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SLF Intl, USA Showcases 2021 Sri Lanka Day, One of a Kind Virtual Event!!!!! to the Global Audience

When 2021 Sri Lanka Day celebrations began many people logged in to the SLF Platform on August 20th from all around the world and entered the lobby were simply flabbergasted to witness such a detailed creation, with the information center, the Auditorium Exhibition hall, and the Networking lounge. The entrance to the Auditorium door opens and you are lead to the roof top in a elevator which is never seen any virtual event before. It was also breathtaking to see the creation of the virtual people moving around in the lobby and in their seats in the Auditorium and Networking lounge.

The attendees had the choice of deciding which segment of their interest and was able to enjoy it from the comfort of their homes.The five hour Amazing Cultural Performances from all over the world was viewed and enjoyed by many when some of the other Attendees were visiting and chatting with Vendors in the Exhibition Hall and the networking lounge was busy with people trying to connect.

The event continued on August 21st & 22nd, with excitement building up to win quiz prizes when our amazing live mc’s promoted enthusiasm and anticipation among the attendees to stay until the very end.

The “Pageant of Lanka” was showcased to give a feel of the original Parade that is hosted on the World Famous Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

We appreciate our Sponsors for their contributions to support the event as well as showcasing their products. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all the volunteers for their valuable time to assist in many different ways.

The event ended with a Big Bang by the band “Sithara” to entertain the attendees with some nice Sihala Music.

The City of Los Angeles Celebrates the 2nd Annual Sri Lanka Day

On December 4th, 2019 history was created within the walls of the magnificent Los Angeles City council chambers on a rainy morning amidst a gathering of distinguished leaders, where a community came together to celebrate Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and his invaluable philanthropic services rendered to this beautiful city of Los Angeles and the Sri Lankan community declare Sri Lanka Day to be celebrated every year on August 17th.

Today, August 17th, 2021 around 11.00am, the Sri Lanka Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles celebrated the second annual Sri Lanka Day, in honor of Sri Lankan culture and the remarkable contributions of Sri Lankan Americans in the City and beyond.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration was held outdoors and was marked by a flag raising ceremony and cultural exposition near Los Angeles City Hall.

SLF Platform, One of a Kind, Never Seen Before!!!!!! Register Now

SRI LANKA FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL USA PRESENTS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME A VIRTUAL PLATFORM, NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THIS MAGNITUDE.

WE ARE PROUD TO SHOWCASE INTERNATIONALLY THE CULTURAL PERFORMANCES, CORPORATE SPONSORS, SRI LANKAN VENDORS, ALL UNITED USING OUR VIRTUAL PLATFORM WITH GLOBAL ATTENDEES.

WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE THAT ATTENDEES CAN ALSO CHAT WITH THEIR FRIENDS, FAMILY, VENDORS AND ALL OTHER ATTENDEES WITHIN THE NETWORKING LOUNGE.

ALL THESE FEATURES IN ONE PLATFORM!!!!!!!

DON’T MISS OUT!!!! REGISTER NOW ON: slfplatform.org

RELAX FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME AND ENJOY!!!!!!

IN THE AUDITORIUM!!!!!!!! FIVE HOURS OF CULTURAL PERFORMANCES FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. LIVE MC’S WILL CONDUCT A QUIZ TO GIVE AWAY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF PRIZES!!!!!!

IN THE EXHIBITION HALL!!!!! SRI LANKA SPONSORS AND VENDORS SHOWCASING OVER 100 PRODUCTS.

IN THE NETWORKING LOUNGE!!!!!CHAT WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

For more information contact:
Keshini Wijegoonaratna- 213-400-7705 or Achala Weerasinghe-213-400-1662

REGISTER NOW!!!2021 Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade Goes Global on a Virtual Conference Platform

DON’T MISS OUT:
Register Now: https://www.slfplatform.org/registration-landing

A spectacular presentation PROMOTING Sri Lanka’s arts, crafts & Merchandise on the global stage.

