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Nelun Harasgama’s ‘walking on water’ at Barefoot Gallery

Views - 51 Saturday, 6 April 2019 00:00

An exhibition of sarees and paintings by Nelun Harasgama titled ‘walking on water’ is on at the Barefoot Gallery from 21 March to 15 April

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

Views - 5482 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:55

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

The Chef’s Table at The Ocean: A sensational seafood spread!

Views - 66 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:10

The Ocean is a serene and spacious restaurant located at The Kingsbury, serving up some sensational seafood paired with fine wines and exciting cocktails. From Japanese and Thai to Sri Lankan, it serves up varied cuisines, ensuring that every diner i

Longlist: Gratiaen Prize 2018

Views - 66 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:10

The Gratiaen Trust is pleased to announce a long list for the Gratiaen Prize 2018. The short list will be announced on Monday 8 April at 6 p.m. at the British Council Library, Colombo. All are invited to attend this event at which a moderated discus

Whisky-ing the night away at Shangri-La

Views - 60 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Ever been to a friend’s house where they offered you one of their favourite whiskies, only for you to completely blag your way through, all the while hoping your friend doesn’t notice your lack of knowledge? Or worse yet, ask him for a

Tripitaka as a World Heritage

Views - 120 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

As the ‘Tripitabhivandana Week’ to mark the commencement of the process of declaring the Tripitaka – the essence of Theravada Buddhism – ends, the ceremony to formally announce the proposal made to UNESCO to declare the Tripitaka as a World H

A quiet performer

Views - 35 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

It’s encouraging to see that most – if not all – sons and daughters of our well-known musicians are following the footsteps of their parents. It’s equally heartening to see that the TV Derana music program ‘Leya Saha Laya’ features these

‘Dumbo’ in Colombo

Views - 50 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

‘Dumbo’ will be showing at Colombo City Center – Scope Cinemas and Liberty Cinema from 29 March. ‘Dumbo’ is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, with a screenplay written by Ehren Kruger. It is inspired by Walt Dis

Meeting the new Prime Minister

Views - 32 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Sunday 27 September 1959. For those in the news desk it was going to be a busier day than other Sundays when we took it rather easy. (Sunday was a working day for those in the morning daily papers.) The Sunday papers carried the news of the Prime Min

The 2018 Gratiaen Prize Long List

Views - 52 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Seneka Abeyratne – The Beast and Other Stories Elmo Jayawardena – Kakiyan: The Story of a Crow Chamali Kariyawasam – Catharsis Shehan Karunatilaka – Chats with the Dead Upali Mahaliyana – Youthful Escapades Ayathurai Santhan – Every Journ

PULLÉ and KK spark fires with ‘Burnt’

Views - 149 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Making it big in the music industry in any part of the world is no walk in the park. If anything, stories behind the success of possibly every singer, artiste and musician who has managed to make a name for themselves in the industry teach us that it

CentreStage begins 2019 with a Storm!

Views - 43 Saturday, 23 March 2019 00:00

Hot on the heels of his film noir classic, ‘Stormy Weather,’ which earned standing ovations in India at Asia’s Largest International Theatre Festival, Jehan Aloysius is back at work on his latest project. The cast and crew of ‘Stormy Weather,

Youngsters perform in ‘Rhythm of Life’

Views - 145 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:02

Art lovers in Perth are eagerly looking forward to meet the three smart youngsters in the picture. They are equally talented and have already proved their capabilities in both acting and singing. Raveen Kanishka (Anuhas) and Shanudri Priyasad (Samal

A remarkable loyalty in the artistry of Ivor Denis

Views - 54 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:02

By Dr. Tony Donaldson Three giants of the Sri Lankan arts world passed away last year. The visual artist Neville Weereratne died in Melbourne on 3 January, aged 86; the filmmaker Lester James Peries died in Colombo on 29 April, aged 99; and the singe

UZ Arts’ ‘Moving Out 2019’ on 23 March

Views - 48 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:01

On 23 March, UZ Arts is presenting the work of nine artists from the UK who were resident at the Sura Medura Centre in Dodanduwa for six weeks. The work is inspired by the people and culture of Sri Lanka and includes performance, music, visual arts

GFH hosts ‘Night at the Opera’

Views - 28 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:01

Galle Face Hotel hosted ‘Night at the Opera,’ a night filled with opera and Pimm’s on 13 March from 7 p.m. onwards at the Grand Ballroom,  featuring international guest stars Carlos Conde Gonzalez and Maestro Peter Crockford presented by Barb

An unexpected happening

Views - 31 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

After the coalition members left the government, the ‘Ape Aanduwa’ – as the common people preferred to call the Bandaranaike regime – the ministers were all from the SLFP. The Minister of Lands and Land Development, C P de Silva was Leader of

