It is expected to organize a grand art competition and exhibition in line with the 75th Anniversary of Independence next year that will showcase the country’s pride. All the talented artists of the country will be contributing to this endeavour while it will be a great opportunity for the new artists to showcase their talents, said President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The President made these remarks while opening the 50th Solo Art Exhibition of Veteran Artist Mr. H.S. Sarath, at Lionel Wendt Art Centre in Colombo yesterday (17). While viewing the art exhibition, two girls who were present at the art the exhibition handed over a plan to the President on how to improve the education system in this country.
President Ranil Wickramasinghe, further stated:
My relationship with Mr. H.S. Sarath goes back to more than four decades. During my tenure as the Minister of Youth Affairs and Education, I attended one of his art exhibitions. He was also made to participate in the work of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Education. Through that, I got the opportunity to recognize his artistic talent.
When the Ministry of Education was moved to the Isurupaya Building, I asked Mr. H.S. Sarath if he could provide a painting for the Minister’s Office. He obliged by providing a large painting depicting the “Salalihini Sandeshaya”. Unfortunately, that painting is no longer in the Ministry today. Someone must have taken it home and kept it because it can be sold for a large sum. However, Mr. H.S. Sarath participated in various types of work. His talent needs no introduction as it is obvious to anyone who has seen his artistic work.
Our 75th Anniversary of Independence will be celebrated next year. There are talented young artists like Mr. Sarath. I thought of organizing a grand art competition and exhibition under the leadership of Mr. Sarath and with the participation of other talented young artists, at a suitable place. Through that, more talented artists like Mr.H. S. Sarath will emerge from our country.
Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, President of Sri Lanka Foundation Saman Athavudahetti and others participated at this event.
The art exhibition will be held on November 18, 19 and 20th at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery in Colombo.