NATIONAL ANTHEM IN ONE LANGUAGE-BOLD DECISION BY A PROUD NATION HIGH TIME TO CORRECT THE SPELLING OF THE COUNTRY NAME
Posted on December 13th, 2010

Shripal Nishshanka Fernando

Let it be Tamil, English or Sinhalese. But let it be in one language. That is how an Anthem of a nation shall be.

 

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 Certainly it was hilarious that Sri Lanka had allowed an alternate Anthem for a considerable period of time till today other than its original Sinhalese version. Those were weak tolerations of previous Sri Lankan governments which paved for a disastrous destructible situation which ended recently with a massive sacrifice.

Due to the far sighted and broad minded vision of the Rajapaksa regime, another calamity could be avoided today by scrapping other versions of National Anthem. There is no any other country in the world which has more than one national Anthem and it is unfortunate that two ministers of the government were opposing the move even though the cabinet made the correct decision.

As the minister Weerawansa has stated, when India has one Anthem despite its more than 300 languages spoken by a one billion population, why a tiny country like Sri Lanka with just 20 million population should allow more Anthems?

The decisions shall be firm and fair in the face of national security.

In the same manner, the time has arrived to correct the English spelling of the name Sri Lanka. When Sri Lanka is written in Sinhala, the letter “Sha” (Gashayanna) is used and it is properly pronounced as “Shri”. But when the word is written in English the letter “h” has been omitted after “S” and just “Sri” is used. This too is also a grave mistake which nobody tried to correct so far.

We believe that this request of spelling correction of our country name from Sri Lanka to Shri Lanka will be brought to the attention of the relevant authorities and the President Rajapaksa to rectify the error at the earliest.

Then the foreigners will also start pronouncing the name accurately and it will not only correct the spelling mistake but also will enhance the prosperity as the sound “Shri” stands for.

National Anthem of Sri Lanka;

Shri Lanka matha- apa Shri Lanka

Namo namo namo namo matha

Sundara siribarinee – Surandi athi shobhamana lanka

Dhanya dhanaya neka mal palathuru piri- Jayabhoomiya ramya

Apahata sapa siri setha sadana-Jeewanaye matha

Piliganumana apa bhakthee pooja-Nnamo namo matha

Apa Shri Lanka-Namo namo namo namo matha

 

Oba we apa vidya-obamaya apa sathya

Oba we apa shakthee “”…” apa hadathula bhakthee

Oba apa aloke-apage anuprane

Oba apa jeewana we-Apa mukthiya oba we

Nava jeewana demine nithina apa pubudu karan matha

Gnana weerya wadawamina ragena yamu mena jayabhoomi kara

 

Eka mawakage daru kela bavina- Yamu yamu wee nopama

Prema vada sama bheda durarada “”…” Namo namo matha

Apa Shri Lanka “”…” Namo namo namo namo matha

Apa Shri Lanka – Namo namo namo namo matha

4 Responses to “NATIONAL ANTHEM IN ONE LANGUAGE-BOLD DECISION BY A PROUD NATION HIGH TIME TO CORRECT THE SPELLING OF THE COUNTRY NAME”

  1. gunarat Says:

    Before worrying about the spelling of Sri/Shri, we should discuss the advantages/advantages of drpping it altogethe as a part of our country’s name.

    In a feature I wrote for the Lankaweb (18 May 2010), I made a case for dropping “Sri” altogether. I argued:

    » My second modest proposal is to drop the exalted “Sri” from our country’s name thereby acknowledging what is implicit in paticca samuppada: that nothing can be sovereign/supreme.

    In contemporary secular usage, “Sri” has lost its original Sanskrit meaning of radiance or diffusing light. The term has become a masculine honorific that elevates atta (self) over anatta (no-self). There is no added value in retaining this honorific as part of the country’s name. Lanka is simpler and L promotes us from the end of the alphabetical line to the middle.

    With this change, the citizens of the country will call themselves Lankans. We could call on the creative genius of the Lankan nation to replace the current anthem with a far more appealing and healing one.

  2. Nanda Says:

    Writer also forgot to say Shri when he wrote “National Anthem of Sri Lanka” .
    This name thing is ridiculous. Just do the important stuff. One song only for a small country is appropriate.

  3. Allan Says:

    ‘There is no any other country in the world which has more than one national Anthem.’
    New Zealand has two versions of its anthem, English and Maori. How about South Africa? Its anthem is a combination of two – Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika (Xhosa), and Stem van Suid-Afrika, (Afrikaans).

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    Allan:

    History of New Zealand & South Africa are different to Lanka. Lankans have to decide on this issue with reference to Lanka’s history. After some 500 yrs of Colonial Rule in Lanka, Lankans have proved that they have survived it all, and still have pride in their national culture. Officially, the Sri Lankan National Anthem should be in Sinhala.

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