Alston Koch

Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

INTRODUCTION As of 2010, there were 45,159 Sri Lankans living in the US. Substantial immigration began in the 1990s when many fled the violence of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The majority of Sri Lankan-Americans live in the vicinity of either New York City (where there’s a Little Sri Lanka on Staten Island), central New Jersey, or Los Angeles.

Good News From Jayam June 15, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 30 Items

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Cutest Graduate of 2023 Five Year Old Athena Daughter of Ash and Jean-Louis of Bellevue, Washington

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Highlights of “Reminiscences of the 70’s” An Upul Dharmadasa Production “by far the best show produced in Sri Lanka!”

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Welcome to the World of Jim Reeves featuring Janaka Palapathwala on Thursday, July 15th, 2023 in Northridge, Ca. Get Your Tickets Now!

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Welcome to the World of Jim Reeves featuring Janaka Palapathwala on Thursday, July 15th, 2023 in Northridge, Ca. Get Your Tickets Now!

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Janaka Palapathwala Sings “Welcome to my World”

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“NuAsia” brings a new sound, a new love to country music, from Asia to America and  Enters Emerging 300 chart with it’s debut Single “Quiet Violence” at #140

Piyal and Janitha Mataraarachchi

NuAsia’s debut album, Quiet Violence, released June 9th, will break some new ground in country music. Judging from the title track, the album will draw a lot of country fans and create some new ones. Most of the new ground, in case the band’s name doesn’t clue you in, is that all six of the musicians are of Asian heritage, by design of the band’s drummer, leader, executive producer, and founder, Roshan Seresinhe, who is a Sri Lankan native. Another is the band’s lead singer and co-writer, Saint Cloud, a 22-year-old Boston woman of Vietnamese descent, a contestant from the “The Voice”, whose voice can go from whispery and ethereal to clear and forceful. Keyboardist Isamu McGregor, of Japanese descent, says Roshan, “is a jazz pianist and keyboard player of the first order” who has played all over the world in a variety of genres. Mark Flores, a fabulous lead guitarist who owns an impeccable resume, is of Filipino decent. Two other impressive Sri Lankan musicians Dhammika Jayasinghe on Bass Guitar and Janesh Ruwanpathirana on percussion completes the rhythm section. NuAsia is a pioneering band that is setting a precedent for Asian artists in the country music scene. With their incredible talent and passion, they are sure to achieve the highest levels of success and inspire a new generation of country-pop music lovers from diverse backgrounds.  Also, make sure to stay connected to NuAsia on all social media platforms by connecting to “NuAsia” and/or “NuAsia Country”.

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

Jayam Rutnam SLAASC Past President in 1980 - elanka
Jayam Rutnam SLAASC Past President in 1980 Sene Mediwaka
Maurice de Visser SLAASC Past President in 1982
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JayanthaPuswella SLAASC Past President in 1984

Ambassador to China, Dr. Palitha Kohona Calls for Revival of the Fa Xian Spirit
and More People to People Exchanges

Ambassador to China, Dr. Palitha Kohona Calls for Revival of the Fa Xian Spirit - elanka

Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona was the chief guest speaker at the birth anniversary celebration of monk Fa Xian at the city of Linfen in Shanxi. While marvelling at the incredibly arduous journey undertaken by Fa Xian, he welcomed the revival of the spirit of adventure, travel and discovery by today’s inheritors of the Fa Xian tradition. He said that Sri Lanka was ready to welcome Chinese travellers in the same spirit as it had welcomed Fa Xian 1600 years ago.

Dr. Kohona shared the same thoughts at a meeting with the Secretary of the Party Leadership Committee.

Jayam’s Choice

“Delilah” Tom Jones and Luciano Pavarotti

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Sri Lankan Father and Son team

Alston and James Koch together create Worldwide Environmental Awareness on World Environment Day !

