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The International Centre for Ethnic Studies is pleased to launch its online Museum of Memory and Coexistence. The museum will seek to celebrate diversity, coexistence, resilience and solidarity, while archiving social exclusion, loss, and personal trauma.
Featured image courtesy Vikalpa/Ishara Danasekara
Featured image courtesy Vikalpa/Ishara Danasekara
“This is the money that my daughter and I collected every day in a till. It used to be on the cabinet. The notes can no longer be found. The coins were caught in the flames and were burned.”
He took the coins one by one and held them in his hands. His breath caught in his chest.
To him, the value in these coins was clearly more than the rupee or two that they were worth.
“We’re not angry with the Sinhalese”, were his last words to me.
Vikalpa traveled to Digana and surrounding areas in the aftermath of riots targeting the Muslim community in March. The following story is a translation of Vikalpa’s coverage.
Read the full article here.
After a nearly three-decade civil war those devastated by it had to rebuild their lives and finding employment was a challenge. The strategy adopted by the Government was to expand credit and promote self-employment. But then things took a turn for the worse when their livelihoods did not flourish. People could not repay the mounting debts. The once war-torn areas of the country are now mired by multiple loans which include ‘predatory’ microfinance loans and loans provided by informal lenders at exorbitant interest rates.Failed attempts at self-employment coupled with accumulating high interest loans have now driven families to the brink of poverty.
Musician M.I.A. says she was unable to board a plane to Canada on Tuesday after officials in the United Kingdom found a stamp on her passport.
The British-Sri Lankan rapper, whose real name is Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam, is scheduled to attend the Canadian premiere of her new documentary Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto on Wednesday, May 2.
A multimillion dollar Chinese-funded water supply project has run into controversy with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga openly demanding its suspension and an inquiry on the grounds that it is overpriced. In August 2016, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) awarded a contract to China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) for the Gampaha, Attanagalla and Minuwangoda Integrated Water Supply Scheme. The project cost is US$ 229.5mn (Rs 35.8bn). It is 85 percent funded by a China Development Bank (CDB) loan while the Bank of Ceylon will lend the Government 15 percent of the contract price or US$ 34mn (Rs 5.3bn) as local funding.
It would take at least another ten years to revive the fallen education system in the North, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters.
Sri Lankan police have arrested two army corporals for their suspected involvement in anti-Muslim riots in the central highlands district of Kandy last month, police said on Tuesday.
Torture remained endemic throughout Sri Lanka in 2017, the US has said, highlighting limited progress made by the government in establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms.
You are cordially invited to the inauguration of a International interdisciplinary trilingual conference on craft
Tradition or Trans/formation? Craft, Practice and Discourse
The Department of Fine Arts, University of Jaffna in collaboration with
American Institute for Lankan Studies, Colombo
Lanka Decorative Arts, Colombo
Sri Lankan Archive for Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design, Jaffna
10thMay 2018 at 3.00 pm
Jaffna Public library Auditorium
“Transformation at the heart of tradition: A history of the institutionalization
of craft in South Asia”
Anais Da Fonseca (Tate Research Center: Asia, London)
Vishwakarma craftsmen, guilds and caste issues in Pre- Colonial South India
Vijaya Ramaswamy (Centre for Historical studies, JNU, New Delhi)
In 1951, Guy Gunaratne’s Sri Lankan father learned English by reading in a London bookshop. Almost 70 years later, the same shop sells his son’s novel.Guy Gunaratne considers their very different journeys.
Source: The Guardian
Lester James Peries
லெஸ்டர் ஜேம்ஸ் பீரிஸ்
Figure majeure du cinéma srilankais, Lester James Peries vient de s’éteindre à l’âge de 99 ans. Il est né en 1919 sur l’île de Ceylan, alors colonie britannique. Il a commencé sa carrière cinématographique au Royaume-Uni, tout en exerçant le métier de journaliste. En 1952, il a regagné son pays devenu indépendant pour travailler au développement de la création cinématographique locale. Il a connu son premier grand succès en 1963 avec Changement au village et a réalisé une vingtaine de longs métrages au cours de sa carrière. [En savoir plus sur suravi.fr]
Considered the father of Sri Lankan cinema, Lester James Peries just died at 99 years of age. He was born in 1919 in the then British colony of Ceylon, and began his film career in Britain while working as a journalist. He returned in his newly independent country in 1952 to help with the growth of the local film industry. His first big success came in 1963 with the film Changing Village and since then he has made about 20 feature films. [more on suravi.fr]