President Maithripala Sirisena says Dr. Pundith W.D. Amaradeva is not only a veteran musician, but also a legend with humanity as well as a scholar and intellectual.
The President further said that the honour of the nation should bestow upon Pundith W.D. Amaradeva for the service he rendered to the country to take the pride of Sri Lanka to the world.
The President made these remarks participating in the second reading stage of the Amaradeva Aesthetic & Research Centre Bill, in Parliament, yesterday (23).
This Centre will be established to preserve the musical culture introduced by the late Dr. Pundith W.D. Amaradeva known as the legendary music icon of Sri Lanka for the future generations, and the Government has proposed to establish the Amaradeva Aesthetic & Research Centre with all essential components and infrastructure related to music.
The Centre will be constructed fulfilling a pledge given by the President at the funeral ceremony of Pundith Amaradeva as well as according to a request made by him when he was alive.
President Maithripala Sirisena laid the foundation stone for a government-funded centre costing Rs. 250 million on 28th of August 2018 near Ape Gama premises at Pelawatte, Battaramulla.
The Bill towards providing regulations for the variations related to the Aesthetic and Research Centre for Amaradeva was presented to the Parliament on last 18th of January. President Sirisena participating in its second reading made a special statement at the parliament further stating that the government is assisting towards taking forward the vision of late Pundith Amaradeva who was an artist of an excellent caliber.
The President who said that late Pundith Amaradeva who was tuned the hearts of the entertainers with his breathtaking voice gave a strong helping hand to nourish the Sri Lankan Artistic sphere and to take the pride of the nation towards international arena that he is an epitome of character for all the artistes and artists in the field of music.