“In Need of Translation: An Analysis of Sri Lankan Tamil Dalit Literature” by K. A. Geetha

“The number of Tamil Dalit writers and their literary output has increased in recent years. However, with the exception of literary works of writers like Bama, Imayam, and Sivakami, English translations of the works of other Tamil Dalit writers are very rarely available. (…) The various contexts and heterogeneous experiences of Dalit communities make their literary work a rich source of Dalit culture, tradition, and language. Heterogeneous Dalit cultures have resulted in multifarious plots and characters. To reach global audiences, literary works such as Sri Lankan Tamil Dalit literature must be translated into English”

To read the article online: http://www.ariel.ucalgary.ca/ariel/index.php/ariel/article/viewFile/4251/4022

Reference: Geetha, K.A., 2011, “In Need of Translation: An Analysis of  Sri Lankan Tamil Dalit Literature”, in ariel: a review of international english literature, Vol. 41 No. 3-4, pp. 33–44


Exposition “La Culture Tamoule dans tous ses états” du 24 au 31 janvier 2014, de 10h à 18h, dans le hall d’exposition de l’université Paris 8


Les Tamouls sont originaires du sud de l’Inde et du nord-est du Sri Lanka. La première vague d’expatriés a commencé à partir à partir de 1840 du sud de l’Inde en tant que Kouli vers la Malaisie, la Birmanie, le Singapour, l’île Maurice, l’Afrique du Sud, la Martinique, la Guadeloupe et les Caraïbes. Ensuite la deuxième vague débuta en 1980 qui concerna les Tamouls du nord-est du Sri Lanka pour des raisons politiques, ils trouvèrent majoritairement refuge dans les pays européens, au Canada, aux États-Unis et en Australie. Les étudiants de Paris 8 de divers départements vont vous exposer la culture tamoule sous toutes ses formes. Les visiteurs découvriront des peintures, les photos d’époque, la littérature, les instruments de musique, la gastronomie et les vêtements. Ainsi vous allez découvrir la culture tamoule dans tous ses états !

Commissaire d’exposition Jonas Anton Pulendrarasa et Avinash Yogathas.

source: https://www.facebook.com/Laculturetamoule?fref=ts

“Letter to the President from Bradman Weerakoon” by Bradman Weerakoon

There are many things I am very proud about in this wonderful country in which I was fortunate to have been born, live and die. I would not choose to do so anywhere else in the world. But I would be less than honest if I did not express my grave disappointment and dismay at the way things have developed over the years in two of the important areas I have alluded to in this letter. That of elections as a fundamental part of an authentic democracy and the other the question of resolving for all time our minorities rights for equality and dignity. Many of our countrymen and women will hold with me that in these two areas many of our administrations over the past three or four decades have been sadly deficient. The United States too from which experience I garnered my Fullbright heritage is no doubt deficient in many respects too. But its political culture and society constitutes a self – correcting mechanism. We don’t seem to have that here and this devolves on our political leadership a greater and more profound responsibility.

Via http://groundviews.org/2014/01/22/letter-to-the-president-from-bradman-weerakoon/

source: Groundviews

“India and Sri Lanka release fisherman” by Al Jazeera

India and Sri Lanka have released over 100 fishermen, imprisoned in each other’s jails for trespassing a maritime boundary. Fishing in the Palk Strait, a body of water that separates the two countries has been a long running dispute between the two neighbours. Al Jazeera’s Nidhi Dutt reports from Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, India.

via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P5pEpqafK8

source: Al Jazeera

Exposition 2012 de la culture tamoule à l’université Saint-Denis Paris 8

Nous partageons un lien pour regarder le reportage réalisé par Banlieue-immigrée qui est allé, en 2012, à la rencontre de Jonas Anton pour découvrir l’exposition consacrée à la culture tamoule.  Jonas, qui organisait cette exposition à l’université de Saint-Denis, présente dans la vidéo sa culture et les créations de V.P. Vasuhan, un jeune peintre Sri-lankais.

lien: http://www.banlieue-immigree.fr/2012/01/25/exposition-sur-la-culture-tamoule/

source: www.banlieue-immigree.fr

“Meetings across acrylic, canvas and dance: India-Sri Lanka Artists Week” by Groundviews

The first ever India- Sri Lanka Artists Week intends to bring the two countries closer through the medium of its artists working closely together at one place. While the corridors of power are making efforts through various diplomatic initiatives, this cultural initiative is definitely the first of its kind which will see artists of the two countries interacting with each other and working collaboratively on the theme of “art unites”.

Via http://groundviews.org/2014/01/21/meetings-across-acrylic-canvas-and-dance-india-sri-lanka-artists-week/

source: Groundviews

“‘Maatram’ | Citizen journalism in Tamil” by Groundviews

After several months of planning and development, Groundviews is extremely pleased to announce the launch of Maatram – a new citizen journalism and civic media initiative from the Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Featuring compelling articles and exclusive multimedia content, Maatram, which is also on Twitter and Facebook, is aimed at Tamil readers across Sri Lanka and in the diaspora.

More details at http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=746409e6de7b1c2a97474620a&id=855e4e11d1

source: Groundviews

“The not so curious case of Hirunika Premachandra” by Ruwanminee Wickremasinghe

Kicking off her political campaign in a bold and determined note confronting her rivals, the newly-appointed Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Colombo Central Organiser Hirunika Premachandra today said no-one could separate her from President Mahinda Rajapaksa as she was his adopted daughter.

