Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Video stills of the paintings at the exhibition:-
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Size - 65,610 Sq. Km.
Capital - Sri Jayawardenapura.
Commercial Capital - Colombo.
Population - 19.8 million.
Population density - 317 persons per Sq. Km. Human Development Index - (2004) 0.755. Rank among 177 countries 93.
Life expectancy at birth - Male 71.7 years. Female 77.0 years.
Literacy rate - (overall) 92.5%.
Languages - Sinhala, Tamil, English. English is widely spoken throughout Sri Lanka with the exception of remote villages.
Ethnic mix - Sinhalese, 74%, Tamils 18%, Muslims 7%, Burghers and others1%.
Religions - Buddhism 70%, Hinduism 16&, Christianity 7&, Islam 7%.
Climate - Lowlands tropical, Average 27OC.
Major exports - Textiles and garments, petroleum products, tea, rubber, rubber products, gems, jewellery and spices.
Source: Annual report 2006, Central Bank of Sri Lanka & Relevant Institutions.
Excerpt from 'Gem Talk', Oct-Dec 2007.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
|The statue of Lord Buddha at Maligawila.|
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
|Isurumuniya temple, Anuradhapura in the 1950s.|
|The 'Lovers' in their original setting. Now they are inside a museum closeby..|
Click on link below to see a description of the place:-
Click on link below to hear the famous song and read the lyrics:-
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
|'Selvachchannithy', Thondamanaru, Sri Lanka/|
|Two old ladies - An Austin A40 Somserset towing an Austin A40 Devon at Muhamaalai.|
Monday, February 17, 2014
|The 'Honeymoon suite'.|
|The sitting room.|
|Old paintings and photograph.|
|A type-writer of days gone by.|
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Saturday, February 15, 2014
|The foot path leading to the site.|
|The carved foot-print on a granite boulder on the banks of the Seethawaka Oya.|
|Size of the carved foot-print.|
|Designs on the stylized 'Foot-print'.|
|A square hole to hold a parasol over the foot-print.|
|The Seethawaka Oya flowing close-by.|
There is also the legend which states that one of the wives of King Rajasinghe of Seethawaka, of the 16th Century AD, developed 'Dola Duka' - any craving desired by a female in early pregnancy. The craving was to visit 'Sri-Paadha' - Adam's Peak. The King being unable to accede to this request due to the troubled times in the country did a ruse. The Queen was taken round various by-ways of Seethawake at night on a palanquin, was brought to this rock and shown this carved foot-print. The courtiers accompanying the palanquin told the Queen that this was the sacred foot-print at Sri-Paadha - Adam's Peak. The Queen returned to her palace happy.
The name 'Thimbiri Ge' means 'labour room' in Sinhalese. This was the area where the females of the King's house-hold used to come for the birth of a child.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
|A small platform built out of young coconut leaves where offerings to the Gods are made.|
|A bunch of coconut flowers laid on the site.|