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Lifestyles of Jaffna ~ An Exhibition to Preserve Our History and Heritage

By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai

Lifestyles of Jaffna, a first of its kind, will be held from 24th~27th September 2011 at the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.

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The Department of History, University of Jaffna has organized this exhibition, towards gaining insights about our history and heritage and educating people about it.

Traditional Foods of Jaffna

Traditional Dress and Jewellery of Jaffna

This Exhibition is planned to showcase all possibly available ancient goods and facts, which expose and prove the historical facts about the ancient people of Jaffna Peninsula, their ancient homes and residences, style and process of their life, population and inhabitation.

Traditional Houses in the Peninsula

Eco Friendly Fences in Jaffna

The recent goods and their images and photos which prove the ancestry of the Jaffna Peninsula, hereditary culture etc. are exhibited according to periodical order.

Most of the exhibited goods, images, sculptures, symbols, facts, etc. are collected by the students of the Jaffna University, by visiting various parts of the Jaffna Peninsula. The ancient goods including sculptures, images etc from the University Museum are also exhibited. The ancient goods discovered in archaeological excavations are also exhibited.

Ruins in Kantharodai

Seminars will be conducted at the Arts Faculty of the University during the days of the Exhibition. Indian Scholars ~ namely, Professors MS. Rajan, Selva Kumar, Adiyaman, and Doctor Rajagopal, More than fifteen Scholars from the universities in Southern part of the country will submit their research papers at the seminar.

Dr. Senerath Dissanayake, the Director General of Archaeological Department will be present as the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony of the Exhibition. Professor Vasanthy Arasaratnam – Vice Chancellor of the University of Jaffna will be the Honorary Guest. The exhibition will be held from 24th September 2011 ~ 27th September 2011 at the Faculty of Arts of University of Jaffna, from 9am ~ 4.30pm. “Lifestyles of Jaffna” is conducted by the Faculty of Arts of University of Jaffna in collaboration with Kalaikesari Tamil magazine.

Kingdom of Nallur

The ancient goods and items to be exhibited are:~

-The drainage and water supply systems and agricultural implements
-Systems of structures, temples, houses and sculptures, ancient fishing systems and implements
-Techniques of producing ancient implements made with iron, copper,etc
-Furniture and domestic implements
-Methods of producing palmyrah goods and food items
-Techniques of building boats, bullock carts,etc
-Traditional food items
-Educational systems in ancient Jaffna Peninsula,etc
-Dialects in the Jaffna Peninsula

Traditional Occupations in the Peninsula

Bull Cart Race in the Peninsula

Keerimalai ~ Naguleswaram is one of famous five Lord Sivan temples in Sri Lanka

Traditional Household Items of Jaffna

Lifestyles of Jaffna ~ An Exhibition to Preserve Our History and Heritage Courtesy: PassionParade


  1. puvananathan says:

    A fabulous treasure, for posterity. I am overwhelmed.

    The students and staff of the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna, show a remarkable resilience considering the times of their period.

    Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai deserves a pat on the back for her skillful presentation.

  2. Vetriventhan says:

    Oh Jaffna!My Jaffna!!

  3. Arul says:

    Nicely presented pictures.. Its arises our feelings for heritage ! Thank you Dushiyanthini !

  4. Indonicus says:

    Absolutely fabulous! Well done!

  5. Merlin Van Tweest says:

    Excellent photographs of traditional and cultural items depicting the long history of Tamil culture and heritage in this multi-ethnic resplendent isle and long may it continue.

    These incidents of historical and cultural significance should be encouraged and given government patronage from the Sri Lankan Cultural Department. Well done University of Jaffna and Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai for this wonderful exhibition.

    Can we have many more of these in a southern venue so that all Sri Lankans irrespective of their ethnic origin can appreciate the cultural variety of this beautiful island and its beautiful peoples?

  6. vishvajith says:

    Thank you Dushi.

