Entertainment / Arts

Savoy Cinemas screens Captain Marvel in English and Tamil for first time in Sri Lanka

Views - 67 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

The first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel franchise will be premiering on International Women’s Day, 8 March, at Savoy Cinemas. The movie will be screened in 3D and in both English and Tamil versions islandwide in more than 40 cinemas incl

Southeast Asia’s favourite comedian Kumar is taking the world by storm, one country at a time

Views - 138 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Kumar is hailed as one of South East Asia’s most iconic and respected performing artists, and a brilliant stand-up comedian. His unique brand of humour, a one-of-a-kind fusion of traditional and modern aspects of performing arts has been perfected

Cinnamon Life to present magic and mystery with iconic magician-mentalism duo, The Clairvoyants!

Views - 83 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Bringing the best of talent and entertainment to the island once again, Cinnamon Life is set to present a magical show featuring the world-renowned magician and mentalist duo, The Clairvoyants. Taking place for one night only on 4 April at the Nelum

‘Green Book’ steals best picture Oscar, Colman and Malek are best actors

Views - 20 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Road trip movie ‘Green Book’ won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, while Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for his sentimental film ‘Roma’. In an upset, Britain’s Olivia Colman got the best act

‘Shri Ranga’, the reclining Lord: A dance of devotion to Lord Vishnu

Views - 25 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Shirdi Sai Trust of Sri Lanka, along with the trustees of Sri Varatharaja Vinayagar temple, Sai Nathanin Saranalayam, Kotahena, Colombo, have jointly organised a devotional classical Bharatha Natyam dance performance by Sri Pavithra Krishna B

15 foreign artists on goodwill mission

Views - 60 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

A visiting group of 15 international artists from 12 countries pledged part of the proceeds of its works done in Sri Lanka will go for charities in the island. Yoshita Ahmed, team leader who had come from Dubai announced here during a dinner banquet

MR plays cameo to save local movie industry

Views - 27 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday took up the cause of the local movie industry, and criticised the Government for neglecting the sector, which has led to increased production c

Musicians from all over SL unite for Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana Festival of Carnatic Music today

Views - 34 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo has organised the Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana, an annual music festival paying homage to the great Carnatic music composer St. Thyagaraja Swamy, today, Friday 22 February, at 5 p.m. at

Bharatnatyam exponent and Yoga specialist to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre on 27 Feb.

Views - 30 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting Ishwarya Chaitanya, Bharathanatyam danseuse from India on 27 February 2019 at 6.00pm at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. Ishwarya

No host? No problem: Queen, Lady Gaga bring Grammys vibe to Oscars this Sunday

Views - 30 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - There will not be a host and Sunday’s Oscars ceremony will not open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered. Yet, with rock band Queen, pop superstar Lady Gaga and two musicals in the

Kala Pola 2019 – Sri Lanka’s largest open-air art fair opens on 24 February

Views - 478 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Since its inception in 1993, Kala Pola – Sri Lanka’s largest open air art fair – has been enjoyed by a multitude of both locals and expats including a coterie of VIPs, celebrities, art connoisseurs and students. A panel discussion, which segued

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’’ in 15 Lankan cinemas from 22 Feb

Views - 191 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Epic animated-adventure ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will be screened in 15 Sri Lankan cinemas from 22 February. They are Scope Cinemas ATMOS screen, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Savoy 3D, Savoy Premier Rajagiriya, Milano Kegalle, Ar

Finding peace through art

Views - 39 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Art therapy is something that has a long history as an effective method of calming nerves and soothing the mind, and something that is sought after in today’s high stress modern environment. It has been defined as a form of psychotherapy that uses

Rebuilding ethics and values in Sri Lanka

Views - 45 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

The well-known composer and singer Rukshan Perera is leading a project at the Rotary Club of Colombo Metropolitan aptly named, “Little Minds Strong Values” to re-introduce morals, values and ethics in children through video-animated songs, and to

Derana first Sri Lankan YouTube channel to hit million subscribers

Views - 25 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s premium entertainment channel TV Derana has become the first and only Sri Lankan YouTube channel to reach one million subscribers, cementing its position as the most trusted and well-received entertainment portal with the largest audien

Odissi Dance recital by Indian danseuses Monday

Views - 25 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting Meghna Das, an Odissi exponent from India on 18 February at 6 p.m. at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. Meghna was introduced early i

