The Royal Colombo Flatulist Association held its annual recital today at the Gandapokuna auditorium. The chief guest was the deputy non cabinet minister for Rural Recreational Sports Infrastructure and Up country Mango Cultivation, Mr Maha Horachandiya.
Many new and old members showcased their skills. The highlight of the event was a solo performance by Mr.Godarala Thatamanagama. Mr.Thatamanagama had recently returned from Ireland where he had been awarded the rarely awarded title of Braigetori – a first for a Sri Lankan. His performance of the traditional Flatulist classic “Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum” was greeted with a standing ovation.
Past president of the RCFA, Dr C.O.W Harakakakula delivered the Joseph Pujol memorial oration. He gave an entertaining historical overview of the society and identified numerous statistical indicators that pointed to steady continuous growth in potential members. The current president Mrs Kasanaballa, took up this fact and outlined several growth initiatives already underway. The most prominent being government support via the Mr Maha Horachandiya “visionary” scheme.
In his speech, the minister pointed out that Flatulist themed entertainment is an ideal form of low cost social recreation. He thanked the association for its patriotic role in maintaining public morale in a time of war and global economic difficulties. He said that both Up country Mango Cultivation policy and the RCFA would clearly benefit from Flatulence. He invited the RCFA to make a concerted drive to recruit rural members into its ranks. With this aim in mind, “Unum saltum et siffletum et unum bumbulum” has been translated into Sinhala and Tamil. The minister hoped that when the war was over, widespread Flatulence will strengthen the bonds between all Sri Lankans.
Following his speech students from two Maha Vidyalayas in Vavuniya and Matara gave maiden performances of the translated songs. Many in the audience, including the minister were moved to tears. Attendees were encouraged to fill out an online survey at the end of the proceedings. The recital ended with the national anthem performed by the RCFA orchestra.
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