About This Project

High in the central mountain region of Sri Lanka, surrounded by lush tropical forests, lies the city of Kandy. It is here that a relic of the great Lord Buddha is worshiped in the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). Pilgrims come from across the country to make sacrifice and pray at the temple. Annually for the past 600 years a magnificent religious festival has taken place in Kandy. For ten consecutive nights hundreds of drummers, dancers, torchbearers, and elephants walk through the streets of the city in Sri Lanka’s most sacred procession and renowned national pageant.

In July 1995, American photographer Michael Sarnacki made his first trip to Sri Lanka to document this spectacle. That first journey was followed by ten more trips over the following fifteen years. During these pilgrimages he photographed, researched, and wrote about this historic event and documented the lives of the people of Kandy. This extended effort is now presented in the form of a beautiful book and a breathtaking exhibition.

It has always been our intention to introduce this great event to a much wider audience. We believe the book, and the photographs it contains, presents a wonderfully detailed account of one of the world’s great events. We hope you consider purchasing a book, organizing an exhibition of these photographs in your community, and forwarding the information about this project to your friends and colleagues.

To view a sampling of the book’s photographs, please click here.



The Sri Lanka Project Team (Click on any photo below for a larger image.)



Michael Sarnacki
Photographer and Writer
 

Trista Sample
Art Director
 

Rachel Hines
Asst. Exhibition & Design Coordinator
 

Claudia LeAnne Frede
Media Coordinator
 

Elliot Sarnacki
Facilitator




Funding This Project

This project would never have been possible without the support of a large number of people. We would like to gratefully acknowledge their contributions.

Majors Sponsors:

Bob and May Weinbaum
Chris Alix
Christine & Jeff Kerr
David Dickey
Frances Sarnacki
Kenneth A. Hiltz
Lakeview Friends
Lori Parks
Robert J. and Margaret E. Lane
Samantha Perera
Sarnacki & Associates Architects

This project was also funded by these supporters through Kickstarter.


Al Lorenzo
Alex Parks
Allan Dranberg
Andrew & Susan Smilnak
Ann Marie Gabrielson
Anton Canisious
Barbara Carson-McHale
Barry Lohman
Bernard Menken
Bill Meyer
Bill Schwab
Bill & Michelle Wentworth
Bonnie & Al Koch
Brian Sarnacki
Bruce Giffin
Bryan Treen
C V Ramachandran
Cara Cherry
Carla Anderson
Caroline Jaine
Cass & Phyllis Pawlowski
Chula Rajapakse
Conrad Welsing
Cyndi Noraian
Czarina Mustafa
Dash Ranasinghe
Dave Mastrangelo
David Doubley
David Ippel
David & Sheryl Thompson
Dawn Jayska
Daymon Hartley
Deb DiRezze
Debra Kuptz
Dennis Cox
Dennis Elliot
Diane Armijo
Diane McCallum
Diane Palmer
Dilip Abayasekara
Dolores Mack
Don Sarnacki
Donita Simpson
Doug Aikenhead
Doug & Susan Coupanger
Ed and Marianne Nugent
Elayne Gross
Fair Radom
Gamini P Jayasuriya
Gayan Gunawardana
Gere Baskin
Hemal Gurusinghe
Ian R. Solberg
Ilene Lanfear
Imasha & Anuradha Walatara
Indu Rupassara
Ingrid White
Jacek Sarnacki
Jacqueline Skelton
James Fassinger
James Nugent
Janet
Janet and John Boyles
Janet Suriano-Taylor
Janice Gutowski
Jay & Laurie Sarnacki
Jay Wimalasena
Jennifer Nugent
Jeri Magid
Jerome Pryor, S. J.
Jerry & Diana Nagorski
Jessica Masten
Jim Childress
Jim Collini
Joann Johnson
John Adams
John Drogosch
John Sobczak
Joseph Crachiola
Judith & Robert Goren
Kaleema A.Sumareh
Karen Constantinoff
Kavinda Gunasekara
Kelli Knapp
Kiley Weber
Kiran Asija
Kisha A. Chaudhuri–Maitree
Kumi Bali
Kumudinie & Upali Fonseka
Kyle Rocheleau
Larry K. Snider
LaTanya Orr
Laura & Henry
Lisa Maria Braun
Madelyne Sarnacki
Madu Batuwangala
Manori Nadesalingam
Marie A. Schimelfening
Martha Berriman
Mary Castelli
Mary Ellen S. O'Keefe
Mary Ellen Sanko
Mary Karshner
Maryellen Sarnacki
Mel Christiansen
Michael & Violet Ryan
Michael Vaughn
Michelle Overstreet
Mieke Beumer
Miri Stebivka
Mr. & Mrs. R.D. Muller
Namal Raigama
Nanda Perera
Nate Sarnacki
Nicholas Sarnacki
Nicole Walters
Nikki Freitag
Nyama Y. Marsh
Omar Khan
P. Daya Seneviratne
Patrice Beauvais
Patricia Izzo
Patty McCarthy
Philip Southern
Pri Kalupahana
Rachel Brennan
Rachel Ray
Ramani Wijayratne
Ranjan A
Ranjith Abeyratne
Ranjith U. Wijetunge
Ravi Thabolingam
Rebecca Cook
Renee Costa
Rob and Joy Angelastro
Robert Scullin
Robin Bearance
Roy Feldman
Samer Dirani
Sandy Seeber
Sanka T
Santa Fabio
Sarath Joshua
Scott Klein
Scott W Thum
Shelly Villarreal
Shiral Devmal
Spot On Art
Srilankaevents
Stephanie squires
Stephanie Tombari
Stephen Graham
Steve & Reba Sarnacki
Steven Jungquist
Steven Lewis
Subadra Deundara
Sujeewa Randeniya
Susan Anderson
Suzanne Bailey
Sydney Cash
Tamara Wood
Taro Yamasaki
Ted and Mary Stenger
Ted Winiarski
Tom Guyot
Trista Sample
U. H. Dhanawansa
Ursula Sliwka
Veronica Paiz & Alex Rogowski
Vickie Feurino
Wick Gankanda
Wilkins Family
William K. Wilkins
Wm. B. Becker



