Sri Lanka is to adopt a digital art conservation program to conserve wall paintings at historic temples in the country.
According to the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, a pilot project has been launched at the Sudarshanaramaya Temple in Kiribathgoda.
Through this project, high-resolution digital videos and photos of 874 temples with historic frescoes registered with the Department of Archeology, are to be conserved.
Director General of the Central Cultural Fund, Professor Gamini Ranasinghe says that these digital records of paintings and artworks at historic temples that date back centuries will be obtained and kept in a secure location.
A digital copy is also to be given to the relevant temples.
Popular Indian singer Pankaj Udhas no more
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.
Laugfs Gas prices to remain unchanged too
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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