The 50th commemoration ceremony of the poet P. B. Alwis Perera was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the National Library and Documentation Services Board, yesterday (22).
Expressing his views during the ceremony the President said that the poet P. B. Alwis Perera was a great human being who fulfilled his duties towards the nation and the people. The President recalled the way how he awakened the people through his poetic creations to assist in forming the Bandaranaike government in 1956. He recalled that the late poet had kept a close association with Mr. S.W.R.D Bandaranaike and Madam Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
During the ceremony the first copy of the book of selective poetries of the poet P. B. Alwis Perera was presented to the President.
The President also recited some poems composed by Mr. P. B. Alwis on the assassination of Prime Minister S.W.R.D Bandaranaike in 1956 and said that those moving poems made the whole nation to shed tears.
The revolutionary poems by poet P. B. Alwis Perera nourished the Sri Lankan poetry and made a significant contribution in strengthening the people’s revolution. He stood bravely against the colonial power that ruled Sri Lanka.
The Chief Sangha Nayaka Thera of Colombo and Chilaw Division and the Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Most. Ven. Welamitiyawe Kusaladhamma Thera, Prof. Sarath Wijesuriya, poets, fans and many others participated in this event.