Kumar de Silva
  • Tiesh celebrates the mystique of Black Silver with ‘Black Temptations’

    Ayesh De Fonseka, Director of Tiesh explains the pieces to the media and the guests at the launch.

     Colombo. Friday 20 November 2015. With the forthcoming festive season literally around the corner, Tiesh, one of Sri Lanka’s leading contemporary jewellers proudly presents ‘Black Temptations’, a collection of exquisite black silver jewellery lavishly studded with precious and semi-precious Sri Lankan gem stones. Says Ayesh De Fonseka, Director of Tiesh and the creative mind behind the collection, “The black rhodium plated 925 sterling silver collection presents itself in an amazing range of shades of grey … ranging from enigmatic deep dark greys to almost full black … bringing out an ephemeral element of illusion and mystique. Enhancing this mood and heightening the element of colour and fantasy is the delightful array of sparkling Sri Lankan gem stones which liberally embellish each piece of jewellery”. ‘Black Temptations’ is an enigmatic collection that inspires a kaleidoscope of moods in different people from cocktail to ‘glam-night-out’ and from casual to gala. It is

  • Hilton Colombo Wins Culinary Cup, Pastry Cup, Bar Cup & Sommelier Cup at the Hilton SEA & I F&B Masters Country Level Finals


    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – November 23, 2015. Hilton Worldwide successfully concluded the F&B Masters Country Level finals today with Hilton Colombo emerging winners in 4 disciplines; Culinary Cup, Pastry Cup, Bar Cup and Sommelier categories. Hilton Colombo Residences, Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island and Hilton Colombo participated in all 5 categories.  Charith Madhawa representing Hilton Colombo won the Culinary Cup, Christina Fernando (Hilton Colombo) Pastry Cup, Sasanka Pathinayake (Hilton Colombo) bagged the Sommelier Cup and Tatiyana Perera (Hilton Colombo) the Bar Cup whilst Conrad Maldives Rakesh Shetty won the Barista Cup. This is a competition for Hilton Worldwide team members to showcase their passion and talent for food and beverage. The F&B Masters aims to discover, develop and celebrate extraordinary talent within Hilton Worldwide properties across Asia Pacific. Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to career development for team members does not end after the competition. Hotel team members at every level are

  • Cinnamon Red – unveils a New Era of Urban Creativity with Red Rave Art Walk


      Colombo 17 November 2015, Colombo: It wasn’t the legendary Banksy that carved a place for street art and urban creativity – while his emergence created a new breed of defiant graffiti artists across the world, this modern, outdoor discipline can be traced back to the gangs of New York in the 20’s and 30’s, using outdoor spaces to express their territorial instincts via a paint brush instead of a gun. Later on, by the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, street art evolved into a complex interdisciplinary form of expression – combining graffiti, stencil, print and mural – through large scale pieces and collaborative projects. It is safe to say that street art has found its way into the core of contemporary art – and Sri Lanka, with its many creative minds, is not one to be left behind. Our post-war boom hasn’t necessarily only been

  • STARLITE 2016 COUNTDOWN Party at the Hilton Colombo Poolside


    Get ready for a fantastic New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner & Party by the Poolside with “Starlite” as its theme. Kick off the celebrations with mouth-watering appetizers, main courses and glorious desserts on the international buffet. Then dance the night away with party music of the 80s to date spun by the most popular DJs of time; Kapila and Bonnie and other renowned guest DJs. Guests will also be kept entertained with a fireworks display at midnight and also stand chances to win fantastic prizes in the lucky draw sessions. Tickets are priced at Rs 8000 nett per person inclusive of the gala dinner buffet, breakfast and complimentary beverage for tables of 10.  Special rates for kids available too. Guests can look forward and prepare for a night of fun, great food and great entertainment in a ‘starry’ ambiance and setting. The party starts at 9.00 pm! Corkage free! More on the cards that

  • Marmite Cocktails and Mocktails set to take Colombo’s beverage circuit by storm


    Colombo. Tuesday 17 November 2015. Just when one thought that Marmite does magical things to food alone, comes news of yet another revolution in Sri Lanka’s food and beverage industry as Unilever Sri Lanka launches a cocktail and mocktail inspired by Marmite. The Marmite Cocktail and Mocktail have been created by Cinnamon Grand’s Restaurants & Bars Manager, Namal Jayalath and his team. The Marmite Cocktail and an equally tempting Marmite Mocktail are a result of many taste bud trials. According to Namal Jayalath, Restaurants & Bars Manager at the Cinnamon Grand, “Who would have ever thought that Marmite would become an ingredient in cocktails and mocktails? It was a challenge and a very interesting one at that given the distinctive taste of Marmite. The two recipes were carefully crafted with the perfect balance of flavours complementing each other with the signature salty flavour of Marmite which we all know so well”. “Marmite has undergone

  • It’s already Christmas at the Taj !!!


