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A dramatic Summer Workshop for Kids with Jehan

Views - 110 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

Jehan Aloysius and his team at CentreStage Productions are preparing for their popular Summer Workshop for Kids on 17 and 18 August as their usual space on Colombo 3. Registrations for this unique workshop is now open, though there are just a few pl

On top of the world

Views - 39 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

Another World Cup Cricket tournament – arguably the most popular ODI tournament of the game – ended a few days back. A guy who came to deliver a package to our Perth home when the tournament was on, wanted to know my name for him to note down the

Michael Collins is the forgotten astronaut of Apollo 11; he’s perfectly fine with that

Views - 75 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

esquire.com: On 20 July 1969, at 1:46 p.m., Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin separated the Eagle landing craft from the Apollo 11 command module. Michael Collins stayed behind, firing the rockets, moving about two miles away from his colleagues—and 2

Happened 50 years ago

Views - 38 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

‘Neil Armstrong’s booted foot, pressed firmly in the lunar soil, symbolised the stunning success of man’s highest adventure – the achievement, with the first moon step on the eve of 20 July 1969, the ambitious goal set by President John F. Ke


Views - 63 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

We delight in over two thousand five hundred years of history, culture and civilisation. But in concrete terms, what does that mean? Was there art, dance, education and literature that flourished in an unbroken line? Have we been written of as a civi

‘Asymmetry’ at Lionel Wendt

Views - 45 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

‘Asymmetry,’ the debut exhibition of amateur artist Pavithra Perera, is on at the Lionel Wendt from 18 to 21 July. She is on a mission to voice asymmetries of our society through her expression of art. The artist is a lawyer with specialisation i

Humour, sarcasm, and truth bombs: Taking Sri Lankan history mainstream

Views - 162 Saturday, 13 July 2019 01:05

Andrew Fidel Fernando knows he’s not the first to blend history with humour, adventure and storytelling, but he also knows a good thing when he sees one. “That was the first time I realised how history can be used to tell a story about the presen

July ’83: Through the eyes of Indian poet Kamala Das

Views - 75 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:10

By Chandani Kirinde Kamala Das (1934-2009), the trailblazing Indian English poet, is known for her themes exploring women’s sexuality, martial and domestic strife, and human rights, among others. She wrote both in English and Malayalam and attracte

The best sad songs of 2019 for when you need a good cry

Views - 38 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:10

Esquire: We’ve all been there. Some days are meant for staying in a sad mood, and the best way to wallow in it is with a good playlist, right? For better or worse, 2019 has delivered songs worthy of a good melancholy, rainy day. Whether you’re bu

Festival time in the south

Views - 29 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:05

It’s Esala festival time. The bigger festivals have begun with the Kataragama Devale Perahera and will soon be followed by the Kandy Esala cultural pageant. The Kataragama Maha Perahera is on Tuesday 16 July, the Esala Full Moon Poya Day Several ye

World Music Day spotlights Sri Lankan talent of all genres

Views - 35 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:05

World Music Day 2019 was recently celebrated with a large number of ardent music lovers at The Kingsbury’s CE LA VI Rooftop. The event connected music lovers in Colombo with 45 artistes who performed with passion and soul. The repertoire of perform

Alliance Francaise de Kandy presents ‘Harmony in Contrast’

Views - 36 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:05

Alliance Francaise de Kandy is presenting ‘Harmony in Contrast,’ a collection of paintings consisting of collage and mixed media by artist Prasad Abu Bakr, from 20 July to 11 August, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “The highlight of this exhibitio

‘The Theatre of Reconciliation: Potentials, Tensions and Practices’

Views - 72 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:02

Sri Lanka currently faces multiple challenges in relation to rebuilding social trust among communities. In the aftermath of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings Sri Lankan society has experienced a renewed cycle of ethno-religious enmity, mistrust and v

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ premiere at CCC

Views - 47 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is showing at CCC – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema from 2 July, imported and distributed by Skyline Entertainment. These scenes were captured at the premiere at CCC

SAMUTTHANA Mind over matter

Views - 56 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:20

Launched in 2006, two years after the tsunami hit Sri Lanka, Samutthana was one of the pioneers of setting up mental health support in the country. Samutthana Executive Director Dr. Isuri Roche Dharmaratne, together with Dr. Shamil Wanigarathne.....

Slow-Cooked Thoughts: Articles, Talks, Essays, One Old Poem, and Two Tales.

Views - 34 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:15

This is a ‘must-read’ book for those who lived during that glorious past, which is quietly slipping out of our grasp. It also one for the next generation, who live in a world of make believe – thinking that demolition of that glorious past and.