  7. It is a wonderful exhibition of traditional items from Jaffna. I wish there was a picture of a well-sweep (thula), a traditional mat (paai), thosais and appams had also been included among the items displayed. It is a remarkable attempt by the University of Jaffna to keep the people reminded of our traditions.

  8. A. Dissanayake says:


    A wonderful article. Keep the good work up.

    Although I am not from the northern part of the SL, I still can remember our grandmother used to have few of those household items in her old house. It is interesting to note that these items were common to our traditions whether they were from the northern or the southern parts of SL.

    Hope to read more articles from you that could bring our communities together. Thanks.

  9. Sarath says:

    This is what happens when the Jaffna people are left to their own to live and flourish. Please have more of these so that the young ones can know and appreceate their heritage. I have fond memories of eating some of those foodstuffs when I was growing up in the South. I am Sinhalese and living abroad for the past 50 years. It makes me so happy because it is the culture of the Country of my birth.

  10. kanna says:

    Dear Dushi,
    Excellent. Really moving feeling. Keep it up!

  11. Leon says:


  12. silva says:

    I thought that the last photo is of a well sweep?

  13. Robert Porter says:

    Wonderful, to be reminded of so many things I came to know and love in Jaffna. Good presentation.

  14. Sriravindrarajah says:

    The collection of photographs to show traditional items, fences, houses, Tamil kingdom, food types and others will remind the current and future generations of Jaffna Tamils of our heritage. I wish to see items such as wood carvings in the doors and windows, rock fence, wells, water drawing systems, beds, copper trays and others. The University of Jaffna, through its Dept of History should start a Tamil Hertitage Centre to display these items and photographs. They can invites the Tamils in Sri Lanka and around the world to submit suitable photographs and items for display. Simililar Heritage Centres also should be started outside Sri Lanka in major cities with the help of temples and societies in these countries. This community service project is necessary to display the forgooten and disappering heritage of Tamils. Many countries believe in mult-culturalism will be willing to support the project through grnats. Recently, Indian muslims had set-up a Heritage center in Singapore to display traditional items. In Fiji museum in Suva, Indian traditional items, lifestyle are displayed.

  15. sinniah siva says:

    OUR heritage is indeed our treaures to be preserved for eternity but recently the political climate seems to be detrimental to all these valuable treasures.Any how keep up the good work .

  16. Nihal Jayawardena says:

    Well-done and excellent I love Jaffna lifestyle and the fabulous FOOD I am dying to spend my holiday rather live in Jafana.

    Thank you again,

    Nihal Jayawardena,

  17. siva says:

    All this is fine and superb. But now is the time to think about our present plight and find ideas and means to move into a bright future for our present and future generation.Lets not dwell too much and too long into the past at this point of time.We know about our heritage but what about building on it for the future!!!Lets not leave this entirely in the hands of the politicians. Where are academics,intellectuals etc…!!!

  18. rajiv says:

    Dear Duhy
    Averey good work.I am really moved.We sinhalese andTamils must live togather like brothers.We can change the world.

  19. This is a response to Silva. The last picture is that of a well sweep but it is not a traditional one. It is standing on concrete pillars. The traditional ones stand on poovarasam trees or mullumurukkai tress planted near the wells.

  20. Mohan Sekaram says:

    A timely event. This will show the rest of the world of the rich culture of the peninsula. I hope and pray that every Sri Lankan will endeavour and do the utmost to return the lives to normalcy for those are left behind in the peninsula. Thank you for bring this to us.

  21. T.Yogananther says:

    It is fiine ti show the old tradition. How about the changes and the period when the changes occurred?

    New road name or new temple or new statue!

