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Views - 26 Saturday, 9 February 2019 00:00

Shortlist: Gratiaen Prize 2018 Sailfish (an imprint of Perera-Hussein) Rs. 1,200 in all bookshops a


Views - 189 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

A man loves a woman. But he also loves another woman. And he tells the first – his wife – about the second – his co-worker. Then she finds out, by snooping into his carelessly left lying around mobile, that they’ve b

‘Art Moves’ on Marine Drive

Views - 56 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:10

With so many art-connected events happening all around the city at the moment, Global Towers – the pioneer star-class hotel – is doing it again by adding a bistro style art gallery and café’ to its already existing line up of F&B outlets such

Share the love at Hilton Colombo – Creating memories this Valentine’s!

Views - 71 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Hilton Colombo is creating memories this Valentine’s Day with a host of love smitten activities to entertain the young and the old! Embark on a journey with sweet memories with your loved one and be spoilt for choice. Indulge in love bites and cak

Celebrating Chinese culture

Views - 31 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

The China Cultural Center in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region cultural and tourism department held a special cultural week organised representing the cultural identity of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China in

He won the hearts of all

Views - 34 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

The Bandaranaike regime saw a drastic change in the foreign policy with the establishment of diplomatic reciprocal missions in China, Russian and other red countries. The first firm acceptance of this policy was shown by the People’s Republic of

Australia Day for many – Invasion Day for others

Views - 35 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

All States held celebrations last Saturday, 26 January, to mark Australia Day. The celebrations included picnics, traditional Aboriginal performances and citizenship ceremonies, where more than 16,000 new Australians pledged their commitment to the n

Out of the Blue

Views - 26 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Travelling beyond Lanka’s shores, one soon realises that we are blessed with a super-abundance of nature. Trees, Birds, Animals, Insects – Lanka attracts them all and we seem blessed with a higher proportion than anyone else. Much as we thrill to

Inter House Music and Dance today by Elizabeth Moir Senior School

Views - 35 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Elizabeth Moir Senior School presents Inter House Music and Dance, a unique event that gives students the opportunity to explore their creative talents while infusing original ideas into their performances. Inter House Music and Dance will take place

The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrate 10!

Views - 43 Saturday, 2 February 2019 00:00

Celebrating 10 years of music and entertainment, the De Lanerolle Brothers, Rohan and Ishan, kicked off the first in a series of 20 celebratory concerts scheduled for this year on 28 January at the BMICH. The show saw the 1992 and 1999 batches of S.


Views - 251 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

First they climbed Kilimanjaro, then they climbed Everest. Now they want to take on five more mountains, having set their sights on summiting the highest mountains in each of the seven continents as part of the Seven Summits Challenge. Come Thursday

‘Fe+’ by Lalith Senanayake at Gandhara art gallery

Views - 125 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:10

A scrap metal sculpture exhibition titled ‘Fe+’ by Lalith Senanayake showcasing facets of wildlife opened on Thursday at the Gandhara art gallery at Stratford Avenue

‘In-Between’ by Kingsley Gunatillake at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 46 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

‘In-Between,’ an exhibition by Kingsley Gunatillake, opened to the public on 23 January and will remain open daily until 7 February at the Saskia Fernando Gallery

Women’s rally against violence

Views - 22 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

She is just five years old. She was among thousands of men, women and children of all ages marching through the streets of Sydney last Sunday calling for women’s equality and an end to gender violence. The highlight of the m

Fiesta Latina at Honey Beach Club

Views - 44 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The Kingsbury’s Honey Beach Club will be transformed into an exciting monthly dance festival starting tomorrow, 27 January, with Fiesta Latina: Social Dancing by the pool. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. dance enthusiasts will have the opportunity to move

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ at Scope and Liberty Cinemas

Views - 85 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’ is now showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema. The movie is an Indian historical biographical film based on the life of the Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and her war against the British Ea

Planting trees with Thuru

Views - 267 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The fifth phase of Thuru – Attanagalu Oya Tree Planting Campaign was held in Yakkala on 13 January. So far, around 750 trees have been planted in the surrounding areas of Attanagalla stream in four segments as a part of the series. As an organisat

