Victoria Home – Film Screening and Discussion

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Victoria Home  – A film by Waruni Anuruddhika Chandrasena

 Screening and discussion  February 13, 2020 at 4.00 p.m.

At International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) Kandy

No: 554/6A, Peradeniya Road, Mulgampola (Kandy ).Film screening followed by a discussion . This event is free of charge . Please contact ICES on: +94-81-2234892 / 223238

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Victoria Home – A Film by Waruni Anuruddhika Chandrasena
Screening and discussion
February 18, 2020 at 4.30 p.m.
International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)
No: 02, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8
Film screening followed by a discussion
This event is free of charge .
Please contact ICES on +94-11-2685085 / 2679745 / 2698048

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Children of Cemetery Dwellers – Film Screening and Discussion

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Belief, rituals and practices – Chennakesava Temple Somanathpur

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(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – Supreme god; Maha Vishnu with seven headed mythical cobra)

Souvenir of Karnatak (Mysore  Album 2007) Images captured in 2007   during the youth training program on contribution of Religions for foster peace – conducted by Fireflies Banglore.

Nikon FM 2 /35- 105 mm | Fuji 100 ASA 35 mm Film

© Waruni Anuruddhika

Belief, rituals and practices – Chennakesava Temple Somanathpur

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Souvenir of Karnatak –  (Mysore  Album 2007)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – Supreme god; Maha Vishnu with seven headed mythical cobra)

Chennakesava Temple also known as Keshava Temple (Keshave – Name for supreme god Vishnu) located at Kaveri River bank in Somanathapura – Mysore, Karnatak , India . According to the inscriptions this Hindu temple was built by Somanatha Dandanayaka, a general of Hoysala kind Narasimha III in 1258 BC and it is consider as Vaishnavsium tradition temple which is dedicated to god Vishnu. This temple design has three main components; outer walls with pillars, courtyard in the middle and Middle/ inner shrine with Grabs Griha. The main shrine (middle shrine) was constructed on a star shaped stone platform. The outer and  inner   walls, pillars and ceiling of the middle shrine were decorated with murals and carvings depicted Bhagawath Purana, epic stories of Ramayana and Mahabharatha, different forms (avatar) of  Vishnu, various divine figures, mythical creatures  and also carvings with sexual postures and themes,  Veda text, inscriptions ect. This magnificent Hindu temple considered as one of the most significant temple which depict Hoysala tradition and excellent craftsmanship of Hoysala artisans. Historian and experts says that the Hoysalas architecture tradition consist with elements of both Dravidian and Chalukya architecture traditions.  Indeed, Keshava Temple is a wonderful combination of different architectural traditions and also it is a combination of sacred  and secular world.

(carvings  at outer wall of middle/main shrine –  middle panel with ten avatar (forms)of  Supreme god; Vishnu with his consort Lakshm and  Garuda carrying Vishnu and Lakshmi and  Indra riding  on an elephant with his consort)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel – Supreme god; Maha Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel )

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine- Suriya – The Sun God)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – Garuda is carrying Vishnu and Lakshmi)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine- Garunda in the left)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine – figure of mythical Lion)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrinel

(carvings  at outer wall of middle/main shrine -The carving depicted various  sexual postures and themes )(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-  the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes)

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes )

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes

(carvings at outer wall of middle/main shrine-the carvings depicted various sexual postures and themes)

(Front view of the middle shrine with the participants and facilitators of the training program.Remembering with great respect our dearly friend and great scholar Dr. Nalin Swaris who was a mentor and one of the most influential person for most of us. Dr. Nalin Swaris is sitting in the second raw third form the left)

(Front view of the shrine on a star shaped platform and a few participants of the training program)

(outer shrine wall and courtyard) (Inner and outer – a view form  the  Front door of the main shrine )

Souvenir of Karnatak (Mysore  Album 2007) Images captured in 2007   during the youth training program on contribution of Religions for foster peace – conducted by Fireflies Banglore.

Nikon FM 2 /35- 105 mm | Fuji 100 ASA 35 mm Film

© Waruni Anuruddhika

 

Kali – Goddess of Time

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Kali

Devine mother

Mother of university

Goddess of time

කොහේදෝ සිට එන ඒ මද සුලග ~චන්ඩ මාරුතය ~ඒ මල් සුවද  ඔබම මිස වෙන කවුද ~ පත්තිනිද , කාලීද , මහා කාලීද , මාරි අම්මාද , කන්නගීද , ද්‍රවුපදීද , පාර්වතීද …..
ඒ ඔබය
ඔබ අම්මාය …
කොහේදෝ ඈතකින් එන ඒ සුවද ඔබම මිසවෙන කවුද ….
දෙමට මලින් , නයි කදුලෙන් විදුලියෙන් , ගිනිජල් මලාවෙන් උපන් ඔබ එන්න …
කඩුවද , හෙල්ලද , තෝමරයද දරාගෙන
ඔබ එන්න …
ගිගිරිද නද දෙවාගෙන ඔබ එන්න ..

මහා කලී

අකලිකයි ඔබ 

 

Kali sculpture in  Muthumariamman Kovil – at Mahaoya Estae . Kali considered as Goddess of Time, Creation, Destruction and Power. Image captured during the field visit in Mahaoya Estate – Dehiowita 

5D Mark III 24-70 mm

 

 

The Bridge

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Just walk across

don’t look back

don’t look down

Suspension bridge (sangili Palama)  over Seethavaka river  at Nakkavita – Deraniyagal Noori road .

