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This CD includes 33 tunes that Vivian composed, and that were recorded with various backup ensembles ranging from just guitar to dance ensembles and bluegrass, from to This collection includes reels, hornpipes, waltzes, jigs, schottisches, strathspeys, airs, and other tunes that bring out her sensitivity to style and mood. The styles range from square, contradance, and ballrrom music to "oldtime" and bluegrass.

She has won over fifty fiddle contests, playing mostly in the traditional old time dance style of the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up and learned fiddling. The late Joe Pancerzewski is considered by many to have been the Northwest's greatest old time Canadian-style fiddler. He grew up on the family homestead near White Earth, North Dakota, and learned to play from his neighbors, the Nelson Brothers.

By age 12 he was riding out on horseback with them to play dances in schoolhouses around the region. He became a professional dance fiddler in the 's, first in Saskatchewan and later in Bellingham, Washington. In he went to work for the railroad, and in became an engineer and put his fiddle away.

When he retired in , he returned to fiddling and became a top show performer and winner of many fiddle contests throughout the U. He is one of the greatest waltz fiddlers we have ever known. Traditional tunes from the "Little Dixie" area, the mother lode of Missouri fiddling, played by master fiddlers from this region, Howard "Rusty" Marshall and John Williams.

Some of the tunes are familiar to many fiddlers, though the style in which they are played may not be so familiar. Other tunes are unique to this region. All are played very well with traditional backup by Arkansas Red. Great performances by the king of the Texas fiddle, recorded in the 's by Phil Williams in Voyager's facilities, at concerts, and at jam sessions.

Benny plays a wide variety of tunes on this recording, including Irish reels and hornpipes, tunes in cross tuning, old time tunes learned from his father, as well as the "Texas" style tunes for which he is famous. The tunes for this CD were selected for performance quality and uniqueness by Pete Martin and Vivian Williams from many hours of recordings of Benny in the Voyager archives.

Fine fiddling in unique Norwegian-American and Celtic styles. Jeff Anderson is from Waterville, Washington, and has been playing for shows and dances for over thirty years. Both of his grandfathers were Norwegian style fiddlers from North Dakota, and he is carrying on the musical traditions of his family.

One of the smoothest players anywhere! Vivian Williams - fiddle, guitar, vocals; Phil Williams - guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals. Phil and Vivian Williams have been playing dances and shows throughout the West for over 50 years. This CD features fiddle tunes, mandolin tunes, songs, and even an old time fretless banjo tune, representative of traditional music found in the Pacific Northwest.

Lee Stripling grew up in a musical family in Kennedy, Alabama. Lee's repertoire ranges from his dad's tunes to western swing music and sweet pop songs of the Depression and Wartime years, to tunes learned recently from younger fiddlers. Sweet fiddling, sweet songs. At the end of a long day on the Oregon Trail, the pioneers often played musical instruments, sang, and danced on the prairie beside the covered wagons.

Here are some of the tunes mentioned in their diaries, as well as other popular dance tunes of the era, played in old time style on fiddle, guitar, banjo and accordion. Phil and Vivian Williams grew up near the end of the Trail, have known tunes and dances of the Pacific Northwest's pioneer heritage since childhood, and are founding members of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, which was formed to perpetuate the pioneer music of the region.

The liner notes discuss the history of these tunes. Ye Banks and Braes. Great contra dance music! From December through February , Salmonberry produced and played for a contra dance on the second Saturday of every month in Seattle, Washington. The style of playing was inspired by several New Hampshire and Vermont musicians and bands, by the transplanted contra dance music evolved in the San Francisco Bay area, by several English regional traditions, and by the adaptation of Irish styles to contra dance playing.

This CD was recorded live at the May 11, dance. He was Missouri fiddle champion in , and his specialty is red hot versions of the famous old exhibition tunes. Canaday is accompanied by some of the "Little Dixie" region's best backup musicians on this production. This is hot, traditional Missouri fiddling by a master fiddler in this style, recorded live. There are extensive liner notes by Howard "Rusty" Marshall.

Leroy Canaday is the complete Missouri fiddler. What the Reviewers Say Liner Notes. Gil Kiesecker was born in and raised in Anatone, Washington, in the ranching and wheat farming country of the Blue Mountains. By the time he was 9 years old he played the fiddle and performed at local dances.

At age 14 he would ride on horseback 25 miles across the Grande Ronde River in Oregon to play dances from dark to daylight. His fiddling represents a truly Pacific Northwest style. Gil is a dance fiddler's dance fiddler.

