A journey back to France with Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarat…


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Rendez-Vous with Yasmin and Kumar this month would make a journey to the Horagolla Walawwa in Attanagalla to chat to Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga , the fourth Govt President of Sri Lanka and the country’s only lady President to date.

Francophone and francophile, Chandrika Kumaratunga studied in France and grew to become the initial Sri Lankan to be awarded the Prestigious Medal of Commander in the Countrywide Purchase of the Legion of Honour, the highest rank of the National Purchase of France.

Going back half a century and far more to 1967, she talks about why she intentionally pick out to study in France irrespective of coming from an Anglo-Saxon spouse and children, whereas her father and sister selected the University of Oxford in the British isles.

The adhering to calendar year, 1968, were the scholar revolts in Paris. How did these functions affect her thinking as a scholar at that time and later on as a political chief?

Speaking in French and English, Mrs. Kumaratunga reminisces her keep in France, her passion for cultural functions, literature, theatre, cinema and the decades she put in in Aix-en-Provence and its celebrated Mt. Sainte Victoire which, at instances, encouraged the youthful Chandrika.

Yasmin then takes viewers on a journey of Aix-en-Provence, a town in Southern France in the area of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and the birthplace of post-Impressionist French painter Paul Cezanne (1839-1906).

Cezanne founded himself at a place identified as Chemin de la Marguerite from wherever he loved the greatest watch position of Mt. Sainte Victoire.

In the past ten years of his everyday living he commenced a series of paintings of the well-known Sainte-Victoire mountain which dominates the landscape all over the place. It grew to become his favored matter ensuing in 44 oil paintings and 43 watercolors which testify to Cezanne’s fascination of the mountain.

His work equipment, the designs of his final Still Life paintings and his furnishings are even now to discovered, as he left them, in his studio.

This nostalgic journey spans 5 as well as many years of Mrs. Kumaratunga’s everyday living and in conclusion and in retrospect, we asked her :“Is there just about anything that Chandrika Kumaratunga would nevertheless like to do in France that Chandrika Bandaranaike did not get to do?

All this and heaps extra exciting tales from the previous President on her lifetime in France … on Rendez-Vous with Yasmin and Kumar on Wednesday 30th March at 19h (Sri Lanka time) on the YouTube channel of the Embassy of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.


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