Shahidul Alam: The search for Kalpana Chakma
Activists / Commonwealth Writers / Photographers

Shahidul Alam: The search for Kalpana Chakma

Shahidul Alam has long been gripped by the life of a woman he has never met. It’s been two decades since Kalpana Chakma was abducted, but Shahidul refuses to forget her. Standing at the threshold of his latest exhibition,Kalpana’s Warriors, the Bangladeshi photographer pauses for a moment. In the room beyond is the third in … Continue reading

At The Rio: Exploring the Uncertain Future of a Colombo Institution
Activists / Businesspeople / Commonwealth Writers / Historians

At The Rio: Exploring the Uncertain Future of a Colombo Institution

Jan Ramesh De Saram uses his phone as a torch, casting a small circle of light at his feet as he walks down the corridor. The passage ends in darkness, where bats squeak and flap their wings. A row of abandoned rooms are occupied only by an upturned chair or two, lonely rejects from the … Continue reading

Vimla Velthas, Sharmini Pereira, T. Shanaathan, T. Krishnapriya: A House in Jaffna
Academics / Commonwealth Writers / Painters / Researchers / Writers

Vimla Velthas, Sharmini Pereira, T. Shanaathan, T. Krishnapriya: A House in Jaffna

Vimila Velthas lays out lunch on the table in the courtyard. She has prepared a traditional Jaffna meal – yam, coloured orange with the heat of chillies and cooked till creamy, a spicy fish and eggplant curry served with fat grains of red rice. Velthas presses her guests to eat more and scoffs gently at … Continue reading

Nalaka Gunawardene and Kavan Ratnatunga: At home with Arthur C.Clarke
Commonwealth Writers / Scientists / Writers

Nalaka Gunawardene and Kavan Ratnatunga: At home with Arthur C.Clarke

Earth hangs suspended over a stack of old magazines, in what used to be Arthur C. Clarke’s foyer. Parts of the aging space mural are peeling, but the sight is still pleasing to visitors entering the home of one of the 20th century’s greatest science-fiction writers. A floor above, past the green sign on the … Continue reading