Sri Lankan Independence Day celebrated in India


Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, February 5: Sri Lanka’s 66th Independence Day was celebrated in New Delhi and at the Surajkund International Crafts Fair near here on Tuesday.

High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam read out President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s independence day address at a meeting in the high commission premises, attended by the 80-strong Sri Lankan community in the Indian capital.

In the evening, Kariyawasam hosted a reception. It was attended by more than 700 prominent personalities, including diplomats from over 90 countries, Indian parliamentarians, leading businessmen, government officials and senior media personnel.

Human Resource Development Minister Dr M Pallam Raju was the chief guest. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Dr EMS Natchiappan and BJP Parliamentarian Dr Subramanian Swamy were among those who graced the event.

Guests relished hoppers and other Sri Lankan delicacies prepared by three chefs specially flown in from the Taj Samudra hotel in Colombo. Dancers and drummers from the Sri Lankan Navy’s cultural troupe performed during the 150-minute event. Guests were seen photographing them perform on their mobile phones.

A large number of visitors also witnessed the Sri Lankan dancers and artistes perform at the Surajkund International Crafts Fair, and enjoyed food items from the island nation. Sri Lanka is the partner nation at the two-week-long fair this year.

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