INDO- SRI LANKA YOUTH ART AND CULTURE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Empowerment brought together 16 artists, 8 from both the nations, in a week long art camp from 8th-15th December, 2013 in Negombo, Sri Lanka. The camp was to promote and cement the ties between the two countries in association with India-Sri Lanka foundation.
Artists were exposed to the many facets of Sri Lankan popular culture and were inspired to discuss and share cultural nuances of their native place India. During their stay the students toured the Negombo City with its marvelous fort and churches belonging to the 16th century. They visited the Kandy city, replete with places of historical signi c a nc e and cultural backdrop the tour to this city included a trip to the museum, the popular temple of the Sacred Tooth, they were also taken for a day tours to the ancient and world heritage city of Sigiriya, dominated by a massive column of rock. No trip to Sri Lanka can be complete without visits to Colombo where the modern and ancient seem to co exist in perfect harmony.
Artists enthusiastically drew sketches and painted at the sites and studied the nuances of themonuments and tried to gain a deeper perspective on the cultural signcance they hold and the related historical aspects. The camp was a huge success and was received positively by both media and the participating nations. The event made a lasting impact on young minds and will go a long way in empowering the children in truly becoming ‘global citizens’ rather than restricting oneself to the confines of national boundaries.