FT Lite

Chity, Sri Lanka’s icon of music activism

Views - 5 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Popular rock musician and firebrand Chitral “Chity” Somapala slammed the local music scene in an interview with Weekend FT, asserting that Sri Lanka does not have a music industry. Pointing out that most musicians present crude and vulgar lyrics

‘Unseen’ by Preethi Hapuwatte at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 4 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

An exhibition of paintings titled ‘Unseen’ by Preethi Hapuwatte is on at the Barefoot Gallery Colombo from 12 February to 4 March. The exhibition can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays

Abrupt end of the pact

Views - 5 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Prime Minister Bandaranaike met pressmen once a week in the morning at his residence in Rosmead Place. (He did not occupy Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister, using it only for official functions.) ‘Kiribath’ was served and

The Leaf provides a fresh and tasty lamprais

Views - 75 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Lamprais is a favourite among Sri Lankans and a fresh version of it is served up by Shakila Perera Samaraweera, with delectable options of chicken, mixed meat and even vegetarian to choose from. Shakila, who has had training as

Citro Craft Exhibition this weekend

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Students of Poorna Kalaratne will hold her seventh exhibition of embroidery and quelling at the J. D. A. Perera Gallery, No. 46, Horton Place, Colombo 07 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 16 and 17 February.

‘Alita Battle Angel’ at CCC – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

‘Alita Battle Angel’ is now showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is a 2019 American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm, also known as Battle Angel Alita. Produce

Warning note for the Aus Government?

Views - 1 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

It was rather an ominous start for the Liberal Party Government in Australia when it lost the vote on a bill in the House of Representatives earlier this week. The opposition Labour Party and a group of independent MPs voted for a bill moved by an in

The Big Girl

Views - 2 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

When this book of short stories written by Alagu Subramaniam was first published in 1964, Ceylon had been independent of the British for about 16 years. Then as now, the effect of colonialism was a topic of open discussion.

A Rare Valentine’s treat

Views - 25 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

If you’re familiar with Colombo’s fine dining space, then you’re likely already aware of the calibre of fare offered by Rare at Residences by Uga. However this past Valentine’s Day the ‘Rare Valentine’s’ food and beverage pairing surpas

The Days We Screamed

Views - 64 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

In the early ’70s, the Sri Lankan political landscape started changing, with violence becoming an integral part of society and politics – and with it Sri Lankan art lost its naïve innocence. The early ’80s saw the wor

10 things to do in Negombo

Views - 39 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:10

The golden beach in Negombo is an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city of tourists. Not second to the many spectacular beaches in the island, at the views of sunset is absolutely stunning and a walk along the shore with feet buried under the wa

‘Rural Zone’ by Sandatharaka Abeysinghe at Paradise Road Galleries

Views - 20 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:05

‘Rural Zone,’ an exhibition by Sandatharaka Abeysinghe, is being held from 8 to 27 February at Paradise Road Galleries, No. 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 3. Nourished by folklore, Abeysinghe’s works highlight the authenticity of rural culture;

Fairway Colombo starts the year Desi style

Views - 43 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Fairway Colombo City Hotel’s first Street Food Festival for the year kicked off as an Indian Food Festival, celebrating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi at Hospital Street. The successful event saw a massive crowd visiting over the weekend, local and fo

Global Gallery & Café opens at Global Towers

Views - 27 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Global Gallery & Café opened at Global Towers on Thursday, presenting an opportunity for artists to exhibit their creations while catering to discerning clients with fine taste in both food and art. At hand to welcome guests at the celebratory openi

Removing “remnants of colonialism”

Views - 29 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

The Bandaranaike Government had announced a policy of nonalignment in terms of foreign and defence policy, which meant that there was not going to be any alignment with power-blocs.