LOS ANGELES — When the annual Sri Lanka Day was celebrated in the historic city of Pasadena in 2019 the thousands of visitors who filed along the historic route of the New Year’s Day Rose Parade, gasped in amazement as they watched the ‘Pageant of Lanka,’ a miniature Kandy Perahera with decorated elephants on rollers and traditional Sri Lankan dancers, parading on the streets of Los Angeles. That day, Sri Lanka took its rightful place among the ethnic festivals held in America. 

  This year, Sri Lanka Day is going worldwide. As a virtual event Sri Lanka Day 2021 will reach millions of viewers across the globe. Although virtual events are not quite like seeing an event in person, these “quarantine events” are playing a fascinating role in keeping the public arts alive while public life is in lockdown. Each live event is unique and unfiltered, revealing a side of artists that many fans do not get an opportunity to seeup close. And like viewers, artists are looking for ways to display their unique talents. Through these at-home shows, they have found a perfect opportunity to blend performance with an uplifting experience, and that is what is offered by the Sri Lanka Day Virtual Event this year. It is billed to be an elaborate public celebration intended to expose the historical heritage, culture, and traditions of Sri Lanka to the world.

Sri Lanka Day celebrations are sponsored and organized by the Sri Lanka Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California, a brainchild of Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, a leading expatriate physician and a successful entrepreneur who came to the US in the early 1960s. In 2003, he established the Foundation to promote Sri Lankan cultural activities in the US and expose the American public to the many facets of the historical heritage and culture of Sri Lanka. Since then, the Foundation has been serving a wider community of Sri Lankans in and outside of the United States, and it is now the Sri Lanka Foundation International.

The Foundation’s premiere event is the annual Sri Lanka Day celebration. This year’s global event will be held on 20, 21, and 23 August. Throughout the three days, it will feature events from around the world when the sights and sounds and the unique taste of Sri Lanka will virtually come alive. It will feature Sri Lankan traditional music, dances, art, and theatre. The audience will also be treated to a tour de force of Sri Lankan art, artifacts, fashionable clothing, jewelry, sweets, spices, food to promote indigenous products and entrepreneurs. 

Mesmerizing dance and music performances from many countries will be staged throughout the three days. Keeping the audience entranced will be the traditional Kandyan and low country dances featuring vibrant costumes and ornate jewelry; Raban Pada, Hela Gee Rangana, ‘Thaala’ Nada, and other Sri Lankan classical and popular songs accompanied by well-choreographed dances with breath-taking spin movements and pulsating drumming. The performances are to be interspersed with a cultural fashion show with Sri Lankan models showcasing Sri Lankan costumes on the catwalk.

The main event will be the Kandy Perahera, the ‘Pageant of Lanka,’ a sample of the iconic Kandy Esala Perahera featuring a procession of ceremonial musicians, drummers, dancers, singers, stilt walkers, whip crackers, flag bearers, sword carriers, ‘Sesath’ Carriers, led by elegantly dressed ‘Nilames’ and various other performers accompanied by several elaborately adorned elephants, including the casket carrier parading the streets in celebration.

Among the highlights of the event are the expert presentations on topics relating to education, business, sports, health, and fashion.

Staging the virtual Sri Lanka Day event is a gigantic task. The planning and preparation for the event began several months back with hundreds of volunteers.  The Sri Lankan embassies and Sri Lankan community organizations worldwide have been brought together to plan and support the event.

According to the organizers, the Sri Lanka Day celebrations this year will have a global audience exceeding 50.000, and the event will exceed the standards set by long-established ethnic events anywhere. It should be a matter of pride to every Sri Lankan that their countrymen can stand side by side with other nations wherever they may be.

For more information contact:
Keshini Wijegoonaratna: 
email: keshini@srilankafoundation.org or 213-400-7705
Achala Weerasinghe:email: achala@srilankafoundation.org or 213-400-1662
For vendors to register online or to watch the festival go to:
https://www.slfplatform.org/registration-landing

Written By:
Nandasiri(Nandi) Jasentuliyana
Former Deputy Director-General, United Nations, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and President Emeritus, International Institute of Space Law & Policy.

Fiesta with a Mission Great Meadows Outdoor Concert Venue Fundraiser to Raise Funds for Sri Lanka!!

