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BBQ time at Bavarian Beer Garden and Boardwalk

Views - 102 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

It’s a great time for barbeques and there’s no better place to enjoy one than at the Bavarian Beer Garden and Boardwalk at Waters Edge – seated in the cool open area, listening to the band and watching the lapping water and the dancing lights o

Rare temple ceremonies in Canberra

Views - 26 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

The setting-up and the unveiling of the pinnacle and depositing relics in a newly-built stupa are rare events at any Buddhist temple. Particularly in a foreign country these ceremonies are extremely rare. The Sri Lankan Buddhist community in and arou


Views - 25 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Analogous to the world famous Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche who wrote about the Igbo people’s isolation during the Biafran war in her award winning novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ Shankari Chandran writes about the Sri Lankan civil war

The De Lanerolle Brothers’ ‘Encore at Waters Edge’

Views - 25 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrated 10 years of singing together to the date by presenting a show titled ‘Encore at Waters Edge,’ going back to where it all started 10 years ago on 3 March. The De Lanerolle Brothers are the only act to have cont

A classic evening at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Views - 25 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

In this era’s calendar, 8 March is a significant day, a focal point of celebratory triumph for women across the globe. Over the years women have paved the way for themselves to define who they are and what they stand for. For this women’s day th

HSBC CFW The highs and lows

Views - 56 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Enfant terrible and all-round fire-starter Stefan Andre Joachim sifts through the highs and lows of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2019

Pumpkin power!

Views - 84 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:10

Pumpkin passion has taken the country by storm with local farmers harvesting a bumper crop this season, resulting in an absolute abundance of pumpkins all over the country. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, last week Green Path was an explosion of s

FLOW launches ‘Indian Indulgence’

Views - 45 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:10

FLOW at Hilton Colombo Residences launched an amazing ‘Indian Indulgence’ dinner experience on Thursday, showcasing India’s finest culinary offerings in its inimitable style. Hilton Colombo Residences General Manager Linda Giebing and Marketin

Another success story

Views - 39 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:10

Reading about N.U. Jayawardena’s Founder’s Day activities early this week in Daily FT, I recalled the coffee table book we did for Sampath Bank to mark its 25th anniversary seven years back. Though NU had passed away (in 2002) he figured prominen

‘How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World’

Views - 27 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:00

‘How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World’ is showing at Colombo City Centre Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. Pictured are some scenes from the movie premiere at CCC – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara

Meeting ‘thorough gents’

Views - 18 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:00

Among the contacts I made in the early days on the ‘Dinamina’ were several bureaucrats who were ‘thorough gentlemen’. Dr. Gamani Corea, the country’s most distinguished economist, highly-acclaimed worldwide, was one. As Director of the Pla

121st All Breeds Championship Dog Show

Views - 22 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:00

The 121st All Breeds Championship Dog Show organised by the Ceylon Kennel Club was held at the BMICH recently. The Ceylon Kennel Club was established in 1899 at Temple Trees which subsequently became the residence of the Prime Minister of

Drugs and equipment for rural hospitals

Views - 23 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lankans in the major cities in Australia render an invaluable service by supplying medical equipment and drugs to needy hospitals in remote areas in Sri Lanka through the Hospital Services Council. The Director of the Council, Ven Rajawelle Subhu

‘Postcards from Home’ exhibition by Cresside Collette

Views - 52 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:00

‘Postcards from Home,’ an exhibition by Cresside Collette opened to the public on 14 February and will remain open daily until 7 March at the Saskia Fernando Gallery, 41 Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Every time I return to th

‘Secret Vows’ exhibition by Chathurika Jayani

Views - 28 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:00

‘Secret Vows,’ an exhibition by Chathurika Jayani was held from 15 February to 27 February at Art Space. “Their shapes and colours overlap and stand out against serene and peaceful backdrops, and they are used as a symbol of a vow or prayer for

The great rugby game fails to score big time!

