"Sinhala Sahithya Udanaya" Sinhala Literary Day - 2015
|The Sinhala Literary Day captioned under the adage the "The Dawn of Sinhala Literature" was held at the college premises on 30th September 2015 on a very grand scale. The occasion was stamped with a special significance as the college is celebrating its 150th Anniversary of academic excellence this year. A special feature of the literary day was the distribution of awards to artistes who had contributed greatly in their field of specialty and also felicitating the retired teachers of Sinhala and Aesthetic subjects. To highlight the enormous contribution of St. Benedict’s College towards the Sri Lankan cinema, the theme of the literary day was the "Benedictine flavour in Sinhala Cinema".|
The occasion was graced by the old Ben, the doyen of the Sinhala Cinema, Dr. Ravindra Randeniya whereas the Guest of Honour was the undisputed combat specialist in the local cinema Mr. Robin Fernando. Among the distinguished guests, mention must be made of Mr. H. A. Seneviratne, the author laureate, Mr. Raj Senewiratne, the accomplished musician, The Dharmaratne Brothers who are the pioneers of group songs, Mr. Felix Anton, whose songs have captured the hearts of many music fans, Mr. Victor Fernando, the versatile film production manager, Mr. Lasantha Ruhunage, the veteran journalist, Mr. Dharmajith Punarjeewa, the experienced drama director.
Our departed old boys namely, Mr. Granville Rodrigo who earned much praise through his theatrical performances, Mr. N. K. Rocksamy and Mr. Patrick Denipitiya, the celebrated musicians were also remembered on this occasion. The mementos in recognition of their contributions were handed over to their closest family members.
Very Rev. BRO. Visitor of the De La Salle congregation and a few other former directors of the college were also present. An enthralling repertoire of songs, dances, drama and artistic performances of the students livened up the proceedings. Some of the performances were adaptations of the creative works of our Old Benedictine popular personalities. On this historic occasion, certificates were awarded to a large number of students who displayed their literary and artistic skills.
Mr. Beverly M. Fernando
Sinhala Literary Union
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