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  House Of The Rising Sun - Bahira

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 beats Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in 1st test
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 win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory
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
Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup
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 2015 which 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

 
  Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
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.
 
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Finance News from Sri Lanka - Gradient Alliance - April Issue 2015
         
In Economic News   In Business News   In Consumer News
         
   
         
Political uncertainty affects econ. and bus. env.: Chamber.   Tourists up 18.0% YoY in March, 157,051 visitors arrive.   Duty on potatoes and onions up, to safeguared domestic pdtn.
         
Opaque RTI causes concern, dilutes purpose.   Vehicle reg. up 147.1% YoY, 3-wheeler reg. reaches 12k.   April inflation rose just 0.1% YoY, flat MoM.
         
Private sector credit growth reach 2 yr high, +12.6% YoY   Business conf. drops to 152 in March, -8 pts MoM.   Trade deficit in Jan expands to USD 771.8m (+2.7% YoY).
         
Debt soars to pay state sector salaries,, as tax rev. is impacted.   Stock market closes at 7,179.00 in April, up 5.3% MoM   Consumer confidence drops to 85 in March, -2 pts MoM
         
         
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Proposals for further constitutional reforms

Proposals for further constitutional reforms

Communiqué issued by the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney
10th May 2015

With reference to the Constitutional reform program presently undertaken by the government, as specified in the 19th Amendment and the proposed 20th Amendments to the Constitution, the President and government have indicated
that further constitutional amendments to address the national question and advance reconciliation amongst all communities will be announced after the election due to be held shortly.

The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney (SLRF), whose objective is to advance reconciliation amongst communities of Sri Lankan origin in Sydney, and more widely in Australia, is of the view that a few key measures could be considered to address the national question and advance reconciliation in Sri Lanka, which in turn will have a significant positive impact on the same objectives here in Australia. These measures are being proposed in principle, as it is not the intention of this Forum to go into details of these proposals. This we feel is a task for the government and people living in Sri Lanka.
The following were identified as matters that the SLRF would like to submit to the SL government and other stakeholders.

1. Devolution of power - Appointment of a wider Constitutional Forum consisting of eminent persons, representing all sections of the community, to consider and formulate a long lasting solution to the national question utilizing, among others the following;
• The Draft Constitution proposals of (1995, 2000) developed by the late Dr Neelan Tiruchelvam and Professor G L Pieris during the Presidency of Chandrika Kumaratunga.
• The All Party Representatives Committee (APRC) Proposals for reform of the Constitution submitted by its Chairman Professor Tissa Vitharana in 2007 during the Presidency of Mahinda Rajapakse.
• The 13th Amendment to the 1978 constitution.

2. Second Chamber. Introduce further constitutional measures to ensure power sharing. In this context, in addition to devolving power to the provinces, a second chamber is proposed at the national level, as a House of review for all national legislation. It is also proposed that the second chamber be so constituted that it acts as a buffer against the majority community imposing its will on a minority group, through the use of superior numbers in parliament. Further, the chamber should have representatives from sections of the community that cannot be represented in parliament through the electoral system.

3. Bill of Rights and legislative safeguards. Further strengthen the current human rights provisions in the constitution by introducing a Bill of Rights, which guarantees every citizen’s basic human rights, the violation of which, whether by any other individual or entity or the State, will attract heavy punitive measures. In addition we recommend safeguards in the Constitution against legislation which allows discrimination based on ethnicity, religion and gender, in a manner similar to how it was addressed by the ‘Soulbury constitution’ of 1848. This should the prevent any legislation and administrative measure by the government which discriminates any section of society on grounds of ethnicity, religion, caste or gender under any circumstances, except in the case of having to prevent further discrimination by a particular religious cultural or ethnic group. It is also proposed that a Constitutional Court be set up as the final arbiter of constitutional issues and challenges arising from any violation of the Bill of Rights or anti- discrimination legislation.

4. Women and minorities in government. Similar to the proposal to introduce a minimum representation of women in the executive arms of the government including the national and provincial cabinets and outer ministries - a measure which has already been proposed by numerous individuals and organizations as a positive anti -discrimination measure to advance equal rights for women - introduce a measure to include a minimum representation of minorities including Tamils and Muslims.

Political Strand
Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydney
reconciliationforum@gmail.com
www.slreconsyd.org.au

 
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Gypsies in los angeles Aluth avurudha Engelbert Sharmini Mathew Good News From Jayam

Good News From Jayam

April 30, 2015

Happy Vesak

The Beautiful Vesak Lantern at the Sarathchandra Temple

in North Hollywood, Ca. last year.

