Entertainment / Arts

Gaadi European premier in Rotterdam Film Festival

Views - 11 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:23

Amidst gaining critical acclaim and audience appreciation, Gaadi has been chosen to launch its European premier in Rotterdam on 27 January at one of the most prestigious international film festivals of the world, the 49th IFFR. Post its premier, four

Nadeeka Guruge performs at SLTC launch of School of Music

Views - 5 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:22

The Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) launched the School of Music with a thought provoking performance by renowned musician Nadeeka Guruge. The outdoor concert titled ‘Voyage of Rhythm’ was held at the SLTC Padukka recently. The event was na

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

Views - 9 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 - 20 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 - 4 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 - 8 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 - 9 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 - 10 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 - 9 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 - 7 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 - 7 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 - 8 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 - 8 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 9 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 - 5 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 - 69 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 - 14 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 - 34 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 51 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 - 11 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 - 17 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 - 9 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 - 18 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 - 11 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 - 10 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

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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear

Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli

Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind

The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and

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