Cave divers Australian(s) of the Year

Views - 20 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Remember how in June last year the entire world waited anxiously to see how the 12 soccer players and their coach who were trapped in a cave after heavy rain in Thailand would escape? Two Australians gave the lead for the rescue team. The two cave di


Views - 27 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

To the uninitiated, it is a true delight to watch Sunela Jayewardene come up with a quick sketch for a house design on an empty and often desolate plot of land. With unerring instinct and bold, sure strokes she sketches in rooms, verandas, living an


Views - 17 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Shortlist: Gratiaen Prize 2018 Sailfish (an imprint of Perera-Hussein) Rs. 1,200 in all bookshops a


Views - 129 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

A man loves a woman. But he also loves another woman. And he tells the first – his wife – about the second – his co-worker. Then she finds out, by snooping into his carelessly left lying around mobile, that they’ve b

‘Art Moves’ on Marine Drive

Views - 49 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

With so many art-connected events happening all around the city at the moment, Global Towers – the pioneer star-class hotel – is doing it again by adding a bistro style art gallery and café’ to its already existing line up of F&B outlets such

Share the love at Hilton Colombo – Creating memories this Valentine’s!

Views - 60 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Hilton Colombo is creating memories this Valentine’s Day with a host of love smitten activities to entertain the young and the old! Embark on a journey with sweet memories with your loved one and be spoilt for choice. Indulge in love bites and cak

Celebrating Chinese culture

Views - 24 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

The China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region cultural and tourism department held a special cultural week organised representing the cultural identity of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China in

He won the hearts of all

Views - 26 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

The Bandaranaike regime saw a drastic change in the foreign policy with the establishment of diplomatic reciprocal missions in China, Russian and other red countries. The first firm acceptance of this policy was shown by the People’s Republic of

Australia Day for many – Invasion Day for others

Views - 23 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

All States held celebrations last Saturday, 26 January, to mark Australia Day. The celebrations included picnics, traditional Aboriginal performances and citizenship ceremonies, where more than 16,000 new Australians pledged their commitment to the n

Out of the Blue

Views - 22 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Travelling beyond Lanka’s shores, one soon realises that we are blessed with a super-abundance of nature. Trees, Birds, Animals, Insects – Lanka attracts them all and we seem blessed with a higher proportion than anyone else. Much as we thrill to

Inter House Music and Dance today by Elizabeth Moir Senior School

Views - 29 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Elizabeth Moir Senior School presents Inter House Music and Dance, a unique event that gives students the opportunity to explore their creative talents while infusing original ideas into their performances. Inter House Music and Dance will take place

The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrate 10!

Views - 38 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Celebrating 10 years of music and entertainment, the De Lanerolle Brothers, Rohan and Ishan, kicked off the first in a series of 20 celebratory concerts scheduled for this year on 28 January at the BMICH. The show saw the 1992 and 1999 batches of S.


Views - 243 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

First they climbed Kilimanjaro, then they climbed Everest. Now they want to take on five more mountains, having set their sights on summiting the highest mountains in each of the seven continents as part of the Seven Summits Challenge. Come Thursday

‘Fe+’ by Lalith Senanayake at Gandhara art gallery

Views - 118 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

A scrap metal sculpture exhibition titled ‘Fe+’ by Lalith Senanayake showcasing facets of wildlife opened on Thursday at the Gandhara art gallery at Stratford Avenue

‘In-Between’ by Kingsley Gunatillake at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 40 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

‘In-Between,’ an exhibition by Kingsley Gunatillake, opened to the public on 23 January and will remain open daily until 7 February at the Saskia Fernando Gallery

Today's Columnists

MMDA, ACJU, politicians and women

Saturday, 16 February 2019

It is 10 years since Justice Saleem Marsoof (JSM) and his committee was appointed to review and make recommendations to reform the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (MMDA), passed originally in 1951 and amended in 1954, 1955, 1965 and 1969 before becom

President Trump looked for the failed idea of a wall

Saturday, 16 February 2019

The talks over the “Wall of Trump” between the US-Mexico Border Security broke down with Congressional leaders over the weekend. After the renewed call for a wall at his second State of the Union, President Donald Trump attended a political rally

‘The Man Who Would Be King’: Remembering Anura Bandaranaike on his 70th birth anniversary

Friday, 15 February 2019

‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is the title of a long tale written by Rudyard Kipling in 1888. This very popular story was made into a successful film starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Christopher Plummer by the well-known director John Husto

Of pseudo-democrats, discipline and the coming death of liberty?

Friday, 15 February 2019

I despair of our politicos and would-be politicians. Not that they are not all honourable men. From the honourable prime minister to the former defence secretary discharging his duty honourably after premature retirement! But that honour often dresse

Columnists More