Sumitra Peries: The woman we forgot

Photo by Dayan Vitharana

The High Level Road, which connects Colombo to the Kelani Valley, was completed the year Sumitra Peries was born. The results were dramatic. Land prices went up, people began moving in, and marshy, hitherto uninhabitable lands along the route were filled up to make way for palatial houses. Colombo encountered a dramatic shift over this: by the time the Road was complete the epicentre of the city had moved from Pettah…