Via http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/41784-im-an-adopted-daughter-of-rajapaksa-family-hirunika.html

For those surprised by Hirunika today, please re-read ‘The not so curious case of Hirunika Premachandra’ from 2012:

“After all, Hirunika has been afflicted with the same type of amnesia that Duminda Silva has been afflicted with. That is politics, Sri Lanka style which takes the much quoted adage, “No permanent friends, no permanent enemies in politics,” to a new height.”

See http://groundviews.org/2012/09/14/the-not-so-curious-case-of-hirunika-premachandra/

sources: Groundviews et Dailymirror.lk

“Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High” by Pew Research Center

Vous trouvez là un lien pour consulter le topo de la BBC sur l’intolérance religieuse et celle envers la religion à travers le monde sauf l’Amérique :

Réalisé à partir des données d’une étude fort complète du Pew Research Center qu’on peut trouver ici :

source: Pew Research Center

Raking Leaves invites you to the opening of Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design

Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture & Design is a public archive dedicated to collecting materials, in English, Sinhala and Tamil, related to the development and study of visual culture in Sri Lanka. Access to the Archive is free to all.

The Archive is the first physical space of its kind in the country and aspires to provide not only an invaluable resource, but also a space to browse, study, converse and meet. The collection is growing and currently shelves over 400 donated items. These include books, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, monographs and more. Featured Talks, Books, Exhibitions, Screenings and Words connected with the Archive will appear as part of a regular program of public activities.

More details here http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6bc920cbef7d5dc054657f36f&id=a789a87e57&e=2232f03fbd

source: www.us2.campaign-archive2.com

“UK let SAS veterans coach Sri Lanka in 1984” by Phil Miller

“The British government had “no objection” to retired SAS officers training security forces in Sri Lanka three months after India’s 1984 Golden Temple massacre, recently released government papers show. The disclosure comes days after documents emerged that an SAS officer advised India on a plan to storm the temple in Amritsar, the Sikh religion’s holiest site. It widens the debate over Britain’s role in the Golden Temple raid, revealing how Downing Street allowed former and serving special forces soldiers to help counter separatist movements across south Asia.”

via: http://www.jdslanka.org/index.php/2012-01-30-09-30-42/politics-a-current-affairs/430-uk-let-sas-veterans-coach-sri-lanka-in-1984

source: www.jdslanka.org

“The Representation of anti-JVP Military Violence in Gunadasa Liyanage’s “Operation Elpitiya”” by Vihanga Perera (In Love With a Whale)

Gunadasa Liyanage’s work Operation Elpitiya is centered around a young doctors encounters in the month of April, 1971, where the JVP manages a temporary “alter-regime” in isolated pockets across Ceylon, following their unsuccessful revolution for power waged against the Sirima Bandaranaike government. The novel opens with the meeting of the said doctor — Karunarathne — and his university-attendant girl friend, Indrani. They meet when the latter is admitted to a Colombo hospital with injuries sustained at a students’ rally against the government, which is baton charged by the Police.

via: http://slwakes.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/the-representation-of-anti-jvp-military-violence-in-gunadasa-liyanages-operation-elpitiya/

source: www.slwakes.wordpress.com

“The Idea of A Sri Lankan Canon In English Literature” by Vihanga Perera (In Love With a Whale)

“In the Introduction of a mid-1990s anthology on Sri Lankan writing in English, an eminent Emeritus Professor cum authority on that subject suggests that Ediriweera Sarachchandra is perhaps the “best” writer the country has ever produced. It is true that Sarachchandra — a noted scholar cum authority of literature in the Sinhala — has made a contribution to English Literary creativity between the 1970s and the late 1980s, with works such as Curfew and a Full Moon and With the Begging Bowl. Sarachchandra has also contributed to the discourse of English Literature in Sri Lanka in the capacity of a translator and critic, as exemplified by his translations of work such as K. Jayathilake’s Charitha Thunak (as The Chaff of Grain), which holds out as a compact and faithful translation, even today, four decades on.”

via: http://slwakes.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/the-idea-of-a-sri-lankan-canon-in-english-literature/

source: slwakes.wordpress.com

“A Star for Esther: On Sumathy’s “Ingirnithu”, Some Other Interventions and the Relevance of Education” by Vihanga Perera (In Love With a Whale)

“In a recent submission to “Raavaya”, Kumudu Kusum Kumara had attempted a reading of Sumathy’s Ingirinthu as a text of subaltern identity. As implied in that essay — and as it can be conjured from the text itself — the story of Esther Valli is the “silence” of a community that has been the subject of multiple oppression ever since the set up of the Colonial plantation economy. In fact, the very heart of the Hill Country Estate Tamil question was tied up with the case of “legitimacy” as a part of the citizen body: where, in the collective consciousness of Lanka, these marginalized communities were, at best, seen as the vassals of an export economy; while, at the worst, they were condemned to a sub-human status.”

via: http://slwakes.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/the-way-ahead-for-esther-valli-on-sumathys-ingirnithu-and-the-relevance-of-education/

source: www.slwakes.wordpress.com

” Mass grave fuels fear of thousands buried in Sri Lanka war zone” by Shihar Aneez

Reuters) – The discovery of a mass grave containing more than 30 skulls in northern Sri Lanka has fuelled speculation that there may be many more like it containing the remains of thousands who went missing during the island nation’s nearly three-decade war.

via: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/17/us-srilanka-grave-idUSBREA0G0NO20140117

source: www.reuters.com