Drummer, Alawala, Sri Lanka

Drummer, Alawala, Sri Lanka #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

“…He tries out various beats with his palms, his fingers, and the kadippuwa – a drumstick – the sound is almost hair raising, like the heartbeat of Lanka, racing and slowing and then racing again, unbroken through the ages.”

A drum maker tunes a freshly made dawula, a traditional Sri Lankan drum. Next to him stands his own well-used geta bera, as well as several tabla bodies awaiting varnishing and finishing. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on traditional drum making, A Beat of the Ages, appears in the December 2016 issue. Check it out when you fly SriLankan this month, or follow the link.

  • 600D+EFS18-200mm/3.5-5.6@50mm,f/4.5,1/1600,ISO400
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