Entertainment / Arts

Gaadi gets special jury mention at 18th Dhaka International Film Festival

Views - 25 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:21

Gaadi, chosen for the competition category in the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) that was held on 19 January received a special jury mention for its overall presentation. The festival comprised films from Iran, Turkey, Russia, India, China,


The 5th Chinese Film Festival this week in Colombo

Views - 54 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:21

The 5th Chinese Film Festival, organised by the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka, will be held from tomorrow until 26 January at Tharangani Hall of the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Six highly acc


‘Rukshan Perera Live In Concert 10’ in aid of Cerebral Palsy

Views - 16 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:20

Rukshan Perera is preparing for his annual concert for the 10th straight year (Rukshan Perera Live In Concert 10) to be held at Bishop’s College Auditorium on 16 February. According to Rukshan, this will be his last concert of this particular serie


Whitney Houston among six Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Views - 12 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:19

Reuters: Late superstar Whitney Houston and five other artists and bands, living and dead – and representing a wide range of musical genres, including pop, electronica and rap – were unveiled on Wednesday as this year’s inductees to the Rock &


UK issues commemorative coin celebrating rock band Queen

Views - 19 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:18

LONDON (Reuters): Britain’s Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen. “This is a ‘who would’ve thought it’ moment.


Gehan Cooray to sing in Colombo for Rotary after Carnegie Hall debut 

Views - 17 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

The internationally acclaimed Operatic Baritone/Actor/Filmmaker Gehan Cooray – who was referred to by Marc Cherry, the creator of ‘Desperate Housewives’ as a “multi-hyphenate” (which is a Hollywood term for an artist who is versatile) – e


American fantasy adventure film Dolittle in 12 cinemas from today

Views - 28 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

American fantasy adventure film Dolittle will be screened in 12 Sri Lankan cinemas from today. They are Liberty By Scope, Colombo City Center, Majestic Cinema, Empire Cinema, PVR – Cinema, Sky Lite Malabe, Ruoo Cinema Katunayaka, Aruna Cinema – K


‘New Ink’ forum: Your January dose of literature

Views - 14 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Focused on English writing that was launched in the past year – but also incorporating discussions, views, and opinions on debates and issues of overlapping interest – ‘New Ink’ fosters a platform for 20 writers, academics, and artists on 19


Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pandit Subhen Chatterjee to perform in SL

Views - 12 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

To celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India the High Commission of India is organising a special cultural event ‘Divine Quartet’ – a musical evening on Saturday, 25 January, at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall at 6:30 p.m


Chennai Mega Books Exhibition

Views - 13 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Chennai Mega Books Exhibition was held recently at the Nandanam YMCA Grounds, where 43 books were launched this year from Manimekalai Publications. Independent Television Network Former Director Hassim Omar received the first copies of the 43 books f


B’desh High Commission and Education Ministry creative writing/arts competition: Language for Unity

Views - 93 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

The Bangladesh High Commission and the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka together is inviting schoolchildren from across the island to join a creative writing/arts competition. The competition is to commemorate International Mother Language Day on 21


It’s a (mostly) man’s world as ‘Joker’ leads Oscar nominations

Views - 15 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Reuters: Dark comic-book story ‘Joker’ led nominations on Monday for the Oscars in a best picture lineup dominated by stories by or about men and featuring only one actor of colour despite efforts over the past few years to diversify the field. T


Chamber Music Society of Colombo begins yearlong celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary

Views - 18 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

In 2020, Germany will celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, arguably her most famous citizen, with the whole world. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo in association with the Goethe-Institut, Colombo, will begin the yearlong celebra


NDB holds TalentFest 2019

Views - 13 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

NDB recently held the bank’s TalentFest 2019 amidst glamour and glitz at the Defence Services College, Auditorium. The TalentFest showcased five finalists from a competition held within three months of the year 2019 with eminent judges including Sa


Dance group from Kandy participates in National Tribal Dance Festival in India

Views - 12 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

A 12-member dance group led by Umah Sritharan, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Kalalayam (Dancing Institution) from Kandy, participated in the National Tribal Dance Festival – 2019 held in Chhattisgarh state of India.  The group mesmerised the audience


The magic of breathworks

Views - 85 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

It is hard for me to describe ‘Holotropic Breathworks’. It is a system of breathing exercises which can send you into non-ordinary states of consciousness and expanded awareness leading you to find ‘power within’ which you can harness. It rea


