Monsoon Beach #3

Monsoon Beach #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.

A Morning Walk #3

Morning Walk, Talalla Bay #3 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Talalla Bay, Sri Lanka. July 2020.

Side Door, Sivan Kovil

Side Door, Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Constructed entirely in black 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. Located on Aluthmawatha, in Kochchikade, opposite the Colombo dockyards, this Hindu temple is also known as the Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, after its founder and onetime patron, Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan. The Sri Lankan independence activist built the kovil in 1915.

Drummers in the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo

Drummers in the Gangaramaya Temple, Colombo #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Tabla and Daula drums announce the beginning of the evening pooja in the shrine room of the Gangaramaya Temple. Sri Lanka. December, 2017.

Traditionally, Sri Lankan drums were constructed of a variety of local wood; but with restrictions on deforestation, they are today usually fashioned from the wood of the kitul or coconut palm. Similarly, the drumheads were once made of the skin of wild animals such as the iguana or wild boar, but since conservation has made these materials difficult to obtain, modern tablas and daulas have drumheads of cowhide. For a broader description of traditional Sri Lankan drums and drum making, see my photo story, ‘A Beat of the Ages, in the December 2016 issue of Serendib magazine.

New Kathiresan Kovil, Colombo, Sri Lanka

New Kathiresan Kovil, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
At the junction of Sea Street and St Paul’s Avenue, in northern Kochichikade, the temple is dedicated to Murugan, also known as Skanda, the Hindu god of war and victory. April 2016.

Interwoven

Dumbara Weaver, Thalagune, Sri Lanka #4 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
The hands of YG Premachandra, at his loom, in his workshop, where he has spent the last forty years, in the little village of Thalagune, in the remote Dumbaragama Valley, in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. My story, “The Last Royal Weavers”, ran in the July 2017 issue of Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines.

Quarantined Fruit

Quarantined Fruit #2 by Son of the Morning Light on 500px.com
Apples bought from a door-to-door vendor in Colombo are washed and left outside for several hours, before being taken indoors, to kill any possibility of coronavirus infection.
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