Entertainment / Arts

Three Sarod maestros to perform on one stage

Views - 34 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:03

A special cultural event ‘Strings of Peace’ featuring legendary Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan along with sons Aman Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash is being organised by High Commission of India, Colombo on the eve of 70th Republic Day of


Chinese Film Festival from 2 to 6 February

Views - 84 Tuesday, 22 January 2019 00:02

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


Belvoir has turned Sydney Town Hall into a little slice of Sri Lanka for Sydney Festival

Views - 73 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

By Cassie Tongue It’s only January, but we have an early contender for the best play of the year in ‘Counting and Cracking’. And we certainly won’t see another play like it any time soon. Set in a recursion of town halls – a Sri Lankan-styl


PEO TV to launch “HELAWOOD POPCORN” Blog Space

Views - 442 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

It is the beginning of a new virtual place to discuss and connect equal minds to explore “now” and “then” of our cinema and its journey ahead at a click of your fingertips. A brand new cinema story ‘Helawood Popcorn’ on cyberspace will b


New entertainment channel STV launched

Views - 47 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

Launching of the new entertainment channel STV by Film, Teledrama and TV Program Director Sripali Hettiarachchi was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside with the participation of many well-wishers from the industry. Former Working Director of ITN TV channel


‘The Three Musketeers’ from 25-27 January at Lionel Wendt

Views - 82 Friday, 18 January 2019 00:00

The English Drama Society of Royal College in association with the Old Royalists’ Association of Dramatists will present ‘The Three Musketeers’, a timeless classic by Alexandre Dumas, on 25, 26 and 27 January at the Lionel Wendt Theatre – Col


Bollywood film on former PM Manmohan Singh stirs controversy before election

Views - 26 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): A film that casts opposition leader Rahul Gandhi and his family in an unflattering light ahead of a national election later this year has kicked up a controversy ahead of its release on Friday. Commentators on social media and telev


‘Bohemian Rhapsody’,‘Green Book’ win Golden Globes on night of upsets

Views - 42 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): The Golden Globes gave Queen musical “Bohemian Rhapsody” its top prize on Sunday in an unexpected victory over romance “A Star is Born,” and named 1960s segregation-era roadtrip“Green Book” the best comedy or musica


Lady Gaga, ‘Roma’ shine at nice over nasty Golden Globes

Views - 36 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Lady Gaga won the first of what is expected to be several Golden Globe awards for “A Star is Born” on Sunday, for her original song “Shallow.” The pop superstar is also a favourite to take home the best actress Globe fo


Savoy Premier debuts in Rajagiriya with touching first screening for children from homes

Views - 52 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Savoy Premier Rajagiriya opened its doors to the public on 20 December with a touching gesture that unveiled the magic of 3D cinema to children from institutionalised homes in the locality. In what was an emotional first screening at the cinema th


Margot Robbie to play Barbie in doll’s first live-action film

Views - 21 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Australian actress Margot Robbie is to play Barbie in the first live-action feature movie about the iconic and controversial doll, who has enjoyed multiple careers in her 60-year lifetime. Toymaker Mattel and movie studio Warne


Dialog Axiata presents BnS celebratory concert ‘Oba Nisa’

Views - 1169 Friday, 11 January 2019 00:00

Premier connectivity provider, Dialog presents the ‘Oba Nisa’ concert, the 20th anniversary celebrative concert of Sri Lanka’s most loved singing duo, BnS (Bathiya & Santhush). The concert will go live at the iconic Nelum Pokuna Theatre from 10


American science fiction action film “Bumblebee” in 16 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 31 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

American science fiction action film “Bumblebee” will be screened in 16 Sri Lankan cinemas from today (4 January). The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Empire - Colombo, MC Cinemas – Colombo, Milano 2 – Kegalle, Scope Cinemas (CCC) ATMO


Certificate in Acting Program 2019

Views - 64 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Are you keen to study drama? Are you hardworking and ambitious to become a competent actor on stage, television and cinema? Then the Certificate in Acting program conducted by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known


Dr. Asit Roy and Dr. Podminee Dey to perform Hindustani classical and semi-classical music

Views - 23 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre(Indian Cultural Centre), High Commission of India, Colombo will be organising an evening of Hindustani classical and semi-classical music concert by Dr. Asit Roy and by Dr. Podminee Dey from the Department of Mus


Kim and Kanye expecting fourth child

Views - 25 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters); Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a fourth child - again using a surrogate, according to multiple media reports on Wednesday. Celebrity magazines Us Weekly and People quoted sources close to the couple as saying the s


