Independence Day celebrations in UN
The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York
will hold an exhibition of photographs “Sri Lanka through Visitor’s
Eyes” by two American photographers Rena Bass Forman and John Beebe from
February 4 to 8 at United Nations Headquarters as a part of the
celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of Independence and National
Day of Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka
to the United Nations, will host a Reception on February 4 at the UN to
inaugurate the week long exhibition with the participation of senior UN
officials and representatives of member States of the UN. The exhibition
will focus on natural scenic beauty of Sri Lanka, heritage, culture,
religious diversity and tolerance.
Rena Bass Forman describes her work as an attempt “to illuminate, in
a poetic manner, the inner landscape of Sri Lanka as seen through its
temples, trees, flowers, stone and water”. She speaks of her photographs
as her “offerings for peace to the beautiful people of Sri Lanka”.
John Beebe, who has spent a year in Sri Lanka, brings out the theme
of religious tolerance through his photographs - “spiritual life, in all
its diverse forms. Rounded stupas, twirling spires, and chaotic kovils
dot every landscape, often side by side.
Festivals crowd streets and chants fill the air at all times of day”,
he says, and adds “fueling these celebrations is a sentiment far more
delicately hewn than tolerance”.
On February 3, the Permanent Mission, together with the Sri
Lankan-American community in the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey,
and Connecticut, will hold religious observances followed by
multi-cultural performances representing all communities in Sri Lanka.
This traditional community event marking the National Day will be
held in a more festive atmosphere this year with greater community
participation in celebration of 60 years of Independence.
A Cultural Show with exotic dancing, special locals by Kalasuri Latha
Walpola and a painting exhibition by artist Walter Kulasuriya will mark
Sri Lanka’s Sixtieth Independence Celebrations at Long Beach, California
on February 3 at 5:30 p.m. according to Consular General Jaliya
A cultural show reflecting Sri Lanka’s 2500 year old history will be
the highlight of the celebration.
Latha Walpola, and Malini Fonseka will be guest artists.
Walter Kulasuriya, a tsunami-affected artist from Southern Sri Lanka,
will be exhibiting his paintings in the entry foyer between 4:30pm and
Kulasuriya will use any donations received for his artwork to rebuild
his destroyed art studio in Ahangama.
This celebration of independence will take place on Sunday, the
February 3 at the California State University in Long beach, inside the
Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, #6200 Atherton
Street, Long Beach, California.