SCHOOL CRICKET IN SRILANKA – By Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam First school to start playing cricket in Sri Lanka was St. Thomas’ College in 1864, which was first at Mutwal, and later shifted to Mt. Lavinia, followed by Royal College in 1878, which was then at San Sebastian, and later moved to its present location. They were followed by Richmond College Galle in 1887, Ananda College Colombo in 1892, Trinity College Kandy, Wesley College Colombo, Kingswood College Kandy and Dharmarajah College Kandy in 1893, St. Benedict’s College Colombo in 1895, St. Joseph’s College Colombo in 1896, Prince of Wales College Moratuwa in 1897, St. Anthony’s College Kandy, St. Thomas’ College Matara and St. Servatius’ College Matara in 1899, Central College Jaffna in 1901, Mahinda College Galle in 1902, St. John’s College Jaffna in 1904, Nalanda College Colombo in 1924, St. Peter’s College Colombo in 1933. Since then several other schools had ...

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SURAJ MAPA REPUTED ACTOR CUM DANCER OVER TWO DECADES IN AN EFFERVESCENT JOURNEY IN FAME – by Sunil Thenabadu Photo Source:watchlanka.com The characteristics needed to be a successful actor is to possess a stupendous acting talent together with a robust personality is absolutely essential for the trade. However, this talent has to be tagged with other qualities like coordinated movements, a well-modulated voice, passion, a propensity for dancing with a good sense of rhythm. Suraj Mapa is such an actor ,further  possesses the ability to perform diverse roles with varied sets of emotions without flaw. Suraj possesses all these qualities along with self-confidence and optimistic thinking, hence he has remained upright deciding to choose the appropriate career.As a dancer Suraj possesses the needed stamina alongside patience and perseverance withstanding hectic schedules having a good height healthy complexion also been photogenic.   Suraj Mapa was born on 2nd January 1980, in Kandy  as Mapa Mudiyanselage Suraj Laksiri   ,is the renowned  actor in teledramas and films as well as ...

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Hallelujah Chorus – from Messiah by G F Handel – 200 Voice Combined Choirs 6 Choirs with near 200 voices come together in this video to sing one of the most popular pieces of music ever, written by George Frederick Handel, which resonates with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which we celebrate on Easter Sunday. OKTAVE, Friends Collective, The Cathedral Choir, St. Mary’s Choral Group, the choir of Ladies College, Colombo and the choir of Trinity College, Kandy make up the mass choir singing in harmony in 6 different locations. The instrumental and organ accompanist is Neranjan de Silva. The production is an effort put together by Neidra Williams, Jehan Bastians and Neranjan de Silva. Special Thanks to – The Venerable Perry Brohier, Archdeacon of the Colombo Diocese for allowing us to use the Cathedral and the Cathedral garden to film the Cathedral Choir, Friends Collective and the organist. Fr. ...

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Sharing my varied journey & excerpts of a memorable holiday for many reasons spent in Sri Lanka from Nov 29th to Dec 23rd 2017 by Mrs. Corinne King – (neé Pereira) I am Corinne King (neé Pereira) – the daughter of the late Douglas Noel Pereira – a dedicated teacher of St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia from 1951 to 1972. Also known as Mr. D.N.Pereira – (Douglas Noel), (D.N.P.), (D.N.) or otherwise known as “Bulto” to the many hundreds of students he taught during his long teaching career. Dad was known as “Bulto” a nickname he received at STC in the early 1950’s – around 1953/1954 when as a light smoker he decided to take to sucking the black and white striped lolly called “Bulto”!  This nickname stayed with him throughout his entire teaching career at STC. My Dad – Douglas was a son of C.V.Pereira – A Scholar & Writer ...

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EXODUS SONG – Rendition by De Lanerolle Bros and choristers of Trinity College Kandy-by Rochelle Palipane gunaratne Source:Dailymirror This land is mine God gave this land to me This brave and ancient land to me And when the morning sun Reveals her hills and plains Then I see a land where children can run free. So take my hand And walk this land with me And walk this lovely land with me Tho’ I am just a man When you are by my side With the help of God I know I can be strong. So take my hand And walk this land with me And walk this golden land with me. ...

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Walter May – by Ernest Macintyre A GENTLE HUMAN  Few of Sri Lanka today may know of people who passed away recently and were much of that society long ago. And yet those still left who remember have urge to leave public record, as tribute. Walter May of Perth, Western Australia and of Ceylon till the 1960s, died peacefully a couple of weeks ago, in his ninetieth year. After a variegated childhood and fine records at Trinity College Kandy and St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia he graduated with honours in History from the University of Ceylon with also an outstanding record as a national track athlete. He reached the ideal conveyed in the poetic expression, “ The Paragon of Animals” for by birth and upbringing he was gentle, dispossessed of envy, anger or harshness. My wife and I came to be a friends with his family when I joined the ...

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Trinity College Kandy, Sri Lanka Choir – Land Of Hope and Glory At a time when we live in Hope, this song will remind us of our obligation to the land we are born to. Covid is a clear indication that we continue to abuse Mother Earth. We pollute the air, water and soil and then wonder why such disasters take place. It is time to give back to the Land – A land of hope and glory – The Trinity College Choir with the De Lanerolle Brothers and Neranjan de Silva recorded this in the beautiful Trinity College Chapel – a chapel which is one of a kind – is totally open with garden surrounding it; to mark their 150th year. ...

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