When I wrote that Shakespeare should not be localized in the Annual
Inter-School Shakespeare Drama Competition, I had no intention of
provoking anybody, nor did I criticize or condemn any school or judge.
I have seen Shakespeare at the Globe – and also presented in
different modes and languages and enjoyed and appreciate them very much.
I am not against Shakespeare translated into different languages and
produced using “an eclectic mixture of costumes and modes.”
This is a great way in which Shakespeare can be introduced to the
rest of the world.
The Inter-School competition was however not only for fun and
entertainment, it was a contest.
Therefore there should be some uniformity and the norm should be
followed. This is just my opinion.
I was not aware that ‘Sinhabahu’ had been translated and produced in
English, I am very sorry I missed it. I wonder what costumes they wore.
The Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour certainly came alive on
November 5, 2011, when a musical titled “The Church One Foundation” was
held from 6.00 to 7.00 pm. This was a programme held primarily to fund
the Home of the Ascension at Bandarawela which is a home for destitute
elders of all races and religions. The Cathedral certainly became alive.
Due to the presence of God and best traditions of Christian music.
It was good to see the children from the two schools founded by the
first Bishop of Colombo James Chapman and his wife Frances namely S.
Thomas and Bishops singing with Roman Catholic Schools, Holy Family
Convent, St Benedict’s College, St Joseph’s College and St Peter’s
College and Methodist School and Wesley College. All those directors of
music from these schools and the students must be thanked for having
made time to practise and to sing in the midst of their end of term and
end of the year activities and examinations.
It was stated in the programme that it was a combined schools choir
classified not according to schools but according to voices. The Bishop
of Colombo must be commended for using the Cathedral in this manner and
realizing the dream of Bishop Cyril Abeynaike in making use of the
Cathedral to promote music.
The programme itself was well handled and managed.
It is rarely we get a chance to write a date in this manner (For
ex-11.11.11). Six same numerals. Normally the year is mentioned at the
end but some write or print in front. Americans write month at the
beginning as if 09/11. Of course, to be perfect the year too should be
mentioned as 2011. But some of us do not follow this method.
Does anybody know of an year which had eight same numerals or digits?
Exactly nine hundred years ago in the year 1111 (AD) November full date
was written as 11.11.1111!
J S M I Pinto, Wennappuwa.
The unprotected open drain in the heart of Dippitiya Bazaar, near the
Post Office and Sabaragamuwa Development Bank has been a threat to
public safety for over nine months and completely ignored by the
relevant authorities. A few had sustained injuries due to falling into
the open drain. P A Meegahamulahena, Aranayaka Special Correspondent
The Calido Beach Park and its restaurant in Kalutara North is
abandoned and left to dilapidation due to the negligence. This park was
inaugurated in the late ‘50s and maintained properly to please the
As senior citizens we would like to witness its previous grandeur
C M Kamburawala
The Augasta tree in the premises of St. Mark’s Church can collapse at
any time. Public appealed to the concerned authorities to remove this
tree and protect the lives of the people and the properties around it.
Pic by Badulla South Group correspondent, G. P. A. Weerasooriya
Kottawa public bus stand is full of potholes and has become a no
‘ones land’. Passengers face much inconvenience during rainy days.
Wehelle Piyathilake Maharagama special correspondent