let there be lighght

Dec. 18, 2014, 11:20 p.m. poetry , one-word , art

    lighght. Seven letters which made poetic history. Seven letters typed out on a sheet of paper by Aram Saroyan. “The difference between “lighght” and another type of poem with more words is that it doesn’t have a reading process,” says Saroyan, who lives in ...

technology overload

Dec. 10, 2014, 1:25 a.m. technology , Internet Addiction Disorder , Google Glass , Facebook , Social Media

      Internet Addiction Disorder - IAD, was the diagnosis when a man had to be treated for the addiction to Google Glass, wearing it 18 hours a day. He would remove it only to sleep and wash. Google Glass could be the nearest thing to using our mind to see the world beyond our normal ...

Godavari Harathi

Dec. 4, 2014, 11:03 p.m. Godavari , rivers , environment , nature worship

    "The hydrologic cycle describes the pilgrimage of water as water molecules make their way from the Earth's surface to the atmosphere, and back again." NASA has called it a 'pilgrimage'. I had the good fortune to make a pilgrimage myself, to attend a pilgrimage by ...

Exploiting our Heritage

Nov. 11, 2014, 10:56 p.m. heritage , monuments ,

  Heritage exploitation   daya dissanayake   People have been creating monuments for several millennia. Reasons may have been many. Today when new statues are made the reasons may be entirely different. When the Japanese erected a memorial to former president Jayawardene it was out of ...

Curating Culture

Nov. 4, 2014, 11:51 p.m. Culture , Heritage , museums , Elginism ,

      "All human beings are curators, caring for and conserving our culture and our cultural heritage" explained Dr. Sanjay Garg, Deputy Director SAARC Cultural Center, during the SAARC International Conference on Development of Museums in South Asia, with the theme, 'Cu ...

the unnovel

Oct. 29, 2014, 3:01 a.m. novel , unnovel , un-novel , unfiction , unbook

    Paul Lucian published his first unnovel (sometimes written un-novel) in 2003, titled, 'NineteenEightyFive'. It is the story of O'Bryan working as the Chief Inspector of the Thought Police under the Ministry of Truth. He had developed it based on George Orwell's 'Nin ...

Reversing Elginism

Oct. 23, 2014, 2:09 a.m. Museums , Elginism , Cultural Heritage

Reversing Elginism -   the paper I presented today at the SAARC Conference in Colombo on Oct. 23rd, 2014. Curating Culture Present and Future.   Some calm spectator, as he takes his view, In silent indignation mix'd with grief, Admires the plunder, but abhors the thief. Oh, loath'd ...

in search of Thule

Oct. 22, 2014, 2:12 a.m. Thule , Ultima Thule , Kavenna ,

  in search of Thule       I went in search of Thule, (pronounced too-lee) with Joanna Kavenna, thanks to the British Council library, Colombo. I wish the Council offered a facility to place our comments on the books we read, which could be useful for the other library members an ...

Who starts a War?

Oct. 20, 2014, 2:15 a.m. war , peace , religion , Buddha Dharma , Sufi Dharma

      One of the themes for this years conference is - "Sufism as a way of life, celebrating life through love, compassion, forgiveness, and good neighbourliness."   Unfortunately today this is what is really missing among the seven billion human beings in the world. We ...

Keep It Simple Stupid

Oct. 10, 2014, 4:25 a.m. KISS Principle

  kiss principle     "Keep It Simple Stupid" is attributed to Kelly Johnson, the Lockheed engineer leading the team which built U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes. The KISS Principle became more popular as "Keep it simple, stupid" with an added comma. The story is ...

වෙස්සන් නොවූ වෙදුන් - අන්තර්ජාලයට එක්වූ ප්‍රථම සිංහල නවකතාව

Oct. 9, 2014, 6:15 a.m.

The First electronic novel by an Asian author :- The Saadhu Testament ...

Porn of Violence

Oct. 8, 2014, 9:35 p.m. pornography , violence

    The term 'Pornography of Violence' has been used by many writers. It was explained by Prof. Robert Knox Denton of the State University of New York, "emotionally arousing material that focusses on doing harm to people in a way that, perhaps tacitly, seems to condone that be ...

Research into Art

May 28, 2014, 4:04 a.m.

    Research could help us understand the Arts, and Arts could help us understand Research. Dr. Godwin Kodituwakkau, tells us in his book, 'Paryeshana Lokayata Pivisemu'.   Man's thirst for knowledge has been always insatiable. From the day of his birth, from the moment he opened his ...

Tagoredesha

May 24, 2014, 10:05 p.m. Tagore , FOSWAL ,

The SAARC literary Festival in Dhaka made me think that we could call South Asia as Tagoredesh. I met so many poets, writers and fellow travelers, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and our own Sri Lanka. All of them held Tagore in the highest esteem, as the great ...

