Bahira started dancing at the beginning of 2008 and found that she was a natural at it. She's at numerous styles of belly dance, however found that she exceled and loved dancing with the sword!
Being apart of Zohour El Sahara, Bahira loved the interaction and life that she had with her troupe mates and especially with her amazingly talented teacher Despina.
Dancing saved Bahira's life! Without it, she know's that she would have never made it through the most difficult and life threatening time in her life. Now free from the most toxic situation in her life, she has blossomed and been happier and free than she ever has been!
Singing has given her something to look forward to and she has gained strength through music and dance
New Zealand beats Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 1st test
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the first test completed, with Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson steering the Black Caps to a four-day victory built upon a strong performance by their pacemen.
Sri Lanka 1st innings: 138 (Angelo Mathews 50; Trent Boult 3-25, Neil Wagner 3-60).
Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 407 (Dimuth Karunaratne 152, Angelo Mathews 66; Tim Southee 4-91, Trent Boult 4-100).
New Zealand 2nd innings: 107-2 (Ross Taylor 39 not out; Shaminda Eranga 1-20)
Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory
Sri Lanka won the final One-Day International (ODI) of the seven-match series against England by 87 runs today at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The Sri Lankans posted an imposing total of 302 for six from their 50 overs and bowled out the English for 215 in the 46th over. Dilshan made 101 off 124 deliveries, featuring nine fours and one six, to register his 18th ODI hundred and pass 9,000 career runs. Sangakkara, who will retire from ODIs after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, made 33 off 51 balls and Jayawardene who has already retired from Tests, will hang up his boots after the World Cup had hit 28 off 22 balls. Sri Lanka will tour New Zealand next just ahead of the World Cup in February 2015.
Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup
Sri Lankan Veteran cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, who recently announced his retirement from T20 internationals, announced that he will retire from ODI’s after Word Cup 2015which will be held in New Zealand and Australia.
"I am 36 years old now and will be 37 next year during the time of World Cup. By next World Cup, I will be 41 and I don’t hope that I am playing then. So 2015 World Cup will be my last. It’s a a kind of natural progression,”Sangakkara said
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that, following remedial work and a re-test, the bowling actions of Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are legal and they can now resume bowling in international cricket.
Since being reported earlier in the year, both bowlers have remodeled their bowling actions prior to applying to have their actions re-tested. The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations.
Sachithra was reported for bowling with a suspected illegal bowling action during Sri Lanka's tour in England in June 2014 and subsequently banned from bowling in international cricket in July 2014.
The ICC said the umpires can report these bowlers in the future if they believe the bowler is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action that was analyzed during the re-test.
To assist in comparing the action used in the lab to the action used in upcoming matches, umpires have been provided with images and video footage of the remodeled legal actions of both bowlers, the ICC sad.
Also ICC stated, an independent analysis has found the bowling action of Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez to be illegal and, as such, the off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect.
Sri Lanka Cricket has included Sachithra has in the 30-man squad for the ICC World Cup 2015.
• Sri Lanka Lions Cricket Club Office Bearers for 2015/16 : President: Richie De Silva Treasurer / Secretary: Prasanna Kariyawasam Social / Ground Secretary: Clem Christie David Auditor: Lalin De Silva
• The Masters Team Leadership Group : Captain: Russel Ingram Vice Captain: Duminda De Silva Cricket Convenor: Richie De Silva
• The Classics Team Leadership Group : Captain: Harry Solomons Vice Captain: Cuthbert Berenger Cricket Convenor: Rohan Wijesinghe
The Melbourne Book Launch of "A Heritage Of Song" at The Grand Hotel
Dear Sir/ Madam, It is with great pleasure that I invite you on behalf of the Sightfirst2020vision organising committee for this memorable event, presenting
“A HERITAGE OF SONG” A once in a life time event showcasing famous singers and musicians together under one roof to coincide with the launch of the first ever book featuring the musical journey of 125 musicians.
The event although held in Melbourne recognises each and every one of you and it would be all that more exciting if you could attend and perform on the day. Unfortunately, as this is a charity event and the funds are very limited it is impossible for us to organise your flights
accommodation etc… but we will really appreciate if you could make yourselves available on the day to grace this great 'once in a lifetime' event. None of the artists on the bill are been paid for their performance. Please see the flyer attached and if you can attend we will include you in the Performance and organise to accommodate you on the show and & include you in the schedule. Kind Regards,
Famous singers and musicians of Sri Lankan origin. Over 100 names listed in the book:
Malayalee Association of Victoria ONAM celebrations 2015
Malayalee Association of Victoria (MAV) was formed in 1976 and we are proud to announce our 39th Onam celebration this year on 16th August 2015 at Springvale Town Hall (397 Springvale Road, Springvale VIC). Onam celebrations will start with Indian Independence Day celebration. Asianet Cinemala and idea star singer team will be joining us this year to entertain us for 3 hrs with variety of programs like comedy skits, mimicry, dance, songs etc. Pillsbury Gold is the main sponsor for MAV Onam 2015.
