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SAARC Film Day – Bhutan

This quarter the SAARC Cultural Centre will celebrate the SAARC Film Day with the screening of a popular film from Bhutan.  The SAARC Film Day is organized every quarter by the SAARC Cultural Centre in collaboration with the National Film Corporation.  On 21st November 2023 the SAARC Cultural Centre will screen the Bhutanese Film “Wind […]

SAARC Talk Series 2023 for the month of November

SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo is presenting its upcoming Seventh SAARC Talk Series on 24th November 2023 (Friday) at 3:00 pm (Sri Lankan Standard Time). The lecture will be delivered by Kamalika Bose, Urban Conservationist, Founder-Principal, Heritage Synergies India. Kamalika Bose will deliver her lecture on the topic “Building Regional Cooperation through Shared Cultural Heritage of […]

SAARC Painting Exhibition 2023

Captivating Canvasses of the Vibrant Colours of Culture is an Exhibition of Paintings organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) in Collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka.  The SCC is the custodian of a large collection of paintings created by the artists of the SAARC Region during the SAARC Artists’ Camps held annually […]


  • Captivating Canvasses of the Vibrant Colours of Culture

    The Exhibition of Paintings organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) in Collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) was ceremoniously inaugurated on 7th November 2023 in the Gallery of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka. The Captivating Canvasses of the Vibrant Colours of Culture is the first exhibition to held […]

  • Attended an event on the Ayurveda Day

    Director, Ms.Renuka Ekanayake and Deputy Director-Research, Dr.Bina Gandhi Deori,SAARC Cultural Centre attended the event on Ayurveda Day organized by ICCR, Faculty of Indigenous Medicine -University of Colombo in collaboration with Department of Ayurveda, Gampaha Wickramarachchi University of Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka and Siddha Medicine,Eastern University, Sri Lanka. The event was inaugurated by the Deputy High […]

  • Meeting with the Honorary Consul for Bhutan in Sri Lanka

    The Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre Mrs. Renuka Ekanayake and the Deputy Director Programmes Ms. Bindu Urugodawatte met Mr. Abbas Esufally, the Honorary Consul for Bhutan in Sri Lanka at his office in the Hemas Building in Colombo 2.  Mrs. Renuka Ekanayake invited Mr. Esufally for the SAARC Film Day in November and further […]

  • SAARC Special Lecture by Dr. Anamika Biswas

    SAARC Cultural Centre in collaboration with the National Library of Sri Lanka organized a lecture by Dr. Anamika Biswas, Consultant, Sustainable Heritage Development and Guest Professor, NIFT, Delhi on 25th October 2023, 10:30 am at the Auditorium, National Library of Sri Lanka on hybrid mode. The lecture was titled “World Heritage Sites and the United […]

  • Attended Indian Alumni Art Exhibition

    Director Ms. Renuka Ekanayake, Deputy Director-Research Dr Bina Gandhi Deori, Deputy Director-Programme Ms. Bindu Urugodawatte and Documentation Officer Mr. Mahinda  Sumanasekhara attended Chitralekha- the first ever India Alumini Art Exhibition at JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo-7 on 10th  October. The exhibition was inaugurated by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and Secretary of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, Religious […]

  • Bangladesh Film Festival

    On 6th October 2023, Director, Ms Renuka Ekanayake, Deputy Director-Programme, Ms Bindu Urugodawatte and Dr. Bina Gandhi Deori, Deputy Director-Research SAARC Cultural Centre attended the 3rd Bangladesh Film Festival (6-8 October) at Tharangani Theatre. The event was also graced by HEs of different countries.

  • Attended an Event on Gandhi Jayanti 2023 at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC)

    Director Ms Renuka Ekanayake and Deputy Director-Research Dr. Bina Gandhi Deori, SAARC Cultural Centre attended an event on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti 2023, Mahatma Gandhi Oration organized by SLIS (Sri Lanka-India Society) in association with SVCC. High Commissioner H.E Gopal Baglay was the Chief Guest. Keynote speech was delivered by Prof. Don McAvinchey on […]

  • 5th Session of the SAARC Talk Series 2023

    The Fifth SAARC Talk Series 2023 (Virtual Mode) was held on (Tuesday), 26th September 2023,15:00 pm (Sri Lankan Standard Time) at the SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC), Sri Lanka. Dr. Marium Kamal, Assistant Professor at the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of the Punjab Lahore, Pakistan spoke on Political Philosophy of Arthashastra. In her talk Dr. Kamal highlighted Kautilya’s massive […]

  • Celebration of the 77th Indian Independence Day

    Sri Lanka India Society, Colombo organized a commemorative dinner to celebrate the 77th Indian Independence Day on the 23rd September 2023 at the Taj Samudra. Prime Minster of Sri Lanka Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena was the Chief Guest of the event. Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre Mrs Renuka Ekanayake delivered the keynote address. In her […]

  • Director of SAARC Cultural Centre at the National Day of Nepal

    On the occasion of the National Day of Nepal, Director SAARC Cultural Centre, Ms Renuka Ekanayake was invited for dinner hosted by the Ambassador of Nepal H.E. Mr. Bashu Dev Mishra on the 20th September 2023 at Galle Face Hotel. Director, SAARC Cultural Centre extended her heartfelt wishes on the occasion. (Pic: Director of SAARC […]

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Director’s Message

The SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC) in Sri Lanka is an organization that aims to promote cultural ties and foster understanding among the countries of South Asia. The Fifteenth SAARC Summit held in Colombo in 2008, is the instrumental event that led to the establishment of the SCC Sri Lanka. It was at this meeting that […]



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