Good News From Jayam May 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam May 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Jayam Rutnam Hospitalized with Pneumonia in Los Angeles Good News is, his condition is improving! (Thanks Dr. Lakshman Makandura for insisting on calling 911)

Jayam Rutnam Hospitalized with Pneumonia in Los Angeles Good News is, his condition is improving! (Thanks Dr. Lakshman Makandura for insisting on calling 911)

Sri Lankan Australians Reunite in Melbourne

Sri Lankan Australians Reunite in Melbourne

A photograph of a recent reunion lunch in Melbourne, where the large group present included old mates from STC, Trinity and Royal, many from the rugby and planting fraternities. 

Standing – Jarit De Mel, Thiru Saravanamuttu, Peter Christoffelsz, Derek Cameron, Rohan Dambawinna, Brian Lieversz, Ari Saravanamuttu, Noel Brohier, Roger D’Silva, Prasada Wjesuriya, Ralph D’Silva (hidden behind), David Varney, Brian Paulusz, Felix Gooneratne, Barney Reid, Darrel Lieversz, Sarath de Mel, Sanjeeva Wijesinghe, Glen Van Langenberg, Bandu Molligoda, Alan Gunasekera, Peter Schoorman, Odath Weerasighe, Nigel De Kretzer, Gavin Rodie. Seated – John Rodie, Arasu Saravanamuttu, Bumpy Jayasekera, Selva Kanagasabai, Robin Daniels, Berram Daniels, Christopher Dias.

Wathsala’s Book

“What Happened to the Butterfly?”

Wathsala Senarath launched her inaugural publication, “What Happened to the Butterfly,” A true story of an incident in her Montessori Class. The attractively published book is now available on Amazon. Go to the link:

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera

“Time 100” Most Influential People of 2024

Rosanna Flamer-Caldera has spent more than two decades advocating for LGBTQ rights in Sri Lanka, and her relentless advocacy led to a major victory for queer women globally. In a landmark decision in 2022, the U.N. sided with Flamer-­Caldera in her case against Sri Lanka’s ban on same-sex intimacy between women, declaring it a human-­rights violation. The case brought LGBTQ rights to the fore in Sri Lankan politics, and soon after the decision, a lawmaker introduced a bill to decriminalize homosexuality in the country. Flamer-Caldera’s LGBTQ-­rights group, Equal Ground, was among those that petitioned to support the bill. The court ruled in their favor last year, clearing the path for the law to progress in Parliament, where Equal Ground is now working to help ensure it passes.

“Kunchanada” Screening in Arcadia, Ca.

"Kunchanada" Screening in Arcadia, Ca.

Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura’s new film “Kunchanada” had its World Premiere in Los Angeles recently. Shot on location, award-winning Sri Lankan director Christy Shelton’s  Kunchanada (elephant trumpet) is a tribute to daughter Sarah’s enduring love for the gentle giants of this world by her parents, Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura, the producers. The resulting forty-episode teledrama paved the way for the new film that grapples with the rough currents of the elephant-human conflict enacted daily on the rural landscapes of Sri Lanka. This timely yet timeless story is so wonderfully told through Indika Atthanayaka’s expert lens, accompanied by music director Kapila Poogala Arachchi’s cascading score; it is easy to soak in the story’s emotions, the naturalistic performances of a legendary cast led by Sriyani Amerasena, and the familiar sounds of Sri Lankan villages. This must-watch was screened in Arcadia Los Angeles on the occasion of Sriyani Amarasena’s recent visit.

Nandasiri (Nandi)Jasentuliyana

Former Deputy Director General, United Nations, and 

Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs 

President Emeritus, International Institute of Space Law & Policy.

A classic photograph by versatile artistic photographer

Andy Samarasena of Santa Barbara, Ca. of movie actress, director Sriyani Amarasena who visited for the screening.

Mathilda Karlsson Riding Waves of Success: The Unstoppable Journey of an Equestrian Icon

Introducing Mathilda Karlsson, an accomplished equestrian luminary whose journey to international acclaim epitomizes dedication and passion in the world of competitive riding. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Sweden,Mathilda’s deep-rooted love for horses blossomed early, propelling her to pursue a career in the equestrian arena. With unwavering commitment, she transitioned from a groom to a rider, establishing her own stable and conquering elite competitions like the Global Champions League.Mathilda’s crowning achievement came with her beloved equine partner, Chopin VA, with whom she realized her Olympic dreams. Beyond the arena, Mathilda is a philanthropist advocating for global education and a fashion enthusiast known for her elegant style. Through her journey, she inspires aspiring riders worldwide, embodying the ethos of authenticity, resilience, and unwavering passion. 

Jayam’s Choice Bruce Springsteen “Born in the USA” (Please click on arrow)

Happy Birthday John Amirthiah of Fullerton, Ca.

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Beautiful Awards Ceremony at New Location The Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel

The Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Awards ceremony was a tremendous success at its new venue at the elegant Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Ca. Here Aruni Boteju accepts the Srimerican of the year Award from Sri Lanka Youth Organization founder Aruni Ganewatte. A well deserved award indeed! The SLF Awards

show 2024 was “SUPERB” said Nandi Jasentuliyana.

