The SLF APA Shines at the Mystique Fusion Event by SLMAC

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
The Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts (SLF APA) students recently delivered a captivating performance at the Mystique Fusion event hosted by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association of California (SLMAC) in Los Angeles, California. This event was held on Sunday, 28 January 2024, at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, serving a noble cause: the fight against cancer. The exclusive ladies’ affair was a fundraiser fashion show supporting cancer research and awareness initiatives. It brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds, all united in their commitment to combating this pervasive disease. Against the backdrop of elegance and purpose, the talented performers from the SLF APA showcased their skills, captivating the audience with their artistry and passion. Their mesmerizing performance added grace to the event, highlighting the power of art in spreading messages of hope and solidarity. Behind all these stellar performances stood Achala Weerasinghe, the Director of the Academy
Read More →

A Spectacular Showcase from the SLF APA at Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day!

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
The Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts (SLF APA) gave a spectacular performance at the grand celebration of Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day in Los Angeles, California. This event was held with immense pride and patriotic fervor, and was a true testament to the cultural richness and heritage of Sri Lanka. The Independence Day anniversary was celebrated by the Counsel General Office of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles with the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, bringing together Sri Lankan expatriates and friends of Sri Lanka. The talented dancers from the SLF APA took center stage, captivating the audience with their mesmerizing performance. The island nation’s rich cultural tapestry was celebrated with the rhythmic beats and the graceful movements of Kandyan dance. As the melodies of traditional music filled the air and the dancers moved in perfect harmony, spectators were reminded of the profound connection that binds them
Read More →

Southern California proudly celebrates Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day!

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
මගේ සිරිලක ගැන – ලොවට කියමි මම​ සුරපුරයක් වෙන – ලොවේ මෙවැනි නැත​ සරු පස පොළොවෙ න් – වැහි බිඳු අහසි න් මුතු කැට මිණී කැට – මගෙ සිරිලක ඇත​. (By Miranda Hemalatha) February 4th marked the 76th anniversary of Sri Lanka gaining independence from colonial rule. Sri Lankan National Day, also referred to as Independence Day, is a significant Sri Lankan holiday observed annually. It celebrates the nation’s liberation from British colonial rule in 1948. This commemoration is widely celebrated nationwide with various festivities, including flag-hoisting ceremonies, vibrant dances, captivating parades, and cultural performances, symbolizing the spirit of unity and national pride. The Southern California celebration of Sri Lanka’s 76th National Independence Day occurred on February 3rd, 2024. The Independence Day anniversary was celebrated by the Counsel General Office of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles with the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California, bringing together Sri Lankan expatriates
Read More →

The SLF Academy of Performing Arts enrollment is open for 2024!

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
The Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts (SLF APA) has begun accepting students for the 2024 school year. The school held its annual enrollment event on January 14th, 2024, and warmly welcomed a new batch of students with great enthusiasm and pride. This year, the school had its highest number of enrollments of any previous year. Parents and prospective students had the opportunity to meet with currently enrolled students and teachers to get familiarized with how the school operates and the benefits of learning Sri Lankan cultural dance. The APA teachers all gave very encouraging and insightful speeches to further elaborate on how cultural dance enriches ones life and applies to all aspects of life. APA past graduates and existing students also addressed those in attendance and shared their experiences. The event began with the Director of the Academy of Performing Arts, Achala Weerasinghe, warmly welcoming the student body,
Read More →

SLF Int’l Academy of Performing Arts held their Siraspath Palandaveeme Mangalyaya – 2022

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
On Saturday, December 10th, 2022, the Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts (SLF APA), founded in 2015 and Accredited in 2019, held its second inaugural graduation ceremony at the Mindfulness Meditation Center in Covina, California. Senuri Pilana Manage, with her indomitable courage, effort, and commitment, became another successful graduate of Kandyan dance in our second Siraspath Palandaweeme Mangalya (Graduation) ceremony. She is a senior student who participates in online and in-person dance classes at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF APA). She was exploring to gain knowledge and new experiences through her learning process. Sri Lanka has a unique and rich traditional dance history of over 2500 years. Sri Lankan traditional dances offer worship, healing and meditation processes, sickness, and invoking blessings. Sri Lankan Traditional Dance graduation is called a “Kalaeli Mangalya.” When a Kandyan dance student has been dancing for several years and has
Read More →

