National Geographic : 1966 Apr
"Rainy Day" and "White Horses" show the brilliant colors and rhythms of child artist Senaka Senanayake. Gods dance, elephants parade, and lotus blossoms unfold on pan els of batik cloth at the Colombo home of Mrs. Osmund de Silva. She supervises girls using hot wax and dye to decorate fabrics with Ceylonese designs. Famous at 15, Senaka Senanayake -nephew of Ceylon's prime min ister-began his career at 6, paint ing on brown poster paper. Since then he has sent 42 one-man shows to cities around the world, exhibit ing twice in Washington, D. C. A mural he painted hangs in United Nations headquarters in New York. Yet, happy and natural, he remains interested in sports and stamp collecting. "I really want to be a doctor," he told the authors. An accomplished sculptor, he sits beside "Father and Son," one of his recent works.