Children, on Religion

In the British Colonial era, warships that docked at the Colombo Port had been in dire need of a facility to wash their linen as amenities to do the laundry were not available onboard. The Dhobi community residing in the vicinity of Beira Lake emerged to fill this need.

The Disappearing Dhobis

According to a washer-man in Polwatte- P. B. Fernando, in 1928 the laundry men and women had staged a protest – a Dhobi revolution of sorts – demanding cleaner premises to do the washing.

The Picture Press is an online exhibition of development-oriented photography. Combining great photographs with compelling narratives, The Picture Press attempts to use photography as an entry point into broader development issues facing Sri Lanka and South Asia.

Intolerance And Islamaphobia In Post-War Sri Lanka

By Abdul     ‘Being Sri Lankan’ to me is a confusing idea sometimes. Do we really have an all-encompassing identity that cuts across our cultural and religious differences, or are we just unfortunate inhabitants of the same piece of land? Having grown up...

Rituals, Unpacked

Sri Lanka is rich in religious and cultural rituals. Some of them are a mix of different religions and many of them cut across communities. This feature, while not an exhaustive list of the country’s many rituals and beliefs, explores a select few that...

Children, On Religion

When one speaks of religious diversity in Sri Lanka today, the key word that comes to mind is tolerance. What does religious diversity mean in Sri Lanka today and how do we practice it? In light of all the growing intolerance against the Muslim and...

The Tsunami: 10 Years On

By Anushka A monk helps to remove dead bodies at the site of the train disaster, Peraliya, Southern Sri Lanka, 27th December 2004. Photograph by Amantha Perera, text by Anushka Wijesinha. Sri Lanka was one of fourteen countries that saw the effects of the...

The Disappearing Dhobis

By Lakna   In the British Colonial era, warships that docked at the Colombo Port had been in dire need of a facility to wash their linen as amenities to do the laundry were not available onboard. The Dhobi community residing in the vicinity of Beira Lake...

Java Lane, Vanishing With Old Colombo

By Abdul The eviction and relocation of residents in Slave Island of an area approximately 160 acres in the heart of Colombo 1 began almost two years ago. Seventy thousand households are being relocated to newly constructed apartment-style housing...