High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

Historic Indo – Sri Lanka cultural bridges rekindled as the first ever Vesak Pandal in New Delhi is inaugurated PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 12:13

 Vesak celebrations in New Delhi would further augment the historic Indo – Sri Lanka socio-cultural linkages and the time tested goodwill between the two peoples as amply manifested during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Sri Lanka for the UN Vesak Celebrations last week, the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam stated, while the Indian Minister of State Kiren Rijiju welcomed a significant leap in New Delhi’s cultural calendar symbolizing one of India’s greatest gifts to the mankind – Buddhism.   These observations were made at the inauguration ceremony of the first ever Vesak Pandal in New Delhi yesterday, as the final phase of the celebrations organized to mark the Vesak 2017 by the High Commission of Sri Lanka.

The ceremony was attended by the clergy, political dignitaries, city officials, diplomats, members of the academia and a cross section of the general public, to mark the inauguration of the glittering artwork of the 40 feet high Pandal erected overlooking a park along the Shanti Path which is also known as the Ceremonial Route in the diplomatic enclave in New Delhi.  The Pandal attracted the local crowds in numbers soon after its 15,000 multi-coloured bulbs illuminated the night skies. Although the “Buddha Purnima” is a government holiday and is celebrated by the Buddhists in India, “Vesak Pandals” are not a widely known cultural feature.  

The ceremony commenced with the invoking of the blessings by the Maha Sangha led by the Chief Incumbent of the Varanasi Centre of the Mahabodhi Society of India Ven K. Medhankara Thero and the Chief Incumbent of the New Delhi Centre of the Mahabodhi Society of India Ven R. Sumiththananda Thero. The traditional oil lamp was lit by the Minister of Education of Sri Lanka Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India Chitranganee Wagiswara, Minister of State for Home Affairs of India Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment of India Rajesh Athawale, New Delhi Municipal Council Chairman Naresh Kumar and the Joint Secretary of the Indian Ocean Region Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India Sanjay Panda.

High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara welcomed the gathering and outlined the importance of the Vesak day and the extensive arrangements made by the High Commission in collaboration with the City authorities to celebrate Vesak in New Delhi.  She spoke of Buddha’s universal message of peace which is internationally recognized by the United Nations following the initiative taken by the former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.  She also referred to the Prime Minister Modi’s remarks in Sri Lanka on “limitless possibilities of our shared future” and our “friendship that lives in the hearts of our people and is the fabric of our societies.”

The Staff of the High Commission, and their family members joined by a group of Sri Lankan expatriates sang Bhakti Gee.  As the lights were switched on by the Ministers and the High Commissioner and Colonel Kumara the leader of the Sri Lanka Army Engineering Corps team which erected the Pandal, the Hindi translation of the story of the Pandal – Angulimala - was played in the background.

A special 16 member team from the Engineering Services Corps of the Sri Lanka Army erected the Pandal and the main structure which was brought from Sri Lanka while the necessary facilities and assistance was secured in India.  

The High Commission of Sri Lanka has been facilitated to carry out this task by a group of well wishers and sponsors both from Sri Lanka and India. They include Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lankan Airlines, ICT Maurya Group in India, RITES Ltd in India, Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) and the Indian Oil Company (IOC).

The Pandal would be on display for a week, taking the centre stage in an area that had been lit up since the Vesak day, with hundreds of lanterns and buckets making it a Vesak Kalapaya or a Vesak Compound in New Delhi.

Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi

16th May 2017

69th National Day of Sri Lanka 2017 in New Delhi PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Saturday, 18 March 2017 09:26

Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi celebrates

69th Anniversary of Independence - 20017


The High Commission of Sri Lanka celebrated the 69th anniversary of the independence of Sri Lanka with the official ceremony held in the morning of 4th of February followed by an evening reception at the High Commission premises on the 6th of February, 2017.

The official ceremony in the morning of the 4th of February commenced with the hoisting of the national flag by High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara in the backdrop of the sound of the ceremonial drums (Magul Bera). Following the rendering of the National Anthem, religious dignitaries representing all four major religions in Sri Lanka – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity – blessed the country, the leaders and the people. A two minute silence was observed in respect of national heroes of Sri Lanka and the messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera were read by the High Commissioner and members of the diplomatic staff. The invitees who also included the Sri Lankan expatriates in New Delhi were hosted to a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast.  An alms giving was held prior to the official ceremony at the official residence for the Buddhist clergy representing all major Sri Lankan Buddhist institutes in India.  

The Diplomatic reception on the 6th of February was graced by the Minister of State for External Affairs of India, M.J. Akbar, as the Chief Guest and other prominent guests who included Foreign Secretary S Jaishanker and the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party Ram Madhav. The representative gathering of over 700 guests comprised political dignitaries, diplomats, government officials, business leaders, Sri Lankan expatriates and media personnel. Addressing the invitees High Commissioner Wagiswara highlighted the excellent relations between Sri Lanka and India. High Commissioner Wagiswara also referred to the strengthening of the bilateral ties after the assumption of office of the National Unity Government in Sri Lanka, adding that “today we are moving together in partnership in building and further strengthening our traditionally close relations”.

The guests at the reception were entertained to a cultural programme which included Sri Lankan classical music with Bhagesri Fonseka from the University of Colombo and also, Sri Lankan contemporary music with the winner of the first Ranawiru Real Star Award, Captain Damien Fernando of the Sri Lanka Navy.

The guests were also entertained to a wide array of Sri Lankan cuisine by the chefs of Blue Waters Wadduwa Beach Hotel in Sri Lanka as well as to Indian and Western cuisine. The audience was informed of the great potential for enhanced Indo – Sri Lanka trade and economic partnership, with the leading Sri Lankan investments and business ventures in India, namely, Brandix Lanka Ltd., DAMRO and Dilmah Tea, joining in as sponsors. The national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, conducted a raffle draw offering two free air-tickets for the winners to travel to Sri Lanka.

High Commission of Sri Lanka

New Delhi

7th February 2017

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Thursday, 31 March 2016 06:51


Visit of Prime Minister Hon. RanilWickremesinghe to India PDF Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info) E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:33


 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arriving in New Delhi on September 14, 2015 

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 08:28
On the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe will undertake an Official visit to India from 14th to 16th September 2015. 

During the visit, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka will hold talks with his Indian counterpart and call on Indian President Pranab Mukherjee. Indian Cabinet Ministers and political leaders are among those who are expected to call on the Prime Minister.  

Bilateral instruments on cooperation in the health sector, an Indian grant assistance for implementation of small development projects and frequency coordination for the SAARC Satellite will be initialed during the visit. 

The Official visit is the first undertaken by Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe following his election as Prime Minister consequent to the 17 August General Election. Earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena undertook a State visit to India in February 2015 and Indian Prime Minister Naredndra Modi visited Sri Lanka in March 2015.  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
13th September 2015


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