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‘Bad Boys for Life’ and ‘Dolittle’ at Scope

Views - 45 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:05

‘Bad Boys for Life’ is now showing at Scope Cinemas – Colombo City Centre and Liberty Cinema. The film is import


Dr. Harischandra Wijayatunga: A multifaceted literary genius

Views - 15 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:05

“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance”


More from ‘In search of Ceylon’ ‘The coils of Lanka’s sea’

Views - 13 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:04

“Violets and forget-me-nots grow in our morning seas. In the evening seas, roses. Not every ship that sailed to Ceylon came to gather forget-me-nots and roses. “Four-and-half centuries ago Lorenzo de Almeida, a Portuguese pirate, cut through the


The Gratiaen Trust holds a Masterclass with internationally-acclaimed actor Fiona Shaw

Views - 9 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:04

The Gratiaen Trust in partnership with the John Keells Foundation which sponsored logistical expenses, and the British Council which provided the venue, held a masterclass recently for playwrights who have won, been shortlisted or judged the Gratiaen


‘Stay, Daughter’ – A memoir of Muslim girlhood by Yasmin Azad launched

Views - 94 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:02

‘Stay, Daughter’ – A memoir of Muslim girlhood by Yasmin Azad and published by Perera-Hussein Publishing House was launched recently. An utterly gripping and ‘unputdownable’ book, this is an absolute must-read in 2020. The well-attended boo


‘Ajna – Awakening of the Third Eye’ by Druvinka at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 18 Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:02

An exhibition titled ‘Ajna – Awakening of the Third Eye’ by Druvinka is being held at the Barefoot Gallery from 9 to 26 January – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara


From local productions to Hollywood blockbusters: The best Lankan musician you’ve never heard of!

Views - 1731 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:21

When you think of musicians, the mind immediately wanders to a template. Pop Star, Rock Star; shades perennially rested over their eyes, fedoras on their heads, torn jeans that cost more than pairs fully intact, the whirring of camera clicks blurring


Bush fires create havoc

Views - 18 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:04

The unpredicted bush fires had killed at least 19 people, destroyed at least 1,400 homes and prompted emergency declarations in two Australian states by Friday. In addition, almost 30 people are unaccounted for in Victoria. Thousands of tourists were


Aravinda’s attempt to revive classical arts

Views - 24 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:04

Theatre in Sri Lanka has come a long way from performances in small villages and folk dramas to include modern adaptations of classics, stand-up comedy, and musicals. Due to this variety of


Recollecting a music icon, legend R.A. Chandrasena

Views - 15 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:02

“There is no lasting spot for exploits and fame or you may quote Mark Anthony’s phrase, “The good that one does is often interred.” The veritable truth of this statem


Across the country

Views - 14 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:02

Glancing through ‘In Search of Ceylon’ (1964) by Father Marcelline Jayekody O.M.I., looking for the lyrics of the song ‘Namo Mariyani’ thinking they were written by him, I found myself virtually being taken through the


Lyceum International School Gampaha Christmas Carols

Views - 67 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:02

Christmas Carols at Lyceum International School Gampaha was held at the Zeus Hall recently – Pix by Indraratne Balasuriya


Read these books before they become movie adaptations

Views - 12 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:02

Esquire.com: It’s an age-old argument and a great ice-breaker question for any first date: Book or movie? This is the question that can inform what a person really appreciates about a story. Do they like the pure elements that were developed from a


Epic musical ‘Cats’ in Sri Lankan cinemas

Views - 15 Saturday, 4 January 2020 00:01

The epic musical ‘Cats’ is being screened in five Sri Lankan cinemas – Liberty by Scope Cinemas; Colombo City Centre; Majestic Cinemas; Empire Cinema and PVR Cinemas. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘Les Misérab


From football without a limb to fitting limbs for a living

Views - 182 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:30

It takes a special kind of strength to play football when you’re playing without half a leg – and that’s the stuff Bikash Tamang is made of. He refuses to back down when faced with challenges, no matter


Top health and fitness trends for 2020

Views - 36 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:10

Askmen.com: There’s no denying the past decade has seen major changes in the health and fitness world. From fitness trackers and meditation apps to meat-free meat and coconut oil on everything, it’s safe to say the 2010s were a wild time for mode


The best Christmas songs of all time

Views - 12 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:07

Welcome to the time of year where every public space suddenly transforms into a celebration of the holiday spirit. For some, this might be the best month of all—when radio stations, hotel lobbies, department stores, elevators dentist offices, veter


A guide on what to watch this weekend

Views - 15 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:05

Askmen.com: Sick of spending your weekend scrolling through all of your many streaming services only to give up before finding something good to watch? It kind of reminds us of the olden days of cable TV… Hundreds upon hundreds of channels, but not


Sri Lankan crab curry spreads hope and flavour

Views - 63 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:05

Nikkei Asian Review: When I asked my Sri Lankan friend Mathan where we could go to eat the popular local dish Jaffna crab curry, he suggested Wellawatte, a neighbourhood to the south of Colombo.


