Entertainment / Arts

SOS Children’s Villages youth Shane Manohara takes first step towards dream career in music

Views - 34 Thursday, 11 April 2019 00:00

Led by sheer will, inspired by the late ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson and backed by SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka (SOSCVSL); Shane Manohara Rajapaksa, who is an SOS youth took the first step towards his dream career in music, releasing his

Cinnamon Life presents ‘Matilda the Musical’!

Views - 79 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Cinnamon Life will present one of the best-selling shows of all time in Colombo this June – ‘Matilda the Musical’. An utterly exhilarating, nostalgic and heart-tugging story that is based on the much-loved book by the incomparable and world-ren

Catching The Drift: Live Music Thursdays at Botanik Rooftop

Views - 33 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The Drift, a five-piece band has been taking Colombo and the Southern Coast by storm over the last five months with their covers of pop, jazz, funk, blues, and reggae songs. Their home base in Colombo is Botanik, where they started with an acoustic t

Launch of ‘88 Keys’ Art Studio showcases drawings by artist Shevan Gunesekera

Views - 24 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

The ‘88 Keys’ Art Studio paintings named ‘Revival’ by Shevan Gunesekera was launched recently to a private audience at the newly-opened Gallery at Unit 1, No. 19, 18th Lane, Colombo 3. It was one of his many exhibitions to focus exclusively o

Mesh Dance Theatre makes Bakamuna design partner for ‘Pluralism’

Views - 53 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Mesh Dance Theatre, the sister company of Mesh Academy of Dance, will be producing ‘Pluralism’ on 5 and 6 April at Park Street Stables with Bakamuna as their official design partner. Choreographed and directed by Umeshi Rajeendra with original mu

Central Saint Martins London hosts launch of ‘Anoma’ monograph on Sri Lankan artist

Views - 131 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

On International Women’s Day 2019, the work of Anoma Wijewardene was celebrated at London’s historic art college Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts. Anoma, who is one of its well-recognised alumni from the South Asian region, is consid

St. Patrick’s Day at Havelock Town a success

Views - 55 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Although it is unfamiliar to the majority of Sri Lankans, 17 March is somewhat of a global significance. If one is to question why, then the answer would be that it is St. Patrick’s Day! Every year, 17 March is universally celebrated as the Feast o

Rapunzel unfolds at British School in Colombo

Views - 31 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The British School in Colombo in its continuous search for excellence in music and theatre unveiled their latest production, ‘Rapunzel’ at the school auditorium recently. This timeless children’s classic fairy tale was unfolded by the Year-4 s

‘Closer to Jesus’ Gospel service

Views - 30 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The season of Lent calls us to enter the spiritual journey that transforms us and reminds us repentance and forgiveness in our lives. ‘Closer to Jesus’ is a Gospel service of the Passion of the Christ presented by ‘Praise and Worship with Choro

HNB banking partner for ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life

Views - 38 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Hatton National Bank has teamed up with Cinnamon Life as the official banking partner for the magic and mentalism performance by the Austrian duo ‘The Clairvoyants’, to be held on 4 April at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa theatre. HNB will offer

Mobitel facilitates ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life as Official Communication Partner

Views - 26 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Mobitel is proud to be the Official Communication Partner for the highly anticipated show, ‘The Clairvoyants’ presented by Cinnamon Life, featuring the world-renowned magician and mentalist duo, Amélie van Tass and Thommy Ten, who are the world

An evening in full swing with Biggles Big Band at Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin

Views - 26 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Hua Hin, Thailand: The swing excitement has recently revisited Hua Hin as Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Hua Hin welcomed Biggles Big Band to delight Thai fans with hits from the golden era of jazz. The beautiful city of Hua Hin was in excitem

‘Get Out’ director’s new film ‘Us’ to release in SL on 29 March

Views - 24 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, ‘Get Out’, Academy Award-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nig

Nilmini wins Most Brilliant Performer Award at 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival for ‘Asandhimitta’

Views - 79 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Nilmini Sigera the lead actress of the film ‘Asandhimitta’ has won the Yakushi Pearl Award for ‘Most Brilliant Performer’ at the 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival concluded on 17 March in Osaka, Japan. Asandhimitta was entered under the main com

Billari Art Gallery officially opens

Views - 75 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

World-renowned Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer, together with local artist Mueen Saheed, recently collaborated for the opening of Billari Art Gallery, in Colombo. The art exhibition and opening had many leading personalities and art lovers present t

Golden oldies from the Hindi silver screen

Views - 20 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre will present a musical evening ‘Jalte hain jiske liye’ – Golden oldies from the Hindi silver screen on 28 March at 6:30 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Co

‘Black Wednesday’ at Margarita Blue

Views - 24 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

The Galadari Colombo’s Margarita Blue is organising ‘Black Wednesday’ with the ever-popular band ‘Black’ headed by Ranil Amirthiah on 27 March, 7 p.m. onwards. Make your Wednesday exciting by dancing the night away and enjoying the musical

