Helping Little Hands

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This child, around 9 years old, could be mostly seen at the highway connecting Batticaloa to Trincomalee near vaakarai.During every evening after school, along with his village friends-both girls and boys around his age, he used to hang around the roadside with few bags in his hands, containing freshly plugged tamarind,mango,and lime.He will almost jump infront of the running vehicles hoping to sell the bags, which will earn him few hundred rupees, that will help his poor parents to run the family.However im confused whether to add this into child labour.. so decided to end the conversation with the child by just saying…go home and study !!..after buying the last bag of tamarind hoping he would go home..and im happy he did , along with his sister..

Kooththu – An Ancient Tamil Tradition

‘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.

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A face makeup being applied to a Kooththu performer in Batticaloa – Sri Lanka.

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A young kooththu performer dressed-up as a prince.Future existence of ‘kooththu’ lies on these young volunteers from the rural villages.Certain schools in the Batticaloa district now have implemented curriculum for the after-school training of this ancient art form.

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A kooththu performer dressed as a king is showing an aggresive stance.The trainer (kooththu master) usually stands at the center along with his team.They sing together, cheer-up the performers and even help the actors when the usual make-up faults happen.

 

 

A Fisherman in Batticaloa lagoon

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.

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63 years old Raju starts his work at 5.45am every day – Till 9 am he travels around the lagoon collecting the fishes he caught last night with the boxes made out of metal nets,a unique way of fishing which you will encounter in this lagoon.

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Foods made of rice,flour,sea weeds are kept inside the cage,to eat which,the fishes come inside the trap and never return.
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From the shallow waters to the deep part of the lagoon in the middle,Raju have made traps.This is somewhere in the middle of the deep lagoon,where he tries to take out the trap.He marks the area with a long stick,which often disappears if large amount of water comes from the sea during night.However this man with 43 years of experience can find out the places at easily.

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That was a happy day for this fisherman.A great catch.That will earn him around 2000 rs today.

Some interesting silhouettes

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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Three siblings are returning home at sunset after collecting woods for cooking – Sri Lanka

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Silhouette of a man riding bicycle with a cigarette in one hand at sunset – Sri Lanka

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Ambalangoda Mask Making

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.

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Masks displayed in Ariyapala & sons Mask museum in Ambalangoda Sri Lanka.The famous shop for mask making in Sri Lanka

mr wimalasiri a mask maker and a craftsman in ambalangoda

Mr.Wimalasiri is an experienced craftsman of Ambalangoda mask making industry.This is the Ariyapala & Sons workshop where they make masks.

a small mask in ambalangoda ariyapala sons mask museum

A mask inside the Ariyapala and Sons mask museum.This is situated in Ambalangoda, a place which is a famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka.

Nallur Kandaswamy Temple

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.

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Front view of Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna.

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Inside view picture of Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna – Sri Lanka, is famous for its unique colorful architecture.

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People worshiping lord murugan in Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna during a festival day.

People worshipping in Nalloor Kandaswamy Temple

Worshipers inside Nallur Kandaswamy temple in Jaffna during a festival time.

Aluthgama Kande Viharaya – Sri Lanka

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.

Tallest sitting buddha statue in sri lanka

This is the Tallest Sitting Buddha Statue in Sri Lanka.Situated inside the  Kande Vihara ‘ in Aluthgama – Sri Lanka.

Group of worshipers in kande vihara - a buddhist temple in sri lanka

Many Sinhala, Buddhist visit Kande vihara – Aluthgama everyday from all parts of Sri Lanka.The place is so famous that there is always a steep rise in the numbers foreign travelers to this temple.The visitors make offerings like fruit baskets and flowers to the God.The place is also famous for the drawings and statues depicting the stories related to Buddhism.

inside view of kande viharaya - Sri Lanka

Considered as one of the famous Buddhist Temples in Sri Lanka ,The Kande Viaharaya shows spiritual vibrancy.Many people visit this Holy Buddhist Temple to worship the Lord Buddha and receive the inner satisfaction and peace in return.It is also, now one of the famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.