MammaSanta Deve was born eighty-one years ago in Kandy, Sri Lanka, but her family comes originally from Kerala in South India. She is one of the kindest women I know, both as a person and a photographic subject. She never tells me to hurry because she takes little notice of my dawdling and multiple shots. She was a nurse, speaks three languages and has a wonderful sense of humor which comes through here.
She is the matriarch of the four generations of women pictured in the first five photos of this section.
Mamma died peacefully on 1 August 2003 -- if you would like to know more about her, you can take a look at Mamma's Page which will open in a new window.