Sri Lanka’s iconic & international award winning singer-songwriter and environmental advocate Alston Koch has brought the world to attention by releasing an amazing song and video on World Environment Day years ahead of the advocates of Climate Change and the environment.

This time the negatives of using plastic which has stunned and polluted the land and seas worldwide causing huge environmental damage is portrayed in a beautiful video edited and directed by James Koch and written and sung by Alston Koch with the support of Sean Stone son of Oliver Stone (multi Academy Award winning Director)

Sean Stone also a Hollywood Actor appeared along side James Koch (screen name ‘Frederick James Koch) in the Hollywood film ‘NIGHTWALK’ now released in 33 Countries and 19 languages by LIONSGATE films.

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

T&S Family Night a Tremendous Success - elanka

Another Upul Dharmadasa Production on October 14th 2023 Coming to the Fabulous Nelum Pokuna in Colombo “Reminiscence of the Past Hits”

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Priyanka Chopra and John Travolta Classic (Repeat)

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Sri Lankan Ayesha Smart Announced
as UKs Youngest Crown Court Judge

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Sri Lankan born Ayesha Smart, 34, can now sit as a Recorder in crown courts across the north east of England as well as being the youngest non-white person to take up the role, she will be the third youngest person from any background to be selected. The process of becoming a judge is complex, involving two sets of exams, a role play exercise and an interview and the final approval has to be given by the King.

“Everybody says it takes several goes at the process to get through, so I thought I would give it a go and at least I know what it’s like.”

Hayleys Advantis Welcomes Cordelia Cruises to Hambantota : MS Empress to rake in USD 18 Mn in first 4 months

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The MS Empress cruise ship arrived with 1,600 passengers onboard ushering in a new wave of inbound luxury cruise tourists to Sri Lanka. This is also the first time that the Chennai Sri Lanka Cruise was initiated. “We anticipate 80,000 tourist arrivals in the first 4 months of our operation and pump in around USD 18 million to the Sri Lanka from this operation,” said Cordelia Cruises President and CEO Jurgen Bailom. “Today marks a significant milestone in our efforts to revitalize and unlock substantial commercial opportunities for the tourism value chain, as well as capitalise on our island’s vast untapped potential as a global hotspot for cruises,” Hayleys Advantis Managing Director Ruwan Waidyaratne said.


Piyal and Janitha Mataraarachchi of Los Angeles visited the White House on their recent trip to Washington DC


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Actor Keith Ranga Of Pasadena, Ca. Making it Big in Colombo on the “Sarasaviya” Cover

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Morina Dass – Actor and Model in Los Angeles

Morina Dass - Actor and Model in Los Angeles - elanka

“The Wink & A Dream Team” invites you to join for “Jeevo’s” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

Free of Charge

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The Wink & A Dream Team” invites you to join for Jeevo's at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, July 22, 2023.

Kerrigan La-Brooy and Lorraine Mccauley “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me” Number One on the charts

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“Kaleidoscope” June 8th, 2023

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World Environment Day is all about preserving our eco-systems and that’s what Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne says PLANT wants to do. And there’s more today on Kaleidoscope: Rohan Pethiyagoda takes stock of the state of our economy, a committed woman entrepreneur weaves her craft for other women’s financial independence, there are coffins to eliminate bad luck, ducks ducking everywhere & economic news from the week that was in the backdrop of Sinharaja.

Obituaries – Sad News

Jayantha Dhanapala


Jayantha Dhanapala (85)
Veteran diplomat and former UN Under-Secretary-General passed away at the Kandy National Hospital.

Jayantha was also a

distinguished old boy of Trinity College, Kandy and winner of

Ryde Gold Medal as best student in 1956.