‘Why? Saama’: Real life story played out by puppets on Saturday

Views - 54 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

All have a great opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and the World Puppetry Day with a real life story played out by puppets on Saturday 23 March from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the British Council Library. The performance is create

‘Kumarsutra,’ a night of hilarious comedy for a far greater purpose on Sunday

Views - 128 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Singaporean-born Anita Doraiis presenting a special one-night-only comedy show, ‘Kumarsutra’ on 17 March at the Hilton Colombo, in support of the Wheels for Wheels Foundation as a funding initiative to distribute wheelchair donations around the c

Kala Pola 2019 marks 25 years of John Keells sponsorship

Views - 39 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

‘Kala Pola’ – Sri Lanka’s popular annual open-air art fair unveiled in Colombo in an explosion of colour. The longest running visual art fair in the country, Kala Pola took place on Sunday, 24 February under the joint stewardship of Sri Lanka

Renowned Bharatnatyam exponents to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 21 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Renowned Bharatnatyam exponent from India Pavitra Krishna Bhatt will perform with his spouse Aparna Shastry Bhatt at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium on 18 March at 6 p.m. located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Pavitra Krishna Bhat

‘Captain Marvel’ soars to $ 153 million launch

Views - 20 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” is soaring to a heroic opening weekend of $ 153 million in North America at 4,310 sites, reviving what had been a slumbering 2019 box office. “Captain Marvel” took in $302 million in

Wonder Park in 5 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 42 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Wonder Park, the 3D computer animated adventure film produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation, will be screened in five Sri Lankan cinemas from today (15 March). They are Scope Cinemas (

Savoy Cinemas secures exclusive distribution rights for ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’

Views - 42 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

The recently-rebranded Savoy Cinemas (formerly EAP Films and Theatres) secured the official distribution of Sri Lanka’s first-ever 3D movie in Sinhala, ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne. Produced by H.D Premasiri, ‘Vijayaba Kollaya

NDB opens latest branch in Arsikland

Views - 40 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

NDB – as the official sponsor for Feroze Kamardeen’s latest musical ‘Arsikland’ – now gives all Goodife Credit Card holders a fabulous discount of 30% off on the purchase of tickets for 31 March. GoodLife Credit Card holders can register vi

‘Asandhimitta’ to hit screens from 22 March

Views - 41 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

Internationally-acclaimed Asoka Handagama’s latest movie ‘Asandhimitta’ will hit screens in CEL and Ridma circuit cinemas islandwide and Scope Cinema in Colombo City Centre from 22 Friday. Based on a novella by Saman Wickramarchchi, this mind-b

Sri Lankan filmmakers meet top Bollywood film production company in Mumbai

Views - 133 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Mumbai arranged an exclusive discussion between Dharma Productions, the largest film production house in Mumbai, and the Sri Lanka Film Tourism delegation on 23 February in Mumbai. The Sri Lanka Film Tourism delegat

Extend the season of love with a fabulous night full of laughter

Views - 30 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Here is an excellent opportunity to extend the season of love with a fantastic evening at the KUMARSUTRA Comedy Show presented by Anita Dorai. KUMARSUTRA will be held on 17 March and attendees will not only enjoy a great comedy show but also an epicu

Journey of a master

Views - 30 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

World renowned Pakistani artist who is also known for his humanitarian services for the less privileged in society and Mueen Saheed, a leading Sri Lankan artist who is celebrated internationally for his work, have joined hands to have an art exhibiti

Drummer Aruna Siriwardhana in endorsement deal with Yamaha, Vic Firth and Sabian

Views - 57 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Veteran musician and virtuoso drummer Aruna Siriwardhana, a mentor to many young Sri Lankan musicians, has entered into an endorsement agreement with Yamaha Music Centre and its sister company Mike Audio for three leading global instrument brands, Ya

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Timely measures are necessary to save the local industries

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The security situation in the country is gradually improving since the Easter Sunday bombing which brought social life and economic commitments to a standstill. The day-to-day life is getting back to normalcy. International travel adversaries have be

Disinformation is bad; wilful disinformation is worse

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Seya Sadewmi was a five-year-old girl who was abducted, raped and murdered. The body of this little girl, missing from her home for a little more than a day was found near a canal 200 m away. An autopsy revealed that Sadewmi had been sexually assault

A day in the life of a democracy

Thursday, 20 June 2019

When you listen to the news and observe views from the country of the mother of all parliaments, it is quite interesting, and I dare say there is so much to learn from it. I am not in any way referring to pursue subservient veneration nor behavioural

Sri Lankan companies: Be brilliant on basics

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The $ 87 billion Sri Lanka economy is registered a 3.5% GDP growth in Q1 2019 in the backdrop of South Asian growing at 6% which explains how far away we are in relation to our neighbouring countries – India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. I guess the Q2

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