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Harvard, here comes a teen prodigy

Harvard, here comes a teen prodigy

She’s 14 and will soon be reading for her Masters in Legal Studies at Harvard University. No, Eugenie de Silva is not like any other 14-year-old. Yes, she does love going to the movies with her dad and enjoys playing soccer- but Eugenie’s intelligence is far, far ahead of other teenagers her age. At the rate [...]

Come and rekindle your interest in our craft heritage

Come and rekindle your interest in our craft heritage

Sri Lanka was globally reputed for its craft industry and in the recent past great effort has gone into supporting the traditional craftsmen and making their products appealing to contemporary lifestyles. ‘Shilpa 2013”, the National Crafts Festival presented by the National Craft Council under the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development from August [...]

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

Diminishing interest in senior citizens Almost all senior citizens are worried about their plight. They have been hard pressed to make ends meet. What are important to them are health, wealth and happiness. Wealth does not mean money to live a luxurious life, but an adequate income to live healthily and happily. Unfortunately they are [...]


Seeya, you were a legend and you will live on as one E. P. Paul Perera Today, August 11, marks the sixth death anniversary of E. P. Paul Perera, a man in possession of many prestigious titles but above all he was my grandfather and to us grandchildren, he was and always will be our [...]

The plot thickens

There must be something fishy, was the verdict of the senior, a “man of few words”, to the junior. The junior heaved a sigh of relief. Earlier, mumbling and stuttering he had laid his fears and doubts before the senior. He had been ill that day, “running a temperature” and had pleaded for the afternoon [...]

Heritance Ahungalla cooks up the best at Culinary Art 2013

Heritance Ahungalla cooks up the best at Culinary Art 2013

The much anticipated 15th edition of ‘Culinary Art 2013’, organised by the Chefs Guild of Sri Lanka held from August 2 to 5, at the BMICH ended with massive positive feedback from the public as well as the participants. The culinary battles culminated on August 5, with the awards ceremony where the most outstanding competitors [...]

Breaking into a male world she now looks at sustainable architecture

Breaking into a male world she now looks at  sustainable architecture

Prof. Chitra Weddikkara met her husband-to-be and discovered her future profession roughly around the same time. It was 1968 and she was a young student of the biosciences. Her parents, who couldn’t bear the thought of sending her to far away Peradeniya were more willing to consent to a course in architecture at Moratuwa. Taken [...]

Has the tide turned in “red sand field”?

The events of last week are still being talked about, but their memory is already fading. That old habit, and character, of our island-race’s public – resilience tempered by self-interested forgetfulness – has begun to set in. While some headlines shouted, and certain images lingered in horrified viewers’ minds, and particular mourners loudly lamented the [...]

Stepping out with a degree in Buddhist Leadership and humanity

Stepping out with a degree in Buddhist Leadership and humanity

As the Kandy Perahera parades the city’s streets in all its glory and pageantry, about 8 kilometres away in Pallekelle, at another ‘novel project’ of the revered Dalada Maligawa, there is subdued excitement as both academic staff and students prepare for a different kind of achievement. On August 20, graduates, 29 in all both local [...]

Pick up a guide book on your way to the ‘Katuge’

In the good old days the Museum was referred to as the ‘Katuge’ (Skeleton House) in Sinhala. It is still so for many. Why did everyone start calling it the ‘Katuge’? The recently released ‘Guide to the National Museum – Colombo’ provides the answer. The skeleton of a large whale of enormous size hung on [...]

Finding her own between jazz and Indian classical

Finding her own between jazz and Indian classical

Hania Luthufi has many cousins. It was in their company that she had her first “voice training sessions” – learning how to recite the Quran in classes organised in the family home. “I shared my childhood with about 15 cousins,” she says, “all of us lived in the vicinity. Everyday at 4, us grandkids would [...]

