Fund Raiser 2011

‘Clifford Richards Live in Concert’ was organized to raise funds to renovate the main building of our school which is known as the “Identity” of the school, in time for the 80th Anniversary celebrations. It took place on Sunday the 23rd October at Waters Edge, Battaramulla at 7.00 p.m. Tickets were priced at Rs. 1,500/- and Rs. 2,000/- (reserved seats). Since it was a public event lots of members and non-members were present.

Annual General Meeting

The 26th Annual General Meeting of the Colombo Branch of the PPA was held in March 2011. We contributed Rs.100,000/- towards the Sports Fund of the school. The AGM was followed by a power point presentation on our activities in 2010, a hilarious comedy by our members, singing and dancing by our members as well as our sisters of the Mother Union, Principal and Deputy Principal and a fellowship lunch.

Religious Activity

Every year the new committee commences its programme of work with a religious activity. This year we organized a sil programme at the Dharmagaveshi Temple in May 2011.

Kandy Girls’ Schools’ Get-Together

The annual Kandy Girls’ Schools get-together ‘Pink n Purple Ladies’ Nite’ was held at the Diamond Room at Aitken Spence Towers in November 2010. The the fun-filled event was organized by the our Branch.

Assistance to School

A much-needed steel cabinet was gifted to the ‘Sunday School’ which has been initiated at our school. We contributed towards the air fare of a student, who was chosen to take part in the ‘Asian Physics Olympiad-2008’ which was held in Mongolia this year. She was the only female out of 8 students selected and the only student from the Central Province.

30 Wheel Chairs for Disabled Armed Forces Personnel

Recognising the need for wheel chairs for the disabled and their inability to proceed to their homes due to this shortage, we decided to raise funds to purchase 10 wheel chairs initially, but were able to raise Rs. 246,400/- to purchase 28 wheel chairs, and along with two wheel chairs provided by two of our members, we were able to donate 30 wheel chairs.

Medicine to Maharagama Cancer Hospital

Injections to the value of Rs. 37,500/-, which are beyond the reach of most patients due to their high cost, were donated to the patients at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital, to impart merit to late Mrs. Chandra Rajapakse Perera, one of our much valued Patrons, from the inception of our Association and a well respected former faculty member of Mahamaya, who passed away recently.

Annual General Meeting 2012

The AGM was held on the 18th of March 2012 at the International Federation of University Women’s headquarters at 96/25 Kithulwatte Road, Alvitigala Mawatha, Colombo 8.

Religious Function 2012

The religious activity was held on the 20th of May at No. 256 Sri Sugatharamaya Ruhunapura, Thalawathugoda. There were about 53 participants. The money that was collected from the committee and the donation from the PPA was given to Bikkuni Kusuma and the temple.

Fund Raiser 2013 – extracts from a Review by Sirohmi Gunesekera

It rained cats and dogs on Saturday, 9th February 2013 but the audience braved the inclement weather and showed up for “Ridmaranga” at the Kularatne Hall of Ananda College, for they knew that a spectacle by the “Chitrasena School of Dance” was worth the effort.
The show definitely lived up to the expectations with Thaji, the legendary Vajira’s grand-daughter, dancing her way into the hearts of the audience!

The show began with a traditional “Saraswathie Pooja”, a dance invocation to Goddess Saraswathie choreographed for Upeka as the opening act at the “Sarasavi Film Festival” in 1991.

Next came the traditional drum rhythms of the Kandyan dance as performed skillfully by drummers Susantha, Prasanna, Udaya and Priyanga.
This item was followed by “Nritha Tharanga” extracted from the Low Country dance ritual and performed by Mithilani who obviously enjoyed her dancing.

Vajira’s skill in choreographing was evident in the excerpt from the ballet “Nala Damayanthi” where she also danced as the Lead Swan.

Thaji then danced “Ridmaranga”, and excerpt of pure movement from the Kandyan
Dance ritual which was choreographed for Thaji’s aunt Upeka in 1984. This item was followed by “Ruhunu Bera”, the traditional drum rhythms of the Low country style.

A Sing Along with BLACK

The annual get together for 2014 was a sing along held at the “The Stables” Park Street Mews.