Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Sons and Daughters of Mourning Mothers As “Dried Fish” in hue.

Sons and Daughters of Mourning Mothers
As “Dried Fish” in hue.

People will react when they saw the dead animals or birds or even small bugs.

Even though people like to taste varieties of butchered meat, they feel guilty for its precious life as a living species.

But it’s little bit doubt in the case of Dried Fish.

Mostly Dried Fish is being perceived as edible item not as a dead fish.
It’s a normal behavior of human beings.

Few may contradict logically.

But the basic intention is different and directly connected with love of life.

There are severe behavioral changes are being observed in our societies.

The life of people is lost its value and it’s normal to see bodies of sons and daughters scattered all around with multiple versions of reasons for their killings.

The distorted bodies, dried bodies under the hot Sun, tortured bodies, headless bodies and bodiless heads etc. etc.

“Dried Fish” Series of Paintings of Vasan is an expression of this unending but escalating tragedy!


Sunday, February 18, 2007

Celebrate the beauty and valor of the Mother Language!!!

Language Martyr's Monument, Bangladesh.

Third Eye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group celebrate the International Mother Languages Day for the fourth consecutive year on the 21st of February 2007 by offering Jasmine flowers to people who practices their mother tongue for the betterment of their family and society.

Affiliates of the Third Eye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group will honor people from Mothers to Professionals by offering Jasmine Flowers in the morning hours.

Global Solidarity through Linguistic Diversity-
Legacy of Martyrs of Bangladesh

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Celebration of International Mother Languages Day - 21st February 2007

International Mother Language Day
21 February 2007
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November 1999. The International Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.
International Mother Language Day 2006 will be devoted to the topic of languages and cyberspace.

“International Mother Language Day is particularly significant in the sense that it has a cultural importance. From now on, 21st February — so long observed in Bangladesh as the Bangla Language Martyrs' Day — will be observed here simultaneously as the Bangla Language Martyrs' Day and the International Mother Language Day. And in nearly 200 countries of the world, various peoples speaking various languages and belonging to various national cultures will observe 21st February as the International Mother Language Day. They will naturally celebrate their own mother languages, but while doing so, it is more than likely that they will refer to Bangladesh and the Language Movement launched by her people that reached a climactic point on 21st February 1952.

The declaration made by the UNESCO in November 1999 designating 21st February as the International Mother Language Day has placed Bangladesh on the cultural map of the world with a highly positive image. We, people of Bangladesh, should now do all that we can to further develop our mother language Bangla in all branches of knowledge so that it can play a worthy role in the community of world languages. We shall love, cherish and promote Bangla, our own mother language, but we shall not indulged in any kind of chauvinism.

While devotedly serving our own language, we shall respect the languages of all the peoples of the world make 21st February - The International Mother Language Day - a great day, to be observed worldwide in the new century and the millennium that we have recently stepped into. Long live 21st February the International Mother Language Day!”

Professor Kabir Chowdhury

*Third Eye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group Celebrates the International Mother Languages Day for the fourth consecutive year.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Commomoration of Kulanthai M. Shanmuhalingham's 75th Birthday!!!

Launching Ceremony
Theatre books
By S. Jeyasankar

Sannarathu Kalviyiyal Arangu (Educational Theatre of Sannar )

Pillai Alutha Kanneer (Tears of the Child)

Published by
Moondravathukann (Third Eye)
Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group

Friday 16th February 2007.

09.30 AM to 11.45 AM

A. Irasathurai Arangu,
Suwami Vipulanantha Aesthetic Institution,

We appreciate your valuable presence.


09.30 AM – 09.35 AM – Lighting of oil Lamp
09.35 AM – 09.36 AM – Silent prayer
09.36 AM – 09.40 AM – Song
09.40 AM – 09.45 AM – Inaugural Address by T. Vivekanantharasa.
09.45 AM – 09.50 AM – Chairperson’s Address by R. Suboja.
09.50 AM – 10.00 AM – Introduction speech by T. Gowrieeswaran.
10.00 AM – 10.10 AM – Launching of books.
10.10 AM – 10.30 AM – Book evaluation - I: by A. Vimalraj
10.30 AM – 10.35 AM – Song
10.35 AM – 11.00 AM – Book evaluation – II: by T. Yuvaneshwary
11.00 AM – 11.30 AM – Theatre performance by the students of BT/ Vivekanantha Girls
Maha Vidyalayam.
11.30 AM – 11.40 AM – Concluding address by S. Jeyasankar
11.40 AM – 11.45 AM – Vote of Thanks.

