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State Festivals

State Television Awards Festival

With the objective of encouraging Television programme producers to produce high standard programmes promoting local values, the Department of Cultural Affairs organizes the state Television Award Festival under the guidance of at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

This festival was inaugurated in 2004 and has been held every year up to date. This is the only award festival where the television programme producers are evaluated by the state.

All television programme which are completely telecast before 31st December of every year. Amateur short films whish were not screened at the festival are also considered for giving awards.

Narrative television drama, documentary programmes one act television drama, magazine programmes, news reporting, news announcers, music programmes, television coordinator, television fuss tape, prepropaganda tape, visual songs programmes, background selling, lighting (multi camera production), television creature programmes, television graphics/ live programmes, television discussion programmes etc are evaluated under this programme.

In the course of evaluation of creative television programmes by the state indigenous culture, civilization, religious tendency, accepted social etiquettes, cultural valus, natural beauty, traditional dance, folk songs, music, nature musical instruments, ancient and historical legends, environmental beauty and corresponding sociological ideals will be taken into consideration.

Selection of creative television programmes will be made by a books of eminent independent scholars.

Creative television programmes to be submitted for the Award festival should be submitted in the form of V.H.S or D.V.D tapes.

Rupavahini State Awards 2016 Result

Rupavahini State Awards 2015 Result

Latest Result - 2014

Latest Result - 2013

Result 2011-2012


Kalabhooshana Award Festival

Artists who are the life blood of the culture of a country dedicate their time wealth and labour for the preservation of culture but their services are not adequately appreciated. Hence secretary to the Ministry on Cultural Affairs and the Directors of Cultural Affairs started Kalabhooshana Award Festival in 1981 in order to appreciate their services. Since the member of artists engaged in various fields of art (music, dance, drama, literature, sculpture, painting, art of writing etc.) have been paid tribute without racial or religious (Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim) differences. In this connection the Department of Muslim Affairs and the Department of Hindu Affairs hare joined us.

With the view to appreciate the invaluable services of these artists a fixed deposit of Rs.10,000/= a silver medol and a Kalabhooshana certificate and a booklet on their life story and given to every artist.

69 Sinhala artists in the year 2006, 70 in 2007, 88 in 2008 and 200 in the year 2009 in which the scheme completes 25 years, were given awards.

At the time these Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim artists assemble under one roof, it was our duty to provide that full security, free medical services and meals. We did this with pride.

In this connection we gratefully appreciate the services rendered by the staff of the National Hospital as well as by the police officers.

Persons who wish to claim Kalabhooshana Award should have completed 60 years of age by December 15th of the respective year. A notice calling for applications will be published in the electronic media and the printing media during the first 3 months of every year. In additional to these, cultural Division of District Secretariats and Divisional Secretariats will notify the artists in their area. Applications should personally hand over their duty perfected applications with to the Department of Cultural Affairs copies of their identity cards and Birth certificates is which respective Divisional Secretary’s certificate and recommendation should be included. Applications can also be handed over to the respective Divisional Secretariat as well.

Kalabhooshana award can be applied in respect of the following fields; drama, writing, painting, sculpture, carving, lacquer, puppetry, dance, actors, music, poetry, singing, film and teledrama. Artists engaged in Baila, Angampora, Magic Dramming, mass media and other folk artists who are engaged in their field by descent or professionally for more than 10 years can apply.

As a mark of application of the voluble series of these queer artists, the government of Sri Lanka has designated December 15th as the Day of the Artists. On that day these great men will be awarded the Kalabhooshana title by the state.


State Drama Festival

State drams festival selects creative dramas of high standard which cause advancement of the sinhala dramativegy and evaluates such dramas and dramatists at the state Drama Festival.

Applications for the festival are invited during the period January to March each year. Application prepared according to the press advertisement to be published during the period should be forwarded together with the script of the drama. National state Drama Festival is held in Sinhala and Tamil media.

Only the original dramas translating or adaptations of dramas produced and staged for the public during the period January 1st to December 31st in the previous year can be presented for the National Drama Festival. Award ceremony will be held at the end of the year.

2015 State drama Festival -Result

2014 State drama Festival -Result


State Short Drama Festival

Short Drama Festival in Sinhala medium is organized annually with the objective of encouraging and evaluating persons involved in producing short dramas of high standard creativity using alternative methodologies after researching into them.

Particulars of the state Short Drama Festival will be published every year in the newspaper and through mass media. Any citizen of Sri Lanka can forward applications. It is compulsory that the applicant should be the directors of the drama.


State Children’s Drama Festival

Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Drama panel of the Sri Lanka Art Council make arrangements to hold the state Children’s Drama Festival every year. Children’s Drama Festival will be held in Sinhala, Tamil and English media with effect from this year.

This Drama Festival will be held in two sections, limited section and open section. School can participate under the limited section while any person can apply under the open section.

This drama festival is organized with the expectation of elimating the “educational tiredness” children and pre-adolescents and making them contented future citizens through dramaturgy.

Dramaturgy has become an essential component of our education system at present. Hence introduction of children’s drama in place of former school dramas has been identified as an educational as well as a social need of the era. Through the medium of children’s dramas it is expected.

  • To pane the way for children and pre-adolescents to gain a sound knowledge in peaceful coexistence, collective actions, and awareness of the world around them.
  • To gain a training to become useful citizens of responsibility and decency with an understanding about their duties to be performed towards the society.
  • To alleviate backwardness of children and pre-adolescents and to arouse develop and streamline their forwardness, personal skills, creative abilities, and future leadership qualities.
  • To produce exemplary citizens devoid of anti-social elements, associated with great future ambitions and striving with determination to achieve them.

2016 State Children's Drama Result

2013 State Children,s Drama Result


State Literary Awards Festival

Department of Cultural Affairs organizes annually the state Literary Awards Festival to encourage literati to produce high standard creative literary words for the country. Books belonging to following areas are selected for giving awards.

Original novels, original short stories, original poetry, original youth literature, original dramas, songs, children literature, scientific writing, miscellaneous translation of novels, translation of short stories, translation of dramas, miscellaneous translations.

Every book submitted for consideration of giving award should have been registered in the Department of National Archives during the period January 01st to December 31st of the year previous to the year in which the award festival is to be held. (state awards one offered for books registered from January 01st to December 31st of the previous year only)

  • Should be the first print of the book
  • In case of a book meant to children, it should have more than 16 pages
  • Other books should have more than 49 pages

From the books deposited at the Department of National Archives, books felling under the above categories and which are decided suitable for surveying for the purpose of giving awards, by the panel on literature will be submitted for the survey. First round of the survey will be carried out by an external board, the second round of the survey will be by the panel on literature, the third round will be by an Apex Body of scholars. Literary works selected by the third round of the survey will be given awards at the Award Festival.

2013 State Literary Awards Results

Farther information may be obtained from the secretary to the National Literary Panel by dialing 01128720300112872030.


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