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  Sri Lanka threatens Chinese firm with legal action to stop project - Yahoo News1790209

Yahoo News

Sri Lanka threatens Chinese firm with legal action to stop project
Yahoo News
"We believe that Sri Lanka will take into account the overall picture of friendly bilateral ties and the basic interests of Sri Lanka's national development to appropriately resolve the relevant issue to maintain the confidence of Chinese companies ...
Sri Lanka cabinet suspends Chinese project on approval issueReuters
Sri Lanka Halts Chinese-Backed Construction ProjectWall Street Journal (blog)
Sri Lanka Cabinet suspends $2 billion Chinese project, risking diplomatic rowThe Straits Times
Economic Times
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  Spy cables reveal Sri Lanka hyped up Tamil Tiger postwar threat - Al Jazeera America1790210

UN News Centre

Spy cables reveal Sri Lanka hyped up Tamil Tiger postwar threat
Al Jazeera America
In November 2010, a Sri Lankan member of Parliament expressed his dismay when a small statue of a leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was erected on private property in a Paris suburb. It was an alarming sign, said Sarath Weerasekara, ...
Top UN political official urges Sri Lanka to seize 'historic moment' for ...UN News Centre
IMF rules out fresh bailout for Sri LankaChannel News Asia
Is Sri Lanka The Next Hub For Indian Ocean Trade? (FM)Seeking Alpha (registration)

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  PM Narendra Modi to offer Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles ... - Economic Times1790211

Daily Mail

PM Narendra Modi to offer Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Mauritius and Seychelles ...
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will offer island nations in the Indian Ocean a broad range of military and civilian assistance next week in a bid to wrest back some of the influence China has gained by spending billions of dollars in the region.
India's Modi to visit Sri Lanka's Tamil heartlandDaily Mail
Indian PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka's Tamil heartlandKhaleej Times
Is Sri Lanka The Next Hub For Indian Ocean Trade?Smarter Analyst
The Dollar Business -Asian Tribune -Zee News
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  Michael Clarke misses batting practice before crucial World Cup clash with Sri ... - Sydney Morning Herald1790212

Sydney Morning Herald

Michael Clarke misses batting practice before crucial World Cup clash with Sri ...
Sydney Morning Herald
Michael Clarke will enter Sunday's must-win match against Sri Lanka at the SCG with only 37 minutes of batting under his belt since his return for Australia in the World Cup, after missing a golden opportunity for more time in the middle against ...

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  Sushma Swaraj on Sri Lanka visit from tomorrow - Economic Times1790213


Sushma Swaraj on Sri Lanka visit from tomorrow
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a two-day visit to Colombo tomorrow to set the stage for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka, the first bilateral visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister in over ...
In Sri Lanka, Narendra Modi to promise more aid to Indian Ocean nationsLivemint
Sushma Swaraj on Lanka visit from tomorrowNiticentral
Modi to visit Sri Lanka's Tamil heartlandSAMAA TV

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Meritorious Activity

Meritorious Activity

'පංචිමෙ භික්ඛවෙ දානෙ ආනිසංසා කතමේ පංච බහුනො ජනස්ස පියොහොති මනාපො සන්තො සප්පුරිසා භජන්ති. කල්‍යාණෝ තිත්තිසද්දෝ අබ්භුග්ගච්ඡති ගිහීධම්මා අනපෙතො හොති. කායස්ස භේධා පරම්මරණා සුගති සග්ගං ලොකං උප්පජ්ජති.'

'සමාජමය වශයෙන් දානයේ ආනිශංස අපමණ වන අතර පුද්ගලයෙකුගේ සංසාර ගමනේ දුක්වේදනා ශමනය කරමින් නිවන් අවබෝධ කරන තුරු සද්පුරුෂ ආශ්‍රයෙන් සමාජයට පි‍්‍රය මනාපව සුවසේ ජීවත්වීමට හැකිවන්නේය.'


Dear SCf members,

Sinhalese cultural forum of NSW Australia is celebrating 25th year in 2015 and we have decided to start the celebration with a religious activity at Lankarama Buddhist Vihara. We have already mentioned about this special news in a previous 'Aranchi' newsletter. SCF committee has started to organise this event and date is 8th of March.

SCF committee would like to work hand-in-hand with our valued members and entire Sri Lankan community in NSW in this meritorious activity. You can be a part of this meritorious activity by providing food, pirikara or helping us to organising various activities on the day.

If you need any information about this or would like to contribute to this meritorious activity please call:

Indu 0406 834 939
Upul 0419 493 183

Cricket World Cup Fan Zone

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Official Fan Zone

Melbourne is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and everyone is invited! Meet your family and friends at the Official Fan Zone at Birrarung Marr located on the banks of the Yarra River between Federation Square and the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. Entry is free.

Fans can watch the match on the big screen, enjoy a bite to eat from some of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks, and try their luck and cricket skills with the exciting activations and cricket challenges throughout the Fan Zone. The participating teams of the day will be celebrated with national fare, and fans can show their support with themed face painting.

The Fan Zone will be open at Birrarung Marr on each of the Melbourne Match Days from noon until 30 minutes after the final ball:
• South Africa v India, Sunday 22 February;
• Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Thursday 26 February;
• Quarter Final: Thursday 19 March; and
• Final: Sunday 29 March.

See the Public Transport Victoria website for information on how to get to Birrarung Marr:

Holy Land Tour of Israel & Jordan



Australian Contact: Indhira (email: Indhira.jay@gmail.com) +61411 851 543 (mobile)


✈Super Sunday Sale – Fly to Indian Subcontinent with Air Fares Starting from $943*

Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner

Cricket World Cup 2015 - Gala Dinner 

Organised by Sri Lanka Cricket Sydney Inc.

5th March 2015

Waterview, Bicentinnial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park


Wesak Punya Yathra

2015-03-07 Wesak Punya Yathra - 6.00pm to 8.00pm @ Notting Hill

Mariazelle with D Major

BILLY with 2FORTY2 Live in Sydney

World Cup Sri Lanka vs Australia

Travel to Sydney

Contact: Johann 0412 273 928, Vernon 0403 298 626

Multicultural e-News


Welcome to the first edition of the Department of Social Service’s Multicultural e-News. This newsletter aims to provide you with multicultural policy updates, as well as information on a range of social services matters that may be of interest to you and your community.

Settlement Services evaluations

The Government is keen to ensure that settlement programmes continue to provide world–leading settlement support for refugees and eligible migrants, while remaining responsive to settlement priorities. As a result, the department engaged a consultant (Ernst & Young) in September 2014, to conduct an evaluation of the Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) and the Complex Case Support programmes.

From October – December 2014 the consultant held focus groups, interviews and roundtable discussions with service providers, clients, and key stakeholders. Interested parties responded to the discussion paper on the department’s website and service provider staff and former clients of the HSS programme provided their views via an online survey.

The fieldwork for the evaluation is now complete. The department expects to receive a final report from the consultant in early April 2015.


Introducing the Australian Multicultural Council

Six community and business leaders have been appointed to the Australian Multicultural Council (AMC).

The Council advises Government on multicultural affairs and ways to sustain and support socially cohesive communities. The Council will look at how to further harness the economic and social benefits of our cultural and linguistic diversity, and foster the successful integration of migrants into the broader community.

Visit the AMC website for member biographies.

Reducing violence against women and their children

The Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 is under way.

The Second Action Plan has a strong focus on deepening our understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) women’s experiences of violence, to stop it from happening. It also aims to improve support across services and systems to this group of women.

The CALD Women’s Safety team in DSS is helping CALD community leaders in all states and territories host ‘kitchen table conversations.’ These conversations ensure the voices of CALD women are heard.

More information including translated materials is on the DSS website.


Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care

The Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care programme equips aged care providers to provide culturally appropriate care to older people from CALD backgrounds. Activities can include training, information sessions, workshops and resource development.

