Journalism that propelled me into blogging

by Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

My blog is a non-partisan site with diverse views. It is dedicated to the promotion of ethical journalism—a conscious decision on my part. It captures conflict, culture, events, nature, peace, people, tradition, and other subjects, in articles and photos. I travelled solo to the war zone to capture images—a first for a Tamil woman journalist in Sri Lanka.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Annual chariot festival of the Sri Mayurapathy Paththirakaali temple

The “Aadi Poora Mahotsavam” of the Sri Mayurapathy Paththirakaali temple is currently being held for the 22nd time. The annual chariot festival of the Sri Mayurapathy Paththirakaali temple was held on July 26th 2009.

The streets of Bambalapitty and Wellwatte looked colourful and cheerful today, as the five chariots moved slowly on a cloudy and humid day. Thousands of devotees dressed elegantly and thronged the Sri Mayurapathy Paththirakaali Amma temple at dawn. [See and Read More]

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Jul 25: Aadi Poora Mahotsavam

Aadi Pooram” is a special day which is dedicated to the Goddess. It is also known as “Aadi Poora Mahotsavam”. Hindus in Sri Lanka celebrated the day in the morning of July 25th 2009.

The female devotees carried a pot of pure milk on their heads from one temple to another temple on a cloudy day. Then the Goddess idol in the temple is showered with pure milk by the priest. [Click here to See & Read more]

Friday, July 24, 2009

“Post- Barrelism: Erasing Camouflage”

“Post- Barrelism: Erasing Camouflage”, An Exhibition of Paintings and Installations by Chandraguptha Thenuwarawas inaugurated on July 23rd 2009 at Lionel Wendt Gallery.

The exhibition will remain open from July 24th 2009 to July 28th 2009 from 10am to 7pm.

Parallel exhibition- A retrospective of Chandraguptha Thenuwara’s “Barrelism” is being held at Saskia Fernando Gallery from July 23rd 2009 to August 6th 2009.

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. [Read & see more]

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Aadi Amavasai at Maamaangam, Batticaloa

Maamaanga Pillaiyar temple is situated in a calm and shady place in Amirthkazhi, in the eastern town of Batticaloa. The annual chariot festival of Sri Maamanga Pillaiyar temple was held on July 20th 2009,while the water cutting ceremony took place on July 21st 2009. [Read and See more]

Friday, July 17, 2009

Making traditional sweet to welcome “Aadi”

Today is Aadi Pirappu. Kozhukkattai- Traditional sweet is made to welcome the month of Aadi (Tamil Month of July according to Tamil Almanac. [Read and see more]

Friday, July 10, 2009


South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) -Sri Lanka Chapter held a three day training session on "Professional Challenges for Journalists and Media Industry & Social Role of Media" for journalists. The training session was held at Chaaya Village Hotel in Habarana from July 4th 2009 to July 6th 2009