  22. Waran says:

    It is very interesting and is an excellent attempt Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai.Looking forward to many more. This only shows the real village type living. I have missed this pleasant and care free living for the past four decades. Some good suggestion to include pictures connected with wedding functions with people dressed up in style with ‘kanchipuram’, ‘mallikai poo’, jewels and the men in their ‘pattu versti and saalvai’, temple functions, school children in their uniforms, playing cricket, foot ball, young girls in their ‘paavadai thavani’. now the modern Jaffna girls and boys on motor bikes in jeans. During my days we were on bicycles and shorts or Verti, Girls walking or bicycles in school uniforms white and starched ironed etc, should be added.
    I was surprised to see ‘puttu’ mixed up with all sweet items. There should be a separate section with ‘thosai, idly, string hoppers, hoppers, pongal’ etc. The unique wells ‘kinaru’ with the ‘thula’, must be focused well as found in almost every house in Jaffna, should be also shown clearly.

    It is a good attempt but, this must also focuse the life style to show the villagers both farmers and fisher folks, middle class government servants and Malaysian pensioners . The Nallur Kingdom was known as Jaffna Kingdom. Finally this is not to criticize but to make some suggestions for improvement. Thank you

  23. Waran says:

    A. Dissanayake both Sinhalese and Tamils are from the same stock, the Mahavamsa says Vijaya left quvani and the married the Pandya Kings daughter and his 700 friends women from Pandya kingdom. what can we deduce from this. Buddhism brought by Mahinda and sangamitta son and daughter of King Asoka to the Island. were the people at that time had no religion? Buddha himself was born into a hindu royal family in Napal. Our Island since Independence has been torn apart by Sinhala politicians,why? to gain power to rule and line their pockets. Today we have a divided country. Only Sinhalese who can understand and see this truth could mend the country and unify. President’s talk of no minority is just rubbish, Each individual would like to preseve their Identity and be proud of His /Her culture, language and traditions. So it is upto the sinhalese men and women to start the healing process. We would have been the richest counrty in Asia Not Singapore, we had all the ingredians to do it but the Sinhala Politicians and the Buddhist’s Monks who have ruined this country.Jealousy and hatred by false information has created a divided nation. Let us correct this trend by educating the masses and eliminate the nasty anti social bodies.

  24. Ranjini says:

    Where ever we are, what ever we do, however we live, if we forget our Jaffna, we are not human beings. We are proud of our Jaffna!

    Thank you for reminding us with the beautiful memories! 🙂

  25. Santhi says:

    Nice article with photos reminding us of our teenage in Jaffna
    Congratulations dushi -santhi (Canada)

  26. Native Vedda says:

    Ranjini says:
    “Where ever we are, what ever we do, however we live, if we forget our Jaffna, we are not human beings”

    What about rest of the country? You can forget about the rest of the country including Vanni, Mannar, Trinco, Batti……… yet you could call yourself a human being.


  27. Renuka says:

    Thank you for treasuring the things that really matter and sustain us. We should do this more often.

  28. S.vythilingam says:

    I think the Ramanathan College and parameshwara College must be presented for Jaffna University sits on the Parameshwara College. Since I being a student of Parameshwara I am proud the Tamil jaffna University was my place of my school leaving Education..

  29. My last visit to Jaffna was in 2003. It really brings back wonderful memories. I wish to congratulate all those who were involved in doing so much research and taking the trouble to exhibit the wonderful collections especially to Ms. Dushiyanthini. It would be a good lesson for the younger generation who would not otherwise know of their ancestral past.
    With Kindest Regards
    Dato Viji

  30. Arumugam Alagan says:

    Excellent well done keep the good working flowing a lot of soul out in the rest of the world will defeintely enjoy reading it. Only one thing you should have included the lion of Jaffna Sivayogaswami. God bless you

    Arumugam Alagan

  31. Aathi says:

    The sad news is we are promoting our tradition to ourselves!

  32. Ravi says:

    Shocked to see the sorry state of Keerimalai Naguleswaram temple’s dilapidated tower in the photograph above !!

  33. Mayooran says:

    Wonderful effort. Brings us so close to home even from thousands of miles away.

