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Still going strong!

Views - 63 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:44

The ‘grand old lady’ Irangani has just reached 92. Still quite active and lively some artistes were seen celebrating the event at her home. Kumar de Silva should be congratulated for taking the initiative in writing her biography which I review


Dawn of Buddhism

Views - 6 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:38

Next to Vesak Poya which commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Gotama the Buddha, Poson Poya, the full moon Poya in the month of June, is the most significant Poya day for the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. As every Buddhist knows, the Po


‘A Love Story’ by Yuwantha Yasas Silva

Views - 9 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:34

An exhibition titled ‘A Love Story’ by Yuwantha Yasas Silva is on at Paradise Road Galleries, The Gallery Café, from 6 June to 27 June – Pix by Ruwan Walpola


Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke wins Gratiaen Prize 2018

Views - 10 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:27

‘The One Who Loves You So,’ a play by Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke, won the Gratiaen Prize 2018, for the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan writer living in Sri Lanka. The H.A.I. Goonetileke Prize for Translation, which was a


‘Axis Mundi’ on 2-4 November

Views - 5 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:24

‘Axis Mundi’ is artist Nihal Senarathna’s debut solo art exhibition to be held on 2 to 4 November at the JDA Perera Gallery. Through this exhibition he will be realising a long-held dream of presenting his labour of love to the public. With an


MILK RICE 2 – Stories for Children

Views - 5 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:21

Although MILK RICE 1 was geared to children between the ages of 6 to 10, Ameena received feedback from numerous children and their parents that the reading level was too high – a comment she found surprising, but one she took on board when sending


Making tea, Orwell style

Views - 13 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:19

George Orwell has been in the news this week as one of his best-known novels, ‘1984,’ turned 70 on 8 June. His prophecies of a dark political order descending on human kind, with 24/7 surveillance of citizens, restriction on individual freedom, e


From news to features

Views - 6 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:15

When handling features for a newspaper, the features editor and the staff have to be very much on the alert of what’s going on. News stories have to be closely followed and features related to interesting happenings should be planned to follow up n


Keeping the faith

Views - 21 Saturday, 15 June 2019 03:06

The newly-painted white walls at the St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade shine bright. The newly-installed church pews bear no marks of the devastation of less than eight weeks ago when a suicide bomber struck inside the much-revered place of worship


On a Press Union Fellowship

Views - 20 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:10

In the 1950s and ’60s Lake House had an office in London. Situated next to the BBC, it was manned by senior journalists at editor level with a few journalists in the English newspapers to support in collecting news. They were rotated from time to t


Freshly ground coffee at Colombo Coffee Company

Views - 18 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:01

Sri Lanka’s trusted total coffee solutions provider, the Colombo Coffee Company (CCC), recently introduced its latest service of grinding fresh coffee beans purchased at its Colombo 7 outlet. CCC, which stacks a variety of locally grown and importe


‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ released in Sri Lanka

Views - 23 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Universal Pictures and Illumination’s ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is back with the second part of the film. After winning hearts of millions around the world, the makers of the film bring to you ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’, the highly-anticip


Motorcycling adventures in Sri Lanka

Views - 92 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

For many of us, there is nothing quite so enjoyable as being on an open road. At every chance I get, I pack my pick-up truck and head out of town with Ameena. Despite our country’s present troubles and the multitude of other troubles we have been


Dutch Govt. in talks to return looted artefacts

Views - 157 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

By Chandani Kirinde Sri Lanka could benefit from a project undertaken by the Dutch Government to look into the possibility of returning some ancient artefacts that were looted and taken away when the coastal areas of the country were under Dutch rul


All about the maestro

Views - 11 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Much has been written about Pandith Amaradeva (1927-2016) in newspapers, weeklies and journals over the years. His is a captivating story of a boy from Koralawella, Moratuwa, fond of the sea becoming an internationally-renowned musician/singer.


June’s 8 best movies

Views - 10 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Esquire.com: June has a strange slate of movies coming out. If you look at the description on paper, there are really only about two-and-a-half original ideas below. Everything else is a reboot or remake of something that’s come before it. But the


Free tickets for children to watch ‘Suba Theraniyo’ movie

Views - 22 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Children under the age of 12 have been offered an opportunity to watch the Sinhala movie ‘Suba Theraniyo’ for free when they come to the theaters with their parents or guardians. This offer is available from 7 to 14 June at theatres which are scr


It’s a ‘rap’ with Dush and Malin

Views - 69 Saturday, 8 June 2019 00:00

Dush and Malin are two young English rap artists who are new to the rap music scene in Sri Lanka. Young and talented, they have surprised everyone and have challenged the norms to pursue their passions. They were friends from school who had a simila


