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Sri Lanka Sings Tamil Version Of National Anthem

Sri Lanka has today sung the Tamil version of the National Anthem of Sri Lanka at the 68th Independence day celebrations;

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    Bravo Bravo, even if radical sinhala would go wired hearing this, I would never go against the kind of gestures. We are all srilankens. Nothing will harm just becase main minority folks after long driven war are offered to recite the anthem in their comphrehensive langague.
    Why to compare us with indians. India is a complex world with over 26 main laugages are being spoken. Even first world countries, are suprised the way India has become an industrial nation even if the gap of their poverty and richness. So we are just 22 millions. Where Tamils are dominated, they have every right to seek for their rights. This is why I am into federal politics, having lived on the west for the last 3 decades.

    Wimal buruwanse and Gonmanpila et al should rather be set to paddy fields – they will never contribute their part to the reconciliation – if they would make this issue to fish in muddy waters.

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      Long live the Tamil version of Sri Lanka’s national anthem!

      To sing in Tamil as well was exactly the right thing to do. Music to my ears. Never been more proud.

      May God bless our beautiful country and all her people.

      Happy Independence Day to all!

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        Ben Hurling

        Read the following excerpt and think how low these saffron clad stupids can stoop.

        Excerpt

        Malwatte senior monk wades into anthem issue
        February 3, 2016, 10:17 pm

        By Cyril Wimalasurendre

        KANDY: Attempts to sing the National Anthem in Tamil is an unwelcome move and it could not be approved, observed the Most Venerable Anunayaka (Deputy Mahanayane) of Malwatte Chapter Dimbulkumbure Wimaladhamma Thera at Galketiya Purana Vihare of Embilmeegama, Peradeniya.

        The Most Venerable Anunayaka Thera said some politicians had consented to allow the National Anthem to be sung in Tamil. But, the move in the guise of maintaining communal harmony could not be approved in anyway.

        The prelate said Sri Lanka was the only country, where the Sinhala people accounted for 72% of the population.

        “The National Anthem of India despite there being different communities and language is sung in one language only. In our country we cannot imagine where things will end if the National Anthem is allowed to be sung in Tamil and any other language. Therefore, I object to any attempt to sing the National Anthem in Tamil,” the senior monk said.

        ……

        island.lk

        Didn’t I tell you how the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese turn an opportunity into a major disaster?

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          Native,

          Malwatte deputy can scream all he wants. Only the insecure will listen.

          What a beautiful site that was. Sri Lanka’s children singing our national anthem in Tamil on Galle Face Green.

          Onward and Upward Sri Lanka!

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            Yes, a wonderful sight-the children singing together.
            ‘Eka mavaka ge’ dauru kale’.

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            Even Rajapakshe criticised it day before yday.

            But there are still masses who sideby to Rajano… for some reasons.. apeminiha principle put every palahora in royal state.

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          Native Vedda

          “Didn’t I tell you how the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese turn an opportunity into a major disaster?”

          Didn’t Amarasiri tell you how the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese consider Stupidity is a Virtue i the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

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        This was the first time I heard a Tamil rendition of the national anthem – and what an uplifting experience it was.

        I would have been even more exhilarated if MS and the other political elites on the stage had taken the time to learn the words beforehand and sang along.

        I would love to learn the words to the Tamil iteration. Can someone kindly post the words here please?

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          I used to sing this as a young boy.

          I used to (and still) love the lyrics.

