Goodness of Kurakkan - weekly article on health by Dr. H. Gunatillake
The most widely available form of kurakkan found in supermarkets is the pearled, hulled variety, although traditional couscous made from cracked millet can also be found.
Our ancestors have been using finger millet or Kurakkan for ages, and one could trace the origin to China. For centuries millet has been a main crop in China, India, Greece, Egypt and Africa, used in everything from bread to couscous, and as cereal grain. The Bible also mentions millet as a treasured crop. The Indian millet variety is known as Bajra. In Sri Lanka its red variety has been known as Kurakkan or Kurahan. In the dry zone it has been a staple food. The reddish brown shawl that the former President wears is symbolic of kurahan, one of the chief peasants' food items of Hambantota District. It was the former president's father's brother D.M. Rajapaksa, the member for Hambantota in the State Council (1936-1944) who first wore a reddish brown shawl. (ref: SumanaSaparamadu, Sunday Observer July 20, 2008)
The Super Golden Chimes Rock Sydney audience
The most popular dance band in Sri Lanka in the seventies, The Super Golden Chimes had two of their reunion concerts in Sri Lanka in 2003 and 2004. They then toured USA and Canada where they entertained thousands of fans. They entertained Sri Lankan origin Aussie fans in 2010 in Australia. In 2015, the Sri Lankan born Aussies were still yearning to see the Knights of the musical arena of good old days with nostalgic expectations. The line up for the 2015 Aussie tour comprised of original members, Annesley Malawana, Dixon Gunatarthne , Mr.Paul Perera, Rukshan Perera, Chandral Fonseka, and Nimal Punchihewa. Guest musicians were Cameron Colombage from Melbourne and Tyrone Stockman from Sydney. Nimal Known as Puncha, sang a duet with his daughter Kushnie , ‘Islands In the stream’ and it was a father and daughter act which was well taken by entire audience.