‘Bunker Kurutu Gee’ Exhibition Draws Large Crowds
courtesy of Army.lk
The mega exhibition of ‘Bunker Kurutu Gee’ (bunker graffiti), an attempt to showcase creative poetic skills of the soldiers who compiled them while they were serving in bunkers to fight against LTTE terrorists, drew the attention of a large gathering of servicemen, civilians and young men who visited the Defence Services College, Colombo 2 on Saturday (30).
This attempt, considered as a rare and most deserving, if not a worthy gesture and a tribute to their past memories was staged by the ‘Arrya’ Foundation which claimed this exhibition was one of the world’s firsts since any display of such poems, quatrains and graffiti has never been reported earlier in this way.
Those graffiti largely done by Army soldiers, many of who had to stay vigil either in bunkers or elsewhere round the clock, particularly during the times of Humanitarian Operations before May 2009, reflect and mirror their aesthetic skills as well as their passions and thinking.
Defining the Exhibition as a tribute to unidentified soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice for the sake of the country’s defence, the organizers term the arrangement as an attempt to ‘immortalize the memories of those patriots and preserve the history of the country’.
Past Commanders of the tri-services, retired Senior Officers, Officers and Other Ranks, Police personnel, members of the public, a large gathering of DSC students and a few other invitees were present during the inauguration of the exhibition on Saturday (30).