Deepa Mehta’s Movie ‚Funny Boy‘ to premiere in December – by Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha


Source:Sanjiva Wijesinha

I am delighted to be able to report that the iconic Oscar nominated Canadian film-maker Deepa Mehta’s latest film, an adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Funny Boy, will premiere on Netflix in the first week of December.

The rights to the movie have just been bought by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing,

Shyam Selvadurai‘s debut novel was published in 1994 and set in Sri Lanka during the turbulent nineteen seventies and eighties. It opened up new ground in its portrayal of the sexual awakening of a young boy Arjie (portrayed as a small child by Arush Nand and as a teenager by Brandon Ingram). It is said that Arjie is a semi-autobiographical representation of Selvadurai himself.

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A Study on Use of Digital Techniques in Enhancing On-site Interpretation in Cultural World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka 

I.G.R.N. Wimalasuriya

Department of History and Archaeology

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Sri Jayewardenepura


Secretary General

National Trust-Sri Lanka

Colombo 07

Dear Sir

Request for getting involve the National Trust-Sri Lanka Members for an online questionnaire

I’m Ravini Nimaya Wimalasuriya, a final year undergraduate of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, following a BA (Special) degree in Archaeology. As a partial fulfillment of the requirements of my degree program, my final year research dissertation is carried out under the following topic.

“A Study in Use of Digital Techniques in Enhancing On-site Interpretation at Cultural World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka”.  

Since The National Trust of Sri Lanka is a national non-for-profit association, instituted to protect and raise public awareness of the tangible and intangible heritage of the country, I believe that I would gain much insights for my research study through your members of the organization.

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The governor’s palace, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

A Love story from Ceylon : The British Governor General Sir Thomas Maitland’s mansion and the Rodi (mestizo) Dancer

The Reason why we call Galkissa, Mount Lavinia

Sir Thomas Maitland was assigned to Ceylon ( Sri Lanka ) as the British Governor General during the period of 1805–1811. Governor Maitland was a 46 year old bachelor who decided to construct his country residence on a breathtaking beachfront property at “Galkissa” ( Mount Lavinia ).  He was also known as “King Tom” and described in a biography as “a great human force, controlled by an iron will”.

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Shipping Container homes

I hope you can appreciate the effort, time, money, inconvenience, determination, and pure ‘guts’ that has gone into these two projects. (No mean feat!!!!). Please see below.

The Shipping Containers would have been transported from the Colombo dockyards (as I’m sure there are no other shipping ports nearer to these parts of Sri Lanka). For those who are not familiar with the journey (i.e. from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya, and/or Kandy, and through heavy traffic), merely Google for information on this journey.


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          “Our World is such a small place” – By Des Kelly


Lyrics & Music:- Clarence Wijewardena

“Cover Version”-  Lohan Samaratunga  

How many times have we heard this phrase ?. This is a very special Sri Lankan song, composed by the late, great Clarence Wijewardena to portray the loving relationship between Father & Son, and now, many years later, what I think is a beautiful “cover” version of this song,done by Lohan Samaratunga, for his Dad, Kirthi, is a video that I felt would be appreciated by all our eLanka members & readers around the World.

What was even more surprising to me, is that Kirthi Samaratunga is the Son of a certain Lieut.Comdr. Samaratunga of the Royal Ceylon Navy during the 1950 era, that I served under, so now, here am I, nearly 60 years later listening to his grandson singing on you-tube. I repeat, it is a small World, isn’t it ?. 

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Oliver Ranasinghe outstanding athlete and cricketer-by Upananda Jayasundera

Oliver Ranasinghe

Oliver Ranasinghe 9th Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force. Text & Pic. by Upananda Jayasundera-Kandy Sports Spl.Corrs.)


Air Chief Marshal Oliver Ranasinghe, the ninth Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force,was an outstanding Cricketer, Athlete and also a hard working person . An Old Boy of Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya he captained the School Cricket team for two years from 1965 to 1966.  

 As an Athlete he represented the School at the Public Schools Meet during his school days. As a Schoolboy he represented Panadura Sports Club in a few Cricket Matches and he was coached by Silva, who was the Charity Commissioner of the Municipality,Colombo. Playing for Dharmapala as a right arm opening Bowler he captured 66 wickets in 12 Inter School matches in the Year 1965.  

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An Eye Opener on Health Issues-by Harold Gunatillake

Harold Gunatillake

Written by Dr harold Gunatillake –Health Writer to websites, Sri Lankan and overseas newspapers and magazines




     “Reading articles on health issues may inspire to initiate a Healthier Life Style- ought to be considered a priority in your life so precious to you.  

Do not wait till your car breaks down on the road-side and make your family push to the closest garage. Check and replace parts at the scheduled times and run the vehicle smoothly.             

Likewise, apply the same principles to your life. Get regular check -ups and make your life run smoothly.” 

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Viber introduces Sri Lanka’s first-ever localised Horoscope bot



Get your daily and weekly readings for free!

A horoscope avid fan or maybe just for fun, Viber’s Horoscope feature automatically gives you daily or weekly forecasts for a more smooth-flowing day ahead.

The popular instant messaging platform Viber, launches its first-ever Horoscope Chatbot in Sri Lanka. The bot helps unveil the hidden influences of the stars and planets in your life and matches it with your personality to predict your daily and weekly astrological horoscope to set the tone for the week.

While checking your horoscope can usually cost you some money, the all-new chatbot from Viber allows you to receive predictions for free. As a bonus, the bot allows you to access your horoscope in your language of preference, whether Sinhala, English or Tamil.

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