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 Kalkuda 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 Kalkuda were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to upgrade the facilities for the special need people in order to look after them well in Kalkuda. The photo voice team of Kalkuda has members from Tamil community.
Photo Exhibition by the youth from Kalkuda was held on April 26th 2010 at the Children’s Centre, which was organized by Terre des homes.
Kalkuda which is situated in Batticaloa district between Paasikuda and sea. It has a total population of 2,292 people (715 families). There are 1,117 males and 1175 females currently live in Kalkuda according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are fishermen, while some of them daily labourers such as masons and carpenters.
Kalkuda Photo Voice Team Members:
Jesuthasan Thavatheepan, Namasivayam Dineshkumar, Vanniyasingham Sujanth, Kanagalingam Jeyakanth, Thiyagu Ruban, Suthakaran Kishanthan, Arumugam Jeyakanth, Kasiyan Vanitha.
A view of the venue
Kalkuda Photo Voice Team
A kid on a tree in Kalkuda
Many kids were drawn to the exhibition
Kalkuda is known for many historical Hindu temples
Community leaders viewed the exhibition
Photos of present and future infrastructure of their village are on display
Kids at play in Kalkuda despite the hit weather
Stakeholders in Kalkuda
Villager at the venue
Kids having a closer look at the map of their village