Traditional Mask Artist
Pramod Wettasinghe, was born and grew up in Raigam Korale in the Kalutara District of the Western Province in Sri Lanka and he is currently involved in the ancient art of mask making with the inspiration and desire to continue the traditional mask industry to the next generations to come.
The mask industry is not as easy an industry as it appears. The mountain wood used to make masks not that easy to source anymore. This special type is wood is used for cutting masks because of it's durability and its protected against animals not forgetting the ease to work with it. This wood has been preserved for about 300 years, thus preserving the hard work. The carving of this wood is also done in a certain way which is traditionally done by following ancient methodology which is passed own from generation to generation. The straight face of the cobra with the seven cobra foams is a symbol of protection. Such images can be seen at the entrance to the baths of ancient palaces.
My aim is to pass on this ancient craft to the next generation, which will enhance the pride of Sri Lanka and the enjoyment of the people.