Moondravathu Kann (Third Eye)

Celebration of Creativity of the Children in Homes

(Moodravathu Kann Children' Group in photos)

With the collaboration of Probation Department, Batticaloa district

And Amici dei Bambini

Moondravathu Kann (Third Eye)
Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group

“Celebration of Creativity of Children”

Festival of Children I – 2007

Theatre Performances
Swami Vipulanantha Aesthetic Institution, Kallady, Batticaloa.

17, 18. 02. 2007 (Saturday and Sunday)

09.30 AM to 12.30 PM
02.00 PM to 05.00 PM

Theatre Performances

Children of the Children Homes of Batticaloa
Children Group Moondravathu kann (Third Eye)
Students of the BT/ Vivekanantha Girls Maha Vidyalayam (Year 06 & 11)

Moondravathu Kann (Third Eye)

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Honoring and Celebrating the magnanimous caliber of Shanner

Kulanthai M. Shaumuhalingam the prominent figure of the Thamil Theatre is Seventy Five Years now.

Third Eye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists group is proud to honor a Theatre Personality and celebrate his high qualities as a person and as an artist.

The magnanimous caliber of Shunner is great and unspoken message from a living figure.

He has created a unique idiom of the modern Thamil theatre and popularized it with the participation of theatre artists and activists who are mostly his disciples.

The modern Thamil Theatre of Sri Lanka is not a space for a few “Intellectuals and Artists”.

It’s a space for the people or the “popular mass”.

The power of Shunner is as mentioned by Prof. K. Sivathamby is “his art that transformed the alternative as a popular one and make it as a people’s theater” in order to represent their voices or raise their voices against authoritarianism.

Third Eye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group is proud to launch a book on Kulanthai M. Shumahalingham titled “Educational Theatre of Shunner” (Thamil) in order to celebrate his 75th birthday.

It’s a collection of articles and an interview in Thamil and in English by Kulanthai M. Shunmahalingham, S.Jeyasankar and Prof. James Thompson.


Friday, February 09, 2007

Multifaceted Professor K. Kanapathipillai!!!

Prof. K. Kanapathipillai is an important personality in the modern socio-cultural history of the Thamils of Sri Lanka. Understanding Prof. K. Kanapathipillai, the multi-faceted intellectual and creative artist is a demanding requirement for the formation of multicultural aspect of the Thamil National Culture of the Thamils of Sri Lanka.

The way he treated the issues and his perspectives are great learning for intellectuals, artists and especially for activists who are committed themselves to create a world where people can celebrate differences of cultures and enjoy the pleasure of equality.

Those who are aware of the socio-cultural discourses of the pre and post independent Africa in the 1950’s and 1960’s will simply realize the great value of Prof. K. Kanapathipillai of Sri Lanka.
Though he had not labeled himself as a Post Colonialist or the literary historians of the Thamils of Sri Lanka did not understand or identify him as a Post Colonial thinker and writer but those who are familiarizing themselves with the works of Prof. K. Kanapathipillai and African writers and scholars will simply recognize the similarities between Prof. K.Kanapathipillai and the Post Colonial thinkers and writers of Africa.

Prof. K. Kanapathipillai had negated the authoritatively constructed demarcating lines of low culture and high culture and centre and periphery and he pioneered the portrayal of women characters as powerful personalities through his plays in 1940’s and 1950’s.
The creative skill of his handling of the language of the day-to day life of the ordinary people is the language of his theatre. The plays of Prof. S. Kanapathipillai would be the genuine evidences of Post Colonial Theatre in Thamil context.

It’s a great learning for the youngsters to inherit the blend of creative skill and the analytical power of a genuine intellectual or an artist from Prof. K. Kanapathipillai.

The power of Prof. K. Kanapathipillai was rediscovered in early 1990’s by the new generation of artists and intellectuals and activists.
The daunting question is how and why he was lost in the modern socio-cultural history of the Thamils of Sri Lanka for the last forty years?
Is it not a irreparable loss to the socio cultural history of the Thamils particularly the Thamils of Sri Lanka.


Thursday, February 08, 2007


Celebration of similarities and differences

The play “Tears of the Child” tries to depict the importance of self-consciousness of Men about the lives other than themselves and their living environment.

Basically it’s a children play but it carries and shares thoughts for all.

The modern education theories and the concepts of development designed in modern academic institutions are profit oriented and even the concepts of Civilization are Men centric and celebrate the power of Men over all other spices of the world.

