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Degaldoruwa Cave frescoes

Views - 37 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:56

Throughout the philatelic history of Sri Lanka, many stamps were issued to pay homage to renowned figures, legends and commemorate the anniversaries of significant events.


The best 20 movies of 2017 (so far)

Views - 68 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:00

It’s been an exceptional year for action epics featuring formidable female warriors, and none are as out-and-out insane as The Villainess, South Korean director Jung Byung-gil’s aesthetically frenetic revenge saga. Trying to keep up with the film


‘If One Thing Matters…’ by Elizabeth Porter at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 15 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:00

An exhibition of paintings titled ‘If One Thing Matters…’ by Elizabeth Porter is being held at Barefoot Gallery from 28 September to 22 October. The gallery, at 704, Galle Road, Colombo 3, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.


‘nATFEST – Dance for Reconciliation’ in December

Views - 7 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:00

nATFEST, an international contemporary dance festival organised by Sri Lanka’s first contemporary dance company, nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka, will be held from 1 to 8 December in Jaffna and Colombo. The festival is to commence on 1 December


Legalising same-sex marriage

Views - 12 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:00

‘Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry? Have your say…and do it today.’ This is the message the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is giving to the Australian voters in a countrywide survey to check people’s prefere


Award winners all

Views - 6 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:00

Whether they win or lose, Sri Lankan cricketers have the knack of getting talked about all the time. At least three of them – two former national players and one still going strong – were in the news over the past few days.


Voice Walk – ‘Be wise online’

Views - 35 Saturday, 7 October 2017 00:00

The Voice Walk was held for the fifth consecutive year on 19 August, to raise awareness about the crisis and implications on our future generation and society due to the unprecedented rise in the number of reported cases on cyber exploitation and vio


Arankale – The Sacred Grove

Views - 58 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:43

Arankale is a forest monastery that can be found, nestled in the groves of Hiriyala Hathpathtuwa in the Kurunegala District of Sri Lanka. This sacred site is believed to be one of the significant Buddhist monasteries in Sri Lanka,


‘Living Free’ by Chitral Jayatilake and Vimukthi Weeratunga

Views - 27 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:25

With the computer screen rapidly replacing the printed page as the medium from which we derive our information and entertainment, one would have thought the days of the tea-table book (I regret I am no longer permitted to mention the alternate bevera


Domi the Unicorn’s fascinating world of FX makeup

Views - 245 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:16

FX (special effects) makeup has been around for a while but is still fairly new in Sri Lanka. People who have a fascination for special effects makeup and body painting and have been looking for a special effects makeup artist, will be pleased to lea


Enjoying a meal amidst books

Views - 18 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

The board said ‘elephant boy café’. We were curious. The rugged look inside was different to most other cafes down Main Street in Bowral. We walked in. We were ushered to a table. Right round us were books. Racks full of used books adorned the


Chitral Jayatilake on ‘Living Free’

Views - 11 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

It has been seven long years since I published my last book: seven years of travelling the wilds of Sri Lanka and beyond. Even as the yearning to conserve the fragments of the natural landscapes that remain grows among our people, it is clear that Na


Vimukthi Weeratunga on ‘Living Free’

Views - 11 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

I still remember my first time in the wild. It is a play-by-play of vivid memories of our first trip to Wilpattu when I was but a child. After four and a half decades, the good times we shared during that amazing safari – the sound of laughter, the


A testament of faith: The Christian Reformed Church celebrates 375 years

Views - 10 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

The Christian Reformed Church in Sri Lanka, formerly known as the Dutch Reformed Church, celebrates 375 years on 6 October.A trilingual service of thanksgiving to celebrate this milestone is planned at the Christian Reformed Church in Galle on 5 Octo


AMIC – from Singapore to Manila

Views - 7 Saturday, 30 September 2017 00:00

I felt so happy to read that one-time journalist colleague of mine, Shelton Gunaratne along with another media man from Sri Lanka, Wijayananda Jayaweera have won awards from the prestigious Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) in


An oasis among sand dunes

Views - 22 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:23

One hundred and sixty km north west from Colombo, passing dried fish ‘wadiyas’ and salterns, you will find an oasis among sand dunes. Once an arid strip of land, the Calpentyn Peninsula today is lined with resorts and lodges where you’d find ki


A peep at happenings in the early days

Views - 22 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

On the eve of the 58th death anniversary of the late Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike on 26 September, this rather unusual picture appeared in a Facebook entry announcing the release of 1,000 historic photographs by the Government Information Dep


The Sooriya Village celebrates Children’s Day

Views - 9 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The Sooriya Village, in line with the spirit of Children’s Day, is hosting a festival in their own aesthetic by bringing drama, stories, and music on 1 October from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Japanese Film Festival this weekend

Views - 4 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

A Japanese Film Festival will be held at National Film Corporation Theatre, 303, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7, on 23 and 24 September.


