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Lakpahana situated in Colombo 07, across from the Colombo Race Course opened its doors in December 1973. It was founded by Deshamanya Mrs. Siva Obeyesekere. It has gained popularity amongst customers for its wide array of Sri Lankan handicrafts, offering an extensive range of choice for local and foreign customers. Lakpahana is a traditional Sri Lankan gift and souvenir shop. For more than 45 years it has marketed and sustained Sri Lankan handicrafts. Recommended by Trip Advisor, a member of the World Crafts Council and with many UNESCO Excellence Awards for its crafts, Lakpahana is truly representative of Sri Lanka’s rich craft heritage.

Sri Lankan handicraft production has been traditionally handed down generation to generation. Handicrafts have a strong link to the environment and to Sri Lankan way of life. Sri Lanka is well known for its beautiful crafts. It consists of many different products made out of many different raw materials. Folk crafts of a country also reveal a historical process of evolution in relation to the concept, quality, techniques and material used. Craftsmen attached to Lakpahana have earned an international reputation for quality, originality, variety of designs and motifs. Most of the finished products are fascinating expression of local concepts. One of the main objectives of Lakpahana is to preservation the diversity of Sri Lankan handicrafts. Crafts are the symbols of a particular culture.

Lakpahana is the one of the largest and most exclusive store of its kind in Sri Lanka. It brings together the right quality and standard of all Sri Lanka’s arts and crafts under one roof. Here you will find beautiful handicrafts with over 2500 years of tradition, medieval period arts and crafts and modern Sri Lankan crafts and designs. It represents a special bond of commercialism combined with traditionalism offering services to upgrade the social economic position of the craftsman.

Lakpahana is a store which has exquisite silverware, silver jewellery, elegant brass, copper, oxidized and pewter ware, beautifully patterned dumbara and pung weaving mats, ladies handbags, delicate lacquer ware, intricate wood carvings, reed and rush ware, handloom items, embroidery, lace work, batik, educational toys, painted wooden wall hangings, earthenware are some of the better known handicrafts.

Today with the changes in social trends, handicrafts have taken on a new dimension. They are now not only artifacts of beauty but are utilitarian objects absorbed into modern day living. Most handicrafts use traditional motifs, colours and designs for decoration. The demand for new designs from the existing range of handicrafts and new innovations adopting traditional techniques and motifs are constantly increasing. The crafts people and artisans of Lakpahana strike a balance between tradition and modern day trends by combining two or more raw materials finding new uses for existing handicrafts and by introducing modern art in the way of colours, motifs and techniques. Finding new utility value for traditional crafts or by adding value to the existing range, these crafts have been transformed into articles for modern day living.



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HNB joins CBSL to promote ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign in Kandy

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HNB PLC once again joined the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) to promote the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign to raise awareness and encourage the public in the Kandy district towards a cashless payment ecosystem.

HNB, together with other financial institutions and telecommunication partners, participated in the day-long event held at the Kandy City Center. The bank raised awareness regarding its LANKAQR integrated HNB SOLO payment app while onboarding merchants during the promotional campaign.

“During the early stages of the pandemic we witnessed many of our customers and members of the public seamlessly adopt our cashless and contactless payment app HNB SOLO. With COVID and the subsequent launch of the ‘Rata Purama LANKAQR’ campaign the number of users of these types of systems have increased exponentially.

“Given that the mutual vision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and HNB is for a financially and technologically empowered Sri Lanka, HNB is proud to serve as an enthusiastic partner to roll out LANKAQR island-wide. The fact that we now have merchants in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka making this shift is another major milestone in this digitalization journey,” HNB Deputy General Manager – Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.

 

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ComBank’s ATM network sets new records for cash dispensed during festive season

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The automated teller machine (ATM) network of Commercial Bank of Ceylon dispensed a record Rs 8.818 billion on 9th and 10th April 2021, shattering the previous records for the highest and second highest cash disbursements for a 24-hour period, as Sri Lanka’s leading private bank facilitated the celebration of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.

The disbursements of Rs 4.498 billion on April 9 and Rs 4.320 billion on the following day represented a substantial increase over the single-day values recorded in previous years.

In total, Commercial Bank dispensed Rs 41.748 billion via its ATM network between 1st and 15th April 2021 at an average of Rs 2.783 billion per day, reaffirming the indispensable role it plays in the lives of Sri Lankans, as well as the reliability and robustness of the network. On seven of these 15 days the network dispensed more than Rs 2 billion a day, and on five days disbursements exceeded Rs 3 billion a day, the Bank said.

Comprising of 890 ATMs, the network processed 2.434 million transactions over the 15 days at an average of 168,988 transactions a day, while on 9th April, the number of transactions processed totalled 233,990 at an average of 9,749 transactions per hour or 162 transactions per minute.

The first Sri Lankan bank to be listed among the Top 1000 Banks of the World and the only Sri Lankan bank to be so listed for 10 years consecutively, Commercial Bank operates a network of 268 branches in Sri Lanka. The Bank’s overseas operations encompass Bangladesh, where the bank operates 19 outlets; Myanmar, where it has a Microfinance company in Nay Pyi Taw; and the Maldives, where the bank has a fully-fledged Tier I Bank with a majority stake.

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‘Ceylinco VIP Cyber Tharu’ to showcase Sri Lankan talent

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Ceylinco General Insurance has announced an online competition with a novel concept to showcase Sri Lankan talent by providing a platform for them with the opportunity to win handsome cash prizes.

“This time, our effort is to organize an online competition that provides an opportunity for Sri Lankan people to display their talent and also to identify hidden talents whilst rewarding them. There will be five overall winners whose prize money will be over Rs. 1 million and each category winner will get Rs 100,000/-. Ten randomly picked voters too will receive handsome cash awards,” said Patrick Alwis, chairman CEO of Ceylinco General Insurance.

The guidelines and the criteria of the competition were announced recently through a dedicated website and other social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, twitter, You Tube as well as LinkedIn. Contestants can perform under five categories, namely, singing, dancing, instrumental performances, fashion modelling and funny videos / Standup comedy. Individuals over 18 years could perform under the individual category whilst the group category will have no age limit.

Under the group category either families or a group of friends could take part. Each entry will have to be specially recorded for this competition. Prior to recording the performance, they should download the image of the logo and have it displayed prominently in the background. Performances could be recorded using a smart phone or a video cam.

 

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