Whether he's punching out a jig or a hoedown for square dancing, a stomp, waltz, schottische or a polka, there's no mistaking that this fiddler means business, and that business is dance music. Billy Lee is a legend in Missouri fiddling, both as a dance fiddler and entertainer. His family has been in America since , and in Missouri since His fiddling reflects the German and English traditions of his family.

Billy Lee came from a fiddling family and he has been playing since childhood. He plays the old hoedowns for square dancing, the show tunes from the old Grand Ole Opry days, and plays good bluegrass fiddle.

He is well known for his fine entertainment in the dance halls and jam sessions in eastern Missouri. John Hartford credited Billy Lee as being one of his main inspirations to take up the fiddle. Recorded live in Mr. Lee's living room with full band backup on guitar, banjo, and bass, it's "toe tappin' good!

There were two fiddlers on the Lewis and Clark expedition as they explored and mapped the route between St. Louis and the mouth of the Columbia River in The fiddling and dancing helped to maintain the morale of the men and to establish good relations with the Indians. Howard Marshall fiddle, fretless and fretted banjo ; champion Northwest fiddler and historian, Vivian Williams fiddle, harpsichord ; champion Missouri fiddler John Williams fiddle, percussion ; and noted Northwest traditional musician, Phil Williams guitar, mandolin.

Many of the selections feature just two fiddles, with one fiddle backing up the other, and simple percussion. Recorded live in stereo to preserve the natural acoustic sounds of the instruments. Included is an informative booklet with histories of tunes and information about music on the expedition. This is a CD for good old time square dancing, with a couple of waltzes, a jig, and a polka thrown in, just as at a typical Western old time country dance. The fourteen hoedowns are played long enough for most callers.

Vivian Williams is one of the West's best known dance fiddlers with many national, international, and regional fiddle championships as well. Her husband, Phil Williams , has been doing these dances ever since he was a small child. While he plays almost anything with strings on it at a dance, here he sticks to mandolin and bass.

Two of the recordings made by this band are still in press as CDs, and still influence present day bluegrassers. He is one of the true masters of bluegrass style banjo. On this recording Harley's wife, Shera Bray , sticks to guitar, but in real life she also plays mandolin and fiddle, and even calls dances!

A lot of the tunes on this CD are a part of America's old time dance music heritage. A few are relatively unknown. So, get on your dancing shoes and let's all have a good old fashioned hoedown! He grew up on a wheat farm, and at an early age was working in the fields, tending cattle and wrangling horses.

His dad was a fiddler, and by the time he was in high school he was playing fiddle, guitar and Hawaiian guitar for dances in Southeast Washington and Northeast Oregon. After he retired from the grocery business in Seattle, he joined the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, revived many of his old tunes and picked up some new ones from other fiddlers.

This is a great selection of tunes, some familiar and some not so well known, by one of the most authentic old time dance fiddlers we have met. Floyd and his band play good old time fiddle tunes and songs as they were meant to be played for dancing and listening. He plays in the typical Pacific Northwest dance fiddler style, with a very experienced band with whom he has been playing for many years.

Floyd and his band have been mainstays at old time fiddle shows in the Puget Sound area in recent years. It has been a pleasure for us to record and release this recording of Floyd and his band.

This type of fiddling, which used to be found at dance halls all over the Pacific Northwest, sadly is vanishing along with old time country dances and the dance halls. As a small child he fell asleep listening to the sound of his father's banjo and a neighbor's fiddling at local square dances. He started playing a "cornstalk fiddle," and at age seven started playing the banjo, learning fiddle tunes from his father.

A few years later he picked up the fiddle and started playing for the local square dances. Carthy plays in a generally Southern style, with a lovely sense of melody, phrasing, and bowing. He picked up other tunes from fiddlers in the Pacific Northwest, and has been a regular performer at fiddle shows, campouts, and jam sessions in the Northwest for many years.

He is accompanied here by the wonderful old time banjo playing of Jeanie Murphy, and the steady guitar of Jim Ketterman, with who he has performed for many years.

Carthy's music has been enjoyed by many listeners in the Pacific Northwest, and he has inspired many young fiddlers who have learned tunes from him. The liner notes give a fairly extensive background on Carthy. Gary Lee came from a fiddling family in Oklahoma. Among his heroes were Orville Burns, Benny Thomasson, and Clark Kessinger, and their influence shows in the liveliness, humor, and expressiveness of his fiddling. Gary Lee is a fiddle legend in the West! Scandinavian dance music played by Jeff Anderson and his wife, Jane Johnson, with the Nordic Exposure Band and other musicians with whom they perform and play dances.

