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Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo welcomes world-renowned Gregory Burns as artist-in-residence

Views - 48 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo welcomed Gregory Burns as the hotel’s first artist-in-residence. During his residence, the renowned American artist will experience Sri Lanka amidst the luxurious services and facilities of the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo an


A rare individual

Views - 36 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

I was so sad to hear about the death of Dr. Wickrema Weerasooria who I came to know only for a brief period. How rewarding it was! Though I met him when he was functioning as the Insurance Ombudsman, his last official assignment, I had always admired


Guiding ships safely

Views - 33 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

If one is to ask what the most significant landmark in Colombo Fort dating back to over a century, many would unhesitatingly say it’s the Clock Tower. True, skyscrapers have come up in recent years but they were unknown in the early British era dat


All The Lives We Never Lived – a novel

Views - 72 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Seemingly without warning, and while he is still nine years old, Myshkin is abandoned by his mother. In Muntazir, which is as far as the railway tracks go, he is henceforth known as the boy whose mother ran off with an Englishman. Shortly afterwards,


Softlogic Life inspires ‘Mannar Unbound’

Views - 64 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

As Sri Lanka’s number one health insurance company, Softlogic Life encourages Sri Lankans to enhance their quality of life by following their passions. The company has embraced creativity and disruptive innovation over the last few years, to elevat


‘A Celebration of Carols’ on 14 Dec.

Views - 59 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Featuring Elizabeth Moir School Senior and Junior Choirs and Orchestra and choirs of Royal College and Trinity College Kandy


Shangri-La Hotel introduces Bebop & the Barking Crickets

Views - 135 Saturday, 8 December 2018 00:00

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo welcomed a magical festive season with a curated selection of celebrations beginning with a compilation of the best musicians from across continents to make this New Year’s Eve an unforgettable experience. The Bebop and th


The Passionate Photographer

Views - 165 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:10

Award-winning photographer Ravindra Ranasinghe is a man with an unbridled passion for photography, a passion that has won him many awards. His journey in photography has resulted in images that draw the eye, the heart and stay in the memory. He loves


Yet another ‘first’ in musical experiences

Views - 48 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

To see Sihashakthi back in action after several years is indeed most welcoming. They provide music for the latest innovative music program ‘Leya Saha Laya’ broadcast over DeranaTV. To kick off the new program, the one-time extremely popular musi


‘The Snowball Effect’ to premier in Dodanduwa

Views - 115 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

‘The Snowball Effect’ is a remarkable international production that brings together theatre, music and visual art to explore the making of communities and borders. Produced by UZ Arts and funded by Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the


Sri Lankans a great asset

Views - 37 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

The Sri Lankan community in Australia was highly commended by a top level Government official recently for their contribution in varying fields towards the development of the country. “Sri Lanka has a tremendously diverse community in Australia and


‘Loti & The Moon’ exhibition by Kasun Manoj at Art Space

Views - 35 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

An exhibition of 10 new paper works by Kasun Manoj, a young emerging artist who completed his education in Visual Arts at the University of Visual and Performing Arts in Colombo, titled ‘Loti & The Moon’ is on from 30 November to 6 December at Ar


Suresh launches ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem’

Views - 129 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

Frontman, vocalist and lyricist of Stigmata and compulsive creative writer Suresh De Silva launched his second book, ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem,’ recently at the Barefoot


Tiras at Selyn ‘Shop Local’ pop up sale today

Views - 37 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

Tiras is participating in the Christmas ‘Shop Local’ pop up sale being held today, 1 December, at Selyn on Fife Road. The official organiser Selyn will ride on a unique theme and concept of ‘Love Local, Live Local and Shop Local’. In keeping


Kitch& at Selyn ‘Shop Local’ pop up sale today

Views - 45 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

This year, allow Kitch& to bring flair, finesse and huge flavour to your Christmas feast with its amazing range of sweet and savoury edible Christmas gifts! Famed for its cult favourite Bacon Jam, Kitch& will be bringing Stout Mustard, Pineapple Sauc


The Cafe Shazé experience 

Views - 181 Saturday, 1 December 2018 00:00

Horton Place is fast becoming a hub for all your culinary needs, and Cafe Shazé (pronounced shah-zi) is the latest establishment to enter this tasty equation. Having relocated from its origin


Using science to sleuth out wildlife crime

Views - 67 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:10

Sri Lanka as a wildlife destination has for quite some time now been somewhat of a hidden gem; those who know ‘know’, but for the most part it has stayed clear of true global awareness. This however is unlikely to b


Mews ‘Executive Lunch’ offers unmatched value

Views - 123 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:10

The Park Street Mews ‘Executive Lunch,’ serving up three courses at a more-than-reasonable Rs. 1,200 nett, has long been one of the best value-for-money lunch deals in Colombo. But the general catch with such deals i


Visakha Nursery School Annual Concert 2018 ‘The Sound of Music’ tomorrow

Views - 68 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00

Visakha Nursery School of Bambalapitiya will present an adaptation of ‘The Sound of Music’ at their Annual Concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday 25 November at the Jeramias Dias Hall, Visakha Vidyalaya, Colombo 4.


