System to protect artistes’ skills needed, says President | Daily News

System to protect artistes’ skills needed, says President

State ‘Kalabhooshana’ Awards Ceremony:
Veteran Photographer G. Hettiarachchi and Veteran announcer, former Ministerial Media Secretary and ANCL Editorial Director Seelaratne Senarath receiving Kalabhooshana awards from Deputy Cultural Affairs Minister A. H. M. Haleem and Northern Province Governor Dr. Suren Raghavan respectively. Picture by Sudath Malaweera
Veteran Photographer G. Hettiarachchi and Veteran announcer, former Ministerial Media Secretary and ANCL Editorial Director Seelaratne Senarath receiving Kalabhooshana awards from Deputy Cultural Affairs Minister A. H. M. Haleem and Northern Province Gove

President Maithripala Sirisena said that it is needed to follow a system to take forward the knowledge and skills of traditional artistes in rural areas to the future generation without leaving room for such heritages to vanish with those skills with their demise.

Addressing the 34th State ‘Kalabhooshana’ Awards Ceremony held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Tuesday, the President pointed out the importance of paying attention at ministry level in this regard.

At this awards ceremony, nearly 200 artistes, who rendered a valuable service to the Sri Lankan Arts field were felicitated and the President presented the Excellence Awards to them.

It was organised by the Cultural Affairs Department.

President Sirisena expressed his appreciation about the services rendered by artistes to build a society filled with humanity.

He also extended his gratitude to all the artistes who contributed to build a knowledgeable public opinion while preserving the local cinema, stage drama, teledrama and writing fields.

Former first lady Hema Premadasa, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M.H.A. Haleem, Cultural Affairs Department Director Anusha Gokula Fernando, Prof. Ariyaratne Kaluarachchi, senior artistes including Sathischandra Edirisinghe were among the invitees.


 

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