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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Masks and puppet makers seek more tourist arrivals.

[b]Masks and puppet makers seek more tourist arrivals.[/b]

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

[b]Colombo, 02 January, ( [/b]The puppet manufacturing handicraft, considered a state of art during the late 1900 in Sri Lanka. But today it is businesses which generates and bring in millions in foreign exchange into the country.

"We need more tourist arrivals to expand our business"” said Bandrananda Wijesuriya, a puppet lover and large scale mask producer, who is a wood carver in Ambalangoda, down South.

Wijesuriya also runs a wood craving museum since 1982, with the assistance from the German government.

Speaking to media, Wijesuriya said that he has a variety of wood cravings .Some masks and puppets were manufactured by his grand parents as early as 1820.

Those artifacts are now displayed in his small museum, located at Ambalangoda.

" Kolam is one of our traditional arts, but it is now on the decline," he lamented.

"We have a very good response from tourists for our artifacts, mainly for wood carvings. However we need more and more tourists' arrivals. After the tsunami, the tourists' arrivals are not that sufficient," he said.

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