Tower Hall Website launched
COLOMBO: Enthusiasts and patriarchs of Tower Hall can dive into its
past via its website www.towerhall.lk from now on. The website was
launched by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees yesterday.
The website will provide a wealth of information to those keen to
know about it as it has included, its origin, past performances, how it
works on daily basis and gives information on history of Sri Lanka
Those willing could also be able to listen to old hits, Nurthi and
gramophone songs. For the present all information is provided both in
Sinhala and English. Plans are on to give information in Tamil as well.
The President who launched the website discussed with the artistes as
to what should be done to improve the field of art, what areas to take
priority in the process.
Those artistes present at the launching pointed out the need to have
a school or an institution to provide education to those taking to drama
and cinema, which was very much in demand.
President who took a serious note of this requirement listened to
them who underlined the need to introduce subjects into the school
curriculum to provide education to children to appreciate and value of
drama and cinema from their tender years.
They also expressed their appreciation for taking steps to
reintroduce literature and history into the school curriculum.
He pointed out that the children of today are in a competitive milieu
in respect of their education and it is the responsibility of the
parents to create interest in art and culture in their minds and
encourage their children to appreciate what is good in the art and
President Rajapaksa expressing his views said he regretted to note
that compared to the countries in the region what Sri Lanka art and
culture produce, fails to impress what was unique to Sri Lanka and its
He said some productions are done to suit the whims and fancies of
the businessmen whose sole aim is economic gain. These however did not
do any good to the minds of the people, he said.
The discussions also focused attention on a number of issues
pertaining to the artistes of this country including welfare facilities
for elderly artists, providing houses, a pension scheme and financial
assistance in distress.
Tower Hall Foundation Director General Douglas Siriwardene, Malini
Fonseka, Ratnawali Kekuluwela, Sriyani Amarasena, Robin Fernando, G.R.
Perera, Sadun Wijesiri, Sangeetha Weeraratne, Champa Kalhari, Senaka
Wijesinghe, Jayalal Rohana, Semini Iddamalgoda and several others were