Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good News From Jayam

Happy Vesak

vesak 2

The Beautiful Vesak Lantern at the Sarathchandra Temple

in North Hollywood, Ca. last year.
SLAASC Celebrates 
Aluth Avurudu/Puthandu in Los Angeles

Hundreds gathered at Woodley Park in California to celebrate the Sinhala/Hindu New Year. With the lighting of the traditional lamp, raban playing, games, competitions, avurudu kumari, kiribath, chicken curry and music by the Rhythm Company, this event put on by the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC) continues to attract Sri Lankans from all over California.
A Fabulous Gypsies Dance in California

Over 450 people attended the SOLD OUT Gypsies Dinner Dance organized by Tropical Lanka (the dynamic trio of Sanjiv Gunasekera, Upul  Dharmadasa and Chris Ganlath).  The Gypsies proved themselves to being top class entertainers with Sunil Perera at the helm.  The dance floor was always full.  Great food, great music, great people, great fun!  Above
are Alex and Suba Perera, Dharshan and Shantha Sudharshana, Munir and Habiba Akbar, Sondra Kumaraperu, Lilamani and Mohan Perera and Jocelyn and Robert Estep.

Sunil Perera of the Gypsies takes a break with two of his fans.
The Gypsies Perform 
at Anaheim Hills California

Showman, organizer and presenter of the Gypsies Concert, Thusitha de Silva lights the traditional lamp while the Channa Upuli dancers watch.

Part of the large crowd at the Gypsies Live Concert at 
the Pearson Park Amphitheater in Anaheim

For Table Reservations and Preferred Seating, Contact
Sanka, Therese. Kingsley or Jayam at 626-335-7266
Tickets now available – Make your reservations

2nd Annual Golf Challenge 
Orange County and LA
Welcome Back Chiran Chandrasena

 Members of the Orange County Team celebrate with the Chief Guest Chiran Chandrasena. 
Manny De Cruz, Milan Karunaratne, Kapila Abeysekera, Ranjan Abeysekera, Chiran Chandrasena (Chief Guest) with trophy , Dr Mahinda Jayaratne (President, OCSLGC), Josh Brown, Pujitha De Silva (Captain), Ms Jean Wong, Dion Jayasekera, Pat Brown, Richard Wiens, Dave Telefoni, and Lalith (Luvrugby) Perera. The 2nd annual Golf challenge, between SLAGC of CA, Los Angeles team verses the Orange County (OCSLGC) team was held on the 11th of April at the Los Serranos Country Club, Chino Hills, California. (Los Serranos Golf course is the longest course in California). The tournament was match play, partners best ball, 24 golfers in pairs in each team, total 48 golfers. Both teams had 6 wins each, resulting in a tie.The golf was followed by dinner and an awards presentation. Mohan Chandramohan, President of the SLAGC of Ca, presented Chiran with a plaque in recognition of his valuable contribution over the many years, to golf amongst the Sri Lankan and American community.
Ingrid’s Friend Englebert Humperdink

Aloma, Ingrid Millikan, Englebert, Rohan Weerasinghe and Patrick, at an after party in Beverly Hills where “Eng” performed.
Melbourne Australia /Serendib Awards

Alston Koch carried away the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at a glittering award ceremony held in Melbourne, Australia recently. Among his achievements have been the No 2 Album for SONY RECORDS in Australia & the Pacific in 2013, been recognised by the Australian music body A.R.I.A as ‘The Funk Master’ by the ARIA Chartfacts team. Alston Koch was also admitted to the Grammy Academy in America meeting their stringent criteria and also received the G.O.D Awards ‘World Artist Of The Year’ at the United Nations. Gold & Platinum Awards as well  since 1977 for both RCA and ARIA have Australia’s major newpapers crowning him the King Of Disco and the biggest selling Australian magazine ‘Woman’s Day’ calling his success ‘The ‘Good News’ Chart Success of 2013′
Sidadiyen dura atha
Sidadiyen dura atha
Beautiful Views – On the Water  
Ideal for Resort Hotel or Apartments

House of Curry – Rosemount Minnesota

Nalaka Abeywickrema, Vini Dissanayake, and Aruni Mahagamage, Owners of the House of Curry. “There were no other Indian restaurants in Rosemount, so we thought we could fill a niche. We also heard that people loved the Sri Lankan House of Curry in Uptown Minnesota and they still talk about it.” 
Manik Pereira – Maritime Wake Up Call

