My mother Somalatha Subasinghe

My mother was a multi-tasker. She was a mother, a wife, a teacher of Economics in a government school, actress, theater director and an educationist. Her desire to impart knowledge came from her parents who were teachers. They generously educated their whole village. Their house in the village was full of young people always with …

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Gajaman Nona: poetess of wit and repute

Travellers along the Colombo-Hambantota Road pass through Nonagama which is named in the memory of a very special lady. She is Dona Isabella Cornelia Perumal, better known as Gajaman Nona, the poetess of wit and repute hailing from Ruhuna… Share List

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For the love of classical dance

Kalasuri Vasugy Jegatheeswaran is the trailblazing daughter of a trailblazing mother. An iconic bharatanatyam teacher, she is a holder of multiple honours conferred on her both local and internationally for her contribution to classical dance and Carnatic music. Share List

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My journey to Hansa Vilak

Hansa vilak was based on a structure that was yet unseen in Sri Lankan cinema, and I believe that this has been the lasting appeal of the film
I fell in love with cinema almost by accident. As I was growing up, Sri Lankan films I watched generally had a set format: the mandatory song and dance, the jokes, the

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Dunuwila Hatana

The Dunuvila Hatana – the tale of the Dunuvila family was composed by Dunuvila Gajanayaka Nilame in the early part of the 18th Century. He served in the palace during the period of the last king of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe (1798 – 1815).

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His music which is forever vigilant…

As the tenth year remembrance of Master Premasiri Khemadasa, the harbinger of Sri Lankan music falls on October 24th, daughter, Gayathri Khemadasa, a versatile musician in her own right, talks to Randima Attygalle, about how her celebrated father inspired her and entire nation to charter the unknown musical waters and make them their own.

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The Gladstone Affair: A Sri Lankan Tempest

Retried diplomats penning their memoirs recounting their heyday of holding fort among the rich and powerful in foreign lands is not unusual. But then how many among them have had the dubious honour of being declared persona non grata by a host nation and given marching orders after being accused of crossing the line into territory that is out of bounds for diplomats. David Gladstone who served as Britain’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka between 1987-1991 is one such man who had to face the wrath of then President Ranasinghe Premadasa for his “unwarranted interference in an internal matter of the country” that resulted in his unceremonious send off.

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