‘A Treasure Trove’ by Laki Senanayake at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 31 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

An exhibition titled ‘A Treasure Trove’ by Laki Senanayake, featuring an exclusive preview of selected drawings and paintings from Laki’s extensive body of work, is on at Barefoot Gallery from 30 May to 16 June – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara


From Sinhala to English

Views - 24 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

The Government set up in 1960 July with Sirimavo Bandaranaike as Prime Minister continued the nationalisation policy and the media had an exciting time. A significant change was the nationalisation of the American and British owned oil companies and


Nita’s most challenging yet triumphant role

Views - 48 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:10

Acclaimed actress Nita Fernando is no stranger to winning recognition for her work, but her latest accomplishment, bagging the Best Actress award in the Foreign Film category at the Nice International Film Festival in France for ‘Paangshu’ (Earth


‘Sparkle’ showcases Anouki at The Kingsbury

Views - 35 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

The Kingsbury hosted ‘Sparkle,’ its High Tea Fashion Show, on Wednesday 29 May, showcasing an extravagant selection of culinary delights and a splendid collection of fashion at The Gourmet Station. The Designer for May was Anouki Cooke, featuring


Taron Egerton’s singing in the Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’ is spectacular

Views - 13 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

Esquire.com: Whenever an actor steps into a music-heavy role, it’s always a toss-up as to whether the performer will take a risk and use their own voice or use backing vocals to be added in later. The latest performer in the musical crosshairs is T


H.A.I.G. Goonetileke Prize for Translation 2018 on 9 June

Views - 16 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

The H.A.I.G. Goonetileke Prize for Translation, awarded by the Gratiaen Trust, will be announced at an event held on 9 June, Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lotus Room, BMICH, Colombo. The awarding of the H.A.I.G. Goonetileke Prize for Translation will take


Featuring the ‘Daha-ata-sanniya’

Views - 39 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

Folk rituals have been practised in different areas of Sri Lanka from ancient times. Over time they have taken different forms and numerous types of ceremonies and rituals continue to be held. These traditions take different forms in different parts


Zooxanthellae: Rotaractors revive life beneath the waves

Views - 195 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

The ocean beds surrounding our little island nation are filled with treasure. This treasure is not made of jewels, pearls, gold or silver; but of something far more valuable: Corals. However, these treasures are being destroyed due to the careless a


‘Godzilla – King of the Monsters’ at CCC and Liberty

Views - 51 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

‘Godzilla – King of the Monsters’ is showing from yesterday at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ is a 2019 American monster film directed and co-written by Michael Dougherty. A sequel


Savoy premieres ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Views - 19 Saturday, 1 June 2019 00:00

Savoy Cinemas, a Ben Holdings Company, commenced the premiere of the much-anticipated Marvel’s thriller, ‘Avengers: Endgame’, on 26 April at their premier 3D cinema, Savoy Wellawatte. This premiere coincides with the global launch of the movie.


Evening of Remembrance at Dutch

Views - 35 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:20

An Evening of Remembrance was held on 21 May from 6 p.m. at Old Dutch Hospital to mark the one month anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks, with the merchants together with the regular musicians of the Dutch Hospital standing in solidarity with fe


The Ohana Project: Bridging the gaps in mental healthcare

Views - 345 Saturday, 25 May 2019 00:00

Awareness and availability of mental health support is unevenly distributed in the country, with some having access while others suffer alone, unaware that help is available. Support in mental healthcare has always been important, but more so now, fo


Today's Columnists

Is Sri Lanka under the dominance of a powerful cabal?

Saturday, 15 June 2019

There is a saying that “A fish rots from the head”. That is the expression used when a country’s leadership is seen as responsible for violence and unethical behaviour of its supporters and the citizens in general - agitating the majority commu


Behind the scenes

Saturday, 15 June 2019

We see and hear many things happening on the stage. Some we only hear about and do not see. More things are happening without being seen clearly. An observation with extensive view and survey will be the only means of bringing to light the true natur


My way or the Huawei: global battle for 5G dominance and its impact on Sri Lanka

Friday, 14 June 2019

The ongoing battle between the US and the Chinese tech giant Huawei is escalating due to both parties’ eagerness to dominate 5G technology, the next major global technological revolution. It will define the future of the World Wide Web, creating a


Plunder of public property by rulers

Friday, 14 June 2019

While the failure to build the modern nation has been the prime factor that had caused the wretchedness of Sri Lanka, plundering of public property by rulers when they are under their custody can be considered the next vital factor that had exacerbat


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