The music, the adventure; nothing has dimmed

The music, the adventure;  nothing has dimmed

Faithful fans of the Jetliners have not forgotten him though it’s been close to 40 years since leading guitarist Indra Raj left the island’s shores in search of exciting new horizons. He had a thirst for adventure, he tells the Sunday Times in an email interview, prior to arriving in Sri Lanka and that has [...]

Girls, here’s your chance to shine

The 18th season of the Miss Working Girl contest will be worked off shortly on a grand scale this time and those who fancy their chances of winning this prestigious title are invited to send in their applications without delay. The contest is organised by the Lions Club of District 306 C2 Thimbrigasyaya under the direction [...]

All aboard! The Chennai Express is here

Railway passengers at the Pettah and Nugegoda train stations were taken by surprise when out of nowhere a girl in a yellow and green saree and a guy with a backpack danced, and performed scenes from the latest Bollywood blockbuster ‘Chennai Express’. Ceylon Theatres have resorted to rather creative means in promoting this long anticipated [...]

Creating a real tempest with Caliban’s Rebellion

“If thou more murmur’st, I will rend an oak and peg thee in his knotty entrails till thou hast howl’d away twelve winters.”-Prospero to Ariel, The Tempest by Shakespeare; Act 1, Scene 2 Imagine a reversal of roles whilst reading this, if you will. Prospero, the previously benevolent master, is now the vengeful sorcerer and [...]

Bihu dance exponent to perform here

To mark the 67th Independence day celebrations of India, a performance of folk dances and music from Assam, a culturally rich state in North-East India, by celebrated film actress and danseuse Madhurima Choudhary and her group “Raginee”, will be held on August 15 at the Bishop’s College Auditorium, No.11 Perehera Mawatha, Colombo 7 at 6.20 p.m. Guru Madhurima Choudhury [...]

We stand to sing and make a joyful noise

Some interesting music making of the serious kind is taking place in town – not in the usual classical music settings, such as the Lionel Wendt Theatre or the Ladies’ College Hall, or other performing arts venues, but in a church. Or kirk, if you like.  The music is both sacred and secular, and written [...]

Women power: 5th annual SWAN conference

Trust women to create something beautiful with a small twist of their imagination; the South Asia Women’s Network turned the letters of these words around and created a dedicated, passionate and positive platform for the empowerment of women in South Asia called SWAN. It sees itself as a powerful instrument for articulating and implementing the [...]

Auston Montessori opening ceremony

Auston Montessori opening ceremony

The Auston Institute of Management launched the Auston Montessori, accredited by the Montessori Institute of America in July. Located in Kollupitiya, the Montessori is well equipped with the latest facilities, air-conditioned space, carpeted floors etc. Managing Director of Auston Institute of Management from Singapore Michael Lin and Auston Montessori Director Pushpa Aluthgamage are seen at [...]

All Ceylon Bharatha Association AGM

The following members were elected as office bearers at the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the All Ceylon Bharatha Association: President: Kennedy Fernando. Vice Presidents: Beonest Fernando, Emalieyan Fernando, Pius Lopez. Hony.General Secretary: Jayakumar Fernando. Hony.Asst. General Secretary: Malitan Fernando. Hony.Asst. General Secretary: Eustus Fernando. Hony.Treasurer : Wellington Bandulu. Hony.Asst. Treasurer : Prijes Fernando. Committee [...]

Auditions for new short film

Well known photographer Mettasena is currently on the lookout for extras and technical assistants for his latest short film. Auditions are being held today, Sunday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 15A Menerigama Place, off Dakshinarama Road, Mount Lavinia. Shooting will be from August 20 to September 5 and a daily payment [...]

New children’s books highlight the importance of women in society

New children’s books highlight the importance of women in society

The children’s books “Mahadena miththeniyai Yeheliyo pasdenai Muththa Madeng Godata Gaththa” (The rescue of the wise old man by his wife and her five lady friends) and “Hapanaa Haava” (The smart rabbit) written by longstanding children’s novelist Samanmalee Padmakumara were launched at the BMICH on Friday, August 2. Her own experience with her children’s pet [...]

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