Stage is set for teen dramatist to shine brighter
COLOMBO: Devindra Pramith Wickremasinghe of Dehiwela who
showed an exceptional performance at the All Island Drama Contest
organised by the Education Ministry is an honour to his alma mater,
Athulathmudali Maha Vidyalaya, Mount Lavinia.
Since his debut performance on stage as the best supporting actor of
Paukarayo, a childrenâ€™s drama at the
TALENTED: Devindra Pramith Wickremasinghe.
Picture by Mahinda Vitanachchi
schoolâ€™s arts festival 2004, Pramith has taken vast strides
forward winning many accolades and awards to his credit.
â€śThe Ranga Prathibha Arts Festival organised by the school was the
key to my success. It enlivened my aesthetic and artistic talents,â€ť said
He took part in three dramas at the 2004 Schoolâ€™s arts festival and
bagged awards for the best impromptu acting and singing.
â€śThe 2004 Arts Festival was a turning point in my artistic career. I
took part in three dramas in contention for the best drama award and
bagged award for the best Script writer for Aswenna, a childrenâ€™s
He won the first place in the All Island Drama and Essay Contest
jointly organised by the Bribery Commission of Sri Lanka, the USAID and
He says his parents, teachers, principal and colleagues support him
tremendously. â€śThe schoolâ€™s drama teacher Chamika Hathlahawatte and
music teacher Ruwan Jayasena helped harness my creative and aesthetic
talents,â€ť he said.
His drama, Hetath Kaluwarai and Maru Race Eka bagged the first and
second places at the All Island Drama Contest organised by the Sri
It was, he said the best achievement in his career and one of the
happiest days in his life. â€śIt was an amazing experience,â€ť he smiled.
Devindra who is siting for the O/L examination this year, recently
bagged the best actor award for Ithihasayen Minihek at the All Island
Drama Contest, organised by Royal College, Colombo.
â€śThe O/L examination is not a snag to my aesthetic activities. I have
never missed studies for drama practices.â€ť
He laments on the poor public response towards drama. People prefer
television and cinema to drama which fosters and nurtures oneâ€™s creative
He proved himself determined to succeed in drama by winning the first
place in a street drama contest jointly organised by the Dehiwela-Mount
Lavinia Municipal Council and the district 302 C Lions Club.
â€śMy teachers and parents are pillars of my success. I would not have
achieved all these without their guidance. They are people whom I
respect,â€ť he said.
He took drama as a subject for the O/L examination. â€śThe study of
drama lasts a lifetime and it is a complex subject,â€ť said Devindra who
also bagged the award for best producer and folk songs at the collegeâ€™s
art festivals and many other contests at inter-school and national
â€śI have always enjoyed participating in dramas. This is nothing
unusual. My intention is to tread on this path as far as I can,â€ť
Future leaders for Future World Leaders Summit
SUMMIT: Several students from various schools have been
selected to participate in the 2007 Presidential Classroom World Leaders
Summit. Fifty six Sri Lankan teenagers have been selected to attend the
2007 Future World Leaders summit this month.
The Sri Lankan delegates are Rahul Edirisinghe, Umeshi Rajeendra,
Brindini Selvarajah, Nafeesa Jafferjee,
Naveendran Rajendran, Sindhiya Soundaraj, Rodric Francis, Rashmin
Sappideen, Rushenka Jayah, Kulani Panapitiya, Sakina Esufally, Seyanga
de Silva, Nadeesha Seneviratne, Ranmali Hatharasinghe, Janith Rupasinghe,
Shohan Atapattu, Hassanally Esufally and Shalaka Wijeratne (Asian
International School), Dewruk Rajapakse (American National College),
Sonalie Bogollagama, Prabhashi Wijayakumara, Dhusanthan Ravindran, Ethan
Sivarajah, Josiena Chokatte, Mitheshe Vidanagamage and Iufa Mohamed
(British School in Colombo), Tarika Jayaratne, Shavesh Mendis, Sineth
Weerasinghe, Suhayb Sangani, Nirusha Karunaratne, Amirally Abdulhussain,
Rukshan Atapattu, Kunal Amalean, Shruthi Mathews, Dinesh Rajendran,
Akshay Amalean, Rahul Hundlani, Nazneen Jeevunje, Sabina Ambani,
Dushiyanth Arunasalam, Ayala de Mel and Hussain Faiz (Colombo
International School), Zara Mathew and Charlotte Ballard (a British
student living in Sri Lanka since year 5) (Elizabeth Moir School),
Sampath Hemachandra and Sidath Hemachandra (Gateway College Kandy),
Danushka Fernando and Raveen Wickremasinghe, (S. Thomasâ€™ College, Mt.
