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Arts. Spirituality. The Ecosystem. Politics

The Colour Of Music: Talking to Olivier Messiaen

Olivier Messiaen.

Olivier Messiaen is regarded by many as the most important classical composer of the 20th century. It’s a question of personal taste and temperament of course: we have Shostakovich, the amenable poet laureate of Russian nationalism, Stravinsky, vibrant with early paganism and later neo classicism and there’s Bartok’s folk music inspired originality. There are many other contenders.

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Shakespeare should be banned

Well perhaps not, but I thought that would catch one’s eye. But why ask people to have a new look at the Bard, why ask them to take stock of his work and the history of his times and influence?

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Festival For The Eye And I

by Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta

I was away when Fareed Uduman’s paintings first saw the fluorescence of an exhibition, at the Gallery 706 in Colombo. I was then lucky to come across a copy of the book of prints that also include his poems and cartoons.

I look forward to seeing the originals at the Lionel Wendt from January 6th, 2012, and if you can also get a copy of the book, you got yourself a good deal.

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Liz Varrenti

Liz Varrenti was a force of nature. She had a magnetism that attracted your attention even when she was quiet, which was rare.

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The Bracegirdle Saga: 60 Years After

By T. Perera

MARK ANTHONY Lyster Bracegirdle, at 84 years of age a legend in his own lifetime, lives in retirement in London. His exploits against the planter raj in Ceylon sixty years ago reverberated across the British Empire, investing him with the aura of a folk hero.

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