1Date: Sunday, March 19
Venue: Mount Lavinia Hotel

‘Wandering Minstrel’ Keith Potger at Country Roads
The Country Music Foundation, the organiser of the 2017 Country Roads concert for children, is proud to announce that globally-famous “Wandering Minstrel” Keith Potger, founder of The Seekers band, has been added to the line-up for this year’s 29th anniversary show. The Country Roads concert for children is scheduled for Sunday, March 19 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Says Keith on his upcoming performance at 2017’s Country Roads, “I am looking forward to visiting Sri Lanka.”  Further details about Keith’s tour can be obtained by writing to Feizal Samath, CMF founder at

Born in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon), Keith’s musical career started well before The Seekers first stormed the UK charts in 1965. He is a self-taught musician who studied 6 string guitar, banjo, mandolin and keyboards. With an eye to a musical future while still at school, he performed in vocal groups which evolved into the internationally famous The Seekers in 1962.

Taking up the 12 string guitar, he composed the distinctive riffs that are a trademark of The Seekers’ chart topping recordings, “I’ll Never Find Another You” and “A World Of Our Own”, as well as many other singles and album tracks, augmenting the wonderful lead voice of Judith Durham and the boys’ ear-catching harmonies and instrumental talents.

The Seekers have toured extensively as a group since 1993. During this period Keith has continued writing and recording original songs. He released his first solo CD “Secrets Of The Heart” in 2004, followed by “Sunday” in 2007 and in 2010 he released his mostly self-penned third solo CD, “Smile Now”. Accompanying himself on his trusty 12 string and 6 string guitars, his “Wandering Minstrel” style of performance includes material from his solo CDs, Seekers favourites, along with songs and anecdotes from his long career in the music industry. 2015 and 2016 saw Keith on the road again presenting his solo concerts to audiences in Queensland and New South Wales as well as visiting Nashville to co-write material for his fourth solo CD.

3Date: February 4, 2017
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Excel World, No: 338, T B Jayah Mawatha Colombo 10

Guys, we are back and ready to get things rolling for the year! Join us on 4th February at 5 p.m., at Strikes, Excel World for a fun-filled session of Bowling! ☺ But that’s not all! Afterward, we are planning to head over to Burger’s King in Slave Island to grab some delicious FOOD

8Date: February 25 to 28, 2017
Time: 6.30 pm to 8 pm
Venue: Buddhist Cultural Centre, Havelock Road – Thummulla junction, Colombo 05.

Bhagavad Gita is a manual for your life
Living is an art, skill, technique that needs to be learnt and practised. The Bhagavad Gita enunciates the ancient philosophy of Vedanta. Presents the eternal principles of life and living which transcend race or religion. The principles equip one with a strong intellect to meet the challenges of the world and achieve success and peace in all aspects of one’s life – official, social and domestic. Above all it ushers one towards ultimate perfection, the goal of spiritual enlightenment.

Chapter XVIII of the Gita defines sannyasa renunciation and tyaga relinquishment. A detailed analysis of the causes, incentives and constituents of action follows.  The study of Bhagavad Gita helps to purify one’s personality and attain the ultimate goal of Enlightenment, a state of total fulfilment. The alumnus of the Vedanta Academy conduct Vedanta study classes, workshops and organise public lectures in different parts of the world. The same three year course is also available through e-learning.

Sunandaji the daughter – disciple of Swami Parthasarathy has been studying and researching on Vedanta, for over three decades. Her clear and powerful presentation of the Bhagavad Gita in contemporary thought has been acclaimed in India and abroad.  Sunandaji will be delivering a lecture series on the chapter XVIII of the Bhagavad Gita from Saturday 25th to Tuesday 28th February 2017 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, Havelock Road – Thummulla junction, Colombo 05. The lecture is open for all and free of charge. For further details or 0779213854.

4Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Indian Cultural centre auditorium (16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7)

Lecture – ‘what is pure love?’
Based on Vedanta philosophy by Dr. Janki Santoke from India

The Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will be organizing a lecture titled “what is pure love?” based on Vedanta philosophy  by Dr. Janki Santoke,expert on Vedanta and  management trainer from India on 9th February 2017 at 6.00 pm at its auditorium at 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.

Dr. Janki Santoke is a lecturer, author, management trainer, public speaker. In 1988, she joined Swami Parthasarathy’s Vedanta Academy located near Lonavla for intensive course in Vedanta. She founded the Vedanta Institute in New Delhi in 1998. The organization conducts public discourses on Vedanta and Bhagavad Gita as well as regular classes. She has written for many newspapers and magazines including Times of India and Economic Times. Her articles and lectures use the knowledge of Vedanta to analyze and solve the challenges faced in personal and professional life. She has been conducting programme for corporate houses  since 1992 such as  Gillette, Glaxo-Smithkline, Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) among others. Her logical and engaging sessions bring home the relevance of the ancient words to today’s world and her approachable style encourages questions and discussions.

For further details please contact the Indian Cultural Centre on telephone no: 2684698 and Email:

Date: 07 February, 2017 Time: 05:30 pm
Venue: St. Thomas’ College, Matara

Thomians In Harmony 2017 with Chamara Weerasinghe