Sri Lankan Program

Tuesday 10.00pm to 11.00pm

Sunday 8.30am to 9.30am

Chalani Gunasekera

Original Secretary and past broadcaster

The Sri Lankan Group commenced broadcasting at Radio 4EB on Sri Lankan Independence Day - 4 February 1981 and the first committee members were:-

Convenor ~ Kenneth F Harvie

Secretary ~ Chalani A Gunasekara

Treasurer ~ Vernon Fernando

Vice-convenor ~ Haritha Wijeratne

Other Committee Member ~ Maureen Staples

Sri Lanka, also sometimes called Ceylon, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located in Southern Asia, southeast of India, in a strategic location near major Indian Ocean sea lanes. It has a total area of 65,610 km², with 64,740 km² of land and 870 km² of water. Its coastline is 1,340 km long. Sri Lanka's climate includes tropical monsoons: the northeast monsoon (December to March), and the southwest monsoon (June to October). Its terrain is mostly low, flat to rolling plain, with mountains in the south-central interior. The highest point is Pidurutalagala at 2,524.13 m. Natural resources include limestone, graphite, mineral sands, gems, phosphates, clay, hydropower.

Rama's Bridge, a land connection to the Indian mainland that according to Hindu mythology was constructed during the rule of Rama, is now mostly submerged with only a chain of limestone shoals remaining above sea level. According to temple records this natural causeway was formerly complete, but was breached by a violent storm (probably a cyclone) in 1480.

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