Back to Search Results

    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  View Our Index
Charming Ceylon
Description: A tour of the island of Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, in the 1930s

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

Log in to Download Large QuickTime File

Find Similar

Send This Clip

If you wish to order less than the entire clip, enter the in and out time codes (00:00:00:00 to 00:00:00:00) in this box and click one of the links below

Add to Cart

Request a research DVD

Clip #: TFA-54F
Length: 7:42
Year: 1931
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1930s
Filmmaker: James A. Fitzpatrick
Region: Central Asia
Country: Sri Lanka
City: Colombo
Original: 16mm
Keywords:
Ceylon, Sri Lanka, map of India, Colombo, traffic policemen, ox cart, water tank cart, ferry boat,lighting cigars, separating chaff from , rice, road construction, tropical scene, palm trees, devil dance, elephants with drivers bathing in river, Mt Lavinia resort, fishing boats, surf riding, chewing beetle nuts, tea party, colonists, Sinhalese man, beach village

Notes:
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, (known as Ceylon before 1972) is an island nation in South Asia, located about 31 kilometres (19.3 mi) off the southern coast of India. It is home to around twenty million people. Because of its location in the path of major sea routes, Sri Lanka is a strategic naval link between West Asia and South East Asia, and has been a center of Buddhist religion and culture from ancient times. Today, the country is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic nation, with more than a quarter of the population following faiths other than Buddhism, notably Hinduism, Christianity and Islam. The Sinhalese community forms the majority of the population, with Tamils, who are concentrated in the north and east of the island, forming the largest ethnic minority. Other communities include the Muslim Moors and Malays and the Burghers. Famous for the production and export of tea, coffee, coconuts and rubber, Sri Lanka boasts a progressive and modern industrial economy and the highest per capita income in South Asia. The natural beauty of Sri Lanka's tropical forests, beaches and landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage, make it a world famous tourist destination. After over two thousand years of rule by local kingdoms, parts of Sri Lanka were colonized by Portugal and the Netherlands beginning in the 16th century, before the control of the entire country was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. During World War II, Sri Lanka served as an important base for Allied forces in the fight against the Japanese Empire.[4] A nationalist political movement arose in the country in the early 20th century with the aim of obtaining political independence, which was eventually granted by the British after peaceful negotiations in 1948.


Help us Correct or Update the Description

The Travel Film Archive reserves the right to pursue unauthorized users of this image or clip. If you violate our intellectual property you may be liable for: actual damages, loss of income, and profits you derive from the use of this image or clip, and, where appropriate, the costs of collection and/or statutory damages up to $150,000 (USD).
Back to top