Through the Eastern Eyes IV: Kalkuda

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

Resources in the village are marked
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3 Comments

  1. UM.Nihab says:

    Congrtulation. well done and good Creation for a village needs. vry nice thems. I wish to all PVT and youth club.

    thanks

    UM.Nihab
    Nintavur

  2. Dushi

    Nice article. Keep the goodwork up.

    Please try to widen your topics on subjects such as the coexistance of diffrent ethnic groups. There will be a lot that you could do on that aspect too.

    Ajith Dssanayake

  3. Sugeetha says:

    i wish Plaugamam is also given the pivilage of
    such an Exhibition next thank you

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