  34. Gnana says:

    Some of these pictures may be of use to you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
    Dorothea Lange (1895–1979) – U.S. photographer

    Welcome to “Pictures from Jaffna”. A personal web site created to share an ad hoc collection of pictures taken on a trip in 1983 to Jaffna
    Best Wishes for your effort

  35. Nages Balasekaran says:

    I have never been to Sri Lanka but all the food items & the household items were very much part of my childhood in my grandparents’ home in Seremban, Malaysia. The food items still continue to be prepared & are still much appreciated by my children (who are 4th generation Malaysians) but they are now prepared using modern gadgets. I will share this wonderful presentation with all my younger relatives & plan to save it carefully to show to my 5th generation!
    A BIG vote of appreciation to all who helped prepare this splendid presentation!


  36. Mahendran Thuraiappah says:

    Dear Dushi,
    This is a magnificent effort to preserve the culture and traditons of the Thamils from Jaffna. I hope this exhibition can be hosted permanently in the History Department of the U of Jaffna for posterity for the Thamil Diaspora to visit when they are able to come there. I am sure Prof. Vasanthi Arasaratnam will oblige. Here in Malaysia we are hosting a large collection of S.L. Tamil History in the U of Malaya Library. It was recently acquired and is stored in microfische films-nearly 5000 reels depicting Tamily History from the early colonial rules. These were obtained from various library sources from around the world. We hope we can co-ordinate work in this area in these difficalt times for our people.
    Best wishes.
    Mahendran Thuraiappah

  37. Kumar Rajaratnam says:

    Thank you for the really great insight into the Jaffna culture. Whilst the food is very inviting it is also the major cause of the health issues with most Indians. We so desperately need to move from the high cholesterol and fatty foods that have so few fresh green vegetables. If I continued eating my wonderful mothers Jaffna food after I left home at 18, I would have been in the statistics like most Jaffna and South Indians. . We would see alot more healthier Indians if we all made an effort to change some of the recipes to make them healthier.

  38. Kumar Branava says:

    Proud to be from JAFFNA. Wonderful for bringing the old memories.

  39. Tkana says:

    Excellent i saw the real things, and have similar photos. Proud to be a Jaffna Tamil.

  40. E V Devadason says:

    I trust that this splendid attempt is just the beginning.
    There is much more to be included & expanded upon. Some Aspects: Edicutation has been our forte; excellence in the professions & academia & contributions made to the Public Services of Ceylon, Malaysia & Singapore. The dispersion of the Tamils out of their homeland goes back a long time. Rau Bahadur C W Thamotharampillai a Tamil Scholar, Lawyer & Judge in South India is reputed to have been partly responsible with Arumuga Navalar, for the renaissance in Tamil Liturature in the 19th Century in India. Also the Tamil Diaspora & its contributions in nations they settled in need to be forcused together with our roots in India amongst the Tamil speaking people. Also Lee Kuan Yew’s comments about the diaspora in Singapore[refer to page 55 Giants of Asia: Conversations with Lee Kuan Yew, Citizen Singapore: How to Build a Nation by Tom Plate]. Also the Tamil record of attempts[before & after Ceylon independence] of achieving Racial unity & harmoney & its failure in present day Sri Lanka & the need

  41. GEORGE KIRU says:

    most of the house hold items i use to to see in both my late grandparents home. Now hardly i can see them in any homes. To be honest i have forgotten about it. Well done to the good people to do the research & keep the Jaffna flying. My documents all read as jaffna tamil. LONG LIVE JAFFNA.

  42. krisha says:

    excellent well done

  43. Maran says:

    Is it true that meladai for man and women came after Portuguese? Is kondaiKadalai grow any part of Jaffna?

  44. NATHAN says:

    The Jaffna University History Dept and its studentsDept.had taken lot of pain to bring out this exhibition not only to show our young generation what our culture and traditions are but also letting other communities know who and what we are. Incredible.

