Entertainment / Arts

Ramada announces Blast Thru 2019

Views - 1 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

By Divya Thotawatte In an attempt to give all attendees an interesting and fun-filled start to 2020, Ramada Colombo recently announced Blast Thru 2019, its New Year’s Dinner Dance which is held this year after a hiatus of nearly three years. The

‘Masquerade with Marians’ as Taj dawns in the big 2020

Views - 4 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Taj Samudra Colombo is to celebrate the dawn in of 2020 with ‘Masquerade with Marians’ at the New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance on 31 December. Renowned as the epitome of luxury, Taj sets the ambience for another enjoyable and glamorous event with a

Prageeth Perera launches maiden poetry anthology

Views - 2 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Budding poet Prageeth Perera’s first poetry anthology ‘Dialogue in a Sherry’ was launched recently at Talo Urban, De Vos Avenue, Colombo 4. The book outlines his perspectives on historical facts and psychogenic concerns. Malinda Seneviratne w

Sri Lankan author finalist for prestigious TopShelf Book Awards

Views - 2 Friday, 6 December 2019 00:00

Dr. Krishanthi Rondon Fuentes, a former senior staff member of UNESCO and UNICEF with expertise with the sustainable development agenda, is also an author of children’s books, having commenced writing in 2016. Writing under the penname R.F. Kristi

Disney Magic from AIS

Views - 7 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:23

The annual concert of the Elementary School of Asian International School was held on 20 November at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. The theme for the concert this year was Disney Magic. Nearly 300 students from the Play Group to Year 2 performed

Grammy Award nominated Acantha Lang to perform at The Kingsbury

Views - 12 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:22

Grammy Award nominated, celebrity American singer Acantha Lang, accompanied by artiste, Emlyn Francis will perform at The Kingsbury Hotel from 30 November till the end of December. This highly acclaimed duo that has performed at the most exclusive ve

Taylor Swift puts rancour aside, smashes all-time American Music Award record

Views - 6 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:21

Reuters: Taylor Swift took the high road as she won six American Music Awards on Sunday to surpass Michael Jackson’s all-time record, avoiding any direct mention of a bitter dispute with her old record company. Swift won the top award, artist of th

Red Bull gives wings to local talent

Views - 11 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:21

Red Bull Sri Lanka has set the stage for the best music experience of the year with the amazing duo Bathiya and Santhush, the ever popular Lahiru Perera and the founder of the famed percussion ensemble Naadro, Rakitha Ruwan Wickramaratne.

Get up close and personal with Bathiya and Sathush on Rakuten Viber

Views - 12 Wednesday, 27 November 2019 08:20

Launching on 27 November, fans can download customised BnS sticker packs exclusively on Viber. Bringing one of Sri Lanka’s most talented duos since 1990s closer to their fans, Rakuten Viber launches ‘Bathiya and Santhush Community’ along with c

Bharatha Natyam recital by Varisha Narayanan from India

Views - 15 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:04

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be organising a Bharatha Natyam Recital by Varisha Narayanan from India on Friday, 29 November at 6 p.m. at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s

Anna and Elsa face risky journey in ‘Frozen 2’

Views - 11 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

Los Angeles (Reuters): In the sequel to Walt Disney Co’s 2013 hit animated musical “Frozen,” sisters Anna and Elsa find themselves drawn far outside their icy kingdom of Arendelle. “Frozen 2,” which debuts in theatres on Friday, sees the si

Lyceum dancing troupe excels

Views - 28 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:02

The senior cultural dancing troupe of Lyceum International School (Panadura) participated in the World Mask Dance Festival and Competition which was held recently in South Korea. The international cultural dance event was attended by participants fro

LB Finance holds ‘Little Heroes Art Battle’ to bring in students’ voices on conserving nature

Views - 13 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:01

LB Finance celebrated the phenomenal and diverse talents of the Sri Lankan youth recently when they held the grand finale of an art competition for schoolchildren. LB Finance strongly believes in the value our children create in the world and wish to

Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X dominate Grammy nods, Taylor Swift sidelined

Views - 8 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:00

Reuters: Pop newcomers Lizzo, Billie Eilish and country rapper Lil Nas X dominated Grammy nominations on Wednesday in a list for the highest awards in the music industry that favoured diversity and women over established stars like Taylor Swift, Ed S

Kathak recital by Nrutya Visharadha Dumitha Gunawardana

Views - 14 Friday, 22 November 2019 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, will be organising a Kathak recital by Nrutya Visharadha Dumitha Gunawardana on Tuesday, 26 November at 6 p.m. at the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, 16/2, Gregory’

Dialog unveils EventTags, feature-packed digital event management app

Views - 21 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Dialog Broadband Networks Ltd. (DBN), a fully-owned subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, announced the launch of EventTags, a feature-packed digital event management platform to help transition traditional eve

