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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

Sri Lanka independence celebrations at UNESCO in Paris

Paris, 07 February, ( A mega musical show held to commemorate the 61st independence anniversary attracted more than 1000 Sinhalese, Tamils and Malays living in France and foreign ambassadors and senior officials. The UNESCO Salle 1, which is the most prestigious auditorium in Paris was packed to its 1350-seat capacity when the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France celebrated the anniversary of independence on February 3.

The audient comprising of all communities of Sri Lanka and French officials, diplomats and well wishers listen to eminent Sinahala singers, Karunarathne Divulgane and Deepika Priyadarshani Peiris and popular Tamil vocalist Mahinda Kumar karunarethnam in rapt attention.

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to UNESCO Lionel Fernando, pointing out that the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and Malays jointly strived to achieve freedom for the Nation, expressed that the participation of all communities in large numbers at this function to commemorate the 61st anniversary of Sri Lanka’s independence is indeed an occasion to rejoice. He said that this year’s anniversary is a special one as the people in all provinces in Sri Lanka could enjoy the fruits of freedom equally.

Mr Fernando added that Sri Lanka, as a vibrant democracy has advanced rapidly in many spheres as evident from human development indices and taken a proud place in the community of nations. "At the same time we have faced many a challenge. Our government is determined to defeat terrorism and find a lasting political solution that would meet aspirations of all communities so that al our energies could be diverted to nation building efforts," he said. "It is the bounded duty of all Sri Lankan, whether they live in the country or abroad to extend a helping hand to this national endeavour," Ambassador Fernando Emphasized.

The musical evening titled 'Rhythms of Lanka' included several dance items by the students of Sarasavi Ranga Niketanaya and Thisaravi Ranga Kalayathanaya and Bharat Natyam by Shalika Rajakaruna. A child artist, Nilusi Nissankha sand a song on national unity and communal harmony.

- Asian Tribune -

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