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Sri Lanka artist George Keyt's creation in Canada
03 Dec, 2012 06:46:47
Dec 03, 2012 (LBO) - A stained glass, mural believed to the only one of its kind, based on Sri Lankan artist George Keyt is now mounted at Bibliotheque [Library] Marie-Uguay in Montreal, though not many are aware of it, Sri Lanka's high commission in Canada said.
George Keyt's [1901-1993] stained glass mural was originally exhibited at the Ceylon Pavilion at the ‘Expo 1967’ held in Montreal, and it was not brought back to Sri Lanka due to logistical problems,

The mural whuch shows a village maiden carrying on her hip the Punkalasa [amphora] symbolizing abundance and fertility, had been a major attraction at the exhibition in 1967, the high commission said in a statement.

"At the conclusion of the exhibition the mural had been gifted to the City of Montreal," the High Commission said. "Over the years the mural had disappeared from official records and personal memories."

Tissa Devendra a former civil servant and Mahinda Padmasiri, a Sri Lankan Canadian had helped rediscover the work.

The mural is based on Keats canvas 'Lanka Matha' whose whereabouts are also uncertain, the high commission statement said.

High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara and minister counsellor Sumith Dassanayake had recently visited the Library to view the mural.

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