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Kandian Cheif and Family

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This shot was taken from a book called "Photography's Beginnings - A Visual History" Featuring the collection of WM. B. Becker 1989 Oakland University.

Original photo was taken in year 1880.

This shot shows dresses bangals and necklaces that wore in that period in Sri Lanka (known as Ceylon at that time). Look that necklaces, how many of them ware those women.


Kandy is one of most beautiful places in Sri Lanka and situated in central and hilly part of country, And Kandy was capital of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) the time of this photo was taken.


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Interesting story was happen few days after posting this photo. Fazli Sameer, a genealogist, sending me an email and said the full story of this historical photo.



“I am across a picture of Kandyan Chief on your Flickr Website which I have been able to link to the RATWATTE and ALUWIHARE Kandyan families.


Please see and


I wonder if you knew that the pic is of: Panabokke Dissawe and family, wife, Halangoda Kumarihamy, the daughter standing in the middle of the couple is Sir Richard Aluwihare's mother (Panebokke Tikiri Kumarihamy), and the younger daughter seated on the left is W. A. Ratwatte's mother (Panebokke Kumarihamy)


The elder girl was called PANABOKKE LOKU KUMARIHAMY while the younger one was named PANABOKKE TIKIRY KUMARIHAMY as is the custom of the Kandyan families, Loku meaning "big" while Tikiri meaning "Little".


I just received confirmation from my classmate and close friend at Royal, Charitha Ratwatte, from Colombo.”


Thank a lot Fazli Sameer and Charitha Rathwatte

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Taken on July 8, 2007