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‘Wounded Landscapes’ by Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan

Views - 103 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

An exhibition titled ‘Wounded Landscapes’ by Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan is being held at the Saskia Fernando Gallery from 11 to 31 October. Pakkiyarajah Pushpakanthan was born in Batticaloa and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts of the University of J

‘Don’t be like kites’: Nanda Malani advises AIA scholars

Views - 262 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

Not many who have had small beginnings or difficult times in their young days like to be frank about those days. They prefer to hide those experiences. Among possibly the handful of persons candidly discussing the young days is Sri Lanka’s foremost

TIRAS turns 10!

Views - 89 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

Aptly named after the Hebrew word for ‘desire’, Tiras is a business that meets the longstanding demand for traditional desserts and puddings. Catapulted to the Colombo dessert scene with its ‘not-so-traditional’ chocolate biscuit pudding, fea

The Avenue starts off with a bang

Views - 474 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

Colombo’s latest entrant into the casual fine dining space, The Avenue, was launched at an exclusive evening event on Wednesday night, replete with food, drinks, music, and, most importantly, good company. The restaurant, conceptualised and managed

Legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan wins prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Views - 9378 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:20

Legendary Hindi film actor Amitabh Bachchan will be the latest recipient of India’s celebrated Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year. The annual award honours a distinguished person in the field of cinema for his or her “outstandi

CLEFOLUTION: Not your average choir!

Views - 369 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:10

Group of passionate individuals offers solutions through music and gives voice to upliftment of mental health

Bold Brazilian flavours take over at FLOW

Views - 76 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:08

The true beauty of food and cooking in general is in its unifying properties. Strangers become friends. Cultures intertwine. Families grow. And nowhere is this more true than in Brazilian cuisine, which is in essence a smorgasbord of influences comin

Flying high!

Views - 92 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:05

The MJF Festival of Kites soared on 24 August, bringing together some of the most talented kite fliers and enthusiasts, breathing life onto the skies and shores of Panadura beach. The festival was a celebration of kite-flying – one of life’s simp

Ragging – then and now

Views - 32 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:04

At a TV discussion recently, the Vice Chancellor of Ruhuna University spoke about ragging, which made me recall our days in Peradeniya Campus. It was June 1953. The first batch of freshers was taking residence in Peradeniya. I was also in that batch

‘Luminous Emptiness’ by Nalin Indrasena at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 56 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:02

An exhibition titled ‘Luminous Emptiness’ by Nalin Indrasena is being held at Barefoot Gallery from 3 to 21 October. ‘Luminous Emptiness’ is a series of cold wax and oil mixed media paintings and is Indrasena’s first


Views - 242 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:10

Something funny happened on the way to the Wendt. Comedy became slapstick. Slapstick slipped into farce. Farce fell down on its face and stood up as satire. Stand-up has now become all the rage. And it’s not funny. Of course, the b

Ministry of Crab x DineForLanka charity dinner on Friday 4 October

Views - 54 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:10

Ministry Of Crab and DineForLanka will be hosting a charity dinner on Friday 4 October as part of a series of special dining events and activities supporting victims and families impacted by the Easter Sunday Sri Lanka bombings. It’s been just over

Arun launches ‘The One Who Loves You So’ book, announces 2020 production

Views - 163 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:10

The launch of Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke’s ‘The One Who Loves You So,’ the winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2018, was held at Barefoot on 24 September. The evening also marked the official launch of the fundraising drive for the 2020 production of

He braved all challenges

Views - 34 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:08

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga adorns the cover of the recent issue of ‘Lanka Times – Sri Lankan community magazine’ edited by Desmond Kelly. A double-page spread is devoted for Revatha S. Silva’s feature on Malinga along with photographs in colo

3D comedy adventure ‘Abominable’ now in cinemas

Views - 41 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:02

3D comedy adventure ‘Abominable’ is now being shown in Lankan cinemas Liberty by Scope, CCC, MC Cinemas, Empire, Regal Gampaha and Aruna Kiribathgoda. DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic

‘Hubei Cultural and Tourism Week – Sri Lanka 2019’ a grand success

Views - 31 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:02

Sri Lankans were treated to yet another unique cultural program with the participation of the specialised cultural performers and artists from Hubei Province of China, held to celebrate the 70th National Day of the People’s Republic of China which

‘Uncertainty II’ by Jayantha Pushpakumara at Paradise Road Galleries

Views - 19 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:00

An exhibition titled ‘Uncertainty II’ by Jayantha Pushpakumara is being held at Paradise Road Galleries from 19 September to 21 October. Explaining his work, the artists said: “I use woodcuts, mixe

