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Tanya Ekanayake releases second solo album, ‘ Twelve Piano Prisms ’

Views - 3513 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:21

‘Spotlight’ shines this week on a remarkable Sri Lankan woman whose qualitative contribution to the realm of music has been noteworthy. Although devoted in principle to films, film personalities and film-related matters, this column will deviate


Different is not Disabled – AIDEX 2018

Views - 29 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

There was hope followed by love, courage and celebrations at Stanley Jansz Grounds, Colombo on 18 August 2018. Around 350 participants, th


A dramatic Summer Camp with Jehan

Views - 26 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

Jehan Aloysius and his team at CentreStage Productions recently conducted a unique Kids Summer Drama Camp at their CentreStage space. The event was only promoted on social media and sold out within a just few days with 30 students being selected for


Voices of Peace book launch to commence with discussions on peace and reconciliation

Views - 8 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

Weaving together the personal experiences and stories of combatants actively engaged on either side of Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, Sri Lankan researcher and author, Sarah Kabir will launch ‘Voices of Peace’ on Wednesday, 26 September at 5:30 p


Progress over a century

Views - 9 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

Glancing through the first few pages in ‘Vajra Prabha’, the centenary souvenir of the Siri Vajiraramaya Dhamma School (it’s a bilingual publication), I spotted a double-page spread colour photograph of the library. My mind went back to the mid-


Sri Lankan Movie Night at Ottawa Public Library

Views - 7 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa in partnership with the Ottawa Public Library and Light of Asia Foundation screened the award winning Sri Lankan movie ‘Sri Siddhartha Gauthama’ at the Ottawa Public Library main bra


‘ Splendours of Bosnia ’

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The Consulate of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Colombo held an exhibition of pictures photographed in Bosnia & Herzegovina titled ‘Splendours of Bosnia’ recently – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara


The view from top

Views - 8 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:00

Just as much as the much-talked about Sydney Opera House is an iconic landmark in Sydney, so is the Sydney Tower Eye. The tallest building in Australia, it stands out amidst the skyscrapers in the city. Its height is 309 metres (1014 ft). A visit to


Tony Ranasinghe was not the conventional Sinhala hero but a new kind of modern hero

Views - 3210 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:12

Ranasinghe Hettiarachchilage Ignatius Anthony de Silva, known to the world at large by his stage cum screen name Tony Ranasinghe, was one of Sri Lankan cinema’s handsomest and most lovable actors. He excelled in playing both lead and character role


The journey to save a dying art

Views - 11 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

inocchio, the Italian folktale from our childhoods, is usually the first thing that pops to mind when puppets are spoken of; however the tradition of string puppeteering is very much a part of our culture with its very own Lankan twist. Puppetry and


‘ House full’ for ‘Yashodhara ’

Views - 14 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

It was a long wait to see ‘Yashodhara’. The film has recently started doing the global round and reached Sydney last weekend. The Sri Lankan community was patiently waiting for it and as expected, it was ‘hous


CÉ LA VI, Colombo’s new rooftop King

Views - 41 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Rooftop bars used to be a rarity in Colombo, and as such the simple novelty of a bird’s eye view of the hustle and bustle below was enough to lure in a segment of customers always on the lookout for something fresh. But, alas,


Indonesian takeover at Table One

Views - 16 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

With over 300 ethnic groups calling Indonesia ‘home’, it comes as little surprise that Indonesian cuisine is possibly one of the most diverse in the world. With influences ranging from China to Malaysia to the Middle East to Polynesia, an authent


Cinnamon Hotels and Resort partners with Sri Lankan Consulate for Sri Lankan Food Festival in Mumbai

Views - 8 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts partnered with the Sri Lankan Consulate over the past month to promote Sri Lankan food in Mumbai in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between


‘ Cricket helped me to enter politics ’

Views - 7 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

It was fascinating to listen to the World Cup winning captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, talking about his cricketing days taking time off from his present role of minister/politician. Recently he appeared in the popular TV chat-show, ‘Sihinnayaki Re’ o


YWCA presents Wilson Gunaratne’s ‘Charitha Atak’

Views - 11 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The YWCA of Sri Lanka will present Wilson Gunaratne’s famous play ‘Charitha Atak’ at the Bishop’s College Auditorium on Saturday 8 September at 6:30 p.m. The play revolves around an aircraft that has been grounded on the runway with uneasy p


‘Koombiyo’ teledrama screening on iflix

Views - 41 Saturday, 8 September 2018 00:10

The ‘Koombiyo’ teledrama, which was the first-ever, highest ranked, highest grossing local teledrama in IMDB, was recently added to iflix. This is the first time a local tele-drama has been added to the world’s most popular entertainment medium


Dynamic duality of Tony Ranasinghe

Views - 2597 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:11

Several dashing and debonair actors have graced the Sinhala silver screen over the years. Arguably the most lovable among these cinematic heroes was the dynamic Tony Ranasinghe who acted in both lead as well as character roles.


