Excessive Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay delivered to Dr. Vajira Chitrasena the ‘Padma Shri’, Award conferred upon her by the President of India for the yr 2020.
The award was delivered in a ceremony held on the Temple Timber in the present day (17) within the presence of Prime Minister and Minister of Buddhasasana, Non secular & Cultural Affairs – Mahinda Rajapaksa.
On November 08, 2021, a ‘Padma Awards Investiture Ceremony’ was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi at which the President of India introduced the Padma awards to the awardees for the yr 2020 within the presence of the Vice President, the Prime Minister of India and different dignitaries. Two eminent personalities from Sri Lanka, Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake had been conferred with the ‘Padma Shri’ for his or her seminal contributions within the discipline of dance, literature and Schooling respectively.
Dr. Vajira Chitrasena is a veteran conventional dancer, choreographer and instructor. For her achievements, she has been adorned with one among Sri Lanka’s highest nationwide awards ‘Deshabandu’, amongst many others. Dr. Vajira’s distinctive contributions to enriching India-Sri Lanka relations by means of the promotion of dance and mixing the artwork types of each international locations, particularly Kandyan and Odissi have been honoured with the ‘Padma Shri’. Since Dr. Vajira Chitrasena couldn’t journey to India to simply accept the ‘Padma Shri’, the Excessive Fee of India facilitated the handing over of the award at Colombo.
The opposite recipient of the ‘Padma Shri’ Award, Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake was a famend Professor of Hindi at Kelaniya College. She had a detailed affiliation with India as she was born in India and was an alumnus of the College of Lucknow. Her daughter, Ms. Vathsala Dassanayake Ishtaweera acquired the ‘Padma Shri’ at New Delhi from the President of India.
The Padma Awards are one of many highest civilian honours of India introduced yearly on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards, that are given in three classes, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, search to acknowledge achievements in all fields of actions or disciplines the place a component of public service is concerned. This yr’s Padma Awards have celebrated the accomplishments and excellence of grassroot degree achievers, and have, due to this fact, been hailed because the “Folks’s Padma”.
Recognition of the non-public accomplishments of Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake by the Authorities of India attests to the abiding cultural ties between India and Sri Lanka. By way of their pioneering contributions, Dr. Chitrasena and Prof. Dassanayake have been instrumental in additional strengthening the people-to-people ties between India and Sri Lanka.
The opposite Sri Lankan to be conferred ‘Padma Shri’ was celebrated music maestro – Pundit W.D. Amaradeva. He acquired the award in 2002.