High Commission of Sri Lanka in India

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 09:57

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi organized two events to celebrate the 70th anniversary of independence.

The official ceremony in the morning of 04th February commenced with the hoisting of the national flag in the backdrop of the sound of the ceremonial drums (Magul Bera).  Following the rendering of the National Anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, religious dignitaries representing all four religions in Sri Lanka – Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity – blessed the country, the leaders and the people of Sri Lanka.

The rest of the programme included two minute silence observed in respect of the national heroes of Sri Lanka, followed by the reading messages of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana. The High Commissioner lit the tradition oil lamp together with members representing all three communities and several prominent members of the Sri Lankan community in New Delhi.  

In her address the High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara stated that in terms of a life span of a human being it’s a long period, but for a nation it is not so, but noted that it is an important milestone.  While speaking on the Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations, she said that India is the closest neighbour and India and Sri Lanka’s relations span a multitude of areas and that Sri Lanka has resources and capacity to move towards further progress and economic prosperity.  The need to live together as one family to create new Sri Lanka was also stressed.

At the end of the formal event two brief Sri Lankan dance items were performed by the “Olaboduwa dance troupe” from Sri Lanka adding colour to the event.  The invitees numbering around 120 Sri Lankan expatriates and students who are 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 the major Sri Lankan Buddhist temples and Institutes in India.

On 06 February 2018, a Reception for around 800 guests was hosted for political dignitaries, Senior Government Officials of India, members of the diplomatic corp, eminent business leaders, other special invitees and members of the Sri Lankan community at the residence of the High Commissioner.  The Chief Guest at the event was Hon. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice and Electronics and Information Technology.  Welcoming the Chief Guest, the High Commissioner said that the leaders of the two countries have exchanged several visits and that such interactions have brought about a “new momentum” to the “special relationship”.  The Olaboduwa dance troupe from Sri Lanka presented a human lamp formation which was lit by the Chief Guest and the High Commissioner symbolizing the human ability to light the world to bring peace and prosperity.  The Olaboduwa dance Troupe also performed pooja dance, mask dance, folk and fire dances which mesmerized the audience.        

The High Commission arranged for the guests to savour Indian as well as Sri Lankan cuisine, which was laid out by the Sri Lankan Chefs from the Hotel Blue Waters, Wadduwa, and the Executive Chef Nihal Somasiri and his Assistants were specially flown in from Sri Lanka.  Dilmah Tea set up a special tea kiosk for the visitors to taste Sri Lanka tea.  

The National Day reception was supported by sponsors by Brandix Lanka, which is a leading apparel company in Sri Lanka and the largest Sri Lankan investment in India which is located in a land of 100 acres in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, IRCON International Limited, Rites Limited, Nestle India, Damro Limited, MFJ Group (Dilmah Tea), Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd., Hotel Blue Waters, Wadduwa, Sri Lankan Airlines and Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

High Commission of Sri Lanka

New Delhi
07 February 2018