Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mr and Mrs Wanninayake - a distant relative in Kurunegala

Direct descendant of Adigar (Adikaram) Hulugalle from his five daughters, who cannot be convinced that Victoria Queen of England never came here, as he claims she had a affair with her!!!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Contrast this with the Bubula in Hingurakgoda, close to my farm there

In Hingurakgoda, less than a kilometer from the town is this place we call BUBULA, where this amount of water flows out of this spring 24hours a day, 7 days a week all year and every year without reducing its volume.

This aquifer needs to be seen to be believed and anyone can come and bathe in the water spouts built for people to have a refreshing shower!

The water ends up in the canals for agriculture and eventually into the Mahaweli 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

How's this for an encore at the end of the pond from the viewing promenade? @ DIYA BUBULA

                                               A FEAST FOR THE EYES

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Laki's waterworks - a veritable feast for the visually creative mind

 No end of differing surprises by the minute, from raptors, to the various kingfishers, and all kinds of other birds, having a feast of the ponds overflowing with fish
Water monitor - Kabaragoya has more than enough big fish tailing him, and small fish to gobble up in the water
 The land monitor can pass of as one of his sculptures too, and would miss the fact that it is live on a double take!

Various pieces dotted around the place, in the most unlikely places, adds to the surrounding, a wonderful eclectic mix of the beauty of nature with the creativity of man

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Visit to Diya Bubula – Home of Laki Senanayake – July 19th 2016

My personal favorite, just something else - what expressions! strides! brilliant!

Esala Poya 2016

I had the good fortune to visit Diya Bubula, as Gihan Jayawardene, a friend who lives overseas, in Sweden now, Kenya then, and Ethiopia next was visiting his good friend Laki at his home. I got two for the price of one, as Gihan’s brother Moin who lives in New York was also visiting and though I had much about him, had never met him prior to today.

To round off the coincidences, I spoke with another friend Dr Hemal Fernando the previous day, and he said he was trying to contact Moin, but the phone numbers he had were not working, and so I gave Gihan’s number, and he was able to make contact, as Moin was leaving the following day. 

When I was on FB at 4am in Ratmale, to avail myself of the low rates before 8am on data packages, Sundari(Hemal’s wife who is in South Pasadena, California) came on line asking me what I was doing at that early  hour. So when I told her I get up early not to miss the birds singing in the forest as I was in the middle of the forest sleeping outside on the Verandah, I happen to mention I was going to Diya Bubula to meet Gihan, and so she said Moin was also there!

Later when I spoke to Moin about it, he said obviously others know his whereabouts which even he seems confused about!

                                                A view of one water villa from another

So much for coincidences, I took a few photos of the place for the pleasure of my readers and for my future recollections. I hope you like them.

Of course Laki is known to our family, being a good friend of Uncle Arj’s and Aunty Sally’s from back then! He was charming and was looking through his binoculars when I went up to the deck where he was seated. So one photo of the Cormorant on the sculpture was of him looking through the binocs, and see what you see.

He has been there since 1971 developing it through the ages, with the natural spring, DIYA BUBULA which gives the title to his place, still oozing water and cascading down from layer to layer giving it the ambience of water and forest and the natural world and the art and sculpture intertwined with various villas dotted here and there.

I began my work in progress in 2006 so I have another 30 years to develop this!

Here are a few links for the reader about Laki Senanayake and not at all exhaustive, and if interested there are a lot me on the Internet to find. A truly accomplished man.

                             Laki - In animated conversation with Gihan

Monday, July 18, 2016

Love the lattice work on the local craftsmanship for the roof of Sirisena's room, NO not the President!

This is likely to be one of the last roofs to be built in Sri Lanka under local craftsmanship, as it is a coconut palm thatch that will cover this roof. In future all roofs will be metal structures, with even metal roofing sheets, as asbestos is also banned, and tiles are too expensive, and will not tolerate a monkey invasion here!

My problem now is to find coconut thatch as that too is a dying art, where the roofs need to be thatched every two years, and with labor expensive, people prefer to use foreign material (foreign to the surroundings here, I mean. I use only local people from the village, so little money goes out of the village, but in time, everything will be pre fabricated and brought in, and that is called PROGRESS

Sunday, July 17, 2016

National Youth Front - Kick off with the "New Team" beginning with Polonnaruwa Electorate

 The Chairman of the NYF, Dr Kavinda Jayawardene MP (in green) State Minister of Irrigation Vasantha Senanayake (center) Nalaka Colonne MP on right flanked by Ansar Provincial Councillor and Samarasinghe Provincial Councillor

                Receiving their membership certificates at the end of the event

Left to right, Punsanda Mahakumbura (now of the NYSC), Amal Bulankulame - Assistant Sec NYF, Prasad Hettiarachchi Deputy Chairman NYF and Tharaka Nanayakkara - Secretary NYF