National anthem was sung in Tamil in 1949 too: Vajira

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The National Anthem was sung in both the Sinhala and Tamil languages at the first Independence Day celebration, Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said.

The first Independence day celebration was held on February 4, 1949 and it was specially mentioned in the invitation card that the national anthem would be sung in the Sinhala and Tamil languages.

Therefore singing the national anthem in the Tamil Language is not a big issue.

At the 68th Independence Day event, the National Anthem was sung in both Sinhala and Tamil. (Anjula Maheeka Weeraratne)

  Comments - 8

  • Christine Wednesday, 10 February 2016 02:01 PM

    When I read these comments I am ashamed to call myself a Sinhalese.Why these so called Sri Lankan's cant live in Peace without creating new problems? When Tamils are in other countries they call themselves Sri Lankan's more than Sinhalese do. So why cant they live in harmony in their adopted land Sri Lanka for the sake of peace?

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:42 AM

    After; what happened? Million dollar question.

    ANTON Tuesday, 09 February 2016 10:52 AM

    BUT THE SINHALA BECAME THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IN 1956.

    Patriot (TM) Tuesday, 09 February 2016 11:20 AM

    British who sent this, in how many languages, their national anthem "God save the Queen" is sung in UK?

    Bala Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:15 PM

    AND Tamil also official language since - so what is the issue now.

    OMG Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:49 PM

    That is where the devision started, at least can we learn in this 21st century and be united?

    chandra banda Wednesday, 10 February 2016 07:34 AM

    If Prabakaran is here, you won,t sing even in sinhala

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 09 February 2016 04:09 PM

    Racism began to be practiced.


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