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Exhibition of Replicas of Ancient Rock and Wall Paintings of Sri Lanka Opens in New Delhi.

New Delhi, Dec. 7 -- The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi, in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the National Crafts Council of Sri Lanka, organized an exhibition of a modest collection of replicas of ancient rock and wall paintings of Sri Lanka.

The exhibition was inaugurated on 2 December at the ICCR Gallery in New Delhi by Director General of ICCR, Suresh Goel in the presence of Minister of Indigenous Medicine Salinda Dissanayake, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Prasad Kariyawasam and members of the diplomatic corps.

Speaking at the event, the Director General of ICCR stated that the hosting of the exhibition in New Delhi portraying the rich heritage of Sri Lankan rock and wall paintings is a manifestation of the friendship that continues to flourish between the two countries.

High Commissioner Kariyawasam gave a brief description of Sri Lanka's wall painting heritage dating back two thousand years which still continues. Stating that Sri Lankan classical art is an expression of the country's long and enduring Buddhist tradition, the High Commissioner said that the Indian influence on Sri Lankan art, although significant, has not inhibited the formation of a distinctly Sri Lankan tradition in all forms of art as well as sculpture.

The replicas produced by three Sri Lankan artists, Jagath Jayasooriya, Dilan Sashika and Dhammika Bandara will be on exhibition at the ICCR Gallery at Azad Bhavan until 7 December.

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Publication:Asian Tribune (India)
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Date:Dec 7, 2011
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