Made my Hobby a Living
[Updated :: 2011-08-22 09:20:08 Hours]
He sees what others do not see. He sees some beauty in each and
every object he meets. He captures them and shows them to the world
because he is a professional photographer.
Sri Ranganathan met us during our tour across the peninsula while
he was working in his studio at No. 309, Navalar road, Anaipanthy,
morning, please come in,” the CIMIC team received a friendly welcome
from this 52 years old gentleman who stepped forward keeping his
work aside for awhile. Then he wanted to offer us a cup of tea and
her eldest daughter Pavithra ran towards home for that assignment.
first question about his native place gave the start to discussion.
was born in Kantharmadam on the Palaly road. I am a proud old student
at Jaffna Hindu College where I completed my GCE A / L in science
stream.” He looked happy when he remembered his school days.
A / L examination, Mr. Ranganathan followed a course in air conditioning
at a local private institution and obtained a diploma.
father Velayathipillai Gurunathan and mother Parameshvari Gurunathan
did not have much wealth to give us all we needed. I have two sisters
and six brothers. My father was a meter reader of the Jaffna Municipal
Council,” he added.
1981, Mr. Ranganathan flew to Saudi Arabia seeking a job to earn
money. He was able to collect some Riyal fixing and repairing A/C
machines there to start a self employment and returned to the island
came to Sri Lanka in 1988 to get married to my wife, Valarmathy
and left for Saudi Arabia again,” said Mr. Ranganathan.
I returned in 1989, war situation prevailed in Jaffna. So I had
no work. There was no air conditioning work. On the other hand,
there was no electricity. I had a craving for learning photography
and video filming from my school age,” he continued.
the money available with him he then started a small studio. Unfortunately,
his family was displaced in 1995 due to terrorist activities. He
had spent the life with his family at Usan until April 1997. Upon
his return to Jaffna, he restarted his studio.
I get so many orders. I am doing video filming and still photography
of all types of ceremonies and making albums. My hobby ultimately
became my livelihood. Now there are four working under me. My elder
daughter Pavithra is helping me inmy studio work. She is now 21.
Younger daughter Semithra is 17 and studying at Vembady Girls’ High
School. I put my son’s name Aravinth to my studio. He is now 15
and attending Jaffna Hindu College,” Ranganathan went on talking
about his nest.
Velayathipillai Gurunathan had died in 1995 and Mrs. Parameshvari
Gurunathan is now living in Canada with one brother and one sister
has changed. Those days we had a lot of troubles. I am happy now
for being able to live in peace,” he concluded while we wished him
good luck and left his studio.
Number of his “Aravinth Digitals” is 021 2222190.