Artists are in a position to control the minds of the people. Therefore, work for the betterment of the society, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, during a meeting with artists held at Temple Trees on Tuesday (Nov. 11).
The President said the Government had discharged a significant task on behalf of the artists. These activities will be further widened, he said. The President pointed out that there is a saying that there are two Governments in a country where there are artists.
Further expressing his views, President Rajapaksa referred to the magnanimous task discharged by the artists in building public opinion.
The President requested the artists to work in harmony. On behalf of the children and the country’s future, the President told the artistes that a clear message in this respect should be given through all their creations. He said that compositions of artistes intimate a certain message to society.
Around 5000 artistes joined in this meeting, organized with the mediation of the Ministry of Culture and Arts Affairs and the auspices of Minister T.B. Ekanayake. Among them were film, tele-drama and drama artistes, lyricists, vocalists and journalists and those serving in many other fields.
Minster T. B. Ekanayake recalled that there was a period in which they did have the opportunity of staging a drama. At present many dramas are being staged countrywide. He claimed that this change has been effected today by President Rajapaksa.
The Minister added that the President always personally made inquiries about the wellbeing of the artists.