Find state and territory contacts or read more on the Department's website. CALD communities can also contact My Aged Care on 1800 200 422 or at www.myagedcare.gov.au.


Did you know

The SBS has an interactive map showing the top three birthplaces for migrants in suburbs and towns across Australia. You can also access a map revealing birthplaces excluding English and New Zealand migrants http://www.sbs.com.au/news/map/where-australias-immigrants-were-born.


Save the Date!

Harmony Day 2015: The year of thanks – looking back, looking forward.

Thank you! Join us on 21 March as we mark 15 amazing years of Harmony Day. Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Visit www.harmony.gov.au to register your 15th anniversary event, order your free promotional products and find out what’s happening near you. Watch our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for new ways to get involved.


A Ticket to Paradise?

A Greek girl, sent across the world to marry a man she’d never met; an African journalist fleeing for his life; and a stateless baby born in India to Iranian parents, are just some of the human stories that feature in the
A Ticket to Paradise? exhibition.

The exhibition uses over 20,000 images, film footage and audio records to explore the rich diversity of immigrants to Australia post-World War II.

A unique and interactive feature allows you to record your personal migration story either at the exhibition or on the Destination: Australia website.

Visit the National Archives of Australia website for exhibition dates.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

BILLY with 2FORTY2 Live in Melbourne


Lions Clubs International Dinner Dance

DOT Preschool project

Wesak Punya Yathra Taylors Hill

Commercial Bank reunion

Tropical Vibes - Dinner Dance

HIGH TEA at Grand on Princess

Donation $35 per head

Contact:  Kumi 0425 864 045, Marie 9498 3409, 0412 493 161, Marie 9798 3409, 0412 493 161, Sriya 0488 005 290

Trivia Night

Contact:  Gillian 0400 110 962, Vanessa 0419 368 626

Maharaja Gemunu movie

Frangipani, Sri Lanka’s gay film

රන් යකඩ දෝලි - Sinhala Stage Drama

Spring Is In The Air ! – “Good News From Jayam”

Spring Is In The Air !

Good News From Jayam

February 28, 2015

Mangala's U.S. Talks "Successful"

The Government says the just concluded visit to the United States by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, was successful.

Sri Lankan American Cardiologist's Life Saving Invention Being Made a Reality

Dr. Tony Don Michael of Bakersfield, California is a renowned
cardiologist worldwide. He has many patented inventions, which have been
proven to be life saving for patients with heart problems. He has just
received a letter of congratulations from the National Institute
of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, as they have
offered to build one of the important devices which will prevent
strokes during heart surgery. Dr. Don Michael's invention of the
device, neorosamatic protection filter, will be used in one million operations
a year excluding TAVR. It is a non-invasive device. Dr. Don Michael will be visiting
Sri Lanka in the near future. (Photo with wife Sharmini)

Old Boys of Royal College Visit Their Alma Mater

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Royal College, Colombo upon his arrival at a ceremony where he and other Ministers who were products of Royal College were felicitated by their alma mater today. Ministers Gayantha Karunatilleke, Sajith Premadasa and Rauff Hakeem are also present.

Actress Anjani Perera on the Cover of Irudina Newspaper


Dr. Kohona Highlights Strength of Lanka's Democratic Process

The 67th Independence Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated by the Sri Lankan community on February 7 at the Snug Harbor Music Hall, Staten Island, New York.
The event attracted over 1,000 Sri Lankans and expatriates, religious, political, and social groups living in the Tri-State area. Dr. Kohona highlighted the strength of Sri Lanka's democratic process amply demonstrated at the recent Presidential elections. Dr. Kohona also emphasized the need to further develop Sri Lanka's relationship with the people and the government of the United States. Dr. Kohona has since given up his post
in the United Nations.

Cricket World Cup 2015 Kicks Off in New Zealand

The 2015 cricket world cup opening ceremony was held in New Zealand today with the participation of a large crowd and most of the teams, including the Sri Lankan cricket team. Sri Lanka cricket captain Anjelo Mathews, who spoke at the opening ceremony, said that the tournament will be tough and he was glad that fast bowler Lasith Malinga was back in the team for the tournament after suffering an injury.

Sri Lanka Cricket Team Squads ICC World Cup 2015


Army Colors Night at BMICH

The Army Colours Night 2014 was held at BMICH last night in the presence of State Minister of Defense, Ruwan Wijewardene.

Dr. Padmani Mendis Wins Leadership in Rehabilitation Award

Dr. Padmani Mendis has been honored with the 'WCPT 2015 Leadership in Rehabilitation Award' presented by the World Confederation for Physiotherapy (WCPT). The award is given to not only physiotherapists but individuals and organisations who have contributed to international rehabilitation and global health. Dr. Mendis will receive her award at a gala dinner at the WCPT General Meeting in Singapore.

De Lanerolle Brothers Present "Live 6" Concert at Waters Edge March 3


MLH Celebrates 'The Beach is Back' with 'Seafood Inferno' on Paradise Beach

Coupled with wine and calypso music, which sets the mood at Seafood Cove, enhanced by the starry skies, the cooling sea breeze and golden sands, it was a night to remember as the Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrated its Paradise Beach.
Welcoming guests to tuck into the succulent spread, Mount Lavinia Hotel Group General Manager Bazeer Cassim assured 'Seafood Inferno' would be a frequent occurrence at the hotel, coupled with dining on the beach, bonfires and entertainment to add to the experience.
MLH Group General Manager Bazeer Cassim flanked by Corporate Communications and PR Manager Tinaz (left) and Corporate Communications Assistant Manager Dulani Rupasinghe

Happy Wedding Anniversary to Saranga and Umali Dissasekera

Popular Sri Lankan actors Saranga and Umali (Thilakeratne) Dissasekera will celebrate their one year wedding anniversary on March 1, 2015. We at GOOD NEWS wish this beautiful talented couple many years of happiness.
Saranga was in Los Angeles recently to sing and dance at the show "Ridee Reyak."

Breathing Life Into Health in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is among a few countries that provide free health care, and is considered to be one of the best, in South Asia. The nation boasts the lowest maternal and infant mortality rates in the region, and life expectancy is high. But in recent years, questions have been raised about the island's health care system as a whole, although the state and private sectors have been building and improving infrastructure, services and human resources.

Introducing Gas Cylinders to Estate Residents

One of the major projects undertaken with the collaboration of the Estate Worker Housing Cooperative Societies is introducing gas cylinders to estate residents to replace firewood, which has been a health and safety hazard. Here some of the estate workers at one of the promotions.

Lassana Sinduwak - Chanchala Recka

Keena Dam Mitak - CHANCHALA RECKA Teledrama Theme Song (Official Full HD Video)

Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe Avanti Marianne Page

For Avanti Page, it is not all about trying to win the Miss Universe pageant but the experience you get out of it and friends you make. Avanti represented Sri Lanka at the recent 63rd Miss Universe pageant held in Miami, Florida. Speaking on her return to Sri Lanka, Avanti says it was a great privilege to represent Sri Lanka at the event and it was also an amazing experience being able to meet so many beautiful women from around the world and get to know their different cultures and personalities. Avanti is the niece of Therese Selvaratnam and Jeanne Mather of Los Angeles.

Dushyanth Celebrates 10 Years


Sir Alexander Johnston 3rd Chief Justice of Ceylon

Sir Alexander Johnston (1775 - 1849), was a British colonial official who served as 3rd Chief Justice of Ceylon and 2nd Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon. He introduced a range of administrative reforms in Sri Lanka, introducing numerous liberal ideas and supporting the rights of natives. He was also an orientalist and along with Henry Thomas Colebrooke and others he was a founding member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Embroidery Art By Manel Gamage

Well-known arts and crafts teacher Manel Gamage along with her students will hold an exhibition of arts and crafts at the National Art Gallery. A past pupil of Museaus girls College, Mrs. Gamage has introduced many new embroidery techniques to Sri Lanka such a "black work, Assisi embroidery, Stump work, Chamakthi work, Chinese appliqué and many other techniques".