Shocking scandal at Bengal Bungalow!

Views - 29 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00

With less than a week to the much-awaited production of Jehan Aloysius’s smash-hit comedy ‘Bengal Bungalow’ at the Lionel Wendt on 30 November and 1 December, the cast is keeping most of the plot hush-hush. Nevertheless, a source, who wished to


Easy way out by youngsters

Views - 25 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00

Victor Ratnayake, ‘senior citizen’ in Sri Lanka’s music scene, sees the youngsters merely copying songs sung by others. “They appear in what are called ‘reality shows’ doing some jugglery from one end of the stage to the other. Is this t


Victoria’s Secret sells a dangerous fantasy

Views - 44 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00

The brand’s annual show is a worldwide TV event, but former Angels are starting to reveal the uncomfortable truth about the lingerie giant


Murali, the Unforgettable

Views - 33 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00

It’s been eight years since Muttiah Muralitharan retired after setting up a world record for the most wickets in both Test and One-day cricket. He got his 800th and final wicket on 22 July 2010 from his final ball in his last Test match. Unlike m


Jagath Weerasinghe’s exhibition ‘Belief: The Promise of Absence’ at Saskia Fernando Gallery

Views - 44 Saturday, 24 November 2018 00:00

An exhibition by Jagath Weerasinghe titled ‘Belief: The Promise of Absence’ is being held at the Saskia Fernando Gallery from 16 November to 6 December. The works in this show are about social calamities and personal pains. Currently the world is


Suresh delivers ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem’

Views - 104 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:10

Frontman, vocalist and lyricist of Stigmata and compulsive creative writer Suresh De Silva is all set to launch his second book, ‘The Eternal Dark: Requiem,’ on 24 November at the Barefoot Gallery. While his debut ‘From Chaos to Catharsis’ fe


Brush strokes of a scientist of art, Chef Dimuthu Kumarasinghe

Views - 63 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Canvases of brilliant colour, masterful strokes and thought-provoking design meet the eye as you walk into the house of art carefully curated by the artist himself, Dimuthu Kumarasinghe. Well-known in the hospitality industry as a chef par excellence


The courageous ‘beggar’ Professor

Views - 72 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Glancing through the collection in my library, I came across a book I read with great interest about 20 years back. I knew the author – a simple, unassuming individual who never boasted about his educational and professional achievements. The subje


Bengal madness once more in Colombo – box office opens!

Views - 54 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Jehan Aloysius and CentreStage Productions will be staging the hilarious comedy ‘Bengal Bungalow’ on 30 November and 1 December at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, and the box office has just opened at the Lionel Wendt Theatre! ‘Bengal Bungalow,’ w


Unexpected insights into familiar themes

Views - 158 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

‘The Best Asian Short Stories’ (2017) is a collection of 32 short stories written by authors from different parts of Asia, each author showcasing a glimpse of their wider environment. Throughout this 450-page book the reader gets to explore snaps


Trillium trumpets the finer things with new venture

Views - 37 Saturday, 17 November 2018 00:00

Known over the years for its condominium complexes, Trillium the brand is branching out. Under the stewardship of Chairman Janaka ,Ratnayake last month it launched Trillium Deli, the first in a what is set to be a chain of super


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Discipline and freedom under the reign of Gota

Saturday, 23 February 2019

There’s nothing like a well-crafted marketing slogan for a prospective Presidential candidate. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is emerging more clearly into the daylight as the Opposition’s candidate for executive president. Against a redone image in the back


The chainsaw massacre and other ‘lawful’ horror stories

Friday, 22 February 2019

Admit it. The headline hooked you. Hope you won’t be disappointed. There are no gory scenes featuring dismembered limbs here. However you might read about the long arm of the law being truncated. Perhaps a chilling scene where the mask of the murde


What went wrong with Sri Lanka?

Friday, 22 February 2019

If Sri Lanka wants to get out of the present miserable situation, it needs to make a profound change, a paradigm shift in the way it views at everything including the religious, political and economic issues. Such a change could be made only by loo


Regulating foreign workers now a top priority

Friday, 22 February 2019

Sri Lanka is today facing a domestic labour shortage in some key sectors and industries. While demographic, social attitudes, expansion of the economy and outward labour emigration are contributing to the shortfall. Generally a lack of interest in ce


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