I record with humility that I am participating in
the Sarasaviya Film Festival as the President although I took
part on the previous occasion as the Prime Minister.
I did so with the blessings of Sri Lankan
artists. The Sarasaviya Film Award is the highest award given to
Sri Lankan artists.
The history of the Sarasaviya Film Festival was
not built in one day.
It has maintained and developed its fame and
honour over a period of 40 years. Therefore I consider it is the
bounden duty of future generations to continue the process.
What is more, Sarasaviya Film Awards should not
be considered a task of the Sarasaviya newspaper alone. Today it
has become a national function.
I believe that the Sarasaviya Film Festival has
become the standard to gauge the quality of our cinema.
I earnestly wish the Sarasaviya Film Festival
will become a more glittering event in the future.
President of Sri Lanka
I wish good luck to the Sarasaviya Film Festival
held by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd bringing fame
and honour to film artists.
Cinema is a medium that broadens the social
wisdom of the people of a country. Film audiences show a great
interest in the characters depicted on the screen.
Similarly cinema heroes are permanently etched in
the people’s minds.
It is an invaluable service on the part of the
sarasaviya Film Festival to crown the artists who have won the
affection of film fan.
I wish the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon
Limited will have the strength and courage to continue to hold
the Sarasaviya Film Festival even in the future to encourage
those who are dedicated to safeguard the Sri Lankan cinema.
I also wish good luck to the 31st Sarasaviya Film
Landmark in the annals of cinema
I am proud of the arrangements made for holding
the Sarasaviya Film Festival this year too marking a landmark in
the annals of cinema history. I am glad to issue a message on
I am aware that the Sarasaviya newspaper is the
sole torch-bearer in the Sinhala cinema. And everybody involved
in the cinema respects this newspaper.
I thank and send my greetings to the Chairman of
Lake House, the Editor and the staff of the Sarasaviya newspaper
for their dedication to make the Sarasaviya Film Festival better
than any other film festival held in Sri Lanka.
When there is no appreciation of any creation,
fictional character or singing talent, their existence and the
birth of new creations will not be a reality. Therefore, film
festivals of this nature should be appreciated because they are
held to expose the latest talents of artists by giving them
awards. I believe that such activities will help to promote the
local film industry.
The local film industry which is more than 50
years old has been able to sustain itself because of the
successful films created from time to time and the film fans who
flocked to see them.
Whether it is a commercial film or a classical
film, its success depends on the people who flock to cinema
halls to see them.
The films screened have been selected by an
independent panel of judges before giving them awards.
This brings happiness to both award winners and
those who do not win awards. I wish the Sarasaviya Film Festival
will strengthen film artists encouraging them to develop the
local film industry.
Anura Priyadarshana Yapa
Minister of Mass Media and Information
Transform Sarasaviya into an international
Being a person who appreciated the Sarasaviya
Film awards ceremony as a film fan previously I am greatly
privileged to contribute towards this grand event as Media
The Sarasaviya Awards Festival is being held at a
time when greater international attention is being drawn towards
the Sri Lankan Film Industry. It assumes greater value since
most award winners this time have won a Sarasaviya award
I personally feel that the time has come for us
to transform the Sarasaviya Awards Festival into an
International Festival. When most countries in the world are
staging international film festivals a need has arisen for Sri
Lanka too to follow suit.
A task of this nature can be undertaken by the
Sarasaviya Festival which has already earned a prestigious name
by itself. I think the time is most opportune for it. Therefore
I wish the Sarasaviya all strength to venture into this task as
Lakshman Yapa Abeywardane
Minister of Media
Country’s main cinema event
I am a film fan. I became a lover of the cinema
when I was a child. The reason was that my father was involved
in the Dascon film. It was the Sarasaviya newspaper that
awakened my interest in the Sinhala cinema.
It was also the Sarasaviya newspaper that brought
the Sinhala cinema’s leading artists such as Rukmani Devi and
Gamini Fonseka closer to our hearts.
When I became a mature person, Vijaya Kumaratunga
became one of my close associates. It was the Sarasaviya
newspaper that introduced him to me for the first time.
Thereafter I had the opportunity to work closely with the
Sarasaviya newspaper on many occasions.
However, I never thought in my wildest of dreams
that I would be able to work as the chief driving force behind
the Sarasaviya Film Festival. But I firmly believed that I would
be able to witness the Sarasaviya Film Festival one day.
This is the first Sarasaviya Film Festival I am
I do so not as an invitee but as the prime mover
of the festival.
In fact, this is an incidence of fate. Therefore,
I salute the Sarasaviya wholeheartedly. My earnest wish is that
the Sarasaviya Film Festival may be held as the country’s main
cinema event for many more years to come.
Acting Chairman and Director Editorial, The
Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd
Proud to be the main sponsor
The association between mankind and the world of
art has always been a cornerstone in the creation of the social
world that we inhabit. It is said that there is an artist in
every man, but the intricacies of art are such that only a
handful are able to enchant the world with their true artistic
intent and talent.
As we gather to award artists of such caliber, it
is indeed an honor to be associated with the Sarasaviya Awards
Festival, considered to be the most popular and foremost cinema
awards festival in Sri Lanka. People’s Bank is proud to be the
main sponsor of this event, which has a long tradition of
conferring honor to various artists connected to the industry.
As a state bank, People’s Bank has always had a
keen interest in nurturing the cinematic talents of Sri Lanka.
We consider it to be a duty and a social responsibility to be
involved in events that recognize, appreciate and reward the
work of those who have contributed much to the betterment of the
People’s Bank has a history of supporting such
initiatives, where the bank has come forward with the financial
strength and synergistic solutions that saw the birth of many a
cinematic creation. The bank has also come forward in many an
occasion to support felicitation ceremonies whereby renowned
artists are honored and appreciated for their work.
The bank also values the contributions made by
the artists gathered here today, in terms of shaping the
socio-cultural consciousness of Sri Lankan society. This
consciousness is what paves the way for a unique Sri Lankan
identity to emerge, so that we as a nation are able to make our
stamp on the world stage.
The Sarasaviya Awards Festival is important in
this regard for the manner in which different categories in the
cinema industry, from the stars to those whose contribution is
hidden, are recognized and valued.
It is with all these factors in mind that
People’s Bank has come forward to support the 31st Sarasaviya
Awards Festival 2006-2007.
While acknowledging the value of the festival and
its role in supporting and nurturing the world of arts and
culture, I would like to wish the event all success.
Dr. P. A. Kiriwandeniya
Chairman, People’s Bank
Joyous moment for all film artists
I consider it a great privilege to issue a
message as the Editor of the Sarasaviya to the 31st Sarasaviya
Film Festival. Although I was involved in film journalism for
long time, I did not have the faintest idea of becoming the
Editor of the Sarasaviya newspaper.
People know that the editorship of the Sarasaviya
is the highest post a journalist can look forward to. When I
accepted the post, the Sarasaviya newspaper was facing a
I would like to mention that we were able to
usher in a new era in the local cinema through our contribution.
My main intention was to promote the popular
cinema in order to rejuvenate the film industry.
This is one reason for our efforts to increase
the star quality of up and coming actors and actresses.
Meanwhile, we did not neglect the art cinema.
We were able to give you the best cinema paper
from Lake House.
Our next aim is to give you the best film
The success of our efforts can be seen today. I
am waiting to share our joy with those who are involved in the
great art of cinema.