COLOMBEDOUIN

Published : 12:33 am  October 25, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  1,358 views  |  
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On Thursday, the Saskia Fernando Gallery previewed an exhibition of photography that definitely trod off the beaten path. Abdul Halik Azeez, a photographer who made his name on the social network Instagram, transitioned his work for the first time into a physical form. “This exhibition is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka,” said gallery owner Saskia Fernando Hammoud, “coincidentally timed, Abdul Halik Azeez presents his journalistic and personal outlook on life in Sri Lanka. This is an exhibition of photography, but also of Halik’s unique way of presenting a personal view of his surroundings within hidden layers that lie in the writings and journeys that precede each photo”. Better... 


One man’s b’day gifts offer reprieve to Lankan fishing families

Published : 12:32 am  October 25, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  1,081 views  |  
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  When retired Dutch businessman R.A.J. (Rob) Goes turned 70 recently, friends asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He figured he had enough socks, neckties and whisky bottles (the usual fare he was used to receiving), and so put his friends to a higher target: contributions to help Sri Lankan fishermen overcome debt to exploitative middlemen. In 2008, he had sold his company, one of the biggest in Holland dealing with access equipment (ladders, scaffolding, and the like) very profitably – and providentially, just before the global economic crisis brought on by the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy in September 2008. “A matter of a few months would have made a huge difference –... 


Oktoberfest comes alive at the Hilton

Published : 12:31 am  October 25, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  431 views  |  
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The beer was flowing as rapidly and abundantly as the light conversation and heavy cheer at the Hilton Colombo’s sports centre arena on Thursday, as droves of merrymakers hunkered down under a sprawling tent to join in the hotel’s Oktoberfest celebrations. This year marks the 21st time the hotel is evoking the trademark Bavarian spirit of revelry closely associated with the famed German festival. According to the Hilton’s Food and Beverage Manager Kapila Mohotti, the hotel is taking things several steps further in the pursuit of an authentic Oktoberfest experience. “We have been doing this for the last 20 years. We started very small at the entrance of the hotel, next to the pub. We had... 


Taj Samudra welcomes Alka Yagnik

Published : 12:30 am  October 25, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  349 views  |  
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Alka Yagnik, the melody queen of the Indian silver screen and ranked as one of the best playback singers of all time, was warmly welcomed by Taj Samudra Executive Assistant Manager Jitendra Chand and the team last morning. The traditional Sri Lankan dancing troupe of the Sri Lanka Army performed a welcome dance on her arrival at the Taj Samudra Lobby. Yagnik will dazzle her fans at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on Sunday 26 October at the concert. Taj Samudra Colombo is the Hospitality Partner for this event which is organised by the Sri Lanka Army Head Quarters – Mercury Club to generate funds needed for infrastructure developments to alleviate the living standards of serving soldiers and... 


‘Festa della Musica Italiana’ featuring Chamber Music Society of Colombo

Published : 12:30 am  October 25, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  247 views  |  
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The Embassy of Italy is proud to present a concert of some of the finest Italian music, entitled ‘Festa della Musica Italiana’ at the British School in Colombo auditorium, featuring the elite ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo. The concert commences at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 8 November. Free passes, on a first-come-first-served basis will be available at Titus Stores, Liberty Plaza, from 27 October. The concert is generously supported by the Premier Sponsor of the Society, Fairway Holdings. The distinguished guest soloist for the evening will be clarinetist Claudio Cavallaro, from Rome, at the invitation of the Embassy. A graduate of the famed Santa Cecilia Academy, he is a... 


Volunteers serving the community

Published : 12:05 am  October 25, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  127 views  |  
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Last week I got a glimpse of what volunteering really means. I was at the awards presentation of a competition titled ‘Lights Camera Volunteer (LCV) Campaign’ showcasing the talent of high school students in Western Australia (WA). The campaign was meant to increase awareness of the importance of volunteering. Eight finalists had been selected and filmlets they had produced were screened. They ranged from displaying the work of volunteers building homes for the homeless rural folk in Laos, helping to manage children with diabetes, training disabled young ones to get used to activities like horse riding, and running a home for neglected dogs. The professionalism shown by the production teams... 


Gamini Fonseka and Lester James Peries Cinematic relationship of an actor and director

Published : 12:10 am  October 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, D.B.S. Jeyaraj, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  7,340 views  |  
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Ten years ago on 30 September the brightest light of Sri Lankan cinema went out. Gamini Fonseka, the monarch of Sinhala moviedom, passed away peacefully on that day. Gamini Fonseka was my favourite actor on the Sinhala silver screen and became an important part of my childhood. This week’s ‘Spotlight’ focuses on him on the occasion of his 10th death anniversary. Since I have written several articles in the past about the personality of Gamini and the remarkable highlights of his successful acting career, I thought of deviating from the beaten track this time and writing this column differently. What I want to do here is to focus on the professional interaction between the actor Gamini... 


Phancy that, it’s a masquerade!

Published : 12:03 am  October 18, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,319 views  |  
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When the Work Shop Players (or WSP) put on a production, it’s never ever really simply a play. There is always high drama. And not all of it is staged. So WSP’s Phantom was much more than a ground-breaking presentation of the world-famous Webber operetta. It was an event. Sorry, no. It was THE event of the theatre season. It WAS the theatre season in micro. The ‘Production of the Season’ featured many more dramatis personae than merely players. By WSP’s own estimation, the cast and crew for this fortnight-long run comprised actors; directors; singers; dancers; choreographers; musicians; composers; writers; artists; designers; sound and lighting engineers; stage managers; and backroom-... 


Things that Sting

Published : 12:02 am  October 18, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  951 views  |  
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October is Stamp Collecting Month in Australia. The stamp collectors are encouraged to continue their favourite hobby while newcomers are encouraged to start. Aus Post celebrates the Stamp Collecting Month with the release of a stamp issue with a special theme. It all began back in 1993 when Australia Post released the Australian Dinosaur Era stamp issue. 2012 was a very special year as Aus Post celebrated the 20th Stamp Collecting Month issue with the theme ‘Australian Zoos’. The theme this year is ‘Things that Sting’ featuring several species of insects, reptiles and fish that sting or bite as a form of defence. Some have been identified as extremely dangerous and can be fatal for humans.... 


Bangladesh to be Stigmatized!

Published : 12:00 am  October 18, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,268 views  |  
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Sri Lanka’s favourite sons of anarchy, progressive metal quintet Stigmata are once again making global waves as tidings have reached every shore that they will head overseas to represent the country at the biggest rock festival to be staged in Asia to date. Stigmata will elaborately showcase that it is not only with cricket that the Land of Lions harbours great talent and an unequivocal sense of passion and success but that when it comes to memorable élan and bountiful accolades, these guys have what it takes to create an unforgettable experience with chaotic rhyme and sonic reason. The quintet have always been an acquired taste in their own homeland, but have nevertheless garnered a massive... 


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