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Summer in Los Angeles

75 Years of US – SL Relations Celebrated

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung hosted an event in Colombo on June 22 to mark the 247th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence.

Ambassador Chung took the opportunity to also highlight the anniversary of 75 years of a strong and enduring partnership between the United States and Sri Lanka.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry attended the celebration as the Chief Guest

Past Presidents of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)(Celebrating 50 Years serving the community – Founded in 1973)

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Irving Pietersz SLAASC Past President 1989

Vinitha Seresinghe SLAASC Past President 1990

Dr. Sarath Gunatilleke SLAASC Past President 1996

Raja Edirisuriya SLAASC Past President 1997

Holy Family Convent Alumni Association
A Night In Bordeaux
Saturday, September 16th, 2023

SLAASC 2023 President Niroshan and Committee Surprised Founder President
on his Birthday in Glendora, Ca.

Mihiri Tillakaratne received her PhD in Ethnic Studies and a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from UC Berkeley

Dr. Mihiri Tillakaratne with mother, Dr. Niranjala Tillakaratne and father Lokubanda Tillakaratne. Her dissertation, “Feelin’ Diasporic: Embodied Memory in Sri Lankan America,” focused on the experiences of Sri Lankan Americans born and/or raised in the United States, with chapters on tattoos, antiblackness and activism, Nayomi Munaweera’s novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors, the work of transgender Sri Lankan Tamil American performance artist and comedian D’Lo, and how interviewees are actively changing what it means to be aunties.  Mihiri is also the director of I Take Refuge, a documentary on Sri Lankan American Buddhist identity, and she is the founder of Sri Lankan Americans for Social Justice.

Dr. Elizabeth Ridhmi Jayamaha

Dr. Elizabeth Ridhmi Jayamaha graduated on June 9th from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a Doctorate in Psychology. Liz is the daughter of Leshanti and Tony Jayamaha of California.

Sri Lankan Muslims Celebrating Hajj on
Galle Face Green
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SriLankan Engineering does maintenance check for Cebu Pacific Air

SriLankan Engineering’s achievements as a third-party base maintenance provider have been nothing short of remarkable considering their relative newness to the business. SriLankan Engineering has especially established a reputation for on-time performance, short turnaround times and quality of workmanship among its expanding clientele from South Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Africa, and now Southeast Asia.

Yugathra poised to mesmerise American audiences

The Asian Friendship Art Foundation is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated screening of the critically acclaimed Sri Lankan film Yugathra across multiple cities in the United States. This extraordinary event, taking place from 15 to 30 July, guarantees an immersive and unforgettable cinematic journey. Directed by Channa Perera and featuring a stellar performance by main actress, Mashi Siriwardene, Yugathra is set to captivate audiences with its compelling storyline and breathtaking visuals. The cherry on top, both Channa Perera and Mashi Siriwardene are expected to grace the screenings as esteemed guests, adding an extra touch of excitement to this cinematic extravaganza!

Traveling, Cruising and BBQing
People and Places

Roger and Helen Weerasinghe of Simi Valley, Ca. on the Mendelsohn Glacier in Alaska that they visited by helicopter. They are on an Alaskan cruise.

Udaya and Simone Ranaraja of Los Angeles, Ca. at the
Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Kenneth Hamer and family in London. First BBQ of the year with family! Fantastic day and great chef!

Alston and Yolande Koch with cricketer Alan Border at Alston’s ‘sellout’ show in Brisbane enjoying the moment and dodging the ‘Paparazzi’

Michelle (Gray) Carpenter of Texas. Having a Golfing time with best partner Crick! at the Ascarate Golf Course in
El Paso, Tx.

John Amirthiah of J Med Supply in Brea, Ca. visited Sri Lanka recently. Here at the Capital Bar and Grill in the fabulous
Shangri- La Hotel in Colombo.

Baritone singer Gehan Cooray, Concert Pianist Thaminie Perera and Achala Weerasinghe in Los Angeles.

Baritone singer Gehan Cooray, Concert Pianist Thaminie Perera and Achala Weerasinghe in Los Angeles.

Baritone singer Gehan Cooray, Concert Pianist Thaminie Perera and Achala Weerasinghe in Los Angeles.

Vintage car enthusiast and restorer Hema Ratnayake of Azusa, Ca. in Norway as first stop on his Scandinavian Tour with his fully restored 1959 Austin Healey BN14.

Shyamalee Tudawe of Hi Magazine fame at Tadlow Riverside with Double Olympic Medalist Tom Dean.

