10:53pm on Tuesday 7th November 2023
The Royal College – Colombo hosted its annual felicitation ceremony, SANKALPANA-2023, today (07 November 2023) which was graced by Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Udeni Rajapaksa, who celebrated the artistic and intellectual achievements of students from the Royal College and invited schools from across the country.

The event, organized under the auspices of the Royal College Buddhist Brotherhood, aimed to provide a platform for students to express themselves through various creative mediums. The occasion was marked by an array of artistic expressions, including essay writing, art, poetry and quiz competitions.

Chief Advisor of the Royal College Buddhist Brotherhood, Venerable Porawagama Nalaka Thero, expressed his vision for the event back in 2017, to enhance the sense of creativity among the students. Since then, SANKALPANA has been an inspiration of artistic and aesthetic expression, with students from Royal College and invited schools from across the country showcasing their remarkable talents.

The Chief Guest highlighted the significance of creativity, quoting the Greek philosopher Aristotle: "The aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things but their inward significance." He emphasized that the creative arts embody the realities of life and emotions that can be difficult to express through other means.

The event was organized with meticulous planning, with the Principal, Mr. Thilak Waththuhewa, Senior Deputy Principals, Venerable Chief Advisor of the Buddhist Brotherhood, and the Teacher In-Charge playing pivotal roles. The Chief Guest also recognized the commitment of Chathil Dharmawardane and Inura Rajapaksa, who contributed to making SANKALPANA 2023 a resounding success. Additionally, the event was attended by the Acting Commanding Officer of SLAF Station Colombo, Air Commodore Chaminda Wickremaratne.



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