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# Nelum Pokuna Performing Arts Theatre

The Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre[4] (often known simply as Nelum Pokuna Theatre; previously the National Performing Arts Theatre, prior to naming at the opening ceremony) is a performing arts centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The theatre opened on 15 December 2011.[5]
Design and features
Detail of the facade

The architecture of the building is inspired by the 12th-century Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) in Polonnaruwa.[1] Built by King Parakramabahu the Great, Polonnaruwa's Nelum Pokuna is shaped as a stylised eight-petalled lotus flower.[4]

The total estimated cost of the project is LKR 3080 million.[6] Government of the People's Republic of China provided LKR 2430 million out of the total cost of the building.[1]

The building spreads over 14,000 square metres floor area.[1]

The theatre is equipped with ultra modern facilities such as an auditorium with 1,288 seats, a library, and training facilities.[7] The building fe.... Read more...

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