Busy time in Parliament

Views - 31 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

The third Parliament which opened in April 1956 elected H.S. Ismail, the Independent candidate who won the Puttalam seat without a contest, as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, also uncontested. While the Speaker pres

NAMES & NUMBERS – stories

Views - 50 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

There are times, especially when relaxing at the end of the day, when a collection of short stories goes down better than a novel. Such collections usually require less concentration than lengthy novels and the possibility of skipping to the next sto

‘Uncertainty’ by Jayantha Pushpakumara at Art Space Sri Lanka

Views - 35 Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00

An exhibition consisting of 10 new paper works by Jayantha Pushpakumara is now on at Art Space Sri Lanka. The exhibition is free and open to the public from 24 January to 31 January

Did the Greeks create our Buddha statues?

Views - 252 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

Sri Lanka is a country with majority of the population being Buddhists. Since the introduction of Buddhism to the country in 3rd century BC, the Buddhist culture of Sri Lanka has been heavily influenced by regional phenomena. But one of the most stri

Let’s Break The Taboo

Views - 80 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

In a country that thrives on diversity and differences, many topics of conversation are whispered in hushed tones, swept under the carpet, and never see the light of day. There are battles that we all face on a day to day basis from cyber bullying t

Challenging and interesting

Views - 30 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:10

Reporting parliamentary proceedings was challenging and interesting. It was challenging because most of the speeches were in English at that time. We had to translate and write the copy straightaway. Most – if not all – the English newspaper rep


Views - 65 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Sri Lankan hard rock and heavy metal vocalist Chitral ‘Chity’ Somapala launched ‘Sinha Lokaye Sinhaya,’ his seventh music video, with a private screening at Colombo City Centre on Wednesday.

‘Localising Youth 2030’ – Working with and for young people

Views - 171 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

The Adhil Bakeer Markar Foundation hosted a Youth Dialogue on ‘Localising Youth 2030’ with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake on 14 January at Hotel Mandarina in Colombo. This one-day event sought to

The Kingsbury’s Chinese New Year food festival now on at Yue Chuan

Views - 23 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

The Kingsbury opened its Chinese New Year food festival last evening at Yue Chuan, welcoming the Year of the Pig. The food festival will be on from 18-25 January and features a distinct à la carte menu which has been carefully curated to suit the pa

Lalith’s Fe2+ scrap metal sculpture exhibition next week

Views - 98 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Lalith Senanayake is no amateur to the field of visual arts in Sri Lanka. Scrap metal welded and bent, to breathe life, certainly an awe-inspiring work of art. Immense creativity and persistence in whatever Lalith produces is a result of many years o

Tamil for Travellers – Everyday Words for Visitors to Sri Lanka

Views - 45 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

Whether your travel takes you overseas or to far-flung parts of the home country, there is no denying that you will have a better experience if you speak the local language. Although Sri Lanka speaks just three languages, many of us don’t stretch o

What displacement means

Views - 19 Saturday, 19 January 2019 00:00

When Malala spoke in Sydney last month, she announced that her new book on displaced persons would be released in mid-January. It is now in bookshops and is fast selling. Titled ‘We are displaced’ the cover uses pictures of some of the displaced

Seeing through BUDDHISM

Views - 109 Saturday, 12 January 2019 00:06

By Aysha Maryam Cassim Nathalie Johnston is the Founder of Myanmar Art Resource Center and Archive (MARCA). Her gallery in Yangon has featured young and upcoming street artists whose paintings and installations have challenged audiences to see Buddhi

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Handagama’s Asandimitta: Not mere psychoanalysis; sociocultural, political and economic analysis too

Monday, 25 March 2019

Sri Lanka’s award winning film director, Asoka Handagama, screened his latest creative work, Asandimitta, before an invited audience in Colombo last week. This was a prelude to its public release, which was to be commenced immediately. Handagama i

From Vacation to Workation: Lessons for Lankans

Monday, 25 March 2019

Vacation is something we know and look forward to in our lives. What about workation? The relatively newer term comes with a mixed bag of promises and pitfalls. Some even call it a sad trend of our times. How do we Sri Lankans behave? Are we drifting

M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate

An innocent utopian dream

Saturday, 23 March 2019

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne

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