Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

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Manilal Fernando of Los Angeles, Ca. to be Honored with President’s Award – Sri Lanka Foundation –

Manilal Fernando

Founded in 1989, the Clarendon Foundation is Manilal Fernando’s passion. Under his leadership and with the generosity of donors, the Foundation has dedicated over five million dollars of monetary resources towards charitable work in Sri Lanka. With a focus on children, it provides 475,000 meals a year, helping 1,500 children daily, while also focusing on ongoing nutrition for children with cancer. The Clarendon Foundation has built school houses, funded multiple children’s homes, and provided homes for abused women, pregnant single mothers, and their babies. In addition to housing, basic nutrition, and education, they have provided training for disabled children and funded heart surgeries for infants.

Sri Lanka Foundation International Presents International Awards 2024 Sunday April 21st, 2024 Book your tables now!

Sri Lanka Foundation International

Bigger and Better Venue for Sri Lanka Foundation’s Awards Ceremony – The Exclusive Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Ca.

Sri Lanka Foundation's Awards Ceremony

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Top Los Angeles Architect – Lifetime Achievement Award to Ravi Gunewardena – Sri Lanka Foundation

Ravi Gunewardena

Ravi Gunewardena and his partner, Frank Escher, started Escher Gunewardena Architecture in 1996. Their work has earned numerous honors and awards, receiving national and international acclaim. The firm’s extraordinary range of projects reflects their broad cultural interests, and they frequently collaborate with internationally known contemporary artists, consultants, and cultural institutions. He is an obvious choice for the Lifetime Achievement Award, considering the number of accolades and awards given to him and his firm, which is only magnified by the number of publications his work has been featured in.

“Upul Dharmadasa Presents New Business Plan For Development of New Profit Centers

Upul Dharmadasa

Shamahil Mohideen (COO of Hotel Developers), Athula Kumara (DG of Public Enterprise, Treasury, Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman Of HDL, Owners of Colombo Hilton), Hon Minister of UDA and Housing, Secretary to UDA Mr Sathyananda. Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman of Hotel Developers Lanka Ltd ( owners of Colombo Hilton) presenting to Hon Prasanna Ranathunge, Minister of Urban Development & Housing , the new business plan for development of new profit centers for Hotel Developers for its new strategic plan.

76th Independence Day Celebrations in North Hollywood, Ca.

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Hundreds of Sri Lankan expatriates and Americans gathered in North Hollywood, Ca. for the celebration of Sri Lanka’s Independence on February 3rd. It was a beautiful presentation by the Sri Lanka America Association and the Consul General. Well organized with talented performers.

Founder President SLAASC Jayam Rutnam and Chairman of Sri Lanka Foundation Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and Aeshea, Past SLAASC Presidents Palitha Pelpola, Senani Abeygoonesekera, Sondra Wise, Manilal Fernando, Samantha Kurera, Keith Ranga and Indika Manage were among the special guests.

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Buddhist monks from the various temples in Los Angeles, attended the glamorous event, also attended by dignitaries from the Consular Corps.

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SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte and Consul General Dr. Lalith Chandradasa hoist the Sri Lankan flag.

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When the President speaks, everybody listens! Niro Kahawatte and his team of Commitee Members and the Consul General and volunteers, put on a magnificent show. Congratulations to all. Proud to be Sri Lankan!

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Popular actor and Past President of SLAASC Keith Ranga was the English speaking MC, while Sithara spoke in Sinhala and Suganya spoke in Tamil. They did agreat job!

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The Drummers were Nalinda Dilupama, Dinesh Wijesinghe and Waruna Hemachandra. Excellent drummers! They had

lots of personality! Also performing were dancers from, the Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts, Thath Jith Academy, Savithri Arts Academy, Rushani Dance Troupe, Yasmin RuwanPathirana Group and the Indu Wickramasuriya Team.

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Royal College OBA of North America Presents “Out of the Blues Golden Brazz” April 27, 2024

Out of the Blues Golden Brazz

Appreciation Award from Consul General for Victor Melder of Melbourne, Vic.

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Victor Melder of Melbourne, Australia was given a special award by the Consul General of Melbourne, Sandith Samarasinghe at the Sri Lanka Independence Commemoration event It was awarded for his services to the Community and Sri Lanka in Australia.

Rohan De Silva and Itzhak Perlman at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ca.

Rohan De Silva and Itzhak Perlman at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ca.

In a remarkable evening of musical brilliance, Rohan De Silva partnered with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles recently.

A review in a local paper stated, “World-class violinist Itzhak Perlman and distinguished pianist Rohan De Silva performed at the Disney Hall, Beethoven to John Williams. Perlman and De Silva played phenomenally and entertained the audience throughout the show.” This sentiment captures the essence of the evening perfectly. (Excerpt of article by Nandasiri Jasentuliyana in the Sunday Observer)

The BNS SHOW with Umaria & Randhir April 6th, 2024 Buy Your Tickets Now!



“DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA” (EVITA) Piano Cover by Thaminie Perera (Please click on arrow)


Jayam’s Choice Neil Diamond on the Ed Sullivan Show “Sweet Caroline”

Jayam's Choice


Sonia Pereira’s 80th birthday celebration in Melbourne, Australia

!Sonia Pereira's 80th birthday celebration

Sonia Pereira arrived from Panadura, Sri Lanka on 18th December 2023 on a month’s holiday visiting her daughter Tania Pereira in Melbourne, Australia. Sonia is the wife of the late Collin Pereira, Supdt of Police in Sri Lanka. Collin also worked for Scotland Yard Police and after that worked in Oman as the Sheik’s ‘Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s bodyguard. Sonia flew Business Class courtesy of her daughter Tania Pereira, former Miss Lanka 1982, who now lives in Victoria, Australia.

