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Mr.Somaratne Vidanapathirana

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Tamil drama workshop is started at National Arts Academy, Kundasale…

2024-05-11
The Tamil drama workshop held jointly by the Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council of Sri Lanka and the State ...

An official website from the Department of Muslim Affairs to make public work easier..

2024-05-10
The official website of the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs was launched today (10) at the Depart...

Steps to repair the outdoor theatre of the Kegalle Cultural Center…

2024-05-03
Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, instructed the relevant officia...

75th Initial Day Ceremony of Indian Council for Cultural Relations in Colombo…

2024-04-29
The 75th Initial Day Ceremony of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), established to strengthen cultural tie...

Discussions with the Secretary of Defence regarding several archeological issues!

2024-03-28
A discussion between Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and Retired...

World Theatre Day’ celebration at Elphinstone Theatre…

2024-03-27
The 'World Theatre Day' celebration was held today (27) at the Elphinstone Theatre in Maradana The four children's...

Many decisions for the improvement of archaeology…

2024-03-20
A committee was appointed to prepare the criteria regarding the removal of the plaques installed at Atamasthana witho...

130th birth anniversary of Mr. L. H. Meththananda, Leader of the Buddhist National Force is celebrated…

2024-03-19
130th birth anniversary of Mr. L. H. Meththananda, a famous former principal who brought about the new renaissance of...

An exemplary village for the country located in Anuradhapura!

2024-03-18
It is imperative for the human resource to be consisted of development attitudes for a country to be developed. It ba...

Digitalize of the historical city of Anuradhapura…

2024-03-15
A Memorandum of Understanding was submitted to the Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious an...

Making effort to revive Telugu Cultural Center in Tambuttegama !

2024-03-12
Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs and a group of ministry official...

Annual discussion of Ancient Shrine Revival Circle in Anuradhapura!

2024-03-12
The annual meeting of the Ancient Shrine Revival Circle was held today (12) at Vihara Halmillakulam Sri Sugathamaha V...

Providing dates donated by Saudi to mosques in this country has been started !

2024-03-11
Dates donated to Sri Lanka by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were symbolically handed over to the mosques in Sri Lanka u...

An exhibition based on female and male social status at the National Museum premises in Colombo!

2024-03-09
An exhibition was held today (09) at the Colombo National Museum premises under the United Nations Development Projec...

An awareness program for public in regard of the noble true qualities of God Shiva…

2024-03-09
A special program organized by the Sri Lanka Brahma Kumara Raja Yoga Centre 0was held today (09) with the aim of ackn...

The Pansiya Panas Jathaka book is translated to English language!

2024-03-09
The book translated into English as The Revered Book of Five Hundred & Fifty Jataka Stories was presented to Hon. Vid...

The Gita festival was colorful with the participation of many Indo-Sri Lankan distinguished guests!

2024-03-02
The second day of the International Bhagavad Gita Festival was vividly held today (02) with the participation of many...

International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

2024-03-01
International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka...

International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

2024-03-01
International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka...

International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka…

2024-03-01
International Gita mahotsav-Sri Lanka  

The first day of the International Bhagavad Gita Festival was colorfully held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre!

2024-03-01
The opening ceremony of the International Bhagavad Gita Festival was held colorfully today (01) at the Nelum Pokuna T...

Preliminary plans for the Gita festival were discussed…

2024-02-28
A discussion on the organisation of the International Gita Festival, chaired by Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious, ...

A drug prevention and counseling program for scholars of the Buddhist and Pali University…

2024-02-14
Another phase of the series of programs conducted by the National Drug Prevention Operation Unit with the objective o...

Many agreements to strengthen Sri Lanka -Thailand relations…

2024-02-14
A number of free trade agreements to strengthen trade and investment relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand were si...

Seethawaka children wear head decoration…

2023-12-20
The headdress adornment ceremony for 43 students studying upcountry dance at the Seethawaka Cultural Center and its a...

The money distribution ceremony for 12 Hindu Kovils selected from Kalutara district out of the funds allocated annually to Hindu Kovils by the Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs was held at Kalutara Siri Kathir Velayudaswamy Kovil…

2023-12-20
Hindu priests, Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Y. Aniruthan...

A new program from the Ministry of Buddhasasana to facilitate the activities of the disabled community…

2023-12-18
Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs states that a special program ha...

A musical entertainment program called “Sanda Diya Pamula – 2” was held at the auditorium of Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs…

2023-12-07
This program was held under the direction of veteran lyricist, song critic Mr. Dhammika Bandara and journalist Mr. Ma...

Unveiling the newly constructed stone Samadhi Buddha statue of Sri Paramananda Purana Viharaya in Kotahena …

2023-12-01
The ceremony of unveiling newly constructed stone Samadhi Buddha statue of Sri Paramananda Purana Viharaya in Kotahen...

Rs 50,000 scholarships for the talented students of Tower Hall Drama and Theatre arts school…

2023-11-22
The Tower Hall Theatre Foundation is awarding scholarships of Rs.50,000/- each to students who have won the commemora...

