Sri Lankan Tamils around the world have built one of the world’s largest online libraries
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Sri Lankan Tamils around the world have built one of the world’s largest online libraries

Seran Sivananthamoorthy is only 25 years old which is why his knowledge of the Jaffna Public Library is limited to memory and anecdote. The library with some 95,000 volumes including the only original copy of the Yalpana Vaipavamalai or the History of the Kingdom of Jaffna was set alight by a mob in 1981 as … Continue reading

Sumudi Suraweera, Eshantha Joseph Peiris:
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Sumudi Suraweera, Eshantha Joseph Peiris:

With white sarongs draped around their waists and white turbans on their heads, two bare-chested traditional Sabaragamuwa dancers perform on stage. In the background is a contemporary jazz trio improvising music that echoes and weaves through the ritual chant. This is a juxtaposition not often seen in Sri Lanka, making the Baliphonics group compelling enough … Continue reading

Natasha Ginwala, Menika Van Der Poorten, Jan Ramesh de Saram, Thenuwara: Shadow Scenes at The Rio
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Natasha Ginwala, Menika Van Der Poorten, Jan Ramesh de Saram, Thenuwara: Shadow Scenes at The Rio

32 years after the riots of Black July engulfed Colombo, there is perhaps only one place in the city where you can still see traces of the fires that were set that day. But that is not the reason why tuk-tuk drivers will throw you an assessing look if you ask to be dropped off … Continue reading

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Abdul Halik Azeez, Amjad Saleem, Amaani Niyaz, Hana Niyaz: Celebrating Ramadan in Sri Lanka

The twelve people behind The Ramadan Project are good friends – some are even related. Four of them gather in a home in Colombo, after prayers on a Wednesday evening to talk about a project they hope will help change the way Muslims are perceived in Sri Lanka. By @mufarris Roadside cap stall. Eid rush … Continue reading