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Suresh delivers ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem’

Views - 4 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Frontman, vocalist and lyricist of Stigmata and compulsive creative writer Suresh De Silva is all set to launch his second book, ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem,’ on 24 November at the Barefoot Gallery. While his debut ‘From Chaos to Catharsis’ fe


Brush strokes of a scientist of art, Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe

Views - 2 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Canvases of brilliant colour, masterful strokes and thought-provoking design meet the eye as you walk into the house of art carefully curated by the artist himself, Dimuthu Kumarasinghe. Well-known in the hospitality industry as a chef par excellence


The courageous ‘beggar’ Professor

Views - 8 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Glancing through the collection in my library, I came across a book I read with great interest about 20 years back. I knew the author – a simple, unassuming individual who never boasted about his educational and professional achievements. The subje


Bengal madness once more in Colombo – box office opens!

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Jehan Aloysius and CentreStage Productions will be staging the hilarious comedy ‘Bengal Bungalow’ on 30 November and 1 December at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, and the box office has just opened at the Lionel Wendt Theatre! ‘Bengal Bungalow,’ w


Unexpected insights into familiar themes

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

‘The Best Asian Short Stories’ (2017) is a collection of 32 short stories written by authors from different parts of Asia, each author showcasing a glimpse of their wider environment. Throughout this 450-page book the reader gets to explore snaps


Trillium trumpets the finer things with new venture

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Known over the years for its condominium complexes, Trillium the brand is branching out. Under the stewardship of Chairman Janaka ,Ratnayake last month it launched Trillium Deli, the first in a what is set to be a chain of super


‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ now showing

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is showing from yesterday, 16 November, at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ is a fantasy film directed by David Yates, with


Remembering war veterans

Views - 3 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Date: 11 November (11/11) Time: 11 a.m. Event: Observe one minute’s silence


Delectable Tiras !

Views - 84 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

Tiras’s list of goodies is much like its owner, Nirupa – affable, effervescent and creative. Nirupa has satisfied dessert lovers for nine years and greets with a table laden with a bowl of tiramisu, a tower of macaroons, an elderflower and lemon


The 20 best Christmas movies of all time!

Views - 26 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10

Trim the tree, stuff the stockings, and watch one of these classics movies filled with holiday cheer


The Chef’s Table at Ikoi Tei: Tantalising cuisine !

Views - 24 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:10


A refreshing Collector’s Digest

Views - 25 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:02

Magazines come and go. Some vanish after a few issues. Some disappear after a few months. A few survive. This has been the pattern in Sri Lanka. Why? Due to several reasons. Lack of readership, distribution problems, high production costs and weak co


‘Alleluia’ – The Colombo Philharmonic Choir in concert on 17 November

Views - 22 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Colombo’s oldest performing choir, the Colombo Philharmonic, will present a program of sacred classical music titled ‘Alleluia’, this November after regrouping under the baton of its new conductor –Harin Amirthanathan. The performance will ta


This is how you should eat sushi, according to an expert

Views - 22 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

Guardian.com: Sushi is a beloved Japanese dish, with its expansive array of flavours, textures and varieties playing a huge role in its ever-growing popularity. While the dish has been around for several centuries, all who enjoy eating sushi have the


Lawyer, poet and lyricist – rare combination

Views - 124 Saturday, 10 November 2018 00:00

His passion was to become a journalist. He went to England to follow a one-year course and return to Sri Lanka. That was 40+ years ago. He was then a 25-year-old lad. By then he had written a book of poems in Sinhala which received favourable comment


‘Reflections’ by Abigail Schaffter, an exhibition showcasing stillness and quiet contemplation

Views - 22 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

‘Reflections,’ the first solo exhibition by Abigail Schaffter – a collection of paintings that explore images of stillness and quiet contemplation, images which express joy in beauty and the reflections of the soul and try to make meaning of it


‘Symphony for a Child’ tomorrow

Views - 13 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

The much-acclaimed Josephian Choir bearing the flamboyant title ‘St. Cecilia’s Choir of St. Joseph’s College’ will perform at the Lionel Wendt on Sunday 4 November from 7 p.m. onwards, in aid of the medical needs of HIV positive children. Thi