‘Woven Structures’ at the Barefoot Gallery

Views - 28 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:14

‘Woven Structures,’ a Collection of Sartorial Works by Marie Gnanaraj and Marisa Gnanaraj, opened at the Barefoot Gallery on Thursday and will continue until 18 July

House on the Moon to celebrate World Chocolate Day

Views - 199 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya In this modern age of social media, every day seems to be a celebration of one thing or another, swinging wildly from the absurd (pancakes, etc.) to the more pressing (women’s rights, etc.). But every once in a while, a day

‘Icons of Style’

Views - 50 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

at Sparkle High Tea Fashion Show The Kingsbury Sparkle High Tea Fashion Show on Wednesday, 26 June, featured an extravagant selection of culinary delights and ‘Icons of Style’ timeless elegance by fashion designer Ruchira Karunaratne for the Reb


Views - 63 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

The turn of the 19th century was a fascinating time of historical change for the world at large and Sri Lanka in particular. The Dutch East India Company (VOC) which ruled over Indonesia and controlled Lanka’s maritime provinces was in decline. Bri

His thoughts on death penalty

Views - 26 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

Do it or not to do it? This seems to be the big question that is being discussed these days on the death penalty. Really it had been an issue dating back to the State Council days in the 1930s. Suspension of capital punishment had been discussed in

The vociferous speaker

Views - 29 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:00

Reporting parliamentary proceedings as a reporter was a pleasure in the 1950/’60s. In a way it was tough for Sinhala newspaper reporters with the proceedings in the old days being in English. It was rarely that a MP spoke in Sinhala. Yet we managed

Eagerness to vote

Views - 30 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

As the years progressed significant changes were made in the electoral system in Sri Lanka. At the general election in March 1965 everyone over 18 years of age got the right to vote – a significant change from the earlier provision. Since 1931 onl

Maisie Williams’ next role sounds as exciting as Arya Stark in ‘Game Of Thrones’

Views - 26 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

But new show ‘Two Weeks to Live’ is a world away from Westeros


Views - 67 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:10

What better way to deal with a marital crisis than move to the largest island in the Inner Hebrides and indulge in Scotland’s most famous beverage? Sam Benson’s mid-life crisis continues after his binge and he pours his love and attention into a

Fun for both kids and adults

Views - 25 Saturday, 29 June 2019 00:00

After a fairly lengthy break it was refreshing to see a Sinhala film out of the normal formula type. Nor was it the arty type. Some may prefer to call it a children’s film. Really it is a film which could be enjoyed both by kids and adults. ‘Thaa

Representing AMIC

Views - 35 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:10

Having said goodbye to ‘active’ journalism when I left Lake House and joined Lever Brothers, I still continued my interest in writing. I helped in editing ‘Lever Pavula,’ the company’s house journal. As one of the brand managers I had to sh

Climate change and us

Views - 103 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:10

As a writer, one of the most critical aspects in compiling a story is differentiating between the information in your head and what’s needed in the story. A general rule of thumb is that you should invariably have more informati

Maugham’s letter: A prized possession

Views - 28 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:05

By Chandani Kirinde British author W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is among the most celebrated writers of all time. His books including ‘Of Human Bondage’ (1915), ‘The Painted Veil’ (1925) and ‘The Razor’s Edge’ (1944) continue to be s

‘Being the Other’ at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 25 Saturday, 22 June 2019 00:00

Fabienne Francotte’s ‘Being the Other’ exhibition is on at the Saskia Fernando Gallery; 41, Horton Place, Colombo 7, from 20 June to 11 July. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The exhibition map

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Emerging signals of a US recession

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

US stocks plunge on fears of an economic downturn Last week’s turbulence in financial markets was a reaction to the fresh evidence of a possible recession in the US economy. The Dow Jones Industrials Average dropped a whopping 800 points or 3% last

The 1915 pogrom: Where were all the women?

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

The 1915 anti-Muslim pogrom in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) is usually analysed through the lenses of ethnicity, religion, or class. Gender – and specifically women – appears to be absent in the narratives on this colonial-era conflict. Such absence i

The meaning of our slogans

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Sri Lankans undoubtedly are inclined towards slogans, and the time of elections is the high season. They appear everywhere; on walls, bus stands, huge boulders, vehicles and even on the garments worn by the campaigners. Usually we are given somewhat

“Doing something” about social media?

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Since the tragic terrorist incidents and pogroms of April and May, concerns about social media have been reverberating throughout our society. We are under pressure to “do something,” even without fully understanding the problems we seek to solve

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