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We are flowers, trying to bloom and smile

Views - 200 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:10

Luckey Deva is a musician whose songs and dramas have inspired positive change. His popularity and recognition as an artist date back to his days as a vocalist with the Golden Chimes in the 80s. He created his latest song for children with Down syndr


‘International Photography Competition Outstanding Works Exhibition’ now on

Views - 19 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:05

The China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the China Artistic Photography Society, Photographic Society, the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka and the Beijing Ceylon Cultural Development Co., Ltd. is holding a special photography ex


Midnight drama

Views - 19 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:05

Dahanayake’s short stint as prime minister turned out to be exciting and eventful, proving ‘good copy,’ as we say in journalist jargon. He continued with the same Cabinet ministers in the first few weeks when most ministers began to indicate t


Bharatnatyam presentation

Views - 10 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:02

Renowned Bharatnatyam exponents Pavitra Krishna Bhatt and Aparna Shastry Bhatt from India performed at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre recently. Pavitra Krishna Bhatt started his initial dance learning at Kalanjali under Ku


‘Pet Sematary’ in five Lankan cinemas now

Views - 27 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:02

American supernatural horror film ‘Pet Sematary’ is now showing in five Sri Lankan cinemas. The cinemas are Colombo City Center, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, MC Cinemas, Empire and Milano. The movie is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by


The woman with a long name

Views - 15 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:02

State elections in Australia are eagerly contested as much as the Federal elections. This was seen at last Saturday’s New South Wales (NSW) State election. The election was held to elect members for the 93 seats in the NSW Legislative Assembly, the


Milk Rice 1 – Stories for Children

Views - 18 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:02

Mobile phones and other such devices have become so prevalent in our society that they have steadily percolated down to children of school-going age. In many social settings it is rare to see a child without a device or one who is not intent on gamin


Film review: ‘The Wind Beneath Us’

Views - 19 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:01

I would say that very few experiences inspired me more than the recently premiered Sinhala movie, written and directed by one of the youngest film directors, Nuwan Jayatilake – especially the selection of the cast and shooting locations. Many grea


Nelun Harasgama’s ‘walking on water’ at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 23 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:00

An exhibition of sarees and paintings by Nelun Harasgama titled ‘walking on water’ is on at the Barefoot Gallery from 21 March to 15 April


M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Views - 5337 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:55

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


The Chef’s Table at The Ocean: A sensational seafood spread!

Views - 56 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:10

The Ocean is a serene and spacious restaurant located at The Kingsbury, serving up some sensational seafood paired with fine wines and exciting cocktails. From Japanese and Thai to Sri Lankan, it serves up varied cuisines, ensuring that every diner i


Longlist: Gratiaen Prize 2018

Views - 31 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:10

The Gratiaen Trust is pleased to announce a long list for the Gratiaen Prize 2018. The short list will be announced on Monday 8 April at 6 p.m. at the British Council Library, Colombo. All are invited to attend this event at which a moderated discus


Whisky-ing the night away at Shangri-La

Views - 45 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Ever been to a friend’s house where they offered you one of their favourite whiskies, only for you to completely blag your way through, all the while hoping your friend doesn’t notice your lack of knowledge? Or worse yet, ask him for a


Tripitaka as a World Heritage

Views - 43 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

As the ‘Tripitabhivandana Week’ to mark the commencement of the process of declaring the Tripitaka – the essence of Theravada Buddhism – ends, the ceremony to formally announce the proposal made to UNESCO to declare the Tripitaka as a World H


A quiet performer

Views - 14 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

It’s encouraging to see that most – if not all – sons and daughters of our well-known musicians are following the footsteps of their parents. It’s equally heartening to see that the TV Derana music program ‘Leya Saha Laya’ features these


‘Dumbo’ in Colombo

Views - 30 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

‘Dumbo’ will be showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema from 29 March. ‘Dumbo’ is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger. It is inspired by Walt Dis