Sri Lanka Embassy takes part in Beijing International Language and Culture Expo

Views - 7 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The 1st Beijing International Language and Culture Expo was ceremonially opened on 12 September at the China International Expo Center, Beijing, while the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing participated to showcase culture and language of Sri Lanka.


ESCAPE Stories of Survivors

Views - 19 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Little Theatre Group and its Director Angelo Pereira presented ESCAPE at Sooriya Village last week, based on six true stories of survivors of child sexual abuse.


‘Music is for All’

Views - 7 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

The Sri Lanka Norway Music Cooperation was established in 2009 and is funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy and is implemented by Kulturtanken, Norway and Sevalanka Foundation, Sri Lanka.


A Korean explosion

Views - 64 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

Explosions and Korea it seems are all the rage these days, but while the North has been making headlines recently for its nuclear-charged game of chicken with the US’ Cheeto-in-Chief, its neighbours down South have been involved in altogether less


From tulips to old crocks

Views - 5 Saturday, 23 September 2017 00:00

It’s not tulips in Amsterdam – it’s about tulips in Bowral in the Southern Highlands in New South Wales. September is ‘Tulip Time’ in Bowral. It is a springtime festival with tulips in bloom along with a host of other colourful flowers. It


Calpentyn Dutch Fort and colonial influences on the north west coast

Views - 112 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:10

Robert Knox mentioned Kalpitiya by the name of Calpentyn, and described it as one of the fortified and opulent places in the Island at his time. The Gulf of Kalpitiya acted as a navigable passage which flourished the trade unions between Coromandel C


Pulasthi Raja gets a royal welcome

Views - 27 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:09

It was heartening to read that the group of tuskers at the Sri Dalada Maligawa has now been strengthened by one more. Following protocol, President Maithripala Sirisena formally handed over the tusker gifted by the Myanmar Government to the Diyawadan


Japan’s homeless banish despair through dance

Views - 19 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:08

Penniless and subsisting only on water for three weeks, Tokyo street-dweller Tokuchika Nishi thought he had come to the end of his life.


Carrie Fisher’s annotated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ script up for auction

Views - 16 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

Los Angeles (Reuters): Carrie Fisher’s hand-annotated script for her “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” movie is expected to fetch up to $50,000 at an auction next month of her personal property.


Two first-time authors make Man Booker Prize shortlist

Views - 17 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

London (Reuters): Two first-time female authors feature on the 2017 Man Booker Prize fiction shortlist which comprises three women and three men including best-selling US writer Paul Auster.


Darren Aronofsky on ‘mother!’: ‘We want to shake audiences’

Views - 24 Saturday, 16 September 2017 00:00

New York (Reuters): Darren Aronofsky does not just want audiences to watch his new film “mother!” He wants to shake them up and leave them thinking about his genre-defying, surreal apocalyptic thriller.


Today's Columnists

Lloyd Yapa’s treatise on export competitiveness: A must reference book for SL economic policymakers

Monday, 11 December 2017

A pressing economic problem faced by the present Government, and any government that would come to power in the future, is the dwindling export earnings.


Brand Excellence – How it all started

Monday, 11 December 2017

Brand Excellence 2017 has just been concluded and it is good to see all the winners proudly displaying their trophies and accolades in recognition of their brand marketing strategies.


Excellence as essence: Reaping the richness of resourcefulness

Monday, 11 December 2017

An annual convocation is an event to remember the social obligation we have in order to produce leaders of the right calibre to the nation.


Nuwara-Eliya, a lost horizon

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Nuwara-Eliya is a pretence. Holding out as a ‘little England’ or a miniature Switzerland, the place is a groundless boast, a show a long way from getting on the road. What immediately hits the visitor to the township in the hills are the dissimil


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