Renowned Sri Lankan dancer Vajira Chitrasena conferred upon Padma Shri award
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Indian on Wednesday honoured renowned Sri Lankan artist Dr Vajira Chitrasena with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her contributions in the field of dance, an official statement said here on Wednesday.
Chitrasena, 89, and late professor Indra Dassanayake are among the two eminent Sri Lankan personalities who were conferred with the Padma Shri for their seminal contributions in the field of dance and literature, Education respectively, the Indian High Commission here said in a statement.
Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay conferred the award to Dr Chitrasena at a ceremony held here in the presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, while Dassanayake's daughter had received the award for her in New Delhi itself.
"It may be recalled that on November 08, 2021, a 'Padma Awards Investiture Ceremony' was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi at which the President of India presented the Padma awards to the awardees for the year 2020…Two eminent personalities from Sri Lanka, Dr. Vajira Chitrasena and Late Prof. Indra Dassanayake were conferred with the 'Padma Shri' for their seminal contributions in the field of dance, and literature and Education respectively," the statement said.
Dr Chitrasena is a veteran traditional dancer, choreographer and teacher. For her achievements, she has been adorned with one of Sri Lanka's highest national awards 'Deshabandu', among many others.
"Dr. Chitrasena's unique contributions to enriching India-Sri Lanka relations through the promotion of dance and blending the art forms of both countries, especially Kandyan and Odissi have been honoured with the 'Padma Shri'. Since Dr Chitrasena could not travel to India to accept the 'Padma Shri', the High Commission of India facilitated the handing over of the award at Colombo," the statement said.
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