Jayam's Choice A Tribute to Mangala Jayakody

Mage Kawuluwen - Mangala Jayakody

Marriage Proposal

Very pretty Sri Lankan girl (32). Attorney at Law

in the U. S. seeking gentleman for marriage. Please contact jayam2424@yahoo.com in strictest confidence.


Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Shrimp Curry
1 1/2 lbs Shrimp (shell on but deveined)
1 brown Onion (cut fine into pieces)
2 teaspoons fresh Garlic paste
1 teaspoon fresh grated Ginger
Rampe,Curry leaves and Lemon Grass
2 teaspoons Chilli Powder
2 tablespoons unroasted Curry powder
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek (Ulu Hal) seeds
1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 can Coconut milk mixed with water
(fill can to the top)
1/2 can thick Coconut milk (save to finish the Curry)
Salt to taste
Lime Juice to taste
2 or 3 tablespoons oil for tempering.

Heat oil in pan and fry in this order. Curry leaves,Rampe and Lemon grass. Onions till soft and slightly golden,add fenugreek seeds,turmeric,curry powder, chilli powder ,salt,garlic and ginger and fry on low flame till you get the smell of a great curry.Pour in a cup of water and simmer till it thickens add the water and coconut miilk mix and the shrimp.Let this
cook on low heat till the shrimp is cooked and gravy thickens.Add thick coconut
milk boil,turn off heat.Add lime juice and more salt if needed. *My personal preference is to cook shell on and deveined shrimp as it seems to absorb all the flavors. *My other preference is to use a half teaspoon of tamarind paste instead of lime juice!

Pls.email me with any questions you may have.


Sad News - Obituaries - Appreciations

Joe Aloysius (85)
Chairman Emeritus of "The Autodrome" passed away on February 11. Husband of Bernadette, father of John, Julie, Jeremy, Rajeev and Joanne. Brother of late Cyril Gardiner, Lucy Page, late Mangalam St.George, late Pushpam Savundranayagam, Dr.Dennis Aloysius, late Dr.Hubert Aloysius, late Peter Aloysius.
Funeral was on February 13, 2015 in Kanatte.
Daughter of late D.L.M. Mohamed (Paints-Pettah) and late Sithy Zanooba, beloved wife of late M. Cassim M. Hathy, mother of Shezmina Mahmud. Sister of late Fawzee, late Saydee, Alavi Mohamed and Sithy Nawaz, passed away on 13th January 2015. Janaza took place at Maligawatte Muslim Burial Ground.


Today, a part of me passed away as I attended the funeral of my dear friend Leon Wickremasinghe.
My fond memories of him was our friendship thirty years ago in London where we were together in a company called "Eastern Marketing" that sold Air Ceylon/UTA tickets to mostly Sri Lankans travelers. We also worked on a movie together several years back.
Leon had a dry sense of humor which slowly and softly filtered out to an eventual robust laugh. He also had an old school command of the English language.
He was a great father to his toddler son. I had often passed him by on Horton Place when I observed him and his son taking a walk. The love, affection and pride, was exhilarating and obvious.
His greatest strength was his loyalty, which his close friends were aware of. He was generous with his credits to others. Leon and I continued our friendship right up to this new year.
I had the privilege of spending this last new years eve with Leon at the Colombo Swimming Club dance. We were both feeling a happy high as we dropped him off in the early hours of the néw year.
Here was a man who did not know how to lie. He was dangerous to have around, if one was to tell a story and distort the facts with a bias in the story tellers favor. Leon would correct him and set the record straight.
Leon was a man who took numerous personal blows and still came up with a certain comprehension and understanding, that many, including myself would not have had.
He was my dear friend that I enjoyed so much.
Good bye to a real gentleman.

Chandran Rutnam



MARCH 2015 - Saturday 28th, 7.00pm   

Australia Sri Lanka Cultural And Welfare Association - Inaugural Dinner Dance at Epping Memorial Hall.

Contact:  Millon Landers 0401 723 094, Pushpika Gamage 0401 934 088

Wesak Punya Yathra Craigieburn

Wesak Punya Yathra - 6.00pm to 8.00pm @ Craigieburn


Harmony Day

Hopper Night

Papare Fun Night

Wesak Punya Yathra Dandenong

Wesak Punya Yathra - 6.00pm to 8.00pm @ Dandenong

Better Together: Sri Lanka Association of NSW Inc Independence Commemoration & HSC High Achiever Awards

Better Together: Sri Lanka Association of NSW Inc Independence Commemoration & HSC High Achiever Awards

We are better together – this was Dr Siri Kannangara’s message in delivering his inspiring keynote address to an assembled throng of more than 300 Sri Lankans at the cavernous Fox Valley Community Centre in Wahroonga on Sunday 22nd February in a ceremony convened by the Sri Lanka Association of NSW to commemorate the 67th Anniversary of Sri Lankan Independence. Dr Kannangara’s poignant remarks reaffirmed the sentiments of Dr Ruwan Walpola, the President of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW that the Association represents all Sri Lankans in NSW.

The ceremony commenced with a slideshow highlighting the need for us to move forward as one, paying tribute to the forefathers of our nation who dedicated or gave their life for our today. Mr Hema Perera, the Editor of the Association conducted the remembrance ceremony with unprecedented solemnity, publicly identifying the many leaders who were involved in the struggle for independence, while the audience stood to attention in their honour.

The ceremony undoubtedly reflected the unity and harmony forged amongst all Sri Lankans across ethnic and religious differences through the shared hardships endured for Independence – a hallmark of Sri Lanka’s national identity evident in the unprecedented turnout for the event by Sri Lankans from all ethnic backgrounds.

Flanked by Sri Lankan flags flying in the entrance hall, the record crowd were treated to complimentary kiribathgarnished with the lion flag and served on a banana leaf to mark the importance of the occasion with credit to the tireless work of Mrs Anoja De Alwis for her unerring sense of style in adorning the hall to suit this most important of occasions. The traditional oil Lamp was beautifully decorated by Mrs.LashaRenugadevan, befitting this solemn occasion.

Religious blessings were invoked by the religious dignitaries representing Buddist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths. Having blessed the country and its people, they also prayed for the peace and harmony among the community, here in Australia as well as in Sri Lanka.

In an acknowledgmentthat any meaningful remembrance of Independence must be accompanied by a recognitionof rewards reaped by Nidahasa, the Sri Lanka Association of NSW Inc once again for the 15th year runningcombined its commemoration of Independence with its eagerly awaited HSC High Achievers awards – celebrating the world beating academic achievements of the next generations of Sri Lankans liberated by their forefather’s efforts at Independence.

In delivering the address to High Achievers Dr Kannangara noted that the 24 high achieving young Sri Lankan Australians honoured by the community on the eveningwere a timely reminder that Sri Lankans continue to punch above their weightdominating the modern professional services oriented economy – a thesis borne out in the eloquent acceptance address of young AsankaWijetunga who also received the Asoka Nanayakkara award for achieving the highest ATAR of 99.95 in the Sri Lankan cohort presentedby Mrs KumudiniNanayakkara in memory of her late husband’s incredible contribution to Sri Lankan community.Although Dr Kannangara encouraged all Sri Lankan youth with hisacknowledgement of the importance of temperament over talent – it was Dr Kannangara’sendorsement of the divine wisdom that the real key to success is for Sri Lankan sons and daughters to first honour their parents – that received the highest accolades from the Sri Lankan families gathered to support their children – uplifted by the truth that by seeking righteousness by service first, their children too would find themselves Blessed.