Melbourne Australia /Serendib Awards



Alston Koch carried away the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' at a glittering award ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia recently. Among his achievements have been the No 2 Album for SONY RECORDS in Australia & the Pacific in 2013, been recognised by the Australian music body A.R.I.A as 'The Funk Master' by the ARIA Chartfacts team. Alston Koch was also admitted to the Grammy Academy in America meeting their stringent criteria and also received the G.O.D Awards 'World Artist Of The Year' at the United Nations. Gold & Platinum Awards as well since 1977 for both RCA and ARIA have Australia's major newpapers crowning him the King Of Disco and the biggest selling Australian magazine 'Woman's Day' calling his success 'The 'Good News' Chart Success of 2013'

Sidadiyen dura atha

Manik Pereira - Maritime Wake Up Call

Manik Pereira is the Chairman of Pership Group and Asha. He has witnessed the highs and lows that have buffeted the industry for decades, and notes that "the global shipping industry has also been volatile over the past few decades, while the European shipping lines, the Greeks and then the Far East lines held - and continue to hold - sway in global shipping." As an industry veteran, Pereira urgently calls for a long-term vision on the part of authorities: "We need to market the port aggressively abroad, and invite more shipping lines to enter the market with bigger and better incentives." "Our location is our best asset, and we should learn to exploit this to the fullest. Greater cooperation between the public and private shipping interests would also benefit the industry.

Sri Lanka's Open Air Zoo in Pinnawela

Two leopards are seen at the Pinnawala open-air zoo declared open recently by Sports and Tourism Minister Naveen Dissanayake. A large crowd visited the zoo after the opening. Local and foreign tourists will be admitted free-of-charge till April 30, 2015.

Fruits of Sri Lanka

Cadju Pulang. The cashew (cadju) tree is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew nut and the cashew apple. It can grow as high as 14 metres, but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 metres, has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.

President Presents Cargills Farmer Awards

President Maithripala Sirisena presents award to a farmer while Cargills
Chairman Louis Page looks on. The President awarded 18 vegetable and dairy farmers from across Sri Lanka the Cargills Saru Bima Farmer Citizens award at a ceremony held at the BMICH, Colombo recently. The occasion also saw over 200 students receiving scholarships towards higher education while 500 farmers received medical insurance policies during the ceremony.

Jayam's Choice

Marianne - The Brothers Four - Pls click on link

Roma's Recipes

RED VELVET CAKE WITH MASCAPORNE
AND CREAM CHEESE ICING

CAKE INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon fine grain Salt
2 teaspoons unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups Vegetable Oil
1 cup Buttermilk (at room temperature)
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
2 ozs.Red food coloring
1 tablespoon Vinegar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly oil and flour
3 (9x1 1/2 ') round cake pans.
2. In a large Bowl, sift together the Flour, Sugar,
Baking Soda, Salt and Cocoa powder.
3. In another large Bowl,whisk together the oil, Buttermilk,
Eggs, Food coloring, Vinegar and Vanilla.
4. Divide the smooth Batter equally into the three cake pans.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes or till the sides leave the sides
of the Pans. Test for doneness with a skewer in the center of the
Cake. Rotate cakes after 10 minutes in the oven. Do not overbake.
Remove pans from oven and let cool and then turn over onto wire
racks.

Mascaporne/Cream Cheese Icing.
Ingredients
1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted room temperature Butter
1 cup or 8 ozs Cream Cheese (at room temperaure)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of fine Salt
1 cup (8 ozs) Mascaporne Italian Cream Cheese.
(At Room Temperature) available at Grocery Stores.
Method
Whisk the Butter, Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar,
Vanilla and Salt. Add the Mascaporne and blend evenly.
Do not overbeat as it could curdle.

To assemble
Place one circle of cake on your Platter,spread about a
1/2' of icing evenly and place the second cake very
carefully on top and spread the second top with the
icing in the same way. Lastly, place the third cake and
spread icing around the entire Cake and the top.Sprinkle
chopped Pecans OR a Red Rose for MOM on her special
Day which is coming up.

Please email me with any questions or requests.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
romadezoysa1@gmail.com

Obituaries - Sad News


Sharmini Mathew
Passed away in Nuwara Eliya after a heart attack.
Wife of the late Srikantha Mathew, Mother of Sonali and Shanaka, Mother in Law of Maithri Gunaratne and Chulanthi Mathew. Grandmother of Charitha, Lochana, Migara and Kavinda. Sister of Rohan Abeysinghe, Anoma Fernando and Nihal Abeysinghe. Cremation was on April 18, 2015 at Kanatte. Sharmini was the most kind hearted person we have known. "It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa. Sharmini gave to orphanages and hospitals, always with love. She will surely attain Nibbana!