Scrap metal metamorphosis

Views - 279 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

Metal sculpting, once considered as a field dominated by male artists, is a form of artistry unlike any other. Salome Nanayakkara, a stay-at-home mom with a little daughter, is challenging those odds and pursuing her passions to create uncommon beaut


Views - 36 Saturday, 16 March 2019 00:00

Following the hilarious ‘Remembered Vignettes’ which detailed his medical school years and ‘Cry of the Devil Bird’ which chronicled the life of an itinerant surgeon, ‘Tales of an Enchanted Boyhood’ is Dr. Veerasingam’s third memoir. In

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo introduces charming duo URB at Sapphyr Lounge

Views - 107 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

Presenting Sarita Carreon on vocals and Marlou Cabusus on the keys, URB is made up of a talented duo with harmonious voices and irresistible charm. Having worked together for over 15 years URB have captivated audiences around the world and now perfor

Government cracks

Views - 48 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:10

In my news rounds I covered the Ministry of Industries and Fisheries. Minister P.H. William de Silva always welcomed me with a smile and discussed plans to open State corporations to handle vital industries. He was one of the two ministers from the V

Hilton goes tomatoes

Views - 45 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Why are you pronouncing it like that? Stop throwing it at me! That’s right, from its eponymous use in ketchup to starring in its own cocktail to being the central form of artillery in an annual Spanish festival, th

BBQ time at Bavarian Beer Garden and Boardwalk

Views - 110 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

It’s a great time for barbeques and there’s no better place to enjoy one than at the Bavarian Beer Garden and Boardwalk at Waters Edge – seated in the cool open area, listening to the band and watching the lapping water and the dancing lights o

Rare temple ceremonies in Canberra

Views - 34 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

The setting-up and the unveiling of the pinnacle and depositing relics in a newly-built stupa are rare events at any Buddhist temple. Particularly in a foreign country these ceremonies are extremely rare. The Sri Lankan Buddhist community in and arou


Views - 42 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Analogous to the world famous Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche who wrote about the Igbo people’s isolation during the Biafran war in her award winning novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun,’ Shankari Chandran writes about the Sri Lankan civil war

The De Lanerolle Brothers’ ‘Encore at Waters Edge’

Views - 31 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

The De Lanerolle Brothers celebrated 10 years of singing together to the date by presenting a show titled ‘Encore at Waters Edge,’ going back to where it all started 10 years ago on 3 March. The De Lanerolle Brothers are the only act to have cont

A classic evening at Mount Lavinia Hotel

Views - 30 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

In this era’s calendar, 8 March is a significant day, a focal point of celebratory triumph for women across the globe. Over the years women have paved the way for themselves to define who they are and what they stand for. For this women’s day th

HSBC CFW The highs and lows

Views - 68 Saturday, 9 March 2019 00:00

Enfant terrible and all-round fire-starter Stefan Andre Joachim sifts through the highs and lows of HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2019

Pumpkin power!

Views - 93 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:10

Pumpkin passion has taken the country by storm with local farmers harvesting a bumper crop this season, resulting in an absolute abundance of pumpkins all over the country. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, last week Green Path was an explosion of s

FLOW launches ‘Indian Indulgence’

Views - 53 Saturday, 2 March 2019 00:10

FLOW at Hilton Colombo Residences launched an amazing ‘Indian Indulgence’ dinner experience on Thursday, showcasing India’s finest culinary offerings in its inimitable style. Hilton Colombo Residences General Manager Linda Giebing and Marketin

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Death of a sentence?

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Many a voice has been raised against the carrying out of the death sentence in Sri Lanka. It is inhumane, offends human rights, the State should not kill, the possibility of an error in the judicial process leading to the death of an innocent person

SL’s future depends not on outdated feudalistic system but on becoming partner of a digital economy

Monday, 15 July 2019

Calling Sri Lanka an agriculture-based country is a misnomer A widely-held view by many Sri Lankans is that Sri Lanka was an agriculture-based economy in the past and it should be so even in the future. The first part of this argument is only half-t

Competing with competencies: Developing future-proof Sri Lankans

Monday, 15 July 2019

Competencies are required to compete in an increasingly competitive global environment. Sri Lanka has slipped from 71st place to 85th on the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) last year. This shows a dismal picture as Sri Lanka i

Timing is everything

Monday, 15 July 2019

Imagine this scene – the boy totally in love decides to take the plunge and propose to her. He sets up everything perfectly. The ring, the restaurant, the menu and the post proposal music to celebrate. Everything is manicured to a fine detail. But

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