(MENAFN- Colombo Gazette)
Rendez-Vous with Yasmin and Kumar this month makes a journey to the Horagolla Walawwa in Attanagalla to chat to Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga , the fourth Govt President of Sri Lanka and the country’s only woman President to date.
Francophone and francophile, Chandrika Kumaratunga examined in France and turned the first Sri Lankan to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander in the Nationwide Buy of the Legion of Honour, the highest rank of the Nationwide Buy of France.
Likely back half a century and additional to 1967, she talks about why she deliberately pick out to analyze in France inspite of coming from an Anglo-Saxon family members, while her father and sister selected the University of Oxford in the British isles.
The adhering to yr, 1968, ended up the pupil revolts in Paris. How did these functions influence her thinking as a pupil at that time and later as a political leader?
Talking in French and English, Mrs. Kumaratunga reminisces her remain in France, her enthusiasm for cultural routines, literature, theatre, cinema and the many years she invested in Aix-en-Provence and its celebrated Mt. Sainte Victoire which, at occasions, influenced the younger Chandrika.
Yasmin then takes viewers on a journey of Aix-en-Provence, a metropolis in Southern France in the area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and the birthplace of write-up-Impressionist French painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906).
Cezanne set up himself at a place named Chemin de la Marguerite from in which he loved the highest check out level of Mt. Sainte Victoire.
In the very last decade of his existence he begun a collection of paintings of the well known Sainte-Victoire mountain which dominates the landscape almost everywhere. It became his beloved matter ensuing in 44 oil paintings and 43 watercolors which testify to Cezanne’s fascination of the mountain.
His operate devices, the models of his final Still Life paintings and his household furniture are nonetheless to found, as he remaining them, in his studio.
This nostalgic journey spans five furthermore decades of Mrs. Kumaratunga’s everyday living and in conclusion and in retrospect, we questioned her :“Is there everything that Chandrika Kumaratunga would nevertheless like to do in France that Chandrika Bandaranaike did not get to do?
All this and lots extra attention-grabbing stories from the former President on her life in France … on Rendez-Vous with Yasmin and Kumar on Wednesday 30th March at 19h (Sri Lanka time) on the YouTube channel of the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
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