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Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena Enhances Support for Elderly Artistes

April 10, Colombo (LNW): Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena recently announced increased support for elderly artistes in Sri Lanka, aiming to alleviate financial hardships and honor their contributions to culture and the arts. Speaking at a ceremony held at Temple Trees to enroll artistes in the retirement program for aged artists, organized by the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, the Prime Minister emphasized the importance of recognizing and supporting the country’s veteran artists.

Currently, 102 elderly artistes receive a monthly retirement allowance of Rs. 7,500 under the retirement program. Following discussions led by Prime Minister Gunawardena, who also chairs the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, the Board of Trustees has decided to raise this allowance to Rs. 10,000 per month. This increase reflects the Foundation’s commitment to improving the well-being of elderly artists amid the economic challenges faced by the country.

Expressing gratitude to the artistes for their invaluable contributions to Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage, Prime Minister Gunawardena assured them of ongoing support and efforts to enhance the retirement program. He acknowledged the sacrifices made by these artists and reaffirmed the government’s respect and appreciation for their dedication to various art forms.

In addition to the increased retirement allowance, the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation annually provides essential goods for New Year celebrations to elderly artistes, a gesture that underscores the Foundation’s commitment to the welfare of these individuals.

The ceremony was attended by Minister Vidura Wickramanayaka, Prime Minister’s Secretary Anura Dissanayake, Cultural Affairs Secretary Somaratne Vidanapathirana, members of the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and a host of veteran artistes from across the country. This event not only symbolized the government’s recognition of elderly artistes but also demonstrated its commitment to preserving and promoting Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage.

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