Sri Lanka National Swimming Championships:
Killer Whale Aquatics clinch six Gold Medals

Sri Lanka National Swimming Championships: Killer Whale Aquatics clinch six Gold Medals

On Day Three of the National Swimming Championships held at the Sugathadasa Stadium Swimming Complex, Killer Whale Aquatics’ (KWA) women’s 200m Medley Relay team put on an outstanding performance, breaking the national record by over five seconds. The relay team consisted of Ganga Seneviratne (BK), Ramudi Samarakoon (BR), Minuri Bartholomeusz (FL), and Akithmi Wasalathanthri (FR) secured the gold medal with a time of 2:04.07, surpassing the previous record of 2:10.28, which was also set by KWA in last year’s record-breaking relay.

Shining the Spotlight on Sri Lanka:
Andy Samarasena’s Award-Winning Images

Shining the Spotlight on Sri Lanka: Andy Samarasena's Award-Winning Images

Shining the Spotlight on Sri Lanka: Andy Samarasena's Award-Winning Images


Jayam’s Choice
Madonna – Material Girl

Beautiful Batticaloa Burghers

“Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo
July 8th. 2022

Sri Lanka needs your prayers. We at Kaleidoscope want you to be a part of our journey of positivity so each week, it’s about bringing a smile on your face. This week, it’s lots of chocolate, large water lilies, alligator weddings, market & economic news, chats about HIV & empowering women through SMEs and song.

Obituaries – Sad News


Irangani Gunatiillake
passed away in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Beloved wife of
Dr. Harold Gunatilleke


Patrick Dharmasiriwardhane (89) of San Francisco, Ca. passed away in Sri Lanka. He migrated to the U.S. in 1963 worked as an engineer for the State., passed the bar exam, and was appointed Judge in the State of California. He retired a few years back. and lived in San Francisco. He pre- arranged a private funeral with the Neptune Society. Patrick was educated at Royal College, qualified as an Engineer in the UK, worked for Colombo Commercial Company in charge of the Kandy branch before migrating to California. Patrick is the brother of Sheila Atapattu of La Canada, Ca.e L

Alistair Gonsal (84) passed away on June 4, 2023 in Queensland, Australia. husband of Camille, father of Gavin, Michelle, Jacqueline and Danielle, Grandfather of 10 Great Grandfather of 2. Son of Herbert and Zena Gonsal (dec) brother of Heather – Dinky (dec) Dugald (dec) Jeanne (dec) Russell (dec) Rowenna, Aloma, Chris and Cheryl (dec).

Memories of All Ceylon Rugby Legend Sari de Sylva – Remembering him on his 83rd Birthday on June 25, 2023

Remembering Sari De Sylva The All Ceylon Rugby Legend & CR & FC Player from my youthful days since 1964. Sari guided his players on and off the field and was a mentor, leader and inspiration to many of the games followers. A model player, ambassador and captain, Sari was the heart and soul of the Longdon Place Rugby Football Club and any CR&FC supporters will bear testimony to this.

Sari’s loyalty and dedication to the CR&FC and his players made him a successful captain. A Banker by profession I got to know Sari very closely in the early Eighties when he was posted to Oman to work for the British Bank of the Middle East in the Company of his Team Raja Sahabandu a Colleague of mine @ Qurum Contractors a Leading Omani Construction Company. He was always lovable and enriching company with an unparalleled sense of humour. Sari was truly the cornerstone of the social group, he was a tremendous personality and a perfect example of what a role model should be. He was a brilliant sportsman and a gentle human being. Rest in Eternal Peace Dear Friend!!!!

Perry & Family

Toronto Canada

The best way to sum up, is to remember Sari for the exemplary service and wonderful moments he has given us on & off the field and cherish his mateship and wonderful times.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen


Pineapple Curry with Shrimp and Mussels
Serves 4-6
2 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
2 tablespoons red curry paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
8 ounces jumbo shrimp, shelled
  and deveined
1 pound mussels, cleaned and
  beards removed
6 ounces fresh pineapple, finely crushed
  or chopped
5 kaffir lime leaves, torn
2 red chillies, chopped and cilantro
  leaves to garnish

1.In a large saucepan, bring half the coconut milk to a boil and heat, stirring, until it separates.
2.Add the red curry paste and cook until fragrant. Add the fish sauce and sugar and continue to cook  for a few moments.

3.Stir in the rest of the coconut milk and bring back to a boil. Add the Jumbo shrimp,mussels, pineapple and kaffir leaves.

4.Reheat until boiling and then simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the shrimp are cooked and the mussells have opened .
  Remove any mussells that have not opened and discard. Serve garnished with red chillies and cilantro leaves.

Please email me with any questions you may have to

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