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Yapahuwa, the Royal Abode of King Bhuvanekabahu I

Views - 317 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:59

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Legends and Bodhivamsa stories reveal that there had been an ‘Alakamandawa’ (A Royal Abode), perched on a rock near Maho, a village situated approximately 45km away from Kurunegala.  During the


The railway station now a cafe

Views - 286 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:58

As the winter ends and there are signs of a clear day, most people in the city prefer to drive off to spend the day in a quiet place. We did the same last Sunday and decided to go north for a day out. Our destination was Lancelin, a popular touris


Five years of art, culture and creative wonder

Views - 303 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:57

By Shamalee De Silva-Parizeau Five years ago, post-conflict Sri Lanka was deep in transformation; her air was thick with a strange mix of grief, excitement, anger, relief and new possibilities. The outpour of emotion that cut across all facets o


Promoting tea 80 years ago

Views - 282 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:57

While a lot of activities are celebrating the 150th year of Ceylon Tea, I thought it would be interesting to discuss an advertising and promotional campaign of the late 1930s promoting tea.  Ceylon was then a Crown Colony in the British Emp


Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott race to the finish

Views - 241 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:55

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): It wouldn’t be awards season without a little bit of drama around last-minute contenders sprinting to the finish line. This year, there are three major prestige projects based on true events from powerhouse directo


Morgan Freeman to get Screen Actors lifetime award

Views - 223 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:50

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Morgan Freeman, the versatile actor known for playing gods, presidents and pimps, will be honoured with the 2017 lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) at its annual ceremony in January. Freeman, 80, w


Jane Austen takes pride of place on Britain’s new plastic tenner

Views - 234 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:50

Britain’s Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, holds the new £10 note featuring Jane Austen, at Winchester Cathedral, in Winchester, Britain - REUTERS/Reuters    WINCHESTER, England (Reuters): The B


Currency gag wins best joke prize at Edinburgh Fringe

Views - 144 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:49

EDINBURGH (Reuters): A comedian who quipped about Britain’s new pound coin at the Edinburgh arts festival has won Best Joke of the Fringe 2017, television channel Dave said on Tuesday. Ken Cheng won the coveted prize with his pun “I&


Indu’s 65th play ‘Love, Lies & Diamonds’ from 1-3 September

Views - 331 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:11

Over 45 years in the business of making people laugh. Indu Dharmasena has, throughout a dynamic career as playwright, director and producer, rocked houses with lively storylines, unforgettable characters, witty jibes and almost satirical presentat


The Sooriya Village presents Vinyl Wednesday

Views - 223 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:09

The Sooriya Village is presenting Vinyl Wednesday, featuring veteran DJ, Tareeq Musafer on Wednesday, 30 August, from 7 p.m. onwards.  An evening of Soulful Jazz, Funk, Nostalgic 90s and Disco grooves played off the spinning discs from back


Delicious biriyani at your fingertips

Views - 582 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:09

Empire Kitchen, a novelty in the food catering sector in Sri Lanka, is set to launch a simple web application in lieu of the upcoming Hajj festival.  The application is built to assist the ordering process with three simple steps, from orde


‘Resurrection’ by Naomi Rajaratnam this weekend

Views - 220 Saturday, 26 August 2017 00:08

Colombo has been excited about Naomi Rajaratnam being back in the dance circuit. Her past productions, popularly known as ‘With my Feet’, have been catering to packed audiences since 2000. And now after a nearly 10-year absence she&rsq


The road north to Vavuniya

Views - 696 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:55

 By Aysha Maryam Cassim Today, Vavuniya bustles with commerce and a vibrant network of community. New institutions of governance, civil societies and international organisations are actively engaged in the development and reconciliation of


Young composers challenge the Hollywood music establishment

Views - 603 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:52

Film music is only a little more than 100 years old, but that’s long enough for any art form to grow stale. Musically, most trips to the multiplex run together these days, with delights and surprises in short supply. But if this year’s


Journey from Dakotas to A380

Views - 621 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:38

The landing of an Emirates A380 plane at the BIA a few days back was a landmark event in Sri Lanka’s aviation history dating back to a little over a century. It was the climax of a long journey from the day that the first flight was made at


Behind the scenes of ‘Resurrection’

Views - 757 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:36

An exhilarating dance performance choreographed by Naomi Rajaratnam  Walking in to this practice session you feel as though there is something more at work here than simply another dance concert. The dancers are midway through


Looking back 70 years

Views - 611 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:35

By D.C. Ranatunga This time 70 years ago – August 1947 – was an exciting one for the Sri Lankans. Campaigning to elect 95 Members of Parliament (MPs) to the first House of Representatives was in full swing.  Although Sri Lanka