Manik Pereira is the Chairman of Pership Group and Asha. He has witnessed the highs and lows that have buffeted the industry for decades, and notes that “the global shipping industry has also been volatile over the past few decades, while the European shipping lines, the Greeks and then the Far East lines held – and continue to hold – sway in global shipping.”  As an industry veteran, Pereira urgently calls for a long-term vision on the part of authorities: “We need to market the port aggressively abroad, and invite more shipping lines to enter the market with bigger and better incentives.” “Our location is our best asset, and we should learn to exploit this to the fullest. Greater cooperation between the public and private shipping interests would also benefit the industry. 
Sri Lanka’s Open Air Zoo in Pinnawela

Two leopards are seen at the Pinnawala open-air zoo declared open recently by Sports and Tourism Minister Naveen Dissanayake. A large crowd visited the zoo after the opening. Local and foreign tourists will be admitted free-of-charge till April 30, 2015.
Vice Chancellor of Oxford University
in Houston, Texas 

Oxford University Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton visited Houston on 15 April 2015, where he met with Oxford Alumna Agnes Thambynayagam, who did research on the history of Sri Lanka at Oxford and published the book, ‘The Gentiles, A History of Sri Lanka 1498-1833″.  Agnes is currently St. Antony’s College liaison officer in Texas.
Good News – Malcolm is O. K.!
Young Physician Mixer in Pasadena, Ca.


Robert Brown, Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, invites you to the Ninth Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian art

Sri Lanka: A Land of Multicultural Exchanges
Given by Osmund Bopearachchi, Director of Research at the French National Center for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S), Paris

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, 
Sunday May 3rd / 1 pm / Lecture / Brown Auditorium
This event is free and open to the public

 Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi presents the spectacular but little known art from the island nation of Sri Lanka, the subject of a major forthcoming exhibition at LACMA. He places the Buddhist and Hindu sculpture, paintings, and architecture in relationship to the art of South and Southeast Asia, identifying Sri Lanka as a hub of trade and culture across Asia.
Parking is available in the

 lot at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Spaulding Avenue.

Fruits of Sri Lanka

Cadju Pulang. The cashew (cadju) tree is a tropical evergreen tree that produces the cashew nut and the cashew apple. It can grow as high as 14 metres, but the dwarf cashew, growing up to 6 metres, has proved more profitable, with earlier maturity and higher yields.
President Presents Cargills Farmer Awards

President Maithripala Sirisena presents award to a farmer while Cargills
Chairman Louis Page looks on. The President awarded 18 vegetable and dairy farmers from across Sri Lanka the Cargills Saru Bima Farmer Citizens award at a ceremony held at the BMICH, Colombo recently. The occasion also saw over 200 students receiving scholarships towards higher education while 500 farmers received medical insurance policies during the ceremony.
Sri Lankan American Soccer Champion
Hannah de Silva

Above is an article in a recent newspaper about Hannah de Silva of Woodland Hills, California. Hannah is the daughter of Dinesh and Angela de Silva.  Hannah is a star soccer player for Palisades High School, leading the team with 14 goals and seven assists through 13 games. “What I love most about soccer is the team aspect, being all together. We’re like a family.” said Hannah of her team. Hannah along with a team mate has her picture “in action”, on flags hanging on the lamp posts of the City of Pacific Palisades.  Hannah has been awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
You Asked for it – Watch Sri Lankan Channels
in the Comfort of Your Home in America
Sri Lanka Muslim Association 
Meets Top L. A. Police Officials

The President of the Sri Lanka Muslim Association of California (SLMAC) Mohammed Hamza met with Los Angeles Police (LAPD) Chief Charlie Beck and LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing (in the middle) of the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau at the Muslim Community Forum on Thursday April 2, 2015. Also in photo is Faisal Buharie, Scretary of SLMAC.
Famous West Indies Cricketer 
Alvin Kallicharan Meets Sri Lankan Cricketers

At a  SCYCA Fundraiser Dinner meeting with Alvin Kallicharan as Chief Guest were Rohan Thangaratnam, Anil Weerasinghe, Newton Weerasinghe, Michael Voss, Alvin (yellow shirt), Shantha Suraweera, Nalaka Gunawardhana, Manjula Vithana, & Ananda Weerasinghe. Alvin Kallicharan was one of the most jovial and affable cricketers of his era, playing 66 tests and 31 ODI’s for the West Indies from 1972-1981. The Dinner was in Lake Forest, Ca.
Jayam’s Choice
Marianne - The Brothers Four
Marianne – The Brothers Four – Pls click on link
Roma’s Recipes