“Get Well Soon” to Popular Sri Lankan Musician in Los Angeles – Sherwin Jayah

Sherwin Jayah

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Kaleidoscope February 8th, 2024

Have you heard of the Girl from Aleppo? Today, we’re sitting down with an escapee from the Syrian war, we’re talking the power of AI, we’re getting in the right spirit(s), we’re braving the dreadful seas and letting cats run the show. Plus – pigeon spies, actors turned politicos, online safety and much more! Happy Independence Day! As you unwind from the festive weekend, take a look at what you may have missed, on our show!

Obituaries – Sad News

Stanley (Stan) Joseph

Stanley (Stan) Joseph (81) of Eagle Rock, Ca.

Friends and Family – Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that Stan Joseph has moved on to his eternal resting place as of 25 January 2024. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Close family and friends

gathered at a church in Glendale, Ca. on February 10th followed by a reception. Stan is survived by his wife Sherani and two daughters. Thank You.

Art Ranasinghe

Art Ranasinghe (84) passed away in Roseville, Ca. on January 31st 2024. Husband of Padma Ranasinghe. Father of

Janesri DeSilva, Surangi Frazier, Leshanthi Jayamaha, Kosala Karunaratne,. Grandfather of Darby DeSilva, Jonathan DeSilva, Zoe Frazier, Liz Jayamaha. Father in law of Sunil F. DeSilva, Jeremy Frazier and Tony Jayamaha.

Funeral Arrangements

Viewing February 9th 4-6 pm Service Sat. Feb 10th 2-4 pm Mountain View MortuarynSunrise Chapel

2400 N. Fair Oaks

Altadena, Ca. 91001

Reception at home


Pearl Mendis

Pearl Mendis passed away in San Dimas, Ca. on January 30, 2024. Wife of late Collin Mendis. Mother of Neil, Rona and Cherryl. Mother in law of Benny Fernando. Grandmother of Seth and Zaara Fernando.

Life Celebration  Saturday February 17thmViewing and Service Todd Memorial Chapel & Mortuary 570 N. Garvey Avenue Pomona, Ca. 91767

10-11.30 am Reception at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, 2100 Terrebonne Ave, San Dimas, Ca. 91773. 12 – 4 pm Must RSVP to Neil, Rona or Cherryl by February 10th.

Dudley Clive Plunkett

Dudley Clive Plunkett (83) of Melbourne, Australia passed away on January 31, 2024. Son of George and Dolly. Loving Husband of Christine and Father of his son James. Brother of Sheila Hewawissa (Dec) , Lorna Kreltszheim, Bubbles Forbes (dec) , Maxine Sela , and Russell. Alumni of St. Joseph’s College Colombo class of 1958. Celebration of Life will be on Saturday February 24th from 11 to 3 pm at Dalhousie Ranges, 50 Bassett Lane, Hilldene, 3660.

Please RSVP to Christine and James Plunkett at 041 898 1654.

Ray Forbes (88)  Passed away on January 27th, 2024 in Sri Lanka. Son of the late Victor Forbes and Mary Caspersz, brother of Doris Pinto (dec), Phyllis Francke,

Fr Dalston Forbes, OMI (dec), Dr Charles Forbes (dec) and Rita Raymond (Aus).


Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Pomegranate-Orange Chicken.

Pomegranate-Orange Chicken.


  • 1 large orange,zest finely grated, juiced
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 11/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 teaspoons Canola oil 
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup lower-slat chicken broth
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and slice   on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into
  •   3/4-inch thick wedges
  • 1 4-lb.chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces,
  •  trimmed of extra skin and fat, patted   dry
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400 *F. In a medium saucepan, combine the orange juice and pomegranate juice.

Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon thyme, the cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Divide the mixture between two small bowls.

To one bowl add 2 teaspoons of oil and 1/2 tspn.

salt To the other add the chicken broth, all but 1teaspoon of the orange zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Scatter the sweet potatoes, parsnips, and onion over the bottom of a metal, glass or ceramic baking  dish that measures about 10x15x2inches.

Toss with the remaining 4 teaspoons of oil and 1 teaspoon thyme Arrange the chicken skin side up, on top of the vegetables and brush with all of the juice-oil mixture. Roast for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from oven and reduce the temperature to 375*F. Pour the juice-broth mixture around the chickenpieces and scatter the walnuts around the chicken.

Return the pan to the oven and roast till the vegetables are tender  and an instant-read thermometer registers 165*F in several pieces of chicken,20 to 30 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Use a slotted spoon to arrange the vegetables and walnuts around the chicken.

Sprinkle the vegetables with a little salt and sprinkle the remaining orange zest over all. Tilt the roasting pan so that the juices gather in one corner.

With a large shallow spoon skim as much fat as possible from the pan sauce. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and pour into a pitcher to pass at the table.

Serves 4-6. Please email me for all your questions and requests.

Politicians and Businessmen Meet in Colombo – Pieter and Maude Keuneman – R. E. Jayatilaka, RFS de Mel, Don Liyanage. James and Evelyn Rutnam Circa 1955

Politicians and Businessmen

Stamp Honoring a Great Man Pieter Keuneman “An Honest Politician”

Pieter Keuneman

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