The National Anthem of Sri Lanka will be sung ‘as usual’ in both Sinhala and Tamil languages at the 75th Independence Day celebrations in 2023, Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said yesterday (16).
In response to a question of a journalist, Gunawardena said it is because both Sinhala and Tamil are national languages in Sri Lanka.
However, the Tamil version of the National Anthem was not sung at Independence Day celebrations since Gotabaya Rajapaksa was elected as President in 2019.
When the Tamil version was sung during the tenure of the Yahapalana government from 2015 to 2019, the move was heavily criticised by nationalist organisations, including those who supported the SLPP government.
By Methmalie Dissanayake