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Buddhist monks attend a religious ceremony

Views - 16 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

A day with Daco, discovering art and abstract animals

Views - 80 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Daco is a French urban artist whose geometry-inspired graffiti has been featured around the world from the subways of Paris to the streets of Valparaiso and Taipei. A graduate of Fine Arts at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Daco’s visual ident

The miracle escape

Views - 21 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

What a tense fortnight it was! Though the incident happened in the remote highlands in Thailand, it became headline news in all media in most countries in the world, if not all. People everywhere were so anxious to know the fate of 12 boys and their

Hooyah! How Thai cave rescue divers found a common language

Views - 39 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

Technical terms, battle cries and a multicultural 14-year-old came to the rescue of the international Tham Luang cave effort

It’s spring time in Colombo for visual arts in Sri Lanka

Views - 39 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

In conversation with the Daily FT Prasad Abu Bakr, as an artist and journalist and as a person who has dabbled full time in many areas of the fine arts, looks even deeper into the patterns that has evolved over the years, bringing one’s attention t

From novel to rapid development

Views - 31 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

From ‘Gamperaliya,’ the novel in Sinhala, to ‘Gamperaliya’ the film, to the teledrama, to the English translation of the book, and now to rapid rural development. The launch of the Gamperaliya development work took place with a little over a

‘ Village Heartbeat’ – a worthy project

Views - 82 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:00

Intrigued by a name board with ‘Gemi Hada Gesma Vyapruthiya’ in Sinhala on top, I soon looked at the name below in English. It said ‘Village Heartbeat Project’. Is it a medical clinic, I wondered. It didn’t take long for me to r

Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds): A realistic and authentic film

Views - 3691 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:20

Filmmaker Sanjeewa Pushpakumara is a bright star in the cinematic firmament of Sri Lanka. His second feature film ‘Davena Vihagun’ (Burning Birds) is currently being screened in Sri Lanka. The film completed in 2016 has been shown at several inte

Fitting tribute to a leader with a vision

Views - 28 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

Education Minister of the State Council era, C.W.W. Kannangara – known to everyone as the Father of Free Education – well deserves to be with the early Prime Ministers in the premises of the one-time Parliament premises which was a familiar place

Sinhala nationalism and the yearning for authenticity

Views - 286 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

To a long list of works that engage with Sinhala nationalism, Dr. Harshana Rambukwella’s ‘The Politics and Poetics of Authenticity: A Cultural Genealogy of Sinhala Nationalism’ (UCL Press, 2018) is an important addition.


Views - 1510 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

Freddy first burst on the theatre scene a few years back. That the play was not the thing was clear from the first expletive. But there was more potential in this explosive art form than many staid productions plodding

Festival time at Kataragama

Views - 47 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

The saying that if one knows the right track he will end up at Kataragama – otherwise he will get stranded, has been in our vocabulary from the time we were children. Now as oldies we keep repeating it, not about going to Kataragama but as a common

Designer dollops of ice cream dreams at Hilton Colombo !

Views - 57 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:10

Ice cream keeps everyone forever young! That’s the chant at Café Kai, from 16 to 22 July. Hilton Colombo is celebrating ice cream leading up to 22 July which is Ice Cream Day with a fantabulous ice cream menu.

British Council to host its first poetry evening

Views - 59 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:00

The British Council (BC) Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever poetry evening today, 14 July, at the Colombo British Council premises, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. BC has set up a web link on its Facebook event page to sign up for all those who are interes

Seafood dining redefined in Negombo with Moya

Views - 42 Saturday, 14 July 2018 00:00

Of the many kinds of restaurants that are available in Negombo, fine-dining seafood is amoung the rarest. Keeping this in purview, Amagi Aria Hotel, located along the Negombo lagoon, debuts on an exciting journey with its

Shattering the stigma around mental health

Views - 105 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:56

In Puttalam, an 18 year-old girl with a learning disability is three months pregnant. Unmarried and with an absentee father, her family have been desperately trying to keep the news from getting out.

Stanley Kirinde’s creations – A look back

Views - 172 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:55

The unveiling of a painting at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva in honour of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar was reported in the media last week.

Todos by Thushani Rodrigo opens

Views - 135 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:50

Todos by Thushani Rodrigo opened doors at No. 384, Kalapaluwawa Road, Rajagiriya last week

His voice lives forever: H.R. Jothipala

Views - 167 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:49

Today marks the 31st death anniversary of H.R. Jothipala (1936-87), the most popular singer of his era. Though he died three decades back, he continues to live with the ever-popular songs, most of which he sang as a playback singer in films.

