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At the opening ceremony of the CALSDA new premises, the Director Examinations Zulfika Musafer is lighting the oil-lamp and also in the picture are the Patron Philip Thrupp; Board Member Lakshmi Jeganathan and Executive Director Varuni J ayasekara.

The Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art moved to its new premises at Fife Road, Colombo 5. A large number of teachers and well-wishers were present at the opening ceremony which took place on June 12. Established in 2000, it has evolved a full curriculum for training children, teenagers, adults and professionals. Within a period of15 years the Colombo Academy of Language Skills and Dramatic Art, better known as ‘CALSDA’, has grown rapidly in stature and rank, and has firmly established itself as a leading examining body in Sri Lanka.

The two CALSDA directors, Varuni Jayasekara and Zulfika Musafer have steered the academy to what it is today. CALSDA’s Patron Daphne Lord is a pioneer in the field of Speech and Drama. CALSDA’s new Patron Mr. Philip John Thrupp is a senior and experienced examiner and adjudicator in Drama and Speech from the United Kingdom.
Candidates of all ages will be given every inducement to cultivate a love, appreciation and understanding of multi-cultural literature and of the spoken word. Examinations are conducted throughout the country and the examination centers include – Agarapathana, Akkaraipattu, Aluthgama, Ambalangoda, Ampitiya, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Balangoda, Bandarawela, Battaramulla, Batticaloa, Beruwela, Bingiriya, Chilaw, Colombo, Dankotuwa, Dehiowita, Deniyaya, Enderamulla, Galle, Gampaha, Gampola, Hanwella, Jaffna, Kalutara, Kandy, Kalmunai, Kegalle, Kuliyapitiya, Kotmale, Kurunegala, Kurukaklmadam, Lunugala, Maho, Mannar, Matara, Moratuwa, Matale, Nainamadama, Negombo, Nuwara Eliya, Padukka, Panadura, Polgahawala, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Ragala, Ratnapura, Wattala, Wennappuwa, Tangalle, Tawalantenna, Trincomalee, Vauniya and Warakapola.