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          Sinhala Yaka

          Here is the Transliteration (Tamil)

          Srī laṅkā tāyē – nam srī laṅkā
          namō namō namō namō tāyē
          nalleḻil poli cīraṇi
          nalaṅkaḷ yāvum niṟai vāṉmaṇi laṅkā
          ñālam pukaḻ vaḷa vayal nati malai malar
          naṟuñcōlai koḷ laṅkā
          namatuṟu pukaliṭam eṉa oḷirvāy
          namatuti ēl tāyē
          namatalai niṉataṭi mēl vaittōmē
          namatuyirē tāyē – nam srī laṅkā
          namō namō namō namō tāyē

          namatāraruḷ āṉāy
          navai tavir uṇarvāṉāy
          namatōr valiyāṉāy
          navil cutantiram āṉāy
          namatiḷamaiyai nāṭṭē
          naku maṭi taṉaiyōṭṭē
          amaivuṟum aṟivuṭaṉē
          aṭalceṟi tuṇivaruḷē – nam srī laṅkā
          namō namō namō namō tāyē

          namatōr oḷi vaḷamē
          naṟiya malar eṉa nilavum tāyē
          yāmellām oru karuṇai aṉaipayanta
          eḻilkoḷ cēykaḷ eṉavē
          iyaluṟu piḷavukaḷ tamai aṟavē
          iḻiveṉa nīkkiṭuvōm
          īḻa cirōmaṇi vāḻvuṟu pūmaṇi
          namō namō tāyē – nam srī laṅkā
          namō namō namō namō tāyē

          Tamil Yaka

          Here is the Transliteration (Sinhala)

          Sri Lanka Matha, apa Sri Lanka,
          Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha.
          Sundara siri barini,
          Surendi athi Sobamana Lanka.
          Dhanya dhanaya neka,
          Mal palathuru piri, jaya bhoomiya ramya.
          Apa hata sapa siri setha sadana,
          Jeewanaye Matha!
          Piliganu mena apa bhakthi puja,
          Namo namo matha, Apa Sri Lanka,
          Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha

          Obawe apa widya, Obamaya apa sathya,
          Obawe apa shakti, Apa hada thula bhakthi.
          Oba apa aloke, Aapage anuprane,
          Oba apa jeewana we, Apa mukthiya obawe.
          Nawa jeewana demine,
          Nnithina apa Pubudu karan matha.
          Gnana weerya wadawamina ragena,
          Yanu mena jaya bhoomi kara.
          Eka mawekuge daru kala bawina,
          yamu yamu wee nopama.
          Prema wada sama bheda durara da,
          Namo Namo Matha, Apa Sri Lanka,
          Namo Namo Namo Namo Matha.

          Coconut Yaka

          Here is the English version

          Thou Mother Lanka,
          Oh Mother Lanka we salute, salute, salute, salute Thee!
          Plenteous in prosperity, Thou,
          Beauteous in grace and love,
          Laden with grain and luscious fruit,
          And fragrant flowers of radiant hue,
          Giver of life and all good things,
          Our land of joy and victory,
          Receive our grateful praise sublime, we worship, worship Thee.
          Oh Mother Lanka! We salute, salute, salute, salute Thee!

          Thou gavest us Knowledge and Truth,
          Thou art our strength and inward faith,
          Our light divine and sentient being,
          Breath of life and liberation.
          Grant us, bondage free, inspiration.
          Inspire us for ever.
          Oh Mother Lanka! We salute, salute, salute, salute Thee!

          In wisdom and strength renewed,
          Ill-will, hatred, strife all ended,
          In love enfolded, a mighty nation
          Marching onward, all as one,
          Lead us, Mother, to fullest freedom, we worship, worship Thee
          Oh Mother Lanka! We salute, salute, salute, salute Thee!

          Sinhala Version

          ශ්‍රී ලංකා මාතා
          අප ශ්‍රී……. ලංකා නමෝ නමෝ නමෝ නමෝ මාතා
          සුන්‍දර සිරිබරිනී සුරැඳි අති සෝබමාන ලංකා
          ධාන්‍ය ධනය නෙක මල් පලතුරු පිරි ජය භුමිය රම්‍යා
          අප හට සැප සිරි සෙත සදනා ජීවනයේ මාතා
          පිළිගනු මැන අප භක්‍තී පූජා
          නමෝ නමෝ මාතා
          අප ශ්‍රී …… ලංකා නමෝ නමෝ නමෝ නමෝ මාතා

