A country bereft of art will be like a desert - PM
The country’s art should be modernized without tarnishing its
oriental image and it should not be an adoption of Western or any other
type, said Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka.
Prime Minister Wickramanayaka stated this at the ceremony held
yesterday for awarding scholarships to the successful candidates of the
first year students of Diploma in Drama and Theatre conducted by Tower
Hall Theatre Foundation.
“Today the freedom of the people is being withheld by some elements.
We had to perform our dances to their tune. No more performances will be
staged to their tune,” he said, referring to the conflict. PM said that
the country would be converted to a desert if its art performances fade
away. Inhuman acts will increase in society.
The rights of the people will be affected. “Today the decline of
every aspects of country art is prominent and well-known. But proposal
for National Drama and Theatre School will pass one milestone by
recognising this Diploma level course which has been extended to follow
a university degree of Aesthetic Education at the Open University of Sri
A medical insurance scheme for students who follow the courses of
Drama and Theatre school without any contribution of the students was
promised by the Prime Minister at the occasion.
The scholarships were presented by present veteran Drama and Theatre
Artistes of Sri Lanka to mark the contribution made by Professor
Sarachchandra, Bastian Jayaweera Bandara, Charles Dias and John de