The Indian President has awarded ‘Padma Shri’ awards for two Sinhalese from Sri Lanka at the Padma Awards Investiture Ceremony which was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi this week.
Dr. Vajira Chitrasena was awarded for her achievements in the field of Art, and Prof. Indra Dassanayake (Posthumous), for her contributions in the field of Literature and Education. Both were conferred upon with the ‘Padma Shri’ for the year 2020.
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the Republic Day of India on 26th January. The award seeks to recognize distinguished service or achievement in diverse fields and disciplines.
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