Entertainment / Arts

Sri Lanka celebrates Mexico National Day

Views - 19 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

‘Diego and Frida – A Smile in the Middle of the Way’, exhibition honoured two of the most iconic and significant Mexican artists of the 20th century, to mark Mexico National Day in Sri Lanka.

Creative Activities for Children by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House

Views - 19 Friday, 8 September 2017 00:00

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as Somalatha Subasinghe Play House commences its next session of ‘Creative Activities for Children’ program on 9 September.

All-new Dialog TV ViU HUB goes live

Views - 49 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

For the first time in Sri Lanka, Dialog Television has introduced a state-of-the-art all-in-one media and satellite decoder with Wi-Fi connectivity, the Dialog TV ViU HUB.

President lays foundation stone for ‘Pandith Amaradeva Sangeetha Asapuwa’

Views - 12 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

The foundation stone laying ceremony of the ‘Pandith Amaradeva Sangeetha Asapuwa’ was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Ape Gama premises on Monday.

Art in The Village is the Official Fringe Festival for COINS!

Views - 23 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Art in The Village, the monthly movie screening at The Sooriya Village, is back for a fourth time, this time as the Official Fringe Festival of the COINS Film Festival and with ‘Hanthane Kathawa’ on Sunday, 3 September 6:30 p.m. onwards at No. 49

Pay TV expert joins iflix as Head of Asia

Views - 7 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, yesterday announced the appointment of Pay Television expert, global media executive Jonas Engwall as iflix’sHead of Asia.

Classical dance show Madurai Meenakshi on 5 Sept.

Views - 20 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Madurai Meenakshi, a classical dance recital depicting the story of Goddess Meenakshi, will be performed by the artistes of Natya Kala Mandhir, Colombo

Taylor Swift’s new music video makes biggest YouTube debut ever

Views - 20 Friday, 1 September 2017 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters): Taylor Swift’s vengeful new music video “Look What You Made Me Do,” is smashing records on YouTube, garnering more than 43 million views in its first 24 hours of release.

Fairway National Literary Awards 2017 – Shortlist out today

Views - 46 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:52

The Shortlist for the third Fairway National Literary Awards will be announced on 31 August. These awards – the most lucrative literary awards presently on offer in Sri Lanka – are presented annually to the best novels published in Sri Lanka in E

Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 brings the city alive

Views - 23 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

The city’s most anticipated multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival, Cinnamon Colomboscope, launched its 2017 edition with a powerful message and an impressive mix of works from local and international artists.

Fairway Colombo presents ‘Art and Jazz on the Street’

Views - 14 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

Fairway Colombo, the city hotel of Fairway Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading business conglomerates, is taking the initiative to promote local art and jazz in the city of Colombo. This follows the successful launch of Fairway Colombo Street Foo

Art exhibition on ‘Disappearance’ at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 30 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

P. Pushpakanthan first presented his work in a group show curated by his University Professor and established contemporary artist Thamotharampillai Shanaathanan.

‘Unlocked,’ another spy-thriller film from former James Bond Director

Views - 20 Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

‘Unlocked’ is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Michael Apted and written by Peter O’Brien. The film stars Noomi Rapace, Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas, John Malkovich and Toni Collette. Ever since the Bourne trilogy came along and jac

Fairway National Literary Awards: Past winners revisited

Views - 197 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

The countdown to the announcement of the 2017 shortlist for the Fairway National Literary awards allows a moment of retrospective reflection about the FNLA, the prize and its past winners. The FNLA was launched in 2015 to encourage, recognise and

Blockbuster soundtracks at SOSL POPS concert

Views - 202 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

  16 and 17 September at Bishop’s College Auditorium Soloists Bhathiya Jayakody, Shehara Liyanage, Dinushka Jayawickreme, Amandhi Caldera  Transport yourself into worlds beyond – from The Lord

Launch of the book ‘The Twins’ today

Views - 184 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Foremost Books will launch its publication ‘The Twins’ a story by Ananda Liyanage on 25 Áugust at 4 p.m. at the National Library and Documentation Services Board Auditorium, Independence Avenue, Colombo 7.  In addition to

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is bound to take you by surprise!

