Entertainment / Arts

Kala Pola 2019 – Sri Lanka’s largest open-air art fair opens on 24 February

Views - 13 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Since its inception in 1993, Kala Pola – Sri Lanka’s largest open air art fair – has been enjoyed by a multitude of both locals and expats including a coterie of VIPs, celebrities, art connoisseurs and students. A panel discussion, which segued


“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’’ in 15 Lankan cinemas from 22 Feb

Views - 7 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Epic animated-adventure ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will be screened in 15 Sri Lankan cinemas from 22 February. They are Scope Cinemas ATMOS screen, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Savoy 3D, Savoy Premier Rajagiriya, Milano Kegalle, Ar


Finding peace through art

Views - 10 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Art therapy is something that has a long history as an effective method of calming nerves and soothing the mind, and something that is sought after in today’s high stress modern environment. It has been defined as a form of psychotherapy that uses


Rebuilding ethics and values in Sri Lanka

Views - 4 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The well-known composer and singer Rukshan Perera is leading a project at the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan aptly named, “Little Minds Strong Values” to re-introduce morals, values and ethics in children through video-animated songs, and to


Derana first Sri Lankan YouTube channel to hit million subscribers

Views - 5 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premium entertainment channel TV Derana has become the first and only Sri Lankan YouTube channel to reach one million subscribers, cementing its position as the most trusted and well-received entertainment portal with the largest audien


Odissi Dance recital by Indian danseuses Monday

Views - 5 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting Meghna Das, an Odissi exponent from India on 18 February at 6 p.m. at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. Meghna was introduced early i


Art investment and portfolio building: Collector’s Desk edition 6

Views - 25 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

ARTRA Magazine and Saskia Fernando Gallery in collaboration with Standard Chartered Priority Banking are excited to present the sixth edition of Collectors Desk. A platform founded with the intention to advise and inform an exclusive invitee list of


Mobitel’s unique Online Talent Search offers national spotlight for budding musicians

Views - 43 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Further strengthening engagement with the nation’s youth, Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s national mobile service provider, has stepped forward to tap undiscovered musical talent in young and budding musicians by giving them a unique digital platform to sho


‘Grace Award’ to be launched to recognise talent in art and design

Views - 26 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

The ‘Grace Award’ for best contribution in art and design will be given annually for individuals in and around Holy Immanuel Parish, Moratuwa, starting this year. This award will be made in memory of late Aleric and Iromie Fernando’s family mem


High stakes as ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ hits screens

Views - 29 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Manga-inspired action epic ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ begins its worldwide cinema roll out this week but with a hefty budget and years in the making, producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez acknowledge the stakes ar


Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to art gallery director

Views - 23 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

(Reuters): Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, one of the most popular film stars in the world, is engaged to her boyfriend, an art gallery director, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Her future husband is Cooke Maroney, 34, her represent


Danno Budunge – A genesis

Views - 60 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

The song Danno Budunge is a much loved and venerated song. It has given me immense pleasure to have done some research on the origins of this great song and the influences that impacted on the lyrics and music of the song. The majority of sources hav


Bharathanatyam exponent from India to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 19 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting young Bharathanatyam exponent from Coimbatore, India Aparna Nithyanand on 8 February at 6 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium, 16/2 Gregory’s


Chinese Film Festival from 2 to 6 February

Views - 41 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka will hold a fourth Chinese Film Festival at the Cinema Hall of the National Film Corporation will be open to the public free of charge from 2


Anita Dorai presents ‘Kumarsutra’ to Sri Lankan audiences

Views - 57 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:57

Singaporean born Anita Dorai presents a comedy show like no other, ‘Kumarsutra’, which will be staged for Sri Lankan audiences on the evening of 17 March 2019. Featuring one of South East Asia’s most iconic and respected performing artists, and


PEO TV launches ‘Helawood Popcorn’ blog creating new virtual space for cinema

Views - 27 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:56

PEO TV, the entertainment arm of Sri Lanka Telecom launched ‘Helawood Popcorn’, a new virtual space to discuss and explore ‘now’ and ‘then’ of Sri Lankan cinema at Tharangani Cinema Hall on 23 January 2019. PEO TV originated its cinema st


Colomboscope 2019; celebrating ocean through art!

