Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear
Activists / Artists / Open Magazine

Chandraguptha Thenuwara: The End of Fear

It was 33 years ago, but Chandraguptha Thenuwara still remembers the group of men stopping the bus and clambering on. They had a seemingly bizarre demand, going from passenger to passenger, insisting that he or she say the Sinhalese words for pen and bucket – pǣna, bāldiya. Tamil tongues twisted different around these syllables, making … Continue reading

Natasha Ginwala, Menika Van Der Poorten, Jan Ramesh de Saram, Thenuwara: Shadow Scenes at The Rio
Activists / Artists / Scroll.In

Natasha Ginwala, Menika Van Der Poorten, Jan Ramesh de Saram, Thenuwara: Shadow Scenes at The Rio

32 years after the riots of Black July engulfed Colombo, there is perhaps only one place in the city where you can still see traces of the fires that were set that day. But that is not the reason why tuk-tuk drivers will throw you an assessing look if you ask to be dropped off … Continue reading

Laki Senanayake: Laki’s owls all flock together
Artists / Gardeners / Painters / Poets / Sculptors / The Sunday Times

Laki Senanayake: Laki’s owls all flock together

Pic courtesy Dominic Sansoni–three blindmen photography Laki and his owls: he’s lost track of how many he’s sketched, sculpted and painted into life but the closest you’ll ever come to seeing them in the same place is in a book launched last week. ‘Laki’s Book of Owls’ delivers exactly what the title promises and catalogues … Continue reading