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Photos from the Ceylon Society of Australia – Quarterly Meeting with Guest Speaker Dr Raja C.Bandaranayake

Photos from the Ceylon Society of Australia – Quarterly Meeting held on Sunday 23rd February 2020 at the Pennant HIlls Community Centre with Guest Speaker Dr Raja C.Bandaranayake

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Photos from the 72nd National Independence Day (Sri Lanka) Celebration in Sydney

Photos thanks to FoxDeanPictures

The event was organised by the Consulate General of The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka – Sydney, Australia 72nd

The National Independence Day in Sri Lanka was celebrated in Sydney with invited local guests at the “Great Hall”, University of Sydney, Camperdown. The chief guest was the Governor of NSW, Hon. Margaret Beazley. It was a splendid evening with speeches, traditional dances and other events. Over 400 Sri Lankans and invited guests had a splendid cultural evening with speeches, dances, and other traditional events.

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Gladstone Park, Hume Sri Lanka Senior Association, two day trip to Mt. Gambia

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The above trip was organized by Hume Sri Lanka Senior Association Gladstone Park. We 54 Sri Lankans started from Gladstone Park Shopping center at about 7.15am on 8th February 2020. On our way, we had to stop for tea & lunch. We had lunch on a park, we all shared our lunch with each other.

We had booked two roomed small houses for all of us. The Senior Citizen Association of Mt. Gambier had organized us dinner for us and we had some singsong and dancing prior to our dinner.

The next day morning 9th February 2020, the Senior Citizen Association of Mt. Gambier gave breakfast. They went out of their way to serve us and we appreciate their hospitality and we made friends with us.

Early in the morning some of our team members’ prepared rice and curry for lunch. After breakfast we started our journey back. On our way we went to see a famous “Tantanoola Caves”, “Blue Lake” “Herbert Vineyard” and Cave Garden etc

Later we reached Gladstone Park at about 9pm that evening. We all enjoyed our trip.




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Cricket: Sri Lanka’s women’s squad in Melbourne

Sri Lanka’s women’s squad arrived in Melbourne ahead of their important assignment in Australia at the upcoming World Cup. 

The team led by superstar Chamari Atapattu appeared ready to make an impression after important lessons learned from their earlier tour here where they were comprehensively beaten by world number one Australia who are outright favourites to go back-to-back at home.

The felicitation to the cricketers at the Grand on Princes in Melbourne organized by Malik Zaveer, Sri Lanka’s Australian representative, was a huge success with a crowd of nearly 300 enjoying a lavish dinner and  super music by top Melbourne dance band Redemption.

The cricketers surprised their fans when  they showcased their other talent, on the dance floor, and their energy was electrifying as Redemption fed them with non-stop Bailas at a very entertaining night.

Pics. By Bryan Perera and Trevine Rodrigo. 

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Hearts Aflame – Sydney Sri Lankan communities’ Bush fire Fund Raising Event

Photos by Chameera Jayasekera of CJPhotgraphy (cjphoto.com.au)

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Hearts Aflame – Sydney Sri Lankan communities’ Bush fire Fund Raising Event

The bushfire emergency in NSW and other States and Territories in Australia is an unprecedented national disaster. Sri Lankan communities living in Sydney including Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim, Malay, Bhurger and other community groups including Professionals, Business owners, University Alumni, School Past Pupils Associations and Community Groups have graciously united to raise much needed funds for NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS). 

A formal Dinner Gathering “HEARTS AFLAME” was successfully presented at The Croatian Club Function Hall, Punchbowl on Saturday the 1 February 2020. The organising committee led by Saliya Tennakoon was comprised of 18 members representing Sri Lankan community groups in association with the staff of Sri Lanka Consulate General Office in Sydney.

The event was graced by the Chief Guest Shadow Cabinet secretary, Member of the Legislative council Hon. Peter Primrose accompanied by Mrs Jan Primrose, representing the Leader of the opposition Jodie McKay. Other VIP’s included Sri Lankan Consul General in Sydney Mr Nimal Bandara, Consul Commercial Mr Abdul Raheem and Consul Mrs. Pushpa Guruge and the Leaders of the community groups. Mr Russel Arnold was present at the event as a guest of honour. 

The event commenced with a spectacular traditional dance performance by Maathra dance studio in Sydney. 

  Master of the ceremonies Mr. Duke Ramachandrawelcome all the guests and mentioned the community gathered around with passion and Love to support this nation most of us call our home. Duke made a heartfelt tribute to all the victims of Bushfire and their families and mentioned it was hard to comprehend the scale of this crisis. Duke pointed out Hearts Aflame has laid a foundation to support the Fire Fighters. 

