Dreams do come true for singers

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 President launches lifetime pension scheme for vocalists 

 

September 6, 2017 marked an exciting day for the singers of this country when President Maithripala Sirisena launched the first ever pension scheme for singers at the Presidential Secretariat. The move initiated by the Sri Lanka Singers Association (SLASA) headed by its President Keerthi Pasqual, became a reality after President Sirisena donated a sum of Rs. 25 million to the singers’ pension fund.

 

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The first 40 singers received their initial pension payment from President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held to mark the historic moment.


CITY-DM-16Among the singers who were eligible to receive the pension in the first batch were Christopher Paul,Felix Anton, Wijesiriwardana Polonnowita, Thyaga N. Edward, Vernon Perera, Nanda Pathirana, Victor Vijayantha Perera, Rohana Siriwardana, Ranjan Jayathilaka, Tony Hassen, Chandrani Manel Caldera, Lalani Somasiri, seethe Nanayakkara, Leslie Shantha de Alwis, Michael Perera, Ivor Dennis, Irene de Alwis, Ruwan Wijesekara, Wijeratne Warakagoda, Chandrika Siriwardana, Rupa Indumathi, Lalith Ponnamperuma, Dinesh Nakandala, Daya Hemantha  Abeysekara, Lakshman Wijesekara, Suryakumar Muttalage, Upali Perera, Punya Kathriarachchi, Lionel Gunathilaka, W. Premaratne, Michael Peiris, J. A. Romlus Perera, Anil Kumara, Mallika Kahawita, Ranjani Perera, Nimal Gunasekara, 

 

The first 40 singers received their initial pension payment from President Maithripala Sirisena 

 

Untitled-1Somasiri Fernando, Chandrani Gunawardana, Sheela Paranamanage and Chandra Ranatunga.


SLASA President Keerthi Pasqual, Secretary Janaka Wickremasinghe and Treasurer Rohan de Silva were among the large number of artistes who participated at the event presided over by President Sirisena.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text: Ramesh Uvais