The mysteries of the world are all but gone. For thousands of years, Sri Lanka was the abode of the martial art Angampora, a sophisticated ancient discipline that was fortified with military philosophy, a deep spiritual connection with nature, and a deadly array of combat techniques. The dramatic saga of this exotic art begins with legends that date back to the dim recesses of time and unfolds to the present day, where it has survived after enduring the onslaughts of three centuries of colonialism and political unrest in Sri Lanka's recent past.
Angampora: A Nation's Legacy in Pictures is a stunning pictorial narrative of this ageless martial art. For the first time in the world, the art will be showcased in breathtaking pictures that captures the vast span of its influence on Sri Lanka's history and culture. From artefacts never seen before to combat techniques that have remained in supreme secrecy for centuries; and illustrating the art's vibrant esoteric rituals as well as its secretive and deadly node science, Angampora: A Nation's Legacy in Pictures brings to the world an unparalleled work of Sri Lankan research and photography. Written by Deshamanya Ajantha Mahanthaarachchi, the heir of the Korathota Aracchis, one of Sri Lanka's oldest surviving Angam lineages, and photographed by Reza Akram, this book is a seminal work on an undiscovered cultural legacy of Sri Lanka.
The duo met in 2011, and made their first expedition together in 2012, climbing Island Peak in the Nepali Himalayas, which allowed them to realise that they worked well together as a team. On the way they spotted Mount Everest and shared their dream of climbing it one day with each other. In 2014 they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro together. Following this, they began working towards the challenge of Mount Everest.
This is the story of their journey in 2016.
Driven by their passion for social entrepreneurship, unbridled love for Sri Lanka, and aspiration for a thriving future for their country, Indira and Hashendra have collaborated to write I Am Inspired, a consolidation of anecdotes, insights and reflections of inspirational leader with Sri Lankan roots based in the country and around the world. The book is a ground-breaking literary creation produced to inspire and encourage youth to shed their inhibitions and take a leap of faith in pursuing their passions. Spanning across eight chapters, the consolidated biographical portraits envelop areas most critical to Sri Lanka's development.
100% of book proceeds will be donated to the Sparklers Foundation, for the purpose of:
1) Designing a textbook version of I Am Inspired in Sinhala and Tamil for distribution in high schools. The sale of one copy of I Am Inspired will fund the production and distribution of 10 textbooks.
2) Running capacity-building programs for young Sri Lankans exhibiting exceptional entrepreneurial and leadership skills.
For more information, please visit www.sparklers-foundation.org
Sri Lanka Gems provides an insight into the gem industry of Sri Lanka, with photographs that illustrate the stages of the gem industry that transform the gems from rough, uncut stones to polished beautiful jewellery. The book also showcases the many different varieties of gems found in Sri Lanka, with photographs taken on-site by Vladyslav Yavorskyy.
Sri Lanka: The Island From Above captures the variety of vivid colours and captivating scenery present on Sri Lanka from an aerial perspective, adding another dimension to the beauty of the island that is invisible to us from the ground. Photographed by Sebastian Posingis and Dominic Sansoni, with text by Richard Simon, this book captures the beauty of the island in all its various and wonderful locations.
Entrenched in a culturally prestigious past from where the religious and cultural traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism have entwined, the healing rites of Sri Lanka find their most brilliant expression in the exorcisms known as Yak Tovil, which are practiced on the south and south west coast of the island. This book of which the photos were taken at a time which now considered the golden age of modern Tovil, was born from a meeting between an Australian anthropologist and a French photographer-journalist.