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Worst mass shooting in two decades

Views - 26 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

As Australian media was getting ready to build up for the Royal Wedding giving their viewers/readers regular programmes and features, there came the tragic story of what was described as Australia’s worst mass shooting in more than two decades. The


He well-deserved the recognition

Views - 22 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

A photograph of D.B. Nihalsingha, the first CEO and General Manager of the National (then State) Film Corporation was unveiled a few days back by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Corporation. It was a well-deserved recognition of a professional


Hypnotik mesmerises patrons at Hilton’s LAB

Views - 91 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:00

On Wednesday night, the Hilton Colombo had an exclusive cocktail party with several members of Colombo high society on the guest list to preview the latest attraction at the LAB (Lounge & Bar): Hypnotik.


Doing it his way!

Views - 196 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:55

A contrarian and non-conformist throughout his life, playwright and entertainer Indu Dharmasena takes pride in living life his way, with an all-important caveat of course – he does not hurt anyone, deprive anyone or break any laws.


From days of Taprobane

Views - 48 Saturday, 12 May 2018 00:54

Reading through two interesting articles recently in the Daily Mirror on the National Archives Department, I remembered the days when I used to drop in to refer to old newspapers and other Government publications.


Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown

Views - 259 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 - 140 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 - 21 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 - 76 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 - 4451 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 - 123 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 - 86 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 - 236 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 - 32 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 - 42 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 - 73 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 - 3088 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 - 76 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 - 33 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 - 34 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 - 24 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 - 51 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 - 67 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 - 66 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 - 64 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 - 68 Saturday, 21 April 2018 00:23

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


Something extraordinary

Views - 193 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 - 43 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 - 32 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 - 59 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


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A small step was taken by a sovereign court the day before yesterday. It was a giant leap for the supremacy of the Constitution over all three arms of government in a recently benighted Sri Lanka. As well as being the tangible proof of intra-governme


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Thursday, 15 November 2018

“We must never forget that the only real source of power we as judges can tap is the respect of the people” –Justice Thurgood Marshall


When scholars turn slayers of reason

Thursday, 15 November 2018

“… I think, that the intellectual is an individual endowed with a faculty of representing, embodying, articulating a message, a view, an attitude, philosophy or opinion to, as well as for, a public. And this role has an edge to it, and cannot be


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Thursday, 15 November 2018

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