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Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown

Views - 248 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:26

“The idea was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they become something more. See if they can work together when we needed them to. To fight the battles that we never could”


Chef Hatch brings unadulterated Japanese to Sri Lanka

Views - 133 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:05

The past two evenings saw Sri Lankan diners treated to a masterclass in Japanese cuisine, as world renowned Chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida hosted two exclusive dining experiences at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo.


A landmark event in Australian cricket

Views - 20 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:00

This year marks the completion of 150 years for the first-ever Australian cricket team to tour outside the country. In 1858 a team of 13 Aboriginal players travelled to England. They were from the Western District of Victoria and most of them were fr


Celebrating Sri Lanka’s powerful women

Views - 48 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:00

An art competition and exhibition titled ‘Feminism & Sri Lankan Female Identity’ celebrating Sri Lanka’s strong cultural heritage of powerful women in a changing global landscape was held recently by P1F Studio


‘Rekava’ in 1956 revolutionised Sinhala cinema

Views - 4349 Saturday, 5 May 2018 01:00

The doyen of Sri Lankan cinema, Lester James Peries, has breathed his last. It has been my firm opinion that the master movie maker was Sri Lanka’s greatest film director. When I began the ‘Spotlight’ column focusing on films, film personaliti


Il Cielo: Colombo’s hidden Italian gem

Views - 118 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:55

How an Italian fine-dining restaurant with a central view of Colombo’s cityscape and stationed smack dab in the heart of the city has managed to remain a hidden gem for over two years is anyone’s guess. That Il Cielo has achieved this feat, servi


‘Chaos by SMS’ back by popular demand

Views - 81 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:44

Indu Dharmasena rocked the Lionel Wendt with his comedy ‘Chaos by SMS’ last year and due to the success of the last run, it’s back at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on 11, 12 and 13 May at 7:30 p.m. The show on 12 May is presente


‘Sinhala Ulu’ – Crafted with care from the earth

Views - 172 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:26

With a tradition that goes back almost 10,000 years, clay roof tiles can be considered as one of the oldest constructional materials. Crafted with care with the four elements of earth, water, air and fire, natural clay roof tiles have a timeless appe


All for charity

Views - 29 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:00

Fund raising for worthy causes is a regular feature all over Australia. Funds are raised through numerous activities, ranging from food fairs to relays. In York, a fairly quiet old-style city off Perth, I noticed a somewhat different form of raising


‘Exclusion’ – An exhibition by Prasad Hettiarachi

Views - 36 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:00

Prasad Hettiarachi, born in 1975, previously lived and worked in the highly urban atmosphere of Rajagiriya in Colombo before moving to Bentota in early 2018. Since the early 2000s Prasad has played a role as an artist in an active leftist political p


Captivating Vesak celebrations at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo

Views - 68 Saturday, 5 May 2018 00:00

Captivating Vesak celebrations at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo


P.B. Sreenivas and S. Janaki: Evergreen film songs of an endearing singer duo

Views - 2971 Saturday, 28 April 2018 01:00

Tamil film music has been enriched over the years by the immense contribution of non-Tamil music composers and playback singers of South Indian origin.


An ideal presentation for Vesak

Views - 68 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:10

She was once Princess Yashodhara married to Prince Siddhartha. In spite of the luxurious life that Siddhartha was provided with, he sees the other side of life. He begins to think. “There is getting born and growing old, dying and being re-born. Fr


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ review: A fine salute to those about to die

Views - 31 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:02

www.vanityfair.com: At long last, the Avengers seem to be getting somewhere. Since they first teamed up six years ago, I’ve yearned for their bright, rollicking exploits to take on some summative shape or ultimate purpose, something that really bin


Lest we forget

Views - 32 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:01

Last Wednesday – 25 April – was Anzac Day when Australians acknowledged the sacrifices made during war with a day of remembrance, parades, sport and gambling. The Day is held to remember the landing a


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ promo at Crescat

Views - 22 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:01

EAP Films held a promotional campaign at Crescat Boulevard last Sunday to mark the launch of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Pix by Ruwan Walpola


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ premieres at Savoy

Views - 44 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:00

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ premiered at Savoy on Wednesday – Pix by Sameera Wijesinghe


‘ Brides Of Sri Lanka’ turns 10 !

