Actual situation in North
Lankan artistes to reach out to Indian counterparts
Colombo- The fraternity of Sri Lanka artistes have decided to stage a
peaceful demonstration and also send an open letter to the Indian
Government and protesting South Indian artistes explaining the real
situation behind the military operations in Northern Sri Lanka.
Veteran film artiste Ravindra Randeniya flanked by a large number of
fellow artistes at a media briefing yesterday said that, military
operations in the North were aimed at restoring democracy and peace.
According to the artistes a peaceful demonstration named “Adishtana
Pooja” is to be staged at the Independence Square on Thursday afternoon.
Elaborating on the close ties between Sri Lanka and South Indian
artistes over a long period of time Ravindra Randeniya said the
demonstration was not to protest over the recent actions by Tamil Nadu
but to convey the true feelings of their Sri Lankan counter parts.
He further said that both the demonstration and the open letter were
not politically motivated. “This is to show our belief in democracy and
peace” the veteran actor noted.
Another Veteran artiste Buddhadasa Vithanachchi observed that the
recent actions by Tamil Nadu artists regarding the conflict in Sri
Lanka, were provoked by politically motivated pro-LTTE elements in the
While claiming that this was a last resort by the LTTE who were
facing imminent defeat on all fronts, Vithanachchi said that the
esteemed Tamil Nadu Artistes had been mis led by interested factions.
He further claimed that these artistes had not risen when the LTTE
had assassinated Indian Premier Rajiv Gandhi and scores of other Tamil
leaders in Sri Lanka.
The large gathering of artistes made an open invitation to all
artistes in Sri Lanka to join them without any affiliations in the name
of peace and democracy in staging a peaceful demonstration with the
intention of sending the message across.