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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2370

Kala Pola organized to help Sri Lankan artists

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 12 January, (Asiantribune.com): ‘Kala Pola’ organized by George Keyt Foundation and sponsored by the John Keells Group for the 15th consecutive year will be held on 20th January at the Viharamahadevi Park with more than 300 artists and sculptors participating. This would be the most sought after annual event by the artists and art lovers in Sri Lanka...

At the Press Briefing to announce the details of the Kala Pola, Sumithra Gunasekera, Director, John Keels Holdings said that the John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation was strongly committed to supporting the arts and culture of the country and said that they were privileged to extend their patronage to Kala Pola, which would be one of the most celebrated events in Sri Lanka's cultural calendar that provided a platform for budding artists spread all over Sri Lanka.

He said that the Kala Pola provided a good opportunity for the artists to display their work and launch their careers. He noted that this cultural event would be a god source of income for these artists and they would then be financially empowered which led to encourage them to pursue their career.

Cedric de Silva, President, George Keyt Foundation, speaking said that the Kala Pola had its humble beginnings and now it has grown to be a national event in the cultural calendar of Sri Lanka. The Kala Pola provided a unique opportunity of showcasing the work of artists and also the event became the meeting place of buyers and sellers of work of art.

Channa Ekanayaka, an artist, representing the Kala Pola Artist Community, in answer to a query by a journalist said that there could arise a problem of maintaining the product quality as the artists prepare their work keeping in mind of selling their work. He said that in addition to the buyers, they were working out a system to get critics and artists of repute for comments and opinions and guidance to bring the Kala Pola to achieve the beauty, quality of work of art.

John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation which now handles all these activities to achieve sustainable social and economic goals has earned the Company the Award of the ‘Best corporate Citizen 2007 presented by the Ceylon Chamber of commerce.

- Asian Tribune -

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