Both of Jeff's grandparents were old time fiddlers of Norwegian heritage from North Dakota, and he plays in a uniquely sweet, smooth, and danceable style. Jane Johnson has been playing dances in the Puget Sound area for many years. They both can be found with their bands at many Scandinavian dances in the Pacific Northwest. Lively Canadian-Irish-Scottish fiddling from this great Manitoba-born fiddler, recorded when he was 92 years young.

He learned his tunes from fiddlers on the Canadian prairie and picked up a lot of tunes from well-known collections, such as Cole's Fiddle Tunes. He gives the tunes a personal touch that could never be depicted in a tune book! He is one of the best fiddlers we have ever met and we are delighted to release our second CD of his outstanding playing and great choice of tunes.

McMahan, from Harrisburg, Missouri, was born in and died in He developed a personal fiddle style that firmly echoes the Missouri fiddle tradition, and became a role model and teacher, both formally and informally, for a generation of young fiddlers. His fiddling influenced, and continues to influence, fiddlers from Missouri to the Pacific Northwest as well as elsewhere.

He played in a clean style, paying close attention to the demands of the tune for phrasing and styling, and applied his own sense of styling to develop many well known, as well as obscure, fiddle tunes into examples of the best of the art of fiddling. While Pete did enter and win many fiddle contest, he is not a "contest" style fiddler, but rather one whose fiddling and interpretation of the tunes is so good that he was admired and respected by fiddlers from other traditions. McMahan's fiddling career and many photos, and a discography and listing of articles about him on the inside of the tray card.

Various artists and performing groups, including: It is sponsored by the Tenino Lions Club. They bring in musicians largely from Southwest Washington who perform in their local community halls, schools, churches, and their own living rooms. All performers contribute their performance and the proceeds from the Festival which fills up the high school gym go to civic improvement projects in Tenino. The Lions present a broad range of performers - fiddlers, gospel groups, bluegrass, banjo bands, harmonica players, local dance bands, etc.

From through the Festival performances were recorded by us and others. We issued three Lps from these recordings in the s. This CD features a wide selection of instrumental performances from the original master tapes from these early years of the Festival.

It presents a slice of true Americana seldom heard on recordings today. Allen's dynamic and sensitive playing truly brings out the charm of the unaccompanied five string banjo and many of the styles in which it has been played over the past or so years.

The banjo became widely popular in America and Europe, and was a principal entertainment and dance instrument throughout the 19th century.

It is to this day in the South and among banjo aficionados elsewhere. Except among those in the know, the tunes and playing styles that made the banjo so popular are not heard much today by the general public.

This recording by Allen illustrates very well why the banjo was so well regarded in popular culture in past times, and deserves this recognition today. He grew up with banjo music, and started learning it from his father at an early age. In over 35 years of playing he has learned many great tunes in different playing styles from many well regarded traditional players. On this recording he uses several banjos, each with its own sound and playing characteristics, and each suiting well the tunes played on it.

These include his Fairbanks 7 Whyte Ladie; an s nylon strung Cole's Eclipse; a 20 pound Okie Adams; and a replica of an Boucher fretless banjo, presently in the Smithsonian collection, which he makes for present day really "old time" players. On four of the selections, Allen is accompanied by Clif Ervin, the "Ambassador of the Bones," who grew up in East Texas in the s and started accompanying local banjo players on bones when he was seven years old.

He is still providing great rhythm to old time banjo players today, on real "bones" he makes himself! While Allen is true to the traditions of old time banjo playing, this recording is far from being an "academic" recital of banjo traditions - it lends itself well to being played and enjoyed over and over again!

It will give banjo players additional insights into the potential of the instrument and entertain those who have not yet brought the banjo into their lives. Allen, along with Clif, truly shows why the banjo became an entertainment mainstay in America and around the world.

Floyd Engstrom grew up in the Puget Sound region, and was playing dances in the 's in the typical Pacific Northwest style.

However, like a lot of fiddlers in the region he also was playing hymns and gospel tunes on his fiddle. These he plays in a simple, respectful way, in keeping with his strong religious beliefs. It is a pleasure to enjoy listening to these tunes, some of which are fairly commonly known, and others that are not so well known. They bring true pleasure and inspiration.

