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Thirusha, a whimsical artist extraordinaire

Views - 91 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:02

Thirusha Abeyewardene’s art is quick to catch the eye and hold one’s attention. Beautifully executed in her inimitable style, her creations feature a heavy emphasis on fantasy and the environment. A parent, a poet and a painter, Thirusha is deepl


Red goes live at CCC for Christmas

Views - 55 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Fans of Red FM can now come and meet their favourite radio personalities at its new Christmas booth set up at Colombo City Centre (CCC) for the season from 7 a.m. till 10 p.m. everyday.


Painting the splendour of South Asia

Views - 56 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Sri Lanka had the pleasure of hosting the 8th SAARC Artists Camp and Exhibition of Paintings from 4-6 December. Organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre, participation was very encouraging this year, with official nominations for


Trading rubber for over 100 years

Views - 18 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

I cannot recall when we first leant that tea, rubber and coconut, in that order, were the main exports from Sri Lanka. Repeatedly we learnt in class about these products earning foreign exchange for the country. In recent years the picture has change


BAWA Staircases

Views - 50 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Geoffrey Bawa, the writer/photographer duo David Robson and Sebastian Posingis introduce us to a hitherto unexplored or un-described aspect of Bawa’s architecture. Before flipping t


‘Believe in yourself – you can change the world’

Views - 16 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

Inspiring, absorbing, entertaining – that’s how I like to sum up ‘An Evening with Malala Yousafzani,’ the Pakistani girl who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban at the age of 15 in October 2012. She was shot by the Taliban while


Padma De Alwis, a remembrance and appreciation

Views - 16 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

My mother Padma De Alwis (1932-2018) was a liberated woman. She was one of the early lady drivers in the island in the late ’50s and the early ’60s. She loved driving her Peugeot 203 fast down High Level Road and Galle Road. Once she drove from C


Latest ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka’ to be launched on 20 Dec.

Views - 15 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

A new book ‘Field Guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka’ authored by the island’s renowned Lepidopterist duo, George Michael and Nancy van der Poorten, will be launched on 20 December (Thursday), 6 p.m. at the Met Department Auditorium, Bauddha


‘Sub-Marine’ exhibition by Chudamani Clowes at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 8 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

‘Sub-Marine,’ an exhibition by Chudamani Clowes opens to the public today 15 December and will remain open daily until 4 January 2019 at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. London-based Sri Lankan-born


Promoting peace and reconciliation

Views - 24 Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan Government and other humanitarian organisations have been actively and diligently working towards peace and reconciliation post the deadly war that has been tormenting the nation for three decades. Efforts taken in the form of educatin


Godfather of Sri Lankan Fashion

Views - 64 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

The father of Sri Lanka’s fashion revival, founder of Colombo Fashion Week and champion of responsible and sustainable fashion, Ajai Vir Singh is a man on a mission. Yet another mission, actually – given everything he’s accomplished so far! Fif


Brunch for the whole family at Waters Edge

Views - 39 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:10

Waters Edge has long been one of the more scenic dining venues around, with its alfresco seating arrangements overlooking its grand lawn, which itself is perched on the edge of the lake, all the while keeping away the noise of the busy streets – it


Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo welcomes world-renowned Gregory Burns as artist-in-residence

Views - 24 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo welcomed Gregory Burns as the hotel’s first artist-in-residence. During his residence, the renowned American artist will experience Sri Lanka amidst the luxurious services and facilities of the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo an


A rare individual

Views - 14 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

I was so sad to hear about the death of Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria who I came to know only for a brief period. How rewarding it was! Though I met him when he was functioning as the Insurance Ombudsman, his last official assignment, I had always admired


Guiding ships safely

Views - 18 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

If one is to ask what the most significant landmark in Colombo Fort dating back to over a century, many would unhesitatingly say it’s the Clock Tower. True, skyscrapers have come up in recent years but they were unknown in the early British era dat


All The Lives We Never Lived – a novel

Views - 55 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Seemingly without warning, and while he is still nine years old, Myshkin is abandoned by his mother. In Muntazir, which is as far as the railway tracks go, he is henceforth known as the boy whose mother ran off with an Englishman. Shortly afterwards,


Softlogic Life inspires ‘Mannar Unbound’

Views - 30 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

As Sri Lanka’s number one health insurance company, Softlogic Life encourages Sri Lankans to enhance their quality of life by following their passions. The company has embraced creativity and disruptive innovation over the last few years, to elevat


‘A Celebration of Carols’ on 14 Dec.

