The BBC's 'famed 'Big Cat Diary' couple, Jonathan and Angela Scott, photographers, film producers and conservationists visited Sri Lanka after a chance encounter with wildlife enthusiast Janaka Dassanayaka who met them while flying to Bandhavgarh in India to spend a few days spotting the Bengal tigers and urged them to visit Sri Lanka.
|The legends at work
Janaka handed over the task of planning and co-ordinating their visit to his friend and fellow conservationist Chitral Jayathilake, head of the John Keells eco team.
The couple visited Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, and Kandy and had full four days at Yala, where they enjoyed some 17 leopard sightings.
They wrapped up their visit with a presentation at the Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel of their work on various subjects to an appreciative audience.
A new stitch from Indumathie
Needlecraft artist Indumathie Paranavithana's solo exhibition 'Stitch fantasy' will be held this weekend at the YMBA hall in Kurunegala and next weekend July 29, 30 and 31 at the Art Gallery, Colombo.
A special feature of her exhibition this time will be the 'stylish white work stitch' in addition to the other forms of embroidery such as eyelet, ribbon, Brazilian, hardanger and punch embroidery with which she creates the most artistic items.
The exhibition will also feature her creations in cross stitch, paper quilling, thread painting, black work etc and her books on these many topics will be available.