Jothirlingam Darshan and Raja Yoga Pictorial Exhibition in Jaffna

Published : 12:00 am  August 28, 2013  |  Category: Entertainment, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  575 views  |  

Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga centres in Sri Lanka has organised an exhibition of 12 Jothir Lingam Dharshan (famous Shiva Temples located at different states of India) displayed at Nallur Veeramaha Kali Amman Temple Hall from 31 August to 07 September 2013. There will be a Raja Yoga Pictorial Exhibition, a special sacrificial fire and meditation experience organised for the public. Due to popular request from the public on the successful program event held in Batticaloa, Colombo, Mullaitivu and Vavuniya, this program will now be held in Jaffna. For more information about the event, contact Brahma Kumaris on 0773506508, 0772612088, 021 2226432.  Read More →


Perahera Pageantry

Published : 12:01 am  August 24, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  995 views  |  
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The grandest festival to be held in the month of August in Sri Lanka and one of the most sacred pageants attended by those of many faiths from across the world, the historic Esala Perahera is the festival of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. An event unique to Sri Lanka, the Esala Perahera is thought to date back to the 3rd Century BC as a ritual enacted to request the gods for a good rainfall to help the agricultural economy of the country at the time. However the ‘Dalada Perahera’ is believed to have begun when the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka by Princess Hemamala and Prince Dantha from India during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Megavarana in the Anuradhapura... 


How to celebrate a centenary

Published : 12:00 am  August 24, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  810 views  |  

Worldwide interest in stamps is amply demonstrated by the response to the World Stamp Expo held recently in Melbourne. More than 54,000 album pages from 55 countries were exhibited. On display were 500-year-old letters, the 1840 Penny Black stamp – the world’s first adhesive stamp issued by Great Britain, and stamp rarities of the Australian colonies. Exhibit themes were diverse and among the wide range were whales, orchids, sailing ships and rocket mail. Exhibitors, dealers, postal administrations and clubs from around the world participated. The exhibition coincided with the centenary of the first Australian Commonwealth postage stamp issue. About 60 years prior to its release, the colonies... 


The baroque tenor and a world premiere

Published : 12:00 am  August 24, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  553 views  |  

A concert presenting one of the finest classical tenor voices that Sri Lanka has produced in the last 20 years, American-trained Asitha Tennekoon will make his debut with the acclaimed ensemble of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) directed by Lakshman Joseph de Saram on Friday, 30 August 2013, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre at 7:30 p.m. The Premier Sponsor of the CMSC is Fairway Holdings. The concert will feature the cantatas by J.S. Bach (no. 55, a penitential cantata which is the only one of the 200 surviving which is for a solo tenor – with a choral finale as a bonus), and G.F. Handel (the rarely-performed ‘The Praise of Harmony’). Tomaso Albinoni is represented by his luminous... 


Adventures in Istanbul

Published : 12:00 am  August 24, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  538 views  |  

A city located on two continents – Europe and Asia – and the capital of three empires with over 8,500 years of civilisation, Istanbul is nothing short of incredible. It ticks all the boxes, offering a rich history, fabulous culture, stunning sights, world-class dining, huge malls featuring top local and global brands, heaps of entertainment and so much more. Turkish Airlines hosted a tour of Istanbul for local media including the Daily FT a few days ago, treating its guests with a fully-packed exciting itinerary that showcased the sights and sounds of Istanbul in all their splendour. An article covering day 1 and 2 of the tour was published in the Daily FT yesterday; following is a breakdown... 


The need for more creativity

Published : 12:00 am  August 24, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  512 views  |  

By D.C. Ranatunga As I walk into the Shilpa 2013, the annual show by the National Crafts Council, I am greeted by an ornamental elephant made of wood. A painstaking job indeed. Behind is another huge tusker with the mahout on top made of a nadun tree. I walk in and there are plenty of jumbos of numerous sizes – some turned out in brass, some in wood, some in clay. The elephant does not seem to have lost its popularity – at least where crafts are concerned. I looked round to see whether any of them had won a top prize but couldn’t find one. While overall, there was a monotonous look about the exhibition, where year in, year out the same type of stuff is exhibited, there were at least a handful... 


The Kingsbury pays homage to parents

Published : 12:02 am  August 23, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  658 views  |  
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Beautiful brunch, bouquets of thanks and verses of love on Parents Day The Kingsbury is innovated to truly capture and create a moment of blissful joy for parents. It’s true every year, hospitality establishments the world over celebrate a long-list of anniversaries and commemorations, but Parents Day – possibly one of the most significant and important days in the calendar for each one of us – somehow remains overlooked. This year, The Kingsbury recently innovated to go beyond the conventional, by recognising that as a hospitality leader it must create true and timeless memories for its guests. In this quest, it provided the opportunity for guests to enjoy a day filled with thanksgiving,... 


A unique Bollywood experience by Ceylon Theatres

Published : 12:00 am  August 23, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment  |  1,812 views  |  

The Bollywood blockbuster Chennai Express was released in Sri Lanka by Ceylon Theatres who created anticipation for the film before the world premier which was held at Majestic City recently. Three unique street performances were held in different locations across the city depicting scenes from the movies to promote the Eid blockbuster, Chennai Express which was launched in Sri Lanka before any other country. This first of a kind promotion took place at Pettah Railway Station, Nugegoda Railway Station and Majestic City. Actors wearing bright costumes playing Shahrukh Kahn and Deepika Padukone, acted out scenes and danced along to selected tracks from the movie making hundreds of travellers stop... 


Hasini Gunasekera appointed Brand Ambassador for Seri Naturals

Published : 12:00 am  August 23, 2013  |  Category: FT Lite, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  925 views  |  

Seri Naturals Ltd., a company that has been in the forefront of offering innovative, international quality personal care products in Sri Lanka today announced the appointment of Hasini Gunasekera as its Brand Ambassador. A company that uses only the freshest of fruits, vegetables, flowers, natural oils, honey and plant extracts into products that exhibit the highest standards of quality while still remaining affordable, Seri’s natural ingredients are sourced directly from Europe, predominantly France. The company is driven by a philosophy of healthy beauty care solutions with no compromises, hence its emphasis on no chemicals such as Parabens, Phthalates and Triclosan. Hasini Gunasekera is... 


Austrian brewer revives 300-year-old beer

Published : 12:00 am  August 23, 2013  |  Category: Dining, FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  346 views  |  

Reuters: An Austrian brewery is offering beer lovers a trip back in time by reviving a 300-year-old recipe it found in the town archives. The family-owned Hofstetten brewery in the Upper Austrian town of Saint Martin recreated the “Neuhauser Herrschafts Pier” from ingredients listed in an invoice for the local Neuhaus castle in 1720, when Austria was one of Europe’s big powers. Using small crops of emmer and malting barley grown from ancient seed varieties agricultural historians had preserved, owner Peter Krammer was able to reproduce the mix of barley, wheat and hops that marked the brew made three centuries ago. “We thought that old kinds of grains must have more taste,” he said,... 


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