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MENDIS - NIMAL
Veteran Musician Nimal Mendis passed away. Renowned composer and musician well known lyricist and composer passed away April 17, 2015
Some of the his early western compositions sung by Mary Marshall , Cliff Foenander ,Sandra Edema, The Jay Brothers and the very popular instrumental "Kandyan Express"

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DR. ABDUL RASHID HANIFFA
(Formerly of Sulaiman's Nursing Home). Beloved husband of Everilde (nee Lye), loving father of Shano Cristilli, Anju Haniffa and Nina Schussman, father-in-law of Lali and Michael Cristilli, loving grandfather of Richelle, Stephanie, Kasandra and Tara, son of late Mr & Mrs P.T. Haniffa, brother of late Hashim, Faleel and Kaleel. Janaza took place on April 6, 2015 at Westminster Memorial, California

The Rukkaththana Flower of Sri Lanka

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The Hon Scott Morrison MP launched The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to Multicultural Communities

The Hon Scott Morrison MP launched

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal to Multicultural Communities

The Salvation Army launched its annual Red Shield Appeal to multicultural communities on 6th May 2015, with a national fundraising target of $74 million, which includes a $9.5 million target for the doorknock weekend. The Salvation Army is again looking to the Australian public and business community for support.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, Federal Member for Cook, Minister for Social Services launched this year’s event and was joined by Lt-Colonel Mark Campbell, Secretary for Business Administration, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

The multicultural launch is one of the key events of the annual Red Shield Appeal, culminating with the doorknock weekend which will take place this year on 30 – 31 May.

Joseph Assaf AM, pioneer of multicultural communications in Australia, Founder of Ethnic Business Awards and a long term supporter of The Salvation Army said, “The Salvos are always ready to support people regardless of their religious or cultural background. Therefore, we should all be ready to support the Salvation Army in its worthwhile cause and be ready to say ‘Thank God for the Salvos!’ ”

MultiConnexions is again proudly partnering with The Salvation Army as the sponsor of this year’s event.
CEO for MultiConnexions, Sheba Nandkeolyar, said, “Australia would not be complete without The Salvation Army. The support they show to disadvantaged Australians, including those from ethnic communities, is a real inspiration and I would encourage everyone to either volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock or to dig deep and donate.”

Lt-Colonel Mark Campbell, Secretary for Business Administration, says he is humbled by the support the Australian community show each year to Australians who are doing it tough, by volunteering their time and donating to the Red Shield Appeal.

“The funds raised through the Red Shield Appeal directly support the services which disadvantaged Australians rely upon each and every day,” Lt-Colonel Campbell said. “The Salvation Army exists to provide hope where it is needed most”.

Some of the services which The Salvation Army provide to multicultural Australia include homelessness support, women’s and children’s services, financial counseling through Moneycare, addiction and recovery services, legal assistance through Salvos Legal Humanitarian, learn to drive programs and many more.

To donate or volunteer for this year’s Red Shield Appeal doorknock weekend please call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58) or register online at salvos.org.au/volunteer.

Donations can also be made online at salvos.org.au, in person at any Westpac branch or by posting your cheque to PO Box 9888 in your capital city.

   
   
   
   
   
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News flash from the Sri Lanka RecNews flash from the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum Sydneyonciliation Forum Sydney

News flash from the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney

The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum, Sydney has taken the leadership to remember all those died during the long and bitter 30 year armed conflict in Sri Lanka that ended on the 19th of May 2009. The SLRF has informed that this is being done as a humanitarian gesture devoid of any political messages or undertones, and they have invited their members and well-wishers to join them in a solemn occasion planned for the 24th of May 2015. In their communiqué, the SLRF has invited those of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia and well-wishers to remember all those who died in the war in Sri Lanka, in a religious or civil ceremony during this period by observing two minute silence. They have also urged places of religious worship to make a special reference to those who died and invoke blessings on them during the normal religious programs conducted by the place of worship during this period and observe two minutes silence in remembering those who died

The invitation extended and the communiqué issued by the SLRF are quoted below.

