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Uncancelling those cancelled histories

Uncancelling those  cancelled histories

Sujit Sivasundaram has won the ninth British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding for his latest book ‘Waves across the South: A New History of Revolution and Empire’. The book shifts our viewpoint of the British Empire from Europe and the Atlantic to the dim hinterlands of the Southern seas and a gamut of [...]

Spreading the beauty of ‘bel canto’

Spreading the beauty  of ‘bel canto’

On his third visit to Sri Lanka, braving long hours of travel and the prospect of quarantine, Prof. Carlos Conde-Gonzalez is elated by his students’ prowess. The Mexico and London-based bass baritone who spent three weeks in October imparting his ‘bel canto’ (beautiful singing or beautiful song) technique to aspiring classical singers believes there is [...]

Letters to the Editor

Solar energy:Adding to the woes of already burdened consumer Sri Lanka is naturally blessed with Nature’s bounty. The abundance of sunlight is not only a tourist’s delight but also could be an economical and environment friendly solution towards solving our energy problem. Therefore it seemed the way to go when the Soorya Bala Sangramaya scheme [...]



To those days my friend; from Trinity to Pera and Civil Service Ahmed Marikar (S.M.L. Marikar) Seyed Mohamed Lebbe Marikar (1939 – 2021), known as Ahmed to family and Mariks to friends, was a retired Sri Lankan civil servant and diplomat. A former Additional Secretary to  President J. R. Jayewardene, and a respected scholar of [...]

Much to reflect on and much that leads to constructive discussion on education

Much to reflect on and much that leads to constructive discussion on education

Goolbai Gunasekara’s name is instantly recognised in Sri Lanka amongst educationists. Well-known as the highly successful Founder-Principal of the Asian International School, she is also known for her passionate commitment to upgrading education in Sri Lanka and for her forthright comments on areas where reform is needed. So anything she has to say on the [...]

A hi-tech tour of our heritage

A hi-tech tour  of our heritage

Did you know there are mobile phone apps such as the Sri Lanka Museums app and the e-heritage app that give visitors an instant guide to the country’s cultural heritage? The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) a few years ago launched these two projects to provide easily accessible information about museums [...]

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