Hasini, Malathi and Sharni: 70 years of Sri Lankan independence
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Hasini, Malathi and Sharni: 70 years of Sri Lankan independence

Archive of Memory, launched this month, is made up of voices from across seven decades of independence. In the introduction to the book – edited and curated by Malathi de Alwis and Hasini Haputhanthri, with the accompanying photographs by Sharni Jayawardena – the editors note that the publication is as representative of the diversity of … Continue reading

Fa-Hien cave in forefront of new finds on Homo sapiens
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Fa-Hien cave in forefront of new finds on Homo sapiens

Exciting research based on finds at the Fa-Hien Lena (cave) in Kalutara are transforming anthropologists’ understanding of how Homo sapiens moved through our world some 45,000 years ago, while offering an explanation for why we are today the solitary survivors from a family tree that once included other hominins such as Neanderthals and Homo erectus. … Continue reading

Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Celebrating Kannaki
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Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Celebrating Kannaki

  The hot, dry month of March is particularly sacred to the devotees who flock to the Kannaki Amman kovils in Sri Lanka’s Northern Peninsula. The auspicious days of Panguni Thingal or ‘Mondays in March’ will come to an end somewhere in Mid-April but for her people, this Amman will always have something to offer. … Continue reading

Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Invoking Pattini-Kannaki
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Sharni Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis: Invoking Pattini-Kannaki

There is a time in the wake of her great rage – after she has torn her left breast out, after she has called fire down on the city of Madurai – when a widowed Kannaki finds a moment of quiet by the banks of a river. Across from her boys are tussling, engaged in … Continue reading

Aaron Burton: My Mother’s Village
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Aaron Burton: My Mother’s Village

Some of the most interesting moments in Aaron Burton’s film ‘My Mother’s Village,’ come when people sit watching themselves. There, captured on the screen, they are as they were over 30 years ago. The passing of time solidifies in that moment, etched in to the very lines of people’s faces. Chandrawathie’s face now, for instance, … Continue reading

Dr. Nimal Perera: An Unusual Dig
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Dr. Nimal Perera: An Unusual Dig

Under a blazing sun, a forest of metal towers shimmer. The constant rumble of heavy machinery fills the air, as clouds of dust are kicked up by bulldozers and big trucks. When it’s complete, the New Chilaw Grid Substation currently under construction will supply the island’s North Western Province with an estimated 450MW of power. In … Continue reading