Remembering Sir Arthur Clarke on his second death anniversary

It’s exactly two years since Sir Arthur C Clarke abandoned his 91st orbit around the Sun and headed to the stars. That was on 19 March 2008.

A public meeting to commemorate Sir Arthur was held on 17 March 2010 afternoon at the British Council Colombo. The event was jointly organised by the Sri Lanka Astronomical Association (SLAA) and the Arthur C Clarke Estate in partnership with the British Council.

I gave an illustrated talk titled ‘Sir Arthur C Clarke: Man Who Lived in the Future’. We had an eager audience of 65 – 70 persons. Here are some photos from the occasion – a more detailed blog post will follow.

Nalaka Gunawardene giving Sir Arthur C Clarke memorial talk (photos above & below), 17 Marc 2010, British Councl Colombo

Thilina Heeatigala, General Secretary of SLAA, introducing the programme

Michael Snowden asking a question

The talk will be followed by the screening of feature film 2010: The Year We Make Contact (116 mins, 1984). Directed by Peter Hyams on a screenplay co-written by Peter Hyams and Arthur C Clarke, the film starred Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and Keir Dullea. This is the movie adaptation of the best selling science fiction novel 2010: Odyssey Two that Arthur C Clarke wrote in 1982.

All photos by Amal Samaraweera, TVE Asia Pacific

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4 Responses to “Remembering Sir Arthur Clarke on his second death anniversary”

  1. heethen Says:

    Is there a video of this event on the net by any chance?

  2. Nalaka Gunawardene Says:

    @Heethen,
    Sorry, there isn’t an online video of the event — at least not yet. I know the event was filmed by a professional videographer, but that tape is with the Arthur Clarke Estate and apparently it has some soundtrack problems.

  3. Nalaka Gunawardene Says:

    Edwin Ariyadasa, the veteran Lankan journalist – who was among Sir Arthur’s media associates for decades – has just written a tribute in The Sunday Observer, 21 March 2010: http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2010/03/21/mon05.asp

    He was present at the British Council event, and reproduces one of the funny Clarke quotes I used. The version I have is Sir Arthur describing himself as a machine that converts finest Ceylon tea into good science fiction!

  4. DAVID DAMARIO Says:

    I am sorry Nalaka but I just uploaded this private Arthur C Clarke to Youtube and I wanted to post it to your fans. It was made for the 2006 Clarke Awards and Walter Cronkite was present.
    Please turn up your volume while watching.


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