The occasion was also marked by a message from Sri Lankan President MaithripalaSirisena delivered by acting Consul General Mr D.M. Ratnayake, followed by an enthralling tribute to Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan community in Australia by the Hon. David Clarke MLC, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Justice on behalf of the NSW Government in recognition of the tireless devotion of Sri Lankan Australians to democracy, the rule of law and the importance of family.

Vice President of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW Inc Mrs Prinzie Perera paid tribute to the venerable clergy from Sri Lanka’s Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faith traditions who kindly attended the commemoration to invoke Blessings upon the nation and her people on the occasion.
Prinzie also noted the ongoing, support of Russell Raymond and Frank Seitz who continued their unwavering commitment to encourage the pursuit of excellence in achievement amongst Sri Lankan youth by sponsoring the conferral of the trophies upon the HSC High achievers.

The piece de resistance of the evening belonged to the incredible performing artists leading the festivities – renown vocalist PrasadikaWickramarachichi, rising star ThisalPadukkavidana and Dr Raja &Prashanthi – who delivered spine tingling vocal renditions bringing the audience to their feet- ably complemented by the Vidhunarthana Dance Academy’s  mesmerising dance presentation  ‘SaraswathiPooja’ showcasing Sri Lankan culture’s rich musical heritage and the children of theMuthuhara dance troupe’s final presentation on the evening to present Sri Lanka’s story and identity through the medium of dance transforming the occasion into a night to remember.


Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
14 Feb. 2015 vs England at the MCG
21 Feb. vs Bangladesh at the Gabba
28 Feb. vs New Zealand at Eden Park
4   Mar. vs Afghanistan at the WACA
8   Mar. vs Sri Lanka at the SCG
14 Mar. vs Scotland at Bellerive
20 Mar. Quarter Final 3 at Adelaide
21 Mar. Quarter Final 4 at Wellington
24 Mar. Semi Final 1 at Eden Park
26 Mar. Semi Final 2 at SCG
29 Mar. FINAL at MCG  
Source Telegraph


How can you benefit from record low interest rates? - By William de Ora

How can you benefit from record low interest rates?

By William de Ora

The Reserve Bank has cut interest rates to a record low. Is this your opportunity to reap the benefits?

Here’s what others are saying about this record low interest rate cut, and what’s possible. Property analyst Tim Lawless from CoreLogic RP Data says, “Lower mortgage rates have the potential to add some fuel to what are already strong housing markets.” In a recent blog article Mark Bouris from Yellow Brick Road elaborated on a number of strategies for debt reduction. He says, “This is a great time to consolidate and pay down your debts.”

So, what does this really mean for you?Could this be the right time to investigate the benefits of consolidating your existing loans? Could this lower interest rate make a difference to your short-term cash flow requirements? Could this be a sign to look at your long-term financial objectives and begin to explore how to create an investment property portfolio? One thing is for sure, if you don’t make time to get these questions answered, then it may just pass you by.

Where to start and who to speak with

Your starting point is to clarify whether or not you feel there’s value for money to dedicate a few hours of your time to review what benefits you could reap from this record low interest rate. Maybe, and just a maybe, what if the Reserve Bank was on your side – how might you take advantage of this decision? If you see value in this then here’s what’s next.
Step One: make a decision to reconnect with your accountant, mortgage broker, financial advisors – whoever is on your financial management team, and begin the conversation about consolidating any existing loans, and seek their advice about how to take advantage of these current conditions and build a long-term financial strategy.
Step Two: if any of your advisors want to keep the status quo, and not make any changes, then seek a second opinion. Your financial future is your responsibility so begin to put your best interests ahead of what’s considered easy or not seen as a priority.
Step Three:use the low interest rates to your advantage.

Consolidate and reduce your debts

Consolidating is a type of refinancing that usually means getting a new loan to pay out a number of other loans. Any good mortgage broker will advise you on how best to maximise your borrowing capacity.

In looking at how to consolidate your finances, the best place to start is to take stock of where you are. List out all your current debts. Then, look at what your most expensive high interest debts are such as credit cards, and personal loans. Imagine the money you might save by getting a consolidation loan, with a lower interest rate, to pay off debts.
What’s important is that you find out from your broker if you are in a position to refinance your mortgage to consolidate your high-interest debts.Because, by refinancing you may find there are better ways to use money.

Building your wealth

If you’re reading this article, then I’m thinking you are interested in building wealth correct? At the same time, you may be trapped in a mindset of “I can’t afford to invest at this time.”
Well, today’s interest rates make investing that much more affordable, and manageable for many people. The shift that needs to occur is the way you think and have a mindset that says, “I can afford to invest, and I will explores all avenues about how I can build my wealth.” This isn’t just about positive psychology or hype – this is about your future and gaining the maximum leverage out of your efforts.

With such low interest rates on mortgages, this is your opportunity to think about using your home loan to build wealth by leveraging investments. The secret to building wealth is using the equity that you have already built up in your property to assist you to invest in an asset that appreciates in value.

By looking to invest in neutral to positive cash flow investments there are many benefits in terms of your investment strategy.The house essentially pays for itself – with money left over. These types of real estate opportunities increase your serviceability, making you more attractive to banks and lenders. In short, if you can find the right investment property, and increase your income you are able to borrow more.

However, in making the time to review your current circumstances, it’s also prudent to ensure that you have a strong plan for the future to adjust, accommodate, and work with any potential rate rises. Considering and planning for all possible scenarios is just wise management.

Some day one day, you will need more than your job to generate your income. Therefore, if ever there was a time to rethink how you’re managing your money, and having your money work for you, hopefully it’s now.I encourage you to set aside some time as a priority so that you can find out how to create a future that truly works for you.

The writer is the founder of www.IPNA.com.au—Investment Property for New Australians. He was born in Sri Lanka and is a best selling co-author of three business books

William de Ora

P: +61 2 9955 8888 | E: william@ipna.com.au

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Walauwa @ Blue Elephant

Soorya Udanaya 2015 Craigiburn


Friends Charity Ball

Wesak Punya Yathra Wantirna

Wesak Punya Yathra - 6.00pm to 8.00pm @ Wantirna

Wesak Punya Yathra Thomastown

Wesak Punya Yathra - 5.00pm to 7.00pm @ Thomastown

Lions Clubs International Dinner Dance

Ama Dance academy proudly presents another dance extravaganza to Melbourne art lovers celebrating their dance academy 10th anniversary. Another one of a kind event that will take Melbourne's breath away.
At the Besen Center, Burwood.

Contact: Ama 0424 321 656, Daminda 0411 646 695



Thu 13 
08:00 GMT, 13:30 local

Sri Lanka v India
4th ODI - India vs Sri Lanka
Eden Gardens, Kolkata


Sun 16 
08:00 GMT, 13:30 local

Sri Lanka v India
5th ODI - India vs Sri Lanka
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi


Wed 26 
09:00 GMT, 14:30 local

Sri Lanka v England
1st ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Sat 29
04:30 GMT, 10:00 local

Sri Lanka v England
2nd ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Wed 03 
09:00 GMT, 14:30 local

Sri Lanka v England
3rd ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota


Sun 07
04:30 GMT, 10:00 local

Sri Lanka v England
4th ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Wed 10 
09:00 GMT, 14:30 local

Sri Lanka v England
5th ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy


Sat 13
04:30 GMT, 10:00 local

Sri Lanka v England
6th ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy


Tue 16 
09:00 GMT, 14:30 local

Sri Lanka v England
7th ODI - Sri Lanka vs England
R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


Fri 26 - Tue 30
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
1st Test - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Hagley Oval, Christchurch


Sat 03 - Wed 07
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
2nd Test - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Basin Reserve, Wellington


Sun 11
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
1st ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Hagley Oval, Christchurch


Thu 15 
01:00 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
2nd ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Seddon Park, Hamilton


