Drum Makers at Work, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka
Nimal Wickramasiri, a master drum maker, from a long line of traditional Sri Lankan drum makers, at work with his apprentices, in his workshop in Battaramulla, close to Sri Lanka’s administrative capital, Kotte. Three stages in the making of a drum can be seen in this photograph. The woman in the foreground is stripping lengths of heavy-duty rawhide which will be used as cords on drums similar to the one Nimal is stringing in the background. The other apprentice is smoothening the ends of a wooden geta bera body to receive the leather drumheads. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines, as part of my story, A Beat of the Ages, which appears in the December 2016 issue.