Playing the Rabana drum - Sinhalese - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Playing the Rabana drum - Sinhalese people - Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Maha (big) Rabana or Banku (bench) Rabana, played by two or more people at a time is used at wedding festivals and Sinhala New Year Celebrations in Sri Lanka. It also symbolizes the spring festivals of the country. Generally women are the best players of the Banku Rabana and a special system of Raban Pada is in practice among them. One reads out the beat loudly and plays it in collaboration with others. Some of the onlookers would enjoy the music with dance in order to tune it for better sounds. The Rabana (as can be seen on this card) is kept on three wooden trunks about 18 inches high and the leader kindles fire under the instrument so that it can be tuned for finer sounds. Date: circa 1910s
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Thailand, Sukhothai, Sukhothai. Ruins of Wat Sa Si (also known as Sacred Pond Monastery) lit during the festival of Loy Krathong in the Sukhothai
Thailand, Sukhothai, Sukhothai. Ruins of Wat Sa Si (also known as Sacred Pond Monastery) lit during the festival of Loy Krathong in the Sukhothai Historical Park.
© Andrew Watson/John Warburton-Lee Photography Ltd
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City of Ballarat Welcomes the Queen in 1954
Cinematographer filming a welcome sign made of flowers hanging above the street. An Australian flag is hung above the street (an earlier version, pre 1953). with the royal cypher visible next to it. Of interest is the spelling of Ballarat, which dropped the extra A in 1996.
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