Prof. Sarachchandra was a great man of the arts who contributed immensely to the development of modern trends and styles in Sri Lankan arts and culture, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message to the occasion of birth centenary celebration of late Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra.
He remains the beacon that lights the way for the progress of the Sri Lankan drama and the development of national culture, the President added.
Sri Lankan literacy has a boundless gratitude for Prof. Sarachchandra for the immense contributions he made to the arts and culture of the country, President said.
He receives the unstinted tribute of the nation for the dedication of his great creative skills to uplift Sri Lankan arts and culture to the international stage, while retaining its unique identity, the President further stated.
The birth centenary celebration of late Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra was held last evening (June 3) under the patronage of President Rajapaksa at Waters Edge, Battaramulla.
A special commemoration address was delivered by Prof. Gananatha Obesekara on the unique service rendered to Sri Lankan drama tradition by Prof. Sarachchandra.
The Tamil script of his famous stage play, "Maname" translated by senior lecturer Kavitha Rajarathna was handed over to the President at this ceremony. A special Sarachchandra memorial magazine was handed over to the president by Minister T.B Ekanayake.
The President presented the Sarachchandra 100th birth anniversary commemoration award to Mrs. Lalitha Sarachchandra at this ceremony.