Views - 44 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Featuring Elizabeth Moir School Senior and Junior Choirs and Orchestra and choirs of Royal College and Trinity College Kandy


Shangri-La Hotel introduces Bebop & the Barking Crickets

Views - 36 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo welcomed a magical festive season with a curated selection of celebrations beginning with a compilation of the best musicians from across continents to make this New Year’s Eve an unforgettable experience. The Bebop and th


The Passionate Photographer

Views - 147 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:10

Award-winning photographer Ravindra Ranasinghe is a man with an unbridled passion for photography, a passion that has won him many awards. His journey in photography has resulted in images that draw the eye, the heart and stay in the memory. He loves


Yet another ‘first’ in musical experiences

Views - 23 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

To see Sihashakthi back in action after several years is indeed most welcoming. They provide music for the latest innovative music program ‘Leya Saha Laya’ broadcast over DeranaTV. To kick off the new program, the one-time extremely popular musi


‘The Snowball Effect’ to premier in Dodanduwa

Views - 71 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

‘The Snowball Effect’ is a remarkable international production that brings together theatre, music and visual art to explore the making of communities and borders. Produced by UZ Arts and funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the


Sri Lankans a great asset

Views - 26 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan community in Australia was highly commended by a top level Government official recently for their contribution in varying fields towards the development of the country. “Sri Lanka has a tremendously diverse community in Australia and


‘Loti & The Moon’ exhibition by Kasun Manoj at Art Space

Views - 18 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

An exhibition of 10 new paper works by Kasun Manoj, a young emerging artist who completed his education in Visual Arts at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo, titled ‘Loti & The Moon’ is on from 30 November to 6 December at Ar


Suresh launches ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem’

Views - 111 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

Frontman, vocalist and lyricist of Stigmata and compulsive creative writer Suresh De Silva launched his second book, ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem,’ recently at the Barefoot


Tiras at Selyn ‘Shop Local’ pop up sale today

Views - 22 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

Tiras is participating in the Christmas ‘Shop Local’ pop up sale being held today, 1 December, at Selyn on Fife Road. The official organiser Selyn will ride on a unique theme and concept of ‘Love Local, Live Local and Shop Local’. In keeping


Kitch& at Selyn ‘Shop Local’ pop up sale today

Views - 27 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

This year, allow Kitch& to bring flair, finesse and huge flavour to your Christmas feast with its amazing range of sweet and savoury edible Christmas gifts! Famed for its cult favourite Bacon Jam, Kitch& will be bringing Stout Mustard, Pineapple Sauc


The Cafe Shazé experience 

Views - 160 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

Horton Place is fast becoming a hub for all your culinary needs, and Cafe Shazé (pronounced shah-zi) is the latest establishment to enter this tasty equation. Having relocated from its origin


Using science to sleuth out wildlife crime

Views - 52 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka as a wildlife destination has for quite some time now been somewhat of a hidden gem; those who know ‘know’, but for the most part it has stayed clear of true global awareness. This however is unlikely to b


Mews ‘Executive Lunch’ offers unmatched value

Views - 106 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:10

The Park Street Mews ‘Executive Lunch,’ serving up three courses at a more-than-reasonable Rs. 1,200 nett, has long been one of the best value-for-money lunch deals in Colombo. But the general catch with such deals i


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Fruits, flowers and futile triumphalism at Galle Face?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Every morning, I play voyeur and watch that nice neighbourhood uncle pluck flowers to pooja-fy his guardian deities. He is quite religious about it. And industrious to boot. The problem, of course, is that he doesn’t restrict himself to his garden.


Will Kyaukpyu overtake Gwadar and Hambantota?

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

China last month signed a $1.3 billion contract for Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu port project. The figures doing rounds in media in the run up to this port deal were as high as $7.9 billion which had ignited enormous curiosities. The Chinese had been negoti


Things to do in a Democracy when you’re dead…

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In yesterday’s column, I argued a case for not impeaching the chief executive of the coup that has left our country situation in ruins. At the end of a pitched battle between the forces of unconstitutional ambition on one hand and democratic resist


Tweaking the New Inland Revenue Act (Part II)

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

In the backdrop where the recent amendment to the country’s supreme law is called in question, it may be appropriate to recall that the passage of the new Inland Revenue (IR) Act through Parliament was far more controversial. Nevertheless, the new


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