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Mrs Galaxy Australia finalist has her say on pageants

by Marie Pietersz

Archana Seliyan, winner, Mrs Sri Lanka Australia 2016 (NSW)

 Fathima Zareen, finalist Mrs Sri Lanka Australia 2016
The Miss Sri Lanka Australia pageant has nominated two of its 2016 contestants to participate in the Mrs Galaxy Australia 2017 contest to be held at the Gold Coast, Queensland, on 28 March. Participation in this national contest will provide our Sri Lankan community representatives with exposure at the national level and experience in competing against the wider Australian community.

Mrs Sri Lanka NSW 2016, Archana Seliyan, and finalist Fathima Zareen, will vie for the title of Mrs Galaxy Australia at the national finals.

Archana and Fathima have raised funds for Make a Wish Foundation and participated in many public and community events, a requirement for contestants of the Galaxy contest. Archana’s primary sponsor is clothing label NAATH and her secondary sponsor is Sri Lankan bridal label SAVISH. Fathima has also been sponsored by SAVISH.

Based on her experience in the two contests, Fathima provides her views on what participating in pageantry means and her ‘take’ on the perfect score of ’10’, adding to other views from contestants and critics around the world on this rating. Fathima says of some of the myths:

“Critics of beauty pageants argue that such contests reinforce the idea that young women should be valued primarily for their physical appearance and this puts tremendous pressure on females. However, as a finalist in the Miss Sri Lanka Australia and Miss Galaxy Australia contests, I have a completely different outlook on the subject.

“In response to critics, both Miss Sri Lanka Australia and Miss Galaxy Australia contests created platforms which allowed me to break down my barriers of fear. They helped me to create life-long friendships with fellow contestants and gave me the opportunity to be an active member of the community through the use of my title.

“Both these contests not just rewarded my youth and beauty, but actually opened up doors for a ‘better me’ and created a platform to stand up for what I believe in.
“As some of my feminist friends say, ‘Beauty pageants are a space where women get objectified and sexualised’. However, what they forget is there is always another side of the coin they refuse to see.
“Miss Sri Lanka Australia and Miss Galaxy Australia celebrate and empower young women to be who they are. They open up a stage where females can walk with pride and focus on creating independent individuals who can lead in society.
“As a final note, there are always two sides to the same coin and our responsibility is to critically reflect which side is best for us.”

Congratulations and good luck wishes to our two entrants who will represent the Sri Lankan community in the national finals for the Mrs Galaxy Australia category title. Winners of the national titles will compete in the 2017 International Galaxy Pageant to be held in July in Florida, USA.

Submitted by Marie Pietersz
Pictures: courtesy of MSLA



Memories are made of this- A tribute to the Colombo Music Scene of the 60’s

Compiled by; Prins James Alagaratnam- Toronto

The recent passing of Stanley Arnold, member of “The Four Chords” singing group of the sixties, prompted reminiscent memories, imbibed over quite a bit of red with friends from the same period of time. We travelled back, remembering the Colombo Music Scene of the 60’s and the artists, and promoters responsible for bringing great entertainment to Colombo and the suburbs, at a time devoid of Television in Sri Lanka, where the only entertainment available were live shows, events or the radio
Stanley of course never stopped singing. Colombo audiences will recollect the renditions of “Little Eyes I love you” and “Cha Boom” delivered at their many appearances. Even though the Four Chords disbanded Victor Gamalathge continued performing duets with his wife as “Christine and Victor” and subsequently emigrating to Australia. Stanley immigrated to Toronto, Canada and continued singing in his church choir and for a little while sang with my brother Steve, myself and friends, starting off the Monks “R “Us singing group.



Some Recollections and Reflections

by Palitha Manchanayake


Dear All,

I have written this book “Some Recollections and Reflections”, and it is not an auto-biography, but a collection of interesting episodes which I have encountered as an Irrigation Engineer/Hydrologist, or to be more correct as a human being, in the past 68 years.

It reveals more or less my life story.

I have attached a Book Review written by Daya De Silva which has come up in Pahana Magazine February 2017 Issue.

The Book Launch is on the 18th March 2017 at West Pennant Hills Valley Community Centre, 42 Hill Road, West Pennant Hills at 1.45 pm.

You are most cordially invited to attend this function.

(Please note that there are no individual invitations).

I hope you could make it on that day.

