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  • Senior Western Band of Wesley College presents – ‘PULSE 16’ – Monday 21st March at Bishop’s College Auditorium.

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      Colombo. Tuesday 08 March 2016. In celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, the Senior Western Band of Wesley College Colombo proudly presents – PULSE 16 – a gala musical extravaganza featuring nearly 500 students from ten schools at 4.30 pm on Monday 21st March at the Bishop’s College auditorium. This much awaited evening of music will feature the bands of a large number of invited schools such as Ave Maria Convent Negombo, Bishop’s College, Carey College, Gothami Balika Vidyalaya, Holy Cross College Gampaha, Kalutara Balika Vidyalaya, Maris Stella College Negombo, Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya Colombo, St. Anne’s College Wattala, St. Mary’s College Chilaw etc. Bands from Wesley College’s primary schools at Havelock Town and Katunayake will also perform at the show together with the Senior Western Band of Wesley College and its past members. Tickets are priced are priced at Rs. 700/- (College students), Rs. 1000/- and Rs. 1500/-

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  • 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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  • Suraj Mapa presents ‘Elements with Surya’

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      Well known actor, model and dancer Suraj Mapa presents ‘Elements with Surya’, a spectacular dance extravaganza with over fifty dancers at 10.00 am and 6.30 pm on Saturday 27 February at the Dharmaraja College Audotirium in Kandy. The two-hour show will bring together dancers representing various forms and styles, combined with the talent of film stars on one stage to present the choreography and dance of Suraj Mapa . This performance star Sri Lanka’s award-winning and popular actress Yashoda Wimaladharma in a special guest performance. “She will perform for the very first time in the cinema segment of this show and we’re very proud and honoured to have her on board”, Mapa said. There will also be guest performances by stars like Upeksha Swarnamali, Tharuka Wanniarachchi, Himali Siriwardhane, Dinakshie Priyasad and Damitha Abeyrathne along with Suraj Mapa and his troupe of dancers. This extravaganza will present an explosion of

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  • ‘Kala Pola’ 2016 – another successful celebration of Art! Generates over Rs. 13 million in sales

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      Kala Pola, Sri Lanka’s annual open-air art fair, turned Colombo into a riot of colour for the 23rd time, shining a spotlight on a variety of visual artists of Sri Lanka. Organised by The George Keyt Foundation and the John Keells Group, Kala Pola 2016 took place on 31st January 2016. 308 registered artists and over 22,000 estimated visitors flocked into Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07 which was adorned with a variety of art ranging from breath-taking paintings and life-like portraits to abstract art and intricate sculptures. Gracing the official ceremony as Chief Guest was H.E. Dr. Jürgen Morhard, the German Ambassador for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the Chairman and Trustees of The George Keyt Foundation and the Chairman of John Keells Holdings PLC, Mr. Susantha Ratnayake. Addressing the gathering, H. E. Dr. Jürgen Morhard said, “It’s always impressive for us to witness that Sri Lanka is not

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  • Custom-grown lilies from Lassana Flora make weddings more personalised

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    Lassana Flora takes Sri Lanka’s floral industry to new heights in the New Year with the introduction of a variety of custom-grown lilies for Sri Lankan weddings. The company grows different varieties of lilies with a Dutch technical collaboration in the Company’s nurseries in Nuwara Eliya, Belihul Oya and Keppettipola. “What makes our product truly unique is the personalised approach we have taken in making these flowers an integral part of a couple’s most memorable day. Wedding couples can now tour our beautiful flower nurseries nestled amid mountains and be a part of the process of growing their own flowers for their wedding. From planting to harvesting, the couple can be deeply rooted in all stages. The final flowers on display at the wedding and tied up in the bouquets will thus not merely be a decoration, but instead, a labour of love which is symbolic of the union itself.

