Literary famine over - President
Sep 30, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that the literary famine faced by the country for the past 30 years ended with the eradication of terrorism and the members of the literati have complete freedom for creative activities.
The President was speaking at the State Literary Festival held at Temple Trees yesterday. This is the first time the State Literary Festival was held at Temple Trees.
Artistes who made outstanding literary creations in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages in 2009 received awards from the President at this festival. Authors Sumithra Rahubadda, Thisuri Wanniarachchi and E Arulanandan received awards for the best novels in Sinhala, English and Tamil medium. Dr Lakshmi de Silva, retired Senior Lecturer of English at the Kelaniya University received the 2010 - Sahithyaratna Award for her contribution towards the uplift of English literature in the country while Prof W S Karunathilaka won the 2010 Sahithyarathna Award for Sinhala literature.