‘Kooththu’ is a traditional Tamil cultural art form that is practiced in Sri Lanka mainly in Jaffna & Batticaloa districts.It is a mixture of dances and drama sequences.Performers were trained by ‘Kooththu masters’ (அண்ணாவியார்).With the emergence of the modern era ,these centuries old ancient art-forms are now at the risk of extinction.See more images at my official site www.theasianpictures.com.
I recently heard of an unique fishing method followed by few fisherman in Batticaloa lagoon.Out of curiosity i decided to embark on a journey one fisherman takes daily.
On my recent trip to a rural village near Kokkattichoalai in Batticaloa – Sri Lanka ,i was really lucky to end up near a stretch of palmyrah trees all along a gravel road.The time was perfect as the sun was already setting in.I spent some productive time making pictures of interesting people traveling in the road as silhouettes.
Tip on photographing silhouettes – It is not a big task, as a basic knowledge in camera functions will deliver us some really interesting keeps at the end of the day.I always feel,that it is best to preserve some details of the subjects.Get an exposure reading of the outer lighter part of the setting sun,usually the yellow rim around the sun.Increase the metered exposure slightly around 1/3 or 2/3 stops either manually or through exposure compensation.This will help retaining some shadow details of the silhouette without making them 100% black and unrealistic.If you feel this is little bit difficult and you can spare some time for post processing, then you could play with the shadow sliders to bring out some details.
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Ambalangoda is a small town in Southern part of Sri Lanka which is famous for hand made Masks.Mask making is a tradition in Sri Lanka and the finished masks are used in festivals, to decorate the houses and for dance performances.Ariyapala & Sons is a company which is the main mask makers in the area which runs a large show room,workshop and a mask museum which are favorites to the tourists traveling Sri Lanka.Ambalangoda mask making is one of the tourist attraction in Sri Lanka which you should not miss.
Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, Constructed in 1749 A.D, this Hindu Temple is considered as an icon of Jaffna.With its unique architecture,colorful buildings,and powerful god Lord Muruga – this temple is steadily becoming a tourist attraction in Jaffna – Sri Lanka.The main ‘ Nalloor Thiruvizha ‘ ( Nallur Festival ) happens every year along with few other festivals like Sooran Poar happening throughout the year.A visit to Jaffna without visiting the Nallur Temple is almost like not visiting the real Jaffna.
Kande Viharaya in Aluthgama is one the Famous Holy Buddhist Temple in Sri Lanka.It hosts the tallest sitting Buddha statue in Sri Lanka, which is around 160 feet.Visited by many Buddhists in the country it is also a famous tourist attraction in the southern part of Sri lanka.
Kitulgala in Sri Lanka , only one word comes to my mind whenever i visit this place, that is ” Heavenly “.
This is a place where you will almost anything that the mother nature can provide – waterfalls, caves, dense forest, rivers and streams, fauna and flora and few villages inside the forest…you name it..
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