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Visakhians of NSW Welcome Spring with a Rhapsody of Colour By Sharmila J Niriella – Photos by Thanuja Wijesekara of Eye & the Beauty Photography

It was indeed a glorious night when Visakhians, their families and friends gathered together for a night of fun, laughter, dancing and a whole lot of catching up.

The family night aptly named “”Spring Time Rhapsody” to welcome the season was organized by the newly registered association: Visakhians of NSW.

Undoubtedly the hues of spring colours chosen to adorn the Cherrybrook community Centre pumped up the party vibe of the night.

Neil, DJ extraordinaire, spun a variety of popular music to keep the guests gyrating on the dance floor through the night permitting them to break away  only to savour the delicacies served by Golden Lion Caterers.

The MC of the night Dasni kept the crowd engaged and entertained while Thanuja of Eye & the Beauty Photography captured special moments of the night.

Spring Time Rhapsody, the night dedicated for families turned out to be a beautiful night of prizes, surprises, delicious food and mystifying sounds.

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Little Heroes of Randeniya – Photos from Book Launch –
Photos by Pubudu Dissanayake

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Book Launch of Little Heroes of Randeniya, an adenture novella by Mrs.Thalatha Wijerathna was held on September 8th, at Metro Inn – Ryde, NSW.

Guests: Dr. Leonard Pinto (guest speaker), Dr Gnanatilaka Hewa-Gamage (The President Writers Guild of the SCF), Mr. Bhupen Thakker (Indian poet and writer living in Sydney).

Photographer: Pubudu Dissanayake

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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa – Story and pics: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

 

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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

The Walawwa “The Bungalow” Restaurant and Bar at Sandown Regency, 477 Princes Highway, Noble Park, is seeing a resurgence in popularity under the capable management of Walter Perumal and his team. Walter is a patient listener when it comes to discussing  potential clients’ complex needs and nothing is too much trouble in his attempts to accommodate and cater for events to suit the customer. Team members Chef Saman and Food and Beverages Manager, Suranga, will make sure your appetite is satisfied and your thirst is quenched. 

Friday to Sunday are busiest for private functions at the Walawwa, but Manager Walter has created a special theme night for walk-in guests, so Sri Lankan food lovers can kick off their weekends earlier – on Thursdays – and eat out at the Walawwa, and for that he promises you a  Street Food Night when the Walawwa dedicates its catering to Sri Lankan village cuisine, the only one of its kind in Melbourne. 

On the deguatation menu you will find mouth-watering Sri Lankan fare. Main meals include hoppers, pittu and babath (tripe), kothu roti, egg roti, pol (coconut) roti, parathas and stringhoppers, served with the usual complementary accompaniments and your choice of curries of either chicken, beef, pork, mutton (goat) and fish – all for the very affordable price of $15 and under. Desserts like wattalappan and creme caramel will cool you down after your hot and spicy dinner. You can BYO wine, but spirits and soft drinks can be purchased at reasonable bar prices.

 

Although Thursday night caters for walk-in diners, bookings are recommended from the full house I encountered on my recent visit. It appears Street Food Night is gaining popularity from reviews about the delicious food at affordable prices and ample servings to be had.  Friendly staff and efficient service add to a pleasant dining experience, and speculative diners are now trying out this Noble Park restaurant, joining regulars to check out what makes Thursday nights at the Walawwa so popular.

 

So unplug yourself from the day-to-day work routine, leave your late night shopping for Fridays and go and tantalise your tastebuds with family and friends on Thursdays at the Walawwa. Join the Sri Lankan food lovers set at either the first sitting from 7.00-8.30 pm or the second from 8.30-10.00 pm. Call 9548 2798 for more information or to make a booking.

 

Restaurant and function centre

The Walawwa is the place for tasty eastern/western food at reasonable prices. Great ambience and venue for celebratory occasions and dances, and offers two function rooms.  The downstairs room can seat 130 people and the venue can be configured and decorated to fit the occasion, serving both buffet and a la carte. You can pick from a variety of live music options. It is open from 10am-10pm. 

 

For your next function, consider the Walawwa and call 0424 299 226 and discuss your needs with Walter.

 

Other services offered by the Walawwa are:

Friday nights buffet with live music, $25 pp, 7.30 pm-10 pm

Weekends lunch buffet $18 pp 12 noon-4 pm

Cafe opens week days for lunch until 4 pm – choose from tasty snacks to mini buffet to village fare (game kema) for $10-12 pp.

