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eLanka Newsletter – 16th January 2022 – 5th Edition – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter VALE’, DESMOND De SILVA – by Des Kelly Desmond De Silva – Keeping his memory alive the way he wanted us to! – By his wife Phyllis De Silva “GOLDEN GLORIES” – by Des Kelly Desmond De Silva….a rare gem of Sri Lanka music plucked away to another galaxy – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE A tribute to Desmond De Silva – යන්න ඔබ ගියා ඉන්න හඬ තියා ලස්සන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ – cover by Yellow Beatz Music POPULAR ENTERTAINER DESMOND DE SILVA NO MORE! (13 JULY 1944 – 09 JAN. 2022) – Iconic entertainer bids farewell – by Upali Obeyesekere Milroy. R. Martyn J.P and Jacinta Ratnayake Celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on the 31st of Dec 2021 Match Highlights – Sri Lanka ...

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You are invited, to join us for an evening of friendship, tea, food, and an entertaining talk…. CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE CHAPTER At our next meeting Prof Anoma Pieris will present an illustrated talk on “Mrs. B, BMICH and the Non-Aligned Summit Architecture” The fifth Non-Aligned Movement summit in Colombo hosted by Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s 1970-77 government was a spectacular international event, unlike any other held previously in the city, not for its pomp and ceremony, but for its anti-imperialist politics, its call for nuclear disarmament and, above all, its delegates, leaders of newly decolonised nations seeking ‘Third World Solidarity’. Indira Gandhi, Anwar Sadat, Muammar Gaddafi, Cardinal Marcos, and others, glided by in two-toned maroon-and-cream Holden Statesman sedans, and Josip Broz Tito in his six-door Mercedes Benz limousine, cheered on by waiting crowds. Dignitaries were accommodated in American-designed multinational hotels completed during the 1970s, and the host venue for the ...

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The Pathans (better known as Afghans or Bhai’s) of Slave Island By Noor Rahim The Pathans who originated from the regions of Afghanistan; Eastern Iran & Western India were Sunni Muslims. They were better known as Afghans or Bhai’s in Sri Lanka. They were first known to have arrived in the Eastern Province of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) at Batticoloa, in the 1880’s, totalling around 1000 and quickly spread around the country. They were predominantly men; seeking employment; and had left families in their homeland. Once settled in their new domicile; an extremely few are known to have got married to local Moor or Malay women. Though they were by trade, horse keepers, traders, and textile merchants; they were well renowned as Money Lenders & a few as textile vendors that went door to door touting their wares. The last census done in the early 1921 had them around 550 in ...

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Annual Kelani Duruthu Perahera today Source:island.lk The Annual Kelaniya Duruthu Perahera at the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara will be held today (16). A press release issued by the Kelani Rajamaha Viharastha Sanwardhana Sabha said that the historic Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera had its origins in the year 1927, due largely to the efforts of that great Philanthropist Don Walter Wijewardene, son of Helana Wijewardene Lamathani of Sedawatte. The release signed by Chief Basnayake Nilame of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya said: “This Religious Cultural pageant has evolved over the years to become the country’s most elaborate and grandest low country pageant in its category. Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya is the most sacred temple in the Western Province of Sri Lanka since the Buddha’s sojourn here during his third historic visit to Sri Lanka. It celebrates this event annually in the ‘Duruthu Poya’ during January by conducting a historic, traditional and cultural ...

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Spiritual edifice of sylvan charm- by Mahil Wijesinghe The 36-ft long rock hewn reclining Buddha statue of Buduruwayaya Source:Sundayobserver Almost a metaphor for our heritage – cultural wonders destroyed by a greedy humanity and lost to history, an ancient stone sculpture of the Buddha reclines in a jungle glade in the depths of Sri Lanka’s remaining wilderness. This is Buduruwayaya. About an hour’s drive along the Polonnaruwa-Dambulla highway, we turned left from Giritale junction taking the Giritale-Bakamuna secondary road which winds through the Minneriya-Giritale Natural Forest Reserve with the Elahera Oya winding its way parallel to the road on our right. This 20 km stretch of road is sheltered by massive trees on either side. Passing Diyabeduma, we soon reached Bakamuna. ...

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A distinct character in the world of art-BY NIROSHA RAJAPAKSE  Source:Sundayobserver Chathuranga Gamage is invariably an artist by virtue. Art is undoubtedly at the core of his life and his art exhibition titled “Landescape” held from January, 14 to 16 at the Lionel Wendt is the manifestation of his tremendous artistic skills. Chathuranga understands that painting is an ancient medium. It still remains as a persistent mode of expression even amidst the influence, posed by the introduction of photography, film and digital technology. Chathuranga is an incredible artist who is motivated by his passion for art, rather than by external rewards. Any vivid and close observer of his paintings would understand that he has got the courage to pursue his artistic passion and dreams while fearlessly being prepared to take up with calculated risks. ...

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Sri Lankan products and tourism booth draws interest at Dashihui Summit Forum Source:Island The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou promoted Sri Lankan food products, tea, handicrafts and tourism during the Dashihui Summit Forum of International Business Cooperation and Public Welfare, an event inaugurated in 2021, for promoting trade, academic exchanges and for charity purposes. Senior officials of the business community, charities and medical professionals attended and participated at the forum. The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in cooperation with Guangzhou Sri Road Connection Trade Company Ltd, was able to showcase Sri Lanka, amongst the other Consulates of India, Mexico, Iran, Morocco and local and international business entities, enticing the elite participants of the forum to visit the booths. Many visitors were attracted to the Sri Lanka stall, purchased its products and exchanged contact information, giving opportunities to reap potential high-end buyers for Sri Lankan products. The visitors also ...

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Seven former Sri Lankan stars to play for Asia team-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Seven former star Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga have been drawn in to the Asia team for the Legends Cricket League 2022, which is set to begin from January 20th at the Oman Cricket Stadium.In addition some legendary names will confirm their participation in the tournament which is going to be keen tussle. All seven players were involved the first tournament held last year . Two Pakistan star players paceman Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Shahid Afridi also among the Asian team with Sri Lanka players. However, the tournament will not see Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was a major attraction in the first edition of the tournament held in Ranchi last year. Even though the tournament promo included the name of Tendulkar, the master ...

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