The glory of Christmas

Views - 13 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:05

‘Christmas marks an important moment for humanity, and the celebrations surrounding the Christmas Day commemorate the great sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for humanity. Jesus was born in a barn, surrounded by farm animals and shepherds, because th


Veteran photographer Chandrasena Perera awarded ‘Kalabooshana’ Lifetime Achievement Award

Views - 25 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:04

Veteran photographer Chandrasena Perera was awarded the ‘Kalabooshana’


The true story behind ‘Little Women’ that’s captivated audiences for generations

Views - 16 Saturday, 28 December 2019 00:04

Esquire.com: Greta Gerwig’s star-studded adaptation of literary classic Little Women dazzles on the silver screen this Christmas. The film features a delightfully fussy Meryl Streep as Aunt March and not one, but two marriage proposal scenes from r


Urban Colour Junkie wows with unique tie-dye designs

Views - 231 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:30

Creativity can be channelled through various forms, whether it is art, music, or dance, and many get creative with crafts like crochet, knitting, jewellery-making, or origami.


SAARC Cultural Centre in Colombo celebrates 35th SAARC Charter Day

Views - 116 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:25

As an organisation in one of the fastest-growing economic regions of the world, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) embodies the collective desire of the people and governments of South Asia....


‘The Rite of Spring’

Views - 21 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:20

‘The Rite of Spring,’ an Oriental ballet choreographed by Ravibandu Vidyapathy, was performed at Panibharatha Theater, University of the Visual and Performing Arts recently


Priyantha Weerasooriya’s ‘Vasa Varna’ at Paradise Road Galleries

Views - 123 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:16

An exhibition by Priyantha Weerasooriya titled ‘Vasa Varna’ (Living Colours) is being held at Paradise Road Galleries, until 8 January 2020


Exhibition of art works by contemporary Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan artists

Views - 21 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:15

An exhibition of art works by contemporary Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan artists was held at Harold Peiris Gallery from 16 to 20 December with the participation of High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Sri Lanka Riaz Hamidullah.....


Then and now

Views - 17 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:10

The news that 64,000 undergraduates are to be given jobs must have brought a relief to so many waiting for employment. In the ‘good old days’, university students were guaranteed employment no sooner they were out of the university.


Christmas mood dampened

Views - 14 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:03

With Christmas round the corner it’s a hive of activity all round. The heavily decorated shopping malls are full of shoppers. Homes have begun to put up colourful lighting and the kids are counting the days for the arrival of Santa Claus.


Every Star Wars movie, ranked from worst to best

Views - 40 Saturday, 21 December 2019 00:02

To be a Star Wars fan is to be in eternal conflict. That is to say, Star Wars fans are always mad for some reason or another—whether it’s about independent contractors used to build the second Death Star....


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Research and Development: Is it essential for Sri Lanka?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Not long ago, on the day of our 71st Independence Day celebrations, the Army for the first time in our history paraded a locally built Multi-Barrel rocket launcher. It was never revealed that the Sri Lanka Army had an R&D wing named Center for Resear


Our heritage is Kandyan law; not Roman Dutch law as Rathana Thero thinks

Thursday, 23 January 2020

There were four bills presented by private members to the Parliament on 8 January (one bill is to be presented) which were already advertised in the gazette. They were to repeal the Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No. 44 of 1952; to repeal the Musli


Sri Lanka at tipping point ?

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Let’s accept it, Sri Lanka is in trouble with the economy growing at +2.6%, exports declining for the fifth month in a row to register a marginal +1% growth, tourism declining by -20% and S&P credit rating at B with Negative Outlook, which sure ind


The importance of business incubators for emergence of new businesses

Thursday, 23 January 2020

The new Government is poised to enter an arena in the development of entrepreneurship in the country which most of the developed countries have succeeded at the initial stages as well as in continuous efforts. The appointment of the new chairman and


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