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Tamil culture showcased in Jaffna street paintings

Streets in Jaffna were decorated with street art this week, showcasing various aspects of the city’s Eelam Tamil culture.

Walls in streets through the city centre were emblazoned with images depicting the history of the city.

Landmarks depicted included the Nallur Kovil, the Jaffna Library, Jaffna clock tower and Manthiri Manai - one of the last standing buildings from Jaffna’s ancient Royal Palace. 

One wall was also vibrantly painted with the words ‘Yaal Paanam’ - the Tamil name for the city of Jaffna, as well as different musical instruments traditionally played by Tamils. Women in Bharathanatyam (Carnatic dance) attire are also painted representing a long-standing art form that is Tamils practised globally.

Another wall also displays a modern take on Tamil culture, representing social media and arts with symbols of various social media platforms, emojis, music.

See more photographs of the artwork below. 

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