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‘Beauty Beyond Batik’ concludes

hosted by Eric Suriyasena Batiks
Managing Director of Janasri Mills Pradeep Sockalingam donating Rs. 2.5 million to Eric Suriyasena. Pictuers by Ranjith Asanka
Managing Director of Janasri Mills Pradeep Sockalingam donating Rs. 2.5 million to Eric Suriyasena. Pictuers by Ranjith Asanka

Sri Lanka’s largest Batik Fashion Show, ‘Beauty Beyond Batik’ hosted by Eric Suriyasena Batiks in Marawila, was held at the Suriya Resort, Kammala Road, Waikkal, amidst a large gathering of corporate, ambassadors, fashion designers and well-wishers.

The ‘Beauty Beyond Batik’ event was mainly organized as a fund raiser in aid of the Chilaw Cancer Hospital and the Heart to Heart Trust Fund which is a project launched by the founder of Eric Suriyasena Batiks and Chairman of Suriya Resort, Waikkal and Goldi Sands Hotel Negombo.

Suriyasena for more than a half century, has adapted the traditional and very ancient craft of dyeing on cloth using a wax resist method and pioneered the use of the Batik medium as a form of Fine Art in Sri Lanka.

He is currently recognized as the pioneer and premier exponent of batik paintings and design and is venerated for his contributions of this creative means of pictorial expression. He is also leading a battle to review the dying batik industry in Sri Lanka. The event was also marked as a special milestone as where it celebrated 55 years in the batik industry for the creator of Eric Suriyasena Batiks. Eric Suriyasena has also marked 50 years of commitment for the Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka.

“Batik is part of our heritage. It is a beautiful tradition that needs to be kept alive in our country and shared throughout the world,” Eric Suriyasena said.

The Managing Director of Janasri Mills (Pvt.) Limited, Pradeep Sockalingam, donating Rs.2.5 million to the fund, while there were also other donations from Banks and the corporate sectors.

In a bid to give back something to the community, he founded the ‘Heart to Heart Trust Fund’ to help create awareness programs to prevent heart diceases and also raise funds to support heart surgeries.

The launch of his cancer project is to stop patients coming to Maharagama Cancer Hospital seeking treatment.

He had built a special ward at the Chilaw Hospital, equipping it with modern medical equipment so that patients could be treated.


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