The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore arranged to stage a “Cultural Show” on 10th May 2015 in Singapore at PGP Hall, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, 397 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218123.
The cultural show included performances by Sri Lanka’s renowned “Channa Upuli Dance Troupe”, Sri Lanka Expatriate Community Dance Troupes, Sri Lanka Catholics Group Dance Troupe, Sri Lankaramaya Sunday School Dance Troupe and Apsaras - Hindu Group Dance Troupe in Singapore with the assistance of Sri Lankan expatriates, organizations and well wishes from Singapore and Sri Lanka.
The main objective of this event was to enhance Cultural Promotion and Tourism Promotion between Sri Lanka and Singapore and to establish a good platform for sharing cultural values and norms between our two countries.
Two shows were staged. The first show was organized for Sri Lankan Migrants Workers in Singapore for their welfare purposes and entrance was free of charge. More than 400 migrants workers attended the Cultural Show. Some of the dancing items were performed by the migrant workers.
The second show was from 6.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m and over 550 invitees attended this show. Tickets were not sold. Invitees included VIPs of Singapore, members of the diplomatic corps, Sri Lankans expatriates and some Sri Lankan migrant workers and tour agents in Singapore and Representatives of Cultural Institutions in Singapore. The Migrants workers group, the Catholic Group, Apsara Hindu Group and Sri Lankaramaya Sunday School Dance troupes performed at the show.
Mr Vipulatheja Wishwanath Aponsu, Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka stated during his speech that the main purpose of this event was to celebrate the traditional Sinhala and Hindu New Year, and of course the traditions and values associated with it. For my fellow Sri Lankans this certainly was a moment to cherish our age old bonds of peace, unity and harmony, irrespective of all man-made differences, as one nation. For our foreign friends, including Singaporeans, the event was a show piece of the great cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. The Acting High Commissioner said “I am certain that it will serve as a further incentive to look at the vast reservoir of cultural and artistic features Sri Lanka offers to its visitors.“