FT LITE

DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 1735 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


Nigella magic

Views - 24 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:11

By Uditha Jayasinghe Most chefs tell people how to cook but Nigella Lawson has won legions of fans by telling people how to eat. She has liberated millions scared of “proper” cooking by unashamedly chopping unevenly, dropping ingredients, and ent


Glamorous Randoli Perahera

Views - 12 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

It’s past 6 in the evening. The sound of a gunshot is heard from the Dalada Maligawa at the auspicious time. It’s soon followed by the second, third and fourth. Each one is a signal for the devales – Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini, in th


The prolific writer

Views - 7 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Buddhadasa Galappatty – best known as Buddhi – had several other interests while serving as a senior executive in the corporate sector. Theatre was one such interest, not as an actor or producer but as a behind-the-stage craftsman.


‘Symphony of Freedom’ fetes India’s 71st independence anniversary

Views - 5 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Celebrating the 71st anniversary of India’s independence, the High Commission of India Colombo recently held ‘Symphony of Freedom’, a musical extravaganza by the renowned Bollywood playback singer Usha Uthup at the BMICH


City2Surf – Great fun and helping charities

Views - 5 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Imagine close upon 80,000 competitors taking part in a road race! It was great fun. Men and women of all ages, youths, groups, families – they all took part. Thousands lined up the streets to watch and cheer.


Okonomiyaki at Ikoi Tei: Grilled as you like!

Views - 12 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Hilton Colombo’s Japanese restaurant Ikoi Tei located at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct is serving Okonomiyaki, a delicious and tempting Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients.


Lifetime Felicitation Award for Chandramani Thenuwara at ‘Sri Lanka Design Week 2018’

Views - 75 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:18

The first-ever Sri Lankan woman to qualify abroad as a Chartered Textile Technologist and to go on to become the first Sri Lankan woman Fellow of The Textile Institute UK is to be felicitated by the University of Moratuwa – Department of Integrated


Cookery books – the start

Views - 12 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:14

The news of the launch of the English version of ‘Mahasupawansaya’ – ‘The Great Chronicle of Sri Lankan Culinary Art’ – by Master Chef, Dr. Pabilis Silva, made me go back to the days when I remember my mother using the ‘Dinamina Supa Sh


Winter ‘sleep out’ to help homeless youth

Views - 11 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:10

We tend to think that youth in developed countries have no problems. ‘They are well looked after’ is the picture we have created in our minds. But it is not so. Homelessness is one of the major issues among youth.


Voice for the Voiceless Foundation: Empowering the marginalised

Views - 50 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:04

These are the immortal words of Jackie De Shannon, with which Dishan De Silva, the Main Advisor of Voice for Voiceless Foundation, couldn’t agree more. “Sri Lanka today is at a crossroads, with racial and ethnic tensions continuously simmering un


‘Sinha’ dance ballet mesmerises audiences

Views - 5 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:01

‘Sinha,’ a unique dance ballet based on a historic theme, scripted and choreographed by award-winning dancer Nilan Maligaspe, was held at the Lionel Wendt Theatre in Colombo amidst a distinguished gathering.


The Bayleaf and Zesta launch ‘Afternoon Tea’

Views - 35 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:56

The Bayleaf launched ‘Afternoon Tea’ in partnership with Watawala Tea Ceylon, serving up a unique experience for tea lovers, featuring 15 special blends alongside an array of finger food at its Wine and Tea room or private rooms daily from 2 p.m.


‘A Chocolate Indulgence’ with Chocolatier Zeba Kohli

Views - 25 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:54

Collaborating with India’s renowned chocolatier Zeba Kohli, Hafele presented an innovative chocolate experience to their guests at the largest state-of-the-art Hafele Design Centre in the heart of Colombo.


Chocolate mania at Hilton Colombo!

Views - 14 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:34

EatDrinkHilton is all about fresh produce, seasonal offerings and local tastes. This month the focus is chocolate! Not only will you find this in the special dishes at the dining outlets, you will find it in every aspect of the Hilton hospitality exp


Esala festival begins with ‘Kap’ ceremony

Views - 9 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:29

Known as Senkadagala or Senkadagalapura during the time of the ancient kings, Kandy came to be known as Maha Nuwara being the only remaining ‘Great City’ – the last capital of Sinhala kings, with Colombo being under successive foreign powers.


