Three outstanding artistes Ariya Rajakaruna, Neervai Ponnaiyan and Jean Arasanayagam were presented with “Sahityaratna” life time award for their invaluable service towards the advancement of the literature field of Sri Lanka in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.
President Maithripala Sirisena presented the awards to them at the State Literary Awards Ceremony held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre on Sept 08. Many authors received awards at this ceremony for their great contribution for the advancement of the literature in the year 2016.
The Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs Anusha Gokula Fernando presented the special literature volume published in parallel to the State Literary Awards and the books which won the state literary awards, to the President.
Minister S.B. Nawinna, Secretary to the Ministry of Cultural Affairs D. Swarnapala and artistes participated on this occasion.