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"PUT IT BEFORE THEM BRIEFLY SO THEY WILL READ IT, CLEARLY SO THEY WILL APPRECIATE IT, PICTURESQUELY SO THEY WILL REMEMBER IT AND, ABOVE ALL, ACCURATELY SO THEY WILL BE GUIDED BY ITS LIGHT" ***** JOSEPH PULITZER *****
DISCOVER - SRI LANKA: PROLOGUE

IN PRAISE OF MY BEAUTIFUL ISLAND,
INFORMATION, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO.

THE 13th CENTURY VENETIAN TRAVELER MARCO POLO DESCRIBED THE ISLAND AS 'THE JADE PENDANT IN THE INDIAN OCEAN'. THE ABUNDANCE OF GEMSTONES, SPICES, RAIN FORESTS AND WILDLIFE; THE MAGNIFICENT BEACHES, ANCIENT RUINS AND A WRITTEN HISTORY OF OVER 2500 YEARS MAKE THIS ISLAND A TOURISTS' PARADISE.

THE RUINED CITIES OF ANURADHAPURA AND POLONNARUWA ILLUSTRATE THE GLORY OF THE ANCIENT KINGDOMS. THE GIGANTIC STUPAS AND BUDDHA STATUES ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST MAN MADE STRUCTURES OF THE WORLD. THE MASSIVE RESERVOIRS, BUILT BY ANCIENT KINGS TO IRRIGATE THOUSANDS OF ACRES OF LAND, ARE MARVELS OF HYDRO ENGINEERING. THERE ARE EIGHT UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SRI LANKA

THE ISLAND WAS KNOWN TO THE GREEKS AS 'TAPROBANE' AND TO THE ARABS AS 'SERENDIB'. EARLY MERCHANTS VISITED THE ISLAND IN SEARCH OF GEMSTONES AND SPICES, MAINLY CINNAMON AND PEPPER. COFFEE AND TEA PLANTATIONS WERE STARTED BY THE BRITISH COLONIAL RULERS. CEYLON TEA IS FAMOUS THE WORLD OVER.

TOURISM INDUSTRY IS A MAJOR MONEY SPINNER FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL ISLAND. THE VAST EXPANSE OF BEACHES, RAIN FORESTS AND NATIONAL PARKS WITH HERDS OF WILD ELEPHANTS, THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WITH LITHE WATER FALLS, BRING IN THE TOURISTS. THE ISLAND IS DOTTED WITH HUNDREDS OF HOTELS TO ACCOMMODATE THE TRAVELER. AN ISLAND OF 25,000 SQ; MILES HAS 103 RIVERS AND 25000 RESERVOIRS, MOSTLY MAN MADE. WITH VARYING CLIMATIC CONDITIONS THIS IS TRULY A 'SMALL MIRACLE'.

" THE ISLAND OF SRI LANKA IS A SMALL UNIVERSE, IT CONTAINS AS MANY VARIATIONS OF CULTURE, SCENERY AND CLIMATE AS SOME COUNTRIES A DOZEN TIMES ITS SIZE........I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS ANY COUNTRY WHICH SCORES SO HIGHLY IN ALL DEPARTMENTS - WHICH HAVE SO MANY ADVANTAGES AND SO FEW DISADVANTAGES. LOVELY BEACHES, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES, IMPRESSIVE RUINS, A VIBRANT CULTURE AND CHARMING PEOPLE- NO WONDER SRI LANKA IS A SMALL MIRACLE ".***** Arthur C. Clark *****




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10 April, 2014

SRI LANKA - KING NISSANKAMALLA [ 1187 - 1196 ]


King Nissankamalla ruled the country from 1187 to 1196,  the Council Chamber of King Nissankamalla had been a structure built of stone on a brick foundation. The unique Lion Throne, carved of stone, stands majestically at
one end.




Pics by : Nelsonlanka

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03 June, 2012

SRI LANKA - RELIGIOUS PROCESSIONS


Buddhist clergy being escorted to the village temple by drummers and Kandyan dancers at a ceremony in Kandy.


Pics by : Nelsonlanka

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31 May, 2012

SRI LANKA - PERFORMING ARTS


The Channa - Upuli Performing Arts Foundation dance troupe brought fame to Sri Lanka by being placed first in The Carnival of Cultures, held in Berlin on the 27th of May, 2012. There were 99 dance troupes competing from round the world.