Find what’s important in life

Views - 618 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:34

A young couple who wanted to “escape to somewhere completely different” recently found their dream combination of beaches and mountains, experienced a new culture and enjoyed culinary tastes. Guess where. In Sri Lanka of course! Writ


Children with special needs from India and Sri Lanka to join hands for a musical evening

Views - 398 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:34

Shankar Foundation, India in association with Sunera Foundation, Sri Lanka will be presenting an evening of dance and music featuring ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’ – A musical play by gifted children with special needs from India


How celebrities cheat their super intense movie fitness regimes

Views - 602 Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:31

A celebrity trainer outlines the work that goes into those bodies Esquire.com: Actors crank through extreme fitness regimens to prepare for roles, and they do it in a shockingly short amount of time. Hugh Jackman crashed through a dehydrat


Isinbasinagala, the rock where the sage descended

Views - 964 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:58

By Aysha Maryam Cassim As you pass Anuradhapura and proceed along the A9 Road, you will reach Medawachchiya. Northbound travellers and pilgrims who travel to Anuradhapura or Mihintale often fail to notice the unspoilt beauty of this region, nurt


A grand show

Views - 798 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:53

After several years I decided to watch the Rupavahini telecast of the Grand Finale – final night of the Kandy Randoli Perahera.  Though I could have linked the telecast to a bigger TV screen I preferred not to. I was quite happy seein


Homelessness is not sleeping on the road

Views - 805 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:46

It’s the National Homelessness Week in Australia. It is a national event held in early August each year and calls on Australians to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness and the issues these people face. The national theme fo


Walk against child abuse ‘Voice Walk 2017 – Be Wise Online’ on 19 August

Views - 902 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:01

“Cyber exploitation and violence (CEV) is when someone is bullied, blackmailed, threatened, discriminated, and/or coerced, online. This includes the non-consensual distribution or publication of intimate photos or videos online, as well as a


‘Para Dige’ screening at Art In The Village tomorrow

Views - 839 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:01

Art In The Village is back for a third time on Sunday, 13 August, 7 p.m. onwards at The Sooriya Village with the monumental film ‘Para Dige’ (1980) directed by consummate filmmaker Dharmasena Pathiraja starring Indira Abeysena, Vasanth


Unique summer camp for kids: Power of Play’s Camp Kreativ begins on 14 August

Views - 803 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:01

 Camp Kreativ (CK) an initiative by Power of Play (PoP), is a summer holiday program with a difference. Back for the fourth year in succession, the popular series of workshops will take place from 14 to 19 August. CK 2017 features workshops i


Doing high tea right

Views - 906 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:01

By Madushka Balasuriya The only downside to being as ubiquitous a hospitality brand as Harpo’s is that tweaks and additions made to any of its many restaurants and cafés can sometimes fly under the radar. Such is the case for the re


Explore – from Delft to Dickwella!

Views - 787 Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:01

The beauty of Sri Lanka is well known throughout the world. In addition to the natural beauty, the country boasts of ancient treasures – magnificent stupas, rock temples with well-carved murals, royal palaces and man-made tanks. Even during


Tales of Alhambra

Views - 1334 Saturday, 5 August 2017 00:50

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Curiosity brings an American writer to Southern Spain, during the spring of 1829. He makes a rambling expedition from Seville to Granada in company with a friend. In his book ‘Tales of Alhambra,’ Washington


First signs of ‘Uda Rata Menike’

Views - 1261 Saturday, 5 August 2017 00:47

By D.C. Ranatunga As the first week of August this year marks a milestone in the history of the Railway in Sri Lanka, I am reminded of how people identified the new mode of transport with a catchy verse: Anguru kaka watura bibi kolamba duwana ya


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Lessons from Geneva

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‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights


Xi Jinping to enhance military power while keeping economic growth “moderate”

Saturday, 21 October 2017

In his keynote address on the opening day of the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Beijing on Wednesday, the Chinese President and party supremo, Xi Jinping, made two points of great relevance to the rest of the world. One is tha


Priming the pump to make your MP jump

Friday, 20 October 2017

Here’s a radical idea. What if – instead of liking it or lumping it as you do for years on end – the voter could hold his or her Member of Parliament accountable for their performance?


Eyes wide shut: Fate of our times

Friday, 20 October 2017

‘Eyes Wide Shut’ was the title of a film by famed director Stanley Kubrick. Loaded with Freudian sub-currents, the film was about an occult society that eliminates any one who cross its path. A theme that would no doubt appeal to a buccaneer prim


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