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* President to inaugurate Sri Lanka's first ever Tele-Cinema Village tomorrow in South
Mon, Mar 29, 2010, 08:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the first phase of the country's first ever fully-equipped television and film production studio built at Ranmihitenna in Tissamaharama of the Southern Province.

The President's namesake facility, Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele-Cinema Village being built in a sprawling 235 acres will be completed in three stages. The first stage of construction commenced in October 2008 was completed at a cost of 600 million rupees. The total cost is estimated at 2 billion rupees.

The VIllage consists of an administration building, accommodation hall with facilities for 96 individuals, a large studio of the size of 130 X 70 feet, 31 sets, three showrooms for costumes, two seminar halls, two libraries, kitchens, the back lots, workshops, common facilities, and the garden decoration.

The Village, situated in close proximity to the natural attractions in the area such as Yala National Park, contains land with magnificent scenery and vistas and a water reservoir of 40 acres.

The special feature of Ranmihitenna Tele-cinema Village is that artists can complete their creations at international standards under one roof but with low production cost.

The Village funded by the state revenue tax collected from the foreign tele-dramas, is a concept of the President Rajapaksa who has acted in several movies and tele dramas.

A street musical drama participated by 450 artists will be staged to coincide with the opening ceremony.

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