Kumar de Silva
  • Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrates literary heritage with ‘Words on the Mount’

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    Few hotels in Sri Lanka are able to capture their architectural legacy and rich historical heritage as Mount Lavinia Hotel. Celebrating a momentous 210 years, the Hotel recently announced its first bespoke event titled ‘Words on the Mount’ to be held in July 2016. The iconic hotel has gained fame and international repute for continuously presenting an impressive array of events. The Hotel prepares to celebrate a significant milestone  hosting a prestigious authors’ event resonates in showcasing its colonial heritage and distinct trendsetting identity. The event is set to promote Sri Lanka as an incomparable destination and Mount Lavinia Hotel as the nation’s most loved mansion, celebrating her extraordinary colonial past entwined with modern literature. This unique and innovative two day extravaganza will begin on July 8th and continue on 9th July introducing writers who have a ‘special connection’ to Sri Lanka. “We are delighted to be hosting some notable

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

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      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

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

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    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

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  • “Some biographies are meant to be remembered … His was never meant to be written …”

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    Kirthi Sri Karunaratne (28 Nov 1930 – 01 Nov 2015) Telephone calls and text messages kept criss-crossing Colombo from around 7.30 last Sunday morning as news broke of the demise of the veteran and legendary couturier Kirthi Sri Karunaratne. The news then rapidly spread to Face Book as friends, fans, clients and colleagues from around the world connected with each other in expressions of grief and sorrow. Had he been alive, Kirthi would have been 85 years at the end of this month on Saturday 28th November. With his demise, yet another era in Sri Lanka’s fashion industry comes to a close. Once on a television talk show with me, I remember him proudly recalling his debut into fashion designing as a teenaged Ananda College schoolboy, and, the long and colourful journey thereon. This was journey which took him to Rome where he worked with designer Emilio Schubert, to London

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  • Alliance Francaise de KOTTE presents ‘The Streets of Paris’ – black and white photo expo at the Lionel Wendt

    The Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Alliance Francaise de KOTTE present ‘The Streets of Paris’, the fifth annual exhibition of black and white photographs by media personality Kumar de Silva. Presented as part of the French Spring Festival 2015, this exhibition is free of charge and open to the public from 10 am to 7 pm on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. All profits from the sale of photographs will go to the Scholarship Fund of the children of the award-winning ‘Nation’ / ‘Rivira’ press photographer, the late Rukshan Abeywansa. Chief Guest at the gala opening will be Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene, State Minister of Defence. Guest of Honour will be cinema legend Irangani Serasinghe. Situated at 11, Keppetipola Mawatha, Colombo 07, the “Alliance Française de Kotte” is France’s ONLY French language and cultural centre in the Colombo City and the

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  • AWAIT : “Nostalgie05 – Street Life in Paris”

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    An exhibition of black and white photographs by Kumar de Silva celebrating the different layers of street life in Paris on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July from 10 am to 7 pm at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery. All are welcome. Watch this space for more details !!! a hot summer afternoon, and there she was, this bouquiniste on the banks of the river seine, taking a break, barely shaded by the sun …

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  • ‘Kala Pola’ on Sunday 25 January at Nelum Pokuna Mawatha

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    Kala Pola 2015 – Sri Lanka’s annual open-air art fair will take place on Sunday 25 January 2015 along Nelum Pokuna Mawatha, Colombo 07. Free of charge and open to the public, it will open at 8.00 am and continue until 9.00 pm the same night. The official ceremony will be at 5.00 pm at which the Chief Guest will be H.E. Y. K. Sinha, the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka. Presented by The George Keyt Foundation and the John Keells Group over the past 22 years, Kala Pola has grown into a much-awaited cultural event and is today a not-to-be-missed event in Colombo’s annual cultural calendar. The street will come alive, as it has done over the past many years, with painters, sculptors and portrait sketchers as they cater to throngs of appreciative visitors in a fun-filled atmosphere of music and entertainment. (MEDIA RELEASE)

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  • Art and ‘national culture’ – Arun Dias Bandaranaike

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    By Arun Dias Bandaranaike It may be argued there is ‘art everywhere’. Apart from the fascination that living things (e.g. birds’ plumage), humans, their clothes and constructions, their crafted landscapes, book covers or vehicles, all provide and involve, and therefore is what we take so much for granted, there is another aspect that sometimes is less evident. I refer to “fine art”. It is generally recognised that such forms of expression on a canvas, or in crafted stone, fabric or metal, belong in the province of a gallery and in the sophisticated ambience of living rooms among the elite. And yet, “Fine Art” must be recognised as a public phenomenon, transcending the privately relished confines among a coterie of aficionados. Then, indeed, does art become part of a national culture. For centuries, such art, mainly monumental and patronised by monarchs and clergy, was in the public domain. Perhaps eliciting awestruck

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  • “I should have known … how much benefits a Kala Pola could bring to artists” – George Keyt

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    By Nihal Rodrigo, Deputy Chairman, George Keyt Foundation and former Sri Lanka Foreign Secretary George Keyt, is no doubt, the greatest Sri Lankan artist of the 20th century. Born in 1901, in Ampitya, near Kandy, he passed away in 1993. It was also the year that he viewed the inaugural Kala Pola that had been organised. The idea of a Kala Pola (Art Mart) in Sri Lanka, a la street art exhibitions in France (e.g in Montmartre), was projected and promoted by the late Professor S. B. Dissanayake, a friend and very strong admirer of Keyt’s work. He was of major assistance in helping to conceptualise the idea of a Kala Pola to function effectively in Sri Lanka. Initially, Keyt himself was cynical and not convinced about the benefits that Street Art would bring to Sri Lanka. However, when he was driven around the first Kala Pola in 1993, he

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