Two artists of Sri Lankan origin performed at the Service of Celebration for Commonwealth Day 2023 held at the Westminster Abbey in the United Kingdom on Monday (13).
Roshani Abbey who plays the role of Peggy in the Westend production of ‘Hamilton’ and Nuwan Perera who most recently played the lead in the Westend production of ‘Life of Pi’ performed at the service.
The two artists of Sri Lankan origin performed the song ‘Anagathey’ by Wayo to mark the long-standing ties between Britain and Sri Lanka, and to honour the 75th Independence anniversary of Sri Lanka marked in February this year.
For the first time, His Majesty, King Charles III delivered his Commonwealth Day Message during the service of celebration at Westminster Abbey, in his new role as Head of the Commonwealth.
This historic occasion, in the presence of senior members of the Royal Family, featured musical performances from all regions of the Commonwealth including artists from New Zealand, Rwanda, Cyprus, and Sri Lanka.
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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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.
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She was also part of the television reality competition series Lock Upp.
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