Written by Yasas Ratnayake I must admit, we have heavily promoted the opinion that Angampora: A Nation’s Legacy in Pictures will be a groundbreaking work. But can we justify it? Of course we can. What’s the point of saying something if you don’t mean it? So to cut the chase short, let me elucidate on … Continue reading A Comprehensive Study of an Ancient Art
Written by Yasas Ratnayake There is a lot of work that goes into the making of something that can be considered as a historic accomplishment. We wanted to make “Angampora: A Nation’s Legacy in Pictures” a book that could command the attention, interest, and respect of anybody, regardless of where in the world they may … Continue reading What Makes a Historic Work?
Written and Photographed by Yasas Ratnayake We have come a long way. Figuratively speaking, of course. We’ve covered a great distance on the road too, but that’s a different story. Since the idea came into being in 2014, we’ve seen things that nobody has ever seen, faced a tremendous amount of unexpected obstacles, found things we … Continue reading A Long and Eventful Journey
Written by Yasas Ratnayake, pictures by Nuwan Attanayake and Yasas Ratnayake Continued from Trekking in India Part II… As the streamers of light poured through the tiny airplane windows of flight AI-54 to Cochin, we had our first glimpse of Kerala from the air. Unlike the dusty and chaotic atmosphere of Mumbai and the rest … Continue reading Trekking in India Part III: Kerala
Deshamanya Dr. Ajantha Mahanthaarchchi The Mahanthaarachchi family, who were reputed combatants in the traditional martial art (Angampora ) of Sri Lanka, served in the courts of King Rajasinghe the 1st of Seethawaka as frontline defence forces and was the head of the Korothota Arachchi’s, who were responsible for training the elite special forces of the kings … Continue reading About the author of Angampora: A Nation’s Legacy
Written by Yasas Ratnayake, Pictures by Nuwan Attanayake and Yasas Ratnayake Continued from Trekking in India: Part I Arrival The 1st of June 2015 was another blistering hot day in Mumbai, India. The states of Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were experiencing heat waves that were killing people by the thousands. Fortunately, the heat in Mumbai … Continue reading Trekking in India Part II: Maharashtra
Written by Yasas Ratnayake, Photos by Yasas Ratnayake and Nuwan Attanayake When we said we were going to be going to India to shoot pictures for Project Angampora, a lot of people were bewildered. “Weren’t you going to take pictures of Sri Lanka’s martial art?” “What’s India got to do with your project?” “Isn’t there a … Continue reading Trekking in India Part 1: Preparation