Entertainment / Arts

That’s our George!: Celebrating the life and times of the legendary George Keyt

Views - 11 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

In 1901 Ceylon was firmly in the grip of the British Empire. Some might even say – comfortably so. For, unlike over the Palk Straight in India,


Iflix expands Kids portfolio following tremendous viewership growth

Views - 15 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, is thrilled to launch its all new dedicated iflix Kids Channel,


Singing for the time of their lives

Views - 73 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

12 Lankan children in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of The Sound of Music


Muslim choral musical ensemble to perform on Sunday

Views - 9 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Aswatuna, Sri Lanka’s first Muslim musical ensemble will perform a rendition of Muslim mystical music from across the globe on Sunday, 28 January at the Russian Cultural Center from 7:30 onwards.


Photo exhibition BLOOM by Marie-Caroline Senlis

Views - 16 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

The photo exhibition BLOOM by the French photographer Marie-Caroline Senlis will be held at the Fort Printers located in the historic Galle Fort from 25 to 31 January 2018.


‘Shape of Water’, ‘Three Billboards’ lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

Views - 2 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” and its dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,


DFCC Bank’s association with Fairway Galle Literary Festival creates a buzz

Views - 5 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

As the official banking partner for the Fairway Galle Literary Festival scheduled from 24 to 28 January 2018, DFCC Bank’s customers


‘Padmaavat’: Epic drama movie and first Indian Imax 3D film

Views - 21 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

‘Padmaavat’, previously titled ’Padmavati’, is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language epic period drama film with English sub-titles. It is directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and features Deepika Padukone in the title role as Rani Padmavat


Prasad Abu Bakr’s paintings presently on show at Galle Fort

Views - 18 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Prasad Abu Bakr, who has made his name in the local art scene in a big way, has shifted his collection to No.05, Middle Street from the foyer of the Fortaleza Hotel, Church Cross Street inside the Galle Fort, where his work has been on display since


Russian classical ballet performance in Colombo in March

Views - 375 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

The Russian Centre in Colombo proudly presents, ‘Russian Classical Ballet in Colombo’, two days of dance-filled performances by an acclaimed troupe of Russian ballerinas that will be held in Sri Lanka at the country’s largest and most renowned


SOSL presents Music Beyond Borders

Views - 14 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

Truly epitomising that music is the universal language, the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka brings together Indian and Sri Lankan musicians and conductors in a unique celebration of music on 7 February at the Ladies College Hall at 7:30 p.m. The prog


Opera’s coolest soprano Danielle de Niese to perform in Sri Lanka for 70th anniversary of independen

Views - 153 Thursday, 25 January 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena Opera’s coolest soprano as named by the New York Times Danielle de Niese is to perform on 10 February 2018 at the BMICH. The event is being organised by The Colombo Cultural Hub Trust in collaboration with Dilmah. The concert


Musical evening in Colombo celebrates ‘India and Sri Lanka at 70’

Views - 18 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:35

President Maithripala Sirisena, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, a number of Ministers, Members of Parliament, senior officials and diplomats were among the dignitaries who participated in the special cult


Melodies of Folk 2018 to celebrate Sri Lanka’s ethnic diversity through art and music

Views - 35 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:33

Melodies of Folk 2018 which is to be held on 28 January 2018 at the Vihara Maha Devi Open Air Theatre will be bringing together folk musicians from all over the country to celebrate Sri Lanka’s ethnic diversity.


New form of Indian classical dance from Assam Sattriya to be performed in Colombo

Views - 7 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:32

Indian Culture Centre, Colombo will be presenting a Sattriya classical dance recital by Dr. Meernanda Barthakur, talented danseuse from Assam, India at 6 p.m. on 30 January 2018 at ICC auditorium located at 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7.


The Sound of Music: Cinnamon Life brings Broadway to Sri Lanka

Views - 32 Wednesday, 24 January 2018 01:26

Julie Andrews bursting into song on the hills of Salzburg, a chorus of nuns trying to solve a problem like Maria and the seven singing children of Captain von Trapp! For nearly 60 years, one motion picture has managed to capture the hearts of childre


Debutant DANCEWORLD performers bag five awards in Los Angeles competition

Views - 246 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

DANCEWORLD performers who represented the country in Los Angeles competition for the first time bagged five awards for their excellence.