 

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Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance – Concert 2018 – Photos thanks to RoyGrafix

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance presented its fourth annual dance showcase on the 28th of July 2018. Director of Abirami Natya Shestra, Mrs Meera Joy, orchestrated an incredible night of performances at Werrington Corr Community Hall in Sydney.

Enthusiastic audience members at the event showed their support and enjoyed every performance.  

Director Mrs Meera Joy inaugurated the event alongside Mr Vishal Prajapati, Father Mathew and Penrith’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tricia Hitchen by the lighting of the lamp ceremony.

Abirami Natya Shestra’s program announcer for the evening was Chinnu Jose who did a brilliant job introducing every performer. The evening celebrated classic Bharatanatyam, Semi-classical and Indian fusion dances.

The night of outstanding performances began with Domina Augustine’s Pushpanjali followed by the Oriental Examination Board London (OEBL) presentation ceremony. Students of Abirami Natya Shestra were recognised for passing their OEBL level 1 and were given medals.  Later on in the evening Glorian Muralitharan gave a vote of thanks to all attendees and chief guests.
The following students of Abirami Natya Shestra delivered incredible performances: Emey Sara Ginu, Joanna Jins, Snigdha Nishani, Isabella George, Angel Sara Ginu, Yugalsri Nadamuri, Geosera Muralitharan, Domina Augustine, Neelima Menakath, Snikitha Nishani, Monica Maria Paramundayil, Sudeepthi Kanta, Sanya Shina, Airen Jeremih Roy, Rhys Zac Joseph, Misha Jithin, Aleena Alex, Ann Mary Thomas, Annet Sijo, Smitha Dickson, Hema Rinto, Irine jins, Jaimy Jose, Katya McLearie, Kavitha Sheen, Maegan Mathews, Naiji Thomas, Olivia Chandy and Sheeja Shine.

Students of Jeeva Elyathamby also performed during the evening.

Abirami Natya Shestra School of Dance held an award ceremony at the end of the evening in recognition of all students. Every participant received a certificate and trophy recognising their dedication and hard work.

All great movements colourfully captured by Roy Gunaratne of RoyGrafix.

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Sri Lankan bridal designer launches Indian collection – Story: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne, Photos: courtesy of Savishaus

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Sav Jainudeen chose India Day celebrations at the Mint-O-Mustard Indian Restaurant, Docklands, on 17 August, to launch a preview of her Indian collection, ahead of her full showing at the Brides of Asia Melbourne show on 18 August.

Amidst the riot of colour and array of the costumes worn by guests, this Sri Lankan designer captured the essence of Indian couture with her runway designs, which stood out with the Savish hallmark of beauty and elegance. 

A spokesperson for Festivals of South Asia Inc, organisers of the Brides of Asia, Melbourne show, said they couldn’t wait to unleash some of the masterpiece sarees and bridal flower pieces by favourite Sri Lankan Bridal Designer, savishaus.

Petite and pretty, Sav is fast gaining a reputation as the darling of Sri Lankan bridal couture, with invitations from many South Asian bridal show organisers to preview her collections at their events. 

Savish’s latest launch was in Perth, Western Australia, adding to her expansion in Colombo, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and New Zealand.

Also celebrating India’s 72nd Independence Day were special guest speakers Matthew Guy MP, Leader of the Victorian State Opposition and Inga Peulich MP, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs, who encouraged guests, who are migrants like themselves, to take up positions in the community to help shape Australia. 

Dilki Perera, President of the Australia-Sri Lanka Business Council was also there to support designer daughter, Sav, and to announce her initiative, the Miss Australia-Sri Lanka Pageant, which will again take place on 16 September this year, and to invite potential participants to take advantage of this platform of opportunity and training.

Savish is able to produce and supply all your Sri Lankan wedding needs, from traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan wedding sarees and groom’s national and Nilame outfits, to a draping service, hire of traditional jewellery, hair and make-up and flower bouquets. Savish also welcomes and caters for South Asian customers. 

For more information and to enquire about the on-trend services Savish can provide for your traditional nuptials, visit her Facebook page facebook.com/savishaus/ where your enquiries will typically be responded to within the hour.

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Photos from Catalina Country Club, Koggala, Sri Lanka: Information Morning – Sydney – 19th August 2018

Click here or on the Photos below to view the full set of photos from the Catalina Country Club, Koggala, Sri Lanka: Information Morning held at the Killara Golf Club in Sydney on 19th August 2018 – Presented by Jeevan William.

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