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SLF Academy of Performing Arts Performed at the 25th Anniversary of Getty Center Museum

Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts was privileged to put our mission into action once again with our hands held with Getty to preserve, support, celebrate and present to a wide range of audiences; the culture, language, dance, and arts of Sri Lanka through performing our heritage. 

Getty is a cultural and philanthropic institution dedicated to the presentation, conservation, and interpretation of the world’s artistic legacy; an ideal platform for Sri Lankan heritage to converse with international art and culture. What portent can be greater than a conversation in this nature?

The event was open to multiple and a diverse set of communities in celebration of Getty’s 25 years of service to the international sphere of art and culture where they showcased the cultural diversity of Los Angeles by creating a series of free outdoor community art festivals, cultural performances, workshops, food stalls and many other colorful and diversified cultural experiences. It was a wonderful celebration with music, art and culture brought together by a global community, giving the expression of a global village.

Set up in KoreaTown, Liberty Park, home to many people from around the world, the most diverse part of the city of Los Angeles; the 25th anniversary of Getty was indeed a festival of diversity. Getty, being a cultural institute that is dedicated to celebrating beauty in the form of art and culture, has opened their arms for APA to join and perform at the 25th anniversary celebrations. The invitation was extended by Getty’s Lead Producer Mr. Albert, giving APA the opportunity to receive a free booth to distribute our marketing materials and to conduct a workshop to add a little bit of essence of Sri Lankan culture to the event. 

The workshop was conducted by our senior students, Umendra Kahadawaracchi who is the talented dancing teacher at APA and the Director of Cultural Affairs, Achala Weerasinghe. The workshop was dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Sri Lankan traditional dancing which is a huge part of Sri Lankan cultural inheritance. Sri Lanka is home to many different styles of dances such as Udarata Natum, Pahatharata Natum and Sabaragamu Natum which can vary in their styles of movements and motions, the style of dressing and the type of drums used for performances, the workshop has given prominence to kandyan Dancing, which is beautiful and deserves to be celebrated world-wide. 

The workshop was very colorful and engaging which also did not fail to enlighten the audience about many hidden beauties in Sri Lanka such as Dalada Maligawa which is a place where all these cultural performances come together, once a year, as a devotion to Sri Lankan religious belief systems. 

The workshop was appreciated by many in the audience including the event producers and parents of the foreign children who were privileged enough to immerse themselves in the beauty of a very foreign country to them which is physically miles apart. Traditional drums were in the center of attention for many of those kids and were keen on joining APA classes to learn drums such as thammattama, yak beraya and geta beraya.

It was indeed a day full of celebrations and our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our Founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, Vice President of SLF Aeshea Jayasinghe, Chief Operating Officer / Corporate Secretary, Shirani Stanislaus, Director, Research & Development, Rodney Perera, and our Media Director, Chamodh Amarasinghe not only for creating such platforms for

cultural celebration but also for being a part of this event and giving us a helping hand and courage to keep reaching greater heights as a Sri Lankan community away from home. 

Aruni Boteju, Founder/Chairwoman of CEYIFF Received Congressional Recognition Award from Congressman Salud Carbajal.

The First Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) kicked off at the Lobero theater on June 10th, 2022, and it happened in Santa Barbara. CEYIFF is the brainchild of Aruni Boteju who wanted to “create a cultural bridge from one paradise in the Pacific Ocean to another paradise in the Indian Ocean”.

The evening began with formal opening ceremonies during which Aruni thanked the local leaders for attending and making this truly an exchange between countries: First District Santa Barbara County Supervisor Das Williams, Mayor Randy Rowseand, Santa Barbara City Councilor Oscar Gutierrez (who is also a member of the CEYIFF jury given his film background). Erica Reyes, District Director with Congressman SaludCarbajal, represented him during the evening’s festivities issuing a Congressional Certificate commemorating CEYIFF’s launch in Santa Barbara and presenting it to Aruni during the opening ceremony.

Dr. Lalith Chandradasa, the Sri Lankan Consul General (a representative of Sri Lanka in the United States) addressed the Santa Barbara crowd, thanking them for attending and speaking to the ability of cinema to unite people.