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon fine grain Salt
2 teaspoons unsweetened Cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups Vegetable Oil
1 cup Buttermilk (at room temperature)
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
2 ozs.Red food coloring
1 tablespoon Vinegar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Lightly oil and flour
   3 (9×1 1/2 ‘) round cake pans.
2. In a large Bowl, sift together the Flour, Sugar,
   Baking Soda, Salt and Cocoa powder.
3. In another large Bowl,whisk together the oil, Buttermilk,
   Eggs, Food coloring, Vinegar and Vanilla.
4. Divide the smooth Batter equally into the three cake pans.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes or till the sides leave the sides 
   of the Pans. Test for doneness with a skewer in the center of the 
   Cake. Rotate cakes after 10 minutes in the oven. Do not overbake.
   Remove pans from oven and let cool and then turn over onto wire 
Mascaporne/Cream Cheese Icing.
1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted room temperature Butter
1 cup or 8 ozs Cream Cheese (at room temperaure)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Pinch of fine Salt
1 cup (8 ozs) Mascaporne Italian Cream Cheese.
   (At Room Temperature) available at Grocery Stores.
Whisk the Butter, Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar,
Vanilla and Salt. Add the Mascaporne and blend evenly.
Do not overbeat as it could curdle.
To assemble
Place one circle of cake on your Platter,spread about a 
1/2′ of icing evenly and place the second cake very 
carefully on top and spread the second top with the
icing in the same way. Lastly, place the third cake and
spread icing around the entire Cake and the top.Sprinkle 
chopped Pecans OR a Red Rose for MOM on her special
Day which is coming up.
Please email me with any questions or requests.

Obituaries – Sad News
Sharmini Mathew
Passed away in Nuwara Eliya after a heart attack. 
Wife of the late Srikantha Mathew, Mother of Sonali and Shanaka, Mother in Law of Maithri Gunaratne and Chulanthi Mathew. Grandmother of Charitha, Lochana, Migara and Kavinda. Sister of Rohan Abeysinghe, Anoma Fernando and Nihal Abeysinghe. Cremation was on April 18, 2015 at Kanatte. Sharmini was the most kind hearted person we have known. “It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa. Sharmini gave to orphanages and hospitals, always with love. She will surely attain Nibbana!

MENDIS – NIMAL Veteran Musician Nimal Mendis passed away. Renowned composer and musician well known lyricist and composer passed away April 17, 2015 

Some of the his early western compositions sung by Mary Marshall , Cliff Foenander ,Sandra Edema, The Jay Brothers  and the very popular instrumental “Kandyan Express”

(Formerly of Sulaiman’s Nursing Home). Beloved husband of Everilde (nee Lye), loving father of Shano Cristilli, Anju Haniffa and Nina Schussman, father-in-law of Lali and Michael Cristilli, loving grandfather of Richelle, Stephanie, Kasandra and Tara, son of late Mr & Mrs P.T. Haniffa, brother of late Hashim, Faleel and Kaleel. Janaza took place on April 6, 2015 at Westminster Memorial, California
The Rukkaththana Flower of Sri Lanka
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Beyond race, religion, culture, status! 

Where in the world will you find this happening? 

Love being Sri Lankan 

2015-04-19 17:07:18

The notorious under-world gangster M .N. Naufer alias Potta Naufer, who is sentenced to death for the killing of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya had won the first place in the music cards game, an event which is similar to musical chairs game at a Bak Maha Ulele organised by the Badulla Prisoners’ Welfare Association. 

The Bak Maha Ulele event was held at the Badulla Prison Complex under the instructions of Badulla Prison Superintendent, Rohana Galappatti, who organised several events including, breaking of the clay pot blindfolded, pillow fight, putting the eye on the elephant and tug of war. 
M .N. Naufer alias Potta Naufer who won the first place in the music cards game was the eye-catching event at the Bak Maha Ulele. The Badulla Prison had won first place for the sixth consecutive year. (Palitha Ariyawansa)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sri Lanka Tourism becomes top four at Global Tourism show

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Sri Lanka Tourism did the country proud by winning 4th position among 83 countries and 11,000 exhibition booths at the World’s biggest travel and tourism convention ITB 2015 staged in Berlin, Germany announced the Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Rohantha Athukorala. … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Happy Sinhala and Hindhu New Year   Aluth Avurudha – Puthandu

SLAASC Celebrations at Woodley Park in Van Nuys, Ca.  Tomorrow, Saturday April 11, 2015. Good News From Jayam   April 15, 2015        Please Scroll Down President Maithripala Sirisena Visits China  President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in China recently … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment

Joe-Pete Joint Past Cricketers’ Dinner

Good News From Jayam April 1, 2015           Please Scroll Down President Maithripala Sirisena  Meets the Queen of England President Maithripala Sirisena, and his wife Jayanthi greet the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth, during the Commonwealth … Continue reading

Gallery | Leave a comment

Sri Lanka: Stay with the LLRC Report – Obama’s advice

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Sat, 2015-02-21 08:18 — editor By Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune Media Note Washington, D.C. 21 February (Asiantribune.com): At a time the current Sirisena-Wickremasinghe administration is planning to engage in yet another domestic investigation to ascertain the conduct of the … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged | Leave a comment