Views - 60 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:00

‘Brides Of Sri Lanka’ magazine hosted a brilliant bash to mark its 10th anniversary at the Galle Face Hotel’s Grand Ballroom last week. Titled ‘10 Years calls for a Celebration!’ the dazzling event celebrated the magazin


Live Opera Dinner Show at Italian restaurant Acquolina at Anantara Kalutara Resort today

Views - 50 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:00

To enhance the romantic dining experience at the resort’s Italian restaurant Acquolina, Anantara Kalutara Resort presents the Menaka Singers’ Opera Ensemble (MSOE), the premier opera ensemble in Sri Lanka, for a one night dinner concert. The con


‘Tropic Like It’s Hot’

Views - 60 Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:00

W15 Weligama and Offshore Life present ‘Tropic Like It’s Hot’ on Saturday 5 May from 11 a.m. until Sunday morning, so get your swimmers and shades on as it’s going to be the hottest party in the south.


Spend a little time in an ‘ambalama’

Views - 62 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:23

Ambalame Pina Pina – Valang kadak gena gena Eka bindapi gona gona – Ekata mata hina hina


Something extraordinary

Views - 181 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

On the evening of 17 March at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Colombo and before an invited audience of its patrons, the great Midori and some of her protégés gave an exhibition of classical violin music


Wild elephant antics and broken tusks

Views - 38 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

Recently it was reported that Gemunu, the ‘infamous’ bull elephant in the Yala National Park of Sri Lanka, had lost one of his tusks in an altercation with another bull elephant. In this paper Srilal Miththapala, elephant and wildlife enthusiast,


‘Potpourri of unpredictable pleasures’

Views - 29 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

“Venetian adventurer Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as ‘the finest island of its size in all the world’. Sure, that was in the 13th century and young Marco hadn’t seen Tasmania but the myriad wonders of this tropical nouveau-paradise as varie


Look up and think to the music

Views - 54 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

Last week, the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) featured two wonderful Israeli musicians: violinist Hadar Rimon and pianist Natasha Tadson-Rimon. I am not technically qualified to review this performance. Yet I am moved to recollect the experie


‘Destination Sri Lanka 2018’: An artist’s impression of combining travel and art

Views - 60 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:00

An exhibition by artist and photojournalist Prasad Abu Bakr, ‘Destination Sri Lanka,’ is making its comeback after 18 years This time the show is going to be more an artistic impression than a mere exhibition of photo


Doyen of cinema, Dr. LJP turns 99

Views - 44 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:59

Sri Lanka’s doyen of cinema, Dr. Lester James Peries (LJP) reached 99 two days back. Wife Sumitra gave him a big birthday gift – her newly-directed film ‘Vaishnamvee,’ based on a story created by him and scripted by Tony Ranasinghe, classy ac


Exquisite Russian ballet enthrals Colombo

Views - 31 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:55

The Russian Centre in Colombo presented Russian Classical Ballet by the Russian Chamber Ballet Troupe under the direction of Natalia Permyakova at the Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre on 30 and 31 May. The creative team of young professional ball


The sound of celebrations

Views - 93 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:14

In Sri Lanka, firecrackers announce the dawn of New Year and Christmas. The arrival of Avurudu at the auspicious time is marked by the burst of crackers while nila kooru and mal wedi light up birthdays, weddings and Deepavali celebrations around the


Remembering ‘Baila Chakravarti’

Views - 46 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

Baila is arguably the most popular form of Sri Lankan music among every level of people irrespective of age, gender or language. No party (be it a birthday party or any other), indoor or outdoor musical show, a wedding reception, a dinner-dance, or a


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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Shyamon Jayasinghe, a former citizen of Sri Lanka, now living in Victoria, Australia, writing to Daily FT in a Guest Column article has given an old college try at the President of Sri Lanka by announcing about a cloaked portentous writing on the wal


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Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Indian Prime Minister celebrated his birthday earlier this week in the backdrop of India growing at a blistering performance of 7.1%. The January-March quarter saw the highest GDP growth in the last seven quarters with India becoming the sixth la


Maximum Residue Level: Dilemma of agricultural product exporters in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Due to increased emphasis on consumer health, majority of developed countries such as EU, Japan and the US insist on MRL testing of food items which has to be done by the exporter. The Codex Alimentarius Commission which is an inter-governmental bod


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