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‘The Singing Fish of Batticaloa’, BBC Radio 4

The search for an elusive watery wonder in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s civil war.

Broadcast Monday 28th July 2014, 11:00 am
Produced by Cicely Fell and Kannan Arunasalam
Photography by Kannan Arunasalam, Cicely Fell, Thangavel Sakthiyalingam
Music By Adam Nicholas
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Disappearing people, The State We’re In, Radio Netherlands Worldwide

The “Kaffirs” are a little-known minority within Sri Lanka who are on the verge of disappearing. Yet their music and culture are suddenly popular in the country’s mainstream. Contributor Kannan Arunasalam finds out why.

Caste matters, The State We’re In, Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Kannan Arunasalam was born in Sri Lanka, but brought up in the UK. When he moved back to Sri Lanka, he confronted the caste divisions he was taught not to heed. Kannan taped his encounters with people from higher and lower castes in Colombo, offering a rare peek inside a world that’s usually closed to outsiders.

Peacetime perils for the Palmyrah tree, Earth Beat, Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Decades of war between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers wreaked havoc on the country and devastated an all-important tree known as the Palmyrah. So people were hoping that in peacetime, the Palmyra would once again flourish. Instead, peace has created a whole new threat to this icon of Tamil culture. Kannan Arunasalam comments from Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

God of war and peace, The State We’re In, Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Kannan Arunasalam goes on a pilgrimage with an elderly aunt to a Sri Lankan Hindu shrine. It attracts people of all faiths, but some fear it is increasingly overtaken with Buddhist trappings, revealing the political fissures in Sri Lanka.