A state-of-the-art, fully equipped cultural centre is to be built in Jaffna at a cost of Rs.1.2 billion. It will reflect ancient cultural features and serve as a citizens’ forum for sharing experiences on art and culture.
The centre, which is a gift of the Indian Government, is scheduled to be completed within three years, beginning next month. Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka YK Sinha and Economic Development Ministry Secretary Dr. Nihal Jayatilaka signed the Memorandum of Understanding in this connection in the presence of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the Ministry Office on June 9, 2014.
The cultural centre will come up on a block of land belonging to the Jaffna Municipal Council, near the Public Library. The centre, which includes an open air theatre and a floating stage, will facilitate cultural infrastructure of the Northern Province, strengthen cultural links with the rest of the country and revive Jaffna’s ancient cultural heritage.
This will also have a theatre-style auditorium with 600 seats, an exhibition and gallery space museum, multi- media library with on-line research facilities for learning languages, dance, vocal and instrumental music, a conference hall-cum-seminar room.
The design for the centre was selected out of 29 entries in a National Design Competition conducted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects. The selection was based on technical acceptability. The planner is Archt. Madura Prematilleke.