The Foot Aqua Lounge At 7° North

Published : 4:07 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  165 views  |  
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Famed for its open deck that reaches out to touch the surrounding Beira Lake and starlit skies, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo’s 7° North is introducing its latest concept to guests, the Foot Aqua Lounge, the only aqua lounge in Colombo. Comfortable seating placed in the shallow pool, overlooking the larger infinity pool, allows diners to dip their feet in the cool water and relax with friends, with a chilled drink in hand.  The soft lighting and seating for two or groups of four makes this ideal for those special private moments that calls for something different. Commenting on the new launch, General Manager of Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo Dermot Gale said: “The Aqua Foot Lounge is a completely... 

Budding actors of CIS present ‘Jane Eyre’

Published : 3:05 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  383 views  |  

The immortal classic Jane Eyre will be given life by Vinodh Senadeera and his cast of budding actors at the Colombo International School auditorium on 6 February. “It’s a beautiful play, dark and serious, but with a glimmer of light – a story that really speaks to you emotionally, and says that there’s always a hope for happiness,” says Amrita Khandpur, who plays the protagonist, none other than Jane herself. Her drama career started at the age of five and has continued since then without interruptions, but “this is one of the most challenging,” she says, “since Jane is a character with a lot of depth, and we see a lot of the different sides of her over the course of the play.” She... 

‘Vibrant, energetic and exotically colourful’

Published : 3:03 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  161 views  |  

From a demon dancer driven by pulsating drumbeats, to an homage to Ganesha, to a reflection on the Buddha, ‘Dancing for the Gods’ charts the evolution of the joyful ancient Kandyan dance tradition and transports it boldly into the present. This is how the Chitrasena Dance troupe’s elegant production was introduced to Sydney’s audiences at the Sydney Arts Festival currently on. Large crowds turned up and appreciated something rarely presented to them. Hardly any dance troupes from Sri Lanka visit Australia although there are regular visits by Sri Lankan musicians, often accompanied by their orchestras.           Of course, in major cities the Sri Lankan community... 

Day One: 1,868 meters above sea level

Published : 2:20 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  103 views  |  

By Sarah Hannan Returning after a decade to this beautiful township in the hill country, I was quite taken aback to see the amount of holiday homes and bed and breakfast places that have mushroomed around town. The ride towards the area too kept me questioning as to how the wayside vistas have been altered by the general populace. Starting off our journey at about 6 a.m. from Mount Lavinia our goal was to reach the destination for lunch. We embarked on our mini road trip to the Hill Country to our destination 1,868 meters above sea level. Nuwara Eliya which is also known as Little England is considered to be the holiday destination for many of us during April. The most popular attractions while... 

From ‘De Brandery’ to ‘Temple Trees’

Published : 2:12 am  January 24, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  177 views  |  

Temple Trees is back in the Prime Minister’s ‘territory’. Once the official residence of the Prime Minister, due to LTTE terrorist activity, it was a high security area during the past few years with the President residing there. Even after the war ended in 2009 it remained so. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has taken over Temple Trees, not as his official residence but as his office. The history of Temple Trees goes back to the days when the Dutch administered the maritime areas of Ceylon in the 17th century. Records mention three villas to the south of St. Andrew’s Church facing the sea in the Kollupitiya area. The Beira Lake was behind these. One of these villas was known as ‘De... 

From Galle Face to Independence Hall

Published : 4:33 am  January 17, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,182 views  |  

Two iconic buildings – one in Colombo and the other in Kandy – came alive with the appointment of the new President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. One was the Independence Memorial Hall and the other was the Pattirippuwa in the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. Both the Independence Hall and the Pattirippuwa are used sparingly, only for specific purposes of national significance. President Maithripala Sirisena picked the Independence Hall for his swearing in ceremony and he made his first address to the nation from Pattirippuwa.     Independence Hall This is the first time that a President took his oath at the Independence Hall. The earlier Presidents chose the Galle... 

Art and ‘national culture’

Published : 4:32 am  January 17, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,047 views  |  
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By Arun Dias Bandaranaike It may be argued there is ‘art everywhere’. Apart from the fascination that living things (e.g. birds’ plumage), humans, their clothes and constructions, their crafted landscapes, book covers or vehicles, all provide and involve, and therefore is what we take so much for granted, there is another aspect that sometimes is less evident. I refer to “fine art”. It is generally recognised that such forms of expression on a canvas, or in crafted stone, fabric or metal, belong in the province of a gallery and in the sophisticated ambience of living rooms among the elite. And yet, ‘fine art’ must be recognised as a public phenomenon, transcending the privately... 

State patronage to promote indigenous art

Published : 4:30 am  January 17, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  975 views  |  
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Art receives active encouragement from the state in Australia. A good example is the Western Australian (WA) State Government Percent Art Scheme. It has been in existence for 25 years. A key objective of the scheme is “to improve the quality of the built environment and value of public facilities.” Another is to create new economic opportunities for Western Australian artists. The scheme operates on the basis that up to one percent of the total cost of the State’s capital works and major infrastructure projects are allocated for public art. It is thus a huge boost for the local artists.           Since commencing the Scheme, 538 separate projects at a cost of A$... 

‘Rukshan Perera Live in Concert V’ – Bring a smile to a child through Rotary

Published : 4:28 am  January 17, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,086 views  |  
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If you haven’t been to one of Rukshan’s concerts, then get your tickets today. The composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and singer Rukshan Perera is gearing up for his fifth concert since returning from the US with all original material to entertain his fans tomorrow, Sunday 18 January, at the Bishop’s College auditorium. The concert is organised by the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan in aid of Rotary Foundation. This year Colombo Metropolitan is launching a flagship initiative called ‘Lama Piyasa – Ragama Rehabilitation Hospital Project’, which involves the construction and administration of a rehabilitation ward for juvenile victims of abuse and neglect and seek the assistance... 

‘Taken 3’ now at Savoy 3D cinema, Wellawatte

Published : 4:27 am  January 17, 2015  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  515 views  |  
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E.A.P. Films presents ‘Taken 3’ at Savoy 3D Cinema Wellawatte from 16 January. Taken 3 is a 2014 English language, French action thriller film directed by Olivier Megaton. It is the third and final instalment in the Taken trilogy, and the sequel to the 2008 film Taken and the 2012 film Taken 2. Plot: Liam Neeson returns as ex-covert operative Bryan Mills, whose long awaited reconciliation with his ex-wife is tragically cut short when she is brutally murdered. Consumed with rage, and framed for the crime, he goes on the run to evade the relentless pursuit of the CIA, FBI and the police. For one last time, Mills must use his “particular set of skills,” to track down the real killers, exact... 

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