          ඔබ වේ අප විද්‍යා
          ඔබ මය අප සත්‍යා
          ඔබ වේ අප ශක්‍ති
          අප හද තුළ භක්‍තී
          ඔබ අප ආලෝකේ
          අපගේ අනුප්‍රාණේ
          ඔබ අප ජීවන වේ
          අප මුක්‍තිය ඔබ වේ

          නව ජීවන දෙමිනේ නිතින අප පුබුදු කරන් මාතා
          ඥාන වීර්‍ය වඩවමින රැගෙන යනු මැන ජය භූමී කරා
          එක මවකගෙ දරු කැල බැවිනා
          යමු යමු වී නොපමා
          ප්‍රේම වඩා සැම හේද දුරැර දා නමෝ නමෝ මාතා
          අප ශ්‍රී…….. ලංකා නමෝ නමෝ නමෝ නමෝ මාතා

          Tamil Version

          ஸ்ரீ லங்கா தாயே – நம் ஸ்ரீ லங்கா
          நமோ நமோ நமோ நமோ தாயே
          நல்லெழில் பொலி சீரணி
          நலங்கள் யாவும் நிறை வான்மணி லங்கா
          ஞாலம் புகழ் வள வயல் நதி மலை மலர்
          நறுஞ்சோலை கொள் லங்கா
          நமதுறு புகலிடம் என ஒளிர்வாய்
          நமதுதி ஏல் தாயே
          நமதலை நினதடி மேல் வைத்தோமே
          நமதுயிரே தாயே – நம் ஸ்ரீ லங்கா
          நமோ நமோ நமோ நமோ தாயே

          நமதாரருள் ஆனாய்
          நவை தவிர் உணர்வானாய்
          நமதோர் வலியானாய்
          நவில் சுதந்திரம் ஆனாய்
          நமதிளமையை நாட்டே
          நகு மடி தனையோட்டே
          அமைவுறும் அறிவுடனே
          அடல்செறி துணிவருளே – நம் ஸ்ரீ லங்கா
          நமோ நமோ நமோ நமோ தாயே

          நமதோர் ஒளி வளமே
          நறிய மலர் என நிலவும் தாயே
          யாமெல்லாம் ஒரு கருணை அனைபயந்த
          எழில்கொள் சேய்கள் எனவே
          இயலுறு பிளவுகள் தமை அறவே
          இழிவென நீக்கிடுவோம்
          ஈழ சிரோமணி வாழ்வுறு பூமணி
          நமோ நமோ தாயே – நம் ஸ்ரீ லங்கா
          நமோ நமோ நமோ நமோ தாயே

          https://en.wikipedia.org/
          wiki/Sri_Lanka_Matha

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            But, the English translation of the Tamil version would not run along the ‘English version’. I think the Tamil version is more poetic!

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            Native Vedda

            Thanks.

            Thanks for the Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil and Para-English Versions.

            You left out the Version of the Native Veddah Aethho.

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            Native Veddah, Thank you for publishing the 3 versions. Wouldn’t it be infinitely glorious if there was only one anthem but some verses in Tamil and English besides Sinhalese. I remember an aids song a few years back sung by many pop artists from all communities, in all three languages and it went down very well. Sri Lankans speak and understand at least one of these languages and the sentiments expressed in our national anthem should be shared by all Sri Lankans.

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          Yakadayaka
          Even the Tamils don’t know the Tamil iteration, it was suppressed
          Everything Tamil, archeology, history, literature etc etc was either destroyed or suppressed
          Singing the national anthem in Tamil is opening the eyes of the Sinhala people

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      Samson Gunaratne

      Great news.

      Did the president and prime minister seek wise counselling from my elders? I would have thought so.

      Unity in diversity should be celebrated not frowned upon.

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        Native Vedda

        “Did the president and prime minister seek wise counselling from my elders? I would have thought so. “

        Looks like that at this late stage. Still mny Para-idiots left, who still believe stupidity is a virtue.

        Unfortunately, the Para-idiots of an earlier era did not do that. They ethnically cleansed your people.

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      CountryFirst

      Where are you?

      You have heady days ahead.