Lanka Challenge flag-off and awards night

Views - 61 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:00

Lanka Challenge is annually organised by a UK-based travel arm in conjunction with Connaissance de Ceylan, promoting travellers from all over the world to gather in Colombo to take up the challenge of steering their own three wheeler or better known

A ‘pawsome’ new Dog Café to open on Gregory’s Road

Views - 315 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:00

When it comes to yummy, organic, homemade dog food, Tayo Bear is the household name in the country. After a year of operation Tayo Bear has accumulated a steady, growing legion of patrons who all share in Tayo’s vision in providing the furry commun


Views - 161 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:00

Lankan politics has become such a circus that the 2019 upcoming Presidential Election, while providing large-scale entertainment, holds out no hope of a brighter future – just the same old tired promises. And yet, if we journey back to 1948, hope

The ‘Sanskari Girl’

Views - 46 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:10

Nupur Saraswat is a female poet hailing from India, who is currently residing in Singapore. She is a writer and a performance poet and uses spoken word, theatre, and music in her performances to tell personal stories of love, identity and Sanskars.

Sri Lanka’s sought-after spices

Views - 60 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:10

Spices of Sri Lanka attracted foreign powers from early times. Merchants and travellers had carried reports to Europe of the wealth and fertility of the island and gradually European powers began to explore.

Mikhail Daken returns with ‘Smile’

Views - 33 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:08

“To the lost boys of this world, find your place, between your duty and your dreams” Mikhail Daken returns with ‘Smile,’ a haunting reflection on the struggle of growing up under the evolutionary pressures of modern life. Bellowing bass eng

‘The Tent’ shines a light on political and social apathy

Views - 85 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:07

On the same day that the President called for the expedition of investigations into the Central Bank bond scam, labelling the continued delays a hindrance in the quest for justice, elsewhere in Colombo there was another long-running quest for justic

‘God is a Mesh’ by Muvindu Binoy at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 57 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:05

An exhibition titled ‘God is a Mesh’ by Muvindu Binoy is being held at the Saskia Fernando Gallery from 13 September to 2 October – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara

Literature Month at Back To The Bible Bookshop

Views - 54 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:02

In celebration of International Literacy Day which fell on 8 September, Back To The Bible Bookshop is taking it one step further by hosting Literature Month for a whole month starting 2 to 30 September. So if you are looking to get your hands on som

‘Soba Roo’ nature photography exhibition at Viharamahadevi Park

Views - 21 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:02

An exhibition titled ‘Soba Roo’ was opened at Viharamahadevi Park opposite Nelum Pokuna on 14 September and will continue until 22 September. The exhibition features nature photographs by members of the National Association of Photographers, Sri

The Angela Seneviratne story

Views - 1373 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:10

On The Watch List this week is fabulous and fiery Angela Seneviratne, who traces her life’s journey unflinchingly in this interview. From love and loss to triumphs and tragedies, she lays it all bare as she looks back at the last six decades and tu

Sports stadiums in stamps

Views - 29 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:06

Sport in any country is played, enjoyed and admired by everyone irrespective of age or sex. Some may have their own preferences to specific sports and certain countries may excel in one or more particular sport(s). Spectator sport, in particular, bri

‘The Artist in Every Child’: Celebrating 70 years of the vision of Cora Abrahams

Views - 44 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:05

The annual exhibition of work by students of the Cora Abrahams Art Classes is due to open at the J.D.A Perera Gallery, Horton Place from 20 to 22 September from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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Presidency and Sangha: virtuous or villainous duo?

Thursday, 12 December 2019

President GR should be ever indebted to the Sangha, because without its tireless canvassing he would not have achieved what he did on 16 November. Given the volatile ethno-religious cleavages and unpredictably shifting alliances in the country, it wa

The task of convincing the President and the majority

Thursday, 12 December 2019

The President said that he was the President of all Sri Lankans, including the people who did not vote for him. The election results were highly polarised along ethnic lines. It is important to note that minorities did not vote for the extremist can

For an educated society: Can KIT replace current Sri Lankan teachers?

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Students learn from teachers in a school. Very few would argue with that statement. We have in our current school system a prominent place for the teacher; the front of the class with all students, one row after the row facing the teacher. This is th

The future of the UNP

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Each time Ranil Wickremesinghe is faced with a threat to his leadership, he comes up with a band aid solution which either postpones his day of reckoning, and/or worsens the situation for the Party, creating internal chaos and bringing it down in the

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