Views - 443 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:10

Rugby is the rage. There’s the slap by a coach that was heard around Sri Lanka. Then there was the great showdown between two rival teams making national headlines. In green: the Arsikcity Butterflies Sports Club. In blue: the Kotaudagama Chilli Po

Anuradhapura-Amaravati cultural interface

Views - 206 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:10

Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal has written extensively about art. She is a wonderful raconteur who possesses a wealth of knowledge on great works of art that span across thousands of years. So bonded is her attachment to what she loves, that it seems just

Seeing ‘Maname for Rs. 2

Views - 39 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:10

At the dawn of the 20th century, Sinhala theatre reached high standards due to the efforts of two leading dramatists, John de Silva (1854-1933) and Charles Dias (1878-1944), who staged plays at the Tower Hall, Maradana, opened in 1911. The plays dre

NAPSL holds ‘Sonduru Netheththo’ photography exhibition

Views - 32 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

The 2017 and 2018 students of the National Association of Photographers of Sri Lanka (NAPSL) held the ‘Sonduru Netheththo’ photography exhibition at J.D.A. Perera Gallery recently. Chief Guest at the exhibition was Cinematographer

Youth talent aplenty

Views - 25 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

When a friend asked me to watch the popular Derana Dream Star Reality Show, I wasn’t keen though I am a Sinhala music fan. He insisted I should watch since it had reached the final stages and assured me I would not be disappointed. I could not thr


Views - 25 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

Much like the Indian born writer Rohinton Mistry who sets his stories within the backdrop of his dwindling Parsi community, Sri Lanka’s Ameena Hussein often sets her stories and essays within the relatively small microcosm of the Sri Lankan Muslim

uloolaa: Unique kids’ clothing brand by stay-at-home mums

Views - 147 Saturday, 23 February 2019 00:00

uloolaa is a newly-launched online clothing brand for kids, powered by stay-at-home mums. Kids’ clothing may belong to a saturated market but uloolaa has found a way to stand out in the crowd through its distinctive features: The designs accommodat

Chity, Sri Lanka’s icon of music activism

Views - 421 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Popular rock musician and firebrand Chitral “Chity” Somapala slammed the local music scene in an interview with Weekend FT, asserting that Sri Lanka does not have a music industry. Pointing out that most musicians present crude and vulgar lyrics

‘Unseen’ by Preethi Hapuwatte at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 65 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

An exhibition of paintings titled ‘Unseen’ by Preethi Hapuwatte is on at the Barefoot Gallery Colombo from 12 February to 4 March. The exhibition can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays

Abrupt end of the pact

Views - 44 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Prime Minister Bandaranaike met pressmen once a week in the morning at his residence in Rosmead Place. (He did not occupy Temple Trees, the official residence of the prime minister, using it only for official functions.) ‘Kiribath’ was served and

The Leaf provides a fresh and tasty lamprais

Views - 342 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:10

Lamprais is a favourite among Sri Lankans and a fresh version of it is served up by Shakila Perera Samaraweera, with delectable options of chicken, mixed meat and even vegetarian to choose from. Shakila, who has had training as

Citro Craft Exhibition this weekend

Views - 37 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

Students of Poorna Kalaratne will hold her seventh exhibition of embroidery and quelling at the J. D. A. Perera Gallery, No. 46, Horton Place, Colombo 07 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 16 and 17 February.

‘Alita Battle Angel’ at CCC – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema

Views - 70 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

‘Alita Battle Angel’ is now showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ is a 2019 American cyberpunk action film based on Yukito Kishiro’s manga Gunnm, also known as Battle Angel Alita. Produce

Warning note for the Aus Government?

Views - 12 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

It was rather an ominous start for the Liberal Party Government in Australia when it lost the vote on a bill in the House of Representatives earlier this week. The opposition Labour Party and a group of independent MPs voted for a bill moved by an in

The Big Girl

Views - 28 Saturday, 16 February 2019 00:00

When this book of short stories written by Alagu Subramaniam was first published in 1964, Ceylon had been independent of the British for about 16 years. Then as now, the effect of colonialism was a topic of open discussion.

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Poignant pondering on a patriarch

Monday, 22 April 2019

Almost five months have gone. It is with a profound sense of sadness that we experienced the demise of our veteran teacher, respected author, legal luminary, an accomplished ambassador, an eminent public servant and an amazing human being, Dr. Wickre

Enemies of democracy – Part I Demand for a strongman to rule the country

Monday, 22 April 2019

I posed the following question to a group of university students recently: ‘Do you desire to have a strongman to rule Sri Lanka today?’ The students, made up of both genders in the age group of 25 to 35, chorused the answer in the affirmative. Wh

The sad demise of Jet Airways

Monday, 22 April 2019

Jet Airways of India, once the premier full-service carrier of the sub-continent, has ceased operations. “Jet Airways and its Board of Directors have been forced to take this extreme measure, as prolonged and sustained efforts with lenders and auth

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

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