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  • Cinnamon Lakeside hosts a week-long celebration for Chinese New Year 2016

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      Ring in the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year – the year of the monkey – with Cinnamon Lakeside, as the hotel lays out a week-long gastronomic celebration from 07 to 14 February, at the popular authentic Chinese restaurant, Long Feng. The hotel’s award winning team of chefs led by Chinese Master Chef Yang Jiayu have created an extensive festive dinner buffet featuring over 50 delicious dishes and desserts, following age old recipes that have been passed down from generations. A range of appetizers, soups, noodles, rice and mains along with a distinct dim sum bar and an action station where guests could enjoy the likes of peking duck, chilli crab, hot butter cuttlefish, braised sea cucumber and szechuan spicy pork ribs freshly sliced or hot off the pan are all for the picking. Priced at Rs.2,500 nett, the menu includes a popular range of fare, loved by Chinese all

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  • I could be your Prince and You could be my Princess … A Valentine’s Day spent at Mount Lavinia Hotel could be your fairy tale come true

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      The Mansion of Love, Mount Lavinia Hotel invites all Princes and Princesses for a fairy tale Valentine’s Day. The hotel, steeped in the legacy of romance invites lovers to experience the Hot Hut Love, the Enchanted Tree House, the Train to your Heart, Valentines in Bed and our own Ape Adaraya. Hot Hut Love, the Love Huts on Paradise Beach are back this year and is one of the most looked forward to Valentine dates. Offering a romantic setting on the Paradise Beach, with the soft golden sand to sink your feet in, and the expanse of the Indian Ocean to feast your eyes on, the Love Hut serves you a special four course menu for Rs. 9,500/- nett per couple. For the one couple who is in search of a rustic and tropical Valentine experience, the Enchanted Tree House is up for grabs. Set away from the flurry

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  • Love is in the air at Hilton Colombo

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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – February 5, 2016 – Hilton Colombo today announced its extensive Valentine’s Day activities, probably the best line up in Colombo. The first party kicks off on the eve of Valentine’s Day 13th of February with the theme “Be My Valentine” from 9pm to 3am at the hotel’s poolside with live band Ricky & Legacy and the sensational singer Shamistha Dean along with DJ Naushad spinning all your favourite love songs! Couples could enjoy a gourmet buffet spread prepared by the team of chefs and free corkage throughout the night. The highlight of the event will be the chance for every couple to win a weekend stay for two at the Hilton Bangkok, a Weekend stay for two at the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Colombo inclusive of breakfast, Weekend stay for two in a Deluxe Room inclusive of breakfast, and restaurant vouchers for two at Spices

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  • Berklee College of Music USA celebrates Sri Lanka with special Music Video released on 04th February 2016

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    Colombo. Thursday 04th February 2016. “Berklee Celebrates Sri Lanka” is a project initiated by Sri Lankan students at Berklee College of Music, USA with the sole intention to promote Sri Lankan tradition and culture. The project brings together over 50 performers representing 17 different countries such as the United States of America, Colombia, Luxembourg, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Japan, South Africa, Kenya, United Kingdom, France, Madagascar, Ecuador, South Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Turkey, all working as one unit to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. All these students come together to create a musical masterpiece by fusing both old and new musical traditions packaged in the form of a music video to be released on February 4th 2016 as a means of Berklee Celebrating Sri Lankan Independence Day along with the 21 million+ Sri Lankans worldwide. The project is led by Sanchitha Wickremesooriya and Shannon Jacob, two

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  • The world was his canvas … he was both the palette and the brush

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    By Kumar de Silva The world was his canvas and on it he splashed his kaleidoscope of colour and his joie de vivre. He was both the canvas and the paint. He was both the palette and the brush. That was Kirthi Sri Karunaratne. Small in stature and soft spoken to match, KSK was, on the contrary, a multi-faceted giant whose imprint on Sri Lanka’s fashion industry over seventy years has been incomparable. Born eighty five years ago on 28th November in 1930 to Charlie Karunaratne and Debicia Samarasekera, he was the second in a line of five boys – Ranjith, Chitra, Mahnil and Shanthi. Kirthi was the creative one. It seemed an inherent part of his biological composition. He sketched and drew. His first foray into designing and dressing was in his early teens. Debicia his mother was both his muse and his guinea pig. The bond was symbiotic and

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