CEYIFF had a very successful three day event with 10 movie screenings and closing ceremony with awards.

Thusitha De Silva Celebrates his 50th Birthday in the Mindfulness Meditation Center, Covina, California

On April 2nd, 2022, a large crowd including friends and family gathered at the Mindfulness Meditation Center in Covina, California, to celebrate Mr. Thusitha De Silva who reached 50 years of age on March 10th.

Mr. Thusitha De Silva was born in the town of Balapitiya, Sri Lanka. He graduated from Thurstan College Colombo, Sri Lanka, and presently works for the US Postal Services. He lives in Pasadena, California, with his beautiful wife Sudarshani and two children Parami and Lithum.

He is a well-known figure within the Sri Lankan Community in the USA. During Thusitha’s younger days he had a passion for playing rugby and cricket at Thurstan College; however, soon that changed after he migrated to the USA. In 1999, when he began associating with Dr. Mudalinayake Somarathna, Bhadrajee Mahinda Jayathilaka, Sunethra Sarathchandra, Kisagothami Sarathchandra, Somi Rathnayake, and Linton Semage he became involved in many stage dramas in the USA.

Mr. De Silva was the President of the Sri Lanka Arts & Drama circle in 2004 and the Vice President of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California in 2006. Additionally, he has remained a member of the working committee at the Sri Lanka America Buddha Dhamma Society since 2010.

Mr. De Silva sponsored, organized, and produced his first musical concert in Los Angeles in 2005 to promote Sri Lanka’s Baila Maestro Nihal Nelson. Since then, there was no looking back for Mr. De Silva when it came to continuing his found passion. He has currently produced 32 successful Sri Lankan concerts and dinner dances. Mr. De Silva has sponsored well over 200 professional artists, band members, and dance troupes to make their presence in “USA & Canada” tours all the way from Sri Lanka.

SLF PRESIDENT/CEO GUEST OF HONOR AT THE ITN SINHALA & TAMIL NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS IN SRI LANKA

Independent Television Network Limited (also known as ITN or simply as ITN Sri Lanka) is a Sri Lankan state governed television and radio broadcaster located in Wickramasinhapura, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka. ITN, a Shrama Abhimani Award winner (Oct 2009), broadcasts content to a wide demographic within Sri Lanka as well as the expatriate community. The programs are high quality and creative to promote the country’s economic and social development, cultural diversification and preservation as well as the environmental protection and promotion broadcasted in three languages; Sinhala, Tamil, and English. The ITN broadcast coverage extends to 99% of the island of Sri Lanka.

The Vision of ITN is to be the leader in Electronic Media, and their Mission is to Produce & Telecast Quality and Attractive people friendly media content consistent with the Sri Lankan Values and Culture to a wide range of audience.

On March 29th, 2022, at the Cinnamon Grand location in the Nugagama Premises in Colombo ITN Network organized a “Nuga Gama Aurudhu” Celebrations of the Sinhala & Tamil New Year to showcase the Sri Lankan Culture to the World Audience.

The President/CEO, Dr Dishan Jayasinha of the Sri Lanka Foundation International, USA and his wife Zuigly Jayasinha were the Guest of Honor to grace the occasion. The Director of Cultural Affairs & the Director of the Academy of Performing Arts, Achala Weerasinghe was also present to witness the occasion as well as many other tourists who attended appreciated the event to the fullest.

The event was gracefully organized with many different cultural performances by Ranwala Balakaya to promote the Authentic Culture of Sri Lanka.

Dr Dishan, in his speech said he was so pleased to be a part of this Amazing Cultural Event as this is one of the Missions of SLF to promote the culture to the Non Sri Lankan Audience around the world. The ITN in the vote of thanks expressed their gratitude to SLF for showcasing similar events as well as for all the relief effort contributions given to Sri Lanka.

The event concluded with a delicious meal offered to all the guests which included the traditional food items and also a handmade natural Sri Lankan product was presented as a token of appreciation for gracing the occasion.

