Shri Yaikhom Hemantha Kumar visits Sri Lanka
Sri Yaikhom Hemantha Kumar is a genius in Manipuri dance who
graduated from the university of Manipur. He began his career at an
early stage of life (when he was eight years old) by starting to learn
Puny (Manipuri Drum). He received training in creative choreography
also. Manipur dance is one of the richest classical dance forms in India
though it is not very popular in Sri Lanka.
It is performed in temples, mandapa and at religious occasions
inextricably woven into the lives of the people in Manipur. The dance
form has an uninterrupted flow of dance tradition.
The itinerary from December 31st to 9th January: On January 5 evening
lecture demonstration and performance at the Indian Cultural Centre and
January 6 morning TV programme - Sirasa - Swarnawahini.
On January 9 morning a lecture - cum demonstration at Colombo
University of Visual and Performing Arts.
Sakala Jana and 'A Collection of Illustrastrations' from Winnie
'A collection of Illustrations 'and Winnie's political cartoons
titled Sakala Jana are two books depicting illustrations by the renowned
journalist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts at the university of Visual
and Performing Arts was launched.
'A Collection of Illustrations' , an ANCL publication, encompasses
various illustrations by Winnie Hettigoda during his twenty five years
career while 'Winnie Hettigoda's Sakala Jana' which is a Sumathi
Publications publication , is a series of political comic strip which
have appeared in newspapers.
Sakala Jana highlights the shortcomings of politicians of the day and
looks at them in a satirical perspective. This series of Political Comic
Strips have been very popular among the Sinhala readership.
Winnie is credited with holding the first exhibition of Computer
Graphic Arts at the University of Colombo. He has also received training
and studied at several foreign countries including in India at the MS
University of Baroda and France.
He has contributed to one of the most popular French newspapers "Le
Monde" as a cartoonist. With his experience as a scholar in France where
he studied for his PhD, Winnie produced a number of works of art based
on France. Winnie is a Senior Lecturer attached to the University of
Visual and Performing Art.
Promoting and preserving Sri Lankan culture
'UAE tour, a success' - Sahan Ranwala
Lionel Ranwala Jana Gee Kandayama which has been carrying on the
legacy of the late maestro Lionel Ranwala recently conducted a
successful tour in the United Arab Emirates.
They play authentic Sri Lankan tunes based on folk music and also
conducted the "Gama Ahulaggang" concert to a packed audience of
expatriate Sri Lankan community there.
"There was a tremendous response from the thousands of Sri Lankans
working in UAE for our concert.
It was indeed a memorable occasion for us as we played Sri Lankan
tunes with the latest State-of-Art lighting. It has also dispelled the
long-held myth that there is no audience for Sri Lankan folk music and
songs that we have created based on Sri Lankan folk music in foreign
Not only Sri Lankans but also a large number of foreigners attended
the concert, "said Sahan Ranwala on the unprecedented response he
received in UAE.
Sensibility and imagination is her forte
An artist is a person who displays in his or her work, qualities
required in art, such as sensibility and imagination. This definition
fits Lakmini Amararatne, ,like a glove.
Lakmini's career studded with an array of awards, from here and
abroad, started with her first experiment at a solo in 1980 an
exhibition at the Samudra Art Gallery, Colombo. From then onwards, there
was no stopping her. She represented Sri Lanka at the SAARC Art
Exhibition in New Delhi (1986); Cuban-Sri Lankan Artists Exhibition at
the National Art Gallery, Colombo (1989); Solo Art Exhibition at the
Lionel Wendt Gallery, Colombo (1990); Korea-Sri Lanka Artists
Exhibition, BMICH, Colombo (1996); Represented Sri Lanka at the
Commonwealth Art Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1998); Young
Contemporaries Art Exhibition organised by George Keyt Foundation at The
National Art Gallery, Colombo (1999); State Art and Sculpture Award
Festival at the National Art Gallery, Colombo (2002); Group Art
Exhibition organised by the Rotary Club of Colombo at the Galle Face
Hotel, Colombo (2003); and Teachers-Pupils Art Exhibition, Lionel Wendt
Despite her steady string of achievements, added with a busy schedule
it was indeed another feather in Lakmini's cap, when she found the time
to read and obtain her B.Sc. Degree from the University of Colombo in
In 1997, the government recognising the 16 most talented artists
islandwide donated plots of land to each of them. Lakmini built a
private gallery which she named, Lakmini School of Art and continues
with her painting in the new environ at Kala Pura, Templers Road, Mount
Lavinia. This windfall also helped her in a big way to guide the young
ones who are keen on learning the intricacies of the use of the brush!
Again, Lakmini was fortunate in receiving a grant from the Ford
Foundation, USA to follow a post graduate degree course with Paint
Conservation as a Major at the University of Moratuwa, which, she is due
to complete this year.
International recognition of her master pieces could be ascertained
by the fact, that they were selected to grace the walls of the
Presidents House, Colombo, Prime Minister's Office, Colombo, National
Art Gallery, Malaysia, Sri Lanka High Commission in Malaysia, Ministry
of Education, Isurupaya, National Library Seniors Board, Colombo,
National Timber Corporate, Colombo, Children's Section of the National
Library, Continental Hotel, Colombo, Artonia Gallery, Colombo Hilton and
the Cub Scout Room of S. Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia.
An exhibition of paintings by her pupils which commenced on Friday at
the Lionel Wendt concludes today.