      Take the Politicians, bureaucrats, the singing beauties, the event organisers, …….. whoever decided to allow singing the national in both languages to the highest court of the land for flouting the constitution.

      Since you have become an expert on constitution I would like to be your understudy.

      I will be right behind you in case if you need me to fish out finer legal points though I am bit thick, have no education, have no legal training, not much wisdom, living in urban jungle,……….

      No problem, feel free to contact me, no job is small.

      However I must confess, I have this habit of holding contrarian views. Would that help you?

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      Have a look at the video carefully, you foreign funded conspirators against the Sinahal Buddhists. Lips of the ‘thoppi wearers” are not moving. Do you notice?

      Are they singing the IS caliphate anthem. We will soon have Portuguese, Dutch and British anthems sung too.

      To hell with these saboteurs.

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        Rear “admiral”, you have chosen an apt pen-name! Thank God, you are only a rear admiral and not a full admiral!! Just remain like that

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        Rear admiral,

        A sleepless night tonight for you is it? Just accept that there are different ethnicities living in this land and you need to share and co- exist.

        You never know, Sri Lanka might give asylum to other nationalities in the future. So you might have to make room for them too :))). Scared, paranoia, xenophobia…

        Oh so you are an expert on the IS? That and this has no link.

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        Rear Admiral

        You are not sitting on your brain, are you?

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        Do your words demonstrate racism or insanity. Either should be treated in the approporiate manner before it gets worst. Learn from the plight of MR.

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        Rear Admiral has fired a loaded gas canon through his rear to stink up CT.

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        Rear Admiral

        “you foreign funded conspirators against the Sinahal Buddhists.”

        It shows.

        What is it?

        Stupidity is a Virtue.

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      Samson Gunaratne

      RE: Sri Lanka Sings Tamil Version Of National Anthem

      Very Good. Finally Para-Sinhala says it is all right to Sing the Para-Sinhala National Anthem by the Para-Tamils as well, in the Tamil Language, in the Land of Native Veddah Aeyhho.

      It should have been sung only in the Language of the Native Veddah Aethho, from the very beginning.

      So, now the National Anthem is sung in Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil? What about Para-English? Around 10 to 25% of the Paras do communicate in Para-English as well.

      What about the Language of the Native Veddah Aethho, from the very beginning.

      Idiotic Politicians, get real. We know you are generally idiots, except a few, for whom all Paras should be thankful for. Almost all the idiotic politicians believe that stupidity is a virtue.

      “Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.”

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      The gesture of singing in Tamil was grand. Without a hum it was done even in the fifties. As great was the innovation in 1960 of reading the Throne Speech in the 1st year of Srimao administration. So was reading of the Presidential Address in Tamil as well, a practice adopted by Chandrika in 1995.

      These gestures meant to be harbingers of amity never matured into blocks for nation building. Now in a different and better set up, many components have to work together.

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    This is one of the greatest act that a leader had done for the true reconciliation in Sri Lanka, since 1956. Good Governance has not failed……The gesture would not be a waste… it will take time but will get there…..

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      Dear Mr. President, Prime Minister, Mrs. Kumararunga and the Other Elected Leaders and All those. who voted to get Yahapalanaya Elected.

      RE:Sri Lanka Sings Tamil Version Of National Anthem

      Thank you very much, This was long overdue. Should have been done from February 4, 1948. You have vision for a United Nation, as opposed to a Divided Nation.

      It is sad, it took 68 years to get this done, but finally done. Thank you again.

      Hard to believe this happened, but than you Mr. President and Prime Ministeer.

      In Tamil Nadu (the land of Tamils) also do they sing the Indian national anthem in Tamil.

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        It was sung in Tamil in 1948 during independance celeberations, but done away with later. Dr. Narendran Rajasingham too has said this elsewhere in CT columna. Hope I am right.

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    An excellent move to bring the people closer together and to keep the wolves away.