Centenary celebration of Royal College Choir

Views - 18 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

The Royal College Choir celebrated its 100th anniversary in the year 2019. The glory of a century was celebrated in style at the Lionel Wendt theatre with an extravagant evening of choral music performed by the Royal College Choir accompanied by the


Kim Kardashian to Sting: 10 celebrities who used star power for good in 2019

Views - 13 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Celebrities were out in force in 2019 to lend their names and star spotlights to causes ranging from homelessness to climate change and indigenous rights. Here are 10 celebrities who took a stand during the year to make a


Dr Tanya Ekanayaka performs at Chengdu City

Views - 41 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan-British concert composer-pianist as well as a musicologist, linguist and record producer Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka performed at Chengdu City on Saturday 28 December 2019. This event was organised by Dr. Zhuang of South


Event-packed December for Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 17 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, successfully organised a number of cultural programs in December 2019. The highlights of the month were: International Hindi Seminar organised by Swami Vivekananda Cultural


NDB celebrates Christmas with Christmas Carols 2019

Views - 13 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:29

NDB recently held the annual Christmas Carols with the participation of staff, family and friends. The carols began with a prayer and reflection by St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade Assistant Administrator Rev. Fr. Dilusha Chamara followed by a fes


Spotlight on young talent through Siddhalepa Kekulu art competition

Views - 60 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:27

It was their dream come true for three preschool children ‘young kekulus’ when they walked up on stage to receive their awards as the winner, first and second runner up of the Siddhalepa Kekulu Art Competition 2019. The three best from over 50,0


35th Kalabooshana State Awards Ceremony

Views - 14 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:26

Text and pix by Ruzaik Farook The Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs had organised the 35th Kalabooshana State Awards Ceremony that was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre Co


‘Little Women,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ start strong as ‘Rise of Skywalker’ remains victorious

Views - 22 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:25

Los Angeles (Variety.com): The holiday box office proved fruitful for a wide variety of movies as overall ticket sales reached $200 million over the weekend — a 6.3% boost from last year. Disney and Lucasfilm’s ‘Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker’


The Netflix decade: How one company changed the way we watch TV

Views - 10 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:24

Reuters: In the not-so-distant past, TV viewers were forced to wait a week for the next instalment of their favourite shows, parcelled out by networks in half-hour or hour-long increments. Fast forward to 2019, when media and tech companies are subve


Book review: ‘Tale of Two Odysseys’ by Mario Perera

Views - 23 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

This novel explores the subject of birth and re-birth. It relates the story of two destinies that are closely linked with each other and even overlap. The story is about a university friendship that blossoms into a life-long bond that unites a young


Huge ‘Skywalker’ debut sales lowest of recent ‘Star Wars’ trilogy

Views - 12 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): ‘Star Wars’ movie ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ blasted into theatres with $ 374 million in global ticket sales over the weekend as fans rushed to see the final chapter in the long-running film saga, distributor Walt Disney C


‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ levels up with $ 60 mi debut, ‘Richard Jewell’ stumbles

Views - 12 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com): It’s shaping up to be a merry holiday season for ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’. Sony’s adventure sequel debuted in first place to $ 60.1 million, dethroning ‘Frozen’ after three consecutive weeks as box office cham


Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre essay writing competition

Views - 37 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Indian Constitution and 129th Birth Anniversary of the Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of Indi


Netflix says ‘Klaus’ is a hit with nearly 30 million views worldwide

Views - 13 Friday, 27 December 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Netflix Inc.’s (NFLX.O) animated holiday movie ‘Klaus’ has been watched in nearly 30 million households worldwide during its first month, landing among the streaming service’s most-watched original movies, according to


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Diplomatic drone strike, Indo-Lanka equation and constitutional change

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The ‘diplomatic drone strike’, the dramatic US strictures against the Army Commander, Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva, tells us that Big Brother IS watching. This isn’t the usual suspects, its way out of their league. This is the Big League, the big b


Solar and wind power can resolve electricity crisis, early and cheaper, if allowed

Thursday, 20 February 2020

The country is facing the worst power situation in the history, with electricity generation being unable to meet the demand, with generation costs among the most expensive in the world. With the current scenario, the country cannot be expected to com


Sri Lanka: A great ocean polluter with plastics? No, we are not!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

I was going through the corridors of an impressive State training facility in the heart of Colombo and witnessed the message on each floor as you await the lift that Sri Lanka is the fifth largest marine polluter with respect to single use plastics!


Future of higher education and challenges for public universities in Sri Lanka

Thursday, 20 February 2020

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