What do you get when you combine a solar eclipse, fake news and colourism? Islandwide chaos — and, for Wally Bastianz, a hit baila song.
At a First World War memorial on the Gallipoli peninsula, off the coast of Turkey, the gravestones of three soldiers identify them as belonging to the Ceylon Planters’ Rifle Corps.
Over the course of its colonisation of Sri Lanka, the British Empire took possession of a number of cultural artefacts that remain in museums and institutions across England to this day.
The ruins of a Siamese-style dagoba on Galgodiyana island, off the coast of Matara, still remain today, despite the damage inflicted by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
On 12 December 2021, the curators of the National Art Gallery and conservation expert Jennifer Myers made a curious discovery.
Behind what was thought to be the portrait frame of Ananda Samarakoon, who famously composed the national anthem, was a mystery painting, hidden for over 90 years.
The curators believe that the ‘Lady In Red’, painted by Mudaliyar A C G S Amarasekara in 1928, could be an unidentified social elite of the ’20s — a wife of a politician, a daughter of an ambassador, or perhaps another artist.
She wears a wedding band on her right hand, prominently displayed in the portrait.
But discovering her true identity is proving to be a nearly impossible task.
Before #SriLanka was known for its tea estates, it was known for coffee cultivation. The country’s “kopi kale” — or “coffee era” — gradually became forgotten as the tea industry rose in popularity and profitability, but the beginnings of the local coffee industry had a lasting impact on the local economy, agriculture, and demography; a history worthy of reminding.
Colombo was once nearly named the ‘Garden City of the East’, after an European architectural concept, which sought to create cities with the best qualities of rural life.
Sri Lankans love cars. Since the very first one entered the island in 1902, and in the 120 years since, the country’s vehicle population has grown despite recurring import restrictions and the economic instability brought on by the civil war. Car enthusiasts and everyday vehicle owners have built a culture of passion for and pride in the vehicles they drive, and an appreciation for what it took for the country to get here. Here’s a brief history of Sri Lanka’s relationship with modern transportation.
In 1938, Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler sent a five-member team on an expedition through South Asia to trace the origins of the Aryan race — which they believed was the ‘master race’.
NASA’s Apollo 11 spaceflight made history in July 1969 when it became the first to land humans on the moon. The historic moon landing was followed by five more — and Apollo 12, which took 3 astronauts to the moon, landed in November 1969.
In 1940, at the age of 18, Prince Philip bought his first ever car while he was posted to a British naval base in Trincomalee, British Ceylon.
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