Entertainment / Arts

Tickets to smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! the ideal corporate gift this holiday season

Views - 28 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:01

With Cinnamon Life gearing up to present Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus’ iconic Broadway musical Mamma Mia! at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre from 22 to 30 December, the event is fast becoming a popular household and workplace topic.

150 years of celebrating the Mahatma

Views - 15 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

As a part of on-going ‘150 years of celebrating the Mahatma’ and to commemorate Children’s Day which falls on 14 November every year coinciding with the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime

BOC’s ‘Little Picasso’ art exhibition concludes at BMICH rewarding 780 young artists

Views - 22 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

The Bank of Ceylon’s ‘Little Picasso’ art competition concluded successfully recently rewarding 180 national award winners at the BMICH. Similarly 600 other provincial winners were rewarded with valuable prizes thus bringing the total to 780 wi

Nihal Senaratne presents his maiden exhibition ‘Axis Mundi’

Views - 48 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

Born and raised amidst a lot of hardship, Nihal was the last of a family of six kids. With the financial difficulties his family faced he often resorted to reading borrowed “chithra katha” papers and tried to replicate the characters from the sto

Sri Rama Kavya: Dance drama on the epic Ramayana

Views - 33 Friday, 26 October 2018 00:00

The fourth international Ramayana festival, which is organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations of India, will commence in New Delhi on 29 October and will continue till 31 October.

Alston Koch picks up SriLankan of the Year/Global Entertainer of the Year 2018 award

Views - 182 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s only international recording star and now an actor too in the Hollywood film ‘Nightwalk’ raised the barriers of entertainment yet again when he broke into song during his acceptance speech. Not a dry eye in the place as Sri Lankans

Reflecting on life

Views - 21 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

Reflecting on the complexities and simplicities of life at the same time, Abigail Schaffter will stage her first solo art exhibition on 27 and 28 October at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. Titled ‘Reflections’, the art exhibition will feature the b

Young talent unveils at Chokolaate Centerstage 2018!

Views - 68 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

For the third consecutive time this year, Sri Lanka’s leading teen magazine Chokolaate will unveil the musical talents of the younger generation at Centerstage 2018. The grand finale featuring performers of all musical genres including the latest c

Literature for all in all forms

Views - 49 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

The A&K Lit Fest is set to be held on Sunday 21 October at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, with an interesting line up of panels and speakers. Commencing the morning are book launches and creative writing workshops for adults and children. The most anticipa

Importers’ Ball 2018 today

Views - 29 Thursday, 18 October 2018 00:00

The Imports Section of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be having its flagship event for its members on Friday 19 October. This year, the association has planned to have a gala dinner dance at the Grand Ballroom at Waters Edge, Battaramulla. Reco

Fiddler Harald Yendis all set to wow Country Roads 2018 audience

Views - 12 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Get ready to experience Country Swing at its finest when the incomparable fiddler Harald Yendis takes the stage at this year’s 30th anniversary Country Roads concert for children, to be held on 20 October, from 6:30 p.m. onwards.   Sure to wow th

Astrid Brook and The Mavericks at Mt. Lavinia Hotel

Views - 33 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

With her iconic Tanglewood guitar and vibrant acoustic music, Astrid Brook is undoubtedly an eminent note in the country and folk music scene. Based in London, Astrid developed her own folk style in her late 20’s and since then, she has been invite

Dialog and Stelacom unveil all new ‘Smart Entertainment Box’ in Sri Lanka

Views - 186 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, in partnership with Stelacom, launched the latest and most innovative device offering to the market, a ‘Smart Entertainment Box’, at an exclusive preview event hosted for Dialog Club

‘Regeneration’ exhibition by Shaanea Mendis D’Silva at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 53 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Barefoot Gallery is exhibiting Shaanea Mendis D’Silva’s new series of work ‘Regeneration’ from today, 12 October, to 4 November. The oldest contemporary art gallery in Colombo, The Barefoot Gallery has been serving as a platform for artis

‘Venom’ at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 1032 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

‘Venom’ at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema ‘Venom’ is showing from 5 October at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema, with Dolby atmos sound at Scope Cinema. ‘Venom’ is a 2018 American superher

Hindustani vocal recital by Govt. of India scholarship holder Wageesha Ruwangee

Views - 12 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be organising an evening of Hindustani vocal music recital by Sri Lankan artiste A.M. Wageesha Ruwangee at 6 p.m. on 17 October at its auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory

Longlist announced for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018

Views - 67 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

The much anticipated longlist for the $ 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 was announced on 10 October by eminent historian and academic Rudrangshu Mukherjee, who is the chair of the jury panel for the distinguished prize. The longlist