SLF Int’l Academy of Performing Arts Showcased a Breathtaking Performance at Disneyland

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
This year, Sri Lanka Foundation (SLF) showcased a blissful finale to the year 2022 with the Academy of Performing Arts (APA) traditional Dancing Concert at Disney California Adventure Park Hollywood Backlot stage on the 26th of November. Flared with the festive vibe of the holidays, this event had the audience bubbling with joy in anticipation of the breathtaking performances of the members of APA, much like previous concerts of APA at Disneyland with much enthusiasm and awe. The ceremony was glorified by the presence of the Chairman, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, President/CEO, Dr. Dishan Jayasinha, Vice President, Mrs. Aeshea Jayasinghe, Mrs. Zuigly Jayasinha, and the COO, Shirani Stanislaus of SLF. The students and the teachers of APA, and the community performers were zealous by the honor of their presence at the event. The show was set in motion with a beautiful Managalam Dance, welcoming all the spectators and guests, performed by
Read More →

SPECTACULAR CULTURAL PERFORMANCES BY TALIN SILVA AND SLF ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS FROM USA

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade, a virtual Global Celebration, was launched in the United States on the Sri Lanka Foundation International Virtual Platform on August 13th and 14th, 2022 to showcase the rich artistic tradition, embracing the fine arts including music, dance and visual arts. Throughout the two-day festivities, the featured events staged from around the world when the sights and sounds and the unique taste of Sri Lanka virtually came alive. Mesmerizing dance and music performances were staged throughout the two days. It featured Sri Lankan traditional music, dances, art, and theatre staged from USA, Sri Lanka, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, U.K., and India. Hope you enjoyed watching the spectacular performances by Sanduani Sulochani Dance Group and the Senior Dance Troupe of Bishops College from Sri Lanka which was featured in the last weeks SLF News. This week we are featuring two more Amazing
Read More →

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

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
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
Read More →

SLF Visits University of Visual & Performing Arts in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
University of the Visual and Performing Arts, located in Colombo, the Faculty of Dance and Drama (FDD) was established parallel to the establishment of the University of the Visual and Performing Arts (UVPA) in July 2005 by upgrading the Institute of Aesthetic Studies of the University of Kelaniya under the Extraordinary Gazette Notification Number 1400/24 dated 08th July 2005. Today, the Faculty consists of seven Departments (i.e., Department. of Kandyan Dance, Department of Low-country Dance, Department of Sabaragamuwa Dance, Department of Percussion Music, Department of Indian and Asian Dance, Department of History and Theory of Dance and Drama, Department of Theatre, and Oriental Ballet and Contemporary Dance). The departments offer four-year (Honors) degree courses in thirteen areas of study. Each degree program aims to create a graduate with theoretical and practical knowledge in the relevant field of performing arts (i.e., dance, theatre, or film), creative and socio-emotional skills, critical and
Read More →

SLMANA WR IS RAISING FUNDS FOR COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email
The SLMANA WR is reaching to our fellow Sri Lankans to promote awareness, advocacy and raise funds for much needed help in Sri Lanka. As you know our motherland is heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and is in critical need. We are reaching out to you to kindly distribute the attached letter from the President of SLMANA WR Dr. Dineshi Liyanage to the SLF community. We appreciate your support and generosity. See letter attached for more details: Covid Relief Letter 5 20 2021- Final Sign the Petition to Support!! https://slmana.org/covid-19-vaccines-for-sri-lanka/ For more information contact: Daphne Torrijos, RN, BSN, PHN Secretary, SLMANA WR 626-616-8331
Read More →