The Arts Circle was the brainchild of a dynamic group of students from the first batch of the faculty. Established in 1995, it provided medical students with an outlet to express their creativity, while fostering fellowship amongst each other.
The spotlight of the Arts Circle calendar is focused on a variety performance bearing the name “Talents”. It is an annually held evening of song, dance and drama, where students and staff come under one roof to display their abilities. A highlight of this event is the arts exhibition, which is the opportunity given for the quieter arts to shine.
The Arts Circle is also instrumental in organizing a number of other events during the course of the year. One such event is the “Gee Pedura”, an informal evening of singing.
Healing with Harmonies: A 25-Year Legacy
The Arts Circle of the Faculty of Medical Sciences was founded in 1995, a short 3 years after the establishment of the faculty itself, aimed towards creating a hub for arts, crafts, music and dance.
What set’s ‘Talents’; the major event organized by the Arts Circle, apart from any other musical extravaganza is that it is a non-profit event and the audience was given free entry and all proceedings were donated as a charity to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, a proud tradition that has been continued all the way.
Past pupils’ item, the first item performed by the first years and the ‘Vaada Baila’ item are few of the most anticipated events of the night while the victors of the competitions are guaranteed an opportunity to have their moment of glory on the big stage which has transcended from Maharagama Youth Centre to Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre throughout the progression of ‘Talents’.
“Gee Padura”, a project pioneered by the 21st batch, consisted of performances by individual batches, the staff and alumni, which is now performed under the name “Api” was also involved to enlighten the nights in “Back to Faculty” project organized in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the faculty.
In addition to these productions, the Arts Circle has also regularly exhibited their skills with guest performances at talent shows of the Universities of Colombo and Kelaniya, functions of the Sri Lanka Medical Association and many more professional colleges and organizations. They have also joined hands with the Buddhist society of the Faculty of Medical Sciences to organize the Annual Bhakthi Gee programme ‘Poson Sadeha Gee Saraniya’.
Even during pandemic of COVID 19 in 2020 standing in their way, the Arts Circle took the talents of the students to social media by introducing “J’pura Medicos Online”, a web-based programme hosted via the Arts Circle’s Official Facebook page allowing students to display their skills and artistry from the comfort of their own homes. They also partnered with the Buddhist society yet again to hold the aforementioned year’s edition of the Bakthi gee via online platforms.
This account is only but a minor glimpse into the 25-year legacy of the Arts Circle of the Faculty of Medical Sciences and we dearly intend to keep moving forward innovating and entertaining the students of the faculty, providing them the golden opportunity of showcasing their hidden talents to the world.
Donation of Supplies to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital
Each year the Arts Circle, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura makes a donation to one of our teaching hospitals.
For the year 2020, a donation of 05 Omron Automatic Blood Pressure Apparatus was made to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital on the 9th of September 2020 at the Director’s Office, CSTH. The donated supplies were distributed among the ETU, VPOPD and OPD of CSTH.