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‘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 - 55 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 - 45 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 - 94 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 - 48 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

From Cape Town to Gold Coast

Views - 20 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

As the fury of the ball-tampering saga began to fade away, the impressive opening ceremony of the 21st Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast bolstered the spirits of everyone both here and abroad.

Bright lights, big shoulder pads – A timid Japan recalls its bubble era

Views - 26 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

New York Times: Kaori Masukodera remembers, barely, riding as a child with her mother, her hair teased and her lips bright red, in the family’s convertible to the beach. It was the last gasp of the 1980s, a time of Champagne, garish colours and bub

Threading the needle of hope in Rwanda

Views - 21 Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:00

New York Times: The story of the fashion scene in Rwanda today is a story of hope.

Parts Peter’s played

Views - 424 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:50

Peter D’Almeida, Managing Director and CEO of N*able Ltd., is a wise and witty raconteur. A local celebrity, his name has been in the spotlight more so than usual in the last few weeks, owing to his captivating portrayal of the character Maldeniya

Flamingo House set to soar with new menu

Views - 138 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:44

Two years since opening, Flamingo House remains arguably the most elaborately flamboyant establishment, let alone restaurant, you’re likely to have the pleasure of experiencing. And now – with a new Head Chef and menu in tow – their food might

Graze-ing in the streets!

Views - 52 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:00

The Hilton Colombo’s Graze Kitchen, continuing its now trademark dedication to variety, has begun celebrating all those decadent roadside treats we all crave at its weekly Hawker’s Market.

Eating jam for over 150 years

Views - 25 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:00

It was quite intriguing to see a peacock’s picture on the cover of the current edition of the Australia Post Stamp Bulletin. Looking closer, there was a picture of a label on an Apricot jam tin at the top left hand corner.

John Legend and the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ cast on faith and musicals

Views - 24 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:00

New York Times: John Legend hasn’t done musical theatre since high school. But when NBC called to ask if he might be interested in playing the title role in a live broadcast of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ he said, “I had a hard time turning dow

‘Monks & Monkeys’ launched

Views - 94 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:00

A lad of 24, university graduate, born and bred in Holland, gets bored with the world around him. While attending a summer course at Cornell University he starts practising Transcendental Meditation.

Chandrasena Perera’s ‘Captured Moments’

Views - 19 Saturday, 31 March 2018 00:00

A photographic exhibition by Chandrasena Perera, titled ‘Captured Moments …The sequel… and the saga continues’, featuring over 60 masterful monochrome and colour images, was held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery from 23 to 25 March. The Chief

Treasures of Trincomalee

Views - 143 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

Located on the east coast of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee is a classic port city steeped in history which became famous for its deep-water natural harbour and many other notable attractions on land and underwater.

Colombo Fashion Week kicks off

Views - 70 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

Colombo Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with its main designer showcase featuring seven designers and their elegant and creative pieces at the Hilton Colombo

When the CMC had Chairmen

Views - 71 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

In its 152-year-old history, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) saw the first female Mayor, Rosy Senanayake, assuming duties recently. In the formative years the CMC had a Chairman as head of administration. It was only in 1937 that a Mayor was elec

‘Paintings and Drawings’ by Noeline Fernando and Sampath Amunugama at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 50 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

An art exhibition titled ‘Paintings and Drawings’ by Noeline Fernando and Sampath Amunugama was held on 20 March at the Barefoot Gallery. The exhibition will remain open till 3 April

Big boost for Sri Lanka

Views - 67 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

Earlier this week, Australia’s Channel Nine devoted its ‘Travel Guides’ slot to telecast a well-structured, neatly produced programme on Sri Lanka. Two fairly mature couples and three youngsters (in two groups) formed the band of commentators.

‘Stories Within’ exhibition by Mahen Perera at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 66 Saturday, 24 March 2018 00:00

An exhibition titled ‘Stories Within’ by Mahen Perera is on at the Saskia Fernando Gallery from 16 March to 5 April.

Exploring Sri Lanka’s maritime history and heritage

Views - 196 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka possesses a significant marine archaeological history belonging to a timespan exceeding 2,500 years and much of its maritime culture has been brought down to heritage as archaeological proof and property.

An all-time favourite

Views - 47 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

Why is the song ‘Master Sir’ continuing to be so popular? When I noticed that the rendition by Bathiya and Santush at a concert (now on YouTube) has recorded 1,103,654 views, I began to wonder how a song first heard in the mid-1970s can continue

Gratiaen Prize 2017 shortlist to be announced on 2 April

Views - 87 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

The shortlist for the Gratiaen Prize 2017 will be announced at an event on Monday 2 April, 6 p.m. at the British Council Library, Colombo. All are invited to attend the announcement and listen to the reading of excerpts from the shortlisted entries.

‘Music Designed’ on 20 March at Sooriya Village

Views - 43 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

Collaboration between Colombo Fashion Week and TNL Radio

How lucky were we ?

Views - 30 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

Continuing the story about visiting Newcastle, we were keen to stay in a hotel in the City Centre where we could get about conveniently. My son-in-law picked a hotel through the internet. When he told us that he had booked us – me and my nephew –

Priya Goonatilleke showcases ‘Escape 02’ at the Wendt

Views - 20 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

‘Escape 02,’ an art exhibition of paintings and drawings by Priya Goonatilleke, was held last weekend at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. Following the opening night event on 9 March, the exhibition was open to the public on 10 and 11 March – Pix

Chandrasena Perera’s ‘Captured Moments’ photographic exhibition next week

Views - 43 Saturday, 17 March 2018 00:00

A photographic exhibition by Chandrasena Perera, titled ‘Captured Moments …The sequel… and the saga continues’, featuring over 60 masterful monochrome and colour images, will be held at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery from 23 to 25 March. The ex

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Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about

The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the

Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o

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

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘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

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