P O W E L L, W y o. - Northwest College physics instructor Deepthi Amarasuriya invites Big Horn Basin residents to immerse themselves in "A Sri Lankan Evening," at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, in the Trapper Rendezvous Lounge of the DeWitt Student Center in Powell.
Sponsored by the NWC Multicultural Events Series, the evening features a buffet dinner of chicken curry (both spicy and mild), rice, potatoes in coconut milk, carrot salad and a yogurt dip, all taken from Amarasuriya's recipe collection, plus fruit and ice cream for dessert.
Dressed in a traditional sari, Amarasuriya will share tidbits of knowledge about her country, known as Ceylon until 1972, touching on geography, politics, history, religions, festivals, lifestyles, contemporary trends and more. The evening is accompanied by Sri Lankan music and images.
"The Sri Lanka many Americans are familiar with through movies like the Indiana Jones series and 'Bridge over the River Kwai' depict only a small part of the complex whole," Amarasuriya said. "They aren't really representative of the country. Sri Lanka has long been an important port because of its location. The large numbers of sailors who've stopped there through the years have gifted Sri Lanka with a diverse mix of cultures and ethnicities."
Seating for "A Sri Lankan Evening" is $7 per person, $5 for senior citizens age 62 and over, and $3 for children and NWC students. Advance reservations are required by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28. They can be made by e-mailing Terri Timmons or calling (800) 560-4602, ext. 6490, or (307) 754-6490.