Acknowledgements

Obviously a project of this length and scope is not possible without the help and guidance of many individuals. My sincere gratitude is extended to the following individuals, companies and organizations:

In Sri Lanka

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa - President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
His Excellency Jaliya Wickramasuriya - (Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the United States)
His Excellency Bandula Jayasekara (Sri Lanka Diplomat – United Nations)
Wasantha Perera (Sri Lanka Embassy – Washington)
Dhammika Swarnasinghe (Kandy)
Fr. Quintus Fernando (Wennappuwa)
W.F.X. Fernando (Negombo)
S.W. R. Weerakoon (Kandy)
Susila Balasubramaniam (Kandy)
M. Imthiaz Hamza (Kandy)
Lakshman Dharmapriya J.P. (Dalada Maligawa – Kandy)
Chiratni Perera (Kandy)
Dr. Ashoka Dangolla (Peradeniya University)
P.W. Lal Jayaratna (Royal Botanic Gardens at Peradeniya)
Kapila Wanniarachchi (Kandy)
Piramon D. Silva (Editor of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon)
Gamini Ramanayake (Photographer - Associated Newspapers of Ceylon)
Ninsai Pitipana (Photographer - Associated Newspapers of Ceylon)
S. Chitranasdaó (Photographer - Associated Newspapers of Ceylon)

International Assistance
Hebe Lin (China)
Patsuda Sajamark (Thailand)
Virgil D. Duff (Toronto)
Carine Fraley de Léotard (France)
Stephanie Tombari (Toronto)

In the United States
Trista Sample
Jim Nixon
Diane McCallum
Ellen Piligian
Stephanie Schneider
Todd Weinstein
Jeff Marxi
Lori Parks
Jeff & Chris Kerr
Robert Lane
John Drogosch
Maria Mustonen
Martha Berriman
Karilyn Collin
John Szlavik
Dan Montague
Maria & David Mustenon
Jay Alix
Debra Kuptz
AlixPartners. LLC
Macomb Community College Foundation
Bob & May Weinbaum
Jeanne, Frances and Elliot Sarnacki



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