On the 19th of May this year, six years would have passed since the end of the thirty-year civil war that caused the deaths of tens of thousands of lives in Sri Lanka.
Making peace takes more than the cessation of hostilities.
When combatants cease fighting, the war ends, but it is not necessarily the beginning of peace.
Creating peace is the responsibility of the people. It requires real change in the minds of everyone at every level of society. A collective memory must speak as one. People should face each other, acknowledge the truth in its entirety and recognize the common humanity in each other.
We believe in a just and lasting peace in Sri Lanka and in our diaspora communities, based on accountability, understanding, respect and our shared identity and kinship.
We should never forget that every human being killed in the war would have been a son, a daughter, a brother or a sister, a husband or a wife, a grandfather or a grandmother.
We humbly ask you to join us in honoring every human life lost during the civil war that cursed our country and ensure that none of whom we have lost are forgotten.
Please join us on the 24th of May from 3.30 to 6.00 PM in a solemn ceremony to remember all those who died in the thirty year conflict in Sri Lanka.
Venue: Howitt Flat (area 24), Lane Cove National Park, Lady Game Drive.
The communiqué issued by the SLRF to mark the occasion

The end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka: A day of remembrance for all those who died during the conflict

The 30 year armed conflict in Sri Lanka, which ended on the 19th of May 2009 means different things to different people.

Successive governments saw it as defending the sovereignty of the nation, protecting its territory and maintaining the unitary nature of the state. They saw the final brutal stages of the conflict as a necessary step in ending the three-decade long separatist war waged by a group of armed dissidents who lacked legitimacy.

While others saw it as a freedom struggle and an attempt to establish a separate state in the part of the country, which they believed was their traditional homeland. They saw the ruthless armed campaign against the state as a natural outcome arising out of the failure of all attempts to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement to the underlying political issue.

Moderate observers could see a level of truth in both these positions. However the recent history of Sri Lanka has shown that the use of violence - by the state or by liberation movements - has hardly led to anything constructive. Political violence hurt the very people on whose behalf it was waged, and only ended up worsening the situation and adding more layers to the original problem.

Violence kills people.

Regardless of whether person killed is called a terrorist, a hero, a combatant, or a civilian, it is a life lost, which cannot be retrieved. Each human being killed would have been a son or daughter, brother or sister, a husband or wife, a grandfather or a grand other. Someone, if not many, would have grieved at the death of each human being killed, during the three decades of war.

Now that the period of armed conflict is over and the nation is striving to unite and move towards peace and reconciliation, reconstruction and rebuilding, and a resumption of normal life as much as it is possible despite the grieving over loss of life, it is necessary for the nation to remember the dead, mourn and pay respects to each and every one who lost their lives as a result of the war:

We mourn all civilians killed, regardless of whether they got in a cross-fire, or they were deliberately targeted.

We mourn all combatants killed, regardless of which side they were on. We do this in a humanitarian frame of mind without attaching any labels to those killed, in an act of compassion to those who died and their loved ones who are grieving. We are not exonerating or judging anyone’s actions, but just recognizing the humanity in all.

We mourn all those who were killed in the line of duty; journalists, aid-workers, doctors, nurses, teachers, transport workers, public servants, priests and numerous others who heeded the call of duty even in the most extremely dangerous conditions.

In the spirit of reconciliation and with the hope that political issues henceforth will be resolved without recourse to violence, the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum invites those of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia and well-wishers to remember all those who died in the war in Sri Lanka, in a religious or civil ceremony during this period by observing two minute silence.

We also urge places of religious worship to make a special reference to those who died and invoke blessings on them during the normal religious programs conducted by the place of worship during this period and observe two minutes silence in remembering those who died.

 
 
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Musical Event

JUNE  - Saturday 6th,

More details to follow.

Contact: Dhanushka 0401 632 264, Darshi 0466 262 862

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From Jayam

 Date and Nut Cake with Cream Cheese and Mascaporne Icing

Ingredients for Cake
1/2 lb. Butter
1/2 lb. Flour with 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
(sifted three times)
1 lb. Sugar
6 Eggs
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Almond essence
1 lb. Dates (seedless) soaked overnight in a coffee
mug of dark tea with a good pinch of
Baking Soda.
Method
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
2. Butter and Flour Cake Pan to be used
3. Cream Butter and Sugar till light and creamy.
4. Add Eggs one at a time and continue beating
5. Add the essences
6. Fold in Flour till well incorporated in batter
7. Fold in drained and chopped dates
(Do not squeeze as they should be moist)
8. Fold in chopped nuts
9. Pour batter into prepared Pan
10. Place in Oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Test center of cake for doneness with a metal skewer
Place pan on a metal rack to cool completely.