Click on the link below to watch the event:

https://youtu.be/u0zaIg11TkA

On the urgent request of the University Teaching Hospital Peradeniya Shanthi & Nandi Jasentuliytana Raised Funds at their 40th Wedding Anniversary

On the urgent request of the University Teaching Hospital Peradeniya (UTH), medical supplies were dispatched by Meditech Data International CEO Mr. Dilip Niranjan Jayasekara with the assistance of Dr. Deepthi Jayasekara to UTH from the funds raised at Shanthi & Nandi Jasentuliytana’s 40th anniversary gathering. UTH took delivery of 860 PENCAN SPINAL NEEDLES from B Braun Inc (Germany). In the picture (from L to R), Dr. Saman Nanayakkara, MD (Consultant Anaesthesiologist/Head of Department), Ms Geethani RN (Nurse-in-Charge OR) and Voluntary Consultant Anthologist Prof. Nanda Lal De Silve who coordinated the project.

EXTRACT FROM THE APPEAL OF THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT UTH:

The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Peradeniya, National Hospital Kandy is the second largest healthcare system complex in the country. This is true for patient care and postgraduate medical training. Urgent Need-Our biggest challenge is to sustain the Obstetric Anaesthesia Service. We have approximately 6000 deliveries at UTH @ year. Of this number, approximately 3000 are by Caesarean Section (C/Section). This amounts to about 250 operative deliveries @ month, of which 40-50% are high-risk mothers. Spinal Anaesthesia is the standard of care globally for this operation. Hence, Spinal Anaesthesia needles and Local Aesthetic Drugs are a prerequisite for the provision of safe obstetric anaesthesia. Our URGENT NEED is to establish a buffer stock of Spinal Needles, as we are duty bound to provide safe and seamless care, no matter what the macro-economic situation in the country is.

Dr. Saman Nanayakkara, MBBS, MD.
Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia & Critical Care,
University of Peradeniya.
Consultant Anaesthetist and Intensivist, UTH Peradeniya.
DEPARTMENT OF ANAESTHESIOLOGY AND CRITICAL CARE

1st Ceylon International Film Festival 2022 in Santa Barbara!!!

The Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and educational organization formed by Aruni Boteju, headquartered in Santa Barbara, California. The focus of Ceylon International Film Festival is to promote Sri Lankan Cinema while opening up opportunities for Sri Lankan filmmakers to enter into the global standards of filmmaking by having an exposure to Hollywood. This also provides them with ample opportunities to exchange the global culture and immerse themselves in the creative landscape of filmmaking.

Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF) is the first-ever Sri Lankan Film Festival Organized outside of Sri Lanka. CEYIFF is dedicated to presenting International and Sri Lankan Cinema to film lovers.

We are committed to promoting new filmmakers’ projects and showcasing their films to international audiences. Our mission is to screen independent films of all genres from all around the world.

The educational arm of the organization focuses on providing scholarships and other benefits to the filmmakers with the objective of encouraging them to strive in the filmmaking industry. Further, the educational arm also offers courses and training programs to help them sharpen the saw, using modern tools and innovations.

Master Class program for young filmmakers can be identified as another milestone of the organization where the two cents of experts are being given to the new bees, using virtual workshops and in-person workshops. This takes place in both countries, ensuring the exchange of customs and cultural knowledge that are indigenous.

The story of the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival established by a single individual, Igor Blazevic, just over a decade ago, is a classic case study on how one can transform to reality and run a film festival even in a place with no facilities and infrastructure, but only an idea. First supported by a small NGO, People in Need, The One World Festival, presents over 100 documentary films during nine days in Spring from around the world. It was the catalyst for the Human Rights Film Network, which brings together 33 festivals from around the world. That example boards well for Aruni’s planned Ceylon International Film Festival, which has a head start with the support of the Santa Barbara Institutions and leading personalities, including the mayor, a big supporter of the effort.

