Shimali Perera

Shimali Perera is an Art Psychotherapist, using art to heal adults and children who experience depression, anxiety disorders, stress, abuse, and trauma. She is a Master’s graduate of Art Therapy from Goldsmith’s College, University of London and a registered Art Psychotherapist of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA). She also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA. In this interview with Women Talk, Shimali talks about how art is becoming increasingly significant in therapeutic work and what it means to use drawing and expression for healing. Continue reading Shimali Perera

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Radhika Hettiarachchi

Radhika Hettiarachchi is a development practitioner, arts curator, and researcher who has worked extensively in the areas of reconciliation, peace, and conflict. In this interview with Women Talk, Radhika talks about the significance of the Herstories and the Community Memorialisation Project that curate and archive narratives of resilience and hope in times of war and peace in Sri Lanka. The projects draw on the forms of letter writing, memory mapping, trees of life, multimedia, arts, and exhibitions to document and share oral narratives of women and communities that otherwise may have vanished from history. Continue reading Radhika Hettiarachchi

Sithara Maduwanthi

Sithara Maduwanthi is the lead drummer of Thurya, an all-female drum ensemble that was formed under the auspices of the University of Visual and Performing Arts. In this interview with Women Talk, Sithara talks about the formative phase of Thurya as a drum ensemble, breaking into the traditionally male-dominated sphere of percussion music in Sri Lanka, how Thurya discovered the unique strengths and rhythms women’s bodies produced as drummers, and their performances and accolades as percussionists. Continue reading Sithara Maduwanthi

Kanchana Amilani

Kanchana Amilani is a multifaceted creative being. She is a poet, short-story writer, a journalist, blogger, and photographer. In this interview with Women Talk, Kanchana talks about her journey of storytelling, her Sinhala poetry and short-story books, how her blog Thinkland inspires and proliferates her creative writing across the cyberspace, her work as a features writer, and her engagements with technology and creative platforms in disseminating poetry and short-stories. Continue reading Kanchana Amilani

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Layla Gonaduwa

Layla Gonaduwa is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist in Sri Lanka who has exhibited extensively across local and international platforms. She works with enamel, copper, glass, paper, text, and drawings and her art works are intersections of autobiographical and political concepts. In this interview with Women Talk, Layla discusses how her journey as an artist began, her solo and collaborative exhibitions, the concepts and stories behind her art and what it means to have an artistic platform to express herself. Continue reading Layla Gonaduwa

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Sulochana Dissanayake

Sulochana Dissanayake is the founder and artistic director of Power of Play. She is a multitalented performer, puppeteer, writer, trainer, and theatre director. She is also a theatre and economics major of Bates College, USA. In this interview, Sulochana begins by taking us through the magical journey that took her to USA, South Africa, and Indonesia to study the performing arts and puppetry. She also discusses her work at Power of Play, how her interactive performances are used for building a dialogue on social issues, and the need of securing the traditional arts through cultural sponsorship. Continue reading Sulochana Dissanayake

Yasodhara Pathanjali

Yasodhara Pathanjali is an artist based in Sri Lanka. She has held solo exhibitions in London and Galle and has exhibited at the Colomboscope art festival, focusing on the environment and pollution. In this interview with Women Talk, Yasodhara talks about how she realised her dream of becoming an artist at a critical juncture in her life, her work that is inspired by nature and social issues, her imaginative and non-stereotypical children’s literature series, and her work with ethical Sri Lankan fashion labels. Continue reading Yasodhara Pathanjali

Sharni Jayawardena

Sharni Jayawardena is a photographer and a documentary filmmaker with decades of experience working in the visual media. In this interview, Sharni talks about the power of storytelling and her engagements with audio slideshows, photography exhibitions, and documentaries that bring to public attention diverse untold narratives from the four corners of Sri Lanka. Continue reading Sharni Jayawardena

Ameena Hussein

Ameena Hussein is a writer, editor, and publisher based in Sri Lanka. In this interview with Women Talk, Ameena talks about her love for writing, writing about women’s lives, her book ‘The Moon in the Water’, which she says is a love letter to her Muslim community, and her latest non-fiction work on the 14th-century Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta. Continue reading Ameena Hussein

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