    It’s already Christmas at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo and here’s your chance to plan those all important HAMPERS this festive season. Avoid the stress and select from a choice of fabulous hampers off the shelf for your friends and loved ones and business partners … OR if you wish to be creative, well then go ahead and indulge and make-your-own ….

  • Signature launches festive deals and exciting new range ahead of festive season

    PHOTO - Signature 02

    Colombo, Sri Lanka. Monday 16 November 2015: Sri Lanka’s homegrown men’s clothing and accessories brand, Signature, has just launched its festive deals and an exciting new range ahead of the forthcoming festive season. A purchase of two Signature shirts at Signature showrooms and key dealer locations island wide entitles one to a free PRO cologne spray. Similarly a purchase of over Rs. 4000/- at any Signature showroom entitles one to a free gift voucher worth Rs. 500/-. The Signature festive promo also extends online to the brand’s website (https://signature.lk/store) with 15% off on shirts and trousers and 10% off on any other products ordered online. The Signature brand today enjoys top position as the Official Formal Clothing Partner of Sri Lanka Cricket. The latest menswear line from the premier Sri Lankan fashion brand combines cutting edge fashion and functionality to bring quality, value for money attire for the modern, style-savvy

  • Hemas Travels and Diethelm Sri Lanka launch ‘Escapades’

    PHOTO - Hemas Travels and Diethelm Sri Lanka launch ‘Escapades’

    New dimension to outbound travel for young travellers Colombo, Sri Lanka. Monday 16 November 2015. Hemas Travels, a leading outbound travel and tour operator in Sri Lanka and Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka, one of the top Destination Management companies in the country together with STA Travels recently announced the launch of its new travel offering – ‘Escapades’. ‘Escapades’ will bring in a new dimension to outbound travel and is primarily aimed at assisting young travellers with all their travel needs from affordable air tickets to accommodation, not forgetting guidance with visa procedures. “There’s a new emerging demography in Sri Lanka keen to explore the world on their own terms and appease their wanderlust in an exciting but affordable method. ‘Escapades’ was initiated to cater to this niche clientele by making international travel affordable without compromising on their travel experience be it for education or leisure. From short hauls to lengthy

  • Alliance Française de Kotte presents ‘ABU Collection of Collage’


    The Alliance Française de Kotte à Colombo presents the ‘ABU Collection of Collage’ by Prasad Abu Bakr at its gallery at 11, Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 05 (adjoining Police Park). Sponsored by Pegasus Reef Hotel, the exhibition is open to the public from Friday 20th to Sunday 29th November from 10am to 6pm daily. Chief Guest at the invitees-only opening on 19th November will be Mr. Harsha Jayasinghe, General Manager of the Pegasus Reef Hotel while the Guest of Honour will be Mr. Claude Alexandre Martinez, General Delegate of the Alliance Francaise Foundation in Sri Lanka. In this exhibition, Abu the artist combines his two favourite techniques to compose pictures creating unusual collage compositions. An amateur photographer himself but having a long artistic career to his credit, Abu has formed a collection of artworks combining photography with painting and pasting of ‘bits n pieces’ of paper torn off from magazines, creating

  • SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCE : I woke up to horror this morning …


    I woke up to horror this morning, Saturday 14 November 2015 as social media flooded the world with news of the terrorist attacks in Paris and darkness descended on the City of Light. This is a city which is very close to my heart and one which I have been visiting very frequently for the past three decades. Paris to me is literally my second home since the Easter of 1986. I have celebrated her multiple facets in five annual successive black and white photographic exhibitions (www.kumardesilva.com) presented by the Alliance Française de Kotte à Colombo and with the support of the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka. My friends there are numerous … as are old colleagues from the mid-1980s, from Belleville to St. Denis and from Bercy to Rue de la Pompe. I know her streets and alleys. I’ve lived through her changing moods. I’ve seen her morph


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