Being a wildlife photographer goes beyond the general principles of photography. The challenges, obstructions and harsh conditions in the wild make this genre all the more exhilarating. Taking things yet another notch higher, Emad Sangani is not only a budding wildlife photographer but is also focusing a great deal on wildlife conservation. Introducing his work as conservation photography, Emad narrated ...

Sonali Dharmawardena, recounts the journey she took from being an artist to a fashion designer. Undisturbed by the variety of mediums to be explored, Sonali’s chose fabric to experiment with batik dying. Being a batik artist then took Sonali on a path that led to her having to play the role of a fashion designer. Now with her own label ...

As we walked into the Goethe hall where Lakshman de Saram was rehearsing his composition with his fellow musicians, we were raptured by his rhythmic aura. The sight of his delightful presence at a musical setting exuded the energy of his score for film ‘Bel Ami’, where he co-wrote it with Academic Award winner, Rachel Portman. Lakshman is an internationally ...

Annoushka, Founder and Director of the Colombo Art Biennale (CAB), has been engaged with many global art councils and collaborations in the past few months. This interview outlines the initiatives she has been a part of and the ways in which she hopes these relations will impact the growth of the local art scene through her expertise and networking. Annoushka ...

Jyoti Dhar sheds light on critical aspects of the Sri Lankan art scene from the perspective of a professional art critic through this interview we conducted with her. Born in New York, Jyoti has lived in London, Dubai, and New Delhi. She currently lives and works in Colombo. Dhar is the recipient of Forbes India’s Emerging Art Writer of the ...

When Beverly Cleary said, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.”, she might have very well been talking to Sybil Wettasighe, as this was exactly what she did. Starting out as an illustrator at the age of fifteen for her first book, Sybil thereafter, became an author for children’s storybooks. Sybil is known around ...

Sanjeewa, our emerging artist for this issue of ARTRA Magazine is influenced by both the traditional and contemporary art styles, which inturn reflect a strong identity of his own through his artistic expression on canvas. We were intrigued by his use of fundamental principles of printmaking in his abstract work. Born in Anuradhapura and educated at the Visual Art Academy ...

Expressing her views on pressing issues, Anoma Wijewardene speaks to us on how she employs her work as a means of communicating her musings. From the first issue of ARTRA Magazine, which featured Anoma, she has kept herself busy in creating work that articulates and explores environmental concerns an over-running theme from her previous collection, which has found a novel ...

Working mostly with plasticine and terracotta, Tissa de Alwis’ work has received notable attention locally and internationally for its enigmatic character. The passion for sculpting with plasticine started since Tissa’s childhood, through a past time hobby to a full time commitment of artistic endeavors. Showcased at many exhibitions over the years, Tissa’s work instantly reveal the artist’s unique ability of ...

Continuing a family endeavor that was initiated in her village, Kosvadiya by her parents, Darshi Keerthisena celebrates the ethnic tradition of batiks through her fashion design store ‘Buddhi Batiks’, named after her father and Founder of the concept. Darshi replenished certain conventions used in the trade by experimenting with materials and designs that generally wouldn’t be associated with batiks. This ...

Who are we to say what’s right and wrong in art. Every artist has a vision expressed in unique styles and techniques. Pathum’s venture on untrodden ground is merely the beginning of a fresh perspective in art that too few are capable of recognizing. Like the fate suffered by many in the past, this phenomenon too has been, unfortunately discouraging ...

An artist by choice, Anura Srinath chose to continue with his hobby of comic drawing despite his father’s wish for him to be a medical professional. Anura’s work depicts political illustrations of the time to children’s comic books, whilst his work is significant as it seeks to enlighten the youth with relation to a variety of subjects through  art. Although ...

From the peaks of the hill country in Nuwara Eliya, further north to the tip of the island in Jaffna, back down to the west coast in Colombo and now taking it international, Hanusha’s works of art voice the perils of her people.  Hanusha’s compassion and commitment towards the betterment of the tea plucking community from the up country are ...

Abdul- Halik Azeez speaks of his story with reference to the different phases of his life which contribute to his holistic socio-political views. Pursuing art in the fields of literature and photography, Halik utilize these forms of expression to complement one another as his photographic documentations are supported with perceptive captions and eloquent descriptions on Instagram, through his account ‘colombedouin’. ...

Attempting to add value to the art scene by venturing on alliances that have not been explored over time in Sri Lanka, Mahesh and Dileepa recreated the art of collaboration. In order to create enhanced versions of art, Dileepa and Mahesh showcased exhibits unlike any expected. This collection consisted of fourteen different pieces that were worked on by both artists. ...

Wildlife Photographer and enthusiast Sudheera Bandara also happens to be a Doctor in the field of medicine. Sudheera seems to be a master at balancing such diversities. He let us in on how he came to be a photographer despite his stream of education. The ethical aspect that Sudheera mainly focuses on when it comes to his photography is yet ...

Kavan Balasuriya has been able to establish a name for his cutting edge work. His basis of learning through trial and error may have been a risk but Kavan believes he had a lot to learn from it. Now looking forward to taking up commissioned work, Kavan has set time off to explore new avenues with the intention of broadening ...

Curated by Samdani Art Foundation Artistic Director and DAS Chief Curator Diana Campbell Betancourt, the 2016 edition was held from February 5 to 8 in the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in partnership with the country’s National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. With extended hours, DAS is effectively two days longer than the 2014 edition and now with a free and ...

Galle Literary Festival which was initiated back in 2006 held its  seventh edition of the Festival in January. Galle Literary Festival 2016 took off to an exciting start, as it commenced for the first time in Kandy and then made its way to familiar ground in Galle, which was then followed by the event in Jaffna. Galle Literary Festival which ...

Through our conversation with Indian Designer Sanjay we found that his work goes beyond simply designing a piece of clothing. On the journey to re-establish the need for ethnic wear, Sanjay Garg shares his story on how he was able to bring back that of which was once a dying trend. The versatility of his pieces make it both functional ...

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