Musical show to mark 100th birth anniversary of Mohideen Baig

Views - 12 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

A musical show has been organised at the St. Anthony’s College Auditorium, Katugastota to mark the 100th birth anniversary of great singer late Kalashuri Mohideen Baig. It will be held today 3 November from 6 p.m. onwards and Ishaq Mohideen Baig wi


‘We Are Here’

Views - 88 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

The National Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disorders is a joint venture by MJF Charitable Foundation and Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation. The Centre serves as a hub in


Tea and Taylor

Views - 17 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

The name James Taylor is synonymous with Ceylon tea. He has been acknowledged as the ‘Father of Ceylon tea’ for his pioneering efforts to introduce a new crop when coffee cultivations were vanishing due to a leaf disease. After 127 years since h


Journey through Sri Lanka with Culinary Ceylon

Views - 212 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

The diverse nature of Sri Lankan cuisine is among its best qualities, but it is also what makes it maddening to pin down in terms of flavour and profile. The array of spices, cooking methods, and even different ways of consumption, makes it nigh on


Hilton Colombo celebrates the ‘Original’ Oktoberfest!

Views - 186 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

Traditional highlights and favourites are back at the sports centre arena at the Hilton Colombo, with its highly-anticipated annual event, Oktoberfest, taking place from 1 to 10 November. The celebrations are spearheaded by German-born Executive Chef


Staying CentreStage!

Views - 47 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:10

This has been another busy year of creativity and theatre and social service for Jehan Aloysius and his drama group, CentreStage Productions. The year began by being commissioned by the Galle Literary Festival to conduct a workshop on bullying, based


Scope brings ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to town, hosts special premiere

Views - 75 Saturday, 3 November 2018 00:09

Scope Cinemas Ltd. is showing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from 9 November at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a biographical film about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Freddie Mercu


The Kingsbury kicks off Octoberfest 2018 at Honey Beach Club

Views - 41 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Visitors and guests to The Kingsbury Hotel are in for a treat this weekend as the city’s most iconic poolside location, Honey Beach Club, plays host to Octoberfest 2018 celebrations till 30 October. Kicking off every day from 7-11 p.m., the hotel h


Meatless Monday at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Views - 26 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

With efforts to promote sustainable food production and consumption, the SLYCAN trust together with the Humane Society teamed up with Mount Lavinia Hotel for a ‘Meatless Monday’ at the famed Governor’s Restaurant on 22 October. Our planet has f


Mövenpick Hotel Colombo’s Robata Grill and Lounge launches ‘Unassumingly Asian’ concept

Views - 41 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

The Robata Grill and Lounge successfully launched an ‘Unassumingly Asian’ concept at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo. The launch event took place a few days ago at the Robata, featuring a ‘street food party’ concept, completed with magicians, ju


The fighting spirit of wounded soldiers

Views - 24 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

There is always a lot of excitement when Royalty visit Australia. The present visit of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Duke and Duchess of Sussex) is no different. People gather in numbers wherever they go. The couple is extremely friendly whenever t


Tribute to the ‘Master’

Views - 21 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

Ten years ago the much-loved, highly talented, innovative musician Premasiri Khemadasa passed away, leaving a big void in Sri Lanka’s music scene. ‘Master’ – as everybody preferred to call him – was so clever and introduced the Sri Lankan


Inclusivity and diversity of Sri Lankan creative expression prominent at AK Lit Fest 2018

Views - 20 Saturday, 27 October 2018 00:00

If there was a place where creative expression in a variety of forms found inclusivity, it was indeed at the A&K Lit Fest held recently at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Hosted for the fourth consecutive year, this year’s festival created a platform for


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The Brahmin footprint in Sri Lankan history

Saturday, 17 November 2018

It is generally said that there are no genuine “Sri Lankan” Brahmins in the island today, and that those Brahmins who officiate as priests in Hindu kovils (temples) are of Indian origin with close ties with Tamil Nadu.


The JR-MR effect

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Sri Lanka over the last few weeks has experienced a twin crisis. One is political provoked by its Constitution, and the other economic engendered by its politics. However, this crisis is the combined effect of two previous presidencies, those of J.R.


The fish that swallowed the whale

Friday, 16 November 2018

This is an easy-peasy, elementary effort of an ordinary citizen to comprehend the mad scramble for power among the political class. It is undertaken in the belief that the crisis we face is an opportunity to reject the family kleptocracy of Mahinda R


Courting democracy; Housing disaster?

Thursday, 15 November 2018

A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


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