MANGAYARKARASI AMIRTHALINGAM

Mangayarkarasi Amirthalingam was born in Moolai, Vaddukoddai, Jaffna
in 1933. At twelve years old, she enrolled in Ramanathan College – founded by early Tamil political
leader Sir Ponnambalam Ramanathan –
to study music.

ANONYMOUS MALE (BATTICALOA)

Anonymous (Batticaloa) was born in Batticaloa, Eastern Province in 1965. By his early teens, Batticaloa had begun to feel the effects of conflict after the 1977 riots. When he reached university age in 1983, his father abruptly sent him to India for studies.

AMBICA SELVARAJ

Ambica Selvaraj was born in a multicultural neighbourhood in Colombo in April 1951. Though she spoke Tamil at home and in school, she spent most of her childhood in
the company of Sinhalese and
English-speaking children,
unaware of the issues that would become so salient later on.