Sat 17 
01:00 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
3rd ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Eden Park, Auckland


Tue 20
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
4th ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Saxton Oval, Nelson


Fri 23
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
5th ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
University Oval, Dunedin


Sun 25
22:00 GMT, 11:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
6th ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
University Oval, Dunedin


Thu 29 
01:00 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
7th ODI - New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Sat 14
22:00 GMT, 10:00 local

Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Match 1, Pool A - ICC World Cup 2015
Hagley Oval, Christchurch


Sun 22
22:00 GMT, 10:00 local

Sri Lanka v Afghanistan
Match 12, Pool A - ICC World Cup 2015
University Oval, Dunedin


Thu 26 
03:20 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
Match 18, Pool A - ICC World Cup 2015
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne


Sun 01 
01:00 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v England
Match 22, Pool A - ICC World Cup 2015
Westpac Stadium, Wellington


Sun 08 
03:20 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v Australia
Match 32, Pool A - ICC World Cup 2015
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney


Wed 11 
03:20 GMT, 14:00 local

Sri Lanka v Scotland
Match 35, Pool A - ICC World Cup 2015
Bellerive Oval, Hobart


Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Celebration Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2015




Show/Folk Dance/Live Band/Dance Floor

From 9.00 am to 11.00 pm

Presented by Sri
Lankan community organisations in NSW

Free Entry

Wesak Punya Yathra Officer Pakenham

Wesak Punya Yathra - 6.00pm to 8.00pm @ Officer/Pakenham

Ama Dahara

Wesak Punya Yathra Werribee

Wesak Punya Yathra - 5.00pm to 7.00pm @ Werribee

Marmony of Universal Beats

Masquerade Ball at the Sydney Hilton

Dharmasoka Dinner Dance

Wesak Punya Yathra Cranbourne

Wesak Punya Yathra - 5.00pm to 7.00pm @ Cranbourne


Wesak Punya Yathra Cranbourne

Wesak Punya Yathra - 5.00pm to 7.00pm @ Cranbourne


“Dancing for the Gods”

gets excellent reviews


The new committee of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW proudly promoted the Sri Lankan dance company from the Chithrasena dance Academy of Sri Lanka.

Mr Arun Abey, an entrepreneur & a member of the Sri Lanka Association, initiated the task to showcase Sri Lankan culture & heritage to a wider audience outside Sri Lanka.

The results are outstanding. Arun reports that the well known critics have given an excellent “Thumbs up” for this performance. Here are, some of the reviews by some well known critics, about this performance.

Deborah Jones of The Australian said: If there is a more immediately captivating dancer than Thaji Dias, I have yet to see her, or him…In the first solo, Dias reeled her audience in effortlessly with divinely articulated wrists, rippling shoulders, jaunty strides around the stage, the deepest and plushest plies and her warm, direct gaze. She is an artist of exceptional individuality

Bill Stephens of Canberra Critics Circle while also commenting on Thaji, then went on to commend the whole troupe: Her beautiful face serene and smiling, completely in the moment, and dancing with all the grace, skill, security and showmanship of a classical ballerina, Thaji Dias was truly mesmerising.

With these reviews it is fair to say that this performance was a great success.

You will be able to read all about it in the inside pages of this issue.


Back to work ...

After a short holiday break at the end of the year, most members of the new committee are back at the bench. SLA hosted the Chithrasena Dance company
performers for a sumptuous dinner, as the first event of their new term of office. The committee hopes to follow this up with HSC high achiever recognition and the Seniors day. Updating of the 2002 constitution with necessary amendments is another high priority task of the committee. We also
hope to run a series of information sessions on topics of special interest to our members and the community

Editorial - Australians of Sri Lankan Heritage ?

The first objective of Sri Lanka Association of NSW is stated as ‘To provide a common meeting ground for persons of Sri Lankan origin and to integrate with the Australian community on a multi-racial basis’. However there has been some recent debate about who the SLA represents and how we should describe our membership. In particular, it has been suggested that the SLA is best described as representing ‘Australians of Sri Lankan Heritage’. However, it is fundamental to the aims and objectives of the SLA that all Sri Lankans living in New South Wales should be welcome to membership and representation, regardless of their citizenship or migration status. This includes anyone with Sri Lankan roots living in New South Wales.

To understand who we are, it is helpful to look back at the history of Sri Lankan migration to Australia. There were very few Sri Lankan migrants in Australia prior to the 1950s. Then, in 1966, the Australian government made a watershed policy announcement which began the gradual dismantling of the White Australia Policy. The environment following these changes prompted many Sri Lankans of European heritage to find their way to Australia. Hence, the first wave of migrants to arrive here were Burghers, descended from the Dutch and Portuguese who colonised Sri Lanka.

From the 1970s onward, political upheavals in Sri Lanka prompted people with English education and professional backgrounds to look to the world outside Sri Lanka for greener pastures. A massive influx of migrants from Sri Lanka occurred in the late 1980s and the 90s. Many people discovered the opportunities in Australia and during this time roughly 2000 to 3000 persons arrived each year to resettle.

There is no single way to describe the experiences of these many Sri Lankan migrants. Some embraced the culture of their new home with ease, while others found it more difficult to integrate. Many of us, who have lived in Australia for years, or decades, still find our hearts in Sri Lanka.

If we look at the profile of our current SLA members, and more broadly at Sri Lankans in New South Wales, we discover an interesting mix. We are: Sri Lankan citizens, Australian citizens, dual citizens, Permanent Residents, for a start. Presently we also have a large student population and those seeking migration for family reunion. On top of that, the number of Sri Lankan nationals visiting Australia, and granted temporary entry, is about 14,000 per year since 2009.
(Country profile report—Sri Lanka).

These individuals may not be Australian citizens, but they are equally entitled to representation by the SLA. It is not enough to say that we (SLA) are representing ‘Australians of Sri Lankan heritage’. The SLA does not seek to draw lines along differences in our membership,but rather seeks to galvanize our diverse community. The Sri Lanka Association of NSW is dedicated to the interests of all persons living in New South
Wales from Sri Lankan heritage. So, however you identify with your Sri Lankan heritage, we value your participation and contribution in the SLA community.

Hema Perera - Editor


President’s Message

Dear Friends,

The heralding in of the New Year has also seen the appointment of a new committee for 2014/2015, in this 42nd year of the Sri Lanka Association of NSW. I am
honoured to represent you, the Sri Lankan Community of NSW, as your President. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of people, ranging from those
who have served in previous committees to the youth, all of whom are eager to initiate programmes that will benefit this Community.

Although the Association’s roots had a social purpose in connecting the small group of Sri Lankan migrants in NSW, it has evolved into a multifaceted organisation with focuses on education --and community service. Even though the Association has changed throughout the years, one thing has remained constant – the Sri Lanka Association of NSW has and always will remain an organisation that is open to all Sri Lankans and friends of Sri Lanka.

Ultimately, the Sri Lanka Association of NSW belongs to you, the membership. Therefore, I urge you to get involved and participate with your friends in the activities, programmes and events that are planned this year. We would also love to hear from you- whether you’re a new member to the Association or a longstanding one; and we welcome any suggestions or comments you may have.

Finally, I would like to thank the outgoing President, Mr Rajan Wijey and his committee for a job well done. I hope to see many of you at the events organised by the SLA and look forward to the year ahead! Ruwan Walpola—President, SLA NSW


An Eminent Sri Lankan of Pre-independence era–Ananda Coomaraswamy -

By Thiru Arumugam


“The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist” Ananda Coomaraswamy.

Sir Muttu Coomaraswamy (1834-1879) was the first Ceylon Tamil Knight. He was a lawyer and Member of the Legislative Council of Ceylon. He was the first non-Christian Asian to be called to the English Bar. He married a wealthy English lady, Elizabeth Beeby, who was a Lady-inWaiting to Queen Victoria. They had one child, Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, who was born in Colombo in 1877.

