What do you get when you pair a rescue dog and a cherub-faced baby? Complete and utter adorableness. Grace Chon is a mother and commercial photographer living in Los Angeles. She is also the camerawoman behind the Tumblr photo series “Zoey a…
Disney-like museum at bottom followed by incredible historic Buddhist statuary in the grottos on top of the mountain. My Sri Lankan hosts suggested I make the pilgrimage barefoot - ouch! Non Sri Lankans must pay LKR 1,500 (US$12) at base. (at Dambulla Rock Temple and Golden Temple)
As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics.
Rare treat to be invited to The Nelung Arts Centre (NAC) on Hyde Park Corner in Colombo to watch Niloufer rehearsing her dancers for a Tribute to her mother’s Birth Centenary, an interesting group of young artists who the NAC sponsors and promotes. Dance is historically important in Sri Lanka, from Kandy to Colombo. Niloufer told me, “Dance is at a cross-roads here and I am very concerned at some of the modern trends which, I feel in the long run, may damage the rich cultural traditions of Sri Lanka - in particular the ritual aspects. Classical Ballet is totally different and secular in nature. However, we do preserve our fundamental structure - otherwise there would be no foundation to build on.” Jonathan Hollander of NYC’s Battery Dance Company was nice enough to introduce me to this large and awe-inspiring four-story South Asian cultural facility.