Entertainment / Arts

‘Maathra 11’: Spectacular Sri Lankan cultural dancing show

Views - 49 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

‘Maathra’ – the most creative, spell-binding performing arts event produced and performed by Lyceum International Schools is due to be held for the 11th consecutive year. Over the last 25 years, Lyceum International Schools have continually ex

Cinnamon Life treats theatre lovers to another West End production

Views - 16 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Cinnamon Life – Colombo’s up and coming lifestyle hub will present the internationally acclaimed musical Mamma Mia! for the first time in South Asia this December. The theatrical production will feature entertainers and performers from London

Luxury leads at the Taj with ‘The Lady of the Lattice’

Views - 87 Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

Natalia Rudenko, the Ukrainian nightingale will enthral you at The Lattice of Taj Samudra Colombo. She will be performing at the lobby lounge Lattice once the sun sets in, during 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Tuesdays to Sundays. The voice and rhythm of a

‘Soulscapes’ by Dillai Joseph

Views - 28 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

With well over 15 years of experience in crafting out inimitable pieces of art that is a true reflection of creativity, Dillai Joseph is a self-taught artist who later honed her skills under the tutelage of Nadine David. The latter was a student of D

Fairway National Literary Awards 2018 Shortlist announced

Views - 142 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The eagerly anticipated Shortlist for the fourth Fairway National Literary Awards was announced on 30 August at The Kingsbury. Each shortlisted novelist in each language category will receive a valuable cash prize of Rs. 100,000 while the ultimate wi

‘Swarna Pusthaka’ – Sri Lanka’s richest literary prize to be presented on 15 Sep

Views - 740 Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

The race for the ‘Swarna Pusthaka’ award, Sri Lanka’s richest literary prize, has entered the final stretch with five Sinhala novelists vying for a purse of Rs. 1.25 million – Rs. 750,000 to the winner and Rs. 100,000 each to the five finalis

Star maker Simon Cowell gets his place on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Views - 19 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Simon Cowell, once known as the Mr Nasty of talent show “American Idol,” was all smiles last week when he got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joined by Kelly Clarkso

Introducing Dinara to dazzle audiences with Sajitha in ‘Gaadi’

Views - 497 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

A Bollywood-Sri Lanka coproduction

Cliff Richard to release first album of new material in 14 years

Views - 13 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran British singer Cliff Richard, who won substantial damages in a privacy case ruling against the BBC last month, said on Wednesday he would release his first album of new material i

BOC’s patronage brings musical ‘Aaradhana’ produced by SLBC to life on Rupavahini

Views - 13 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

‘Aaradhana’, a musical program produced by Sri Lanka Broadcasting Co-operation (SLBC) which is dedicated to Sri Lankan classical music, came to life on the Rupavahini channel with the patronage of Bankers to the Nation, Bank of Ceylon. ‘Aaradha

Plucky air guitarists chase stringless glory at world titles in Finland

Views - 11 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Air guitar enthusiasts gathered in the Finnish city of Oulu last week to shred and strum their imaginary instruments in pursuit of the world championship of the bizarre dance form.

London fans pay tribute to Michael Jackson on 60th birthday

Views - 15 Friday, 31 August 2018 00:10

LONDON (Reuters) - Fans of Michael Jackson honoured the “King of Pop” on what would have been his 60th birthday on Wednesday by gathering at a temporary monument in the shape of a crown erected in his honour in London.

Tequila sends George Clooney to top of best-paid actors list

Views - 15 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): George Clooney on Wednesday soared to the top of an annual list of the world’s highest-paid actors, thanks largely to the sale of his tequila company.

Sri Lanka’s first ever international mall to pioneer multiplex cinema

Views - 81 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

With the grand opening of Sri Lanka’s first international mall set to take place next month, preparations are also underway

AkuruCON, typography and type design conference for font lovers

Views - 43 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

AkuruCON, an annual conference on typography in Colombo, Sri Lanka, will be held on 1 September consisting of presentations

Cyber Illusions and AV Lab win big at WOW Awards Asia

Views - 17 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Live experience designer and consultant Cyber Illusions, supported by local audiovisual pioneer AV Lab, won big at

Family Night with Marians, BNS and Sanuka

Views - 36 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Marians, under the leadership of megastar musician Nalin Perera along with dynamic creative musicians Bathiya & Santhush and Sanuka

Madhura Madhura Krishna on 2 September

Views - 18 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

A Bharatanatyam and Odissi recital to mark Krishna Janmashtami by Thushyanthy and Gayathri will be presented on Sunday, 2

Performers arrive in Colombo for Cinnamon Life’s Colombo Music Festival

Views - 21 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

The week leading up to the Colombo Music Festival presented by Cinnamon Life will be studded with the arrival of the stars who will make 18 August a day to remember. The excitement is building up across the Island with the news of their onset in the

‘Creative Activities for Children’ program by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House on 1 Sept.