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    The magnanimity of the of the Sinhala majority repeated now under the leadership of Maithri and Ranil after 67 years. Bensen

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    Now the Booruwnsa, Gonawardane, Gemampila and the likes will go to town with racial hatred and bashing. These racist idiots are waiting to re-kindle the racist slogans and drag our country back to the dark ages of MARA, the brute and racist dictator. Luckily, Ponnasara is behind bars.

    This is really a great gesture by MY3, but the same thing was done way back in 1947. It is better to publicise that card printed in 1947, which clearly states, National Anthem will be sung in Tamil, at the end.

    Then these racist idiots could be silenced.

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    This is great, all Lankans should appreciate this bold decision, allowing minority tamils to sing the National Anthem in their own language. With no reservation I truly appreciate this step taken in the sprit of reconciliation.

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    Very good move

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    Brilliant. Onward and Upward to my Motherland.

    Congratulations to the folks who made it happen. Well done to the singers.

    What joy it is to listen to you.

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    Excellent! Way to go Sri Lanka!

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      but there are mixed feelings among Gommanpila and Buruwanse led folks …

      They should be round up if this nation to move forward. And Dayan Jayathilaka the most malicious gossipy man of the nation – would never agree with the kind of gestures ?

      I supported your POLKURUMINIYA project, Thrisantha – please add more to current topic what you think of.. thanks.

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    This is not the first time they sung in Tamil on this day..it was started in 1948…

    Why the fuss ???

    Cheers

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    How refreshing and what a relief to watch the Sri Lanka anthem being sung in Tamil. Anyone following rugby or cricket would have seen Maori and English versions of New Zealand anthem being sung side by side, starting with a Maori verse (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhCgcZ0efAA). Going forward, I hope that Sri Lanka would follow New Zealand’s lead and make it one anthem by combining Sihala and Tamil verses and more importantly starting with a Tamil verse.

    The original Maori version of the New Zealand anthem was written in 1878 at he request of the then New Zealand Governor Sir George Grey (http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/video/new-zealands-national-anthems) and the majority of politicians in Sri Lanka have no such foresight even now (138 years later).

    Rohan
    Palmerston North, NZ

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    everyone gave MR a chance as president right? Did he Solve everything in an year or two? No. let aside Him being corrupt,bringing in his family, gota killing, etc…. and ruining my country aside for a few minutes. He did finish the civil war somehow even with civilian casualties or bribing the LTTE but he did.
    If you people could give that fat fox and his family a chance (which resulted in screwing SL in the international agenda), Why can you be more patience with MS and RW? its been only an year or so, clearly RW is more educated than MR and whole of his family combined yeah?
    MS is a man who knows his roots and RW might have the longest loosing streak in SL election history but does he resort to violence like MR and his family?
    say if you met with an accident and injured pretty badly, would you or can you walk the very next day? No. You need months to heal. same here; Sri Lanka is sucked dry of its financial resources and credibility to the international scene. We have to give them time. We voted for MR and look what he did, but at the end we did chase him out and brought in MS and RW. People have the power but have patience.

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    It is about time Tamils, Sinhalese and all other inhabitants of this beautiful country lived as Sri Lankans. Bravo!!!

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    In my opinion this country should stay as one country………….no to Tamil Ealam or any other nonsense. Also I feel majority of the credit goes to CBK, Samanthan and Ranil. I think these three good people promoted racial harmony in the country. Let this country grow with the wonderful people who live there and this maybe the start.

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      The Tamil translation of the national anthem was rendered by Nallathamby Pulavar (poet) hailing from Araaly, Vattikottai. It matches the Sinhala original in rhyme, rhythm, music and meaning. The Tamil words chosen for the Sinhala equivalents are masterpieces that stand testimony to Nallathaby Pulavar’ s mastery of Tamil and poetical prowess.

      I am sure his son, Prof. Sivachelvam, my much admired senior at Peradeniya and an adored friend, now in New Zealand, will remember his great father with pride on this day. A great father and a great son!

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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        I never knew all these info before. Not even about this connections. Thank you for enlighten us with these valuable information. It was wanderful and yet filled event I can say.

