Entertainment / Arts

Swan Lake: The tale of an enchanted princess

Views - 21 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

It was the year 1877, when the tale of a young girl named Odette was finally staged at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow


Hindi film ‘Jolly LLB’ screening at Indian Cultural Centre

Views - 10 Friday, 16 February 2018 00:00

Indian Cultural Centre will be screening national award winning Hindi film ‘Jolly LLB’ at 3 p.m. on Friday 23 February


Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana: Festival of Carnatic Music on Friday at Indian Cultural Centre

Views - 15 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be organising Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana, an annual music festival paying homage to the great Carnatic music composer St. Thyagaraja Swamy, on Friday 16 February at 5 p.m. at Saraswathie Ha


Fill your heart with the Sound of Music

Views - 20 Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

Catch the musical that is beloved by generations in Colombo this week By Uditha Jayasinghe For many Sri Lankans, the strains of Do-Re-Mi are as familiar as nursery rhymes. Many came across it even before they knew the tune belongs to the iconic mu


The Sound of Music rehearsals

Views - 19 Tuesday, 13 February 2018 00:00

The rehearsals for The Sound of Music are being held ahead of its performance from 14 to 18 February at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre. Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian’s Really Useful Group production of The Sound of Music is presented by Cinnamon Life


‘Black Panther’ gets superhero reception from critics

Views - 9 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): ‘Black Panther’, the first black standalone Marvel superhero movie, won rave reviews on Tuesday with critics praising both its adventure and its portrayal of a majestic Africa


Exhibition of Sri Lankan paintings at UN headquarters

Views - 23 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

An exhibition of paintings by eminent Sri Lankan artist S.H. Sarath was opened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 6 February


Sky’s most anticipated drama ‘Britannia’ available exclusively on iflix

Views - 9 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, has announced that it will be the exclusive online home for Sky’s highly


Paul Simon is Homeward Bound after 50-year touring career

Views - 9 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Singer-songwriter Paul Simon announced on Monday he is quitting touring, saying it felt “a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief” to bring his 50-year performing career to an end.


New ‘Star Wars’ films on way from TV’s ‘Game of Thrones’ creators

Views - 8 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Disney on Tuesday announced it was expanding its “Star Wars” universe, hiring the creators behind HBO’s massive TV


China’s terracotta warriors march to Liverpool museum

Views - 9 Friday, 9 February 2018 00:00

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters): Figures from China’s famed Terracotta Army go on display in a museum in Liverpool this week,


‘Peace Is My Dream’ concert tomorrow at Indian Cultural Centre

Views - 11 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Indian Cultural Centre will be presenting ‘Peace Is My Dream’, a concert by Ambassador Nirupama Menon Rao, Former Foreign Secretary of India as lead singer, together with eminent musicians from Sri Lanka Soundarie David Rodrigo on Piano and Neran


Fifty Shades Freed - the final chapter in Lankan cinemas tomorrow

Views - 140 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Fifty Shades Freed - the final chapter will be released on 9 February at Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Savoy Cinema, Milano – Kegalle and other cinemas.   Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Fr


Segar’s story: in conversation with Raja Segar on his 25 years at Kala Pola

Views - 24 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

Raja Segar is one of Sri Lanka’s finest contemporary artists; his paintings and sculptures have brought him global recognition, having been exhibited at galleries across Australia, England and India. Born in 1959, Segar came from a humble backgroun


Sound of Music for kids and the kid in us all

Views - 13 Thursday, 8 February 2018 00:00

‘Doe a deer a female deer, ray a drop of golden sun!’ - What memories do these familiar words and its happy lively tune evoke in fans of The Sound of Music? Maria running across the beautiful alpine mountain tops singing ‘The Hills are Alive’


Iflix viewers dash with The Flash gift packs

Views - 23 Friday, 2 February 2018 11:43

Eight lucky winners sped away with special gift packs from iflix, following an exclusive social media promo for subscribers and viewers of the popular action drama, The Flash. Lucky winners received exclusive iflix and The Flash merchandise from the


Website launched to celebrate Kala Pola’s silver jubilee

Views - 13 Friday, 2 February 2018 11:41

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary this year of Kala Pola, The John Keells Foundation together with The George Keyt Foundation launched the official website for Kala Pola – Sri Lanka’s annual open air art fair. The website offers visitors a


Owl and the Pussycat hosts Edward Lear Poetry Awards

Views - 40 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Another spectacular day well spent immersed in the talent of young Sri Lankan poets saw the finalists make their way to the top


Waters Edge and Japanese Embassy present 3rd Annual Japanese Fair

Views - 33 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s culinary and entertainment hub Waters Edge in partnership with the Japanese Embassy presents the third Annual Japanese


Singer Sri Lanka sues Tissa Nagodavithana for H.R. Jothi Pala’s song ‘Sudupata Meedum Galala’

Views - 26 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC, which is a premier market leader in consumer products having its outlets throughout the entire island


The Fairway National Literary Competition ends with success

Views - 18 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

The Fairway National Literary Award competition reached a successful conclusion on 26 January at the Fairway Galle Literary


Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith pledges to rekindle the harmonious Latin music in the Holy Liturgy

Views - 20 Friday, 2 February 2018 00:00

Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith pledged to rekindle the harmonious Latin music in the Holy Liturgy through the occurrence


Malaysia bans controversial Indian film ‘Padmaavat’

Views - 10 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Malaysia has barred controversial Indian period drama ‘Padmaavat’ from receiving a theatrical release. The announcement by Malaysia’s National Film Censorship Board (LPF) was made on Saturday. Its “not approved” r


Bruno Mars sweeps top Grammy prizes

Views - 11 Tuesday, 30 January 2018 00:00

NEW YORK (Reuters): R&B artist Bruno Mars won the top prize at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, denying rappers Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z the honour of becoming the first hip-hop artist in 14 years to win the coveted album of the year award. Mars won six


Davos elite tap Cate Blanchett, Elton John, ShahRukh Khan for human rights awards

Views - 14 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters): Film star Cate Blanchett, singer-songwriter Elton John and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan


‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ to unspool on silver screen

Views - 21 Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

Veteran film producer Dr. Buddhi Keerthisena last week launched his newest film production yesterday at the Mathura Restaurant in Bambalapitiya


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

Views - 19 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 - 17 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 - 82 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 - 25 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.


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Monday, 23 April 2018

To sustain economic growth, Sri Lanka needs a critical pool of daring people who would see things differently and design a new future.


Lalith: An invincible legacy

Monday, 23 April 2018

The twenty third day of April, 1993 is among a handful of blots in our national hall of shame. It was the day on which a lone gunman, perhaps with conspirators yet unknown, acted to neutralise a political threat by depriving all Sri Lankans of the in


Sri Lanka lost its maritime aspirations 60 years ago

Monday, 23 April 2018

Protectionism was the key factor that prevented Sri Lanka becoming a maritime hub 60 years ago,when our leaders could not see beyond the horizons to develop the nation in the late 50s and early 60s, which opened the doors to Singapore to be what it i


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Monday, 23 April 2018

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