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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

Celebrations in New York to mark 60th Anniversary of Independence and National Day of Sri Lanka

New York, 31 January, ( Photographer Rena Bass Forman describes her work as an attempt “to illuminate, in a poetic manner, the inner landscape of Sri Lanka as seen through its temples, trees, flowers, stone and water”. She speaks of her photographs as her “offerings for peace to the beautiful people of Sri Lanka”.

John Beebe, who has spent a year in Sri Lanka, brings out the theme of religious tolerance through his photographs – “spiritual life, in all its diverse forms, hums in Sri Lanka. Rounded stupas, twirling spires, and chaotic kovils dot every landscape, often side by side. Festivals crowd streets and chants fill the air at all times of day”, he says, and adds “fueling these celebrations is a sentiment far more delicately hewn than tolerance”.

On 3rd February, the Permanent Mission, together with the Sri Lankan-American community in the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, will also hold religious observances followed by multi-cultural performances representing all communities in Sri Lanka. This traditional community event marking the National Day will be held in a more festive atmosphere this year with greater community participation in celebration of 60 years of Independence.

- Asian Tribune -

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