නක්කවිට සංගිලි පාලම – නක්කවිට

Canon 5D Mark 111 24-20 mm

 

Fishing Community in Angulana

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Fishing community in Angulana- Western Province Sri Lanka

The End of October I revisited the fishing community in Angulana. (The fishing community which was captured in my first documentary film ‘Sea is our life’ in 2010) Even after 9 years, nothing has changed much.  Their Life goes on.  Even though the weather is not pleasing, they take risks to go for fishing, since there are no other options to survive. In addition to feeding their family members, there are endless debts to repay.  Therefore, they go for fishing even in the month of dead (They called November as a month of dead and do not preferred to go for fishing).

These people find hard to save something since many of them were caught into the vicious cycle of loan which were given as personal loans or given by many different banks and micro finance companies. Many fishermen of the community still do not have their own fishing boats.  They use someone else’s fishing boats that has to be borrowed by the agreement of sharing the daily harvest. Moreover, some people even borrow the other necessary equipment that is used for fishing, with similar type of agreement. The tragedy is the material that they get as donations such as boats, engines and fishing nets do not spend in an appropriate way. The poorest fishermen are grounded in the bottom line of poverty forever and they are facing lot of difficulties endless problems since there’s no proper policies or mechanism to enchase their livelihood.

The fishing community in Angulana has been living in that coastal belt more than three decades. During the many election, politicians visit them, make promises and simply forget them after the election. For example, their issue of housing is still unresolved. No government was capable enough even to analyze the problem properly. As many community members said, after their houses were washed away by the monsoon in 2010, some people were given houses from a housing scheme which is located right in front of their living premises. Some houses of the housing scheme were sold out to the people outside the community. But many of them those who lost their house were not given the houses, Instead Some families were given LKR  300 000 to build their houses elsewhere without giving them a land. Rest of the 41 families were given 41 houses in a mountain top in   Nagoda – Kaluthara in Kaluthara district   where the neighborhood is completely alien to the fishing community.  They have not taken into consideration about their livelihood which force people to travel many kilometers to travel to the sea shore. Also, the constructions were not up to standard. The person whom I met said that his house was completely collapsed.

People still live in a temporary house at the sea shore even without proper  facilities such as sanitation.

In addition, other related social issues are somewhat disturbing to enchase the quality of their lives.  The school drop off rate is and early marriages are still quite high within the community.  New generation do not prefer to choose fishing as their career instead they go for manual jobs or search for service base jobs upon their qualifications. Mean time some are trying to escape the country or to find the overseas jobs. Many women are risking their lives and go to middle east. Their kids are being abandoned and vulnerable. Without proper guidance younger generation are ending up with various antisocial practices such as alcohol and drugs addiction.   This community are in a trap of social, cultural and economic poverty. Unfortunately they are pushing in to more marginalize and vulnerable community by the system itself.

 housing at the beach   

 

 

Note  and Images by Waruni Anuruddhika

Canon 5 D Mark 111 / 24-70 mm © Waruni Anuruddhika Chandrasena

Blog: https://warunic.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/sea-is-our-life-2/
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Sea is our life – Film Screening

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US-SLFC
Presents
“Fulbright Stories”

Co- directed by a Fulbright Alumna Waruni Anuruddhika
‘Sea is our life’
(documentary Film)

December 11, 2019 at 3.30 p.m.
US- Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission Auditorium
(55, Abdul Caffoor Mawatha, Colombo 03)

Film screening followed  by a discussion with the participation of community members in Angulana. The event is free of charge. Please contact US-SLFC on 011-2564153, 011-2564176 to reserve a seat

About the Film
Sea is our life is a documentary film production done in 2010, Co- directed by Waruni Anuruddhika and Shanka Bodiyabaduge. This film focused on the fishing community at Angulana, Sari Lanka. The film is about their struggle to survive during the monsoon in each year and the social crisis they face due to that.
In this film, we attempted to discuss about the social life of these people linked with complex nature of their occupation- fishing- and environments, and their struggle to survive their lives on the one hand from the environmental hazards and on the other hand from power impositions by various political practices. The film discusses about the paradoxes between governmental policies such as resettlement and socio-economic back ground of the people. In this film, also we attempted to highlights their vulnerabilities for existence due to lack of resources and skills including education. It was not our attempt to give solution for them but to surface the voices to be heard those who are concerning to mainstreaming the marginalized social groups.

Script by Waruni Anuruddhika
Co-Directed & Director of Photography by Waruni Anuruddhika and Shanaka Bodiyabaduge
Produced by Waruni Anuruddhika

International screenings: “Voices for the Water” International film festival, Banglore India 2010.

Please follow the links for more details
Blog: https://warunic.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/sea-is-our-life-2/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/seaisourlife/?modal=admin_todo_tour

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Batticaloa beach ~ Marine pollution in East Coast Sri Lanka

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Unfortunately  we pay least attention for our  environment and ecosystem

Read more on marine pollution

Gurunagar – One of the Most Polluted costal belt in Jaffna

Image captured on February 2019

(Canon 5D Mark 111 | 24-70 mm )

copyrights Waruni Anuruddhika