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Jaishree Jayesingha

Jaishree Parathalingam Jayesingha cuts a diminutive figure. Her tiny frame often draped in fabulous sarees from her own collection Jai by Aakshii is a common sight at many of Colombo's exclusive soirees. Hailing from a family of eminent lawyers Jaish took a different career path. With creativity coursing through her veins Jaish was blessed with parents who encouraged her artistic abilities.

Maestro of Batik
Buddhi Keerthisena

This issue of Hi!! pays tribute to Buddhi Keerthisena, a legend in the batik industry. In a career spanning over 40 years Buddhi has been one of the batik artisans instrumental in developing the standard of batik in Sri Lanka. Buddhi was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at Colombo Fashion Week 2014 for the yeoman service rendered to the batik industry in Sri Lanka.

Asoka Yapa
Co-author of Mammals of Sri Lanka

Since the discovery of whales off the coast of Sri Lanka, the island has become a focal point for whale watching and also for the study of mammals. Asoka Yapa and Gamini Ratnavira's collaboarion resulted in a comprehensive book titled 'Mammals of Sri Lanka' which was launched in Sri Lanka recently amidst a large gathering of some of Sri Lanka's celebrated authories on wildlife and nature lovers. Co-author Asoka Yapa who resides in Canada shared with Hi!! his insights on the book.