Our Coverboy in this issue is Paul Upali Gouëllo. Adopted by a French couple, Paul returned to Sri Lanka in search of his birth mother recently. Inspired by the dancers of the French Opera and encouraged by his adoptive mother, Paul Upali had the immense fortune of being trained by the respected Jean Claude Gallotta, a famous doyen of dance in France. Paul is a seasoned dancer who has travelled across Europe performing for various audiences. Smitten by Sri Lanka, Paul Upali yearns to return and dance to his heart’s content in the land of his birth.

Our legend in this issue is Harry Charles Purvis Bell. He was Ceylon’s first Archaeological Commissioner and a pioneer of systematic archaeological work and antiquarian research in Ceylon. During his tenure as Archaeological Commissioner, he began clearing work at Sigiriya and a massive excavation and conservation programme followed. He is held responsible for unearthing the ruins at the summit of Sigiriya in addition to uncovering ancient objects and remains of exceptional artistic and cultural value from Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura.

We are proud to feature young Shalinie Kulatunga who did what many other women may not have done when she was sexually harassed on a bus. Shalinie was brave and vociferous enough to confront her attacker and post the encounter on social media which went viral and made her a heroine. Shalinie hopes her actions will empower other victims to call out their attackers.

We also feature hardworking entrepreneur Niloufer Anverally, the founder of Cotton Collection who made a smart move and recently divested her business to Softlogic. Arguably one of the most dynamic businesswomen of her generation, Niloufer started Cotton Collection 27 years ago and created a unique brand COCO which helped to empower countless women.

This year we celebrate a momentous occasion as Hi!! celebrates our 15th Anniversary. We are proud to be Sri Lanka’s premier society magazine leading the way in our inimitable style.