The Sundaytimes Sri Lanka

Kumar’s French connection


Celebrating France, Kumar de Silva’s exhibition of photos ‘Nostalgie 02’ will take visitors through random scenes of Paris and across different parts of France on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 at the Harold Peries Gallery of the Lionel Wendt Arts Centre. The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kumar de Silva who describes himself as “an incurable francophone cum francophile” has had an association with France, for more than a quarter century, from the time he made his debut on the little screen with the popular French television programme “Bonsoir” on ITN in 1986.
“That journey which began 26 years ago has enriched my life, my love for France, her culture and the arts, and has broadened my horizons. Yes of course, speaking the language has always enabled me to get a first-hand experience of all that France has to offer. It is perhaps my experience as a television producer which makes me look at the world around me in f-r-a-m-e-s, both their natural composition and their sometimes discordant feel. It is this that inspires me to freeze sights and scenes on camera, which I thoroughly enjoy doing,” Kumar says.

Presented by the Alliance Francaise de Kotte and sponsored by Canon Metropolitan, this exhibition is a sequel to last year’s successful ‘Nostalgie’ which showcased France and her multi-dimensional splendour through the probing lens of the photographer.

Says the Representative of the Foundation Alliance Francaise de Paris in Sri Lanka and Director of the Alliance Francaise de Kotte, Bertrand Dufieux, “We are very happy to present this exhibition of photographs on France. Our long-time friend Kumar de Silva has a definite penchant for France and always presents our country in the most amicable manner. We thank him, as a recognised communicator in Sri Lanka, for his generous vision and his sense of celebration.”

International Monetary Cooperation Minister Sarath Amunugama will inaugurate the exhibition of black and white photographs on Friday, June 29. Chief Government Whip and Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardena will be the Guest of Honour.

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