“Traditional or vintage art of Tamils have been unique features this country. Tamil tradition includes music, dance, dance drama, drama, koothu and many more. This is an encouraging move where effort have been taken to preserve and promote vintage arts of Tamils.”
The concert and awarding ceremony of the Indigenous Arts Competition 2014 which was organized by Governor’s Secretariat of Northern Province under the guidance and patronage of the Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri was held on 28th June 2014 in IlankaiVenthan KalaiKalloori, Jaffna.
Governor of the Northern Province GA Chandrasiri graced the event as the chief guest and presented awards to the artists. Chief Secretary of the Northern Provincial Council Mrs.R.Wijialudchumi, Secretary to the Governor L.Ilaangovan, Mayoress of Jaffna District Mrs.Y.Patkunarajah and Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University Mrs.V.Arasaratnam also graced the occasion as special guest.
Award winning dramas and other forms of indigenous arts were staged. The auditorium was filled with large amount of people and artistes.
These competition was organized to preserve the indigenous arts of Northern people. The artists paid their gratitude to Governor for organizing such competitions. An 80 year old artiste expressed this with tearful eyes “I started my dance at 12 years old and now I got recognition at my age of 80.” An artiste from Mullativu district said “This is the first time having a recognition in my generation” He thanked Governor.
In provincial level, first three places received 1 hundred thousand rupees, 75 thousand rupees and 50 thousand rupees respectively. They were also honored with shields and certificates. Consolation prizes also presented to the artistes.