Through the Eastern Eyes VI: Paalaiyadiththoona

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 Paalaiyadiththoona 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 Paalaiyadiththoona were displayed at today’s exhibition. The have highlighted the need to upgrade the basic infrastructure for Paalaiyadiththoona. The photo voice team of Paalaiyadiththoona has members from Tamil community.

Photo Exhibition by the youth from Paalaiyadiththoona was held on April 27th 2010 at the Paalaiyadiththoona Children’s Activity Centre, which was organized by Terre des homes.

Paalaiyadiththoona is situated in Batticaloa district between Thevapuram and Korakallimadu. It has a total population of 2,576 people (534 families). There are 826 males and 1,750 females currently live in Paalaiyadiththoona according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are fishermen and some work as day labourers.

Paalaiyadiththoona Photo Voice Team Members:

Muththusan Pathmarajah, Thurairasa Suganthi, Uthaykumar Komathi, Chandran Krishnapriya, Kanapathipillai Perinparani, Kanagaratnam Hamsan, Ponnuthurai Chandrakumar, Nadarasa Gowthan, Thuraisamy Sujatha, Ponnambalam Surendran, Govinthan Janendran, Krishnapillai Suthajini, Kathiramalai Pujendran, Alfred Singha Kalaiyarasi

An invitee is being welcomed at the main entrance

Paalaiyadiththoona Photo Voice Team

Youth Services Officer Amarasingham Thayaseelan and Grama Sevaka Official Rasaratnam Achchuthan are having a closer look at the photos on display

Photo Voice Team member captures the moments

Some of the women in Paalaiyadiththoona are self-employed

Paalaiyadiththoona village structure is explained in clay

People of Paalaiyadiththoona go to the nearby villages to find farming jobs as their soil is too soft for farming

There are 103 women headed households in Paalaiyadiththoona

Stakeholders of Paalaiyadiththoona

A group of kids viewing the photo exhibition

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A scene in the village
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4 Comments

  1. nathen says:

    Well done it is an home grown art without any outside influence

    Nathen

  2. Bala says:

    The last picture, That small boy’s toy. I was playing the same when I was in his age. Sweet memories i am 50 now, in western country. Still I love it. keep it up

  3. UM.Nihab says:

    congrtulation. wel done. good creation need for this village. i wish to all PVT. don’t stop these work.

    thanks

    UM.Nihab
    Nintavur

  4. Ananda Amarawansa says:

    The last picture is quite familiar one. Sri Lankan society, together, should find means and ways to give this young man a chance.