He is backed up very well on this recording by friends who have played with him at many fiddle shows and other events. Nelly Bly, Mazourka from Mr. Dancing was one of the most important recreational activities for pioneers in the West.

They danced squares, waltzes, mazurkas, schottisches, polkas, and Virginia Reels. Many of the tunes are well known while others are hardly known today at all. Some of the tunes commonly played today without all the original parts are performed with all parts as originally written in the 19th century. The selections offer a rare insight into the broad range of tunes danced to in the Far West over years ago. This CD is the result of extensive research into the tunes from the region's pioneer heritage by Phil and Vivian, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest playing and dancing to many of them.

The Williams have played traditional music together for over forty-five years and are well known in the West as music scholars and performers of the its old time dance music. The booklet with the CD contains extensive liner notes on pioneer dancing in the Far West and background of the tunes. John White, fiddle, with the Nine Mile Band: Master old time square dance fiddler John White comes from a fiddling family in north-central Missouri.

His fiddle playing style developed while playing for square dances in Shelby, Macon, Linn and Monroe counties, and his favorite fiddling venue is still the community square dances he and his wife, Betty, sponsor in Hallsville. John has been a master fiddle teacher in the Missouri Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and is a regular member of the staff at the summer fiddle camp in Bethel. On this CD he is backed up on some selections by the Nine Mile Band, a square and contra dance band that includes piano accordion, guitar, and clawhammer banjo.

On the rest of the tunes he is backed up by guitar, piano, bass, and old time Missouri style five string banjo. This is contemporary old time Missouri dance fiddling played by a great Missouri fiddler with experienced Missouri old time dance musicians.

Toe tapping fiddling and dance music the way it used to be, and still is, if you know where to find it! You'll find it here! The fiddle was the principal dance instrument on the Oregon Trail. Perera Mawatha, Uyana, Moratuwa. Anthony's Road, Kadalana, Moratuwa.

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Passed away on the 3rd of May Please join us on the day to pay our last respects to Anton. Funeral will be held on Dearly beloved husband to Muriel and ever loving father of Derek and Charlene has sadly passed away. His remains will lie at H. Please do not send any flowers, but if you would like to make a donation in his name, please do so via this page http: Joseph's Street, Uyana, Moratuwa. Rotarian - , De Silva Place, Pannipitiya.

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You have been taken away when you were only sixty five years. May god grant you eternal rest. In memory of Uncle Upali Gunasekara It's been a year but I find it difficult to write when my mind wishes my uncle should be still here.

Very sadly, it's harder to accept the reality or unfairness in life. Uncle Upali was my mum's second younger brother of five brothers. His journey and his life ended too soon sorrowfully but he will always be living in our hearts. It was just before 10pm on the summer day of 17th of June Not knowingly, my final moments with Uncle Upali.

He raised his feeble shaky hands up to the forehead as usual to pray because he gave the utmost priority to his faith in Buddhism. Though I asked him to rest his hands down due to the slowing down oxygen levels, he confirmed me "it's okay" echoes his voice again, two words he often used and smiled. How could he have such strength and determination without any fear as usual even nearing to the end of life? He had no signs of losing consciousness and he had no tears.

He battled with cruel cancer bravely. I was deeply hesitant to believe he was slipping out of life. He said "Miracles do happen". Guess he only tried to comfort his loved ones when our faces echoed the sadness.

I painfully grasped how the strong cancer medicine made my uncle weak and we were just helpless. He took his oxygen tube off just for a moment and let me feel the speed of the air.

The strong air pumped into his lungs just to extend his life for few more hours. I could only imagine the battle inside his lungs, and how he bore the struggle for life but we too put on brave faces. Without choice, finally he departed the most difficult hurdle in life within the next 12 hours. How helpless, sad, lost but incredibly brave you should be as a person to die or as a person to care? Though we could reminisce Dhamma to understand the life, illnesses, the faces of loved ones at the death, but nothing ever made sense of the great loss of my uncle.

The time may be the answer but I will pray everyday "may the magical cure be found for cancer! Now, we are left with memories of our uncle Upali and the lessons he taught us. The rest of his remarkable qualities, he cultivated himself learning from the society and shared with people around him.

He was much like his father, Wilbert Gunasekara. They both were careful of their outlook, neat shirt, clean shoes, combed hair and had calm attitude. He was a remarkable person as an obedient son, brother, husband, dad, uncle and a friend. He valued everyone and cared for people from his heart. Amazing the way he respected women. It was evident in his great love for his mother, sister, wife, nieces and friends by being there when needed. He understood how women work very hard in life and he wanted to help them.

