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.

Quoting
“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 www.rootsweb.com/~lkawgw/gen3060.html and www.rootsweb.com/~lkawgw/gen3047.html

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

Made in Madeira, goorn23, 4-6, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. mjmourik 110 months ago | reply

    Love this traditional photo, beautiful!

  2. Thushan S. Withana-Gamage 110 months ago | reply

    More old photos of Ceylon, check the link below out
    www.imagesofceylon.com/cover.htm

  3. Michael Y. Wang 110 months ago | reply

    Oh! nice historical shot!

  4. Aussie.(thiva) [deleted] 110 months ago | reply

    Sri-Lankans are always wonderful people.

    Do you any pictures of Kandy?

  5. Ina Omak 109 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cool oldschool, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  6. ScaryLily 109 months ago | reply

    A lovely family portrait- historically fascinating, and an interesting story!

  7. Thushan S. Withana-Gamage 109 months ago | reply

    More infor quoted

    "T.B Panabokke was a very interesting man, active and took initaitives. One of the great persons in Kandyan aristocrats as well as Kandyan history. One of his sons, also T.B Panabokke, played an important role in the events that lead to the break from the English rule. Coming from a family with documented long history. (Some people even say that the man on the Polonnaruwa stone slab "the sage" or Parakramabahu was their forefather)."
    Anders Carlsson
    Sweden

  8. Choollus 107 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called !!!INDIA!!!, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  9. Made in Madeira 106 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 5 Flickr Favs (pool & contest invitation required), and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  10. Ceylonica 103 months ago | reply

    I have those eyes at times also :). I too am from Kandyan descent.

  11. falken04 98 months ago | reply

    lang lang ist's her

  12. makeyourheritage.com 93 months ago | reply

    It is great that saved their rich heritage!

  13. 独立 amada 独立 92 months ago | reply

    wow!!so interesting!!

  14. pomegranate ranch [deleted] 88 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called dissecting the family album, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  15. Mella Grow Green 86 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Sri Lanka Photo Collection, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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