Rhythmic Work

Sri Lankan Drum Makers, Battaramulla #5 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com

“The hands and fingers seemed to work to an inner beat, to a pulse, only the drum-maker himself could hear. As wood was smoothed, leather cords tightened, and cowhide stretched, they would be periodically tested, plucked, tapped, thrummed by the fingers, searching for a quality defined by sound…”

In Battaramulla, a master drum maker stretches and ties layers of animal hide to form the drumhead of a Yak bera, a traditional Sri Lankan drum. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, A Beat of the Ages, runs in the December 2016 issue.

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