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    Sing it proud my Tamil brothers and sisters! You are also equal citizens of this country! I hope the Sinhala and Tamil national anthem is sung from now on, in this country.

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      ‘ How good and how pleasant it is,

      For brethren to live together in Unity’. (Psalms)

      Sri Lankan’s are all One Family, One Nation, ALL Equal.

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    DEAR LEARNED AND PEACEFUL CITIZENS OF SRILANKA. SOMETHING IS WRONG SOMEWHERE THIS BIG HUE AND CRY ABOUT THE ANTHEM OF SRILANKA SUNG IN TAMIL IS ONLY A POLITICAL TWIST TO GAIN VOTES.
    FIRSTLY THE POLITICIANS AND THE BIKKHUS WHO FLY ON SRILANKAN AIRLINES WERE DEAF WHEN THE PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS MADE BY THE CABIN CREW ARE READ IN TAMIL AND MIND YOU ITS DONE BY A SINHALESE, TAMIL, MUSLIM OR A BURGHER. THE COMPULSION IS SO STRONG THAT EVEN SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT KNOW TAMIL MUST READ THE TAMIL TRANSLATION AND I FOUND THAT THE FLUENT SPOKEN TAMIL WAS A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT SPEAK TAMIL I MUST SAY WELL DONE TO THE CREW. FURTHER MOST GOVERNMENT NOTICES ARE ALSO PRINTED IN SINHALESE AND TAMIL.

    IT IS SAD THAT SOME PETTY MINDED CITIZENS RAISED THIS ISSUE ON THE ANTHEM AND THIS CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THEY WANT RUIN NOT PROSPERITY TO OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.

    MY SINCERE SUGGESTION IS THAT THE ENGLISH VERSION TO THE ANTHEM IF SUNG IN ENGLISH WILL BRING MORE SATISFACTION AND HUMILITY TO ALL CITIZENS WITHOUT ANY HATRED SO THREE LANGUAGES WILL BE BEAUTIFUL TO HEAR. I ALSO HOPE THAT GOVERNMENT NOTICES AND DOCUMENTS SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE ENGLISH.

    I ALSO ADD THAT IN WAR,COMMUNAL VIOLENCE OR ANYTHING THAT BRINGS RUIN WILL BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR COUNRTY.

    THESE POLITICIANS SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO FOREIGN LANDS FOR EDUCATION IN ENGLISH AND ARE HYPOCRITICAL ABOUT SINHALA ONLY. THIS PROVES HOW NARROW MINDED THEY TEND TO BERATE FOR NOTHING BUT POLITICAL MILEAGE.

    FINALLY TURN ON TO THE SINGAPORE TV CHANNEL TO FIND OUT THE PEACEFUL SERENITY THAT EXISTS WHEN YOU HEAR ALL LANGUAGES BEING READ. MY PRAYERS FOR PEACEFUL CO EXISTENCE

    PS SINCE I AM NOT A WRITER MAY THE PEOPLE OF THE PEN ELABORATE AN ARTICLE
    ADDING MORE SAUCE ON THIS WONDERFUL TOPIC OF CO-EXISTENCE AND A PEACEFUL
    LIVING MAY MY PRAYERS BE ANSWERED PEACE PEACE PEACE
    MORE

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    Great idea of Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister.

    There is no room for RACISM and DISCRIMINATION in our educated and wise global community.

    If South Africa can sing their National Anthem in five languages why Srilanks can not sing it in two languages.

    Foolish racists have no heart to do it but wise and compassionate people will accept it with good heart.

    We salute you both Mr. President and Mr. Prime Minister.

    This is good gesture for the future prosperity and bright future for our young generation.

    Good Luck.

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    A small step but a deliberate one in the right direction which will be a memorable one in the history of Sri Lanka. The courage of the people who took this step need be commended and they should do moore.

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      MOHAMED MARZOOK

      ‘A small step but a deliberate one in the right direction’.

      Aheyoho……… Namo Namo Mahtha……Namo Namo Thayee……. Namo Namo Mummy

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        Bravo! Keep it up Sunthaaram

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          Mallaiyuran sings Namo Namo Monkey Mummy!

