President Maithripala Sirisena said that the nation could not create another artiste of the caliber of Premakirthi de Alwis who was gunned down 26 years ago. He said this after opening the premakirthidealwis website at the Youth Centre Auditorium at Maharagama where a Premakirthi Memorial Musical Evening under the title, ‘Hadagee Ppthe pada rasavindana’ was held yesterday (December 10).
The President said that he had known Premakirthi de Alwis as a great creative artiste who, together with the late singer Gunadasa Kapuge, succeded in popularizing the Rajarata Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
The people loved Premakirthi as a gigantic human wall full of the qualities such as compassion, love, sympathy and humanity and even today they remember him with fondness ans respect, President Sirisena said.
The President declared opened the website www.premakeerthidealwis.org
A volume comprising of 200 lyrics written by Premakeerthi de Alwis was released on this occasion.
Family members of the late Premakeerthi de Alwis and his fans attended this musical event.