Lavinia), Nihara Gunesekera (Ladies College), Janith Damboragama (Nalanda
College), Keminda Attygalla (Royal College), Dimagi Gunesekera (Musaeus
College), Dineeka de Silva (Overseas School of Colombo), Romali Boteju
(St. Bridgetâ€™s Convent).
Rochelle Melder a senior teacher from AIS is the delegation manager
and will accompany the delegates to USA.
Since year 2000, Sri Lanka has been participating in the Presidential
Classroom Future World Leaders Summit held annually at Georgetown
University in Washington DC USA.
In 2004, Fadil Bakeer Markar from Asian International School and
formerly of Ananda College was the Head of the Sri Lankan delegation and
is now in Sri Lanka on vacation. Fadil is one of many success stories of
this unique civic education and leadership development programme that
has benefited 300 Sri Lankan students.
Immediately after the summit Fadil, like most delegates received a
scholarship and went on to study at the London School of Economics known
as LSC which has a 9,000 student population of which 70 per cent are
In the second year of his academic studies, this young Sri Lankan was
elected by popular student vote as the Director of International
This year bringing pride to Sri Lanka and all Sri Lankans, Fadil was
elected with a large majority as Secretary General of the LSC Student
He is the first Asian to hold this post and is a full time officer.
He is a key policy maker of LSC. Fadil is the third son of Imtiaz Bakeer
Markar, a former Minister and Member of Parliament for Beruwala. Fadilâ€™s
elder brother Azam too was a Presidential Classroom Future World Leaders
Summit scholar who graduated from UK.
Presidential Classroom Future World Leaders Summit held annually at
Georgetown University offers 500 student leaders from 40 countries the
opportunity to interact with current leaders and Washington insiders who
shape global economic and diplomatic policy.
During their eight-day stay in Washington DC they attend seminars
inside the US Parliament, US Department of State, World Bank,
Organisation of American States and the US Defence Academy.
These student leaders 16 to 19 years of age are nominated by their
school principals and sponsored by their parents to participate in this
summit. A very high command of the English Language is a must for
participation in this summit.
Three hundred and seventeen Sri Lankan student leaders from 36
leading schools in the country have experienced this unique week in
Washington DC, that gives a competitive advantage for them to obtain
scholarships to most American Universities.
Of these Sri Lankans many have now graduated from US, Australian and
British universities and are either reading for their Masters or are
employed in Sri Lanka, USA and Australia.
Applications for the 2008 Summit are available free of charge from
[email protected] or from Ananda Rajapakse, South Asia
Representative for Presidential Classroom Inc. USA, 43, Horton Place,
Nalandian saves student from drowning in Tissa Wewa
Tharindu Wickramasinghe, leader of the Colombo Nalanda College Life
Saving Unit has been commended by Anuradhapura Government Agent H. M. K.
Herath for saving the life of Janka Sameera, a 16-year-old student of
Dagonna, Negombo who had fallen into difficulties while bathing in the
Tissa Wewa during the recent Poson season.
The other student L. Sampath (20), who accompanied Janaka Sameera
drowned in the Tissa Wewa.
Tharindu, 17, is studying in the year 12 class at Nalanda.
Tharindu Wickramasinghe, leader of the
Nalanda College Life Saving Unit.
He had joined the life saving team in 2000.
This was his third annual visit to Anuradhapura for Poson duties.
Tharindu who said he was extremely happy to have saved the life of a
student, said he was sorry that he could not save the other student
Teacher-in-charge Yamuna Kalyani who had come to Anuradhapura with
the Nalanda Life Saving team was full of praise for Tharindu.
She said Tharindu is extremely talented in both studies and sports.
He is popular among the students and the teaching staff.
Worldâ€™s youngest mobile software application developer
WORLD RECORD: Kasun Gamage, a 15-year-old student of Ananda
College, Colombo became the
youngest mobile application developer in the world by certifying one of
the most prestigious professional examinations known as the Sun
Certified Mobile Application Developer (SCMAD) examination, recommended
for experienced Java Developers in the IT industry.
Having this world record by Kasun proved that for someone with
determination the lack of an academic degree or even Advanced Level is
not a hindrance.
The SCMAD examination which Kasun got certified will guarantee to
make you the ultimate mobile application developer for this growing
mobile software market. It covers all the concepts which you need to
develop highly advanced enterprise software applications.