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Nita shines bright at Nice with her poignant role

Nita shines bright at Nice with her poignant role

Nice paid homage to a bourgeoning new Sri Lankan cinema on Saturday May 18, when the International Film Festival there recognized two key players of one of the most poignant Lankan films to come out this year- Paangshu (Earth), where director Visakesa Chandrasekeram casts back to the tragic murky depths the island was plunged into [...]

Easter Sunday attack survivors: Healing through the arts

When founder of the Sunshine Charity for children Sharadha de Saram heard about the Easter Sunday bombings, she was deeply saddened. Particularly since  two children, who had attended the charity’s daycare centre were among the victims at the Zion Church in Batticaloa. This gave her an added reason to link Sunshine Charity with Give2Asia, a [...]

Letters to the Editor

Let individual courage  swell into collective courage, harmony and change We are, again, standing amidst the flames and ashes of peace and harmony.Again, the ugly monster of bigotry and mistrust is now gaining strength, all over our country. Discourses so far have probed and blamed the government’s lack of action before the Easter bombings and [...]



A soft-spoken, loving and generous sister DONA SANDHAWATHI HEMALATHA GUNASEKARA I write these lines with profound sadness for my dear eldest sister Warahena Liyanage Dona Sandawathi Hemalatha Gunasekera, who passed away on March 21, 2019 at the age of 91. She hailed from the de Alwis Goonetilleke family in Bentota and was the precious life [...]

Rustic wonderland with class and comfort

Rustic wonderland with  class and comfort

Passing a 1953 Ferguson TE20, the second oldest tractor brought to the area, we enter a walauwwa to be served with a ‘saravita’ cone of betel leaf brimming with shredded coconut in red, green and orange, spiced with arecanut, nutmeg, cardamom, mace, coriander seeds, cumin, golden syrup and jaggery. Then with a glass of raw [...]

National Trust lecture on cultural tourism

“A single world heritage nomination for Sri Lanka’s post colonial fortifications” is the title of the 116th National Trust lecture to be delivered by Deshamanya Vidya Jyothi Ashley De Vos at the HNB Auditorium, 22nd  Floor, HNB Towers, 479 T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Colombo 10  at 6.30p.m. on Thursday, May 30. This project, that commenced many [...]

WNPS holds 125th AGM today

The 125th Annual General Meeting of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society will be held today, Sunday, May 26, at the Lecture Hall #08 of the Sri Lanka Foundation, #100, Padanama Mawatha,Independence Square, Colombo 7, at 5 p.m. The WNPS has, for 125 years, been in the forefront of the conservation movement in Sri Lanka. [...]

Bringing to light the dark side of colourism

Bringing to light the dark side of colourism

Growing up, Kavitha Emmanuel remembers being one of the fairer members of her family. She still used skin-whitening products, but it was meant to preserve her skin tone. “I was not born a campaigner for ending colourism,” she says, “I contributed to the endorsement of the bias in my own way.” Kavitha, like many Indians, [...]

Trendy Hub opens flagship store

Trendy Hub opens flagship store

Trendy Hub arrived on the local fashion scene last December with the opening of their first store at Colombo City Centre (CCC). Now making themselves even more accessible, their flagship store was opened in Colombo 3 on May 21. Chief Guest Mahela Jayawardene was accompanied by YNM Trendy Hub Chairman Yoonus Noor Mohamed, YNM Trendy [...]

LW and Workshop Players hold new theatre series

The Lionel Wendt Memorial Fund, in collaboration with The Workshop Players of Sri Lanka, presents  ‘The Power of Theatre: Artistry, Entertainment and Social Commentary’ – a brand new series of monthly workshops in English, Sinhala and Tamil. The workshops will focus on an array of aspects relevant to theatre, including performance techniques; production techniques; choreography; [...]

Hindi courses for 2019-2020

The Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo has announced its new session of Hindi courses conducted at the Centre for 2019 – 2020. The classes will commence from June 1, 2019. Application forms for the courses are available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on all weekdays at the Centre, 16/2, Gregory’s [...]

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