Lakmini Pahana marks 160 years on 11 September

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The first registered Sinhala newspaper in Sri Lanka, Lakmini Pahana marks the completion of 160 years since its inception on 11 September.

The newspaper, which was initiated under the leadership of Gunathilaka Athapattu Salpiti Korale Mudaliyar from Galle, under the guidance of the Ratmalana Parama Dhamma Chaityaramadhipathi Most Venerable Walane Sri Siddhartha Maha Thera, was headed by a famous scholar in our country during that era, Koggala Pandit.

The price of this four-page newspaper was around six cents which was known as Panama according to the prevailing currency of the time. Jayasuriya Arachchige Hendrick Perera, a resident of Colombo, was the publisher and it was printed in a press run at No. 77, Wolfendhal Street, Colombo.

Later, this newspaper was run for many years under the editorship of Cumarathunga Munidasa. In the past few years, the Lakmini Pahana was run by the Reverend Ven. Dr. Dikwella Tissa Maha Thera of the Vavurukannala Maha Viharaya in Matara Dikwella, until his demise recently.

It is of historic significance that the Lakmini Pahana newspaper, which is an immortal souvenir of the history of journalism in Sri Lanka, is celebrating its 160th Anniversary on 11 September.