The modern knowledge system made by men had constructed the Men as the centre of the Universe and even failed to recognize the role of women in its history.

It’s the History of the Modern World.

Third Eye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group is committed itself in joining hearts and hands with the world over to create a world for all the spices where similarities and differences are being celebrated and honored.

The play “Tears of the Child” is a drop in that ocean of celebration of similarities and differences.

*Cover Design: Nirmalavasan

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Siththy Amarasingham is not with us now but the life of that ordinary man is history!

“Siththiyar” or Amarasinghaththar was an ordinary man and with his wife he lived a very simple but happy life by making and distributing short eats. A distributor of short eats had created history through his deeds was our contemporary history.
Why Mr. Siththy Amarasingham, maker and distributor of short eats had committed himself to socio cultural activities and played the role of a Cultural Studies Centre of a region single handedly? Is he mad or maker of a society?

It’s not a riddle to answer but a posed question to think.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Agenda Unchanged Or Historical Amnesia

Painting of Kamala Vasuki

Agenda Unchanged
Historical Amnesia

It’s not an old story or a legend
It’s new and fresh
And about our legendary leaders
Of our history
Past and present

But it’s fresh with
Blood and flesh
It’s a story or stories
About Masters and slaves

The ruthless Masters
Who invaded by force
And stuffed
The chips of slavery
In the minds of people
As civilizing mission of
Asiatic barbarians

Not only of Asia
But of Africa, Americas
A civilized world
Where the sun never sets

It’s also the same
Story or stories
But it’s
Neo versions of
Masters and slaves

The great descendants
Of the same old people
Celebrate and Celebrate
And Celebrate
Non other than conflicts

The Masters invade
But not by
Ruthless force
But by
Peaceful missions
As in history
As mercantile missions

The same barbarians
Reborn as terrorists
In the minds of Neo Masters

And under the banner of
Promotion of democracy
And rooting out terrorism
The passage of neo invasion
The neo liberal agenda
Of free trade
And corporate led globalization
Is encroaching, encroaching
And engulfing

The legendary slaves
Of the past and the post
Unlearned from history
But celebrate the conflicts
And willing to be victorious
Even with hired
Strength and intellect
And taste their tragic ends
By losing together again
And again and again


Monday, February 05, 2007

KIKO the brilliant discoverer on canvas

Kiko. R. Rushandan

1) Kandy Rotary Club, Kandy- 1997
2) Dance & Music Society- University of Peradeniya- 1998
3) “Sahithya Ulela” Students Art Society University of Peradeniya-1998
4) Ministry of Education, Sports & Cultural affairs North & East Provincial Council
Trincomalee 1998, 2000 & 2003
5) “Kala Pola” Art Exhibition of George Keyt Foundation Colombo- 1998, 1999, 2000,
2001, 2002 & 2003
6) “Nawa Kala Karuwo” Sri Lanka’s Emerging Young Artist- George Keyt Foundation
Colombo-National Art Gallery 1999, 2000, 2001 and Lional Wendt Auditorium-2002
7) “Sivarathri” Art Exhibition, Art teachers Society and Artist Society Batticaloa-2000 8) “Young Contemporaries” George Keyt Foundation Colombo-National Art Gallery-
2001 & 2002
9) “Tolerate the Pains” – Solo Exhibition Bt/Mahajana Collage Auditorium Batticaloa-
10) “Space.Life.Lines” Paintings of Sri Lankan Tamil Artists- TrikonE Arts Center at
Lional Wendt Art Gallery Colombo-2004


Sunday, February 04, 2007

Celebrity Master Storyteller

Master Storyteller of the Thamils of Sri Lanka Master S.Sivalingham is a rare personality the Sri Lankan Thamil Community ever produced. His commitment and the untiring artistic expression as a Master Storyteller for more than four decades are praiseworthy.

The self motivation and punctuality are the important elements other than his artistic excellence that the younger generation has to inherit the untold great messages form the Master Storyteller alias “Vanoli Mama”.

Thirdeye Local Knowledge and Skill Activist Group Honored and Celebrated the art of storytelling and the Master Storyteller Master S. Sivalingham with the participation of children’s of Thirdeye Local Knowledge and Skill Activists Group.

Thirdeye realize the value and the importance of the art of storytelling and encourages youngsters and trained them as artists to excel in the art of storytelling in the age of Information Technology to reconnect the younger generation with themselves and with their own environment in order to create a self sustainable world for all the species.