performances of rhythmic dances and melodies of music and singing
thrilled the audience of civilians when the 55 Division organized
a mega musical extravaganza at Pallai public ground on 29th evening
to mark the Sinhala and Hindu New Year cultural festival 2013.
“Seeduwa Sakura”, a popular music group of the island played unplugged
for vocalists who sang famous Sinhala and Tamil sings to entertain
thousands of civilians who cried in joy and danced to tune of
The 55 Division
of the Security Forces – Jaffna (SF-J) sponsored this grand musical
fiesta to strengthen the cordial relations prevailing between
the Army and the civilians. Another significant motive of organizing
this show was to drive away dark memories of unpleasant experience
that brought sufferings to people on the North for more than thirty
years due to LTTE violence. Pallai is one of the worst terrorist-hit
areas of which daily life was totally crippled keping the development
under government projects away from the area.
Several ex-LTTE combatants reintegrated after undergoing the government’s
rehabilitation programme also showed their artistic talents in
public on that musical evening. It is the fervent hope of the
Army that these types of Civil-Military Coordination (CIMIC) activities
will promote sustainable peace through healthy civil-military
of the General officer Commanding 55 Division Brigadier Ajith
Wijesinghe, Commander SF-J Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe,
gracing the occasion as Chief Guest, donated brand new push bicycles
to 10 Pallai students who got good results in GCE O/L examination
2012. School uniforms for 30 Grade 5 scholarship winners and solar
power panels for five more students were also donated by the SF-J
Commander and other invited guests during the same function.
Kurukkal of Pallai Amman Hindu Temple, Rev. Fr. J. Jesuratnam
of Champianpattu church, DIG Northern Province Mr. I. Karunaratne,
MOH of Pallai hospital Dr. Mrs. Sivanathan Maithili and senior
officials of government and private institutes were also among
the invited guests.
Transport Board had arranged special transport facilities for
the civilians arriving in the venue.