Views - 215 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

  Screens at Majestic and Empire Cineplex  “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor. The film stars Rya

Sequel to famous climate change movie at Liberty by Scope Cinemas

Views - 200 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power will hit the Liberty by Scope Cinemas today. A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close

Launch of three books on Sinhala theatre by Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja

Views - 269 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Veteran filmmaker Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja is hardly known to the present generation as a dramatist but it is ascertained that his early career was committed to the theatre of Sri Lanka. Pathiraja, a university don, earned his Master degree (MA)

Workshops and performance by Santiniketan Friends

Views - 190 Friday, 25 August 2017 00:00

Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo will be organising workshops and performances by Santiniketan Friends on 29, 30 and 31 August at Indian Cultural Centre auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, and Colombo 07.   Santiniketan friends

Contemporary art boom is ‘historic change’ in art market

Views - 271 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

AFP: The art market is entering a “new era of prosperity” driven for the first time by rising prices for contemporary art, the world’s biggest art market index said. The $110.5 million (93 million euros) paid for a painting by

An artful way to donate and collect

Views - 313 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

  The Silent Auction of Modern & Contemporary Art organised by the Ceylon School for the Deaf and Blind in collaboration with the Saskia Fernando Gallery tomorrow at Temple Trees Auditorium  The Silent Auction

Rivera and Frida on show in Colombo 1 to 3 Sept. to celebrate Mexican National Day

Views - 271 Wednesday, 23 August 2017 00:00

‘A smile in the middle of the way’ – an exhibition showcasing the lives of Mexican artists Diego Rivera  and Frida Kahlo, organized by the Mexican Consulate on behalf of the Mexican Embassy, will be held from 1 to 3 Septemb

Longlist announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017

Views - 459 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

  Lankans Ashok Ferrey and Anuk Arudpragasam among 13 South Asian authors in contention for the coveted prize  The much anticipated longlist for the $ 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 was announced

Cinnamon Colomboscope: The meeting point for business, tourism and art

Views - 451 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

  Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts along with the John Keells Foundation, and state patronage through Sri Lanka Tourism, links the tourism industry to the arts through EUNIC’s brainchild, Cinnamon Colomboscope 2017 

iflix introduces channels and personalisation features to offer users all new personalised iflix exp

Views - 413 Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service for emerging markets, has released an all new revamped and improved iflix user experience and features. The upgrade represents the latest evolution to iflix’s wor

4th Asia Pacific Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations – Colombo 2017

Views - 783 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

Colombo’s choral music lovers will be uniquely privileged to experience a week-long festival of choral competitions, friendship concerts and gala celebration concerts when the Asia Pacific Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations take over the

Facebook makes new bid for TV viewers with expanded video

Views - 605 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

San Francisco (Reuters): Facebook Inc on Wednesday made its biggest move to date to compete in the television market by expanding its video offerings with programming ranging from professional women’s basketball to a safari show and a parent

‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’ is sure to drive everybody nuts!

Views - 680 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

  This animated family entertainment shortly screens in 3D at Majestic and Empire Cineplex  ‘The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature’ is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Cal Brun

Oscar nominee to perform in Sri Lanka for India@70 on Tuesday

Views - 3 Friday, 11 August 2017 00:00

To celebrate 70 years of independence of India – India@70 – the High Commission of India is organising a special event on 15 August in Colombo, featuring performance by legendary percussion maestro Pandit Bickram Ghosh and his fusion

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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate

Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Grade 5 scholarship examination results have been released recently. Although this is known as the “Mothers’ exam,” the mentality of the children can be well articulated when children come from the examination halls after the exams. Today w

Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e

Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights

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