Entertainment / Arts

Harnessing power of music to save lives

Views - 7 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Listed as the country with the fourth-highest suicide rate in the world, Sri Lanka is currently grappling with the most devastating national health crisis that it has ever faced. In an effort to spread awareness and create impactful conversations aro


Korean Film Festival 2018 in Colombo

Views - 11 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Following on the success of last year’s event, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka and the Korea Foundation will co-host the Korean Film Festival 2018 from 12 to 15 October at the National Film Corporation (NFC) Theatre, Colombo 7, in


“Chak de India” screening at SVCC today

Views - 4 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be screening “Chak de India” a Shah Rukh Khan starrer sports action Hindi film (with English subtitles) at 6 p.m. on Friday 21 September at SVCC auditorium 16/2, Gregory’


The Kingsbury, official hospitality partner for Global Sound Festival hosts Alan Walker in Sri Lank

Views - 15 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

British-Norwegian artist, DJ and Producer Alan Walker arrived at the Kingsbury Hotel, the official hospitality partner for the Global Sound Festival, hours before his first concert in Sri Lanka. The enigmatic young DJ is widely known for his masked p


‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ win on night of Emmy upsets

Views - 5 Friday, 21 September 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Monday on a night of upsets for the highest honours in television and a triumph for streaming services. Dystopian female show


‘I Will Follow, I Will Lead’ presented by Choir of S. Thomas’ Preparatory School!

Views - 5 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Choral activity in Sri Lanka has risen to an unprecedented level during the past number of years, following a growing interest in the field with the student community in Sri Lanka being largely responsible for the recognition that choirs and choral e


Renowned Sri Lankan actor philosopher Jayapalan to star in Prasanna’s ‘Gaadi’

Views - 26 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

“To us all towns are our own, everyone our kin, life’s good comes not from others’ gifts, nor ill” – V. I. S Jayapalan quotes Kaniyan Poongundran when asked about his thoughts on accepting the invitation to be cast as ‘Ausada’, the Rod


Break free with iflix

Views - 13 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets today, announced the launch of iflix 3.0, an all-new look and feel to Sri Lanka’s favourite entertainment platform, with new features and content available to users across the


Country Roads 2018: Celebration of music and life

Views - 17 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Following last year’s unprecedented audience turnout, leading to Rs. 1.27 million being raised for children’s causes, the iconic Country Roads concert will once again smash through another huge milestone in 2018 when it holds its 30th anniversary


Cinnamon Life hosts special performance with Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation

Views - 13 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Life together with the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation, in association with John Keells Foundation presented an exclusive performance on 7 September as the finale to the Guru Gedara Festival. This first immersive traditional arts festiva


Return of SOSL POPS!

Views - 28 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

There’s always a hum of excitement and anticipation whenever the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) takes to the stage to perform its annual POPS Concert. This year the concert will be held on both 15 and 16 September at the Bishop’s College


‘Remember Me Sri Lanka’ art exhibition

Views - 13 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

In addition to the many events the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) organises during the month of September to celebrate World Alzheimer’s Month, this year, LAF is presenting a unique exhibition appropriately titled ‘Remember Me Sri Lanka’


‘Maathra 11’: Spectacular Sri Lankan cultural dancing show

Views - 16 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

‘Maathra’ – the most creative, spell-binding performing arts event produced and performed by Lyceum International Schools is due to be held for the 11th consecutive year. Over the last 25 years, Lyceum International Schools have continually ex


Cinnamon Life treats theatre lovers to another West End production

Views - 11 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Life – Colombo’s up and coming lifestyle hub will present the internationally acclaimed musical Mamma Mia! for the first time in South Asia this December. The theatrical production will feature entertainers and performers from London


Luxury leads at the Taj with ‘The Lady of the Lattice’

Views - 12 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Natalia Rudenko, the Ukrainian nightingale will enthral you at The Lattice of Taj Samudra Colombo. She will be performing at the lobby lounge Lattice once the sun sets in, during 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. The voice and rhythm of a