Seylan Bank Annual Christmas Carols for 28th consecutive year

Views - 25 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

Seylan Bank recently held its annual Christmas Carols under the theme ‘Christmas Celebration from the Heart’ to usher in the festive season. A highly-anticipated annual event, which is now in its 28th year, the carols were held at the Seylan Towe


NDB ends 2018 on high note with Kiddies Party and Carols

Views - 25 Friday, 4 January 2019 00:00

The NDB Staff Recreational Club ended 2018 on a high note with the Kiddies Party and the annual NDB carol service. The Annual NDB Kid’s Party was held with the participation of the NDB staff and their children at the Thurstan College Grounds. The N


Savoy Cinemas opens Savoy Premiere in Rajagiriya

Views - 141 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Savoy Premiere Rajagiriya, the latest addition to the Savoy Cinemas chain, opened for the public with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’. Bringing world-class entertainment in 3D and 2D closer to moviegoers in suburban Colombo, the launch of Savoy Premiere,


Hutch Customers join Aquaman’s journey across the seven seas

Views - 30 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

DC’s long-awaited live-action movie Aquaman is finally hitting theatres in Sri Lanka and Hutch brought exciting news by hosting another exclusive Hutch Movie Night for its loyal customers who had eagerly looked forward to this latest Hollywood bloc


Western Sydney playwright Shakhti on bringing Sri Lanka into Australian story

Views - 37 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

www.smh.com.au: Shakthi has always known that the stage is the kind of space on which complex truths could unfold. The artist and playwright, whose formal name is S. Shakthidharan, remembers watching his mother, a classical Indian dancer who moved to


‘Aquaman’ debuts at No. 1 with $72 million, ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ beats ‘Bumblebee’

Views - 27 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Jason Momoa’s“Aquaman” is the King of the Seven Seas – and now the box office. The DC adventure dominated in North America with a splashy $72 million debut, including previews. That’s a hefty start during a month


Head of Rothschild in Russia pens fairy tales between flights

Views - 28 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

MOSCOW, REUTERS: Giovanni Salvetti, the head of Rothschild in Russia and CIS, takes five flights a week in his job managing the bank’s operations from Kazakhstan to Ukraine. In-between time, he has written a book of fairy tales for his children.


Duruthu Udanaya New Year’s Eve Party at Amaya Hills

Views - 23 Friday, 28 December 2018 00:00

Another season and another year comes to an end. While they send you very warm season’s greetings, Amaya Hills remain ever so grateful to their patrons, well-wishers and friends as always. And this year is no exception as they begin their countdown


Conventions M.I.A for Sri Lankan-born ‘popstar’

Views - 34 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:40

www.smh.com.au: Mathangi Arulpragasam came to London from Sri Lanka as a refugee with her mother, brother and sister when she was eight. Her father, a founding leader of the Tamil Tigers, stayed to fight; the children scarcely knew him. Mouthy young


Water’s Edge presents the best New Year’s Eve party, featuring the legendary Marians and Misty

Views - 52 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:37

With the Merry season coming to a close, the peak of every year is seeing dawn in just a few more days. The perfect occasion to celebrate a joyous and rich new year has always been a hard choice to make, and Waters Edge is here to ease the process. W


Galadari to celebrate an unforgettable 31st Night

Views - 30 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:37

The Galadari Hotel will bid adieu to 2018 in grand style with celebrations climaxing till dawn. The Coffee Shop will party the night away with a gala dinner and Lobby dance with the band Heart N’ Soul and Effex DJs keeping the crowds entertained to


New Year’s Eve at Mövenpick Hotel Colombo

Views - 57 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:36

Usher in the New Year with a bang at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo. A final festive flurry before the fairy lights come down and the January diets commence! Cheer in the New Year at Colombo’s highest rooftop bar as Vistas brings you an unforgettable


New Year’s Eve at ME Colombo, the city’s latest party hotspot

Views - 234 Thursday, 27 December 2018 00:33

This New Year’s Eve, party at the MY Rooftop of Colombo’s latest boutique hotel, ME Colombo. Welcome 2019 in style with friends and family and make it a night to remember. Featuring much-loved entertainer DJ KC, the NYE party is priced at Rs. 5,0


The judgment inspired film-maker Chandran Rutnam to take on ‘According to Matthew’

Views - 69 Friday, 21 December 2018 00:00

When popular Sri Lankan Film Director Chandran Rutnam sets out to shed light on the biological, psychological and environmental influences that shaped the character of the well-known priest, he found himself face to face with one of the most terrifyi


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