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2022 State Drama Award Ceremony held (Pics)

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The grand ceremony for the 2022 Golden Jubilee Awards Ceremony of the State Drama, celebrating the contributions of artists and craftsmen to the enriching tapestry of Sri Lankan performing arts, took place yesterday afternoon (19) at the Maharagama National Youth Service Council Auditorium. The event was presided over by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Organized collaboratively by the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the State Drama Advisory Council of the Sri Lanka Arts Council, the 50th State Drama Festival – 2022 award ceremony recognized outstanding achievements in the field. President Ranil Wickremesinghe honoured M. M. Rauf and Prof. Sunanda Mahendra for their remarkable contributions to Sri Lankan theatre.

In addition to these accolades, awards were bestowed upon Hiran Abeysekera, M. Saphir, Sujeeva Pathinisekara, Subuddhi Lakmali, and Nalan Mendis, acknowledging their valuable services in advancing local drama. The ceremony also marked the launch of a commemorative stamp in honour of the Golden Jubilee State Drama Festival.

Mr. Vidura Wickremanayake, Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, presented a special souvenir to President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Simultaneously, an exhibition showcasing the history of drama and performing arts captivated attendees, including President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The event, attended by dignitaries such as Venerable Rambukkana Siddhartha Thera, Chairman of the State Literary Advisory Council, Yasintha Gunawardena, Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and Parakrama Niriella, Chairman of the State Drama Advisory Council, celebrated the rich tapestry of Sri Lankan performing arts.

(President’s Media Division)

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Popular Indian singer Pankaj Udhas no more

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Popular ghazal and playback singer – Pankaj Udhas has passed away aged 72. 

The Udhas family confirmed his death on Monday was due to a prolonged illness.

Taking to Instagram, Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayaab shared a statement on Instagram which read, “With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.”

He had passed away around 11am at the Breach Candy hospital, Indian media reports citing a family source.

 His last rites will be held on Tuesday. 

Pankaj is survived by wife Farida Udhas, daughters Nayaab and Reva Udhas, and brothers Nirmal and Manhar Udhas, who are also singers.

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Laugfs Gas prices to remain unchanged too

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LAUGFS Gas PLC has also decided not to revise the prices of domestic LP gas cylinders for the month of February 2024.

Accordingly, the current prices are as follows:
12.5kg cylinder – Rs. 4,740 
5kg cylinder – Rs. 1,900

The announcement comes hours after Litro Gas Lanka stating that they will not revise gas prices this month.

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Actress Poonam Pandey passes away

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Actress and model Poonam Pandey has passed away last night (Feb. 01) due to cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her team who posted the news of her death on her Instagram handle.

Poonam made her feature film debut with Nasha, an erotic drama that was released in 2013. She made cameo appearances in films such as Love Is Poison (Kannada) and Aa Gaya Hero (Hindi). The actress also headlined the Telugu movie Malini & Co and The Journey of Karma.

She was also part of the television reality competition series Lock Upp.

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