Special messages sent by Leader of the opposition Jodi McKay and Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons of Rural Fire services were read out by the Secretary Madhu Arampatta. 

Mr Jagath Bandara from Sydney Api made the welcome speech and pointed out we have an unconditional duty to support Australia where we have gained so much and chose to be our second home.

Chief guest Hon. Peter Primrose addressed the crowd and commended their support towards Bushfire Emergency.  Mr Primrose mentioned Sri Lankan community should be proud what they have done so far and what will be done in the future too. He specifically commended the small businesses who has supported the cause and his involvement in rebuilding the affected areas with his political associates.

The Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW supported the cause by donating all proceeds of their recent Lunch packet project. President, Upul Padukka Vidana handed in a cheque for $10,300 drawn in favour of The Rural Fire Service, to Sri Lanka consul general Mr Nimal Bandara. A collection of $3000 by initiated by Nishantha Jayakody has already being handed over to RFS. 

One of the highlights of the night was  interviewing volunteer fire Fighter Kanchana Fernando  by the MC. Kanchana mentioned the reason he joined in as a volunteer fire fighter to the RFS was he simply felt he has to give something back to the community he was living in. He also mentioned they fight the Bushfires as an united front, and that is exactly what he sees in Hearts Aflame community gathering.

The guests have enjoyed the relaxed environment with the understanding they are part of one of the most gracious events in Sydney on the night. 

Guests indulged in a scrumptious traditional Sri Lankan buffet dinner by Blue Elephant caterers owned by Mr. Siva Kumaran.

Highlight of the night has been Auctioning of Cricket Bat Autographed by Legendary Sir Don Bradman donated by our Platinum sponsor Mr Harry Solomons of Kingsgrove Sports.MC for the night Duke Ramachandran proved his amazing auctioneering skills by starting the Auction at $2000, and passionately driving  throughout the process, engaging the enthusiastic crowd who could not resist the excitement and showed their generosity by splashing in bids from all around the hall. Dr Harrold’s determination was clear right from the start that he would be taking this masterpiece home to his collection of exclusive memorabilia and won the bid at $6500. 

A silent Auction took place at the venue for the kings of the court Autograph photo memorabilia donated by Mr.Siva Kumaran of Blue Elephant which scored $1000 for this great cause. 

The entertainment commenced with a joyous live musical rendition by the Band Mystery. The crowd danced away to the music while guest performer Mr Desmond de Silva entertained the crowd with vibrant Baila rendition engaging the enthusiastic crowd. Sound, Vision and Lighting services provided by  and Event 360 has glorified the venue with  vibrance in colour llighting  and surroundings.DJ Shankaster covered the entertainment session during short breaks by the band Mystery. 

We extend our gratitude to our sponsors,

  • Platinum Partner Mr Harry Solomons of Kingsgrove Sports for Donating exclusive Don Bradman memorabilia 
  • Event 360 Pty Ltd-Sound Light and Vision partner of the event
  • Sydney Api for being the Leading supporter of the event
  • Music Partner Live Band Mystery travelled all the way from Melbourne to show their support by performing for the event free of charge.
  • Dr Harold Gunatillake for the video coverage of the Event by courtesy
  • Mr Duke Ramachandran our MC for the night
  • Mr Desmond de Silva for the guest performance
  • Mr Siva Kumaran and Blue Elephant Caterers for donating the kings of the court photo/Autograph memorabilia 
  • Chameera Jayasekara of CJ Photography for the spectacular images of the event
  • 4C Restaurant Blacktown for opening their restaurant for all our committee meetings and sponsoring hot beverages for the committee members
  • Maathra dance studio
  • Digital Copy Centre the printing partner
  • Auscar Sales for the advertisement
  • Sri Lankan Australian Malay Association
  • The Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW
  • Ananda College OBA NSW 
  • Wesley college OBU
  • Devi Balika PPA NSW & ACT
  • Mahanama College OBA of NSW who has presented a Chocolate hamper for the Door Prize
  • IESL NSW Chapter
  • Universal Mediaco
  • Kukula’s

The event has been an overwhelming success raising close upon $15,200.00 for the RFS. The Partnering organisation The Sinhalese Cultural Forum of NSW who has donated all their proceeds of Lunch packet project $10,300 and a further collection by Nishantha Jayakody $3000 boosted up the total to $28,500.00 for the night. All the proceeds will be donated to the RFS shortly at a special ceremony at the Commissioner’s office. We thank all our guests for all their generous support for the success of the event.  

