National honours for craftsmen
Traditional crafts are unique to Sri Lankan culture
The National Crafts Council has planned to offer national honours to
traditional handicraftsmen. This is a result of a discussion had with
the President and this program will be implemented from 2010 under the
Rural Industries and Self-employment Promotion Ministry.
According to National Crafts Council Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena
those national honours will be given to the master craftsmen above 50
years and it will be known as the ‘Vishwa Karma’ award. Traditional
crafts are unique to Sri Lankan culture. Sri Lankan craftsmen have done
immense service to preserve and develop our crafts. During the last 30
years of war environment our craftsmen have faced various hardships, but
they have sacrificed their life to preserve their traditions.
To honour their services and skills, this program will be implemented
according to the Chairman National Crafts Council. Accordingly those who
have sacrificed their lives to create master craft and the best
craftsmen will be given this ‘Viswa Karma’ award. In addition to this
award they will be given free insurance policy and cash prizes.