One of our very last days in Sri Lanka I had a different kind of afternoon. Our best friend Predji called me just as I was going for a siesta on the beach, and asked if I wanted to come to his daughters school and take some photos. Right now. Of course I had forgotten that he asked me a couple of days before. But I got dressed and brought my camera with my Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 and hurried through the village and found a tuktuk on the mainroad. So there I was, already on my way, a bit sweaty and a little stressed to be late. Tried to call Predji again and ask for the name of the school, but he didn’t pick up the phone. So my intuition told me to just try and ask the tuktuk driver; “Predji, Kumbalgama man, you know? I want to go to his daughters school” and he knew exactly where to drive me! Haha! And it was not even an event at the school. It was at the Weligama Urban Council building. And it was a Bridal Show! I came just in time to watch the hundreds of Sinhalese girls and women preparing for the show.
Predji watching over his daughter getting ready. It was so amazing to see him, the most Tarzan alike person I know, there in the middle of the preparations for a fashion show, a little bit misplaced but happy and proud. True family love!
Met and photographed so many beautiful ladies! And I also got to watch a local photographer in action.
The show began with a traditional Sinhalese Devil Dance by a woman dressed in mask! Can you imagine how much I did regret I only brought my 50mm lens at this moment?! I could have brought my zoom, and gotten this beauty up close..
..and continued with an amazing dance show by these lovely ladies!
What I loved most about this show was to see so many women and girls gathered. This was their day! And it was so amazing to see them all out and enjoying, as women in Sri Lanka does not always have this rights. For example, they’re not allowed to go out drinking, or even be in a bar where alcohol is sold, ever, if they want to be respected. And in general you mostly see women in Sri Lanka at home, or just on quick runs to town to go shopping. Many travellers I met, who stayed in more touristic places, actually asked me where they could meet Sri Lankan women, as they had not seen any at all! How crazy is that?!
Then a very long show started, with hundreds of models entering the stage one by one, showing off their beauty and dresses. Unfortunately we did not stay until the end (as we would have missed one of our last sunsetsurfs) but I had some pleasant news when I got up from the ocean; Oshani ended up on the 2nd place in the competition! So well done babe! I am so happy I got to share a part of this day with you and your father.