coined to express a variety of ideas to its readers.
Rich idioms, indigenous expressions and unique language forms are used
by the author to present a masterpiece that contributes to the
enrichment of the Sinhala language.
PRESENTATION: Tissa Abeysekara presents the first copy of the book
to the Ven. Nayake Thera of Bellanwilla Rajamaha Vilaraya
Prof. Sucharitha Gamlath who delivered the keynote address at the
event stated that the book also traces back to the evolution of arts and
culture during the period of post-independent Sri Lanka: the grand eras
of the Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kotte kingdoms.
He also stressed the fact that the Sinhala language is being
vulgarised by some modern day lyricists.
Chief guest at the launch, Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara, stressed the
fact that the book may be prescribed as a textbook and praised
Abeysekara for his part in enhancing the world of Sinhala literature.
French guitarist to strike a chord in Sri Lanka
MUSIC: A Classical guitar concert by Thibault Cauvin will be
held at 'On Golden Pond' at Taj Samudra on the May 17. Pradeep Ratnayake
and his musicians will perform the first part of the concert.
PROMISING GUITARIST: Thibault Cauvin
A second and third concert will be held at the 'Nupe Cultural
Centre', Matara, on May 18 at 7 p.m. and the Children's Library, Kandy,
on May 19 at 7 p.m. This event is organised by the Alliance Franâ€ˇaise in
collaboration with the Embassy of France and Hotel Taj Samudra.
At 20 years of age, Thibault is the only Frenchman to have won 11
international competitions. He captured first prize in the '2004 San
Francisco International Classical Guitar Competition'.
The only guitar competition of its kind in the world, the San
Francisco event invites only those players who have been placed first in
one or more major international competitions during the past two years.
A sold-out audience at the California Palace of the Legion of Honour
watched on November 20, as all four finalists performed exquisitely.
Thibault Cauvin, the victor, returned to San Francisco during the
2005-2006 concert season as the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts
Artist-In-Residence, performing in schools and businesses throughout the
area. He was also awarded a recording contract with GSP Records. A cash
prize of US $16,500 was distributed to the performers.
Born on July 16, 1984 in Bordeaux, Thibault Cauvin dedicated himself
to the study of classical guitar from the age of six. His father was the
guitarist and composer, Philippe Cauvin.
Thibault has long begun a career as a concert soloist. He has
furthered this goal by continuing his studies under Olivier Chassain at
the National Conservatory of Bordeaux.
There he earned the golden medal with the highest honours and he was
awarded the Medal of Honour of the City of Bordeaux, with distinction.
At the age of 17, he received the highest ranking in the entrance
competition to the Superior National Conservatory in Paris where he is
In 2001, Cauvin played with the Orchestra of the conservatory of
Bordeaux and in 2002 did a tour with the Bernard Thomas' Orchestra of
Paris in Portugal, Antilles Island and France. In 2003 he received "le
prix des arts" from the Rotary club of Bordeaux.
He won numerous prizes among which is the first prize at the
prestigious Sotsenberg guitar competition in Los Angeles, first Prize at
the "Concours International de guitare Alexandre Lagoya" and he also
received the "Prize of the Dominica Island" during a concert in the
Dominica which was telecast live by the Caribbean TV in the English
In January 2004, he went to the United States for a concert tour. In
February, he gave a concert in Radio France, Paris, played and recorded
to produce a live CD in the "Dâ€šclic" collection.
Cauvin had performed in many countries around the world and has a
promising future ahead of him.
Camerata Choir in Bach and Haydn concert
MUSIC: Camerata Musica Chamber Choir will present its fifth
concert, performing two great choral works with orchestra and soloists -
Bach's inspired Magnificat in D major, and Haydn's magnificent 'Mass in
Time of War'- at St. Paul's Church, Kynsey Road on May 19 at 7 p.m.
This event is organised in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute
Sri Lanka, German Cultural Centre and will be conducted by Asitha
Tennekoon, making his debut in this role with Camerata.
Bach's Magnificat in D major is one of his very finest works, a
concise masterpiece with joyous five part choruses and solo arias, and
festive orchestral writing.
He originally set the Magnificat, the Virgin Mary's song of praise to
God, for performance at the service of Vespers on Christmas Day 1723 at
St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig soon after he became Cantor there.
However he revised it in the early 1730s condensing the work,
brightening its key, and enriching its brilliance by adding flutes to
the oboes and high, piccolo trumpets. This revised version in D is the
one generally performed today.
After Haydn had completed all his symphonies he had a final flowering
of his musical genius in the composition of his six late Masses and his
oratorio 'The Creation', mature masterpieces and arguably his greatest
He was inspired in this by his profound Christian faith. And for the
Masses his patron Prince Nikolaus II Esterhazy, who in Haydn's old age
asked that his Capellmeister should compose only one work each year - a
new Mass to celebrate the name day of his wife, the Princess Maria,
The 'Mass in Time of War' in C is the second of the six masses that
Haydn composed between 1796 and 1802 at Eisenstadt, near Vienna.
The slow introduction to the Kyrie and the cello obbligato in the
'Qui tollis' are especially beautiful.
Its name (given by Haydn) and the stirring kettledrum solo in the
Agnus Dei are reminders of the European wars following the French
Revolution and of Austria's fear of invasion by Napoleon in 1796 as
Haydn was writing the Mass.
The two works feature many examples of truly inspired use of the
soloists as a quartet or as a trio, in pairs, and in solo lines that
combine and contrast with the larger forces of the choir.
Kumudini David, Eriko Perera, Peshali Yapa, Krishan Rodrigo and
Laknath Seneviratne who are members of Camerata Musica will sing the
demanding solo parts.
Palitha's diverse canvas
PAINTINGS: The sixth solo art exhibition by Palitha Jayasekara
will be held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery from May 18 to 20.Palitha
has done new creative paintings on canvas with acrylic colours for this
Palitha Jayasekara has created various paintings and statues in Sri
Lanka and abroad. The Mask Museum at Ambalangoda sponsored by the
Republic of Germany in 1980 can be mentioned as the foundation of his
career as an artist.
He created Mahayana statues and paintings for Myohoji Japanese peace
pagoda constructed in Ampara and Rumassala. The peace monuments of
Ampara, Kuruwita and Habarana junction were some of his masterpieces.
This artist serves at the Ambalangoda Zonal Education Office.