  45. Nirmala says:

    It’s great to know the traditions and culture of Jafna community this really is a great knowledge which can be shared with many. Good work

  46. g.soma says:

    One must go for the present and for the future, as it stand it is best not to include any form of foreign influence in the making of new one Elanka with powerful nine provinces and a YarlHead Capital built for all cultures,this needs a massive cleanup of both Jaffna & Nallur not affecting any cultivations that surrounds

  47. wijey says:

    well done we must respect other culture and share each other we all enjoyed together

  48. Dev Kumaraendran says:

    Wonderful to see our culture and heritage here, would appreciate more of this.

  49. C. Ratnavadivel says:

    I fully endorse your views Mr. Waran. As you said in your last line, “Let us correct this trend by educating the masses and eliminate the nasty anti-social bodies”. Hope we will be able to live a peaceful life during our life-time in this country!

  50. C. Ratnavadivel says:

    Oh my Jaffna! Can we rise again from the mess we are in now? We should all be culture-conscious!

  51. Vasanthi Satchi says:

    It is so amazing to see all the traditional clothes,Jewellery,some of the house hold items,Kantharorai,Bull cart race ans Kingdon of Nallur. I am very very pleased to see all these pictures. I never thought i could see brilliant pictures like this in this precent situation. Very nice presentation. Thank you Dushiyanthini.

    Vasanthi Satchi

  52. Rajan Rajeswaran says:

    As an eight year old I saw the burning of the Jaffna Library.
    Unfortumately this brings back those dreadful memories.

    Culture and Heritage cannot be burnt down
    Thank you Dushiyanthini

  53. uk says:

    I do hope this Concerned Citizen lives in the Yarl,and not in the UK or South Lanka where poonavaras or mullumuruku are things of past,building for future is to keep up with the rest of the world,future generation don’t need too many churches,temples or kentharodai vihari.they now have Computers and TV ,though late good to see its coming fast

  54. Uma says:

    I am very proud and lucky that I have seen most of the items listed in my life time. Please preserve our culture and heritage for future generation.

  55. M.Vibulanandan says:

    Thank you so much; Dushiyanthini,you are really

    taken me back to my good old days:

    VIBUL 65.

  56. George Willy says:

    Thank for reminding us of all the things we saw and experienced in our youth. Mothaham was my favorite and I think I saw that in one of the frames. Celebrating our heritage as we leave behind our pain is one way to connect among us and also among all in our communities.

    Well done!

  57. N.Rajasvaran says:

    Great job, Ms.K.Dushiyanthini….please keep abreast with the culture and heritage. Some of us in Malaysia (parents from Jaffna, Ceylon)have visited Jaffna and presented books to the Jaffna Library. Sad, that the early history is only available at the British Museum, Holland, Portugal…..hope the Jaffna Library could be well furnished (once again) with the true historical facts of the proud Ceylon Tamils!
    Please be informed that the Federation of Malaysian Sri Lankan Organisations (FOMSO)is in constant ‘touch’ with our ‘homeland’ and hope the ‘glory days’ would be restored, God Willing.

    Hon. Secretary, Jaffnese Co-operative Society

  58. Dr. Anasuya J Jegathesan says:

    Heritage and culture; History!! – Regardless of how far away from the traditional homelands we have been blown by the winds of fate, these all lend meaning and substance to the individual we develop into. Thanks for this. Great Job. Best regards, from Malaysia.

  59. Sasitha .k says:

    Dear Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai,

    i am lecturer from Department of History, University of Jaffna.
    Thanks for your great & wonderful job.

    Dear Viewers, thanks for your nice words.


  60. THAMBOO says:




  61. Hello Dushyanthini,
    My Meartiest Congratulations to you for initiating this project with the Exhibition – why not enhance this effort, adding the written word to it in both English & Tamil too? You can exhibit artcles and books about our culture and heritage.

