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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Serendib singers enthral French audience to mark Sri Lanka’s 60th independence

Paris, 03 February, ( Two of the topmost Sinhala and Tamil singers kept a packed UNESCO auditorium in Paris spell bound for nearly three hours when the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France held a function at this most prestigious venue in this capital of culture to mark the twin events of the 60th independence anniversary and the 60th anniversary year of France – Sri Lanka diplomatic relations.Ambassador Chintranganee WagiswaraAmbassador Chintranganee Wagiswara

For the first time in recent years all communities of Sri Lankans in Francs and their friends, senior French officials and diplomats gathered together at this public function organized by Sri Lanka Embassy on February 1st at the UNESCO Salle 1. This premier venue in Paris with 1350 seats were filled to capacity as Sinhalese Tamils and others flocked in their hundreds to listen to Visharada Sunil Edirisinghe and top Tamil vocalist Mohanraj Muthswamy.

Addressing the gathering Ambassador Chintranganee Wagiswara emphasised the imperative need of all Sri Lankans – whether living in Sri Lanka or abroad to extend their fullest cooperation to the national endeavour for peace at this crucial time when an important devolution process is being worked out by the political leadership, cutting across political barriers. Pointing out that Sri Lanka has advanced in many spheres such as education and healthcare as evident from human development indices, she said that at the same time the country had to face many a challenges.

“We have to work together to overcome these challenges,” Ms Wagiswara said and reminded the audience how the independence was achieved by our forefathers struggling as a united force against colonial domination.

“Though it was not an easy task, we decided to commemorate the independence this year with the largest possible participation of Sri Lankans in Paris, your presence today in large numbers is a proof of our success and it has given us an immense encouragement,” Ambassador Wagiswara said. She pointed out that all sections of Sri Lankans in Paris ranging from various associations, all the political party branches in Paris, Tamil, Muslim and Sinhala traders, to individuals assisted in organising this event.

Ms Wagiswara, emphasising the importance of our bilateral relations with France, and said that France was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with Sri Lanka in the year of independence in October 1948.

After keeping the audience enthralled with the best of their songs, maestro Sunil Edirisinghe and Mohanraj Muthuswamy joined in to sing together highlighting the theme of coexistence and harmony. While Anuraji Chinniah and Stephanie gave a scintillating Radha Krishna dance, students of Srasavi Ranga Nikethanaya in Paris presented ‘Gajaga Vannama’ and a colourful ballet of ‘Pera Diga Muthu Atayai Mei’. The audience too joined in when Sunil Edirisinghe and Mohanraj and the members of Sri Band to sing ‘Lowe Sema’ depicting unity towards progress in a fitting finale.

- Asian Tribune -

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