𝐁𝐮𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐰! Come experience these incredible stories! Click on the link to book your tickets!

https://www.lobero.org/events/ceylon-international-film-festival-2022/

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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration organized by the Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas:

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration organized by the Sri Lanka America Association of Las Vegas:

Sri Lanka America Association proudly presents the multi nation cultural presentation to celebrate the AAPI heritage month on May 29th @ 12 PM at Las Vegas DownTown Container Park. Free admission and gift packs for the first 200 attendees.

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Dedication of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara and inauguration of the Mindful Meditation Center in Covina and 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary of Dr. Walter and Mrs. Aeshea Jayasinghe

In the afternoon of Saturday, May 14th, a day before the sacred Buddhist Day of Vesak, a large gathering of several hundred persons of Sri Lankan origin, as well as American and other nationals, convened at the Mindfulness Meditation Center of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara in Covina to witness a solemn event of historical significance. In preparing the venue for the momentous occasion, dozens of Buddhist Monks, temple devotees, and volunteers worked long hours to decorate the building and the entire premises with Buddhist Flags, custom-made sculptures, and colorful floral arrangements.

The two-part event of the day commenced with the customary Perahera (Pageant) from the outskirts of the temple premises with the attendance of many Venerable Buddhist Monks from the numerous Sri Lankan and other Asian Buddhist Temples situated in the greater Los Angeles area. The Venerable Buddhist Monks were accompanied by a troupe of traditional Sri Lankan drummers, consisting of students from the Academy of Performing Arts of the Sri Lanka Foundation. Next, the devotees of the Mindfulness Meditation Center and other guests joined the procession carrying the casket of sacred relics to the inner chamber of the Budu Medura on the temple premises.

The President of the Board of Trustees and the chief benefactor of the project, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and Mrs. Aeshea Jayasinghe entered the Mindfulness Meditation Center with the Perahera and, amidst the chanting of the Venerable Buddhist Monks, led the ribbon-cutting and unveiling the memorial plaques to formally open the venue to the public, after engaging in the ceremony to hoist Sri Lankan, American and Buddhist Flags, 

In the program that ensued, blessings were invoked on the large gathering by more than 30 Buddhist Monks from temples in the greater Los Angeles area as well as from other parts of the US and other countries including the Most Venerable Thirikunamale Ananda Mahanayaka Thero from Sri Lanka, the Most Venerable Digamadulle Vimalananda Nayaka Thero from Melbourne, Australia, the Most Venerable Sitinamaluwe Sugathasara Nayaka Thero from Brisbane, Australia, the Venerable Kapugama Seelawansa Maha Thero from Sri Lanka and the Most Venerable Maharagama Dhammasiri Nayaka Thero from Washington DC. After several messages of the Dhamma followed by traditional drumming, the stage was set for the important handing over of the premises to the Maha Sanga (Venerable Monks). Dr. Walter Jayasinghe proceeded to dedicate the Mindfulness Meditation Center to the Chief Prelate of the center, Venerable Makandure Dhammapeetihi Thero, by way of handing over the Sannasa or the Scroll of Memorandum in keeping with the time-honored Sri Lankan Buddhist tradition. 

Addressing the distinguished gathering, Venerable Dhammapeethi Thero traced the history of the landmark project, which was initiated by a small group of Sri Lankans more than five decades earlier. They were committed to continuing their traditional religious practices and providing their children with an environment close to their religious and cultural heritage. The establishment thus fulfilled this needDhamma Society. Later, the property for the first temple, popularly known as the “Beachwood or Hollywood temple,” was acquired, and the temple was formally established. This was due to much hard work by several residents of Sri Lankan origin in the Los Angeles area. These original trustees, some of whom are still highly active, were instrumental in setting up the temple with resident monks. However, in their infancy, they had to go through many growing pains. As a result, there was a transition period when few determined and dedicated committee members met almost weekly for a whole year to keep the temple open even when there was no priest in the temple. At that point, the committee decided to seek advice from one of the most prominent monks in Sri Lanka, the late Most Venerable Madihe Pannaseeha Mahanayaka Thera. With the late Most Venerable guidance, the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara became an affiliated Centre to Siri Vajiranana Bhikku Training Centre in Maharagama, Sri Lanka. Later in 1978, at their invitation, Most Venerable Ahangama Dhammarama Nayaka Thera arrived from Sri Lanka and became the Viharadhipathi of the temple. The Sri Lankan community welcomed the opportunity as the temple provided them to engage in traditional religious activities.

