An interesting feature of the dawla drum is that one side is played with a stick, while the other with the drummer’s hand. The dawla is widely used in Buddhist ceremonies throughout Sri Lanka. Shot on Christmas Eve, 2017.
“The Noori Road parallels the Sitawaka southeast from Deraniyagala, and this road has been a route since time immemorial for pilgrims journeying to Adam’s Peak, where they will climb to its summit to revere what is said to be the footprint of the Buddha…”
Some unfortunate editing of syntax notwithstanding, my first photo story of the year, on the Noori area, Fiery Green Mountains and Shining Waters, runs in the January 2018 issue of Serendib magazine. The picture shows a bus crossing the Sitawaka at Nakkawita. Many pilgrims on foot use the suspension bridge from which this photograph was shot.
Also known as the Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, after Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan, the Sri Lankan independence activist who took over its administration in 1905, from his father, and built the current kovil in 1915, it is located on Aluthmawatha, in Kochchikade, opposite the Colombo dockyards. Constructed entirely in dark granite, carved by South Indian stoneworkers brought in especially for the job, the Sivan Kovil’s monochrome austerity stands in stark contrast to the extremely colourful Hindu temples and shrines seen throughout Sri Lanka and southern India. Christmas Eve, 2017.
Shot on assignment for Verge International, a producer of essential oils.
Detail of a gilt bronze 9th century Bodhisatva sandal from Veheragala, in the Polonnaruwa Kingdom. Hollow-cast, they likely were fitted to a 3-metre Bodhisatva statue. The toe rings were probably set with precious stones, now lost. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story on the National Museum in Colombo, Katu Ge, ran in the October 2017 issue.
Gilt bronze 9th century door knocker from Veheragala.
The Veheragala Artefacts; (clockwise from top left) a gilt bronze headdress, lion-head door knocker, and a pair of Bodhisatva sandals, from the 9th century Polonnaruwa Kingdom in Sri Lanka.
Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story on kitesurfing, Wind Riders, ran in the September 2017 issue.
Morning sunlight on the waters of a tributary of the Kalu Ganga (Black River) at Nachchimale, Ingiriya, in southwest Sri Lanka. Shot on assignment for Serendib magazine. My photo story, Jungle Streams and Trails in Ingiriya, runs in the December 2017 issue.
A pork chop on the grill at the Big Bad Wolf, Colombo. September 2017.