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Sep 23, 2020

'Thè Kahata' to portray tones of estate life

'Thè Kahata', a series of photography exhibitions will portray 100 photographs by youth of the upcountry plantation sector in a bid to strengthen the voice of plantation communities presenting an alternative narrative of the plantation sector through the media of creative photovoice.

The Thé Kahata national exhibition will be held from Lionel Wendt Art Gallery, Colombo, on Sep. 26 - 27, 2020 from 10.00 am - 6.00 pm.

In addition, a dialogue will be initiated on the lives of the estate communities at 4.00pm during these two days.
The Centre for Policy Alternatives, Sri Lanka (CPA) along with several parties including the giz and the Uva Shakthi Foundation  envisions to give a stronger voice to untold narratives of the upcountry Tamil community through photography, with an emphasis on strengthening and creating increased space for the plantation community to play a proactive role in advocacy initiatives, addressing their own issues.

Thus, 40 skilled youth from Hollyrood and Logy estates representing the Nuwaraeliya District, and from Etampitiya and Uva Highland estates representing the Badulla District, were given the necessary technical skills and empowered to capture the livelihoods of their communities through their own lenses, by themselves.

The youth were given opportunity to receive technical knowledge and understanding in photography as well as to explore their skills and talent through a series of workshops organised by CPA and the Uwa Shakthi Foundation, in partnership with Strengthening Reconciliation Processes in Sri Lanka (SRP), a programme co-financed by the European Union and German Federal Foreign Office. Technical and practical knowledge was provided under the guidance of professional photographers Ajith Seneviratne and Nadishka Ranasinghe.

The organising committee warmly invites all to enjoy the photographs of these youth at the 'Thè Kahata'  exhibition and to help build up a social dialogue through their captures.

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