Sunday, December 2, 2012

Awaiting initiation into a 'Hewisi' band, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Youngsters awaiting initiation.

The dresses for each member of the Hewisi band laid out.

The teachers.
Youngsters sixteen in number had to undergo months of training in the various rhythms to be played on the drums from trained teachers - 'Gurunnanses'. Then on an auspicious day they undergo a ceremony to don traditional clothing. I took these pictures at the "Maniccawaththe Pansala", Avissawella.