The Voice by Ishan de Lanerolle presents ‘Different Voices II’

Views - 28 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:45

‘Different Voices II’ was presented by The Voice by Ishan de Lanerolle on 1 and 2 June at the Bishop’s College Auditorium. Ishan De Lanerolle, one of the brothers of the internationally-acclaimed De Lanerolle Brothers, presented 212 students...

‘Visions Beyond the Frame’

Views - 47 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:41

A photographic exhibition titled ‘Visions Beyond the Frame – A Triumphant Odyssey’ was held at the Lionel Wendt Art Centre, featuring photographs by Ravindra Ranasinghe. The exhibition featured the journey of passionate photographer Ranasinghe.

A landmark conviction

Views - 14 Saturday, 7 July 2018 02:35

The news of the week revolved round an Australian Archbishop being convicted for concealing child sex abuse in the church. It was reported that he is the most senior Catholic cleric to be found guilty for such an offence.

“I can change the world”

Views - 228 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:55

It’s amazing what photography can achieve when imbued with artistic ingenuity, unity and smiles of hundreds of enthusiastic kids. In a chaotic world, where sadness, decline and decay make the headlines, ABC Charity creates captivating art that enga

The Chef’s Table at Flamingo House: A fabulous feast!

Views - 128 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:17

The Chef’s Table at Flamingo House: A fabulous feast!

Cocktails and conversations with Nigella Lawson

Views - 60 Saturday, 30 June 2018 03:00

Nigella Lawson is in Sri Lanka. As a part of the series of exclusive events hosted by Cinnamon Life, Nigella made her public appearance at a cocktail evening which was held on the 22 June at the Atrium, Cinnamon Grand.

‘Potheguru’ laments

Views - 40 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:58

After 62 years we still talk about the original production of ‘Maname’, the stylised drama created by Dr. Sarachchandra. It was totally a new experience to theatregoers then. To watch a ‘nadagama’ at the Lionel Wendt theatre was unbelievable.

The footprints of our journey

Views - 107 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:56

Two decades into the 20th century, Sinhalese children who lived in Jaffna were unable to receive an education in their mother tongue. By the year 1930, many Sinhalese public servants and businessmen had come to reside in Jaffna town and its surroundi

How popular is cricket?

Views - 22 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:25

“Undoubtedly an exciting and strong position from which we can drive the sport forward,” is how International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson reacted to the results of a worldwide survey released three days back.

Ready for another Royal scandal ?

Views - 12 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:23

Move aside Meghan, our queen Titania is in town! That’s right, the magical fairies are back with Titania and Oberon to tickle and titillate the theatre lovers of Colombo! Pyramus and Thisby is coming back to the Lionel Wendt once more.

‘Harvest’ exhibition at Barefoot this weekend

Views - 21 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:16

‘Harvest’ is Lasantha Chandana Kumara’s first solo exhibition at the Barefoot Gallery. It is the serenity and beauty of the harvest of the paddy fields and its surroundings, the calm and quiet lifestyle where Lasantha draws his inspiration from

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Constitutional paradox: There is no such thing called Election Commission

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Our Constitution, which was certified by Parliament on 31 August 1978, has 19 amendments; the First Amendment to the Constitution was certified by the Speaker in the same year on 20 November. By the end of 1988, there had been 14 amendments made to t

‘So Sri Lanka’ – upgrade staff, processes, infrastructure at BIA arrivals to be world’s best!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

24 October, time 12:47 p.m., place – my residence in Colombo My phone buzzes with a WhatsApp message from my old colleague Prasad Fernanado now with Saudi British Bank in Saudi. I am thrilled to see the message ‘Sri Lanka top country for travel i

Qatar crisis: From the Sri Lankans’ point of view

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The aim of this article is to examine the Saudi blockade over Qatar and its impact in the past 17 months on the country. A special focus will be given to the Sri Lankan workers who have been living in Qatar for the past two decades. The reason why th

The reality of Sri Lanka – household end!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Whilst Sri Lanka is debating what is right and wrong on the governance of the country, the Sri Lankan household is falling part due to escalating costs, as per the latest data released by respected research agency Nielsen. For the seventh quarter in

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