Battaramulla Folk Art Centre to be developed
COLOMBO: The Ministry of Rural Industries and Self-Employment
Promotion will develop the Folk Art Centre (Janakala Kendraya) in
Battaramulla as a national and international tourism destination
investing Rs.70 million.
Minister S.B Nawinna has obtained Cabinet approval for this and
construction has commenced. The project has targeted to popularise
traditional handicrafts, local indigenous products and folk art among
Minister S.B. Nawinna told the Daily News that the project will be
implemented with the assistance of the Tourism Ministry. It has aimed to
create an eco-friendly and attractive environment for the relaxation of
local and foreign visitors. A Guest house fortourists will be set up by
the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and the Sri Lanka Hotel Corporation.
"Popularising our craft and art internationally, we expects to
promote economic standards of local craftsmen. It has also planned to
increase the number of students for the aesthetic and vocational
training courses including courses for the disabled soldiers in the Folk
A 500-seat Drama Theatre to perform the folk arts will be set up in
the area. Sanitary facilities and accommodation would be improved for
the convenience of visitors. Restaurants, four trade stalls to sell
local manufacturing products and a pond will also be constructed. The
road network will be modified in the Folk Art center while parking
facilities will be improved.