Fig 1– Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877—1947)

Ananda grew up in England where he studied at the University of London, graduating with first class honours in Geology and Botany. He returned to Ceylon and in 1903 was appointed as the first Director of Mineralogical Surveys. In 1904 he identified the mineral Thorianite and his work on this subject led to the award of a Doctor of Science degree from the University of London.

He called it Uraninite in an article in Spolia Zeylanica and then followed an extended correspondence with double Nobel Prize winner Madam Curie about its radioactivity. She suggested that it be called 'Coomaranite' but he declined the honour.

After a few years he moved to India and studied Indian and South-East Asian Arts and Crafts, Religion and Metaphysics. He later wrote books on Buddhism such as 'Buddha and the Gospel of Buddhism', 'Elements of Buddhist Iconography', 'The origin of the Buddha Image' and 'Hinduism and Buddhism'. He described his work as 'research not only in the field of Indian Art but at the same time in the wider field of the whole of traditional theory of Art and of the relation of man to his work, and in the fields of comparative religion and metaphysics to which the problems of iconography are a natural introduction'.

Encyclopaedia Britannica describes him as a 'pioneer historian of Indian Art and foremost interpreter of Indian culture to the West'. He set about dismantling Western prejudices about Asian Art through an affirmation of the beauty, integrity and spiritual density of traditional art in Ceylon and India. He was fluent in 36 languages, where he defined fluency in a language as the ability to read a scholarly article without referring to a dictionary. Anthony Ludovici the famous British
writer and philosopher says of Coomaraswamy "Thanks to his command of Greek, Latin and Sanskrit, he was probably the greatest scholar of his age in the Scriptures of both East and West, and was therefore a formidable exponent of the philosophical and ontological foundations of his cultural doctrines". He refused to join the British armed services in World War I on the grounds that India and Ceylon were not independent and he was exiled from the British Empire and a bounty of 3000 Pounds placed on his head by the British Government.

He moved to USA in 1917 together with his extensive art collection. He was appointed Curator of Indian and Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and worked there for the next thirty years until he retired in 1947. His entire private art collection was transferred to this Museum and the Asian collection there is described as 'among the finest in the Western world'. The Museum's Catalogue lists 1419 artworks as originating from the Coomaraswamy Collection. Even today the Head of this Section is designated as the 'Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art', and the Ananda Coomaraswamy Annual Lecture is held every year.

In 2002 James S Crouch published 'A Bibliography of Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy'. Crouch says that 'this book documents the remarkably productive career of one of the great minds of the 20th century'. The book describes in detail American, English and Indian first editions of 95 books by Coomaraswamy, plus descriptions of a further 96 books containing contributions by him and details of more than 900 contributions by him to periodicals and newspapers. What a prolific writer! No wonder it took Crouch 20 years to complete the Bibliography which runs to 430 pages. It is not surprising that Ananda Coomaraswamy has been described as the 'most distinguished Sri Lankan of our time'. Outlines of two selected books out of the 95 books by Coomaraswamy are given below.

Medieval Sinhalese Art

This was Coomaraswamy's first major book and it was published in 1908. The full title of the book is "Medieval Sinhalese Art: Being a Monograph on Medieval Sinhalese Arts and Crafts, mainly as surviving in the eighteenth century, with an account of the structure of Society and the status of Craftsmen". It has 340 pages with 55 plates consisting of multiple photographs and 153 illustrations. The photos were selected from over 1000 relevant photographs taken by his English wife Ethel Mary Coomaraswamy (nee Partridge) on glass plate negatives which was the technology of the day. To avoid going cap in hand to Publishers begging them to publish his book, Coomaraswamy did the next best thing and bought the ailing Essex House Press. Using his considerable inherited wealth he bought a small church called Norman Chapel in Broad Campden in Gloucestershire. He used part of the premises as his residence and moved the machinery of Essex House Press to the rest of the building. Hand printing of the book started in September 1907 and was completed in December 1908. The layout of the book, which is a work of art in its own right, and the printing of the 425 copies were supervised by him. Copies of this first edition are quite rare in Australia, only two copies are traceable in libraries open to the public and the estricted access copy in the New South Wales State Library is numbered No. 313 of 425 copies. Coomaraswamy believed that in traditional societies there was no distinction between fine arts and other arts nor between religious and secular arts. He says in the book that rural arts and crafts are "the only true art discoverable in Ceylon today. In a few years it may be gone for ever.


I have tried to make a picture of it, before it is too late". The reason for its probable disappearance he says is that " In Ceylon as in India, the direct and indirect influence of contact with the West has been fatal to the arts.

The two most direct causes of this adverse influence have been the destruction of the organisation of state craftsmen, following British occupation and that this occupation "has driven the village weaver from his loom, the craftsmen from his tools, the ploughman from his songs and has divorced art from labour". Among the subjects discussed and illustrated in detail in this 340 page large sized (35 by 27 cm) comprehensive study of the subject are: Elements of Sinhalese Design and Ornament; Architecture; Woodwork; Stonework; Figure Sculpture; Painting; Ivory, Bone, Horn and Shell work; Metal work - Iron, Brass, Copper and Bronze; Gold and Silver; Jewellery; Lac work; Earthenware; Potter's songs; Weaving; Embroidery; and Mat Weaving and Dyeing. As a typical example of an illustration from the book, Fig 2 shows Bherunda Pakshaya, the double headed eagle represented in the flag of the Three Korales. This form also appears in wood and ironwork, in brass trays and plates, and also in jewellery.


Bronzes from Ceylon, chiefly in the Colombo Museum

This book was first published in 1914 by the Colombo Museum as the first in a series of Memoirs of the Colombo Museum. It has 31 pages of text followed by 189 photographic reproductions of bronze sculptures, including a few from Coomaraswamy's private collection. Some of these sculptures he says are 'of spiritual and aesthetic rank nowhere surpassed'. Among the Buddhist Bronzes, eleven images of Buddha are illustrated. The largest of them is a 55 cm high sedentary statue and Coomaraswamy dates this as 5th or 6th century. It was found in Badulla and was presented to the Museum by G FK Horsfall, possibly a Government Agent. Coomaraswamy says that 'The existence of a Mahayana cult in Ceylon is abundantly supported by the discovery of many images of Bodhisatvas and Mahayana feminine divinities in Ceylon'.

By far the largest of the Bodhisatva images is the 46 cm high bronze, probably of Maitreya, discovered in 1898 near the Thuparama Dagoba in Anuradhapura. Also illustrated are four small images of Avalokitesvara. The largest of the Hindu bronzes are the eight images of Siva as Nataraja, all were found in Polonnaruva. The largest of these is nearly a metre high and is shown in Fig. 3.


However, Coomaraswamy does not rate these too highly and says that 'they are inferior as works of art to the best of the Buddhist images, the best images of Saiva Saints in Ceylon and the two splendid Natarajas in the Madras Museum'. There are also eight smaller size images of Parvati, Siva's consort. There are seven images of Saiva Saints and Coomaraswamy describes the image of Sundara Murti Swami as having 'a touching quality of suddenly arrested movement and breathless wonder, and is one of the most remarkable works of all Indian art'.

Also illustrated is the stunning bronze of the Goddess Pattini, nearly five feet (1.5m) tall. Coomaraswamy dates this as 7th or 8th century. It was found in the east coast of Ceylon and presented by Governor Brownrigg in 1830 to the British Museum in London where it is a prized exhibit. Coomaraswamy says that it 'is a most striking work; the face strong and thoughtful, and the modelling of the body and limbs most admirable'. Since it has spent nearly 200 years in London, it is about time that it is returned to its country of origin.



