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Traditional Drum Making In Sri Lanka: Beats down the Ages

David Blacker, courtesy of SERENDIB, December Issue 2016 … http://serendib.btoptions.lk/article.php?id=1914

drums On display (L-R) a Tabla, Hand Rabana, Bummadiya, Thammetama, and Geta Bera

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. Ironically, in the gloom of the small stall that doubled as a workshop, there was no music whatsoever; not even a transistor radio. The only sounds were those of the tools, the muted conversation, underlined by the tapping.Nimal Wickramasiri is an artist. And his art is the beat. Nimal is not a musician, but the drums he makes are sought after by musicians all over Sri Lanka. Now middle-aged, Nimal has been making drums all his life. His father, awarded by three Presidents, had done the same, as had his grandfather, and for generations before, now lost in the rhythm of time. Nimal’s son, Kasun, is a skilled drum-maker in his own right. The beat in this family’s blood shows no sign of drying up.

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Undermining the Burqa: The Fish Net Garment

FISHNET 11 Among like minds Front-On

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Topless: Devastating! Striking! Alluring! et cetera et cetera

Bombing Mission Devastating Jihadist?

SERENA UNBAREDStriking BOLD! 

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An Innovative Global Map

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Keeping Abreast of All Countries

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A British Bike-Man’s Bike Ride in Sri Lanka

A Beautiful tale … with British humour … and stunning pictures …. disguising the hard yards 

A MUST SEE: http://www.elakiri.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1687848

Robs’ Sri Lanka Trip BIKE MAN 11 Rob at Dondra head … southernmost point BIKE MAN 22 In the temple courtyard, a school lesson was taking place (pic). I’m always intrigued by the fact that the further away you get from England, the more spotlessly white the children’s uniforms.

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Nostalgic Pictorial Excursions in and around My Galle Fort

Michael Roberts

I was born and bred in Galle Fort, living there in Pedlar Street and then in Middle Street in houses rented from Muslim moor landlords by my retired father, T. W. Roberts, of the CCS. I visit the place whenever I can and several pictures taken during the last ten years are inserted within this collection… with Images by Michael Roberts, where not otherwise specified

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A Pictorial Feast: Imaging the Isle Across … Vintage Photography from Ceylon

Alkazi Foundation of the Arts

The Archaeological Survey of India and National Museum in collaboration with Alkazi Foundation for the Arts is organizing an exhibition titled ‘Imaging the Isle Across:Vintage Photography from Ceylon’. Drawn exclusively from the Alkazi Collection of Photography, this exhibition is a collateral event of the Delhi Photo Festival, 2015;and will also be one of the events commemorating the 90th year of the art collector, Ebrahim Alkazi. The exhibition will showcase an overview of the early imagery from Sri Lanka for the very first time as part of an eclectic exhibition, showcasing vintage images from the late 19th and early 20th century.

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