Over the years, the temple has grown significantly in the number of devotees served. Therefore, the resident monks, trustees, and the temple development committee decided to move the temple premises to a more suitable location with appropriate zoning to function as a religious institution. As a result, after much dedication, hard work, and philanthropy, the current location in Covina was realized in 2020 to serve the community. Since then, the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara has extended its service as Mindfulness Meditation Center – Covina to benefit many people from different faiths. 

  Since its inception, the success of this endeavor has been shared among all the Buddhist monks at the temple, the Board of Trustees, Office-Bearers of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara, and devotees. All of them dedicated their valuable time, energy, and material and spiritual resources to the progress of the temple’s religious and social activities. for the Sri Lankan community in the Los Angeles Area in 1973 of, the Sri Lanka-America Buddha Dhamma Society. Later, the property for the first temple, popularly known as the “Beachwood or Hollywood temple,” was acquired, and the temple was formally established. This was due to much hard work by several residents of Sri Lankan origin in the Los Angeles area. These original trustees, some of whom are still highly active, were instrumental in setting up the temple with resident monks. However, in their infancy, they had to go through many growing pains. As a result, there was a transition period when few determined and dedicated committee members met almost weekly for a whole year to keep the temple open even when there was no priest in the temple. At that point, the committee decided to seek advice from one of the most prominent monks in Sri Lanka, the late Most Venerable Madihe Pannaseeha Mahanayaka Thera. With the late Most Venerable guidance, the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara became an affiliated Centre to Siri Vajiranana Bhikku Training Centre in Maharagama, Sri Lanka. Later in 1978, at their invitation, Most Venerable Ahangama Dhammarama Nayaka Thera arrived from Sri Lanka and became the Viharadhipathi of the temple. The Sri Lankan community welcomed the opportunity as the temple provided them to engage in traditional religious activities.

Over the years, the temple has grown significantly in the number of devotees served. Therefore, the resident monks, trustees, and the temple development committee decided to move the temple premises to a more suitable location with appropriate zoning to function as a religious institution. As a result, after much dedication, hard work, and philanthropy, the current location in Covina was realized in 2020 to serve the community. Since then, the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara has extended its service as Mindfulness Meditation Center – Covina to benefit many people from different faiths. 

  Since its inception, the success of this endeavor has been shared among all the Buddhist monks at the temple, the Board of Trustees, Office-Bearers of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara, and devotees. All of them dedicated their valuable time, energy, and material and spiritual resources to the progress of the temple’s religious and social activities.

In his brief address to the gathering, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, while illustrating the humble beginnings of the temple, paid homage to several persons, including the pioneers of this noble project, the deceased Messrs. Harry Hatharasinghe Cyril Karunasena and Chandra Haththotuwegama. He expressed his appreciation of their colossal efforts from its inception in the 1960s to make this day a reality. Dr. Jayasinghe and his family are more than pleased to dedicate much-needed resources to enable the community to benefit from the Mindfulness Meditation Center under the proficient guidance and leadership of the Venerable Dhammapeethi Thero.

Once the program to dedicate the Mindfulness Meditation Center to the Maha Sangha was concluded, the gathering proceeded to partake of dinner by way of a traditional Sri Lankan style ‘Dansela,’ courtesy of Dr. Walter and Mrs. Aeshea Jayasinghe, honoring their 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary.

Once guests were seated in specially constructed marquees in the parking area of the premises, a short program to honor Dr. And Mrs. Jayasinghe commenced with a colorful dance performance by students of the Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts.

A message of felicitations was conveyed by Mr. Nandi Jasuntiliyana, formerly the Deputy Director-General of the United Nations and Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, and President Emeritus of the International Institute of Space Law & Policy. In his address, Mr. Jasentuliyana humorously elucidated how his close friend Walter met Aeshea more than 50 years ago! He gave a first-hand account of how Walter drove from the East Coast to Chicago in the midst of a winter storm upon receiving a message from Aeshea’s father. Hereafter, they, along with Aeshea’s mother, moved to California in search of warmer climes. Together with their hard work, their marital harmony resulted in fostering a great family and a steely resolve to help the community in a multitude of ways.

