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29 years on and Country Roads still brings back that old familiar feeling

29 years on and Country Roads still brings back that old familiar feeling

By Tarini Pilapitiya On March 19, the Mount Lavinia Hotel was packed with enthusiastic guests, many decked in Western gear ready for the ‘real showdown’. Celebrating 29 years of good old country music the Country Music Foundation (CMF) has been working for children’s charities all through, their efforts supported wholeheartedly by both performers and the [...]

Bold batik blows away billowy blues

Bold batik blows away billowy blues

Day 3 of Colombo Fashion Week showcased organic, sustainable collections by designers dedicated to empowering and benefitting their communities through their work. Presented by Ceylon Tea, the designers at “Ethical Fashion Day” on March 17 maintained that clothing can be simple, comfortable and still uniquely captivating.  The evening saw recurring shades of blues and soft [...]

Some Spanish fun and traditional Lankan and Indian

Some Spanish fun and traditional Lankan and Indian

Wrapping up a week long fashion initiative on March 18, the HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2017 under the theme of Celebrating Colombo presented ethical and wearable fashion trends. Kicking off the night in a riot of colour was Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz de La Prada. Her designs have a fun, flirty element which appeals to [...]

Global Living Emporio opens doors in Bangaluru

Global Living Emporio opens doors in Bangaluru

Global Living Emporio,  India’s largest international décor mall was recently launched at Hosur Road, Bangaluru. A complete home decor destination store, it has been conceptualised and curated by Mrs. Shubha Sunil and Sunil Suresh – the founders of Stanley Lifestyles Ltd. “We are happy to get an opportunity to launch India’s largest International Décor Mall [...]

Good food and good friends

Good food and good friends

Restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa celebrated the accolades received by his signature restaurants Nihonbashi and Ministry of Crab that were listed among Asia’s best 50 restaurants by inviting friends and clients to a reception at the Cinnamon Grand earlier this month. Pix by Nilan Maligaspe      

An evening of classic Clapton

An evening of classic Clapton

Music lovers enjoyed a mellow evening at the Park Street Mews last weekend listening to some well-loved hits at a show by the Eric Clapton tribute band Classic Clapton along with local band flame.

A corporate affair

A corporate affair

The Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) annual Sustainability Reporting Awards were held recently at the Cinnamon Grand with many personalities from the corporate world in attendance.

Commonwealth Day at Westminster House

Commonwealth Day at Westminster House

British High Commissioner James Dauris hosted an evening reception for Lankan alumni of UK  institutions in connection with Commonwealth Day at Westminster House last week.  

Lanka’s first ECMO baby wins battle between life and death

Lanka’s first ECMO baby wins battle between life and death

Sehandu Suhasvin — it was just this Wednesday that Tharindu Dhanushka and Nayomi Ishanka named their firstborn son. Sudu sanda (white moon) and mana usas bava (sublime) is what the baby’s name means, the couple says smilingly, but what is left unsaid for a moment is more poignant. Yes, the family did check the auspicious [...]

Tick tock, tick tock; 76 years without slumbering

Tick tock, tick tock; 76 years  without slumbering

In a corner of Colombo, time has caught up with a renowned gatekeeper of time. Just opposite Majestic City in Bambalapitiya is a row of small shops which line Galle Road. Sandwiched between computer and electronic stores is a shop you’re likely to miss unless you’re looking out for it. The orange text on the [...]

Something to dance about

Something to dance about

On World Theatre Day, which falls on March 27, 38 students will explore the prevalence of suicide among Sri Lankan youth in a production titled ‘Why we kill ourselves’. Through the ancient and traditional dance, music and drama forms found in our island, the production will take us through the life of these troubled young [...]

The Prestantia Chorale presents ‘Wounds of Healing’, to celebrate the Lent and Easter season

The Prestantia Chorale presents ‘Wounds of Healing’, to celebrate the Lent and Easter season

The Prestantia Chorale in collaboration with Chraft (Christian Arts Foundation) will present “Wounds of Healing”, a choral reflection for the fourth consecutive year to celebrate the Lent and Easter season. The programme will be held at the Cathedral of Christ the Living Saviour, Colombo 7, on Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m (free admission). The [...]

An essential collection to be savoured and reread

An essential collection to be savoured and reread

When I read Professor Ranjini Obeyesekere’s book, Sinhala Poetry in Translation,I remembered the words of Kent Johnson, the controversial American, poet, critic and translator: “What is the translation of poetry, anyway? I, for one, don’t have the foggiest idea. Do you? No one knows what Poetry is: So how could we ever grasp the nature [...]

That special day we celebrate women

That special day we  celebrate women

Every year on March 8,  we make a conscious decision to celebrate women. Their achievements. Their unique characteristics. Their unquenchable thirst for excellence. Their formidable spirit, progress, evolution, strength and character which grows and blossoms year after year, breaking all sorts of proverbial ceilings and boundaries. Year after year, I too sit upon panel after [...]

It’s the ‘Principal’ Of It: Valuable insights from well-known educationist

It’s the ‘Principal’ Of It: Valuable insights from well-known educationist

“I have often been asked what I feel is the most important character ingredient necessary for a teacher (apart from the knowledge of the subject being taught) and my answer would be that a sense of humour places a good teacher above all others,” notes Goolbai Gunasekara, one of the country’s most respected educationists, in [...]

National Trust lecture on ‘Elephant Conservation and Development’

‘Elephant Conservation and Development’ will be the theme of the 93rd  monthly lecture of the National Trust – Sri Lanka to be held at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10 at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30. The lecture will be delivered by Jayantha Jayewardene. Elephant-human conflicts occur [...]

Listen to the De Lanerolles while you dine

Listen to the De Lanerolles while you dine

The De Lanerolle Brothers Rohan and Ishan are preparing to celebrate 8 years of singing together on  April 2 with a four course sit down Dinner at the Colombo Hilton at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at Rs 10,000. Reserve your ticket by calling 0777-996-991 and get it delivered to your doorstep.

Don’t miss the DBU Easter Sale

The DBU Easter Sale will be held on Sunday, April 2 from 9 a.m. There will be a whole new range of items, including  linen, pottery, ceramic ware, books, magazines, jewellery, garments and food, including the famous Burgher delicacies such as boroa, fougetti, bolo fiado, Lamprais, milk wine, Home-made Ginger Beer, beef smore, black pork [...]

Appreciations

Appreciations

MALATHI MARAWANAGODA (nee Attygalle) You were and will always be a motif of love and warmth My sister Malathi, as her very name suggests was the Samanpichcha flower of the family- a woman of human fragrance and much more. Born as the third daughter after two more girls before herself followed by a boy, Mala [...]

Letters

Letters

Give priority to eradicating Dengue fever above everything in this country I have been a Doctor working in Sri Lanka for more than 53 years.  In the old days there were major epidemics of Smallpox, Malaria and Polio.  Despite not having all the facilities that the present generation have – like transport, communication and modern [...]

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