‘Why? Saama’ – A curious little girl giant who travels around Sri Lanka

Views - 66 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:22

Saama conveys an important message – she wants everyone to know how caregivers can help girls to reach their full potential by giving them an opportunity to shine. The Little Girl Giant Puppet is a collective creation of MJF Charitable Foundation,


The sweet and sour real life romance of reel actors Savitri and Gemini

Views - 2647 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:20

The recent release and box-office success of the Telugu biographical movie ‘Mahanati’ (Great Actress) has created a great deal of interest in the famous South Indian actress Savitri. The bio-pic simultaneously released in Tamil as ‘Nadigaiyar


Greenery, white sand and blue water

Views - 19 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

It was not the best day to visit one of Australia’s internationally-famous beaches. We didn’t expect to have so much rain. But luckily for us the rains came in fits and starts, so we could have a good look at the whit


The Guru Gedara Festival from 30 August to 2 September

Views - 20 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

The first immersive traditional arts experience presented by the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation with Cinnamon Life in association with John Keells Foundation


Magic and mayhem thrills Colombo

Views - 14 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:01

It was a magical night on 7 July at the Lionel Wendt, with a dash of mayhem and theatrical fire (in this case, quite literally). Jehan Aloysius and his troupe, CentreStage Productions staged one of their most magical and belo


‘ Executive Demon and Other Works’ by Chandraguptha Thenuwara

Views - 14 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:01

‘Executive Demon and Other Works,’ an exhibition by Chandraguptha Thenuwara, is being held at Saskia Fernando


Super-rich bird life

Views - 33 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:01

Sri Lanka’s wildlife tourism potential is not news to anyone. With large mammals, both land-based and in the oceans, observable from coast to coast, not to mention the off-coast shipwreck diving ex


The Chef’s Table at Kaema Sutra: Shining star of Sri Lankan cuisine

Views - 117 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

The Sri Lankan cuisine restaurant Kaema Sutra at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, serves up sensational food coupled with superb views of the sunset, making it the perfect place to unwind in the evenings. Founded by celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa and int


Colombo Design Market this Sunday !

Views - 78 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Colombo Design Market is back this Sunday, 22 July, from 10 a.m. to 8 p..m at Women’s International Club to bring you the platform that has been nurturing homegrown creativity and supporting Sri Lanka’s emerging independent designers and brands s


Home comforts greet ‘Wild Boars’ captain after Thai cave rescue

Views - 19 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Mae Sai, Thailand (Reuters): Happiness is a birthday cake, a meal of pork-knuckle rice, a warm bed and a trip to buy a new mobile telephone. Those were some of the treats enjoyed by Duangpetch Prom


Buddhist monks attend a religious ceremony

Views - 11 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10


A day with Daco, discovering art and abstract animals

Views - 67 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Daco is a French urban artist whose geometry-inspired graffiti has been featured around the world from the subways of Paris to the streets of Valparaiso and Taipei. A graduate of Fine Arts at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Daco’s visual ident


The miracle escape

Views - 11 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

What a tense fortnight it was! Though the incident happened in the remote highlands in Thailand, it became headline news in all media in most countries in the world, if not all. People everywhere were so anxious to know the fate of 12 boys and their


Hooyah! How Thai cave rescue divers found a common language

Views - 29 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

Technical terms, battle cries and a multicultural 14-year-old came to the rescue of the international Tham Luang cave effort


Today's Columnists

Identifying traitors: I cannot wait until Dr. Padeniya presents his point scheme

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Cause for excitement I am excited! A way of identifying and measuring a traitor is soon to be unveiled; by no less than the President of the GMOA! Hasn’t he also qualified in some department of neurology? All the more reason to justify my excitemen


The evils of translocating wild elephants

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

The subject of translocating wild elephants has been a much-debated topic recently, after the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC), acting on the orders of the Minster for Wildlife, wanted to move the only two wild elephants habituating the Sin


Climate scientists cheating us to a $ 12 b/year economic loss in 2050

Monday, 20 August 2018

Local news media carried the disturbing pronouncement by World Bank economists to the effect that Sri Lanka will become an extremely hot territory with 30C temperature rise and $ 12 billion per year economic loss by 2050.


Singapore miracle – How SL could benefit from trade with Singapore

Monday, 20 August 2018

According to a media report released by President’s Media Division, a committee of experts has been appointed by the President to examine and report on ‘the practical impact and use of the proposed officer policy guidelines and recommendations on


Columnists More