This is why I consider his death as a huge loss for us and he deserved few more years at his retirement to fulfil his life. But our requests were not granted when the time was truly here. He showed us how money is necessary even to live in moderation. So, he worked very harder to earn and helped family, friends and contributed to Buddhism.

When there was not enough money, he contributed his energy day and night except for his last 3 weeks of life. He never liked to tire others for his easiness.

When life turned to different directions, he stayed the same in his character. When my sister, Nilmini visited him at the hospital few days before he died, he was very happy to see her. As usual, he gave her so much advice for the future. So does my mother have many stories to tell about her brother Upali with tears.

He copied the song, Gamen Liyumak by Clarence Wijewardena and sent to my mum showing his love for her. He was a great fan of Cricket though he played football for his school as a youngster.

I watched the Sri Lanka vs India game on 8th of June while he was on the hospital bed. It was amazing how cricket took his mind off from the pain temporarily. I felt his joy when Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.

I cherish the advices he gave me in his last days when we walked through the Royal Marsden hospital corridors will visit again once I recovered in the evenings to exercise his legs. I had to comfort him by saying all will be fine. He thanked me more than I deserved. I wanted to say so much to him but it never was the right time, when you deal with an ill person. However, I said how much I appreciated his care for everyone and he deserved more in return. As Buddhists we believe, life or the after-life we live by our own karma.

We should not think of going to heaven when we know the best place of peace is ultimate Nirvana. Your good karma will comfort your soul wherever you go.

Lord Buddha even reached the enlightenment as a human being and we should appreciate the human life without letting others to misguide us. I witnessed the way uncle Upali climbed up many steps closer to Nirvana. If it is ever possible, let him meet his parents and reach the Nirvana.

Though words cannot explain the unmeasurable loss of Uncle Upali's presence, everything will end someday. Until then, we could live on reaping more good karma that may guide us even to meet our dearests again. This is only a dedication to my brave uncle Upali lest we forget. She was the wife of late Dr. Rukmani Coomaraswamy, mother of Dr. Vijendra, Pathma Wimal Sockanathan and Dr. Percy Jayawardena 01 February - 30 April Beloved husband of Mano, father of four and grandfather to seven; past pupil of St.

Aloysius College Galle; pioneer of freight forwarding established over 50 years ago with Karpers Overseas, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. Dr Dinil Wickremasuriya A Life Well Led It is with great sadness I write this appreciation to show our respect and gratitude and to say a fond Farewell to one of our close friends and a batch mate from Colombo Medical faculty, who passed away few weeks ago peacefully after a brief illness.

His funeral service was held on Wednesday 24th April at Kemnal Park Crematorium in the presence of a large gathering of his close family members, friends and well wishers who came from far and wide across the UK. After getting his O level results, he then attended St Sebastian College Moratuwa to pursue higher studies He was the only successful medical entrant from St Sebastian College Moratuwa that year.

I came to know him in June when we entered the Colombo Medical faculty, University of Sri Lanka and continued with our close friendship ever since. Thanks to his initiative and with the excellent team effort, we brought about lots of improvements to the MSU 'common room.

He was an all-round sportsman and received university colours in cricket and athletics. He was always loyal, energetic and a sincere friend and ever ready to help anyone in need. Due to personal and family issues, he qualified few years later and did his internship in Chilaw Base Hospital.

Then he was posted as the MO. After qualifying as a medical practitioner, I wanted to buy a 2nd hand car with our meagre salary , and he took me around in his car to several car sales.

After many unsuccessful searches, he finally told me that his uncle also has a car for sale an old Ford Consul car, which I eventually bought. Dinil got married to his beloved wife Prabha when he was at Kariyamaditta Hospital and his repeated efforts to get a transfer to a more comfortable location failed. With a heavy heart, he decided to migrate to New Zealand and became a very popular GP for several years.

Later he became the senior partner, and he got another batch mate of ours Dr Daya Thenuwara to be his partner. He was a dedicated, compassionate and a very popular medical practitioner who offered his patients a very personal and an excellent service. Dinil was a practising Buddhist and guided his children to learn the Buddhist philosophy In spite of his busy life as a dedicated GP, he also engaged in social, spiritual and cultural activities in and around his locality.

In addition to his being a caring and a faithful husband, he was a dedicated and compassionate father of two sons elder son is a consultant paediatrician and the younger son is a IT consultant After retirement, he returned to his home town- Beruwala, Sri Lanka mainly to look after his ailing mother. He also conducted free health clinics on a regular basis and offered his help to various Buddhist Temples.

