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Cookery books – the start

Views - 32 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:14

The news of the launch of the English version of ‘Mahasupawansaya’ – ‘The Great Chronicle of Sri Lankan Culinary Art’ – by Master Chef, Dr. Pabilis Silva, made me go back to the days when I remember my mother using the ‘Dinamina Supa Sh


Winter ‘sleep out’ to help homeless youth

Views - 23 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:10

We tend to think that youth in developed countries have no problems. ‘They are well looked after’ is the picture we have created in our minds. But it is not so. Homelessness is one of the major issues among youth.


Voice for the Voiceless Foundation: Empowering the marginalised

Views - 85 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:04

These are the immortal words of Jackie De Shannon, with which Dishan De Silva, the Main Advisor of Voice for Voiceless Foundation, couldn’t agree more. “Sri Lanka today is at a crossroads, with racial and ethnic tensions continuously simmering un


‘Sinha’ dance ballet mesmerises audiences

Views - 16 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:01

‘Sinha,’ a unique dance ballet based on a historic theme, scripted and choreographed by award-winning dancer Nilan Maligaspe, was held at the Lionel Wendt Theatre in Colombo amidst a distinguished gathering.


The Bayleaf and Zesta launch ‘Afternoon Tea’

Views - 101 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:56

The Bayleaf launched ‘Afternoon Tea’ in partnership with Watawala Tea Ceylon, serving up a unique experience for tea lovers, featuring 15 special blends alongside an array of finger food at its Wine and Tea room or private rooms daily from 2 p.m.


‘A Chocolate Indulgence’ with Chocolatier Zeba Kohli

Views - 43 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:54

Collaborating with India’s renowned chocolatier Zeba Kohli, Hafele presented an innovative chocolate experience to their guests at the largest state-of-the-art Hafele Design Centre in the heart of Colombo.


Chocolate mania at Hilton Colombo!

Views - 33 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:34

EatDrinkHilton is all about fresh produce, seasonal offerings and local tastes. This month the focus is chocolate! Not only will you find this in the special dishes at the dining outlets, you will find it in every aspect of the Hilton hospitality exp


Esala festival begins with ‘Kap’ ceremony

Views - 23 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:29

Known as Senkadagala or Senkadagalapura during the time of the ancient kings, Kandy came to be known as Maha Nuwara being the only remaining ‘Great City’ – the last capital of Sinhala kings, with Colombo being under successive foreign powers.


‘Why? Saama’ – A curious little girl giant who travels around Sri Lanka

Views - 86 Saturday, 11 August 2018 00:22

Saama conveys an important message – she wants everyone to know how caregivers can help girls to reach their full potential by giving them an opportunity to shine. The Little Girl Giant Puppet is a collective creation of MJF Charitable Foundation,


The sweet and sour real life romance of reel actors Savitri and Gemini

Views - 4188 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:20

The recent release and box-office success of the Telugu biographical movie ‘Mahanati’ (Great Actress) has created a great deal of interest in the famous South Indian actress Savitri. The bio-pic simultaneously released in Tamil as ‘Nadigaiyar


Greenery, white sand and blue water

Views - 29 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

It was not the best day to visit one of Australia’s internationally-famous beaches. We didn’t expect to have so much rain. But luckily for us the rains came in fits and starts, so we could have a good look at the whit


The Guru Gedara Festival from 30 August to 2 September

Views - 58 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:10

The first immersive traditional arts experience presented by the Chitrasena Vajira Dance Foundation with Cinnamon Life in association with John Keells Foundation


Magic and mayhem thrills Colombo

Views - 25 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:01

It was a magical night on 7 July at the Lionel Wendt, with a dash of mayhem and theatrical fire (in this case, quite literally). Jehan Aloysius and his troupe, CentreStage Productions staged one of their most magical and belo


‘ Executive Demon and Other Works’ by Chandraguptha Thenuwara

Views - 25 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:01

‘Executive Demon and Other Works,’ an exhibition by Chandraguptha Thenuwara, is being held at Saskia Fernando


Super-rich bird life

Views - 53 Saturday, 4 August 2018 00:01

Sri Lanka’s wildlife tourism potential is not news to anyone. With large mammals, both land-based and in the oceans, observable from coast to coast, not to mention the off-coast shipwreck diving ex


The Chef’s Table at Kaema Sutra: Shining star of Sri Lankan cuisine

Views - 141 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

The Sri Lankan cuisine restaurant Kaema Sutra at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo, serves up sensational food coupled with superb views of the sunset, making it the perfect place to unwind in the evenings. Founded by celebrity chef Dharshan Munidasa and int


Colombo Design Market this Sunday !

Views - 118 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Colombo Design Market is back this Sunday, 22 July, from 10 a.m. to 8 p..m at Women’s International Club to bring you the platform that has been nurturing homegrown creativity and supporting Sri Lanka’s emerging independent designers and brands s


Home comforts greet ‘Wild Boars’ captain after Thai cave rescue

Views - 33 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10

Mae Sai, Thailand (Reuters): Happiness is a birthday cake, a meal of pork-knuckle rice, a warm bed and a trip to buy a new mobile telephone. Those were some of the treats enjoyed by Duangpetch Prom


Buddhist monks attend a religious ceremony

Views - 19 Saturday, 21 July 2018 00:10


A day with Daco, discovering art and abstract animals

Views - 88 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 - 26 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 - 47 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 - 43 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 - 43 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 - 92 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 - 3838 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 - 33 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 - 314 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.


WHO IS THIS FREDDY, WHAT THE *FK IS HE ?

Views - 1578 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 - 86 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


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