Celebrated Indian film maker, Padma Vibushan Dr. Adoor Gopalakrishnan will be Chief Guest at the
launch of the "Lester James Peries and Sumitra Peries Foundation" at the BMICH on Thursday 9 June 2011.
This event has been organized to coincide with the Diamond Jubilee of Dr. Peries winning his first ever international award, and, the Golden Jubilee of Sumitra Peries' entry into Cinema. At the same event will also be the inaugural "Lester James Peries Oration" which will be delivered by Prof. Wimal Dissanayake, Professor at the University of Hawaii and Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. The title of the oration will be "Sinhala Cinema and the Social Imaginary: The Work of Lester James Peries". The Foundation which is being incorporated by an Act of Parliament plans to work towards the establishment of a “National Cinema Achieves” in Sri Lanka and to promote children's cinema in this country. Its trustees are Dr. Lester James Peries, Sumitra Peries, Gayathri Mustachi, Yadamini Gunawardena and Kumar de Silva.