Views - 20 Thursday, 16 August 2018 00:00

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as ‘SomalathaSubasinghe Play House’ commences its next session of ‘Creative Activities for Children’ program on1September. The program is open to children from ages f

Oscars move to honour ‘popular’ movies sparks swift backlash

Views - 9 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): The Oscars will introduce a new award for popular films and the annual ceremony will be limited to three hours, organisers said on Wednesday, in a bid to stave off slumping audiences for the movie industry’s most prestigious

V.O.I.C.E National Youth Fest 2018 geared for greater glory

Views - 14 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

The V.O.I.C.E National Youth Fest 2018, organised by Forerunner AG National Youth Ministries, returns this year for the fourth time at a new venue. This year’s youth conference and night rallies will be held at the Stein Studio complex in Ratmalan

‘Thundenek’ to soon be in cinemas

Views - 12 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

The latest Sinhala language movie ‘Thundenek’ or ‘Her, Him, the other’ produced by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation and directed by Asoka Handagama, Prasanna Vithanage and Vimukthi Jay

Tokyo Cement chimes in with The Music Project for 2nd year

Views - 47 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Tokyo Cement Group has extended their sponsorship with The Music Project for the second year.The Music Project

iflix Sri Lanka premieres first local hit series, Koombiyo

Views - 57 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

iflix, the world’s leading entertainment service for emerging markets, has announced the addition of Sinhalese crime drama ‘Koombiyo’ to its extensive library of regional and international content.

Somalatha Subasinghe Theatre annual festival from 9 to 12 Aug. at Lionel Wendt

Views - 115 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Somalatha Subasinghe Play House presents its annual theatre festival for children and youth from 9 to 12 August, at Lionel Wendt Theatre.

Lakna Kithmini’s art exhibition this weekend at Lionel Wendt

Views - 89 Friday, 3 August 2018 00:00

Talented young artist Lakna Kithmini will hold her solo art exhibition titled ‘The styles’ on 4 and 5 August from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Art Centre, Colombo 7.

Demi Lovato awake after suspected overdose

Views - 12 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): US pop singer Demi Lovato, who has spoken openly about her history of drug and alcohol abuse, is awake after she was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Tuesday suffering from a suspected overdose, according to media reports. Lo

Spice Girls really really are reforming, says Mel B

Views - 10 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): British pop band The Spice Girls are getting back together again, band member Mel B said this week. The singer, also known as Scary Spice, told a British television talk show that all five Spice Girls have agreed to the reunion. “

‘Mission Impossible – Fallout’ from Saturday in 20 Lankan cinemas

Views - 307 Thursday, 26 July 2018 00:00

American action spy film ‘Mission Impossible – Fallout’ will be screened in 20 Sri Lankan cinemas from Saturday 28 July onwards. The cinemas are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Savoy 3D – Colombo, Excel – Colombo, Sky Lite – Malabe, NIT - Kurun

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Untruth is the crisis

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Political language, said George Orwell, is designed to make lies sound truthful, murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Dr. Sarath Amunugama is the subject of this essay. In addition to his current incarnation of a p

Rise, Sri Lankans – our country needs you now!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

I am sick, tired and bloody fed up of reading and listening to pessimistic tales of woe on the unprecedented crisis we and our country are facing at this dark moment in time. I am also fed up to the back teeth with reading and listening to lamentatio

Ranil abused and subverted parliamentary democracy

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

TIME: What was the immediate reason for calling an election? President Kumaratunga: I was forced into it by a total breakdown of cohabitation in Government. The Prime Minister (Ranil Wickremesinghe) was determined to harass me and chase me out. He ha

The Bench must ensure that the judges will continue to be trusted

Monday, 12 November 2018

In the backdrop of the recent developments and the strong arguments that have been presented against the dissolution of Parliament saying the President has no constitutional power to do so, before four and a half years into a Parliamentary term, as s

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