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    Music to my ears!

    Let Joy be unconfined.

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    Was a sweet thing to hear – one of the most innocent expressions for unity.

    Was the Sinhala version sung at all? If not, then it cannot be a good thing, for too many people would be resentful as it was done in revenge to force Sinhala nationalists into submission. Bad way to go. Both should have been sung, or words incorporated into each other.

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    It is a brave and welcome move. The forward march should not be stopped with the symbolic singing of national anthem in Tamil or releasing a prisoner or handing over of land for few land owners. These can be reverted back if there is a change in the government or even with the same govt. The govt should move towards finding a permanent solution through a proper devolution as promised.

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    A small step for the ladies and gentlemen involved in ushering this
    welcome move – towards reconciliation. But a giant step for a country bloodied, battered and blinded by racial-language prejudice for over half a century by riots, civil war and economic damnation. The way ahead will not be smooth. Already, the Mahanayakas – cause of most of our problems – are stirring. The Sinhala extreme will not remain still. They cannot – for their own survival.
    But Ranil is an adamant fellow and so is CBK. The backboneless Sirisena is bewildered. He will, as usual, take the winning side – to protect the ill-gotten billions for him and his once poor family. The reality, once the Anthem is sung in different parts of the country in Tamil, the highly-prejudiced Sinhala voter will forget and treat the issue like an insignificant one – just like how the Tamil extremists forgot the anti-Sri campaign in the North-East – sometime in the 1970s.

    Way to go, Sri Lanka. Some lovely comments here – from across the ethnic spectrum. How encouraging!

    Kettikaran

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    At last Yahapalanaya does something worthwhile. Would the cretin in the Malwatte chapter like 72% of the anthem sung in Sinhala and 28% in Tamil?

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    This beautiful event today reminds me of the revengeful Mahinda R, as he returned from London – after some Tamils in London demonstrated against him – on his way to a “lecture” at Oxford University. The first thing he did was to illegally order the National Anthem should not be sung in the Tamil areas from then on. This clearly shows the pettiness of the semi-educated and deranged man. After all, from 1949 the National Anthem was duly sung in the Tamil areas – also in Tamil. But since the majority Sinhala army “invaded” the Tamil areas this was crudely stopped. How low can a leader – a President of a plural country – get?

    Although Mahinda Rajapakse tries to win back Tamils for his own return to power, the Tamil Nation will always remember the rascal for this
    indignity. The karmic pain he and his family are going through for grievously harming the sentiments of millions of Tamils, Muslims and even Sinhalese.

    Pandaranayagam.

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    When we were kids in North, we used to make fun of it when we heard the anthem on TV in a language that we didn’t understand.

    But this time, when it was sang in Tamil at the National event, the music and the lyrics gave a thrilling feeling to salute to the rock that stand up next to the deep blue Indian ocean and unafraid to take the nonstop poundings both from the strong waves of the open Indian ocean or the inhabitants who live on its surface!

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    A beautiful sight indeed, pray these leaders will stay the course and put the country on a better footing for the sake of the future generations.

    Also we hope dumb cynics like the “rear looking admiral” are dumped for good, he is so dumb that he doesn’t have the capacity to understand that it’s a trio where some people sing only some part of the anthem, people like him who only looks for the negatives will not do any good for anyone.

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    I don’t like two National Anthems but don’t know why it is a big deal when words and tune is the same. I would much rather amend the Anthem and include some Tamil verses and sing one Anthem everywhere.

    A Tamil kid visiting south and Sinhalese kid visiting north know how to sing the Anthem in anywhere in the country.

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      Yes, might be better to have a modified, or altogether new anthem,
      that includes both Sinhala and Tamil verses in equal
      proportion.

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        Lankan;
        Good Idea. That would save more time at Public Functions!

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    This event of the National Anthem rendered in Tamil also reminds me of that famous quote in The Merchant of Venice…

    How far the little candle throws his beams!
    So shines a good deed in a naughty World.

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