Sri Lanka, despite being a small island, has a rich cultural history. One of its prized possessions is the Sigiriya Rock Fortresses, which are the remains of an ancient civilisation dating back 2500 years.
The Sri Lankan government and art lovers, including skipper Kumar Sangakkara, do everything they can to take care of these fortresses.
However, one of the measures recently taken by the archaeological department backfired. They applied preservatives and the frescoes soon started losing colour and turning white. The authorities immediately swung into damage control mode.
Sangakkara, hailing from the Central Province, where the frescoes are located, supported the cause on Friday. “It’s a very important part of our heritage,” he said. “Something like Sigiriya, which you don’t have anywhere else in the world, is important to us. It makes us feel Sri Lankan. I hope that things are done to safeguard them.”
Rohit tries his hand at photography
A cricketer trying his hand at a camera is not new. In fact, many cricketers are avid photographers not just on the field but off it too. On Friday, it was the turn of Rohit Sharma to hold the camera.
When the Indian team was practicing, Rohit Sharma got hold of the camera of a photographer and started experimenting with it. Soon after, he had a subject in Yuvraj Singh, who offered some hilarious poses.