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Lakpahana – From our hands to yours for over 48 years



‘Lakpahana’ is a store located in Colombo 07, across from the Colombo Race Course that owes its identity to the ambition of its founder Deshamanya Mrs. Siva Obeyesekere. Starting out as a store depicting rich cultural arts and crafts, it preserves skillfully and elegantly designed handicrafts. Lakpahana has a wide variety of hand made products that are 100% Sri Lankan. It gives the rural Sri Lankan craftsman the opportunity to market their products locally and abroad.

Today with the change 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 demands for new designs for the existing range of handicrafts and complete new innovations adopting traditional techniques and motifs are constantly increasing. The craftspeople of ‘Lakpahana’ make crafts preserving the aesthetic grace of age old traditional handicrafts and absorb new thoughts and ideas to cater to the modern market. They strike a balance between tradition and modern day trends by combining two or more 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 use.

Recommended by Trip Advisor, a member of the World Craft Council and with many UNESCO Excellence Awards for its crafts, Lakpahana truly is representative of Sri Lanka’s rich craft heritage.


Wooden Items

The wooden containers with decorative lacquer work, which earlier was a thing of ornamentation, has now been converted into an item for packaging tea, coffee, spices and various other items. Traditional lacquer work is an intricate process of painting with the finger nail or thumb nail, it is aptly called ‘niyapothu vada’ (finger nail work) and hails from the Matale district of Hapuvida in South Matale.

In recent times modern, lighter shades are combined with modern form of art. A good example, is the mats made of reed and rush woven with the traditional motifs named ‘Makara’ (a mythical animal), ‘Sinha’ (Lion), ‘Hansa’ (Swan), elephant and lotus used along with the bright colours of red, yellow, black and green as well as conventional stripes and circles.


Dumbara Mats

Dumbara a picturesque & fertile valley is to the north of Kandy at the foot of the ‘Hunnasgiri Hill’ has been the home of traditional ‘Dumbara’ mat weavers who for ages have practiced the art of mat weaving, using hana (hemp). The hana plant (Agave Sisalana) growing wild in the Dumbara valley provides the raw material for mat weaving. In addition to the traditional colourful mats. Dumbara craftsmen also make cushion covers, hand bags, shopping bags, letter and shoe holders, fans, screens, table mats, coasters, file and book covers, purses and other products to meet the demands of contemporary society.

Amongst the wide range of traditional handicrafts are masks, lacquer work, silverware, pewter, silver jewellery, brass work, handloom textiles, lace embroidery items, educational toys, coir rugs and mats, bamboo items, paper pulp and elephant dung items, coconut husk items and hand sewn hankies.

Therefore LAKPAHANA is a store waiting to be discovered especially for these looking for a special memento that has a Sri Lankan identity.

Searching for the most delicious and freshly made traditional treats? Head over to Lakpahana and indulge. Choosing from a variety of items such as stuffed veralu, coconut toffee, kalu dodol, cadju puhul, narang kavum and unduwel. The items are made fresh on a daily basis. Everyday favourites such as murukku, macaroons, marshmallows, aasmi, kokis, kavum and mung kavum are available in addition to neatly wrapped packages of love cake, bibikkan and jaggery cake. Lunu dehi as is a popularly known, is an integral part of Sri Lankan cuisine and even culture. These are just perfect for the festive season or even as a gift. Cake orders can be placed too. Sugar and jaggery alpal, tala bola, coconut and milk toffees stock the shelves in addition to the other yummy treats. Lakpahana also has freshly prepared lamprais for lunch every day. Other items available at Lakpahana include jars of bees’ honey (50ml/100ml), lime pickle, seeni sambol and dried fish pachade.

Lakpahana is open from 9.30 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays & Holidays.

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Galadari Colombo awarded ‘SLIM People’s Hotel Brand of the Year 2021’



The Galadari Colombo was given a thumbs up from the people as the People’s Hotel Brand of the Year for the second time running at the recently concluded SLIM (Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing) People’s Awards 2021.

The uniqueness of the SLIM People’s Awards is the fact that it is awarded by the public which shows the popular choice of the Sri Lankan people.

This is the 15th successful running of the much-anticipated event conducted by SLIM in association with Nielsen which is globally renowned for its measurement and consumer insights.

Having stood the test time of time in the hospitality industry for more than 3 decades the Galadari Colombo is hopeful to remain in the hearts of its people as a brand that is trustworthy and dedicated to service.