Written by Madhu Arampatta

This event event held on 1st February 2020

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Chinmaya Mission’s “Melodies of the Monsoon” fundraiser event a resounding success!

“After drinking the rain from the ocean, The skies gave birth to the nectar-like rain”

– Valmiki Ramayana (Aranya Kanda)

On February 1st, 2020 over 100 spiritual seekers and music-lovers congregated in Chinmaya Mission Sydney’s local Ashram in Castle Hill to elevate themselves in the spirit of oneness, and raise operating funds for Chinmaya Mission’s upcoming No Shoes 2020 Campaign, which will raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). There is currently no known cure for MS, and all funds raised will go towards MS Australia to provide funds for research, raise awareness about MS and work with families and individuals who need assistance.

Melodies of the Monsoon was an exploration of the different facets of rain. Rain showers down throughout the world in various forms and with varied intensity. Different languages, cultures, saints/poets and compositions celebrate the rain in diverse ways, each with their own subtle meanings to lift our minds to the real spirit of oneness-

Whether the rain is expressed as a simple rain drop, a rivulet, a stream, or the mighty ocean itself… All of the expressions of rain are dependent on water (the source of life).

Abhinav Rajkumar (Creative Director) envisaged Melodies of the Monsoon as ‘more than just a music concert focusing on the singers and musicians’. It was conceived as an immersive and thought-provoking evocative experience, with the different themes each conveying different aspects of rain. There was a great depth of literature explored and the renditions of compositions from a wide range of Saints and poets were well-received by the attentive audience. Although there were many different compositions in a range of languages including Sanskrit, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati and Braj Basha, etc. every single piece was beautifully explained in English, with an accompanying visual presentation backing the singers.

The beauty of such a deep exploration of rain was that the subtle differences in the various compositions could be juxtaposed and contemplated upon. For example, one of the themes explored was Rain as the Divine Mother. This section began with the Shakambhari Strotra from Devi Bhagavatam, extolling the virtues of the Divine Mother “Seeing the distress of the people, She was pained and showered tears from her eyes Those tears satisfied all the people and the plants”.

This was reinforced by the following compositions- Thiruvembaavai (sung in Tamil), Saraseeruha Nayane (sung in Telugu) and a Bengali Kirtan composed by Kazi Nazrul Islam exploring the compassion and caring nature of the Divine Mother.

This was deftly contrasted by some of the latter themes especially Rain in the Vedanta Shastras where the very deep concepts of oneness and unity were explored in great depth, where many of the Upanishads including the Katha Upanishad were referenced, “Just as air, after it has entered the world, though one assumes different forms according to the shape it enters, so the internal atman (Self) of all living beings, though one, assumes forms, according to each shape it enters, and (In itself, it exists) beyond them (also).”

The purpose of the event was to raise operating funds and awareness about the No Shoes 2020 Campaign, but also to inspire the audience through the various compositions and composers that were highlighted. In both of these aims, it has been a resounding success.

No Shoes 2020 will be held on 8th March from 4PM – 6.30PM at Castle Hill Showground, and it is not too late to register to support this great cause. You can register as a participant for free at: https://www.doitforms.org.au/event/noshoes2020

Event Details: A barefoot walk, raising funds for MS Australia to assist those affected by MS.

Event Date/Time: 8th March 2020, 4PM – 6.30PM

Event Location: Castle Hill Showground

Registration: https://www.doitforms.org.au/event/noshoes2020

Media contacts:

Ravi Ramjas 0432 995 184

Swami Shrikananda 0416 462 149

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Annual Golf tournament in memory of Julius Ferdinands 

An annual Golf tournament in memory of Julius Ferdinands who passed away in Melbourne in 2018 was held at the Waverley Golf course recently.  The event was put together by Julius’s wife Romaine together with Philip Morris, Mohan Liyanage.and brother Anton Ferdinands.  

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Dr Harold Gunatillake’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (Sydney)

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We at the eLanka team wish our eHealth writer Dr Harold Gunatillake a very Happy 90th Birthday, and thank you for all your support and contributions to eLanka!

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Bringing in 2020 at the Grand on Cathies in Wantirna – Photos thanks to SNNI Australia & Trevine Rodrigo

Bringing in 2020 at the Grand on Cathies in Wantirna.  Fantastic night of music and entertainment and fabulous cuisine by Silverline Catering.

 Replay 6, No Limit and Midnight Mist provided nonstop music through the night.

 

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