By Ajith Karunarathna

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer with 38 females diagnosed per
day. Research shows that Sri Lankan and Indian women in NSW aged 50 – 74 have one of the
lowest rates of participation in the Breast Screen NSW program which is run by the Department of Health.

The Pink Sari Project is a means of bringing everyone together to support a common cause – increasing breast screening (and thus breast cancer survival) in women from the Indian and Sri
Lankan groups. Communities play a major part in the implementation of all the strategic approaches to ensure their members benefit and lives are saved.

Visit the website: www.pinksariproject.org.
Join in the conversation on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thepinksariproject.
Listen to a presentation by Nirmala Pathvanathan, Associate Professor, Westmead Breast Cancer
Institute: http://youtu.be/Lf5lAd3bOVI

Dr Palu Malaowalla, GP in Rosehill and Breast Cancer Survivor - see link to watch her story

Indian and Sri Lankan community members and Pink Sari Project organisers at the Breast Screen Information Forum

Did you know these facts about Sri Lankan Migrants?

Following information sheet was compiled By Hema Perera (Editor), using “Country Profile Report
– Sri Lanka” published by
The Economic Analysis Unit
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
© Commonwealth of Australia, 2013

Fact 1 - Despite having a relative high educated and literate population, Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product per capita is less than a seventh of Australia’s.

Fact 2 - Around 1.8 million Sri Lankans are working abroad and remittances from Sri Lanka’s international diaspora account for 7 per cent of its gross domestic product.

Fact 3 - A summary measure of wellbeing is the Human Development Index (HDI). Sri Lanka rates well relative to the rest of South East Asia with a HDI of 0.72 compared to the regional average of 0.56. Internationally, Sri Lanka currently ranks 92 out of 186 countries.

Fact 5 - In August 2013, 63000 Sri Lankan-born people were working in Australia—32 per cent professionals, and 20 per cent clerical and administrative workers.

Fact 6 -A total of 5390 Sri Lankan nationals were granted a permanent visa through Australia’s Migration Programme and Humanitarian Programme in 2012−13, with the Skill Stream accounting for 76 per cent of the visas granted.

Fact 7 - In 2012-2013, 3228 Points Tested Skilled Migration visas were issued to Sri Lankans. The main occupations of those granted a Points Tested Skilled Migration visa were accountants, software and applications programmers, and ICT business and systems analysts.

Fact 8- In family Migration category, Sri Lankan nationals accounts for 1.5 per cent (883 grants) of the total grants. This was 11 per cent higher than the 794 visas granted the previous year, but it represented a 12 per cent fall since 2009–10.

Fact 9 – In Student Visas category, Australia is the second most popular tertiary study destination, behind the United Kingdom, for international students originating from Sri Lanka. In 2010, 20 per cent of all Sri Lankan international tertiary students chose Australia. As at 30 June 2013, 4170 Sri Lankan Student visa holders were in Australia, representing 1.4 per cent of all international students in Australia.

Fact 10 - Visitors Visa - In 2012–13, the number of Sri Lankan nationals visiting Australia continued to increase. A total of 16 421 Visitor visas were granted, up by 12 per cent on 2011–12 and 34 per cent higher than the number granted (12 253) in 2009–10. Tourists accounted for 92 per cent of all Sri Lankan visitors.


Fact11 - Permanent residents departingIn 2012–13, 321 Sri Lanka-born permanent residents indicated at departure that they were leaving Australia permanently, with around 17 per cent indicating that they intend on returning to Sri Lanka. Of these emigrants: around a third (35 per cent) were professionals, with managers accounting for another 21 per cent, the largest proportion were emigrating from New South Wales and Victoria – 41 per cent and 35 per cent respectively



By Hugh Karunanayake


February 4 1948 was the date on which Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) was granted “dominion sta-tus "by its Colonial overlord Great Britain. Till then Ceylon was a colony of the British. What was described as “independence’ was a change in status vis-a vis the metropolitan power Great Britain. Officially it was called the grant of “dominion status” .to Ceylon.– It is important to remember that “dominion status ” did not confer sovereign power to the island. Neither did the change of status denote a transfer of power. In fact by 1950 (two years later) His Majesty the King of England was still the King of Ceylon, the Governor General of Ceylon continued to be appointed by the King and had the power to ap-point. or remove the Prime Minister .of the coun-try, the national anthem was “God save the King” the official language was English, and the national flag was the Union Jack! A Parliament consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate exist-ed from 1947 with its legislative powers subject to concurrence and tacit approval by His Majesty.

In fact the British approved Constitution of Cey-lon required the appointment of six Members of Parliament in addition to those elected by the peo-ple. Two of the appointed members in the House of Representatives in 1947 were appointed to rep-resent British interests. Although the island had a Supreme Court that name was a misnomer and the Court not really Supreme, the Privy Council in England had the power of revision of any decision of the Supreme Court. In fact in 1964 sixteen years after the country was granted “independence” the Privy Council in England overruled a decision of the Supreme Court of Ceylon by which the Supreme Court had deter-mined the guilt of persons charged with conspir-ing to overthrow by force a lawfully elected gov-ernment. There were an Imperial Light House Service and Military bases in Katunayake and Trincomalee outside the control of the govern-ment and subject to direction by the United King-dom.

Imperial Honours by which the Queen granted Knighthoods and other honours to her “loyal sub-jects” also continued until such vestiges of coloni-al rule were removed by the 1956 government of SWRD Bandaranaike. Thus in essence the coun-try did not enjoy sovereignty till the fetters re-stricting its independence were removed .

This occurred through a process culminating in the Constituent Assembly of 1972 which made a self declaration of independence through the for-mal establishment of an independent republic. This process which led to the achievement of total political independence was marked by events that formed the “process’ such as the adoption of national flag in 1950, the adoption of a National anthem in 1951,becoming a member of the UN in 1955, the adoption of National languages in 1956 and the national acquisition of the military bases in 1958.

The creation of a Republic in 1972 and the change from the anglicised name of Ceylon to a more indigenous name Sri Lanka completed the process.
It is also important to remember that in 1948 the country was a plantation economy, dualistic in character with a surplus creating urban sector and a rural sector functioning below subsistence level . The economy largely driven by the output from plantations were largely in the hands of Brit-ish companies and so were the major Agency Houses which managed the production, and ex-port of plantation produce. What were described as “the commanding heights of the economy” were therefore mainly British owned and con-trolled for many years after independence. The administration of the country before and after 1948 was through the Ceylon Civil Service estab-lished by the British in the 19th Century which was replaced by the Ceylon Administrative Ser-vice fifteen years after independence in 1963.

One of the major criticisms of the Ceylon Civil Service was that its structure and traditions stood in the way of the transfer of real political power to the people. of the country. In fact India with its Indian Civil Service was such a hindrance to the modernisation of India that it prompted Ja-warhalal Nehru to foresee in 1934 that “no new order can be built in India so long as the spirit of the Indian Civil Service pervades our administra-tion and our public services”.
Thirty years later when he was asked what his greatest failure was he replied by saying “I could not change the administration; it is still a colonial administration”. Although it could be said that the Ceylon Civil Service did not have the same all pervasive influence over the body politic,


it could be surmised that the Ceylon Civil Ser-vice did have a stifling effect on the emergence of a political culture that could lead to a more ef-fective political transformation.

The grant of independence occurred 67 years ago and in retrospect could be difficult for people of today’s generation to understand the nuances of the anglicised culture which pervaded the country at the time. Perhaps the accompanying photo-graph taken at the main function associated with the grant of independence in 1948 may capture to some extent part of the essence of the colonial hangover of the time. It shows the Inspector General of Police Sir Richard Aluvihare standing smartly to attention and saluting the Governor General on his entry. Such a spectacle would be impossible to imagine in modern Sri Lanka.

