A week-long exhibition of Ceylonese art this month (June) in Cairo celebrated the renaming of Ceylon last May as the Independent Socialist Republic of Sir Lanka (Pronunciation: Sree Lan' -- as in "man" -- Ka (Kuh)).
GV EXT Arab Socialist Union building in Cairo, decorated with banner (2 shots)
MV INT Pictures on wall of Sir Lanka and Egyptian heads of state.
CU Sir Lanka poster and flag (2 shots)
MV & CU People examine art products from Sir Lanke (12 shots)
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Background: A week-long exhibition of Ceylonese art this month (June) in Cairo celebrated the renaming of Ceylon last May as the Independent Socialist Republic of Sir Lanka (Pronunciation: Sree Lan' -- as in "man" -- Ka (Kuh)).
The exhibition was organised by the Ceylonese Embassy in Egypt in co-operation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture, and was held in the Arab Socialist union building from the 22nd to the 29th June.
It featured traditional Ceylonese works of art ranging from copies of two-hundred year-old Buddhist temple paintings to more recent paintings by internationally-renowned artists of Sir Lanka's younger generation.
The traditionally Indonesian art of batik-making (cloth-painting using wax to control the image) has recently been adopted by artists in Sir Lanka with considerable success, and the exhibition displayed many examples of batik wall-hangings.
The theme of the exhibition was the fusion of past and present -- the name Sir Lanka for example, was for many centuries the country's traditional name. This theme was echoed by many of the exhibits, in particular by Ralex Ranasinghe's photographs of Sir Lanka's two-thousand year old cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, an evocative fusion of modern technique and centuries-old culture.
SYNOPSIS: These figurines, for example, depict characters in Ceylonese history from a time when the country was originally called Sir Lanka. The nation has a long history, and the name 'Ceylon' was only a recent one. The aim of the exhibition in Cairo was to show how much the modern republic of Sir Lanka owes to its past. Modern paintings and sculptures by Ceylonese artists of world-wide fame derive their strength and colour from age-old themes. In the exhibition, modern works were put side by side with exact copies of paintings found on the walls of centuries-old Ceylonese temples. Visitors to the exhibition saw them together....a vivid example of the unbroken line of Ceylonese culture.