FT Lite

Broken Leg Theatre presents ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’

Views - 73 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Scars, scrapes and bruises are a part of life as we scramble along into adulthood. As innocuous as these painful encounters seem through the retrospective lens of adulthood, the consequences of our acc

Fortnightly news magazine

Views - 30 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

I found this picture in the last edition of ‘Counterpoint’, the recently launched fortnightly news magazine, much more lively and vibrant than the ones I saw in the dailies which covered the same event.

Mobile phones in the classroom

Views - 21 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Should mobile phones be allowed in classrooms? The debate on the issue continues in Australia. The interest in the subject has come up with the French Government banning mobile phones, tablets and smart watches at school for all children under 15 in

Dillai Joseph’s ‘Soulscapes’ at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

Views - 38 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

Dillai Joseph is presenting ‘Soulscapes’ – a collection of paintings that explore the innermost desires, awakened feelings, beastly hungers and dormant daydreams – at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery this weekend. All sale proceeds are to be chan

‘Image Expo – 2018’ photography equipment festival now on at BMICH

Views - 122 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

‘Image Expo 2018,’ the photography equipment festival organised by CameraLK, was launched at the Mihilaka Madura of the BMICH on Friday. The exhibition is being held over the weekend from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and brings all leading brands and c

‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes) to be staged on 10 October

Views - 132 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

‘Nodutu Aes’ (Unseen Eyes), an experimental multi-media play directed by Kanchuka Dharmasiri, will be staged on 10 October at 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella.

Going nuts for coconut at  Hilton Colombo

Views - 118 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:10

If you had to pick one ingredient to sum up Sri Lankan cuisine, ‘coconut’ would most likely be it. The versatile fruit/nut/seed (strike out according to preference) is ubiquitous across the entire spectrum of Sri Lankan cooking, b

It’s time to Bubble Wrap Colombo!

Views - 87 Saturday, 6 October 2018 00:09

Hong Kong and London’s culinary phenomenon Bubble Waffles are now available in Colombo at Stratford Avenue, Kirulapone. Bubble Wrap Waffles by Bubble Wrap Colombo is the latest food adventure launched by the founders of The Cauldron that introduced

Lankan pop singer A.E. Manoharan failed to shine as film actor ‘ Ceylon Manohar ’

Views - 7760 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:20

Anthonypillai Emmanuel Manoharan known to the world at large as A. E. Manoharan was a multi-faceted personality possessing many talents. He was a singer, musician, broadcaster and stage and screen actor but it was his singing that brought him great h

Anantara Kalutara Resort presents its first annual Oktoberfest on 6 October

Views - 50 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:10

Ein Prosit! Ein Prosit! Join in for a weekend of fun and celebrations at Anantara Kalutara Resort’s first annual Oktoberfest party. Celebrate the most famous and iconic German beer festival, with a tropica

Caring for the aged

Views - 17 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:10

The Australian Government takes a lot of interest about caring for the aged. The Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care is in charge of the subject which is given high priority. Residential aged care at nursing homes as well as home services s

Yashan and Kenya launch ‘My Wedding Planners’

Views - 111 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:10

Popular artist Yashan has launched his latest business venture alone with his wife, Kenya. ‘My Wedding Planners,’ the name says it all. It’s a wedding planning company which is capable of providing all sorts of services needed to make your w

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ at Scope Cinemas Multiplex

Views - 168 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:01

‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ is now showing at Scope Cinemas Multiplex at Colombo City Centre. Pictured are some scenes captured at the special red carpet premiere hosted by Universal Pictures International and TNL Radio on Thursday

The best of Bavaria at Fairway Oktoberfest this weekend

Views - 33 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

Fairway Colombo is bringing Bavaria to our doorstep with Oktoberfest on the Street, in celebration of the famous German festival, back by popular demand following its success last year. The Hospital Street at the Dutch Hospital, Colombo 01 which has

Polythene-free grocery shopping with ‘Cally Reusable Bags’

Views - 1172 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

At a time when Sri Lankan consumers are trying to figure out ways to curb polythene usage, more so following the garbage dump catastrophe, Vraie Cally Balthazaar offers a much-welcome solution. She brings us ‘

She set the trend

Views - 29 Saturday, 29 September 2018 00:00

Having collected the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2018 awards presentation, Vajira was somewhat reluctant to speak at length. Obviously she was moved with the honour bestowed on her, and of course, age also m

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Views - 5760 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:15

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Recalling that fateful day

Views - 39 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

“Late one night in September 1959, after a tiring day at the General Assembly of the United Nations, I was enjoying some well-earned sleep at my New York hotel. Suddenly the bedside telephone rang and rang,

‘Destinations Sri Lanka 2018’ now on at Lionel Wendt Art Gallery

Views - 31 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

‘Destinations Sri Lanka 2018 – Hotels, Resorts and Other Works,’ an exhibition of a collection of pictures by artist Prasad Abu Bakr presented by Global Gallery Space – Café & Wine Bar, is now on at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. The exhibiti

Mambo to Colombo !

Views - 71 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

The sultry sounds of South America will bring alive the swinging traditions of one of Asia’s most iconic properties with the opening of ‘King of the Mambo’ at the Galle Face Hotel in October. Sri Lanka

Shangri-La High Tea: A delightful treat !

Views - 608 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

If you’re a high tea aficionado, look no further than the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo, which serves up an utterly elegant specially curated high tea experience, which is certain to give competitors a run for their money.

The Kingsbury tantalises guests with fiery Mexican food festival!

Views - 67 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

The Kingsbury is hosting a fabulous Mexican food festival at The Grill, in honour of Mexican National Day. The food festival was launched yesterday, 21 September, and will continue until 27 September. The special dinner a la carte menu will be served

A new FLAME burns after three decades

Views - 79 Saturday, 22 September 2018 00:10

Founded in 1989 by just three young men performing folk and country music, and having grown to be favourites in the Sri Lankan entertainment industry in the three decades since, FLAME has come a long way since its beginnings. Chris De Alwis, current

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

Views - 4768 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 - 51 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 - 69 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 - 144 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 - 18 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 - 20 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 ’

Views - 15 Saturday, 15 September 2018 00:10

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

Today's Columnists

All the presidents’ mien

Monday, 21 January 2019

I’m conflicted about the presidency we have. Do we need it like a fish needs a bicycle, or a baboon needs a parliament? Has the opportune time come for stakeholders as diverse as civil society led by a free media movement, conscientious objectors t

Banks should subsume technology before technology subsumes them

Monday, 21 January 2019

Returning to IBSL is like ‘coming home’ It is a privilege for me to return to the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka, popularly known as IBSL, after the lapse of some 10 years. I had a long association with IBSL from its very beginning – from ar

Ravi K’s discourse on W.A. Wijewardena’s involvement in Treasury bond issue

Monday, 21 January 2019

In his article published previously in the Daily FT, Ravi Karunanayake (the MOF during the period of the infamous CBSL bond scam) appears to have attemptedto pull wool over the eyes andto make a mountain out of a molehill. This exercise gives an impr

Making democracy a national heritage

Monday, 21 January 2019

We are in the year of elections. It is the season of political name calling. Everybody is busy conferring some name on some body. Neo liberal, liberal, dictator, fascist, neo fascist, NGO agent, imperialist lackey are some of these devices that come

Columnists More