The Embassy in line with the project embarked upon to enhance culture of Sri Lanka and current interaction & exchanges between the Mission and the universities of Turkey, Ambassador M. Rizvi Hassen handed over Sri Lankan drum "Yak Beraya" and also "Silambu" at a ceremony organized at the Afyon Kocatepe University (AKU) State Conservatory İbrahim Alimoğlu Music Museum.


Prof. Dr. Suayip Ozdemir, the Vice Rector, Prof. Dr. Isa Sagbas, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism, Mr Ibrahim Alioglu, the founder of the museum, Associate. Prof. Dr. Çağhan Adar, the Curator and the Headmaster of the State Conservatory participated at the event organized for the handing over ceremony which included a colorful cultural event.


During his remarks the Ambassador appreciated the opportunity given by the university to display Sri Lankan musical instruments which give Turkish students a glimpse of rich Sri Lankan culture. Ambassador also invited the students to visit Sri Lanka and explore the performance arts of Sri Lanka including music.


Prof. Dr. Isa Sagbas, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism appreciated the initiative of the Embassy and enhance connectivity between the students and the Mission.

One of the State Conservatory students played Sri Lankan Drum "Yak Beraya” which attracted the gathering with applause and appreciation. This would be the first ever handing over of a Sri Lankan authentic musical instrument to a Turkish museum or a university.

Musical Instrument Museum of Afyon Kocatepe University was established in 30 September 2013 and the indigenous musical instruments from the countries all over the world displaying at the Museum. Ambassador Rizvi Hassen during his previous visit to the museum on the invitation of the Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karatas noticed the lacuna of Sri Lankan indigenous drums and promised to provide Sri Lankan drum to the Museum.


30th May .2022

Embassy of Sri Lanka