Views - 64 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:53

Colomboscope 2019, Sri Lanka’s premier interdisciplinary festival platform for contemporary arts, kicked off this Thursday celebrating the ocean through various creative masterpieces related to the theme. Bringing together art lovers to Rio Comple


Michael Jackson’s family calls new documentary ‘public lynching’

Views - 24 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:52

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of Michael Jackson on Monday described reaction to a new documentary about alleged child sex abuse by the late singer as a “public lynching” and said he was “100 percent innocent” of such accusations. The st


Enthralling concert by Sarod maestro to celebrate 70th Republic Day of India

Views - 26 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:16

To commemorate India’s 70th Republic Day a special cultural concert ‘Strings of Peace’ was organised at BMICH, Colombo on 25 January 2019. The event featured an enthralling performance by legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with


Ben Holdings’ Savoy Cinemas secures distribution rights of ‘Tsunami’

Views - 31 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:15

Heralding a new era for Sri Lanka’s cinema goers, the recently rebranded Savoy Cinemas secured the official distribution rights of Dr. Somaratna Disanayaka’s upcoming Sinhala film ‘Tsunami’. Ben Holdings, which recently acquired EAP Films an


Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation 2018 Award for Sumitra

Views - 23 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:12

The Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation was awarded to Kala Keerthi Sumitra Peries by Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama, at a special ceremony held on 24 January 2019 at the Ambassador’s residence in Colombo. Sumitra Peries, a


Collectors look to invest in art as investment yields increase to 160% within one year

Views - 39 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

M Sequence, an exclusive showcase of artistic intent was recently conducted on 18 to 20 January by artist Kesara Ratnavibhushana in consultation with Genesis Global Consultancy, UK Founder and Asia Leisure’s Le Grand Galle Hospitality Consultant Ma


The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrate a decade in music

Views - 52 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

By Ruwandi Gamage Celebrating 10 years of music and entertainment, the De Lanerolle Brothers’, Rohan and Ishan announced plans to host 20 concerts in 2019 at a press conference yesterday. Marking the 10 year anniversary for performing music at loca


Colombo City Centre & Scope Cinema wow moviegoers with Sri Lanka’s first Dolby Atmos Multiplex

Views - 38 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

Multiplexes are more than just blockbusters and mainstream releases. Scope Cinema, Sri Lanka’s first and largest 6-screen multiplex, proves this point and more by offering a world-class cinematic experience for local cinema-goers. Equipped with the


British School showcases musical talent

Views - 30 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

The British School in Colombo conducted its annual talent show at the school auditorium recently. This year’s talent show, proved to be an excellent showcase for the world class talents present in the British School in Colombo.  All of the perform


ARFRO to stage popular drama to support RFCSS

Views - 25 Friday, 25 January 2019 00:00

The Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers of the Three Armed Forces (ARFRO) is to stage the popular Sinhala drama “Nethuwa Bari Minihek” for benefit of Ranaviru Family Counselling and Support Service (RFCSS) on 2 February at 3.30 pm and 6.30


‘Glass’ dominates MLK weekend with $ 47 m

Views - 27 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:03

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million. If estimates hold, ‘Glass’ will come in b


Three Sarod maestros to perform on one stage

Views - 29 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:03

A special cultural event ‘Strings of Peace’ featuring legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with sons Aman Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash is being organised by High Commission of India, Colombo on the eve of 70th Republic Day of


Chinese Film Festival from 2 to 6 February

Views - 74 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:02

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka will hold a fourth Chinese Film Festival at the Cinema Hall of the National Film Corporation will be open to the public free of charge from 2


Belvoir has turned Sydney Town Hall into a little slice of Sri Lanka for Sydney Festival

Views - 65 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

By Cassie Tongue It’s only January, but we have an early contender for the best play of the year in ‘Counting and Cracking’. And we certainly won’t see another play like it any time soon. Set in a recursion of town halls – a Sri Lankan-styl


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MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom


President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally


‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto


Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse


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