Art exhibition at Russian Centre | Sunday Observer

Art exhibition at Russian Centre

11 October, 2020

The annual exhibition of paintings by students of the Art School of the Russian Centre, Colombo, was held this year under the motto 'Victory and Peace' and dedicated to the main anniversary date of the year - the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. It was opened by Chief Guest Commander of Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva and Mrs. Sujeewa Nelson and Secretary, Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Prof. Kapila Gunawardena.

The opening of the exhibition, which became the first significant event organised at the Russian Centre in Colombo after a long period of restrictions on public events imposed by local authorities to prevent the spread of Coronavirus infection, was also attended by the Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yuri Materiy and the military attaché of the Russian Embassy Colonel Denis Shkoda.

The current epidemiological situation in Sri Lanka can be called stabilised. The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to date is 3,299, of which 13 have died, 3,100 have recovered and another 186 are being treated. The operating mode of public places and Institutions, Ministries and Departments, Public Transport, Universities and Schools has been restored. At the same time, the airport remains closed, and the local authorities have not yet announced the dates of the resumption of international flights.

Anastasia Khokhlova, Head of the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Sri Lanka, emphasized the relevance of the exhibition theme.

“The 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and World War II is the main anniversary date of the year for many millions of people around the world. It is undoubtedly a common task to prevent falsification of historical facts, to ensure the continuity of truthful information on key events in world history, to pass on to future generations the basic values that have become possible in a multipolar world”, she said.

The exposition includes more than 120 works by students of the Art School of the Russian Centre in Colombo aged 5 to 15 years, created during the year and united by the theme of 'Victory and Peace' under the professional guidance of its permanent leader, talented artist and experienced teacher Arjuna Jayasinha and his assistants Maheshi Fernando and Natalie Hettiaracchi. The opening ceremony was followed by the distribution of certificates to the participants.