COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE OF ANTON P. CHEKHOV UNVEILED IN COLOMBO
On December 6, 2010 in the oldest and most prestigious hotel of Colombo "Galle Face Hotel" the unveiling
of the commemorative plaque of the great Russian writer Anton P. Chekhov dedicated to his 150th birth
anniversary and 120 years since he visited Ceylon took place.
The Sri Lankan side was represented by Hon. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L.Peiris, Hon. Minister of
Petroleum Industries Mr. Susil Premajayantha who is also President of the Sri Lanka – Russia Friendship Society, Hon.
Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing & Common Amenities Mr. Wimal Weerawansa, the "Galle
Face Hotel" Group Chairman Mr. Sanjeev Gardiner, General Manager of "Galle Face Hotel" Mr. Chandra
Mohotti as well as prominent political and public figures of Sri Lanka, businessmen and graduates from Russain
universities, and the Russian side – by H.E. Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka Mr. Vladimir
P. Mikhaylov, member of the State Duma (Parliament) of the Russian Federation and popular cinema actress Mrs. Elena G.
Drapeko, Deputy Director of the Moscow House of Compatriots A.M.Esipenko, well known Russian sculptor Mr.
G.I.Provotorov, member of the Russian Union of writers V.A. Chukanov, Russian scientist-orientalist Dmitry T. Kapustin,
the staff of the Russian Embassy and the Russian Cultural Centre.
The speakers at the ceremony pointed out the successful development of the friendly relations between Russia and Sri
Lanka, especially in recent years as well as great influence of the Russian literature on the formation of the Sri
Lankan literature. Most of Sri Lankans know very well the name of Anton Chekhov whose short stories and plays were
translated not only into English but also into Sinhala. The unveiling of the commemorative plaque became a bright
symbol of strengthening friendship between Russia and Sri Lanka.