Trincomalee’s Foremost Stapathi Sculpts Deities To Life

The year is 1996. Sri Lanka has just won the Cricket World Cup. However, the country is in the midst of a civil conflict, and the LTTE has launched a series of attacks — violence around the country intensifies. A family of five based in Muttur, a village in the east, are among thousands of others who are caught in the crosshairs of this conflict. They are a respected family, left alone for the most part because of their close ties to the kovil: the menfolk sculpt deities and have built one of the major kovils in the area. However, with violence escalating and incidents of forced conscription on the rise, Sabapathy Sivasothilingam, the head of the family, decides to uproot and move somewhere safer. They pick Trincomalee, a quiet town a few hours north of their old home. There is enough work there — temples don’t run out of worshippers, and sculptors are always welcome. Especially sculptors whose work is inimitable, and who create each piece by hand, from scratch.


Sangat: A Feminist Movement Connecting Sri Lanka To South Asia

For Kamla Bhasin, a well-known name amongst NGO and feminist circles, working towards equality was never something to be compromised on. Having conducted trainings and capacity building programmes for both men and women in government and non-governmental organisations, Bhasin has been working towards gender equality for decades now. She organised her first course in 1976, for people who bring about change in their professional capacity, while working with the United Nations. Nearly 20 years later, during a similar workshop in Bangladesh which included representatives from South Asian and European countries, Sangat, an organisation focused on connecting South Asians working in the development sector, was formed. This includes people working in NGOs, and the health, education, and media sectors.


Living On A Remote Coral Island: Life In Delft

Two hours from Jaffna town is Delft, an arid, rocky island that is home to approximately 5,000 people in the northern peninsula. The island has always been a place of wonder and intrigue — for both Sri Lankans and tourists. The most iconic photographs of Delft feature its best-known attractions: wild ponies (believed to be a legacy of Portuguese colonial rulers), azure seas, and a centuries-old baobab tree that stands alone amidst barren land.


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