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In Pictures: An Ancient Martial Art Is Brought To Colombo

Traditional martial arts preserved by generations becomes a subject of pride for a nation. Angampora has been a key component of Sri Lankan culture…

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Parsis Of Sri Lanka: Denizens From A Land Far Away

The Parsis of Sri Lanka are an intriguing community. They are very small; so small that you can count their families—the Billimorias, Captains, Choksys,…

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In Pettah, A Festival Of The Chariot

The streets of Colombo are increasingly associated with either traffic or protesters (and sometimes both). Yet, on occasion, we are treated to a riot…

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Art Of Lace: How ‘Beeralu’ Is Being Kept Alive

Elaborately woven beeralu lace may be hard to come by these days, but this product of an age-old craft was once popular, and much…

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28: A Powerful Ode To Womankind

“සුද්ධිට අගෞරව කරන්න හොඳ නෑ (we mustn’t disrespect Suddhi)” is an oft-repeated motif in Prasanna Jayakody’s third outing, 28. The irony that this respect…

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Faces Of Old Ceylon

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We Owe It To The Malays

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The Sri Lankan Geek’s Guide To Finding Merchandise (And Going Broke)

There was a time when being labelled a ‘nerd’ meant you were the laughing stock at your school or your workplace. But the term…

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Feared Females Of Lankan Folklore

So you thought banshees were scary? The females of Sri Lankan folklore can beat that.

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The Language That Was Left Behind: Sri Lankan Portuguese Creole

It has been three and a half centuries since the Portuguese colonisers left Sri Lanka, but the language they spoke while here still lingers…

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From Sindh To Ceylon: The Lankan Sindhis

“They usually set off after the monsoon with the onset of favourable winds, their boats oiled, often for several months at a time… they…

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We Owe It To The Burghers

Sri Lankan culture wouldn’t be the same if not for these Burgher contributions.