Entertainment / Arts

Dmitrii and Izabella: A perfect combination for the season!

Views - 38 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Following the success of Russian Classical Ballet in Colombo, the Russian Centre in Colombo proudly presents back-to-back classical events in the year of 2018. As a concluding seasonal note for the year, two world renowned Russian artists will be arr

Kanchana Kumari Dodangoda launches book

Views - 57 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

A book titled ‘Ithin Nikma Yami’ written by Kanchana Kumari Dodangoda and published by Sarasavi Publications Ltd., was launched recently coinciding with her 52nd birthday. Guest speakers at the launch held at Raffles Reception Hall, Mirihana, wer

Captain Elmo Jaywardena launches ‘Kakiyan: The story of a Crow’

Views - 56 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Captain Elmo Jaywardena’s latest novel ‘Kakiyan: The story of a Crow’ launched recently at the M.D. Gunasena Auditorium, amidst a large gathering of friends and well-wishers. Kakiyan is Captain Jayawardena’s fourth novel following Sam’s Sto

Celebrating Generation Yes! – Born #1, Still #1!

Views - 44 Friday, 14 December 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s No. 1 Hit Music Station reaches its ultimate milestone this year. Having dominated airwaves since 1993, Yes101 turned a cool 25 on 10 December, making this the most festive outdoor broadcast ever. Achieving this milestone wouldn’t hav

Mobitel partners with Cinnamon Life as official telco partner for hit theatrical Mamma Mia!

Views - 32 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Committed to supporting and uplifting the arts and culture in the country, Mobitel, is proud to step forward as Official Telco Partner for London Westend’s hit theatrical, Mamma Mia! from 23-30 December at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre

Carol the night away at Taj Samudra Colombo

Views - 36 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Experience a memorable Christmas at the Taj Samudra, Colombo as it heralds the Christmas season with bountiful goodies to get everyone in the festive spirit. The spirit of good cheer is further enhanced by the melodious sounds of Christmas carols by

Two iconic tales of love and laughter

Views - 39 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Following the immense success of The Sound of Music, Cinnamon Life is set to bring yet another iconic West End Production to Colombo – Mamma Mia! A tale of love and laughter and a daughter’s trip down the aisle with three possible fathers, Mamma

Dialog Ridee Reyak 2018

Views - 1792 Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:00

Lights, camera, action! Sri Lanka’s only Silver Carpet event, Dialog Ridee Reyak 2018 comes alive once again on 23 December, from 6:30 p.m. onwards at the BMICH to bring audiences an unforgettable night of music, glamour, dance and entertainment. D

English prize goes begging at Fairway National Literary Awards

Views - 68 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya ‘Tharu Visula Raya’ by Aruna Premarathna and ’Thottu Ponavarkal’ by Fernando Seeman Pathinathan took home the Sinhala and Tamil language ‘Best Novel’ prizes at the Fairway National Literary Awards (FNLA) in Colombo

Russian classical music duo live at the Taj Samudra this season

Views - 60 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Taj Samudra is proud to be the hospitality partner for bringing in world class artists, and entertainment at the international level to the shores of Sri Lanka exclusively for music lovers of local audience. The ‘Place and People’ – an impecca

Pure Piano Melodies of Christmas at Cinnamon Lakeside

Views - 30 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

Exceptional experiences await this holiday season at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo for the entire family. From festive goodies and treats that compliment Christmas to Christmas Eve dinner and the countdown to the New Year, and everything in between, the

Grande’s ‘thank u, next’ bests Adele to fastest 100 million views

Views - 28 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Ariana Grande’s breakup anthem “thank u, next” has become the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, video hosting service Vevo said on Tuesday. The single, released after the 25-year-old singer’s much publicis

‘Black Panther,’ ‘Star is Born’ among AFI’s top films of 2018

Views - 22 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Musical drama “A Star is Born”, superhero movie “Black Panther” and horror flick “A Quiet Place” were named as some of the 10 best films of 2018 by the American Film Institute this week. The top movies also included

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas celebrate wedding at New Delhi reception

Views - 32 Friday, 7 December 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Priyanka Chopra, star of Indian film and US television, and Jonas Brothers singer Nick Jonas celebrated their wedding at a glitzy reception in New Delhi on Tuesday, joined by celebrities ranging from India’s prime minister to H

3D computer-animated Christmas comedy ‘The Grinch’ in 7 Lankan cinemas

Views - 109 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

American 3D computer-animated Christmas comedy ‘The Grinch’ is being shown in seven Sri Lankan cinemas to spread more cheer this festive and holiday season. The theatres are Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Scope Cinemas CCC, Empire – Colombo, MC Cine

Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas marry in Indian royal palace

Views - 28 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): “Quantico” actor and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra married US singer Nick Jonas on Saturday in a Christian ceremony attended by close family and friends at one of India’s most opulent royal palaces, People magazine reported.

