Gajaman Nona’s house to be a museum


by Lalith Chaminda and S. K. Kaluarachchi - Matara Corrs.

The Department of Archaeology yesterday acquired a house in Matara, used by Gajaman Nona, the legendary poetess. It was declared a place of archaeological importance.

The department expects to renovate the house and stablish a museum and an information centre dedicated to the poetess.

The regional office of the Department would also be set up at this location, Southern Province Assistant Director of the Department Vasanthi Alahakoon told The Island.

The house with Dutch architectural features was located behind the temple of Ven. Karathota Dhammarama at Weragampita , Alahakoon said adding that the acquisition of the house had been done under the instruction of Director General of Archaeology Dr. Senarath Dissanayake.

The handing over of the key of the house was done by Cultural Officer of the Matara Divisional Secretariat under instructions of the Divisional Secretary Thusitha P. Wanigasinghe and it was received by Southern Province Archaeological Exploration officer, Sanath Karunaratne.

Gajaman Nona was born in Kollupitiya as the second daughter of Don Francisco Senaratna Kumara Perumal and Fransina Jasenthu Graivo. She was baptized Dona Isabella Koraneliya Perumal.


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