Following the loss of his mother, and with his two sons and their families in the UK, Dinil returned to the UK with his wife and made his home once again in Sidcup until his passing.

In spite of his ill health in the last few years, he was mentally alert, active and sociable and was ever ready to entertain his friends and relatives. He consented to donate his body to UK medical colleges after death, but sadly this couldn't be carried out due to the Easter holidays intervening. As his wish, the family arranged a straightforward funeral service with the presence of three Buddhist monks.

The Monks conducted the 'Pansakula' ceremony followed by speeches by his two sons who reflected on his life story in a very emotive and in a descriptive way. The service was also webcast live on line streaming for the benefit of those friends and relatives spread across the globe who could not physically be present at the funeral.

Even without much publicity, the large gathering present at the crematorium bears testimony for his immense popularity, humility and his brotherhood and community values.

After the close family offered their final farewell in true Sri Lankan style, it was so moving to watch the entire hall queuing up silently, to pay their homage to one of their much loved and respected close friends. Dinil is survived by his wife Prabha, his elder son Nalin and his wife Annette and their two daughters, and his younger son Ravi, his wife Sue and their two children. Dear Dinil, You would have been delighted with the presence of such a large gathering and how your loved ones conducted the final farewell.

You were indeed a true and a sincere friend Kalyana Mittha. You will be much missed by your family, broader relations and all your friends and well- wishers. May you attain the everlasting Bliss of Nibhana. Beloved sister of Gunapala and sister-in-law Thalatha.

Loving mother-in-law to Shaun. Loving grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. A devoted and caring friend to many. She will be sorely missed by all. Funeral service to be held on Saturday 28th April at Remembering Ari Ari dissanayake has been the definitive life force behind our PPA's unparalleled status with in the Sri Lankan community. Now living in quiet retirement in Colombo, her contribution to the Association was, to put it simply, magical'.

I met Ari at the AGM in However around , almost unwittingly, Ari introduced an extra dimension to the PPAs programme. She no doubt instinctively realized that with the vast resources at her disposal, she "Undeniably Beautiful and charismatic; supremely talenred with a great sense of humour" could pursue a yet unrealised ambition that of producing and directing her own stage shows, She declared she would experiment with the 'Visakha Geetha Natakaya' guided by the school video.

And she did it. The opera presented at the Commonwealth Institute was Colourful, no doubt amateurish being a first attempt, and with an enthusiastic all-female Visakhian cast, enormous fun. That was in The totally professional excellent musical drama 'Nari Bena' had an addendum 'Kamare Pore', Ari's last minute surprise, two gullible male lodgers being exploited by their shrewd, avaricious, mouthy landlady - and we all were doubled up in laughter to identify the brilliant actress as our own Ari - superbly appropriate for the part.

Just consider the magnitude of the tasks involved, finding the cast, music, costumes, lighting and sets, choreography, venues for rehearsals and shows etc. The cast came from PPA members, their spouses and children, and also Ans casual encounters in the temples, restaurants etc.

And above all, her indefatigable energy and resourcefulness that brought everything together. Also consider her contribution not just to the PPA, but also to all those whose hidden talents she discovered, enabling them to shine on the stage, those gawky young girls who miraculously were transformed to confident elegant models on the catwalk.

Ari has the love of so many in the community who firmly became 'Visakhas Friends'. Of course, Ari had the commitment and support of so many. Two names I must mention: Vipuli Samaratunga training the dancers, and responsible for the outstanding choreography in 'Nari Bena' which was as much her achievement as Ari's.

The second is Saro Kodagoda, mistress of the wardrobe, in charge of costumes and apparel in all the shows, quietly calm and in control. Now to digress, Ari introduced the style and format of the current newsletter. I thank her for encouraging any writing skills I posses. The Millennium dance Souvenir was exceptional, she put her heart into it.

Ari will find my personal assessment of her entertaining. Undeniably beautiful and charismatic; supremely talented with a great sense of humour; adventurous and daring in her creative endeavours; imperious, dominating, even bossy; and taking immense pleasure in being in the limelight; inviting and welcoming constructive criticism and touchingly compassionate in relationships.

Ari has served the PPA with all of her ability and totally from her heart. She could and should be an inspiration to the PPA, for her contribution has been unique. Amila Wadugodapitiya Inserted by Lakshmi de soyza.