Lifetime Achievement Award Winner renowned Los Angeles architecht Ravi Gunewardena with his partner Frank Escher and beautiful niece, before receiving his award. Ravi is the son of the late Lorna and Shelly Gunewardena of Walnut, Ca.

Savindri’s Sri Lankan Breakfast Master Chef Australia (Please click on arrow below)

SLAASC 2024 President Niroshan Kahawatte Takes Oath at Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance, Ca.

SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte is sworn in by SLAASC Past President Samantha Kurera at the AGM held at Charles H. Wilson Park in Torrance, Ca. Niroshan and his “dynamic” Committee were elected for a second term. Also in photo is SLAASC Secretary Shanmuganathan Vaithilingam and Past Presidents Manilal Fernando and Seruk Manage.

SLAASC President – Niroshan Kahawatte, Vice President – Anura Kirushantha, Secretary – Shanmuganthan Vaithilingam, Treasurer – Aruni Boteju, Immediate Past President – Samantha Kurera, Executive Committee, Desha Colonne, Dhyan Nimsara Hewage, Dinithi Senadheera, Don Wijesinghe, Eshan Fernando, Hasanjith Kuruppuarachchige,

Heshawa Bamunuarachchi, Lahiru Perera, Lakruwani Fernando, Nadhini Silva, Nithya Bamunuarachchi, Paul Ivan,

Pradeep Abeyrathna, Prasanna Yamasinghe, Sanjaya Kapila Welikala, Sanjeewa Gunaratne, Shyamalie Perera, Suriya Perera, Sylvia De Silva, Tharuki Daluwatte, Thenuka Perera,

Vidhushi Madawala

Congratulations Upuls Travel Service 40 Years Continuous Operation in the USA

Srinet Brings Bathiya and Santhush to Los Angeles – They kept the audience hopping!

Kaleidoscope April 18th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Award winning food author, restaurant critic and columnist Tom Parker Bowles is on our show today, while we also visit Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer Teejay Lanka, celebrate art day with some Sri Lankan Artists, frescoes and graffiti in LA, find out why the Spanish jump over babies and give you some quick economic takeaways.

Obituaries – Sad News

Dr. Nagalingam Ediweerasingham (89), one of the greatest sportsmen born in Sri Lanka and who won Sri Lanka’s first gold medal in the Asian Games, passed away in Los Angeles, Ca.Edirweerasingham, held the Sri Lankan high jump record for nearly four decades since 1953. He won the gold medal at the 3rd Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan in 1958 by setting a new Asian Games record of 2.03 meters and won the silver medal in the same event in 1962.

Dr. Ediweerasingham, represented Sri Lanka in the 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He is an alumnus of Jaffna Central College and St. Joseph’s College, Colombo.

Fazli Sameer


Dr. “Wicks” Wickramasekaran of Beverly Hills, Ca. passed away recently. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Anchorman’s 20th Anniversary Gala Friday, May 31st, 2024


Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Peking Duck with Mandarin Pancakes


  •   4lb.Duckling
  •   3 tablespoons honey
  •  2 tablespoons water 
  •   salt 
  •  1 bunch scallions
  •   1/2 cucumber, cut into thin finger like strips
  • 12 Mandarin pancakes

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Hoisin sauce
  • Thick soy sauce to taste

Serves 8

Bring a large pan of water to the boil and plunge in the duckling to scald the skin. Carefully lift out and drain thoroughly. Secure the legs with string and leave to drip over a bowl overnight in a cool dry place. Blend the honey, water and salt together and use to brush over the duck skin. Hang up again and leave for 2-3 hours. Repeat and leave to dry completely for another 3-4 hours.

Set the duck on a rack over a roasting pan and place in the center of a hot oven (450 F/ 230 C).

Immediately reduce the oven temperature to moderate (350 F/ 180 C) and cool for one and a quarter hours. Check that the skin is crisp (do not baste the duckling). If necessary, increase the oven temperature for the last 15 minutes. Meanwhile, remove the root from the scallions, then cut in half lengthwise. Pop in ice cold water. Prepare cucumber, drain and dry on paper towels. Prepare the Mandarin pancakes and the sauce. Carve the ducking at the table, traditionally, only the skin was eaten. But these days most people carve the skin and meat together. This is then dipped into the prepared sauce and rolled up together with some of the scallions before eating.

Mandarin Pancakes:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7/8 cup boiling water
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut or sesame oil

Makes 20

Sift the flour and salt into a bowl or food processor. Gradually add sufficient boiling water and 1 tablespoon of the oil to form a soft but not sticky dough. Knead 2-3 minutes or 30 seconds in the food processor. Allow to rest for 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 20-30 pieces. Roll each evenly into 5 inch or 7 inch rounds. Brush the surface of half the rounds with oil, and sandwich pairs together. When the pancakes are ready, brush the surface of a heavy frying pan with oil. Work with two pans to speed up the process. Place the pancakes one at a time in each pan and cook over a gentle heat until the pancake is puffy but not color. Turn over and cook a further 2-3 minutes. Lift out and pull the two pancakes apart. Pile up on a plate while cooking the remainder of the pancakes. Keep hot, covered with foil. Leftover pancakes can be frozen.

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