While the grant of “dominion status” was a sig-nificant step towards the achievement of mean-ingful political independence, it also commenced the “process” through which a new political consciousness was created. .It well could be claimed that the new, confident, modern Sri Lanka was in fact conceived in 1948.

Chithrasena Dance Company through the eyes of Sydney Audience – By Arun Abey

Dance Co tour to Australia, which was short but very successful. Dancing for the Gods as Arts Hub’s Lynne Lancaster said was: A vi-brant, energetic and exotically colourful way to open this year’s Sydney Festival. But to understand how remarkable this success was, it’s worth providing some background to the tour.

Imagine being a choreographer where your studio is like an old-fashioned shearing shed – a simple floor with a tin roof and no sides. And that you are working in one of the hotter, more humid climates in the world. Well, that is the workplace that Heshma Wignaraja voluntarily returned to after a decade of studying and working in dance in the USA. Despite the many financial and material comforts of life in the USA, being away from her famous dance family, founded by her grandpar-ents Chitrasena and Vajira, caused Heshma to realise how much she loved and missed the world of Sri Lankan dance to which she had been born.

So she and her husband Arjuna returned home to take on the challenge of continuing the family legacy, with limited financial and human resources. The company was and is still recovering from the devastating loss of its headquarters which combined the family home and dance studios a few decades ago, following the death of its then major patron. In 2013 we embarked on the idea of a return trip to Australia and after a lot of work, last July, Heshma learned that the Company had been chosen to perform in the prestigious Sydney Festival 2015. While she had a pro-duction Dancing for the Gods, that had been performed in Sri Lanka to great acclaim, Heshma wanted to polish what she saw as still a rough diamond. The end result was a reworking of the entire program, that had its international premiere in Sydney. Through about a dozen trips to Colombo over the past couple of years, I had the privilege of watch-ing the production evolve. I perform my day job with people with whom I share a strong work ethic. But our work ethic pales com-pared to what I saw in Colombo.

From the initial choreography in the incredibly hot and humid ‘shearing shed’, to frenzied months and months of hard work, interspersed with private performances in the same shed to test the ideas, to the stage of the York Theatre at the Seymour Centre in Sydney and the Play-house at Canberra Theatre Centre, I saw Heshma take on the mantle of a slave driver.

But the slaves were willing ones. In fact, they seemed to love it. Her seven dancers, led by her cousin Thaji and accompanied by 4 mag-nificent drummers, responded wonderfully. Her other cousin Umi worked frantically to put together all the materials required for the tour. The result was that 43 years since their last visit to Australia, the Company was again warmly welcomed by Australian audiences and critics with rave reviews. To provide some flavour of these:
Deborah Jones of The Australian said: If there is a more immediately captivating dancer than Thaji Dias, I have yet to see her, or him…In the first solo, Dias reeled her audience in ef-fortlessly with divinely articulated wrists, rip-pling shoulders, jaunty strides around the stage, the deepest and plushest plies and her warm, direct gaze. She is an artist of excep-tional individuality.

Bill Stephens of Canberra Critics Circle while also commenting on Thaji, then went on to commend the whole troupe: Her beautiful face serene and smiling, completely in the moment, and dancing with all the grace, skill, security and showmanship of a classical ballerina, Thaji Dias was truly mesmerising…. Each dancer is superbly trained, each step so pre-cisely polished and executed, that it’s possible for even the most uninitiated observer to soon recognise and admire the movement and its execution, and even variations to the original, as dancer and drummer challenge each other in later sections.

The Company has been working on expanding its number of dancers, using scholarship pro-grams largely funded by HSBC in Sri Lanka as well as by individuals. Akila Palipana is the youngest and newest member of the troupe under this program and it was gratifying that the experienced eye of dance critic Michelle Potter of The Canberra Times observed of him:

I found his stage presence powerful, I loved his sense of rhythm and his clean precise technique and my eye was particularly taken with the way his whole body was involved at every moment, whether in stillness or ac-tion.

The Guardian’s Madhvi Pankhania felt: The choreography is both enchanting and mysti-fying in other places within Dancing for the Gods...... The poise that shapes the company and the way they dance reveals an impres-sive discipline – as engaging to watch as these narratives are to work out.

Jill Sykes of the Sydney Morning Herald said: Their commitment to the traditions of their country and their craft shines through their performance and invests it with warmth and integrity. Heshma’s overall success in continuing her family’s ability to link an ancient tradition to the contemporary stage was best summed up by Michelle Potter’s comment: Dance in Sri Lanka dates back thousands of years and has its roots in ritual. In its current manifestation by Chitrasena Dance Co, it is a contempo-rary performing art that continues to honour that past. It has lost none of the ritualistic feeling, but through energetic choreography, compelling performances, evocative lighting and beautifully designed and made cos-tumes, it becomes an exciting 21st century art.

For those of you who want to learn more, I have either attached or at the bottom of this provided links to some of the full reviews.

One of the most gratifying events during the tour was the Lecture-Demonstration Work-shop, which was followed by a Master Class. The event was quickly sold out, caus-ing the Company to put on a second Master Class. The range of participants was diverse including students of Sydney Dance Compa-ny, led by teacher Ian Castenetto as well as Australians of Sri Lankan origin, belonging to Dinesh Perera’s Sankha Ridma Dance Ensemble. The cultural interchange and the enjoyment that the participants gained from this was wonderful to witness first hand. And truly in keeping with the spirit of the Sydney Festival.Bringing the Company out here for such a successful tour, after the long gap of 43 years involved a lot of support from a number of people to whom the Com-pany and I will always be grateful.

The list is too long to name individuals, but the role of the Sydney Festival, with its a magnifi-cent team, was of course paramount.

The Canberra Theatre Centre also did a re-markable job in supporting the one night per-formance there. The Sri Lanka Association, HSBC Sri Lanka, ozlanka, the Dilip Kumar Group, the Cinnamon Hotels Group, Barefoot Sri Lanka, the Canberra Committee, and the Nilgiris and Blue Elephant Restaurants respec-tively are all owed many thanks. And much gratitude as well is owed to my personal friends and father who sacrificed a lot of time and effort in supporting this project.

Going forward the Dance Co faces challenges and opportunities in continuing its proud tradi-tion. Funding, particularly of dance students and productions is one, which needs to expand to provide the company with more depth. If you are interested in sponsoring a dancer or supporting the Company in other ways, do let me know. Do also follow the Company’s pro-gress via its Facebook Page. Artistically Heshma’s goal is to continue to evolve Sri Lankan dancing into a classical dance form, while remaining true to its traditional roots. Jill Sykes alluded to this potential when she contrasted Sri Lankan dancing to what she sees as the richer classical dance forms of In-dia. I am not sure that Jill’s comparison to a different dance genre is entirely valid. But the underlying opportunity to continue to innovate while remaining true to the tradition will be an exciting artistic challenge which will provide ongoing stimulation for the current generation and beyond.

But these are for the future. For the present, I feel grateful for the chance to develop a close relationship with such warm, extraordinarily committed, talented, yet humble, artists, who have become part of our extended family. And whose motivation is to produce something that inspires for both the gods and humans a sense of universal beauty and joy. The love, skill and sacred respect in which they hold their dance form meant that they succeeded in this goal. The joy of seeing it will live with us for a long time, but hopefully we will not have to wait another 43 years to experience it again.

Stars of the Chithrasena Dance Company
A vibrant, energetic and exotically col-ourful way to open this year’s Sydney Festival.
Lynne Lancaster
Arts Hub, Dance critic
On the left– Heshma & Arjuna Wignarajah
Picture Below:
Principal Dancer Thaji Dias (Right)
Grand daughter of Chithrasena & Vajira
Upeka Chithrasena—Managing Director(left)
Upeka is the daughter of late Dr Chithrasena
President (slansw) Ruwan Walpola with some performers of the Chithrasena Dance Company.
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