‘Soulscapes’ by Dillai Joseph

Views - 14 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

With well over 15 years of experience in crafting out inimitable pieces of art that is a true reflection of creativity, Dillai Joseph is a self-taught artist who later honed her skills under the tutelage of Nadine David. The latter was a student of D


Fairway National Literary Awards 2018 Shortlist announced

Views - 32 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The eagerly anticipated Shortlist for the fourth Fairway National Literary Awards was announced on 30 August at The Kingsbury. Each shortlisted novelist in each language category will receive a valuable cash prize of Rs. 100,000 while the ultimate wi


‘Swarna Pusthaka’ – Sri Lanka’s richest literary prize to be presented on 15 Sep

Views - 87 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The race for the ‘Swarna Pusthaka’ award, Sri Lanka’s richest literary prize, has entered the final stretch with five Sinhala novelists vying for a purse of Rs. 1.25 million – Rs. 750,000 to the winner and Rs. 100,000 each to the five finalis


Star maker Simon Cowell gets his place on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Views - 14 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Simon Cowell, once known as the Mr Nasty of talent show “American Idol,” was all smiles last week when he got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joined by Kelly Clarkso


Introducing Dinara to dazzle audiences with Sajitha in ‘Gaadi’

Views - 229 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

A Bollywood-Sri Lanka coproduction


Cliff Richard to release first album of new material in 14 years

Views - 8 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran British singer Cliff Richard, who won substantial damages in a privacy case ruling against the BBC last month, said on Wednesday he would release his first album of new material i


BOC’s patronage brings musical ‘Aaradhana’ produced by SLBC to life on Rupavahini

Views - 9 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

‘Aaradhana’, a musical program produced by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Co-operation (SLBC) which is dedicated to Sri Lankan classical music, came to life on the Rupavahini channel with the patronage of Bankers to the Nation, Bank of Ceylon. ‘Aaradha


Plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world titles in Finland

Views - 9 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu last week to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship of the bizarre dance form.


London fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson on 60th birthday

Views - 8 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Fans of Michael Jackson honoured the “King of Pop” on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday by gathering at a temporary monument in the shape of a crown erected in his honour in London.


Tequila sends George Clooney to top of best-paid actors list

Views - 13 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): George Clooney on Wednesday soared to the top of an annual list of the world’s highest-paid actors, thanks largely to the sale of his tequila company.


Sri Lanka’s first ever international mall to pioneer multiplex cinema

Views - 74 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

With the grand opening of Sri Lanka’s first international mall set to take place next month, preparations are also underway


AkuruCON, typography and type design conference for font lovers

Views - 38 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

AkuruCON, an annual conference on typography in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be held on 1 September consisting of presentations


Cyber Illusions and AV Lab win big at WOW Awards Asia

Views - 11 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Live experience designer and consultant Cyber Illusions, supported by local audiovisual pioneer AV Lab, won big at


Family Night with Marians, BNS and Sanuka

Views - 30 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Marians, under the leadership of megastar musician Nalin Perera along with dynamic creative musicians Bathiya & Santhush and Sanuka


Madhura Madhura Krishna on 2 September

Views - 14 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

A Bharatanatyam and Odissi recital to mark Krishna Janmashtami by Thushyanthy and Gayathri will be presented on Sunday, 2


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Accessibility at buildings and places – Indispensable need to enjoy civil rights

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Have you not yet realised that the chances are now very high that at any stage or any moment in life, for a short time or for a long time, for different reasons, you or your loved ones could experience physical and/or sensory impediments, and fall in


Over-tourism: The new buzz word in tourism

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Periodically the tourism industry is in the habit of coming up with some interesting name to describe a new emerging trend or situation in the industry. Sometimes the phenomena is not new, but has become relevant and topical enough to ‘package’ a


Depreciation of the rupee and Sri Lanka’s dilemma

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The rupee depreciated by Rs. 29 from 2005 to 2014 and the average year-on-year depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee was 2.8% per year. Official foreign reserves increased from $ 2.7 billion to $ 8.2 billion over the same period. In stark contrast, th


Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about


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