Through the Eastern Eyes II: Kaaraitheevu

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 Karaitheevu 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 Kaaraitheevu were displayed at today’s exhibition. They have highlighted the need to have a proper children’s park in Kaaraitheevu. The photo voice team of Kaaraitheevu has members from Tamil community. Photo Exhibition by the youth from Kaaraitheevu was held on April 24th 2010 at the Vigneswara Vidyalayam which was organized by Terre des hommes .

Kaaraitheevu is situated in Ampara district between Saainthamaruthu and Ninthavur. It has a total population of 5,334 families (19,668 persons).There are 9,607 males and 10,061 females are currently live in Kaaraitheevu according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are fishermen, while a couple of them do farming.

Karaitheevu Photo Voice Team Members:

Sinnathamby Thavapriyan, Navarajan Sitsabesan, Thatchanamoorthy Tharshanaraj, Sivasupramaniyam Sivapaskar, Thatchanamoorthi Sutharsan, Rasanayagam Anatharaj, Pathmanathan Jayantha, Murukupillai Sathiya, Yathelingam Sharmila, Balakrishan Balarubeni, Selliya Logini, Thankavel Rajaniya, Sivasupramaniyam Vijithanjali, Thatchanamoorthy Meganaraj

Children play at various places due to the lack of a proper children’s park

Kaaraitheevu Photo Voice Team

Nearby villagers viewing the exhibits

Banner at the main entrance to welcome the guests

Another section of the exhibition

Villagers viewing the exhibits amidst an unusual hot weather

Captured during the training

Photos displayed at the exhibition

Map of Kaaratheevu

A future plan for Kaaraitheevu

A person is seen taking a closer look at the exhibits

A view of the Kopuram of Paalaiyady Paalavigneswarar temple which is near the exhibition venue in Kaaraitheevu
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  1. Kumar Kulasingam says:

    Another fantastic presentation by Dushi Kanagasabapathipillai.

    Kumar Kulasingam

  2. UM,Nihab says:

    all are verry nice and verry good thems for a village. i like too. i wish to Karaithivu Photo Voice Team and Dushi madam.



  3. jegathees says:

    ennanthu mann vasanai. born ,live and die for karaitivu

  4. Ramesumar says:

    Fantastic creation ,Thanks for the editor who try to bring the creative ideas from the younger generation.I love this kind of Social work, may god bless your team and you to achieve the goal of this project in excellent way !!!

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  6. V.Thayaparan says:

    Very nice keep it up….