Upul Mahen – Mellowing Breeze – Listen to the entire CD
Upul Mahen De Silva launched his CD on 2 of October 2017 at Thornleigh Community Centre. Visharada Nanda Malini, Dr Rohana Weerasinghe. Dr Victor Ratnayake participated and two duets were sung by Upul Mahen with Visharada Nanda Malini and Dr Victor Ratnayake. Songs have been written by Mr Sunil Sarath Perera, Mr Vasantha Kumara Kobawaka, Mr Maithri Panagoda, Mr Lucian Bulathsinghala, Mr Saman Athavuda Hetti and Mr Mahinda Algama. Music Direction has been by Dr Rohana Weerasinghe, and three of the songs have also been composed by Dr Rohana weerasinghe. One song has been composed by Mr H M Jayawardene and rest of the 9 songs by Upul Mahen himself. The event was attended by over 250 invitees. All graphic art work including the CD cover design by Mr Athula Kaldemulla and event was narrated and conducted by Mr Asela Jayanath.
This group from Sri Lanka, performed here in Melbourne last year in March to an audience of 700 people who enjoyed every moment of their wonderful music. They are back here at our invitation as there is considerable interest in their music.
Soundarie David Rodrigo needs little introduction. She is the leading concert pianist and music director in Sri Lanka and is renowned throughout the Asian region.
Shehara Liyanage ( Shey) has an enchanting voice and covers a range of modern classics from Broadway, the Silver Screen and Gospel Music.
Rushan Hewawasm sings sols with the Welsh Choir in Melbourne.
The ConChord Choir is a community Choir who will perform with Rushan.
Other musicians are Pradeep Rodrigo (Bass Guitar) Christo Prins (Drums)and Dhanushka Seneviratne (Keyboard)
The concert is in aid of hospital equipment for the newly built Accident & Emergency Hospital in Batticaloa Sri Lanka, built in collaboration by our Foundation and the Ministry of Health.
It is all for a very worthy cause.
We have 950 tickets to sell ranging in cost from $40 to $80 depending on where one wants to sit and we are keen to help parents bring children at 50% of the cost of their ticket.
The concert is from 5 pm until 7 pm on Sunday 20th May 2018 at the magnificent BESEN CENTRE, 87-89 Station Street BURWOOD.
The High Tea was held on Sunday, 8th April 2018 at The Ponds Community Hub hosted by Harvesters Assist Inc. The Guests List was by Invitation only. Dr Brindha Shivaligam/Head of Neurosurgery Chris O’Brien Lifehouse was the Guest Speaker.
As an excellent keynote speaker Dr Brindha inspired and unified her audience from the moment she began to speak. She was able to identify the ‘sweet spot’ and in minutes established rapport, credibility and attention to the message she was imparting to the Guests of Harvesters Assist Inc. She wrapped up her session including a Q&A segment which was welcomed by everyone. MC was none other than Duke Ramachandran; The Audio & Multi Media by one of the best, Shanaka Tennekoon/Event360; B&T Caterers Sydney set up the High Tea with elegance and style; Table Centrepiece with fresh flowers by Sobhini Sinnatamby who can never go wrong with flowers! HA had a choice of excellent and exquisite caterers… Roshini, Shivanthi, Fiona, Lumbini, Patti, Nira and many others who spoilt the Guests with buffet style of cakes, sandwiches, savouries and sweets. Not forgetting photography by Thanuja who leaves us with memorable photos…The HA Team pulled off another event raising funds for the APEKSHA HOSPITAL Maharagama Sri Lanka in ease and style. WE CAN & WE WILL.
Presumably we shall have to Call her a Stateswoman – BY Erin Watson-Lynn
Source: the Interpreter
The first woman to become a prime minister was appointed in Sri Lanka in 1960. One might have expected this to pave the way for generations of Sri Lankan women to pursue careers in politics. It did not.
Sri Lanka is now ranked 180th in the world for women’s participation in political systems, with less than 2% representation in local office and less than 6% at the parliamentary level.
Without undermining the achievement of Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1960, as the widow of Prime Minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike she had a ready-made passage into politics. London’s Evening News notiously remarked at the time, “Presumably, we shall have to call her a Stateswoman”. Many years later, their daughter Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga continued the family tradition by becoming president. Thus, Sri Lanka’s early achievement says more about the power of political dynasties than the accessibility of political processes to women.
Fortunately, Sri Lanka has recognised that something needs to be done, and is taking action. Earlier this year, an amendment to the electoral law was applied in local elections requiring 25% of all seats to be reserved for women. A record number of women contested those elections, and the policy may be extended to the parliamentary system.
Last month at Asialink I had the pleasure of hosting a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–organised delegation of women from Sri Lanka who hold high political office as ministers or cabinet ministers. As part of a roundtable discussion, I was exposed to the specific challenges these women face as minorities in their overwhelmingly male-dominated political contexts.
The delegation’s remarks made a real impact on me, as a politically active woman with a daughter. Many described not having female role models when they started their political careers. Multiple members of the delegation reported experiencing harassment by the media. Many had to deal with the complicated balancing act of starting families while pursuing their political aspirations, or being forced to put them on hold. Many spoke of the immense challenges of leaving their home country to complete foreign assignments.
Politics requires time, it requires a thick skin, and it requires incredible commitment. But whether you’re in Sri Lanka or Australia, it also requires navigating a male-dominated environment.
