The story of a long journey starting from an old Dutch building in crowded Petah way back in 1886 through political and social upheavals over 125 years has been unfolded. It relates how the Buddhist English School was transformed into one of Sri Lanka’s leading educational institutions – Ananda College. The near 500-page (493 to be exact) book is aptly titled ‘Anandaya’.
The book launched in the presence of a large number of Old Anandians – most of them sporting the Gold & Maroon tie – is a fine example of a team effort. They had the will power and patience to go through bundles of magazines, journals, newspapers and other printed material to trace the history of their alma mater.
Past President of the OBA, Mr. Thilak Karunaratne writes in his introduction, “The book is for the benefit not only of the present but also the future generations of old Anandians to be born. It would also be a publication to be cherished by innumerable others who recognize and value the contribution made by Ananda to national life over this tumultuous period. Ananda College is a true national institution and one does not have to attend the College to hold her dear to one’s heart.”
A ‘must’ for all Anandians – young and old – and everyone interested in reading an authentic record of contemporary history of Sri Lanka.
Anandaya (1886-2011) was launched on 28th March with alumnus Mr. Manohara de Silva, PC, as the keynote speaker.
Copies, priced at Rs 5,000, are available at the OBA office in the premises of Ananda College, Colombo 10 (Tel : 011 269 8551)