A renaissance cannot happen at any point in time, just because a few individuals think it is necessary. It has a slow buildup, one that requires time, energy and knowledge, and when all these factors are in the right place at the right time, then a renaissance can happen. It is a revival, a renewed interest in something. The phoenix ...

WHAT’S ARTIST’S TABLE? ARTRA Magazine is proud to be the Official Art Magazine for the Artist Table, organized by Trekurious together with the Saskia Fernando Gallery . This is a series of quarterly private dinners, which will provide art enthusiasts and collectors an opportunity to dine inside the intimacy of the Gallery in the company of a leading Artist. These dinners are aimed ...

KALAI VIZHA – THE CONVIVIAL FESTIVITY OF HINDU SOCIETY OF UNIVERSITY OF COLOMBO! (First I would like to thank Geeth Hettiarachchi who inspired me to write this account and Charuni Pathmeswaran, who made my terrible English to Magnificent one! ) “Kalai Vizha” of Hindu Society of University of Colombo was held on the 19th of October 2014 at the Ramakrishna Mission Hall, Wellawatte. The Kalai Vizha (literally means “festival of fine arts”) ...

Let There Be Light on Good Old Grunge As a child I have vivid memories of visiting construction sites. Uninvited I would tag along with my dad, loving to see things freshly built but unfinished. Today my growing fondness of places that are deliberately unfinished can be linked to those days when visiting new building sites felt close to a crazy countryside trip. And am happy to see ...

The Glorious Sons The Glorious Sons is a Canadian rock band which consists of five people. They released their debut album "Shapeless Art" in November 2013 and followed up with another album named, "The Union" in September 2014. Started as an indie rock band, both albums contains promising songs. Mainly "Mama" and "White Noise" in the first albums became hits in North America. ...

The NaMos are Coming! The NaMos are Coming! November is one week away, and that means NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are, too! If you’ve been thinking about reinvigorating your blogging or are finally ready to stop procrastinating on that book you’ve always wanted to write, these two great events (and communities) can give you the jolt of motivation you need. NaMo what now? NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo are short for ...

Brilliant Natalie Soysa Natalie Soysa is the Head of Arts at British Council and the creative mind behind Social Canvas, Which started as a workshop with 50 Artists and Curators of different visual disciplines who worked together to create sample pieces. read more about this initiative and Natalie on our Oct/Nov issue out now. For more read page 26 – 27 ARTRA Magazine ...

A man (Gihan, he tells me his name later) catches sight of me surveying a stencil of a smiling child sandwiched between a photocopy shop and a dilapidated building on Dawson Street, and signals from across the road: “There’s more over here”. Cheerfully appointing himself as my guide and with a number of wide eyed, […]

A man (Gihan, he tells me his name later) catches sight of me surveying a stencil of a smiling child sandwiched between a photocopy shop and a dilapidated building on Dawson Street, and signals from across the road: “There’s more over here”. Cheerfully appointing himself as my guide and with a number of wide eyed, […]

I remember the day Nadeesha told me that we would be organizing the Batch Queen Competition as part of the Freshers’ Welcome 2014. He said “Deiya wants us to organize BQ” and my first reaction was “Are you mad?! I’m not doing it.” Looking back, I’m glad I changed my mind. During the past few months my mind has been ...

The child in her still lives Renowned storyteller and artist Sybil Wettasinghe believes that art is the best method of communication “Next month I will be eighty seven years old. I prefer to be alone. My children are worried that I live upstairs alone. But quietness is something amazing. I admire it and it helps me live in my own world. I’m not worried to be ...

Abu Saeed Khan, who has been leading our engagement with UN ESCAP on the Asia Pacific Information Superhighway will chair the below described session scheduled for Monday, December 08, 2014, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM, Hospitality Lounge 5: Many countries around the world lack affordable backhaul and cross-border networks that enable local networks to connect to the wider internet. There ...

Netstarter’s E-commerce Now And Beyond An interesting new event has popped up on the calender: “E-commerce Now and Beyond”, set to take place on the 14th of October at Excel World. It’s done by Netstarter, a software outfit that specializes in web-based e-commerce solutions. More specifically, the Magento and Hybris platforms. We’ve got a few keynotes to look forward to – including “The future of retail” ...

The Azure Talk From TechTalk Colombo. World Trade Centre 22nd floor. Altitude: high enough to make your ears pop and give you a breath-taking view. This is Volume Ltd’s Sri Lanka office, office which was the venue of TechTalk. With this venue TechTalk has arguably set a record for being the event held at the highest point in Colombo to date. Okay so what exactly ...

Here are some verses of mine that I’ve written for my solo rap project as well as my band Rap This, Ko?, plus, my very first appearance in a music video, rapping, half lotus, on the boardroom table at work. I tried to encapsulate the little I have learned from advertising into this verse. The concept for the above was ...

Here are some verses of mine that I’ve written for my solo rap project as well as my band Rap This, Ko?, plus, my very first appearance in a music video, rapping, half lotus, on the boardroom table at work. I tried to encapsulate the little I have learned from advertising into this verse. The concept for the above was ...

SEVEN REASONS TO MEET JAGATH WEERASINGHE Jagath Weerasinghe As the Artist’s Table at the Saskia Fernando Gallery draws near we bring to you seven reasons why you should meet the host of  the first Artist’s Table. Jagath is never short for words and has the ability to keep people enraptured with different theories and ideas for long periods. This is also probably because his library consists of ...

The impact of cloud computing and M2M communication at the emerging economies was discussed at the ninth Internet Governance forum, that was held in Turkey, this September. Rohan Samarajiva, the founding chair of LIRNEasia spoke at the Workshop03:Cloud Computing & M2M: Impacts for Emerging Economies. Here is the youtube clip for the workshop 03. Go to 21:51 for Rohan’s take on ...

Artist’s Table with Jagath Weerasinghe Untitled-XII-Mixed-media-on-canvas Trekurious sat down with artist Jagath Weerasinghe to give guests an insight into the artist and host of for the Artist’s Table. Speaking on his work and the driving force behind his creations, he said, “there are several things that I can think of, firstly, living today has become a major hassle. You can’t make sense of what’s happening ...

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