Australia ranks 49th internationally for women’s participation in politics: 28% of lower house members and 40% of senators in Australia are women. Both major parties have set targets for 50:50 representation by 2025, with mixed progress.
But it’s one thing to have women enter the political landscape, and another for them to excel there. The women at our roundtable said that so much of the critical action in politics happens at bars over drinks, or at restaurants, or late into the night on the phone. Women can certainly find their way into these environments, but they have to fight the high likelihood of being seen as overly ambitious or neglectful of their family.
In Australia, studies have demonstrated that female political leaders “must display high competence and ambition in traditionally masculine domains while maintaining sufficient femininity so as not to be disliked”. This is evidently a tough line to tread.
Elected women also must fight for a fair go among constituents. Recent research on women’s political representation in local councils in India showed that villagers perceived hypothetical female leaders as less effective than their male counterparts, even when the stated performance was identical or greater.
In my view, the answer is not as simple as targets or quotas. I applaud the initiative of Sri Lanka, but I believe we need to think more deeply about how we view women, what we expect from them, and how we can start to fill the pipeline of women in politics.
First, research tells us that exposure is critical to eliminating negative bias in the perceptions of women’s capabilities as leaders. More positive profiling of women in office will result in more positive perceptions of women in political leadership. We also need to accept that this change in perception takes time.
Second, we should look to other sectors that have achieved some success at increasing women’s representation in senior leadership. The private sector is in many ways leading the way on this issue, and we’d be well served by seriously considering some of their initiatives, such as male champions for change.
Third, we all need to be brave and accept that this period of disruption will inevitably be uncomfortable. Women need to be willing to walk the tightrope between their multiple roles, and between femininity and masculinity. And men are required to think harder about how they encourage the competent women in grass-roots politics.
Stakes are high in the political realm. But the very robustness of our democracy comes from our ability to question who is representative of us. Let’s think hard about what that means.
As the good Sri Lankan Ship “eLanka”meanders quietly around Botany Bay, the Captain in Command, Neil Jayasekera, at the wheel” it’s first Lieutenant, Desmond Kelly, has been forced to “take some time off”in “Sick-Bay”, to recuperate from a few health-problems, mainly to do, with old-age. Because of the fact that I am also it’s “Chief” Editor, I take this chance to inform our many “Readers” that, in fact, I am still very much “alive”, although the word around is that “Desmond Kelly has “carked-it”, &, was “put to rest”, last Saturday, as a matter of fact. “Fake-Press” Ladies & Gentlemen, as Donald Trump, the American President, would say, BUT, I do feel to explain this strange phenomenon. You see, in Dandenong, Melbourne, where I did live, for many years after arriving in Australia, the last “count”of the “Desmond Kellys”(a very common name), especially in Dandenong, was (9), NINE. Then, the “one” who was so, was a “Horse-Trainer”by trade, got “kicked” at the gate, right on his “pate”to his “fate” & so, there were (8), remaining, & I, dear reader, is one of the “rest-remaining”,or “remaining-rest”(take it anyway you want).
Like the Ships we sail in, we, “old Salts”sometimes find ourselves in waters that are fraught with the cross-currents of life, and then have to navigate these stormy waters, as best we can, in order to get back “in” from our enforced “liberty” & rejoin the “Senior-Force”(as I always call the Navy, to be “piped” back on Board.
As everyone at eLanka already knows, I have been the 1st Lieutenant of the “Ship”, where Neil Jayasekera has been the “Captain”, for a few years, now, & together, we strive to “run a tight Ship”, when we “pick” only the very best for our “Shareholders”(Members, right now numbering over 21000, who receive a personal “Newsletter” every week, in addition to many varied “bonuses”, in a website that has already won top recognition, where it matters. Being a Burger, NOT of the “Muller-Mind-Bogglers”(as he would try to represent), his “Carlo-boy”being only interested in the ONE thing, MY DAD, correctly known as Robert Carl Kelly, WAS ALSO EVER INTERESTED IN, THE ONE THING & this was was his “OWN FAMILY”, my dear Mother, (also, R.I.P., Mum), named Lyn (nee Kriekenbeek),(from Holland of course), Eindhoven, to be exact, as I remember it.Then followed, Desmond, Ian, Rogan, Romaine, & Cleone.
Never ever trying to claim that we “Kelly-guys” were these “Goodie-two shoes”people talk about, now that my Paternal Grandfather, John (Jack), Kelly!,born in Dublin, Ireland, my Dad, born in Ceylon, as was myself, Ian, & Rogan,(my male siblings), have always been “ramrod-straight”(in sex-jargon), Grandfather Jack, preferring to “drink anything BUT Water”, my dad, Carlo, preferring to be a “teetotaller”(as a result), myself, Desmond, a confirmed “teetotaller”(in Australia), since the “Eighties”, Ian, going completely “the other way”, & Rogan, 50/50, if you like, as he can “take-it” or “leave-it”, as the case may be.
Dear readers, this is part one, of what might be a most interesting “journey in life”, as I’d like to put it. Please read it and make your necessary comments, as this is what LIFE is really all about. A never-ending “learning-curve”.
Hopefully, depending on whether GOD decides that number (8) has reached the “Final-Straight”or not, I will consider on
“Part-two”, especially for you. Till then, along with a bit of my favourite music, thrown in by Captain Jayasekera, I will now call it a day.