The High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay today delivered the ‘Padma Shri’, Award to veteran traditional dancer Dr. Vajira Chitrasena, conferred upon her by the President of India for the year 2020.
The award was delivered in a ceremony held at the Temple Trees, in the presence of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
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.
On the 8th of November, 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.
Dr. Vajira Chitrasena is a veteran traditional dancer, choreographer and teacher while late Prof. Indra Dassanayake was a renowned Professor of Hindi at the University of Kelaniya.