An exhibition of paintings by former LTTE combatants, opened at the National Art Gallery in Colombo today.
The Government is discharging an immense service to rehabilitate the LTTE cadres who surrendered in the face of the humanitarian operation launched in the North and the East and make them productive to society. The Ministry of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms organized this Exhibition as one such measure. The Exhibition, which includes many products and paintings of the ex-combatants rehabilitated by the Rehabilitation Commissioner General’s Bureau, was opened by Senior Minister Dew Gunasekara. “Reflections of Transformation through Art” is the theme of the Exhibition will conclude tomorrow. Around 400 paintings by ex-combatants are on display while the public is able to purchase the artworks as well.
Expressing his views on the occasion, Minister Gunasekara said that the war heroes who carried on their shoulders even the parents of Prabhakaran during the humanitarian operation, are an example to the entire world.
There were also several performances which displayed the talents of the rehabilitated ex-combatants. Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Rehabilitation Commissioner General Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, Parliamentarian Prof. Rajeeva Wijesinghe and foreign representatives including US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Patricia Butenis were among those present.