Pics by courtesy : Channa

08 April, 2012

SRI LANKA - HISTORY [ THE UNSUNG HEROES ]




Over a thousand years before artistists like Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, and Michaelangelo worked on their classic works of art   - The Last Supper and the Sistine Chapel to mention just two  -  an unknown artist or artists, created a dazzling world of colour and wonder in a pocket of rock in the palace complex of Sigiriya. These paintings which are the earliest surviving examples of Sri Lankan art have delighted the world for over 1500 years. Still retaining their original colour, and shrouded in mystery, these paintings are silent witnesses to the grandeur of Sigiriya's golden age.  What is not widely known is that amazing techniques in painting these frescoes were used  by the artists in King Kasyappa's court. Wet plaster was first applied on the surface to be painted after which the artists began their labour of love. This meant that they had to be 100% accurate because if a mistake was made, it could not be corrected once the plaster had dried.  The painters of the famous Ajantha frescoes in Indian on the other hand painted on hard dry plaster leaving room for any corrections, if mistakes were made !

Sri Lankan had her own "Sistine Chapel" in the rock pocket at Sigiriya before that of the Vatican in Rome. Originally there were 500 frescoes. These beautiful paintings fill one with emotion . The eye is never wearied and the heart never sated. That they were painted by the hand of man is hard to imagine. I almost believe they were painted by the Gods ! Living, lovely breathing women.......How sad that while the artists of the western world are known to us, the artistic geniuses of Sigiriya will forever remain anonymous.....Unsung heroes.





 
Written by : Bernard VanCuylenberg 
                 Melbourne
                 Australia


Pics by : Gerrit, Netty, Hans and Hanneke
             Belgium 



15 February, 2012

SRI - LANKA DANCERS


Dancers of the Channa - Upuli dance troupe performing in concerts  world wide.


Pics : Courtesy, Channa Wijewardene

12 April, 2011

SRI LANKA - KADYAN ' VES' DANCERS


Kandyan ves dance is the most popular form of Kandyan dance. The dance was propitiatory, never secular, and performed only by males. The elaborate ves costume, particularly the headgear, is considered sacred and is believed to belong to the deity Kohomba.

The dancers wear an elaborate costume including a headdress. The dancer's chest is only covered by a decorative beaded net. This costume is known as the Ves costume. The headdress incorporates a metallic front which makes the dancer look taller than he is. The complete costume also includes anklets that 
produce a metallic rattle.





Pics by : Nelsonlanka
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24 December, 2010

SRI LANKA - FESTIVALS [ SINHALESE NEW YEAR ]



The timing of the Sinhalese new year coincides with the New Year celebrations 
of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. The festival has 
close semblance to the Thai New yearBengali New Year, and Sankranthi festival 
in India.
Cultural anthropological history of the 'Traditional New Year' which is celebrated 
on month of April, goes back to an ancient period in Sri Lankan history. Various 
beliefs, perhaps those associated with fertility of the harvest, gave birth to many 
rituals, customs, and ceremonies connected with the New Year. The advent of 
Buddhism in the third century BC (300BC) led to a re-interpretation of the existing 
New Year activities in the Buddhistic light. The majority of the people in the 
country are Buddhists, and as such, it is that the Buddhist outlook was 
predominant in transforming the New Year rites to what they are now.

14 December, 2010

SRI LANKA - ESALA PERAHERA [ PAGEANT PAR EXCELLENCE ]







Esala Perahera (the festival of the tooth) is the grand festival of Esala held 
in Sri Lanka. It is very grand with elegant costumes. Happening in July or August 
in Kandy, it has become a unique symbol of Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist festival 
consisting of dances and nicely decorated elephants. There are fire-dances, 
whip-dances, Kandian dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants 
are usually adorned with lavish garments. The festival ends with the traditional 
'diya-kepeema'.

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28 October, 2010

SRI LANKA - DAMBANA, HOME OF VEDDAS [ ABORIGINES ]


Dambana is a village within the Badulla District in Sri Lanka. It is closest to 
the town of Mahiyangana. It is known as the refuge of the indigenous Vedda 
people as well as their moribund Vedda language. It is well known for its eco-
tourism projects. In 2010 it had A population close TO 1000 individuals all 
belonging to Vedda families.[1]




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14 September, 2010

SRI LANKA - THE TEMPLE DRUMMERS




These photographs were taken at a religous event in Sri Lanka.
These drummers perform only at religeous events and festivals
and the tunes played are centuries old.

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