Resilience Institute Foundation of Greater Santa Barbara was established as a nonprofit effort to aid Majority-Minority communities into resiliency in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Together with Music Artists and Nonprofit Entities within our region, we have united to establish a strategy that would bring healing and relief to folks that have been devastated by the COVID- 19 pandemic both locally and in other sister countries.

In other countries aid to people needing medical attention is stringent and costly. Foreign governments have yet to coordinate their pandemic relief efforts and entire regions have been plagued with grief without the comforting support of local jurisdictions or foundations.

In our Country, we have provided some populations with pandemic relief packages toward revitalization efforts. Hard-to-reach populations were not afforded equitable access to State and Federal reliefs. In some regions, local foundations joined forces to bridge the gap and aid those without support. Unfortunately for many, this aid has not afforded them lasting impacts.

As we move forward to revitalize our local economy, heal, and aid others in need; we look toward events that traditionally have brought us together. The Santa Barbara Old Spanish Days Festival has always served to bring people together and help our local businesses. Now more than ever, we all need to connect with a mission to help others By utilizing artistic actions of unity, we uplift our citizens.

Our FIESTA WITH A MISSION Benefit Concert was developed as a part of a strategy that will hold local events leading up to the concert, hold an artistic event as a benefit, and end with support to other countries in crisis.

Prior to our benefit concert, In July, our entity is teaming up with other nonprofit efforts to collaboratively provide vaccine education campaigns for our hard-to-reach populations, provide food distributions for any individuals or families in need, aid in voluntary mobile vaccine rollouts, and aid in helping small businesses apply for relief efforts.

The benefit concert will serve the mission of uniting and building funds for other countries in need and will take place in the outdoor concert venue of the Great Meadows within Chase Palm Park from noon to 7pm on July 31st.

In order to move past the shuttered venues, loss, and devastation felt throughout the globe; we must also help our brother and sister countries as they continue to be devastated by this pandemic. Therefore, post our benefit concert, proceeds will help us host events to support international humanitarian relief efforts in our sister countries of India, Sri Lanka, and our Border city of Tijuana Mexico.

Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California hosts a Successful Hopper Night!

Oh Boy!… What a great fun filled Night, was the response by all the Souls, dancing around wicket, of power packed, ”Double Century” of a crowd described in Cricketing parlance. As usual it was another, super duper Signature Sri Lanka America Association ‘Hopper Nite” named as “Ganga Addara Gee Nadaya” a day prior to Fathers Day. The Ambiance of Sri Lanka event was highlighted with great special Lankan Food dished out by the SLAASC Committee at own expense, led by President Samantha Kurera.

Hoppers, with crispy edges were made by the bevy of SLAASC Committee lasses dressed in traditional “Reddai Hette”. Most thought they were from “Pasyala” and almost all said “Its Kadju”!!! …..It definitely looked more so !!! “Bati” Kottu and “Kalmunai” Godambara were made by specially trained ex “Raheemas” staff with the rhythmic sounds competing with the Band!! 443 Egg Hoppers, beating Brian Lara’s one was dished out. Hoppers with and without strings was another option the “ The Appetite” crowd had, with each other wishing “Bon petite”!…… not forgetting the Pol Roti and Piittu which made the Lankan cuisine whole !!! A cash Bar supplemented the food with a range of Alcohol from “Waters of Scotland “ to our own “Sap of the Coconut” ! It was like after an “One and Half year drought” coming to an end as all were near the “Water Hole”! as sounds of Cheers were more prominent even with a social distance of 6 feet !..My foot!!!!!

After a stomach full of Lankan goodies and liver full of specialty drinks that cheers, the band consisting of “Ahindas” started the music with “Our Crowd” chanting “Baila Baila” . !!! Mano with son on bass, Kushan, Dr Eran on the keyboard and Janesh, entertained the crowd to some scintillating “Rangadena Baila” never seen earlier, in Southern California. The rhythm was so Lankan, that they virtually thought they were in “Akasa Kade” and danced with improvised “Moves” most probably practiced during quarantine.