    Iam sending you my poem ‘My Childhood in Ariyalai’, from my book ‘PEACE WITH JUSTICE’, published in Toronto Canada in 2005 – My cousin Gramasevaka Dharmachandran of Brodie Lane near the Pungankulam junction Tel:011 9421 222 6676 & 01194214901438 as well as S.Kamalanathan , 40 Forest Office Lane near the Kachcheri Tel: 222 6062 will have a copy you can borrow to see – I gave a copy to Nartu Koothu maestro Ruthireswaran who visited Toronto recently also.

    All the best.
    Lalitha Brodie
    905 270 1213

  62. Hello Dushiyanthini,
    My Heartiest Congratulations for initiating this project – Well Done! Why not enhance it by adding the Written Word and exhibit aricles and books also please? I am sending you my poem My Childhood in Ariyalai from my book PEACE WITH JUSTICE which you can use if you like.
    Lalitha Brodie

  63. Anonymous says:

    You have spent lots of time made this our Jaffna tradtion. marvelous. Gangaa Selvadurai, Annaicoddai

  64. S. Mukunthan says:

    Thanks for collecting above information and published to view public. you have done a great job.

  65. Ranjit Yogendra says:

    Well done and beautifully presented. My Jaffna will always be my Jaffna and I would have appreciated if something written about our JHC. When I visit Jaffna next year, I intend to visit all these places and once again “WELL DONE” and congratulations.

  66. R Sivasubramaniam says:

    Hi Dushiyanthini

    A Huge THANK YOU for this wonderful project. The “mookku kolai” has now almost disappeared from our households, and was nice to see it displayed.

    One other item was the ‘sangu” – it was a smaller sized version of the mookku kolai” could contain about 1 to 2 table spoons of liquid. Was the favourite way by which my grandmother forced various conconcoctions down our throats. Her method was simple – catch you, hold your nose tight – no option but to open the mouth – pour the liquid into the mouth until you swallowed it. Release the nose and give you the reward – some panangkaddi.

    Nowadays it is Panadol, but I felt that my grandmother’s concoctions were more effective – alas the recipe has been lost!

    The thula was another feature in our homes, the mandatory early morning exercise was to make sure that all plants received their quota of water before rushing out to school.

    The good old days – sadly can only reminiscense about them, living in Singapore for the past 50 odd years.

    Would love to pay one last visit to the village and the school

  67. Sudharshan Seneviratne says:

    My hearty congratulations to the organizers. Showcasing the culture in Jaffna is an imperative to drive home the essential diversity found in the personality of this island society. Our surveys in the Eastern Province and the creation of the Museum of Memory for for the Plantation Workers of Indian origin (near Gampola) has added to this repository of information on the heritage of different communities, which is a living reality that must be rcognized and respected. My good wishes to our colleagues in Jaffna University for this laudable effort. Please publish a catalogue in all three languages so that the message is disseminated within the island and beyond. May I suggest a permanent exhibition venue within the premises of the University displaying the heritage of Jaffna along with the artefact collection in the University museum!

  68. nithi says:

    Thats it a very informative task

  69. Rajeswaran says:

    It is very interesting and is a good attempt. This only shows the real village type living of the poor class. Some good pictures connected with wedding functions with people dressed up in style with ‘kanchipuram’, ‘mallikai poo’, jewels and the men in their ‘pattu versti and saalvai’, temple functions, school children in their uniforms, playing cricket, foot ball, young girls in their ‘paavadai thavani’ now on motor bikes in jeans etc, should be added. I was surprised to see ‘puttu’ mixed up with all sweet items. There should be a separate section with ‘thosai, idly, string coppers, coppers, pongal’ etc. The unique ‘kinaru’ with the ‘thula’, must be focused well as found in almost every house in Jaffna, should be also shown clearly.

