FT Lite

Fifth PM in five years

Views - 14 Saturday, 1 September 2018 00:00

Three years ago all eyes were on Canberra because of the crisis within the ruling Liberal Party. Prime Minister Tony

Capturing changing Colombo

Views - 62 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

Colombo city is changing rapidly. New skyscrapers are becoming a common sight and these construction sites carry gigantic billboards that exhibit photographs of the future. There are many billboards around Galle Face, with slogans of ‘Colombo Finan

‘ Love, Lies & Diamonds ’

Views - 181 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

This hilarious story revolves around the philandering owner of Kukulawala Holdings, Kusal Kukulawala, who has ordered a diamond necklace for his new muse. Trouble, confusion and chaos begin, when Kusal’s wife, Deepika shows up unannounced at the of

‘Bayan’ – A winter of content

Views - 65 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

Author of ‘Behind the Eclipse’ and several other novels, Pramudith D. Rupasinghe is a clinical psychologist by profession and has worked in different parts of the world as a humanitarian diplomat. In the backdrop of the recent re-launch of ‘Bay

All for the good of the needy

Views - 66 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

To see a row of white tuk tuks (as three-wheelers are known by all) on the road was an unusual sight. For one thing we hardly see white colour tuk tuks. They are mostly green or red. And the drivers didn’t loo

Her long journey in cinema

Views - 19 Saturday, 25 August 2018 00:10

On stage at 17. On the screen at 20. Completes 50 years in cinema. Over 150 films. At a quick glance that is the record of the ‘Queen of Sri Lankan Cinema’, Malini Fonseka. I remember watching her in the stage drama, ‘Akal Vessa’ in 1965. She

DMK Chief “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi excelled as a Tamil film script writer

Views - 2458 Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:01

Muttuvel Karunanidhi, known to the Tamil-speaking world as “Kalaignar” (artiste), passed away at the age of 94 in Chennai on 7 August. Karunanidhi had been Chief Minister of India’s Tamil Nadu state for a total of 19 years. He was Chief Ministe

Nigella magic

Views - 40 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:11

By Uditha Jayasinghe Most chefs tell people how to cook but Nigella Lawson has won legions of fans by telling people how to eat. She has liberated millions scared of “proper” cooking by unashamedly chopping unevenly, dropping ingredients, and ent

Glamorous Randoli Perahera

Views - 23 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

It’s past 6 in the evening. The sound of a gunshot is heard from the Dalada Maligawa at the auspicious time. It’s soon followed by the second, third and fourth. Each one is a signal for the devales – Natha, Vishnu, Kataragama and Pattini, in th

The prolific writer

Views - 14 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Buddhadasa Galappatty – best known as Buddhi – had several other interests while serving as a senior executive in the corporate sector. Theatre was one such interest, not as an actor or producer but as a behind-the-stage craftsman.

‘Symphony of Freedom’ fetes India’s 71st independence anniversary

Views - 9 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Celebrating the 71st anniversary of India’s independence, the High Commission of India Colombo recently held ‘Symphony of Freedom’, a musical extravaganza by the renowned Bollywood playback singer Usha Uthup at the BMICH

City2Surf – Great fun and helping charities

Views - 11 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Imagine close upon 80,000 competitors taking part in a road race! It was great fun. Men and women of all ages, youths, groups, families – they all took part. Thousands lined up the streets to watch and cheer.

Okonomiyaki at Ikoi Tei: Grilled as you like!

Views - 23 Saturday, 18 August 2018 00:10

Hilton Colombo’s Japanese restaurant Ikoi Tei located at the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct is serving Okonomiyaki, a delicious and tempting Japanese savory pancake containing a variety of ingredients.

Lifetime Felicitation Award for Chandramani Thenuwara at ‘Sri Lanka Design Week 2018’

Views - 94 Saturday, 11 August 2018 01:18

The first-ever Sri Lankan woman to qualify abroad as a Chartered Textile Technologist and to go on to become the first Sri Lankan woman Fellow of The Textile Institute UK is to be felicitated by the University of Moratuwa – Department of Integrated

Cookery books – the start

Views - 19 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 - 16 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 - 58 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 - 8 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 - 62 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 - 29 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 - 20 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 - 13 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 - 72 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 - 2767 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 - 20 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 - 41 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 - 16 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 - 15 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 - 39 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 - 123 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

Today's Columnists

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

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

Columnists More