Onam is one of the most significant harvest festivals of Kerala and falls in the Malayalam month Chingam. It is one such festival that unites all the people regardless of race and religion. Onam is the most popular festival in Kerala. Onam is celebrated in the memory of King Mahabali, his golden rule and his sacrifice. Thus Onam shows the blissful rule of the King and the freedom, which the people enjoyed under his rule. The people also believe that during Onam, the King returns to Kerala to pay a visit to his people. Keralites all over the world celebrate this festival with pomp and gaiety.
2015 Malayalee Association of Victoria Onam festivity will start at 10am with Vadam Vali (Tug of war) and Thiruvathira competitions followed by traditional Onam Sadhya (12 pm) and Onam celebrations with Asisanet Cinemala and idea star singer team (2.30pm -6pm). Price distribution for Dr Raman Marar Memorial Soccer Tournament (2015) and recognition of winners for Kerala Premier League (KPL) will also be conducted with the celebration.
For Vadam vali competition the first prize winner will receive $501 and a goat and the second prize winner will receive $251 and banana and the registration fee is $100/-. For Thiruvathira competition the first prize winner will receive $251 and the second prize winner will receive $101/- and the registration fee is $50/-. MKS Spices and Asiatic Importers are the main sponsor for Tug of War competition. Malabar foods and JRT Grocery is the main sponsor for Thiruvathira competition.
To participate in the competitions please register via emailing email@example.com ; www.mavaustralia.com.au or by contacting Benny Kochumuttam (0405 046 292) and Sooraj Sunny(0433 181 347) for Vadam Vali competiton and for Thiruvathira competition contact Madanan Chellapan -(0430 245 919) and Praveen Sundarasan (0451 702 005)
A Souvenir will also be published in association with Onam celebration, if you would like to send stories, poems, articles to be published please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Thomas Jacob(0452 578 727).
Malayalee Association of Victoria president Mr Thomas Vathappally and secretary Mr Saji Mundakkan and the management committee cordially invites all of you to join us and celebrate Onam this year with us.For ticket booking, online booking is available on Malayalee Association of Victoria website www.mavaustralia.com.au or email@example.com and for booking and further details please contact Saji Mundakkan (0435 901 661) and Vinod Jose (0425 007 704). The ticket prizes are as follows;
Adult - $30 Child (5 to15 years) - $20 Less than 5 years free entry
Front few rows of seats are classified as Platinum pass - $100 and Gold Pass - $50.
In keeping with the theme of ‘world theatre’, the Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne presents FOUR/Hara Pangu, a medley of four short plays from four corners of the world translated, adapted and produced in Sinhala.
The four young directors have been with the group since its commencement eight years ago. We have herewith attached a short description about the young directors and the plays they are presenting.
“වහ” VAHA – Directed by Nimashini Pelpola Nimashini directs this Japanese Kyogen style play, translated into Sinhala by Dr. Ariya Rajakaruna. Nimashini holds a Management Degree specializing in Tourism from Deakin University. She is a keen photographer with her own photography studio “NishRoo”. An enthusiastic musician, Nimashini is well known for her organizing and management capabilities.
"මගුල් පරස්තාව" MAGUL PARASTHAWA– Directed by Wasundara Opanayake Magul Parasthawa Written by Anton Chekov’s and adapted to Sinhala by U E Gunasekara. Wasundara is currently reading for her Bachelor of Business Law at Monash University. A final year student, Wasundara has always been a keen enthusiast of drama and theatre.
"මරණ පරීක්ෂණය"MARANA PAREEKSHANAYA – Directed by Randula Walpola Marana Pareekshanaya has been adapted from Marco Luly’s Commedia Dell’ Arte style play titled ‘Dr. Arlecchino, or the Imaginary Autopsee” and is directed by Randula Walpola. Randula holds a Science Degree in Micro-Biology and Immunology from Monash University. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Science. Presently working as a research Assistant, Randula has been part a member of the group since its commencement eight years ago.
