|SRI LANKA NATIONAL DAY|
|Tuesday, 16 February 2010 14:08|
SRI LANKA NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATED WITH TWIN EVENTS
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Palitha Kohona hosted a gala concert featuring eminent Sri Lankan – American artistes, on 5th February 2010, at the Asia Society on Park Avenue in New York. The 350 guests who attended the event included the Diplomatic corps, UN officials, leading lights in the New York business circles, tour operators and media personalities. On Sunday, 14th February 2010, Ambassador Kohona hosted a formal ceremony, a multi religious prayer service and a multicultural concert followed by a buffet luncheon for 800 members of the Sri Lankan community in the Tri State Area. The event took place at the Royal Albert Palace in New Jersey.
The National Day Reception for the Sri Lankan community hosted by the Permanent Mission took place for the first time this year in New Jersey on 14th February 2010 with the objective of reaching out to the Sri Lankans. In past years, this event has been held only in New York City. Over 800 Sri Lankans from all communities attended this event which was held at the Royal Albert Palace Reception Hall. A video telecast of President Mahinda Rajapakse’s address to the nation on National Day and a flag hoisting ceremony was followed by multi religious observances and a cultural show which featured the talent of Sri Lankans of all communities. A fund raising project for the “North-South Friendship Railway Track” was launched on this occasion. The event was followed by a buffet luncheon for the entire gathering and fellowship.
The concert on 5th February at the Asia Society on Park Avenue featured Rohan De Silva, Pianist and Maestro of Chamber Music who has played at the White House and at Carnegie Hall, Soprano Ms Tharanga Goonetillake who is a gem in the New York’s Opera Circuit, Veteran Jazz Vocalist Yolande Bawan, Pradeep Ratnayake, Sri Lanka’s outstanding Sitarist, Jazz Pianist Prodigy Dinuk Wijeratne and Sri Lanka’s well known Channa Upuli Dance Troupe added luster to the event with its splendid dance display. The concert was followed by a reception with a wide array of Sri Lankan cuisine. A special counter was opened to disseminate material from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. This event was entirely sponsored by the private sector in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.
14th February, 2010