Eminent Indian artists to perform in Colombo

Views - 34 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting three well known Indian performing artistes, Tabla recital by Prof. Mukund Narayan Bhale on 13 December and Andhra Natyam by Chinmayi Arukula and her Guru Kal

2.0 is on record-breaking start with EAP Films & Theatres in Sri Lanka

Views - 81 Tuesday, 4 December 2018 00:00

South Indian legend Rajnikanth and Bollywood megastar Akshay Kumar starring, Lyca Productions Subaskaran presents 2.0, premiered worldwide in all its glory on 29 November. EAP Films & Theatres had their highest recorded advance bookings of 10,000 tic

Dance your way into the New Year with international superstar R.I.O at the TAJ

Views - 118 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

NEON theme, live music from international super star R.I.O. and Alba, exciting prizes, a scrumptious dinner with beverages, plus a breakfast buffet at the Grand Marquee of Taj Samudra, Colombo! Taj Samudra Colombo, reputed as one of Sri Lanka’s lu

Fairway National Literary Awards 2018 Final Awards next week

Views - 60 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Fairway National Literary Awards (FNLA) 2018 is scheduled to take place on 3 December in Colombo. This Awards Ceremony is being hosted by Fairway Holdings, one of the leading conglomerates in Sri Lanka, for the fourth consecutive year, in its con

Somalatha Subasinghe Theatre Festival for young audiences

Views - 151 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

Somalatha Subasinghe Play House presents its annual theatre festival for children from 7 to 9 December, at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. The festival will feature the following three plays produced by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House: Ratmalee (Red Ridi

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo to present ‘Season Finale’ on 5 December

Views - 49 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The Chamber Music Society of Colombo (CMSC) along with its Premier Sponsor Fairway Holdings, presents the ‘Season Finale’ concert on 5 December, 7:30 p.m. at the Lionel Wendt Theatre. Featuring one of Sri Lanka’s top concert pianists, the US-b

American action-adventure film Robin Hood in 14 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 70 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

American action-adventure film Robin Hood will be screened in 14 Sri Lankan cinemas from today. They are Liberty by Scope Cinemas; Empire - Colombo; MC Cinemas – Colombo; Milano – Kegalle; Scope Cinemas (CCC) – Colombo 3; Regal – Gampaha/Nuwa

Get Up, Stand Up! UNESCO declares reggae a global cultural treasure

Views - 20 Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

PARIS, REUTERS: UNESCO has declared reggae, the Jamaican music that spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love, to be a global treasure that must be safe-guarded. Born in the poor neighbourhoods of Kingston in the 1960

British film location managers scout for scenic spots in SL

Views - 57 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:08

Reputed British film location experts including the location manager for the famous television series Game of Thrones were in Sri Lanka recently, scouting for the most scenic places for their next ventures.

2.0, 3D Sci-Fi Blockbuster set to break box-office records of 2018

Views - 34 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:07

Lyca Production, Subaskaran presents, 2 point 0, the 3D Sci-Fi Blockbuster which is forecast to be the box office smash hit of 2018 and releasing in 3D and 2D in Sri Lanka on 29 November through EAP Films and Theatres Ltd. EAP is the only cinema chai

‘According to Matthew’ starring Jacqueline and Alston enthralls Lankan audience

Views - 8285 Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:07

Jacqueline Fernandez stars in her first English movie and cinematic appearance in a Sri Lankan made movie, ‘According to Matthew’ by renowned director/producer Chandran Rutnam. The movie which premiered at Regal Cinema, on 23 November, is poised

DFCC Bank partners Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 as Official Banking Partner

Views - 48 Friday, 16 November 2018 10:37

DFCC Bank will partner the Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2019 as the Official Banking Partner for the second consecutive year. Officials from DFCC Bank and the festival committee gathered at a press conference on 25 October,

Shortlist announced for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018

Views - 26 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

The much-anticipated shortlist for the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018 has been unveiled at a special event, which took place at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Now in its eighth year, the DSC Prize for South Asi

Carrie, Chris and Keith steal the show at the Country Music Awards

Views - 27 Friday, 16 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Chris Stapleton was the big winner but Carrie Underwood and her unborn baby stole the limelight at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards on Wednesday. A heavily pregnant Underwood, one of country music’s biggest celebrities, chose the

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Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.

Sathyodaya for salvation

Friday, 22 March 2019

Professor Ven. Walpola Rahula (1907-1997), a Buddhist rationalist and free-thinker of international repute, was a unique intellectual, teacher and writer who never minced his words when speaking truth to power, a rare quality fast disappearing in a w

Ceylon Tea or Sri Lanka Tourism the stronger category brand?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The Central Bank officially reported last week that Sri Lanka exports have grown to $ 11.9 billion, recording a growth of 4.7%, which means that the country has not performed up to expectation in 2018. The export volume index has grown by 0.5% in 201

Lip service to AML requirements: Are Sri Lankan designated institutions skating on thin ice?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) blacklisting 20 odd jurisdictions for their failure to adhere to anti money laundering requirements (AML) comes as no surprise as all these jurisdictions have been forewarned by the EU, Financial Act

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