With Warm Regards



STCF Autumn Fete 2017 – Sydney



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Black and Gold Masquerade Ball


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Pippa Wilson and Helen Jowsey with Jazz Notes

Mithra Kapuge Musical Show

Bakmaha Ulela 2017

Peterite Dinner Dance


Sinhabahu – Drama

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Bathiya N Santhush Up close & Personal Tour 2017

"AMA DAHARA  2017" The Dance Extravaganza

Srilankan New Year Festival

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Gayu Gee – Music Concert

Werribee Sri Lankan New Year

Glimpse of Glamour ’17

Mathaka Suwanda

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Sri Lanka Business News – Biz1st 360 TV1 10th March 2017




by Desmond Kelly “the Star of eLanka!

    The latest is China, to be exact, Macau”.
    Many other Countries have the same idea now
   “Gambling is illegal”, says the Govt., with a frown
“Lanka has objected, they want “No Packer or Crown”

Firstly, GAMBLING, in any way, shape or form is.just another stupid habit, to say the least. It has been proven many times that, without the slightest doubt, the “odds” are ALWAYS heavily stacked against the “gambler”, and why people who have worked hard and long to earn the little money they have, would want to “give it away” at a card-table or money-hungry poker machine, is something I could never understand.

If, perchance, they “come-away” with a few extra dollars in their pockets, which happens from time to “seldom-time”, it seems that this gives them the incentive to go back to their habit, give back everything they won, plus more. Another “addiction”, unfortunately, but still, a very strong one, indeed.

Then, we have those who are termed “high-rollers”.




Please click on the links below to visit Desmond Kelly's other pages on eLanka!
Desmond Kelly the Singer! Desmond Kelly  the Journalist! Desmond Kelly the Songwriter!


Health & Views – 2nd Issue March 2017

Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake-health writer



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Half The Sky – Valentine Perera

About the Author – Valentine Perera

Valentine Perera left Ceylon to live and work in London in the mid-1960s after getting a degree in Classics from the University of Ceylon. These days, like a migratory bird chasing the sun, he flies from London to Sydney when the leaves begin to fall and returns as the darling buds of May bloom again on Hampstead Heath.
If you enjoyed this book, please consider leaving a review on theelanka website (you can add comments at the bottom of this page in the ‘comments’ section)

You are also welcome to contact Valentine on:   or  +61 0499 764 827
The book will cost $20 including postage within Australia. Buyers can pay by Paypal using their credit/debit cards. Valentine’s Paypal account is

Buyers are requested to contact Valentine at his email address to arrange alternate methods of payment.




Book Launch – Golden Rays on the Dark Moon



Tastes of Sri Lanka – Recipes by Curry Mad

Recipes by Curry Mad
eLanka are proud to be associated with ‘Curry Mad’ to bring you a small selection out of this great recipe eBook. Visit the Curry Mad page on eLanka


1    Tsp    Black Pepper Corns, ground
1    Tblsp (or to    Chilli powder
1    Tin    Coconut Cream (Light)
2    Sprigs    Coriander
1-2 Sprigs    Curry Leaves
2-3 cloves    Garlic
1 x 1" piece    Ginger
1-2    Green Chillies
1    Lime/Lemon
1    Tsp    Oil
2    Tblsp    Oyster Sauce
1    Packet    Pasta
    8-10    Prawns


Prepare the Pasta as per directions on the packet and put aside.
Extract the Rind of the Lime/Lemon, mix 2-3 prawns and add other ingredients, except the
Coconut Milk in a blender to form a paste.
Heat the oil in a pan and lightly fry the paste with a couple of Prawns, then put the Coconut
Milk in, stir well and add the cooked Pasta.



1    Sprig    Curry Leaves (Optional)
1        Egg (To brush the pastry before baking, if you
        bake them)        
500g    Prawns, uncooked
1    Packet    Shredded Pastry
        For the Marinade
1    Tblsp    Asian Cooking Wine (Optional)
1    Tblsp    Chilli flakes (Optional)
1    Tblsp    Fish Sauce
        Salt & Pepper to taste
1    Tblsp    Soya Sauce


Prepare the Shredded Pastry for use according to the directions on the packet. Wash prawns lightly and then marinate them for 30 to 60 minutes. You could use raw prawns, but, they have to be deveined before washing. Suggest you do not use cooked prawns.

Break a small piece of the Pastry and wrap each prawn in it. Do this until you have used the required number of prawns. You could either deep fry the wrapped prawns and leave aside to drip and dry on a bed of paper towels, or bake them in a lined tray in a medium heat oven.

They are quite good as a `Savoury' when having cocktails, or on their own. Enjoy.


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