We would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say "Goodbye". You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why.

Our hearts still ache with sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it meant to love you No one will ever know.

Since you'll never be forgotten, We pledge to you today A hallowed place within our hearts is where you'll always stay. Josephs Home for Elders Chapel Lansigama Marawila on 29th March being 31st day of his death followed by Alms giving for the inmates. I like to thank Sister Maris Stella and the Community for all the arrangements made by her.

If any readers who like to have a mass and give alms giving for their relatives and friends for any occasion such as Birthday, Anniversary, Death can contact Sister Maris Stella Superior, St. If anyone would like to offer your sympathies to Gerards Sister Dilani Nesanpillai in States her telephone number and her Aunt Mrs.

Lalitha Philomin telephone in UK. May their soul rest in peace, the good lord have granted eternal rest. Ganimathul Fawzia Sivardeen nee Nizar , much loved and loving father of Dr. Zaeem, loving brother of late Fathima, Khadija Umma, brother-in-law of late M. He was a very generous and helpful person who helps the poor and anyone who needs help, he was a friend in need. May his soul rest in peace. Ed A medical academic with a vision When I was a medical student in the seventies, the majority of my teachers were very conservative in their approach to imparting knowledge.

Although they instilled the values and ethos required of a future doctor but were reluctant to embrace the changes to develop the students nor did they make any attempt to nurture enquiring minds!

They were particularly loathe to question their own methods or performance. Prof Varagunam however was an exception for he was very enthusiastic to explore new ways of learning advocated by the Western academics who were gaining insight in to their own abilities, calling for analysis and research in to teaching methods displaying an interest to adopt new concepts of medical education.

Simply put he was a visionary, one of its first kind in the mid sixties perhaps better described as the doyen of medical education when he set foot in Peradeniya as a lecturer in medicine. On Wednesday the 7th of February generations of past medial students lined up in Kandy to pay their last respects as the mortal remains of the late Prof Varagunam lay at the funeral parlour.

A cross section of the population from many parts of Srilanka and across the globe mourned the passing away of the gentle giant who dedicated most of his life time serving the faculty of medicine at Peradeniya first as an assistant lecturer moving on to become a senior lecturer and then the Professor of Medicine, the post he held until the end of His achievements during this period were legion.

The young Varagunam received his early education at Govt Central College, Batticaloa moving to Royal college, Colombo where he excelled in academics and sports, Rugby being his forte. Entering the University of Ceylon to read medicine in , he qualified in taking up training posts in Colombo North after which he left for UK to further his training. On completing the training with a membership of the Royal College of Physicians, Varagunam returned to Colombo to join the dept of medicine as a lecturer.

His return coincided with the establishment of the faculty of medicine at Peradeniya which he chose as his base When the late Prof Macan Markar relinquished his duties at Peradeniya the then Vice Chancellor of the University, the late Sir Nicholas Attygalle hand picked Varagunam as the person to Chair the department.

Varagunam reciprocated the trust Sir Nicholas placed on him with his exemplary leadership and commitment. The modernisation of medical education resonated well with the expectations of his students. She has been a tower of strength to him for the last 55 years.

Prof was a very compassionate man extremely popular among every one who came in to contact with him. Sudharma Vidyatilake, his former trainee house officer and my contemporary, currently a consultant haematologist recalls the days she would be enjoying sumptuous meals prepared by Mrs Varagunam at their house where the juniors would gather often.

Apparently this was a routine that Prof would carry out for all his trainees during their time spent under his tutelage. Prof retired from the University post in when he was head hunted by the World Health Organisation serving it in an advisory capacity as a consultant in Tropical Diseases for a period of ten years based in Geneva. On completing this stint he returned to Kandy when the Srilankan Government sought his help to establish the medical school in Batticaloa in keeping with its policy of expanding University education across the country.

This was a great opportunity for the Prof to contribute to his birthplace which he loved. He jumped at the opportunity taking on the role as the Chancellor of the Eastern Province University steering and leading the establishment over the next ten years retiring from the post just after The impact of the ensuing civil war on the infrastructure was such that he was experiencing difficulties with travelling from Kandy to Batticaloa and was unable to carry on with this mission any longer.

Driven by humanistic principles Prof never opted to do private practice either during his teaching career or after retirement. He was more focussed on rendering the necessary help to the institution he served with loyalty continuing in a voluntary capacity serving as the Chair of the medical research committee and promoting the activities of the Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association which he was a patron of.