The day’s activities concluded with a serene Bhakti Gee recital in keeping with the traditional Sri Lankan Vesak period festivities.

Sri Lankan Poet Releases Her Full-Length Poetry Collection”

Aruni Wijesinghe is a Sri Lankan-American writer. A project manager, ESL teacher, occasional sous chef and erstwhile belly dance instructor. She holds a BA in English an AA in dance and a certification in TESOL. Aruni is a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County, New York and Orange County, California.

Her work has been published in journals and anthologies both nationally and internationally. She has a solo poetry collection forthcoming with Moon Tide Press and (2022) and a duet collection with Picture Show Press (2022). Most notably, her first full-length poetry collection is due for release in April of 2022. Titled 2 Revere Place, this collection of memoir in verse is a love song to her family; the subject matter is the first ten years of her family’s life in the U.S. and tackles subjects ranging from cultural identity to assimilation to the challenges of being an immigrant family in the United States during the 1970s. Though these poems are not her first publication, this volume is her first solo collection.

Aruni is the daughter of Drs. Nandi and Neelakshi Wijesinghe, and sister to Ashini Wijesinghe Harris and Dr. Manik Wijesinghe. Her parents were both raised in Galle, attended medical school in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to the United States in 1969. They made their first home in New York state, where their three children were born, then made the move across country to Southern California in 1979. Dr. Nandi Wijesinghe established his private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology with specialty in Perinatology in Orange County while Dr. Neelakshi Wijesinghe worked as a Pediatrician and top administrator for the Orange County Health Department. Dr. Nandi Wijesinghe is the recipient of the Sri Lanka Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.

She lives and writes in Orange County, California with her husband Jeff and their cats Jack and Josie.

Book description for Moon Tide website:
Books

In 2 Revere Place, Aruni Wijesinghe unfolds her family’s first ten years in the United States through a gently curated collection of poems. The lush narrative moves from Sri Lankan beaches through apartment living in the Bronx to a quiet Rockland County suburb, leaving a trail of exquisite details charting the journey. Ms. Wijesinghe chronicles her family’s evolution into Americans through the eyes of a child learning what it means to hold two countries inside herself. Her reflections on the past glimmer with firefly light while calling the immigrant experience of 1970’s America into laser focus. Part memoir and part coming-of-age story, 2 Revere Place invites readers to live inside tender skin that tiptoes the line between cultures.

Copies of the book can be ordered directly from the publisher, Moon Tide Press, via this link:
https://www.moontidepress.com/books

SLAASC in Southern California Celebrates Sinhala & Tamil New Year

Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California celebrated Sinhala and Tamil New Year at Woodley Park on April 23rd, 2022. 

The festival started with electing officers for the 49-year-old association. A tray with kiribath, banana, betel leaves and other sweets were served after the lighting of the oil lamp. The tents offered many traditional sweet and food items. Among the games ‘pillow fight’ attracted many different age groups while coconut scraping game aroused more enthusiasm. The event had subdued music due to the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka. The following were unanimously elected to serve the year 2022.

Michael Samantha Kurera was elected to serve as the President for the second term due to his dedication and commitment to the Sri Lankan community in Southern California.

The following Office Bearers were unanimously elected to serve the year 2022.
Vice President: Trevine Berty Fernando 
      Secretary: Ishan Hettiarchchi
Asst Secretary: Vidushi Madawala
Treasure: Lorna Goonetilleke
Committee Members: Jude Abeygunerathne, Nedra Abeygunerathne, Faisal Buhari, Mano Cabral, Nadhini Silva, Syilvia De Silva, Jagath Perera, Jude Fernando, R Gobishankar, Mangala Jayakody, Aruna Krishntha, Kaushika Geethani, Ardie Palpola, Nelupa Perera, Shamuganathan Vaithillingam,