    Regards and my hearty congratulations to those who prepared with best wishes for continued improvement


  70. N.Shanta says:

    A very touching comment and I hope many of our Sinhalese brothers and sisters could understand our culture and preserve, and live side by side under one nation as all srilankans.If we can achieve that then we will be next to Singapore.

    I wish Waran, my best wishes for his understanding the both culture.

  71. Sasitha .k says:

    thanks a lot sir

  72. Ravi K says:

    very useful. Well done

  73. Sivaraja says:

    Well done. Also to be added our schools, scholars, temples, sumaithangi, Maaduvandil(bullock Cart)and sankadam padalai.


  74. Sivaraja says:

    Well done.

    Also add well (Kinaru & Thula), old irrigation method(cheku).

  75. An excellent presentation a job well done. It is worth the effort. Continous effort need to be made to record for posterity the Life and Times of Jaffna and its people.
    Co Author, Legacy of the Pioneers
    125 years of Jaffna Tamils in Malaysia
    ISBN 983 43176 0 3-Vol I
    ISBN 978 983 43176-2-1-Vol II

  76. Congratulation. A job well done. Every effort must be made by all concerned to record for posterity the Life and Times of Jaffna. Every bit of information available need to be documented and published. A permanent exhibition centre must be setup in Jaffna to preserve not only buildings but also artefacts and implements of the Tamils. The Tamil Diaspora the world over can make an annual pilgrimage to the land of our ancestors.

    Sinnapoo Apputhurai
    Co Author
    Legacy of the Pioneers-125 Years of Jaffna Tamils in Malaysia
    ISBN 983 43176 0 3
    ISBN 978 983 43176 2 1

  77. sutha.R says:

    Absolutely fabulous! Well done


  78. kumar kathiramalai says:

    Dear Dushi,
    Firstly congratulations on this painstaking afford! I am so glad that there are people such as yourself who find the time and determination to keep our heritage alive- particularly for those of us who were born abroad and know nothing more then a war that had sadly taken so many lives and destroyed families. Not to mention the influence the cheap and degrading influence of Tamil and Bolliwood films who are ashamed of their own culture and tradition.

    Just a suggestion , is there any chance that the exhibition could be held abroad. Perhaps you could contact the British Museum who if unable to help might offer some useful suggestions or contacts. Drop them a line.

    Thanks and take care.

    Kumar Kathiramalai

  79. Ganesh says:

    Hi Dushi
    Excellent piece of work well done
    Take care

  80. Sarojini says:

    Dear Dushi,

    Thank you so much for the photos and the knowledge you have shared with us. I am from the village of Vattukodai in Jaffna. I am a third generation M’sian, with a great desire to visit Jaffna in the near future.

    Keep up the good work and May God Bless All Jaffnese whereever we are at the moment and Long Live Jaffna.

    We’d always keep the spirit of Jaffna in our diligence, determination, intelligence, forwardness, passion, achievements, and the list goes on.

    Thank you and Regards,
    Sarojini Balasingam

  81. Nithya says:

    Well done everyone for your thoughts and actions. I am not aware of what were available at the exhibition. But please include pictures of ‘traditional pongal festival, other household items used for various purposes (Kuththoosi used for fencing, Kokkai saththakam, saththakam, ural-ulakkai, Neethuppeddy, Paakku ural, Kuththu vilakku, arikkan lamp,), coconut tree, young coconut (ilaneer), banana trees, valaikkulai, front decoration of a wedding hall or house(with valai maram etc.), manavarai, panankilanku and all other products we get from Palmyrah) etc. There should be more than these. These just came to my mind.

    This is just a suggestion for photos. But hats off for the organisers and Dushy.

  82. Really tasty foods and ecofriendly environment. this puddu had it records that Lord Shiva ate. Miss Chemmanachelvi had given a coolie as a token. But Shiva ate and danced peacefully to show his grace to everybody.

  83. Anonymous says:

    Well said.