BOC ‘Little Picasso’ Art Exhibition on 12-13 October at BMICH

Views - 321 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

Bringing forth the talent of budding artists, the Bank of Ceylon organised the ‘Little Picasso’ art competition for the second successful year in line with BOC’s 79th anniversary. This year too, the competition was organised jointly with the Mi

150 years of celebrating the Mahatma

Views - 18 Friday, 12 October 2018 00:00

As a part of ongoing 150 years of celebrating the Mahatma, Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre will screen Oscar winning film ‘Gandhi’ (English) at 3 p.m. today, 12 October, at its auditorium at 16/2 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. The film, a British

‘Demons in Paradise’ paused

Views - 32 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The screening of the film ‘Demons in Paradise’ scheduled for the Jaffna International film festival has been cancelled by the organisers without due explanation. The director of the film, Jude Ratnam, accuses the organisers for allegedly owning

Annasi and Kadalagotu: Savour local literature on 21 October

Views - 26 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Continuing to expand the borders of literature, the A&K (Annasi and Kadalagotu) Literary Festival will be back on 21 October at the Mount Lavinia Hotel for the fourth consecutive year. Entrance for the full day festival is priced at only Rs. 100 in k

Korean Film Festival 2018 in Colombo

Views - 142 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Following on the success of last year’s event, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka and the Korea Foundation will co-host the Korean Film Festival 2018 from 12 to 15 October at the National Film Corporation (NFC) Theatre, Colombo 7, in

Galle Face Hotel hosts Pimm’s and Art

Views - 18 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

South Asia’s Grande Dame, the Galle Face Hotel, recently hosted Pimm’s & Art, a unique immersive experience to unleash our creativity. Guests enjoyed sipping on their freshly made Pimms cocktails while they tried their hand at painting and browse

Sitar recital by Indian artiste Chakraborty on 9 Oct.

Views - 9 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Culture Centre, High Commission of India will be organizing a Sitar recital by Dhrubajyoti Chakroborty, eminent ethnomusicologist from Indian on 9 October at 6.00 pm at Indian Cultural Centre auditorium located at 16/2 Gregory

CMSC awarded special cultural grant by Chinese Embassy in SL

Views - 99 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) has been awarded a special cultural grant from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Sri Lanka in support of the society’s educational and concert programs for 2019. Founder/Artistic Directo

Kaneko’s concert with traditional Japanese musical instruments

Views - 18 Friday, 5 October 2018 00:00

The Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka held a concert performed by Sumie Kaneko, Player of Koto and Shamisen (traditional Japanese musical instruments) on 28 September at the auditorium of the Faculty of Management and Finance, University of Colombo. The

Handagama’s new movie ’Asandhimitta’ to hold world premiere at 23rd Busan International Film Festiva

Views - 364 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Asoka Handagama’s latest film ‘Asandhimitta’ is scheduled to have its world premiere at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival (BIFF), the largest international film festival in Asia. BIFF, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the

Keith Potger live in concert on 5 Oct. at Barefoot Garden Cafe

Views - 28 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Founding member of the world famous group ‘The Seekers’ Keith Potger live in concert will take place on 5 October at 7 p.m. onwards at the Barefoot Garden Cafe. Keith’s solo acoustic performances appeal to audiences for whom his music is a bre

Nature’s Magnificent Eye photo exhibition in California, USA

Views - 28 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Los Angeles in collaboration with the Sri Lanka-America photographic Art Society and Sarathchandra Buddhist Centre in Oxnard, California, presented a two-day Sri Lankan nature and wildlife photographic exhibition at

Moratuwa YMCA conducts 6th United Christian Singing Concert

Views - 14 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The annual Christian Singing Concert was organised and conducted by the YMCA of Moratuwa for the sixth time at its main hall on 15 September. The objective of this religious concert was to foster amity among the Christian youth of different denominat

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Lasantha, journalists and diplomats

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

We find scarce little to celebrate in a sullied land, marking our days remembering the tragedies that tell our blood-soaked history. In the troubled decades preceding, many, from the highest in the land to average citizens, have met with violent ends

Automation and machine learning: Helping organisations extract deeper value from data

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The world is in the midst of a data explosion. Humans are generating an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day1, according to Forbes, and more data was created in the past two years than in all of human history. No wonder data now r

SL tourism: From TOM to experience the brand in 2019

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Last week I had just crossed the border that separates Laos from Thailand and was on route via land to Thailand. My mind was on Laos – a country branded globally as ‘Simply Beautiful’ (backed by the ADB in 2018) to attract visitors into the cou

Questionable (or absurd) official report on poverty indicators

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The latest Report issued by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs on ‘Poverty Indicators’ is both questionable and outrageous.1This Ministry is under the responsibility of the Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe. Most of the sta

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