The venue was in Eastvale and the “Artistic Walawa” owned by the gentle giant Nelupe the Rate Mahathya and his Menike, Sriyani matched the setting. It was supposed to end by 11.00 PM.!! When did Sri Lankan functions end on time?. The Crowd was so happy, they virtually said “ Api Gedera Yanne Nehe “ and the Band went on till 1.00 AM. The whole night was like getting another “Booster Dose” of Covid free Entertainment by America’s oldest Lankan Association SLAASC !! A good portion of the proceeds derived from the night was to be given to Sri Lanka to fight the dreaded Covid, which is taking a toll, in day to day lives of our brethren back home. All went home saying, we should have an “encore” of another Hopper Night…… Good Night !!

Written By SLASSC

Sri Lanka Scouts Association Presents Global Cultural Jamboree

The Scout movement, also known as Scouting or the Scouts, is a voluntary non-political educational movement for young people open to all without distinction of gender, origin, race or creed, in accordance with the purpose, principles and method conceived by the founder, Lord Baden-Powell….

Vision

To be the Foremost in transforming youth in Sri Lanka to become agentsof change in communities based on shared values, guided by the Scout Promise and Law.


Mission

Through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.


Sri Lanka Scouts Association of Sri Lanka presents first ever virtual Global Cultural Jamboree bringing fifteen thousand scouts together from all over the world.

For more information to watch the launch ceremony click on the link below:
https://youtu.be/KPRl9RUaxus
Click on the link below to register to watch the Cultural Jamboree:
gcj.scout.lk/registration

Video Attached! THE SHIP IS SPEWING AND THE YOUNG SPEAK OUT

UNITED NATIONS WORLD OCEANS DAY 2021- THE VOICE OF THE YOUNG

Hosted by: THE AMERICA SRI LANKA PHOTOGRAPHIC ART SOCIETY LOS ANGELES (ASPAS)

TOPICS AND YOUNG PANELISTS:

Rashmi Perera (USA) – Oceans and Marine Life

Tiara Ganegama (Sri Lanka) – Oceans and Biodiversity

Nischal perera (Canada) – Clean Oceans

Nehansa Vethakan (The UK) – Oceans and the world’s climate

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO WATCH THE VIDEO:

https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DHdMSRO4Mxek%26t%3D192s&data=04%7C01%7C%7C25b1607aa13f41fd376008d929e1a40c%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637586871351924432%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=q3CEEFtFqAO1fQv0cqIJbrREW8jTyRpBMGQZKyFJegg%3D&reserved=0

Sri Lanka Foundation Intl., USA meets with the global SL communities to present the plan for “Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade”

The Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA on May 8th, 2021 met on a zoom meeting with the Sri Lankan global communities from many countries to present the plan of the “Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade” virtual event.

After the detailed presentations conducted by the SLF staff, the attendees expressed their enthusiasm and encouraging words to the SLF for hosting a very worthy cause continued with a Q & A session.

Many applauded that the SLF was taking a big step to create a virtual platform to host this event with the objective of providing an opportunity for the Sri Lankan Entrepreneurs to promote their products to a global audience as well as promote the Sri Lankan culture by an extravagant Cultural Program and a Parade. The support of the global community was very evident from the ideas and suggestions that was shared during the meeting.

The SLF staff announced to the attendees that this was just the initial meeting and there will be many sub meetings as the event plan progresses to keep the communities informed and thanked everyone for attending.

Nursery Rhapsody by Rukshan Perera

Here’s a must-listen brilliant composition by Rukshan Perera – a creative adaptation of Bohemian Rhapsody with Sri Lankan nursery rhymes. The musical standard of this song is an A++ and caters to all – it will take all the Sri Lankan adults into a nostalgic tour into their childhood, it makes you feel like you’re listening to Bohemian Rhapsody, and it will teach the new generation of Sri Lankan children some old cultural Sri Lankan nursery rhymes with a fun video!

But most importantly, this is a well thought out creative composition by Rukshan that takes you back & forth to the famous Queen’s song Bohemian Rhapsody without using its tune but by only adapting the same 5 forms – starting with an acapella section with very creative harmonies, then a ballad-like song, then the guitar solo, then going into a frenzy with gallelio, and finally ending up with a slow moving lullaby.

Click on the link to watch the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxBvNfE-EVQ

Sponsored By:
Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA