Through the Eastern eyes: Periyaneelaavanai

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Photojournalism provokes conversation and though which all good journalism should do. The exhibition provides an excellent teaching opportunity, fostering discussion about how we cover events of our time the need of society while talking about the profession and craft of journalism”~ Michael Parks (April 24, 1940-). American Actor and Singer

The youth of Periyaneelaavanai have taken a new turn in their lives today. They have had their maiden photo exhibition in their village. The 12 member Photo Voice team has undergone a professional training in Photo Journalism for one year, which was provided by Terre des hommes.

The youth were trained professionally to handle still cameras, light, angles, composition, capture various moments, write caption and make a photo journal.

Five villages from Batticaloa district and five villages from Ampara district were chosen and the youth were trained. The villages are namely Kalkuda, Kaluwankerny, Paalaiyadiththoona, Poonochchimunai and Puthukkudiyiruppu from Batticaloa district Kaaraitheevu, Ninthavur, Oluvil Periyaneelaavanai and Saainthamruthu from Ampara district.

The photos taken by the youth in Periyaaneelaavani were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to have a proper playground in Periyaneelaavanai. The photo voice team of Periyaneelaavanai has members from Tamil and Muslim communities.

Photo Exhibition by the youth from Periyaneelaavanai was held on April 24th 2010 at the Vishnu Maha Vidyalayam which was organized by Terre des hommes .

Periyaneelaavanai which is situated in Ampara district has a total population of 5,453. There are 2,625 males, 2,828 females and 2,061 children currently live in Periyaneelaavanai according to the Grama Sevaka official.

It is divided as Periyaneelaavanai 1, Periyaneelaavanai 1A, Periyaneelaavanai 1B and Periyaneelaavanai 2.

This small fishing hamlet is connected to Kallaaru from its Northern direction, to Maruthamunai from its Southern direction and to Thuraineelaavanai from its Western direction. 65% of the people are fishermen in Periyaneelaavani. There are some farmers as well.

Periyaneelaavanai Photo Voice Team:

Thangarasa Elayarajah,Meera Labbai Ayesha, Atputharasa Kethilan, Mohanathas Nilojan, Kumarakulasingam Nirushan,Siritharan Kumuthan, Mohamed Rafeed Roshan, Haleem Nuhman Nathly, Varatharajan Sovitha, Nimal Kavila, Shanmuganathan Kajani, Mohamed Buhary Numaisa, Mohamed Ismail Afros, Mohamed Ismail Shreen

Welcome to a photo exhibition

Periyaneelaavani photo Voice Team

The youth want to spread their wings in photojournalism

Photos taken by the youth of Periyaneelaavani are displayed at the exhibition

Checking the photos captured by the photo voice team of Periyaneelaavanai

A kid views the exhibition

Stakeholders in Periyaneelaavanai

People from other villages viewed their neighbour’s exhibition

Children and youth play on the road and along the lanes

The Principal of Saraswathy Vidyalayam in Kalmunai Ponnaiah Jeganathan writes his comments

Youth participation is on the increase in the villages

Music DJ at the venue
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  1. meranchi says:

    very good very good keep it up

  2. UM,Nihab says:

    all are verry nice. i wish to Periyanemanai PVT and Dushi Madam.



  3. ROHAN says:

    this wary nice


  4. RASMY says:

    this our srilanka

  5. k.sasikumar says:

    very good dhusiyanthini, elayarajah and voice team also. i think don’t stop like this work continue. i wish to you all.