Spooky season is here! Even though Sri Lanka does not traditionally celebrate Halloween, it has its fair share of horror stories. Here are some of those stories that Roar has published over the years.
It’s been a rough four years for the wedding industry to contend with. In 2018, Sri Lanka was voted the best country in the world to visit, and the industry geared up for an influx of destination weddings.
Sri Lanka’s electrical needs took a hard hit this year. With daily islandwide power cuts as a result of the ongoing economic crisis, as well as power plants repeatedly breaking down, you wouldn’t think a country that established its first public electricity supply more than a hundred years ago would be so prone to collapse.
“Our main focus is on bringing out the technical aspect by breaking some of the traditional barriers that have kept this art a secret from the world.”
My mum never referred to Salon Naresh by its actual name, so I only ever knew it as “Shobi’s”. She would go to get her nails done at Shobi’s, or call and schedule a haircut at Shobi’s, or take me to get my fringe trimmed at Shobi’s. From the age of four, I sat in a black leather swivel chair, flipping through piles of imported fashion and beauty magazines, watching women be transformed into whomever they wanted to be — at Shobi’s.
What do you get when you combine a solar eclipse, fake news and colourism? Islandwide chaos — and, for Wally Bastianz, a hit baila song.
“Maths is a very important subject” D I Anurasiri told Roar Media. “If the field of mathematics is successful, it is guaranteed that the country’s future is also successful.”
The reigning currency of the early-2000s entertainment industry may as well have been DVDs. More accessible, of higher quality and more conveniently sized than the VHS cassettes that preceded them, the advent of DVDs put movie magic within reach of anyone who had a DVD player, a TV and a composite cable, or even just a laptop with a DVD drive, at home — which, by the late 2000s, were most working and upper class Sri Lankans.
At a First World War memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula, off the coast of Turkey, the gravestones of three soldiers identify them as belonging to the Ceylon Planters’ Rifle Corps.
Over the course of its colonisation of Sri Lanka, the British Empire took possession of a number of cultural artefacts that remain in museums and institutions across England to this day.
The ruins of a Siamese-style dagoba on Galgodiyana island, off the coast of Matara, still remain today, despite the damage inflicted by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
On 12 December 2021, the curators of the National Art Gallery and conservation expert Jennifer Myers made a curious discovery.
Behind what was thought to be the portrait frame of Ananda Samarakoon, who famously composed the national anthem, was a mystery painting, hidden for over 90 years.
The curators believe that the ‘Lady In Red’, painted by Mudaliyar A C G S Amarasekara in 1928, could be an unidentified social elite of the ’20s — a wife of a politician, a daughter of an ambassador, or perhaps another artist.
She wears a wedding band on her right hand, prominently displayed in the portrait.
But discovering her true identity is proving to be a nearly impossible task.
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