Tell us about yourself as a wildlife photographer Childhood experiences and longing to be with the natural world, joining The Young Zoologist’s Association of Sri Lanka (YZA), of the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, in the year 1992 as a teen and later specializing in the field of Herpetology, as a taxonomist for over two decades, spending much of ...

Mahesh Indika graduated from the Visual Art Academy in 2010 and since then, he has been an artist who likes to depict simpler messages through complex   mediums of art. Coming from humble   beginnings, he showcased his work at Kala Pola in the years 2007 and 2008. Now he works closely with Dileepa Jeewantha, Founder of the Saffron Robe ...

Colombo Fashion Week (CFW) is often regarded as the backbone of the Sri Lankan fashion industry because it       continues to inspire designers to pursue fashion as a serious career. Since its inception in 2003, CFW has introduced a culture within the industry, which driven designers to launch their own labels and produce collections each season. The CFW ...

What does it mean to be a practicing contemporary artist? Beyond motivation, techniques, influences and intention what else is involved? To be an artist today involves sustaining a practice where you are actively involved in the process of art making. Though this sounds straight forward, it is probably one of the greatest challenges to face any artist no matter how ...

Readers of ARTRA Magazine are familiar with Ruvin De Silva’s conceptual photography, not so much of his thriving theatre career. Since his first significant performance in Tracy Holsinger’s Chat Room (2007), Ruvin has been a part of plays produced by most of the English Theatre companies in SL, including the recently concluded ‘Fruit Cake’ by the students of Methodist College, ...

Almost an year ago, a group of young and vibrant art personalities with strong opinions came together at a leaving party of a mutual friend. A random thought transformed into a collective consensus and thereafter, decided to form a group for which they decided upon the name ‘The Hot Butter Collective’. The name may sound culinary, yet it isn’t. Ryan ...

Saskia Fernando launched Sri Lanka’s first freestanding professional gallery in 2009 after working in the art scene since 1999. The gallery expanded in December 2013 to a space where it now stands as the largest contemporary art gallery in the island, housing exhibition spaces and a private viewing gallery facilitating over 300 works. Artists represented are either Sri Lankan by ...

Sanjeewa Kumara’s colorful, florid paintings of six-legged elephants, cranked out over the past decade or so with the regularity of a computer algorithm programmed to change details with every image, are lively, even lovely. They brighten, animate the space they occupy. Nevertheless, I would call them commercial trinkets, a garnish designed to adorn the home or office of an expatriate, ...

Scott Gardiner, born in 1975, graduated with a Master of Visual Arts with Honours in painting from the Auckland University of Technology. He has been a multiple finalist in the Wallace Art Awards as well as the 2012 New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award. His work has been exhibited in private and corporate collections throughout New Zealand, Australia and the ...

We have heard of Chandima Rajapatirana, the poet and writer, who is the author of ‘Traveler’s Tales: My journey with Autism’. The foreward of his book states “Chammi Rajapatirana describes himself as a mute. He can speak sounds, but describes them as unmodulated, unshaped, ununderstandable squeals”. This sentence immediately captured our attention, not because of its literal implication, but because ...

Sonali Pompeus’ interest in sketching blossomed during her later school days. She enjoyed drawing the faces of her classmates, at points they were not aware of. At the time, her motive was to replicate every detail and every significant feature of their face on paper through the use of a basic pencil on the back of her school notebooks, without ...

Qadri Ismail The author of  Abiding by Sri Lanka: on Peace, Place and Postcoloniality,’ Qadri Ismail is a Professor of English at the University of Minnesota. He has written on art since 2008. He read his Ph.D in English at the Columbia        University in 1998. He specializes in the fields of cultural studies, historiography, post colonial literature, ...

Kallol from Kolkata, West Bengal, launched his label, KallolDatta 1955, in 2008. A degree holder in fashion design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and a womenswear degree from Central St. Martins, London, He is labeled as ‘the face of new Indian fashion’ with his designerwear having brought to light a new wave of ethno-grunge dressing. Kallol is ...

Capt. Elmo Jayewardene, Pilot and Founder of the Annasi and Kadalagotu Literary Festival, is a simple man with a calling for the literary scene in Sri Lanka. Having lived and worked in Singapore for twenty years and spending a penurious childhood, he   always asserted the needs of the common man. His love for literature transformed him into a notable ...

Musicmatters Festival is an annual music festival with a focus on exposing Sri Lankans to music that is generally not accessible through radio and television, but which deserve to be recognized for its original creative spirit and the dedicated musicians who perform it. The festival is organized by a collective of musicians and faculty affiliated to Musicmatters, a performance based ...

Riaz Cader’s interest in wildlife began as a child. His love for wildlife blossomed through picturesque books, animations and movies, Lion King being his favourite. When he was 12 years of age, he recieved his first camera which was a point and shoot one with minimal features, which did not stop him from          capturing his perspectives. ...

Angamapora is a self-defense mechanism that incorporates hand-to-hand combat, melee, projectile, ballistio weapon fighting, meditation, medicine, astrology and spells. After the British invaded Ceylon, they made sure that Angampora fighters were made extinct, as they were a great threat to their rule. When the leading Angampora fighters were massacred, the rest took refuge in unknown places to survive and protect ...

Students of Print Making at Visual Art Academy | Sameera Wanninayake Sameera is a 3rd year student. He uses the etching technique. His art is influenced by experience of the contemporary socio-political situation in Sri Lanka. ‘’The human body is displaced. There is a price for every part and no one can escape this reality”.   To read more about the Sameera and his work, purchase a copy of ARTRA Magazine ...

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