Two top Sri Lankan artists will perform mark centenary celebrations of Sri Lanka’s prestigious girls’ school Visakha Vidyalaya in Canada. Corrine Alimeida and Sohan Weerasinghe will arrive in Toronto to perform at the Ontario Visakhians Centenary Dinner Dance. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Chandni Grand Banquet Hall in Toronto.
The school was established in 1917 by the late Celestina Dias as the Buddhist Girls College in a house called ‘The Firs’ in Turret Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was the desire of Mrs. Dias to train the school girls according to the Buddhist moral values and principles. In 1927 it moved to its present premises in Vajira Road, Colombo and was named Visakha Vidyalaya (Visakha College) by Lady Herbert Stanley the wife of the Governor of Ceylon at that time. In 1939 the school was affiliated to Lady Irwin College, New Delhi to conduct courses in home science. Science subjects were introduced to the curriculum in 1946, for the first time in a girls’ school in Sri Lanka.