Book launch and lecture: Another National Trust event

The book "Sri Lanka Paintings in the 20th Century" by Professor Senake Bandaranayake and Professor Albert Dharmasiri will be launched along with a lecture on the same subject by Professor Senake Bandaranayake at the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery on May 28 at 6.30 p.m.
'Birds of Sri Lanka' by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, a previous publication by The National Trust Sri Lanka Paintings in the 20th Century

The event is part of a lecture series organised by the National Trust of Sri Lanka. The National Trust Sri Lanka was instituted to protect and raise awareness of the tangible and intangible heritage of the island, which is not protected by any state institution. The Trust's activities cover sites, monuments, sculptures, paintings, artefacts, music, dance and the fauna and flora of Sri Lanka.

As part of its endeavour to promote awareness, the Trust is publishing a series of limited-edition books on the various aspects of Sri Lanka's heritage. Those already published include 'Birds of Sri Lanka' by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, "Heritage Buildings of Sri Lanka' by Professor Nimal de Silva and Architect D.P Chandrasekara, 'The Protection of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Property' by Justice A.R.B. Amerasinghe and a number of informative booklets on heritage tour-trails in the country. Soon to be released is "Early Photographers of Sri Lanka" by Architect Ismeth Rahim.

All published works are available for sale at the monthly heritage lectures of the Trust. They are also available at the Barefoot Bookshop, Kiyawana Nuwana and Vijitha Yapa bookshops. Discounts are available to members of the Trust at Kiyawana Nuwana and Vijitha Yapa, on production of their membership card.

Those interested in pre-publication orders for the unpublished books or the purchase of books already published may contact The National Trust of Sri Lanka, C/O PGIAR, 407, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7. or telephone Subashini on 2673284/2685217 or Ms. Wimala Fernando on 4605143.

In addition to its monthly lectures the Trust also conducts quarterly tours for its members to heritage sites around the island, each led by an expert – Tours already conducted include the Galle Fort with Architect Ashley de Vos, the city of Kandy with Professor Nimal de Silva, the Sinharaja rainforest with Gihan de Silva Wijeyaratne, and the ancient sites around Kurunegala and Kalpitiya with Professor Roland Silva.

Future tours to be conducted in 2009 include both Anuradhapura and Sigiriya.

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