They danced to help cataract patients

Views - 179 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

By D.C. Ranatunga It was a most absorbing evening watching the maiden performance by a group of Sri Lankan youth from the newly-formed Maathra Dance Studio in Sydney, Australia.


Bringing the pieces together

Views - 29 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

I have found that in my recent journey in promoting my art through various exhibitions – specially with my major breakthrough in 2016 sponsored by the Pegasus Reef Hotel with the help of its very innovative General Manager Harsha Jayasinghe and pre


Building climate resilience

Views - 257 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Recognising the critical need for private sector involvement in climate adaptation, Dilmah Conservation, in collaboration with Global Compact Network Sri Lanka and Biodiversity Sri Lanka, held a national dialogue on the threats, responses and opportu


Stigmata puts Sri Lanka on the world music map again

Views - 235 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lankan Heavy Metal luminaries Stigmata have had a fabulous year in 2018. The band has performed a series of regular and consistent shows of impressive variety, from the 139th Battle of the Blues Royal-Thomian encounter, the Mosh Scream Rock festi


Breakfast done right at Graze!

Views - 32 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Ah, breakfast! The most important meal of the day. But the breakfast buffet is of a different breed altogether.


Fifth PM in five years

Views - 14 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Three years ago all eyes were on Canberra because of the crisis within the ruling Liberal Party. Prime Minister Tony


Capturing changing Colombo

Views - 57 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

Colombo city is changing rapidly. New skyscrapers are becoming a common sight and these construction sites carry gigantic billboards that exhibit photographs of the future. There are many billboards around Galle Face, with slogans of ‘Colombo Finan


‘ Love, Lies & Diamonds ’

Views - 179 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

This hilarious story revolves around the philandering owner of Kukulawala Holdings, Kusal Kukulawala, who has ordered a diamond necklace for his new muse. Trouble, confusion and chaos begin, when Kusal’s wife, Deepika shows up unannounced at the of


‘Bayan’ – A winter of content

Views - 64 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

Author of ‘Behind the Eclipse’ and several other novels, Pramudith D. Rupasinghe is a clinical psychologist by profession and has worked in different parts of the world as a humanitarian diplomat. In the backdrop of the recent re-launch of ‘Bay


All for the good of the needy

Views - 65 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

To see a row of white tuk tuks (as three-wheelers are known by all) on the road was an unusual sight. For one thing we hardly see white colour tuk tuks. They are mostly green or red. And the drivers didn’t loo


Her long journey in cinema

Views - 18 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

On stage at 17. On the screen at 20. Completes 50 years in cinema. Over 150 films. At a quick glance that is the record of the ‘Queen of Sri Lankan Cinema’, Malini Fonseka. I remember watching her in the stage drama, ‘Akal Vessa’ in 1965. She


DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 2454 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe


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East Container Terminal blunder: Learn from Chinese

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Minister for Ports and Shipping Mahinda Samarasinghe informed the press in August that Cabinet has approved the development of East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo Port by the Ports Authority. According to approval: nPorts Authority would develop


President Sirisena, playing with fire, must take note that smoke will get into his eyes

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Penchant for playing with fire President Gamaralalage Sirisena has always had a penchant for playing with fire. He did fire-play at the local government elections when he made a disastrous U-turn and went round country blasting the party and its lea


Response to claims that Sri Lanka was in a ‘debt trap’ in 2014 due to ‘Chinese loans’

Monday, 17 September 2018

Several Western analysts have carried out a relentless media campaign in keeping with their own geopolitical agenda, to suggest that China was luring Sri Lanka into a carefully engineered debt trap.


Understanding the debt trap: Nothing but simple arithmetic

Monday, 17 September 2018

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking recently at the World Economic Forum in Vietnam, denied that Sri Lanka was in danger of spiralling into a debt trap from excessive Chinese borrowings


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