Rs. 2,430 m Performing Arts Theatre at Nomads Grounds
COLOMBO: The Construction of the National Performing Arts Theatre at
a cost of Rs. 2,430 million which marks the fulfilment of a dream of Sri
Lankan performing artistes, will be launched at the Nomads Grounds,
Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7, tomorrow.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the chief guest. The Ambassador
of the Republic of China Ye Dabo will participate.
Cultural Affairs and National Heritage Minister Mahinda Yapa
Abeywardana said the construction of the theatre was restarted after
President Rajapaksa's recent visit to the Republic of China.
The Minister said the proposed theatre will mark the resurgence of
cultural relationship of both countries.
"This theatre will be equipped with ultra modern facilities such as
an auditorium with 1,288 seats, parking facilities for 500 vehicles,
library and training facilities for performing arts, and facilities to
conduct educational and research activities", Abeywardana said.
A separate body will be formed to administer the proposed theatre
complex. The entire Colombo City will get a facelift with the
construction of this theatre, he said. Explaining the achievements under
the direction of President Rajapaksa, the Minister said 58 new buildings
were being constructed in the Colombo City.
Museums at Sigiriya and Kataragama will be set up while two Kala
Nikethanas (Art Centres) will also be constructed in Kandy and Kundasale,
he said. Forty-nine per cent of the total cost will be received as a
grant from the Republic of China and the rest as an interest free loan.
The construction agreement was signed with the contractor Yangain
Company of China. The project is expected to be completed in 26 months.