Art of Gluttony

May 22, 2014, 9:45 p.m.

  While seven billion children, women and men are starving, others are making an art of gluttony. The Catholic Church considers gluttony (over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste) as one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and St. Thomas Aquinas added gluttony is also the "o ...

Art of Hunger

May 22, 2014, 2:49 a.m.

    'A Hunger Artist' was written by Franz Kafka in 1924, describing the 'Art of Fasting'. Kafka begins the story, "In the last decades interest in hunger artists has declined considerably. Whereas in earlier days there was good money to be earned putting on major productions of this sort ...

The World in My Hands

May 21, 2014, 5:12 a.m.

Art of Pandering   daya dissanayake   'World in My Hands' by Dr. K. Anis Ahmed, is based in a country named Pandua (not the town in West Bengal), which could be any country in the world today, specially a country in South Asia, or even Asia or Africa. In his first novel, Ahmed has seen man ...

Heritage Tourism. Who Benefits?

May 20, 2014, 12:12 a.m. Heritage , Culture , Tourism ,

daya dissanayake   Tourism & Heritage. Who benefits?       Heritage Tourism Today     At 3.45 pm on April 5th, I visited Angkor Wat, for the first time, thanks to Dr. Sanjay Garg. You can also visit Angkor Wat, or the Taj Mahal, even from here. All you have to do is ...

saadhu.com : Mahavamsa

March 8, 2014, 4:59 a.m.

The Bastard Goddess - A Novel

March 8, 2014, 4:44 a.m.

The intimate beauty of the the 5th century frescoes at Sigiriya. During the reign of Kasyapa the entire 200m rock was said to have been covered in frescoes ...

Thirst

Feb. 25, 2014, 11:21 p.m.

Sigiriya

Feb. 24, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

Sigiriya should have been named one of the Wonders of the World, long ago, and now there is a proposal to name it as the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient world. Better late than never! ...

World Heritage Site : Sigiriya : History of Sigiriya

Feb. 24, 2014, 8:02 p.m.

The First Sinhala Electronic Novel

Feb. 24, 2014, 7:59 p.m.

Anti-green Valentine

Feb. 14, 2014, 12:59 a.m. environment , roses , valentine

Roses are not Green daya dissanayake The Carbon footprint would be huge. 9,000 metric tons of Carbon dioxide is produced when we produce 100 million roses for the Western markets. The high energy cost is because almost all of them are grown in greenhouses with artificially controlled heating and lig ...

selling our heritage

Feb. 5, 2014, 5:59 a.m. culture , heritage , tourism

Art into Heritage daya dissanayake Today Heritage is a potentially profitable, audience attracting business. Unfortunately, by trying to make heritage an economic asset, and trying to conserve and maintain the heritage site as a self-supporting venture, it could cause more harm. Commodification deme ...

Painter's Palette

Feb. 3, 2014, 1:12 p.m. Padma River , Selina Hossain , Tagore

Painter's Palette daya dissanayake She is a painter, but she does not paint on canvas. She uses a pen and paper instead of paint. She herself said recently, "Initially, I wrote poems but within two to three years I realized that poems were not my form. I needed a larger canvas so switched to writing ...

marketing our heritage

Jan. 22, 2014, 1:08 a.m. culture , heritage , tourism

Art into Heritage daya dissanayake Today Heritage is a potentially profitable, audience attracting business. Unfortunately, by trying to make heritage an economic asset, and trying to conserve and maintain the heritage site as a self-supporting venture, it could cause more harm. Commodification deme ...

happiness

Jan. 17, 2014, 5:14 a.m. Bhutan , happiness , sukha

Gross National Happiness daya dissanayake For anyone in search of a people who could be considered as true followers of the Buddha Dhamma, this is the place to come to. They appear to have conquered their Tanha, or may be they do not know what it is to be greedy, and to suffer from envy. People wear ...

money into art

Jan. 8, 2014, 11:36 a.m. artwork , coins , currency , money

money into art daya dissanayake Dr. Sanjay Garg (author of Sikka and the Raj: A History of Currency Legislations of the East India Company, 1772-1835) delivered the monthly lecture organized by the RAS on November 25th. It was titled, 'Power of Money: Money of Power. Probing Money as Mass Media'. As ...

Art into Nudity

Jan. 2, 2014, 2:18 a.m. Art , nudity

Art unclothed daya dissanayake For me, the naked and the nude (By lexicographers construed As synonyms that should express The same deficiency of dress Or shelter) stand as wide apart As love from lies, or truth from art. (Robert Graves, 'The Naked And the Nude) Nude means unclothed, nakedness refer ...