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Ex-combatants exhibit their paintings

Works of art created by people currently undergoing rehabilitation at government centers

Ex-combatants exhibit their paintings
The “Reflections of Transformation through Art” exhibition
ucanews.com reporter, Colombo
Sri Lanka

April 28, 2011

Former combatants organized an art exhibition with the theme of “Reflections of Transformation through Art” April 25-26 and demonstrated their faith through their paintings.

Combatants in government custody exposed deep religious faith in their works, which among other subjects portrayed Lord Jesus, the Holy Family, Mother Theresa, churches, temples in farming villages, parents and children.

Pushpage Sarachchandra, 52, told that most of exhibited paintings expose religious thoughts such as peace, love and harmony.

“A close up of Jesus carrying the cross is a creative and attractive painting drawn by Sritharan Srilakshman,” said Sarachchandra after he viewing theh 442 paintings at the exhibition, held at National Art Gallery in Colombo and organized by the Bureau of the Commissioner General of Rehabilitation (BCGR).

All the paintings was created by people currently undergoing rehabilitation at Protective Accommodation and Rehabilitation Centers in the north and east.

Seeeing the paintings, "I feel that our art therapy program is successful,” said Brigadier Sudantha Ranasinghe, commissioner of BCGR.

“We bring them into churches and Hindu temples to participate for religious rituals. It is helpful for them to remove their stress. Apart from this we give meditation and yoga training for them. Some of paintings reflect spiritual activities such as unity among all ethnic groups in the country,” he said.

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