Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to declare open the newly constructed National Performance Theatre constructed in the old Colombo Municipal Council grounds at Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha in Colombo on December 15.
A special show will be staged on December 15 to mark the opening of the theater.
The ‘Lotus Pond Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre’ built on a model similar to the Lotus Pond (Nelum Pokuna) of Polonnaruwa, was constructed with the expertise from China at a cost of Rs. 3.08 billion. China has financed a grant to cover 60 percent of the expenditure of the project, and agreed to bear the remaining 40 percent of the cost.
The five-storied building comprises a main theater with a seating capacity of 1,288 seats and an open air theater on the top floor. The theater houses a three tier movable stage. It also comprises two exhibition halls, thirteen rehearsal halls, parking facilities for 500 vehicles, library, and training facilities.
The theatre, equipped with ultra-modern equipment will have facilities to conduct educational and research activities.
The theatre which is the largest in Sri Lanka and the South East Asia is another monument of Sri Lanka’s close relationship with China.