Troubled by peripheral neuritis he had to cut down his activities although he remained intellectually sharp and coherent retaining his sense of humour until he was called to rest. Philanthropy was in his genes. He donated vast acres of ancestrally owned land in Karativu for a hospital to be built for the local residents. In addition part of his property was acquired by the state for the build of the current Eastern University complex. He was down to earth and simple in his ways. Except for official duties he seldom dressed himself smart.

He was also a man of good humour. On one occasion while going through the Australian customs he was asked if he could speak English! His response was " I speak better English than you mate! Fate was such that as the nation woke up to commemorate the independence, from colonial rule, his students , colleagues and patients began to grieve the loss of a great physician, a teacher, a dedicated mentor and a true friend who touched several hearts.

An ebullient clinician, academic and a gentleman always displaying a pleasant disposition, Prof Varagunam throughly enjoyed the company of his old students, a rare characteristic for a man of his standing. I was very privileged to meet him often in the last 15 years. Gathering with contemporaries over a meal we would often reminisce, catching up on various topics including medical politics of Srilanka!

Last year Prof stuck a jubilant mood on the day I inquisitively touched on his 'alma mater' days at Royal as it was of mutual interest for I too attended the same school.

It was Rugby that he wanted to discuss! He told me how he hooked the ball in to help Royal beat the Trinity Lions scoring on the first leg and then on the second leg, over powering the Lions again at their own grounds in Asgiriya to wrest the Bradby Shield named after a former principal of Royal back to Royal College.

A remarkable feat given that Trinity has beaten the blue and gold boys over the previous four years consecutively condemning Royal Rugby to the doldrums! So this was a moment of Glory for the Royalists.

Our last meeting was at his daughter's residence in July in the UK. After this meeting we bid farewell planning to meet again next summer. He returned to Kandy in Aug A few weeks later I received an email from him mourning the death of his close friend Mr Rudra Rasaratnam Retired Cardio Thoracic Surgeon a fellow Royalist of the same vintage. He appeared very distressed at the demise of his friend for the contents of the mail revealed the desolation he was feeling.

It may well be that the solitude created by the loss of friends of his generation was unbearable. He leaves behind his wife Thayalam, three daughters Mira, Radha and Sita and four grand children whose grief stricken emotions during the funeral were testimony to how much they loved their grandfather. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Sati Ariyanayagam - A grateful student Dr Kamala Gomez The family of the late Dr Kamala Gomez nee Abeywickrema wish to express their sincere thanks to all friends, relatives and Colleagues who attended the funeral service in Chichester, West Sussex on the 7th February. They would also like to thank all those who sent floral tributes and messages of condolences. It is greatly appreciated.

Kamala will be sadly missed by all those who knew her over the years. She now remains at peace. Died First September May her soul rest in peace. Tele Christie Email felician5 hotmail. Srilanka - "Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. On being awarded his medical degree the young Dr Walawela was posted to the General Hos-pital Badulla where he undertook his early training followed by a tenure as a medical officer at Minipe and then at Deltota in the central province.

Towards the end of he travelled to the Sultanate of Oman for a brief spell as a general practitioner returning to Srilanka betrothed to Nilani Ratnayake, a school teacher whom he married on the 19th Sept Attracted to the speciality of medical administration he took up the position of Deputy Director at the University Hospital at Peradeniya serving the people of Kandy his place of birth.

He took special responsibility for the education of those professions allied to medicine especially the area of nursing. He was then promoted as the Regional Director of Medical Services for the Monaragela district ensuring the smooth functioning of government institu-tions. He was a skilful and fair but a firm administrator with an affable personality whose admirable qualities held him in good stead to uphold the ethos contained within the national policy of providing a free medical service to the people of SriLanka.

He was subsequently appointed by the Ministry of Health as the Director of National Quarantine Services taking charge of preventive health with the main focus on the ports of entry playing a vital role at the peak of the Avian A HIN1 flu epidemic. He was also called in to manage the crisis that followed the scandal in connection with the importation of 'digestive' biscuits from India around the same time.

Walale retired from the national health service in at the compulsory retirement age of Being a workaholic he was unable to decline an offer as the company medical director for a private sector establishment, the Ihala Kothmale Plant, based in Talawakalle where he spent the next two years by which time he has spent most of his working life serving the nation away from Kandy where his family was based.

Failing health at this stage meant that he was unable to continue with this job. He returned to Kandy to spend his remaining days at Katugastota in his family home with his wife and children.

He was one of six children.

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