Meeting the new Prime Minister

Views - 22 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Sunday 27 September 1959. For those in the news desk it was going to be a busier day than other Sundays when we took it rather easy. (Sunday was a working day for those in the morning daily papers.) The Sunday papers carried the news of the Prime Min


The 2018 Gratiaen Prize Long List

Views - 32 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Seneka Abeyratne – The Beast and Other Stories Elmo Jayawardena – Kakiyan: The Story of a Crow Chamali Kariyawasam – Catharsis Shehan Karunatilaka – Chats with the Dead Upali Mahaliyana – Youthful Escapades Ayathurai Santhan – Every Journ


PULLÉ and KK spark fires with ‘Burnt’

Views - 139 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Making it big in the music industry in any part of the world is no walk in the park. If anything, stories behind the success of possibly every singer, artiste and musician who has managed to make a name for themselves in the industry teach us that it


CentreStage begins 2019 with a Storm!

Views - 33 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Hot on the heels of his film noir classic, ‘Stormy Weather,’ which earned standing ovations in India at Asia’s Largest International Theatre Festival, Jehan Aloysius is back at work on his latest project. The cast and crew of ‘Stormy Weather,


Youngsters perform in ‘Rhythm of Life’

Views - 127 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:02

Art lovers in Perth are eagerly looking forward to meet the three smart youngsters in the picture. They are equally talented and have already proved their capabilities in both acting and singing. Raveen Kanishka (Anuhas) and Shanudri Priyasad (Samal


A remarkable loyalty in the artistry of Ivor Denis

Views - 39 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:02

By Dr. Tony Donaldson Three giants of the Sri Lankan arts world passed away last year. The visual artist Neville Weereratne died in Melbourne on 3 January, aged 86; the filmmaker Lester James Peries died in Colombo on 29 April, aged 99; and the singe


UZ Arts’ ‘Moving Out 2019’ on 23 March

Views - 39 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:01

On 23 March, UZ Arts is presenting the work of nine artists from the UK who were resident at the Sura Medura Centre in Dodanduwa for six weeks. The work is inspired by the people and culture of Sri Lanka and includes performance, music, visual arts


GFH hosts ‘Night at the Opera’

Views - 21 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:01

Galle Face Hotel hosted ‘Night at the Opera,’ a night filled with opera and Pimm’s on 13 March from 7 p.m. onwards at the Grand Ballroom,  featuring international guest stars Carlos Conde Gonzalez and Maestro Peter Crockford presented by Barb


An unexpected happening

Views - 24 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

After the coalition members left the government, the ‘Ape Aanduwa’ – as the common people preferred to call the Bandaranaike regime – the ministers were all from the SLFP. The Minister of Lands and Land Development, C P de Silva was Leader of


Scrap metal metamorphosis

Views - 243 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

Metal sculpting, once considered as a field dominated by male artists, is a form of artistry unlike any other. Salome Nanayakkara, a stay-at-home mom with a little daughter, is challenging those odds and pursuing her passions to create uncommon beaut


TALES OF AN ENCHANTED BOYHOOD – a memoir

Views - 26 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

Following the hilarious ‘Remembered Vignettes’ which detailed his medical school years and ‘Cry of the Devil Bird’ which chronicled the life of an itinerant surgeon, ‘Tales of an Enchanted Boyhood’ is Dr. Veerasingam’s third memoir. In


Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo introduces charming duo URB at Sapphyr Lounge

Views - 99 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

Presenting Sarita Carreon on vocals and Marlou Cabusus on the keys, URB is made up of a talented duo with harmonious voices and irresistible charm. Having worked together for over 15 years URB have captivated audiences around the world and now perfor


Government cracks

Views - 38 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

In my news rounds I covered the Ministry of Industries and Fisheries. Minister P.H. William de Silva always welcomed me with a smile and discussed plans to open State corporations to handle vital industries. He was one of the two ministers from the V


Hilton goes tomatoes

Views - 34 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Why are you pronouncing it like that? Stop throwing it at me! That’s right, from its eponymous use in ketchup to starring in its own cocktail to being the central form of artillery in an annual Spanish festival, th


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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre


Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh


The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth


No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


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