Seven former Sri Lanka cricket captains, who had enjoyed exemplary careers at school level, have commended the exemplary role played by the Observer-Mobitel Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year contest during the past 40 years. They shared the common view that the Mega Show has made a priceless contribution to promote school cricket and recognize milestone achievements of schoolboy cricketers, even at a time there had not been any official inter-school tournaments.
Jehan Aloysius’ hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is crossing the Indian Ocean once more to entertain theatre lovers from all around the world.
It’s a safe choice for an industry that wants to signal its values. The Shape of Water was the most-nominated film at the Oscars on Sunday night, and it won in four categories: Production Design, Original Score, Director, and the all-important Best Picture.
Founded in 2003 and now on the eve of celebrating its 15th anniversary, HSBC Colombo Fashion Week 2018 will host its annual show under the theme of “Celebrate Colombo” from the 19th -25 March at various venues across Colombo, with the main fashion shows being held at the Hilton Colombo.
W.A.Dharmasiri is a larger than life persona that epitomizes patriotism in its true sense. In an era when politics is shrouded in a miasma of doubt, this writer was privileged to meet a true son of Mother Lanka. The legendary W.A Dharmasiri had to be cajoled to reveal his story by his daughter, the dynamic Ruwini Dharmasiri, Chairperson of the Waste Management Authority (Western Province) and his bosom friend, Wilson Gunaratne of Charitha Hathak fame. I was immediately enveloped in warmth by the power couple W.A.Dharmasiri and his effervescent spouse, Malini Dharmasiri who inconspicuously played a pivotal role in the political sphere earning well-deserved respect, honour and loyalty among the political elitist of this country.
Big matches have collected thousands of fans and become a mainstay of Sri Lankan culture. Fans of the match aren’t simply schoolboys and old boys, though, because The Big Match is in actuality a celebration of school culture masquerading as a cricket match. Far from being a stuffy affair, it’s usually a stadium-wide revelry raging in the sunshine; the bowlers begrudgingly allowing batsmen to score in the middle of the oval are essentially one gigantic MacGuffin, an excuse for fellowship, good old-fashioned rivalry and a whole lot of fun.