ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal a to allot 9.68 perches of land to popular singer Yohani De Silva whose cover of Sinhala-language pop hit Manike Mage Hithe made waves in India and elsewhere.
The proposal was made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, co-cabinet spokesman and Media Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.
Alahapperuma told the weekly cabinet press briefing on Tuesday (21) that various parties had proposed to the Prime Minister that a piece of land near Sri Lanka’s capital be awarded to De Silva in recognition of her achievement.
De Silva’s video for the Manike Mage Hithe cover has amassed over 194 million views on YouTube as of Tuesday, with a majority of the views ostensibly from India where the song became a massive hit following a Twitter shoutout by actor Amitabh Bachchan.
The land allotted to the singer is owned by the Urban Development Authority and adjoins the lands leased to members of the 1996 World Cup winning cricket team on a 99-year lease basis, located at Robert Gunawardena Mawatha, Battaramulla, a cabinet statement said. (Colombo/Dec21/2021)