"අලි පැංචා" ALI PANCHA – Directed by Hasini Ilangarathne Bertold Brecht’s The Elephant Calf has been adapted by Kusumsiri Liyanaarachchi as Ali Pancha. It is directed for this current project by Hasini Illangaratne. Hasini is presently reading for her Bachelor of Pharmacy at Monash University. An excellent Kandyan dancer and singer, this is Hasini’s second theatre production presented by the Sri Lankan Theatre Group.
The Sydney Sri Lankan community gathered http://elanka.com.au/Ranaviru_Commemoration_Ceremony_in_Sydney-5b-118.htmlon Saturday 16 May at the Crestwood Girl Guides Hall in Baulkham Hills to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the end of the terrorism in Sri Lanka, and to pay homage and tribute to all those brave sons and daughters of Sri Lanka who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of others.
The function was organised by SPUR, NSW with the active support of many Sri Lanka community organisations in NSW. It was attended by the Actg Consul General Mr R. Ratnayake, ex- service personnel resident in Sydney, the President, Australian Federation of Sri Lankan Associations Mr Lal Dassanayake, The President of the of the Sri Lanka Association Dr Ruwan Walpola and Pastor Bernard Dissanayake of the All Nations Christian Congregation.
The function commenced with “Muthuhara Sydney” youth group singing the national anthems of Sri Lanka and Australia. The President SPUR, NSW Mr Pium Attanayake welcomed the gathering and conducted a minute of silence in memory of all servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in the three decades of war against separatist terrorism and also of civilian deaths of all ethnic groups.
Thereafter, the opening speech was given by Mr Malin Perera the President of SPUR Youth Group who said the service personnel sacrificed their lives to ensure that all citizens live without the scourge of terrorism hanging over their heads and to preserve the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. The valiant young men and women gave their lives in the final stages to save the lives of almost 300,000 civilians held hostage and as a human shield by the terrorist. He said we are eternally grateful for their sacrifices and spending an evening in commemoration was the least anyone could do. The keynote speech was given by Retired Lt Col Jayantha Weerasinghe who explained the outstanding effort made by local military craftsmen to produce equipment needed for the forces to face the terrorism and brave frontline soldiers. He also explained the pressure faced by servicemen to get back to their families in the few days of leave from duty. However, he said once the political and military leadership was given the environment changed and the forces became highly motivated and these youth were ready to see an end to the terrorist war at whatever sacrifices they had to make.
The Secretary of SPUR, NSW Mr Nimal Liyanage thereafter thanked for the support given by many over two decades to the work of The SPUR of NSW in assistance provided to the injured and disabled servicemen and effected civilians of all ethnic groups. He said that what we are commemorating today is a basic cultural and a religious act of gratitude so close to our own hearts that as a nation we need no fresh education in. It’s as ingrained in us almost a natural instinct, although some now consider spending time on these activities are unnecessary.
He stated that the SPUR continued providing assistance to the newly established rehabilitation hospital ‘Ranaviru Sevana’ in Ragama since the SPUR initiated the project in 1990s. He enumerated some of the funding assistance and projects carried out by the SPUR for the last two decades such as funding and installing the heat pump system for the hydro therapy pool, providing artificial limbs, building special need bathrooms and toilets and wells for the disabled, shipping many container loads of special need beds recovered from Australian hospitals, building community centres in ‘Ranaviru Villages’. SPUR, NSW also sponsored and funded the disabled ‘Ranaviruvo’ musical band for its tour of Australia and New Zealand in all major cities in 2006 and donated 2.5 million rupees from the proceeds to the new prosthetics limb workshop building at Ragama.
Nimal further said that the SPUR NSW continues to fund the educational scholarships for Ranaviru children and invited others also to sponsor scholarships. He also stressed that the disabled Ranaviru families suffer the pain of their injuries on a daily basis and the psychological trauma with their families. He encouraged all to contact and visits their homes whenever in Sri Lanka and spend time with them over a simple cup of tea warmly presented to your hands.
In concluding the meeting, Mr Lalith Attanayake, Vice President of SPUR, NSW delivered the Vote of Thanks to the distinguished guests who are present at the function, the audience for their dedication in regularly attending SPUR functions, the “Muthuhara Sydney” youth group who conducted the national Anthems of Sri Lanka and Australia, Kithsiri Senadeera for the media publicity and all those who contributed to food and refreshments. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Authorised by: Pium Attanayake (President, SPUR) 0423 023 462 Nimal Liyanage (Secretary, SPUR) 0419 436 707
Commonwealth Youth Forum An inspiring performance from the Commonwealth Youth Forum currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full praise to the persons who planned and choreographed this performance!