Veteran traditional dancer Dr. Vajira Chitrasena conferred with “Padma Shri” Award

Veteran traditional dancer Dr. Vajira Chitrasena conferred with “Padma Shri” Award

Thu, Nov 18, 2021, 05:20 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 17, Colombo: The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay presented the ‘Padma Shri’ Award to Veteran traditional dancer Deshabandu Dr. Vajira Chitrasena, at Temple Trees today (17).

The Padma Shri Awards, one of the highest civilian honors in India, are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day of India and conferred upon by the President of India.

Dr. Vajira Chithrasena was recognized for her valuable contributions in the field of art further strengthening India-Sri Lanka cultural ties.

Three eminent personalities from Sri Lanka have so far been conferred with one of the highest civilian honors in India. Earlier this month, President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind conferred Padma Shri upon Late Prof. Indra Dassnayake posthumously for her contributions to Hindi & Indian culture. Vatshala Dassanayake Ishtaweera received the Award on behalf of her late mother at a grand ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Maha Gandharva of the Hela Dr. Pandith W. D. Mr. Amaradeva was also awarded the Padma Shri in 2002.

“Recognition of the personal accomplishments of Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake by the Government of India attests to the abiding cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka. Through their pioneering contributions, Dr. Chitrasena and Prof. Dassanayake have been instrumental in further strengthening the people-to-people ties between India and Sri Lanka,” the High Commission said.

Secretary to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Prof. Kapila Gunawardena, Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K. Jacob and family members of Dr. Vajira Chithrasena were also present at the occasion.

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