Through the Eastern Eyes IX: Kaluwankerny

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

Photo Exhibition by the youth from Kaluwankerny was held on April 30th 2010 at the Children’s Activity Centre, which was organized by Terre des homes.

Kaluwankerny which is situated in Batticaloa district between Vanthaarumoolai and Thalavaai. It has a total population of 2,123 people (568 families). There are 1,016 males and 1,107 females currently live in Kaluwankerny according to the Grama Sevaka official. Most of the men are farmers and fishermen.

Kaluwankerny Photo Voice Team Members:

Alagaiah Arulanantham, Kumarasooriyam Theepan, Sivalingam Sivalogachandran, Sivapalan Selvendran, Paramalingam Mohanathasan, Sellathurai Suthan, Chithravel Kamalraj, Mohan Ramki, Mathavan Vinoshanth, Yogarasa Anuratha, Rasaratnam Tharmika,
Mathavan Abirami, Shanmugam Sutharshini, Chithravel Meenalojan,
Raveendran Rebika.

Welcome banner at the main entrance

Kaluwankerny photo Voice Team

Map of Kaluwankerny

The first school was started by the Methodist Mission in 1820 in Kaluwankerny

Colourful badge made by the photo voice team

A photo voice team member welcomes an invitee by pinning a badge

Kaluwankerny was affected by natural disasters such as floods in 1957 and cyclone in 1978

It is believed that the name “Kaluwankerny” was derived from a native leader called “Kaluwan” came and settle in the area

Stakeholders in Kaluwankerny

Cameras used during the training are on display at the exhibition

Clicking the moments on a mobile

Dance by the little girls adds colour to the exhibition
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  1. UM.Nihab says:

    congratulation. verry good thems for a village. good team work. i like too. verry great exhibition. i wish to all Photo voice team.

    thank you

  2. J. Balachandran says:

    Very heart warming to see what people can achieve with will power. With more resources these youths can do wonders. The expatriate Tamil population should try to help these kind of initiative instead of wasting time and money by continuing with the confrontational politics against the S.L Govt and Sinhalese.