Sri Lankan film wins “Most Outstanding Film” Award at the Asia Tourism Film and Television Awards Festival

Sri Lankan film wins “Most Outstanding Film” Award at the Asia Tourism Film and Television Awards Festival

Colombo, Aug 7 (newsin.asia) - Sri Lankan film “Bhavatharana”, directed by Devinda D. Kongahage won the "Most Outstanding Film" Award under international category at the recently held Asia Tourism Induced Film and Television Awards Festival 2018, held in Taizhou, Zhenjiang Province, China, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Festival was hosted by the All China Television Artists Association (CTAA), Bureau of Press, Publication,...

Lankan and Chinese youth paint their conceptions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Colombo

Lankan and Chinese youth paint their conceptions of the “Belt and Road Initiative” in Colombo

A three day 'Belt and Road' painting exhibition featuring works by Sri Lankan and Chinese youth got underway in the capital of Colombo on Monday, strengthening friendship between the youth of the two countries. The exhibition has on display over 100 paintings, featuring the children's understandings on China's Belt and Road initiative and the cultural and friendship bond shared between Sri...

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

When All India Radio banned film music from its broadcasts

It was in 1952 that the Minister of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) of newly independent India, B.V. Keskar, decided that All India Radio (AIR)—the information and entertainment lifeline of the nation—would not air film songs as they were degenerate and far too “Westernized”. He believed they would hinder the cultural growth of a young nation on the cusp of a...

Masked dances of South Asia

Masked dances of South Asia

Masked dance forms spread across South Asia between 2nd century B.C. and 8th century A.D. Cross cultural features mingled with indigenous dance forms to give rise to significant changes in the art in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet and Burma, writes visual anthropologist Dr.Lopamudra Maitra Bajpai in newsin.asia

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam sing in “Namaste England”

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam sing in “Namaste England”

Pakistani singers Rahet Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam are favourites across the border and it comes as no surprise that the two were roped in to lend vocals to Namaste England's songs. "Atif was always my first choice for 'Tere Liye'. I adore his voice and he’s sung a quintessential romantic song. Javed sahab has written a wonderful song and it’s one...

Sri Lankan army cultural troupe adds “Kathak” to its repertoire

Sri Lankan army cultural troupe adds “Kathak” to its repertoire

The highly acclaimed Sri Lankan army dance troupe, made up of men and women soldiers, has added to its extensive repertoire, the North Indian classical dance form “Kathak”. Inspired by Army chief Lt.Gen.Mahesh Senanayake, who was enchanted by the vigor and grace of Kathak while he was on training in India, the dance troupe has worked hard to imbibe the...

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