World War II drama ‘Darkest Hours’ at Liberty By Scope Cinemas

Views - 8 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

World War II drama ‘Darkest Hours’ is to be released on 19 January 2018 at Liberty By Scope Cinemas. Lead actor Gary


16 year-old Seheni Kariyawasan launches debut novel ‘The Chameleon’

Views - 11 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

‘The Chameleon’ a dark, murder mystery written by Seheni Kariyawasan and published by Vijitha Yapa Books, was launched at a recently concluded book launch at The Kingsbury


A unique show by a unique musician in aid of Rotary serving children

Views - 6 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

He composes songs to promote awareness on important social issues, tribute songs to world leaders, music that combines East West rhythms


Powerful new war drama based on true story “12 Strong” at Majestic and Empire Cineplex

Views - 8 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

“12 Strong” (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is an upcoming


Matt Damon in Downsizing from today in Lankan cinemas

Views - 7 Friday, 19 January 2018 00:00

American science fiction comedy-drama “Downsizing” will be released on 19 January 2018 at Liberty By Scope Cinemas, Sky Lite Malabe, Savoy Cinema, Sigiri Katugasthota.


‘Awa-Odori’ dance performance Commemorates 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence

Views - 9 Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

A traditional Japanese dance performance called ‘Awa-Odori’ was presented to the public at BMICH, on 9 January 2018 as a part of the program ‘Departure to the future of Sri Lanka and Japan’ to celebrate the commemoration of the 70th anniversa


Film screening at Galle Face Hotel

Views - 15 Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

Event: Performance Participants: Amacord – Ivana Alkovic and Maarten den Hengst Location: Wolvendaal Church, Pettah The repertoire for this program features Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel and Franz Liszt, with a special place reserved for


Fairway National Literary Awards 2017: The countdown has begun!

Views - 11 Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

One of the gala events associated with the Fairway Galle Literary Festival is the presentation ceremony of the prestigious Fairway National Literary Awards, the most valuable literary prizes awarded in Sri Lanka. The Fairway National Literary Awards


The German Embassy proud supporters FAIRWAY Galle Literary Festival 2018.

Views - 8 Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

Not only has the Festival established itself as a fixed event in the cultural scene of Sri Lanka, attracting authors and visitors from all over the world, it also draws crowds of Sri Lankans united in their love for literature, fruitful discourse and


3rd Chinese Film Festival coming soon

Views - 54 Thursday, 18 January 2018 00:00

Happy Chinese New Year – the 3rd Chinese Film Festival organised by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka will be held from 1 to 6 February at Tharangni Hall of the National Film Corporation


Ed Sheeran tops the 100 Most Consumed Albums of 2017

Views - 7 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:02


India and Sri Lanka to celebrate 70 years of independence together

Views - 18 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

High Commission of India, Colombo is organising a special cultural event ‘Bollywood and Beyond’ on 17 January 2018 in Colombo


After ‘Tiger Zinda Hai,’ Kalapi Nagada all set to take ‘Padmavati’ to Sri Lanka

Views - 28 Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00

‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ has been a massive blockbuster worldwide. Kalapi Nagada who has distributed the film in Sri Lanka is yet again all set to take the big ticket and year’s most awaited film, ‘Padmavati’.


Today's Columnists

Putting ‘Yaha’ into ‘Palanaya’ – could standards be the trick?

Thursday, 22 February 2018

I will from the outset indicate that this is not about politics, even though popular terminology cannot be resisted if one is to get the message across. We are driven by emotions and the media is only adding fuel to the fire. If one takes a step back


Back to business: Making people’s lives better

Thursday, 22 February 2018

“People are the real wealth of a nation. The basic objective of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. This may appear to be a simple truth. But it is often forgotten in the immediate


The President cannot remove the PM

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Following the large gains made at the local government elections at the expense of the UNP and SLFP by the Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP, the pro-Mahinda Rajapaksa Opposition has been calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister on the basis of the


Ranil’s tactical success, Mahinda’s strategic victory

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Who will defeat the UNP? The people, with or without the Sri Lanka Freedom Party. That was proved at the local government


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