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Expatriates’ organization painting competition for Sri Lankan children from care homes highlights close India-Sri Lanka ties



Celebrating 75 years of India’s independence in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan children from care homes converged in Colombo from all across Sri Lanka over 10-11 April 2021 for the final round of the nationwide painting competition organized by Colombo Expatriates Cultural Association (CECA) – a voluntary organization of expatriates consisting of mainly Indians – with support of the High Commission of India, Ministry of Education of government of Sri Lanka and several other partners.

Prof. G.L Peiris, Minister of Education was the Chief Guest and Gopal Baglay, High Commissioner of India was the Guest of Honour at the final round. Several other dignitaries including State Minister Piyal Nishantha were also present. The dignitaries lauded the effort as a shining example of strong people-to-people ties between India and Sri Lanka and stressed the enormous significance of the enriching experience for the children.

The competition was held in three categories – Sub Junior, Junior and Senior. The first round of the competition had seen enthusiastic participation of 4,375 students from child care homes across Sri Lanka. Contestants from all provinces who had produced sixty best paintings were invited along with one care-giver for the final round held in Colombo on April 10 at Hotel Taj Samudra. While top three winners in all the three categories were awarded SLR 100,000, SLR 75,000 and SLR 50,000 respectively in addition to various other gifts, certificates and medals, all the 60 finalists received cash awards, desktop computers, and other gifts contributed by various sponsors.

The event also formed part of ‘India @ 75’ celebrations in Sri Lanka which comprise events and activities in the run up to completion of 75 years of India’s Independence in August 2022. Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi had launched these celebrations in India on March 12 2021, 75 weeks before the 75th Anniversary of Independence. In Sri Lanka, formal launch of these celebrations had taken place on April 9 2021 with the inauguration of ‘India Corner’ at the Nagananda Institute for Buddhist Studies.

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Chrissworld to raise Rs. 56.25 million through IPO



By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

Chrissworld Ltd. (CWL), an SME company  engaged in the provision of third-party logistics (3PL) services, is gearing to raise up to Rs. 56.25 million via an initial public offering (IPO) on the Colombo Stock Exchange, sources said.

The company plans to offer 7,500,000 Ordinary Voting Shares for subscription at Rs. 7.50 per share. The subscription will open on April 27, with Atara Capital Partners representing the company as managers to the issue.

Meanwhile, the CSE noted in a statement that it has approved an application submitted by Chrissworld Ltd. for the listing of its Ordinary Voting Shares by way of an offer for subscription on the Empower Board of the CSE.

The company,  starting off with Rs. 6 million capital in 2019, expanded its capital to Rs. 22.5 million and projects to obtain Rs. 79 million after the IPO.

Chrissworld will be earmarking milestones with the IPO as the first to be listed on the Empower Board, CSE’s newest listing platform, dedicated to SMEs. Further, Central Depository Systems (Pvt.) Ltd., a subsidiary company of CSE, will step in for the first time as the registrar to the issue.

Amid those developments the CSE  started  on a bullish note yesterday and during the latter part of the day with heavy retail investor participation the CSE witnessed a bullish trend. It is said that manufacturing sector counters became the most popular stocks during the day. Notable price appreciation was reported in Hayleys Group, Royal Ceramic Group and  Distilleries.    

Both indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index went up by 100.10 points and S and P SL20 rose by 49.18 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 3.51 billion with a crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 1.32 million shares to the tune of Rs. 199.3 million and its share price was Rs. 151.

In the retail market, companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Royal Ceramic Rs. 511.2 million (1.46 million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs. 359.9 million (4.5 million shares traded),  Hayleys Group Rs. 359.9 million (4.5 million shares traded), Dipped Products Rs. 321 million (5.5 million shares traded), JKH Rs. 290 million (1.9 million shares traded), and Haycarb Rs. 177 million (1.5 million shares traded). During the day 87.8 million share volumes changed hands in 23900 transactions.

Hayleys shares appreciated by Rs. 6 or eight percent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 75.90 and at the end of the day they moved to Rs. 82. Royal Ceramic shares appreciated by Rs. 13.5 or nine percent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 328.25 and at the end of the day they moved to Rs. 358.75. Expolanka shares appreciated by Rs. 2.70 or five percent. Its shares  started trading at Rs. 49.70 and at the end of the day they shot up to Rs. 52.40 and Distilleries shares appreciated by 70 cent or 3 percent from Rs. 20.20 to Rs. 20.90  

Sri Lanka’s rupee quoted steady at 202.00/203 to the one month US dollar Monday, while gilt yields remained unchanged, dealers said.

The rupee last closed in the one-week forward market at 202/203 to the US dollar on Friday. Sri Lanka markets were dull as seasonal bliss kicks in.


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