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Ready for another Royal scandal ?

Views - 11 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:23

Move aside Meghan, our queen Titania is in town! That’s right, the magical fairies are back with Titania and Oberon to tickle and titillate the theatre lovers of Colombo! Pyramus and Thisby is coming back to the Lionel Wendt once more.

‘Harvest’ exhibition at Barefoot this weekend

Views - 17 Saturday, 30 June 2018 02:16

‘Harvest’ is Lasantha Chandana Kumara’s first solo exhibition at the Barefoot Gallery. It is the serenity and beauty of the harvest of the paddy fields and its surroundings, the calm and quiet lifestyle where Lasantha draws his inspiration from

Great ‘Gamperaliya’: A great novel made into a great film by a great director

Views - 3360 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:35

‘Gamperaliya’ (Changes in the Village/Changement au Village) was the third feature film made by ace director Lester James Peries. It was released on 20 December 1963.The film was based on the famous novel of the same name written by the doyen of

Thushani takes Todos to new heights

Views - 696 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:30

Thushani Rodrigo has always amazed me. From the very first day I met her, I have been in awe of her strength, courage and grace and constantly impressed by her creativity. The discipline and commitment she brings to her work, her farsightedness and h

Living right with Eat Right

Views - 148 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:27

Colombo has over the past few years been undergoing a transformation of sorts. Food has long been king in the tiny island nation, but the abundance of cooking shows, social media posts, and better access to quality ingredients, has seen Colombo’s f

National apology for child sexual victims

Views - 20 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:10

A national apology will be delivered by the Prime Minister to child sexual survivors, victims and their families on 22 October to coincide with the national children’s week. It is being hailed as an important step to help the healing process.

First foreign fort built 500 years ago

Views - 42 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

It was exactly 500 years ago, in 1518, that the Portuguese built a fort after arriving in Ceylon (as Sri Lanka was then known) in 1505, which the Portuguese historian Joao Ribeiro described as “the loveliest parcel of land the Creator had placed in

‘Visions beyond the Frame’ at the Wendt next week

Views - 71 Saturday, 23 June 2018 00:00

‘Visions beyond the Frame – A Triumphant Odyssey’ will feature the journey of passionate photographer, Ravindra Ranasinghe and his personal odyssey in becoming a photographer over the last eight years.

Music Maker

Views - 273 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:56

Towards the end of last year, film composer and classical musician Lakshman Joseph De Saram, a regular at Poetry P’lau gatherings, turned up early for one with his violin in tow – a breathtakingly beautiful late 17th c

Animal welfare is their task

Views - 20 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:55

In the home mail box was a white envelope with just one neatly-written line. It said: ‘Just a quick note in case you’ve got forgotten!’

Eating smart at Cafe Nuga!

Views - 122 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:10

Cafe Nuga is the latest eatery promoting healthy living in Colombo – a fast-growing niche in a competitive restaurant space – and just like their produce, they’re fresh on the scene having opened its doors on 22 March.

12 years of enchantment!

Views - 43 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

It was a night of magic and nostalgia with a generous dose of fairy dust, when the cast and alumni of the Jehan Aloysius’ hit production ‘Pyramus & Thisby’ celebrated its 12th anniversary at an exclusive event in Colombo. The show is an enchant

Protecting temple murals

Views - 19 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

Temples situated at Gadaladeniya and Lankatilaka are two popular places of worship close to Kandy. Those going to Kandy to worship the Sri Dalada – Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha – often visit these temples as well. They can be reached conveni

A new a la carte menu at Café Kai, Hilton Colombo

Views - 77 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

They say it’s gourmet on the go, it’s grab and go and it’s a quaint little corner in a busy lobby. Café Kai is that place where one could just relax over a hot cuppa or a fresh juice and a salmon bagel or an oven-fresh fruity Danish with a fri

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ premieres in Sri Lanka

Views - 164 Saturday, 9 June 2018 00:00

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ premiered in Sri Lanka on Thursday at a special viewing at Scope Cinemas, a day after its world premiere on 6 June. The movie, which is the fifth in the Jurassic Park franchise and the second in touted Jurassic Wo


Views - 163 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:50

Ramadan is the fourth pillar of Islam that gives the chance to cleanse one’s soul via piety and penance. Upon the first glimpse of the crescent moon, Muslims around the world start the ritual fast of 30 days, embarking on a spiritual journey

Jean Arasanayagam wins the Gratiaen

Views - 61 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:44

‘The Life of the Poet’ by Jean Arasanayagam is the winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2017, for the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan writer living in Sri Lanka. Arasanayagam’s writing was commended by the judges for its erudi

Values we should cherish

Views - 44 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

“I drew material for my plays from a body of myth and legend that has been current among my people for some two thousand years and has influenced their attitudes and actions. I was hoping to get at the roots of our culture, a

‘Soba Roo’ exhibition at J.D.A. Perera Gallery

Views - 37 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

The National Association of Photographers – Sri Lanka is holding its annual members’ exhibition titled ‘Soba Roo’ (Nature’s Beauty) at the J.D.A. Perera Gallery Horton Place, Colombo. The exhibition is open to public today, 2 June, from 12

A simple, unassuming Governor

Views - 18 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

I was reminded of the often-repeated term ‘An Officer and A Gentleman’ (following the film in the 1980s) as I read about my friend A.S. Jayawardena’s departure a few days back. The simple, unassuming individual that he was, A S never threw his

The Chef’s Table at Colombo Fort Café – An eclectic experience!

Views - 220 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

We kick off The Chef’s Table series this week, which zooms in on the ’places and plates’ aspect of the Watch List.

More butter offers from Pelwatte at Arpico Super Centres

Views - 20 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s 100% local dairy manufacturer, Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd. is further extending its offers on the signature Pelwatte Butter during the month of June. The offer this time will be 15% at all Arpico Super Centres island wide. The offer

Protein-rich Ice Pop made out of whey protein introduced by Carmello

Views - 34 Saturday, 2 June 2018 00:00

Pioneer milk base gelato producer in Sri Lanka, Carmello introduced its latest product as an alternative to existing ‘Ice Packets’ in the market which are mostly produced without good manufacturing practices, with water and artificial flavours.

Wonder Woman

Views - 596 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:55

Tell me about yourself – what you do, your family, your career and so on

Writing in the early days

Views - 51 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:44

The news that the Peradeniya University has set up a Palm-leaf Conservation Unit took me back a few years to a visit made to the Suriyagoda temple near Kiribathkumbura close to Peradeniya. It is the temple where Velivita Sri Saranankara Sangharaja Th

Where are we standing ?

Views - 37 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:43

At the start of civilisation, humans lived in harmony with nature because their needs were limited. Since primitive man did not have the means to change his environment dramatically to suit his own needs, it was possible for him to coexist with the e

‘ Strategic marriage ’

Views - 45 Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:00


Views - 500 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:50

Fuelled by his passion for making change and being creatively different with everything he delves into, entrepreneur, designer and “rabble-rouser” Stefan Andre Joachim says what he does best is light fires in the souls of those who dare walk thro

Sri Lanka gets a load of Deadpool... again

Views - 85 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:48

If we could pick a superhero that embodies all that TNL Radio is, we’d definitely pick Deadpool. Smart, edgy, funny, and completely irreverent, the merc with a mouth made his way to the paradise isle and TNL R

From ‘Koombiyo’ – move on

Views - 79 Saturday, 19 May 2018 00:01

‘Paayana kaaledi re daval mahansivi – Kanda de reskarai koombiyo…’

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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

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