Mahinda Kularathna bags two awards at Aquarama - 2015

Brings honor to Sri Lanka at top Singapore event


A Sri Lankan professional in the ornamental fish business clinched two accolades at the prestigious Aquarama - 2015 14th International Ornamental Fish and Accessories Exhibition held from May 28-31 at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre Hall in Singapore recently.

Mahinda Kularathna, proprietor of Beeta Aquarium, Boralesgamuwa, won the second and third prizes at this prestigious event described as the "greatest aquatic exhibition on earth".

The exhibition held every two years is known to be the largest product specific trade fair for ornamental fish, aquatic plants and accessories.

The grand prize was won by Andy Foo of Urbansea Ptd Ltd., of Singapore. Kularathna beat the other international competitors to secure both the second and third places, which was a singular honor for Sri Lanka.

"The Export Development Board (EDB) supported me to participate in this international event", he noted.

Beeta Aquarium created history in 2013 by winning the second prize in this exhibition in Singapore, which incidentally, was the first-ever global honor Sri Lanka earned in an ornamental fish competition.

Kularathna started his business in a small way amidst many difficulties 24 years ago. He built his fledgling enterprise through profound commitment and sheer hard work.

"From humble beginnings, I have come a long way and today, amongst my customers, are government institutions and banks, private hospitals, tourist hotels and many other business ventures island-wide", he smiled. (Suresh Perera)

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