National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration magnificently in Silawathura of Mannar…

2023-10-27
The National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration was held at Silawathura Muslim Maha Vidyalaya in Musali Divisional Secretaria...

Nawa Rathri Pooja Begins…

2023-10-15
On the first day of Nawa Rathri Pooja, the religious rituals and Pooja were conducted for Mother Durga at the Departm...

Steps for celebrating the National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration in Mannar this year

2023-09-18
Arrangements are made to hold the National Milad-Dun-Nabi celebration this year at Silavathurai Muslim Maha Vidyalaya...

An agreement to bring back our heritages in the Netherlands

2023-09-04
agreements in regard of returning the 06 artifacts with historical value that were taken by the Dutch East India Trad...

A cleansing of hearts in Negombo…

2023-08-08
"Are the religion and race become boundaries for love" educational exhibition was held today (30) at Maris Stella Col...

This time the “Sahithya Yathra” sails to the island of Delft…

2023-08-02
"Sahithya Yathra" school library development and language literature arts promotion program was held at Delft Nationa...

Discussions to expand Tripitaka to the whole world through the internet …

2023-07-20
A discussion related to writing the Buddha Jayanthi Pali Tripitaka in English and releasing it on the internet regard...

The ‘K-pop World Festival’ singing and dancing performance program …

2023-07-19
The 'K-pop World Festival' singing and dancing performance program was held at Bandaranaike Memorial International Co...

Formal arrangements for the convenience of the devotees who come to the annual feast of the church of Our Lady in Matara…

2023-07-18
The annual feast of the church of Our Lady in Matara is scheduled to be held on September (10) this year. Therefore, ...

A series of lectures at the Udugampola Pathahapokuna Archaeological Office simultaneously to the 133rd National Archaeology Day…

2023-07-17
The first day of the three-day workshop organized by the Western Provincial Archaeology Office of the Department of A...

Invitation for Bids for Security Services, Sanitary Services and Cleaning Services….

2023-07-17

Sri Lanka – Iran Children’s Friendship Week magnificently for the children…

2023-07-11
A function jointly organized by the Iranian Cultural Center and the Colombo Public Library was held last (11th) at th...

Six Kandyan artefacts to return home from the Netherlands after more than two centuries

2023-07-07
In a collaborative international provenance research which was concluded in April 2022, six Sri Lankan objects from t...

A new path opens for the development of Sri Lanka-Iran relations

2023-07-05
A discussion on Sri Lankan-Iranian bilateral cultural, religious, scientific and industrial cooperation between Hon. ...

Arranging measures to attract foreign tourists to “Ulpange”…

2023-06-26
The place of ancient value known as "Ulpange", where the queens of the reigned kings of the Kandy kingdom are believe...

The decision to take all the necessary actions to overcome the challenges against the Buddha Dharma and the Buddha Shasana …

2023-06-22
Hon. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs mentioned this while participati...

A discussion aimed on strengthening cultural ties between Iran and Sri Lanka and promoting tourism…

2023-06-21
The attention of the minister was mostly paid to the ability of iimplementing various programs for further strengthen...

The state Vesak festival 2023

2023-05-06
The state Vesak festival started on 04.05.2023 at the Halawatha Ratnasiri Piriwen temple upon the invitation of the M...

The inaugural ceremony of the Alliance for Cultural Heritage in Asia was held on April 24 in Xian Province, People’s Republic of China…

2023-04-26
Cabinet Minister of Buddhasasna, Religious and Cultural affairs Hon. Vidura Wickramanyake presented his video massa...

Solutions to the problems of the students of Tower Tamil Drama and Theater School..

2023-04-03
The students of Jaffna Tower Tamil Media School of Drama and Performing Arts, who came for the World Theater Day cele...

55 for a simple ballad!

2023-03-28
Mr. Sumathipala Perera, President of the All Ceylon Ballad Association, said today (25) at the Colombo Public Library...

World Puppet Day celebration

2023-03-22
Today (21) the "Puppet Theater Show and Cultural Vision" showcasing Sri Lanka's Ambalangoda traditional thread puppet...

Bamunakotua Cultural Center in Atugal town hands over to local children and artists.

2023-03-16
Cultural centers like this can be called as a major center that preserves the historical heritage of our country and ...

Ridhigama Cultural Center to the people…

2023-03-13
The main purpose of this Ridhigama Cultural Center, which was built on a land adjacent to the historic Ridhigama Raja...

The Indian High Commissioner and his team meet the Minister…

2023-03-13
Regarding the future administrative activities of the Jaffna Cultural Center recently awarded by the Government of In...

The faces of Galle heritage will be new…

2023-03-10
The appointment of new members for the management board of the Galle Urumaya Foundation under the Ministry of Buddhas...

For pregnant mothers A lyrical clinic…

2023-03-09
On the occasion of International Women's Day, a program called "Senehasa" Pleasure Clinic was held at Setsiripaya Off...

First step in Heritage Forum between Italy and Sri Lanka

2023-03-02
The first step of the Heritage Forum between Italy and Sri Lanka was held last (27) at the Italian Embassy, with the ...