Ingredients for Icing.
1 cup Butter (2 sticks) unsalted and at room temperature
1 cup Mascaporne (8 ozs.) also at room temperature
2 cups powdered (confectioner's sugar)
A pinch of Salt
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Almond essence
A splash of Dark Rum (Myer's) if available
OR
Some Brandy (This is optional)
1 cup slightly toasted chopped Cadjunuts
Method
1. Beat Butter, Cream Cheese and powdered Sugar
till light and creamy adding salt and essences
while beating.
2. Add the Mascaporne turning the speed of beater
very low and beat for a short time as it can curdle
if overbeaten
3. Sprinkle chopped, toasted Cadjunuts on top of icing
4. Spread on cool cake
The Mascaporne (Italian Cream Cheese) is available at
most grocery stores

email me with any questions or requests.
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Aaranchi - May 2015

SunFest 2015 - New Year Celebrations by Sydney Sri Lankans

Last Sunday the 19th of April, the most important cultural event of the Sri Lankans was celebrated in grand scale. Many Sri Lankan community organisations in NSW joined hands with The Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW (The SCF) to organise this grand event.

Sri Lanka Association, Sanka Ridma Dancing ensemble, North Parramatta Sinhala School, Blacktown Sinhala School, Minto Sinhala School, Peradeniya University Alumni Association of NSW, Jayawardenapura University Alumni Association of NSW and Old Girls Association of St Pauls contributed to this event. The Hills Shire Council and Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation also supported this event. More than 3000 people gathered to Castle Hill Showground to witness this memorable event.

The event was inaugurated with the singing of National anthems of Sri Lanka and Australia. Ms Shehara Wijayapala,the vice president of the ‘Tharuna’ youth group of the SCF welcomed the invitees and the audience, which was followed by lighting of the traditional oil lamp.

Sydney’s Sri Lankan community had the very rare opportunity of seeing a ‘Kamatha’ in Australia on that day. It was the product of the remarkable work of Somaratne Uvage and Nihal Rupasinghe.

The Writer’s Guild of the SCF headed by Dr Cicil Fonseka helped in performing traditional cultural rituals that have been protected and passed through many generations. President of the SCF Mr. Indu Premathileka addressed the audience outlining the importance of protecting our unique identity through honouring our proud heritage,followed by serving of traditional Sinhalese New Year Festival food to the attendees.

All the fun-filled activities started after such formalities. Kids were seen having a fun-day taking part in many traditional New Year games. As winners and some participants received presents delighted faces could be seen all around the play ground. These New Year games-of-fun have been organised by the collaborative of Minto,
Blacktown and North Parramatta Sinhala Schools with the assistance of Mr. Roshan Siriniwasa, the Vice President (Education) of the SCF. Adults games were co-ordinated by Shantha Wanigathunga.

Although the melodious call from Asian Koel (Koha) and sound of crackers were missing, all hearts of the Sri Lankans in there were taken back to our motherland, Sri Lanka by the sound of Raban keenly organised by Minto Sinhala School and Sanka Ridma dancing ensemble.

This year more food and variety stalls could be seen around the ground. The SBS Radio that help promote ethnic languages in Australia engaged with the crowd through their own stall. There was also a book stall for the benefit of book-lovers in Sydney.

Mr. Indu Premathilaka and Ms Shaheara Wijayapala shined as the Masters of Ceremony during the evening cultural show. The show kicked-off with a ‘Fancy dress parade’ where children dressed as various characters seen in Sri Lanka and were making cute and funny speeches, sinking the audience in laughter.

This was followed by the presentation of the April issue of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine of the SCF. Mr. Manjula Wettasinghe, Ex Vice President (Media) of the SCF gave a brief description of the 25 year history of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine. He invited the current Vice President (Media) Mrs. Malee Dissanayake and the Editor of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine to ceremonially present the first three copies of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine to Mr. Indu Premathilake (President of the SCF), Mr. Nimal Ratnayake, a past president of the SCF and Mrs. Chandrani Buddhipala (Marketing Manager), as a gesture of gratitude for their ongoing support for the publishing of the ‘Sinhala’ magazine.

The spectacular cultural show organised by the SCF Cultural Sub-committee headed by Mr. Upul Padukkavidana started to flow from there. Sydney’s popular Sri Lankan Singers and dancers showcased their tremendous talents to the appreciation of the audience.

Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Shehara.

The SCF media team would like to thank SBS Radio, Ozlanka, ‘Pahana’ and ‘Sannasa’ newspapers, Vidura media, Derana TV, iRadioCeylon, RCBTV, NPSS and Blacktown Sinhala School web sites and Lanka Cube for providing media sponsorship for the event and to Senura Jayasekara who did videography for Sri Lanka Rupavahini Co-operation.
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