  84. iwinJoice says:

    Wonderful presentation about our birth place…..I love Jaffna & my people

  85. K.S.Ananthan says:

    That is what we wont.You are perfectly correct.
    We lived together as brothers and sisters,that should come back.If politicians in their manifest,
    should state that they are going to improve the country’s economy,privet poverty,eliminate literacy,
    and make impartial judicatory,make both languages compulsory in schools,then the true politicians will emerge & they will become states man.
    In sixties our currency was stronger than Indian currency.You are right we would have been the
    strongest nation in Asia.Only people can reform the country ,the politicians do not have any
    other issues to come out with in the their policy when they stand for elections except communal issues.I do pray we will reunite to do well in Asia.

  86. A Man Who Observed says:

    Congratulations and best wishes for the exhibit. We appreciate the efforts as well.
    Just a question:
    Like the so called Kandyan saree which is a Kerala style saree and not Sinhalese saree, isn’t 99% of Jaffna cuisine from Kerala and not from Tamil Nadu ?

  87. If one went back far enough in time, almost every cultural or culinary element of modern Sri Lanka can be traced back to India, surely?

    However, just as the Kandyan style of wearing saris is sufficiently different from others as to be readily identifiable, so must there be subtle variations in food items.

    Not being an expert in such matters, I couldn’t be certain. 🙂

  88. Please can anyone point me towards information about Kantharodai? What are these structures? (They look remarkably like stupas) What was the history of the site? When does it date from? etc.,

  89. Kumar Thevanayagam says:

    Most of us here are just normal peace loving Sri Lankans – Tamils and Shinhalese. Our traditions, culture and heritage prevails from our bloodstream beyond doubts no matter who comes and goes as leaders, kings, queens and politicians. Let us be happy and positive together. Jaffna lives, so do every province in our great Ceylon – our Sri Lanka.

  90. Joslyn Maxwell-Black says:

    I just wanted to say , Thank You and say what a welcome and necessary exibit this is and perhaps more of our shared history from times gone by are found and revived . AS the daughter of BOTH Sri Lankan Tamil parents , my parents love of the country , it’s language and history has been passed down to me. Thank you once again and looking forward to more Joslyn

  91. Joseph Ferdinand says:

    Thank you for this excellent display and all the items on display (apart from the food)should be preserved for our future generation and should be documented in a different secret location.We lost a lot of the infomation when our library was destroyed.
    This is my personal view as my recent visit to the North it is evident that it is under occupation and these items may be targetted to get rid of any items of historic importance

  92. Ruban says:

    It is so amazing to see all the traditional clothes,Jewellery,some of the house hold stuff, I am sooo happy to see all these pictures. I never thought i could see brilliant pictures like this in this moment situation. Very nice presentation. Thank you Dushiyanthini.

    Best Regards

  93. Concerned Librarian says:

    Good Job Dushi! Which year was the picture of Keerimalai temple taken? I remeber going to the temple at least 23 years our of 33 years of my life in Sri Lanka, and I visited the temple last year in Sept 2010. Was this picture taken soon after the War?

    Thank you

  94. Canada says:

    Just to let you all know that the Viharais in Kantharodai are new. They were not there 25 years ago. That land was empty and there were some underground palace only.

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  96. Expatriate says:

    No doubt, there is a limit to what could be included in a comprehensive article such as Dushyanthi’s. However, I can’t help being reminded about Jaffna delicacies such as Meen Poriyal and Meen Kulambu, Ral Poriyal and Ral Kulambu, Muttai Poriyal and Muttai Kulambu. These, when mixed with the traditional vegetables result in mouth watering meals ( for those who are lucky to have them).

  97. Wonderful information towards gaining insights about our history and heritage and educating people about it.

  98. A noteworthy presentation of what we were/are. The presentation may be enriched by the inclusion of items such as our traditional agricultural tools , construction tools , items such as beetle nut slicer which demonstrate the ingunity of our ancestors.

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