PVR Cinemas launches first multiplex in Sri Lanka, introduces modern cinematic experience

Views - 43 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

PVR Cinemas, the largest and most premium film exhibition company in India announced its foray into the Sri Lankan markets with the opening of PVR Lanka at One Galle Face Mall, Colombo. PVR, in collaboration with the Shangri-La Group has introduced C

Servicemen and women honoured at ‘Midway’ premiere

Views - 17 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Movie Works Ltd. invited over 80 air force and navy servicemen and women for the ‘Midway’ movie premiere on Saturday (9) at the Maxlite Cinema, K-Zone, Moratuwa. The movie was a tribute to the servicemen and women who work tirelessly in protectin

Japanese cultural festival ‘The Spirit of Reiwa’ a success

Views - 11 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

The Embassy of Japan organised a Japanese Cultural Festival on Saturday 9 November at the Colombo City Centre from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main theme of this event was to commemorate the proclamation of the enthronement of the Emperor, observed on 2

Ambassador Jayatilleka attends Diplomats’ Artworks Exhibition at Russian Academy of Arts

Views - 12 Friday, 15 November 2019 00:00

Ambassador Jayatilleka accompanied by Sanja Jayatilleka attended the second Diplomats’ Artworks Exhibition on 11 November at the invitation of the Russian Academy of Arts, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to the Russian Federation Haini Hashim and A

Korean Film Festival 2019 in Colombo from 8-11 November

Views - 81 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka and the Korea Foundation will co-host the sixth Korean Film Festival from 8 to 11 November at the National Film Corporation (NFC) Theatre, Colombo 7, in partnership with the National Film Corporation

‘Get Rich Quick’ with Freddy!

Views - 45 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Freddy is back at the Lionel Wendt with an all-new stand-up comedy show. This is the fourth edition of the show. Written and directed by Feroze Kamardeen, this edition of Freddy sees Ifaz Bin Jameel, Adin Mathitharan, Nisal Katipearachchi and Yasas R

NTB American Express partners with ‘Sri Lankan Art 2019’

Views - 19 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Nations Trust Bank American Express partnered with the George Keyt Foundation for the ninth consecutive year to host ‘Sri Lankan Art 2019,’ an exhibition and sale of contemporary Sri Lankan art. Through this partnership, Nations Trust Bank is lo

Russia’s internationally renowned music artistes at the Taj

Views - 12 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Two world renowned music artistes Dmitrii Miachin and Nelia Gafiiatullina performed at the Taj Samudra Colombo on 3 and 4 November during the evening. Dmitrii who is one of the greatest pianists is a graduate of the piano faculty of the N.A. Rimsky

Kelani Cables welfare society presents ‘Prabhanandaya 2019’

Views - 12 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

‘Prabhanandaya’, a musical extravaganza presented by Kelani Cables welfare society will be held on 9 November at 6 p.m. at the BMICH. Sunil Edirisinghe, Aathma Liyanage, Kasun Kalhara Jayawardane, and Sashika Nisansala will perform in ‘Prabhan

‘Corpora, Archives and Performance: Conference on Sri Lankan Languages and Literature’ on 13-14 Nov.

Views - 15 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

The Gratiaen Trust announced that a conference titled ‘Corpora, Archives and Performance: A Conference on Sri Lankan Languages and Literature’ has been organised by the Department of English, University of Colombo on 13 and 14 November. It will

‘Last Christmas’ now in cinemas

Views - 18 Friday, 8 November 2019 00:00

Romantic comedy ‘Last Christmas’ is out at the following cinemas today, 8 November: Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Colombo City Center, Majestic Cinemas, Empire Cinema and PVR Cinemas. Emilia Clarke (HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’), Henry Golding (‘A

Kumarlicious is back: Asia’s most iconic drag queen returns on Saturday

Views - 79 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Back by popular demand, Asia’ most iconic drag queen Kumar will be back in Sri Lanka to entertain his many fans on 2 November at the Taj Samudra. Singaporean born Anita Dorai who is bringing down Kumar for yet another hilarious show filled with pi

In search of the Malwatu Oya

Views - 20 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Three years ago Eduard Hempel the developer of Tamba Villas in Thalpe received an invitation to see Sri Lanka’s north western coast. To the north of the great forest of Wilpattu, was once the kingdom of Sri Lanka’s feared Sea Tigers, the naval

Yamaha unveils latest keyboards in Sri Lanka for pros and kids

Views - 17 Friday, 1 November 2019 00:00

Yamaha Music Centre has announced the arrival in Sri Lanka of the latest models of digital keyboards for both ends of the user spectrum – professionals and beginners – from the world’s leading brand in the segment. Out with the old and in with

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Statesmanship and moral leadership

Friday, 6 December 2019

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Trust science and technology to deliver: Let innovation be the key

Thursday, 5 December 2019

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The professional leadership selection committee

Thursday, 5 December 2019

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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