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Short Eats With Shehan Karunatilaka

Two questions in, before we could even calibrate as interviewer and interviewee, Shehan Karunatilaka’s daughter marched into the room, with her two-foot high smile…

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Remembering Ti Maama

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The “Dosthara Hondahitha” Of Rupavahini: Titus Thotawatte

If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, one thing you could never forget in the bleak wasteland that was television, was the…

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Sri Lankan Women Writing In English

“Women,” award-winning author Carl Muller once remarked, “have become the standard bearers of Sri Lankan writing in English in the past 50 years”. That…

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The Last Vedda ‒ Part I

Believed to be the earliest inhabitants of Sri Lanka, the Veddas play an important role in this country’s history. But today, the indigenous people’s…

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The Story Behind The Burghers Of Sri Lanka

The proud descendants of the Dutch and Portuguese colonies of the 16th and 17th centuries, the Burghers have been a part of Sri Lanka…

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Remarkable Sri Lankan Scientists The World Knows But We Don’t

Many of us are well aware of Newton, Einstein, Curie and Hawking, and their contributions to science. But how much do we know about…

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Anne Ranasinghe: In Memoriam

Editor’s note: Sri Lanka’s English literary circles have lost a great icon in the passing away of poet and writer, Anne Ranasinghe. In commemorating…

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The Paynter Behind Some Of Sri Lanka’s Finest Art

The chapel at S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia is, without exaggeration, the finest feature of the school premises. Displaying Byzantine (Later Roman) architecture, the…

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Nandani’s Overcrowded Dog Shelter

Not many people may notice an ageing widow who lives on her own in a decrepit house outside of the city, and looks after…

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Pandit Amaradeva: A Life In Music

To most Sri Lankans, the name “Amaradeva” is as familiar as the voice of the man who carried it. Pandit W. D. Amaradeva, who…

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In The Mind Of A Master(Chef)

Earlier this year, Roar’s Australia Correspondent, Kelum Wijewardena, met up with Masterchef 2011 finalist, Kumar Pereira (who is currently touring Sri Lanka) in Melbourne,…