I was saddened to learn that our friend and Sri Lanka’s prominent diplomat Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala has quietly closed the door of life and departed from us. To me, a sorrow that is deep and personal. I have known Jayantha since we were two of three finalists for the Herald Tribune essay contest for a traveling scholarship to the United States in the late 1950s; he from Trinity, and I from Richmond, and he won out. Since then, he never stopped shining on the international stage, culminating in his narrow loss in the competition for the Secretary General of the United States post. In the meantime, he had served Sri Lanka as a foreign service member in countless capitals and as Ambassador to India, China, the United States and the United Nations, and Washington. He also served as Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Department of Disarmament, during which he led the U.N. team to investigate the nuclear sites in Iraq just before the Iraqi war and later headed the U.N. Institute of Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). I had the privilege of working closely with him on joint U.N. projects and traveling to various cities, including Ulan Bator, Mongolia, during which we nearly escaped an airline disaster over the then-Soviet Union. Whether it was in the course of official work or the relaxed evenings we spent after a full day of work, it was highly congenial to be in his company. At work, he knew the art of negotiation of being firm while being most congenial, no mean talent that took him to the summit of international diplomacy. He also served Sri Lanka as Foreign Secretary, Head of the Peace Secretariat, and finally as Senior Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka. Few Sri Lankans have ever reached those dizzy heights. The loss of my friend profoundly saddens me, and I join the diplomatic world that will mourn the death of a diplomat par excellence and a Gentleman to the hilt who served Mother Lanka well! Adlai Stevenson, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, once commented about a man and his contribution: “It is not the years in a life that counts; it is the life in the years.” By that measure, Jayantha Dhanapala is a shining star that lived! We will miss him, and may he find peace!

Nandasiri (Nandi)Jasentuliyana

Former Deputy Director-General, United Nations & Director U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs.

NALINI DE LANEROLLE – Wife of late Asoka,​ mother of Kanishka,​ Manisha and Dhanusha,​ mother-in-law of Bogumila and Deenesha,​ grandmother of Chayanka and Praveen,​ sister of Rupa,​ late Tissa and Mahasen,​ sister-in-law of late Upali,​ Indra and Sunethra,​ passed away. Funeral was on May 20th, 2023. at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.

ROMA DE SILVA (nee RUDD) – Wife of late Ivor Rode and late Darlton De Silva,​ sister of late Rodney (London),​Henry (Australia),​ Winston (London) and Vernon (Australia),​ mother of Arline (Canada),​ Esther (Australia),​ Ivan (Australia),​ Denzil,​ Vivien,​ Jonathan and Ralston went to be with the Lord on May 17th 2023. Funeral was on May 20th at the Borella Cemetery.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Pomegranate-Orange Chicken - elanka

Pomegranate-Orange Chicken 

  • Ingredients
  • 1 large orange, zest finely grated, juiced
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • ⅛ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 teaspoons. canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup low salt chicken broth
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut onto 1 inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and sliced on the diagonal, ¼ inch thick
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into ¾ inch thick wedges
  • 1 4-pound 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 and pomegranate juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to ¼ cup, about 15 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon thyme, cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Divide the mixture between two small bowls. To 1 bowl, add two teaspoons of the oil and ½ teaspoon salt. To the other, add the chicken broth, all but 1teaspoon of the orange zest and ¼ teaspoon salt.
Scatter the sweet potatoes, parsnips, and onion over the bottom of a metal, glass or ceramic baking dish that measures about 10x15x2 inches. Toss with the remaining 4 teaspoons oil and 1 teaspoon thyme. Arrange the chicken pieces 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 the oven and reduce the temperature to 375° F. Pour the juice-broth mixture around the chicken pieces and scatter the walnuts around the chicken. Return the pan to the oven and roast until the vegetables are tender and instant read thermometer registers 165° F in several pieces of chicken, 20-30 minutes.
Transfer the chickento a warm platter. Use a slotted spoon to arrange the vegetables and walnuts around the chicken. Sprinkle the vegetables with a little salt and sprinkle 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.
Pomegranate and orange juices form the basis of this dynamite chicken dish that echoes an Eastern Mediterranean flavor combination.
Serves 4-6
This recipe was requested. All of you please enjoy it. Any requests or questions email

The Beautiful Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Beautiful Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba

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