International Tamil Writers Conference concludes colourfully in Colombo

a mobile update via YFrog & twitter ~ By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

The International Tamil Writer’s Conference starts traditionally in Colombo, Jan 6th, 2011

The International Tamil Writer’s Conference is currently being held at the Colombo Thamizh Sangam

The International Tamil Writer’s Conference is being held for the first time in Sri Lanka

It is organised by the International Tamil Writer’s Forum

Traditional decorations for the International Tamil Writer’s Conference

Traditional Hindu welcome at the main entrance of the venue

Traditional touch for the conference

Colourful procession in Wellawatte

Traditional welcome for the guests at the International Tamil Writer’s Conference in Colombo.

Colourful and traditional procession for the event

Traditional lighting of oil lamp at the event.

Two minutes silence is being observed.

“Ganeshaanjali”~welcome by dance at the International Tamil Writer’s Conference

The conference continues for four days

There are more than 1,000 participants gather in Colombo

Books are on display for sale during the conference

Writers, journalists,poets,novelists&artists are taking part in the event

Many women & men who are participating in International Tamil Writers Conference are traditionally dressed,but some in their “western attire”!

Plastic takes the lead everywhere. Here too at the International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo.

Plastic garlands for the statues of Tamil poets. Wondering why cannot the fresh flower garlands decorate these statues?

Seminar on “Computer and Websites” is currently underway at the International Tamil Writers Conference at Colombo Thamizh Sangam

Traditional musical instruments play popular Tamil songs via loud speaker at the venue

Police protection is given for the first International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo.

Indian and Sri Lankan writers are engaged in thoughtful discussion here in Colombo.

Many peep into & see what I am doing, while some are very impatient & straight away ask as what am I doing.Of course many are Surprised.

Teaching many how to blog & tweet ☺ right here at the International Tamil Writers Conference♣♣♣♣♣

Wow☺! Young and old, and women and men flock to learn how to blog♥ and tweet♥

International Tamil Writers Conference continues for the second day amidst a call to boycott by many Indian writers

Seminars are held on “Women’s Literature”,“Children’s Literature”,“Tamil Literature in Sri Lanka”,“World Tamil Literature”&“Miscellaneous”

Professor Karthikesu Sivathamby speaks about “Tamil Diaspora and Identity Crisis” at the International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo.

Vegetarian meals are served during the International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo, but in plastic containers.

Hot Nescafe too is served in plastic cup.Handy or hazardous? Well, plastic flowers too for the table arrangement.Everything is in plastic

Holding hands leads to hugs, the hugs lead to kisses by many who met after many years.

Tamil Diaspora who can’t take what happened & happening in Sri Lanka want me to delete my tweets on International Tamil Writers Conference.

“I write/photograph/tweet WHAT I SEE NOT WHAT I HEAR!!!”. I still BELONG to the land I was BORN!!!

Third day of the International Tamil Writers Conference continues with many seminars.

Seminars are held on “Facing the 21st Century visually”,”Tamil Literature in Sri Lanka 2″,”Tabloid”&”Translation”.

Lady legend Sangam period Poetess Avvaiyar statue is not here at Colombo Thamizh Sangam.Statues of all men poets are at their places.

How could she be forgotten? Discrimination or deliberate?

Lovers of the language attend the International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo amidst heavy downpour.

Seminars are held on “Editing”,”Folklore” and “Miscellaneous 2”.

Love, Friendship, Humanity~Indian Pen Pals League banner at the International Tamil Writers Conference

Special Conference Magazine launched at the First International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo

Traditional Kolam welcomes at the main entrance of the Ramakrishna Mission Hall in Wellawatte.

It is with deep regret to note not a single Islamic traditional item is included in the International Tamil Writers Conference.

Heavy downpour made to cancel the procession.I am glad I covered it on the first day itself, when many journalists missed it!

Many borrowed my photos, but as usual carried neither courtesy nor given credits.

16 seminars and 3 discussions took place during the first International Tamil Writers Conference.

Few Tamil Diaspora writers from Australia, Canada, India and Singapore are participants among many writers.

“Vaaththiya Sangamam” at the grand finale of the first International Tamil Writers Conference.

A surprise hug+kiss from the former Parliamentarian Ms.K.Thangeswary and she says she wants to sit next to me☺☺☺☺☺

Former Parliamentarian Ms.K.Thangeswary shares her experience of floods in Batticaloa then and now~1957 onwards.

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Maavai Senathirajah attends the grand finale of the First International Tamil Conference in Colombo.

Colourful dance at the grand finale of the first International Tamil Writers Conference in Colombo.

Male Voice~Drama at the grand finale of the first International Tamil Writers Conference.

The First International Tamil Writers Conference concludes colourfully in Colombo.

Snacks and soft drinks available here” reads the notice in Tamil

Bo tree leaves swing in circles for the non~stop wind in Wellawatte

Birds trying to balance the extremely rushing winds

Pictures via YFrog by: Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

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One Comment

  1. karan says:

    Thanks for giving coverage to this event.More importantly, the event had alot of coverage in the tamil press in SL.For those critics who are calling for boycott, “vaaichol veerarhal” better get used to these type of efforts.More of these events happening will prove to themselves,Sangamam sponsored by the loot of “2G” scam is not the “only” one for Thamil unarvaalarhal!