PUAAN’s Annual Ball - Hantana Night 2019  
By Janaka Seneviratne

It was a cool mid-spring night – Saturday, 2nd November 2019. The annual ball of Peradeniya University Alumni Association - NSW Chapter (PUAAN) was held for the 13th successive year, at the Pioneer Theatre, Castle Grand. The arriving guests had the pleasure of posing for a photograph before being ushered in by very of beautiful PUAAN ladies. The colorfully dressed ladies added extra glamour and sophistication to the already tastefully prepared venue.

PUAAN, in keeping with its policy of engaging in-house talent, had Sathyawadi Rajapakse and Wasantha Wickremanayake shooting through the lenses whilst Neil Horadagoda was entrusted with ‘CEO’ duties as Master of Ceremonies for the evening - these gentlemen performing their respective tasks exceptionally well.

The spectacular night commenced at 7:00pm sharp with MC Neil welcoming the guests followed by the University anthem while beautiful sceneries of one of the world’s most beautiful university were being displayed on a large screen, providing sweet memories to those who had the privilege of undergoing tertiary education at this prestigious institution.

Entertainment commenced with colorful performances by the girls of Janani Indian School of dancing and Mala Abeywickrema School of dancing.

The guests were quick on their feet when Desmond and the Impressions got the mood going with music for ballroom dancing followed by lively numbers both in English and Sinhala that catered to all revelers.

President Wijaya Hapukotuwa, thanked the distinguished guests for their presence, the executive committee and their spouses and other well-wishers for their unstinted commitment, dedication and vital support to keep the Association moving forward. He also spoke about the contributions made by PUAAN towards community activities both in Australia and Sri Lanka.

PUAAN, being an association with an academic background, encourages innovation and academic excellence. The highlight of the evening was the recognition of two alumni for their outstanding achievements in engineering – Professor Wije Ariyaratne, in Bridge Engineering and Professor Gamini Dissanayake, in Robotics Engineering – both of whom have become global experts in their respective fields. President Hapukotuwa went on to provide a vivid description with video displays of the technological innovations accomplished by these two alumni. Finally they were both presented with two beautifully crafted crystal trophies as mementos in appreciation of their achievements.

A sumptuous buffet dinner with mouth-watering dishes and desserts provided by Caterplan followed. Pre-dinner drinks of premium scotch and red and white wine were plentiful.

A raffle draw with valuable prizes followed. Winners were given the option to pick their prize. The first pick was two nights accommodation for two, with full board, at the global award winning AARUNYA NATURE RESORT in Kandy. PUAAN thanks all the prize donors, ticket sellers and purchasers.

The dancing continued until closing time with the last session being everyone’s favourite baila. As the night came to an end we all felt the sadness of ending another fabulous PUAAN event. As the guests walked out a voice was heard…….”12 months is too long a wait for Hantana Night 2020”.

Click here to enjoy a photo gallery captured by the PUAAN Team.; 



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