Art investment and portfolio building: Collector’s Desk edition 6

Views - 38 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

ARTRA Magazine and Saskia Fernando Gallery in collaboration with Standard Chartered Priority Banking are excited to present the sixth edition of Collectors Desk. A platform founded with the intention to advise and inform an exclusive invitee list of

Mobitel’s unique Online Talent Search offers national spotlight for budding musicians

Views - 67 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

Further strengthening engagement with the nation’s youth, Mobitel, Sri Lanka’s national mobile service provider, has stepped forward to tap undiscovered musical talent in young and budding musicians by giving them a unique digital platform to sho

‘Grace Award’ to be launched to recognise talent in art and design

Views - 39 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

The ‘Grace Award’ for best contribution in art and design will be given annually for individuals in and around Holy Immanuel Parish, Moratuwa, starting this year. This award will be made in memory of late Aleric and Iromie Fernando’s family mem

High stakes as ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ hits screens

Views - 61 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Manga-inspired action epic ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ begins its worldwide cinema roll out this week but with a hefty budget and years in the making, producer James Cameron and director Robert Rodriguez acknowledge the stakes ar

Jennifer Lawrence is engaged to art gallery director

Views - 46 Friday, 8 February 2019 00:00

(Reuters): Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, one of the most popular film stars in the world, is engaged to her boyfriend, an art gallery director, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Her future husband is Cooke Maroney, 34, her represent

Danno Budunge – A genesis

Views - 322 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

The song Danno Budunge is a much loved and venerated song. It has given me immense pleasure to have done some research on the origins of this great song and the influences that impacted on the lyrics and music of the song. The majority of sources hav

Bharathanatyam exponent from India to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 35 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting young Bharathanatyam exponent from Coimbatore, India Aparna Nithyanand on 8 February at 6 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium, 16/2 Gregory’s

Chinese Film Festival from 2 to 6 February

Views - 62 Friday, 1 February 2019 00:00

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka will hold a fourth Chinese Film Festival at the Cinema Hall of the National Film Corporation will be open to the public free of charge from 2

Anita Dorai presents ‘Kumarsutra’ to Sri Lankan audiences

Views - 132 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:57

Singaporean born Anita Dorai presents a comedy show like no other, ‘Kumarsutra’, which will be staged for Sri Lankan audiences on the evening of 17 March 2019. Featuring one of South East Asia’s most iconic and respected performing artists, and

PEO TV launches ‘Helawood Popcorn’ blog creating new virtual space for cinema

Views - 52 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:56

PEO TV, the entertainment arm of Sri Lanka Telecom launched ‘Helawood Popcorn’, a new virtual space to discuss and explore ‘now’ and ‘then’ of Sri Lankan cinema at Tharangani Cinema Hall on 23 January 2019. PEO TV originated its cinema st

Colomboscope 2019; celebrating ocean through art!

Views - 113 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:53

Colomboscope 2019, Sri Lanka’s premier interdisciplinary festival platform for contemporary arts, kicked off this Thursday celebrating the ocean through various creative masterpieces related to the theme. Bringing together art lovers to Rio Comple

Michael Jackson’s family calls new documentary ‘public lynching’

Views - 32 Wednesday, 30 January 2019 23:52

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The family of Michael Jackson on Monday described reaction to a new documentary about alleged child sex abuse by the late singer as a “public lynching” and said he was “100 percent innocent” of such accusations. The st

Enthralling concert by Sarod maestro to celebrate 70th Republic Day of India

Views - 36 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:16

To commemorate India’s 70th Republic Day a special cultural concert ‘Strings of Peace’ was organised at BMICH, Colombo on 25 January 2019. The event featured an enthralling performance by legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with

Ben Holdings’ Savoy Cinemas secures distribution rights of ‘Tsunami’

Views - 53 Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:15

Heralding a new era for Sri Lanka’s cinema goers, the recently rebranded Savoy Cinemas secured the official distribution rights of Dr. Somaratna Disanayaka’s upcoming Sinhala film ‘Tsunami’. Ben Holdings, which recently acquired EAP Films an

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Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La

Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years

Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view

Poson ponderings on positional power: ‘Authority vested’ vs. ‘authority wasted’

Monday, 17 June 2019

We witnessed a serene Poson Poya, in a far more improved security setting in Sri Lanka. Whilst the Sri Lankan life slowly returning to normal, political fronts do not appear to show the same. Has the political power become the people ‘pava’ (sin)

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