Efforts are being made to provide quick solutions to the livelihood issues of the Telugu people

2023-02-28
There are currently 7 villages where the Telugu people live in Sri Lanka. They earn their livelihood by exhibiting tr...

Discussions on expanding cultural cooperation between Korea and Sri Lanka

2023-02-23
A bilateral discussion was held at the Ministry of Buddhasasana Religious and Cultural Affairs (Cultural Division) la...

After 34 years, the Republic Parade is going on a street tour

2023-02-22
The Republic Perahara, which was held after thirty-four years at the historic Sri Dalada Palace in Kandy, toured the ...

A discussion of the Malwatu Party and the Asgiri Karaka Karaka Support Association at the Kandy President’s House…

2023-02-21
On the last (18) in the Kandy President's House regarding several requests made by the members of the Malwatu Asgiri ...

Maha Shiva Ratri is celebrated by Hindu devotees with great devotion.

2023-02-20
The day when Lord Shiva demonstrated to the world that he is the most powerful god in the world is considered as Maha...

The first committee meeting to revise the National Cultural Policy….

2023-02-20
The first committee meeting to amend the National Cultural Policy was held last (16) at the Setsiripaya Cultural Affa...

The book Lionel Gunathilake’s Introduction to Sri Lankan Dance and Music Art and the Information Directory of Stage Theater Artists are launched.

2023-02-20
Lionel Gunathilake's Introduction to Sri Lankan Dance and Music Art and Information Directory of Stage Theater Artist...

155th Birthday Celebration and Educational Scholarship Award Ceremony of Sir DB Jayathilaka

2023-02-15
The program was held on the occasion of the 155th birth anniversary of Sir Baron Jayathilaka, who was the first Honor...

The “Yapa Patune Cultural Center” was opened, opening the way for the cultural revival of the people of the north.

2023-02-14
With the help of the Government of India was held under the chairmanship of the Honorable President Mr. Ranil Wickram...

The launch of the first book of Abhidharma Pitaka consisting of 07 books “Sinhala Dhammasadganipkarana” was done by the Department of Buddhist Affairs

2023-02-13
The launch of the first book of Abhidharma Pitaka consisting of 07 books "Sinhala Dhammasadganipkarana" was done by t...

Commemorating the 75th Independence Day, Hon. E.W. Perera celebrates his merits.

2023-02-13
In the year 1915, he strategically went to Britain in order to alleviate the sad situation by killing national leader...

The center of socio-cultural activities including the cultural revival of the people of the North, “Yapa Patune Cultural Center” will be inaugurated on the 11th of this month.

2023-02-10
  This will fill the gap of a cultural center that embodies harmony and cooperation among the various communi...

“Path to Freedom” 75th Independence Celebration Exhibition

2023-02-07
A foreign delegation including the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, visited the "Path...

“Path to Freedom” 75th Independence Celebration Exhibition from 04th to 10th at the National Museum, Colombo…

2023-02-07
Organized ... 

Exhibition to mark 75th Anniversary of Independent Sri Lanka

2023-02-02

Discussions between Deputy High Commissioner of Maldives and Minister Hon. Vidura Wickramanayake to implement programs to strengthen cultural cooperation between Maldives and Sri Lanka.

2023-01-22
The minister drew attention to the current status of the cultural cooperation agreement to be signed between the two ...

The National Thai Pongal Festival at Sri Kadiresan Temple, Thalawakelaya

2023-01-16
The National Thai Pongal Festival organized by the Department of Hindu Religious and Cultural Affairs was held in a g...

To the attention of the minister in charge of the problems faced by the nuns of Anuradhapura area.

2022-12-12
Current problems faced by the nuns of Anuradhapura area were submitted to the attention of the minister in charge of ...

Revival circle of historic religious shrines of Maha Vihara Vamsika Sri Lanka Ramanya Maha Nikaya…

2022-12-12
A discussion organized by the Revival Circle of Historical Religious Sacred Places of Maha Vihara Vanshika Sri Lanka ...

Bilateral discussions regarding the Italian-Sri Lankan cultural exchange programs

2022-12-12
This discussion held today (08) at the cultural division of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affa...

On the occasion of the upcoming Christmas Day, the Christmas postage stamp issue program is organized jointly by the Department of Christian Religious Affairs and the Bureau of Stamps.

2022-12-12
The Christmas postage stamp issuing program annually organized jointly by the Department of Christian Religious Affai...

A discussion with representatives of the All Ceylon Young Men’s Muslim Associations Federation

2022-11-21

A discussion with the representatives of All-Ceylon Young Men's Muslim Association Conference

A discussion...

All Ceylon Silmata National Board Meeting…

2022-11-21

The meeting of the Samastha Lanka Silmatha Jathika Mandalaya was held on 18th of this month in the auditorium of t...

National Literary Awards 2022

2022-11-21
The National Literary Awards Ceremony 2022 was held today at the Bandaranaike Conference Hall in Colombo under the pr...

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