India well ahead in education, agriculture, art and IT – minister
Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de
Silva said India is well ahead of other South Asian countries in the
field of education, agriculture, information technology and culture.
He was making the keynote address at a ceremony to mark the 150th
birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the philosopher,
author and Nobel Prize winner, at Bishop College, Colombo last Thursday.
The event organized by the Indian Cultural Centre included “Kathak and
Manipuri” dances and was named “Prabhu Amar Priyo Amar” an
interpretation of Tagore’s original work.
Minister de Silva recalled the relations between the two countries
which date back to more than 2500 years. He also reminded the
contribution made to Sri Lanka’s arts and culture by Tagore who visited
Sri Lanka three times. He also praised the India’s assistance and
contribution extended to the rapid development process in Sri Lanka.
Minister de Silva pointed out the need of a practical programme to
exchange cultural programmes between the two countries in the future.
High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha said India is always willing to extend
its support to the progress of Sri Lanka.
A large gathering of Sri Lankan and Indian art lovers were present