President Mahinda Rajapaksa said the government is totally dedicated to ensure due respect to artiste and nurture and sustain the arts of the country. He said that the government, under the Mahinda Chinthanaya, took steps to provide all the facilities to artistes to fertilize the field of arts.
He said this at the function organized by the National Organization of Sri Lankan Artistes yesterday to felicitate Cultural Affairs Minister T. B.Ekanayake who was bestowed with the honourary title “Keerthi Sri Janaranjana” by the Malwathu Chapter at the BMICH.
President Rajapaksa thanked the artistes who honored a minister because of their love for him and wished the artistes strength and fortune for a continued contribution to the Sri Lankan arts.
“Mr T B Eknayake was appointed Minister of Cultural Affairs as he is a person who loves the arts, the culture and the village,” President said and added, “I believe he could perform successfully as Minister of Cultural Affairs and successfully implement the policies enshrined in the Mahinda Chinthanaya because of these qualities.”