On the 6th of June, 2015, the Writers Guild of the Sinhalese Cultural Forum organised the launch of Dr Palitha Ganewatta’s ‘Thun Pera Nimithi’ Short Story book. ‘Thun Pera Nimithi’ was the tenth book published by Dr Palitha. Dayantha Jayarathna, former SCF president, presided over the event.
The SCF Writer’s Guild President Dr Cicil Fonseka welcomed the gathering. SCF President Indu Premathilaka was also present at the meeting. Many members of Writers Guild, literature lovers and journalists in Sydney were present to observe this important event.
Sri Nath Maddumage, the veteran journalist from ‘Sannasa’ paper published in Melbourne, briefly described previous literary work of Dr Palitha. In his speech he said ‘Avith Norataka’, the novel published by Dr Palitha earlier, could be used as a handbook for any Sri Lankan willing to settle in Australia. Mr Sunil Govinnage, another veteran Sri Lankan Journalist from Western Australia also congratulated Dr Palitha for his contributions to Sinhala Literature.
Dr Palitha’s son Pavith and daughter Subha also addressed the audience.
Mrs Rathna Gunaratne recited a few poems written by Dr Palitha to entertain the audience. Mr Sampath Jayaweera, Mr Thilak Ranasinghe and Mrs Sriyakanthi Ranasinghe entertained the crowd by enacting some parts from the Short Story book.
The first, second and third books were presented to Mrs Shanthi Senanayake, Mr Ranjith Thenuwara and Dr Seneviratna Banda respectively by Dr Palitha.
Dr Palitha, in his vote of thanks, thanked the Sinhalese Cultural Forum, its president, Vice President of Media, President of Writers Guild and all who supported to make this event a success. He also thanked all who supported him in publishing ‘Thun Pera Nimithi’.
The event proved to be another success, building on the experiences of previous Writers Guild events. The Writers Guild has demonstrated its great value to the community through the promotion of Sinhalese literature through experts in the field. Through the promotion of literature the Writers Guild does Sinhalese culture in New South Wales an immeasurable service and this contribution deserves the strongest possible commendation.
Saman Mahanama Dissanayake
The Sinhalese Cultural Forum