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Aloko Udapadi: Ambitious But Ultimately Unexceptional

Before getting into any serious criticism of Chathra Weeraman’s directorial debut Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose), it must be commended for one important thing. For…

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First Utterance ‒ A Dissected Second Glance

The mark of a truly imaginative poet would be his or her perception of what God did on the eighth day. Theena Kumaragurunathan has…

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Ten Wonderful Things We Have The Malays To Thank For

Sri Lanka’s Malays, despite being a happy-go-lucky people, are well known for their diligence to duty. This is perhaps a spillover from the days…

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Classic Lankan Party Hits: An Origins Story

Yours truly was randomly stalking a celebrated Sri Lankan musician on the interwebs the other day out of sheer boredom (as you do) when…

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The Grand Literary Tea Party

Brought to you by Lipton Tea Room “Under certain circumstances,” proclaims Henry James in what is considered one of the greatest opening lines in…

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Top 3 Sri Lankan Movies That Have Won International Awards

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Duran Duran’s ‘Escape To Some Place Foreign And Beautiful’

If you’re a person who’s into the New Wave music scene, or ‘80s music as a whole, it’s hard to not know about one…

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Silence In The Courts: Director Vithanage Apprises The Untold

Silence In The Courts (උසාවිය නිහඬයි) is a controversial documentary film co-produced by H.D. Premasiri and Prasanna Vithanage, who is also the film’s director. The…

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Reading Sri Lanka

Like any foreigner coming to Sri Lanka, I came harbouring mixed feelings as well as numerous misperceptions. None of what I thought Sri Lanka…

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Sri Lanka’s Fantastic Beasts And The Mythologies Behind Them

As Harry Potter fans eagerly await the release of the film version of J.K. Rowling’s book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we…

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Of Doppelgängers And Coincidences: Kerala And Sri Lanka

Ever thought of Sri Lanka recognising her doppelgänger? Perhaps if you haven’t, let’s consider bringing Kerala, a state sewn against the Malabar Coast of…

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From Rock ‘N’ Roll To Thrash And Black

We may be a small country and we may be insignificant in the eyes of the international music community, but we do know a…