Several nations, including Sri Lanka, have been hailed for curbing the spread of the pandemic that forced the entire planet into a lockdown. There was a small glimmer of hope amidst all the chaos. That hope that endured on the tip of the tongue of every Sri Lankan was “Nagitimu Sri Lanka”. As soon as the rolling curfews took effect and were threatening to morph into a full blown lockdown- Gammadda introduced an art competition to keep families with young children and young people occupied during the lockdown as part of a campaign to promote social distancing.
Nagitimu Sri Lanka is empowering every single Sri Lankan citizen regardless of race, religion, caste or creed to give voice to the rebuilding of our country. ‘Nagitimu Sri Lanka’ seems to have captured a wave of hope amongst young Sri Lankans. A new wave. One of silent determination and perhaps most importantly, unity.
Nagitimu Sri Lanka was launched with an art competition that invited submissions from all Sri Lankans. The theme was “Future Sri Lanka” and people were asked to conceptualize their vision for Future Sri Lanka through art. They were free to use any medium- color pencils, crayons. water colors, oil paints, charcoal, pencils or pens etc. Submissions were rendered on media ranging from canvas to paper to sheets torn from school copy book. Nagitimu Sri Lanka celebrates art from across Sri Lanka and the world.
‘Nagitimu Sri Lanka’, or ‘Rise up Sri Lanka!’, was sung by some of Sri Lanka’s best-known singers and people. An anthem for hope amidst the uncertainty. A prayer for better days ahead. The trilingual song was sung by Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, Malays, expatriates and foreigners who all love Sri Lanka. People sang. People danced. People signed (using sign language).
Following the success of the Nagitimu Sri Lanka song- people were motivated to contribute towards the efforts to rebuilding the economy. People were asked to shares their ideas and vision for future Sri Lanka using a short video format in an effort to democratize the rebuilding of the Sri Lankan economy. Hyde Park, London is known for its Sunday soapbox orators, who have assembled at Speakers' Corner since 1872 to discuss religion, politics, and other topics. In 2020 Sri Lanka, WhatsApp was the proverbial soapbox.
Gammadda in partnership with V- Force launched Innovation Nation to tap in to Sri Lankan ingenuity and the innovative ideas of people on solving current and future problems that are not yet addressed using existing means. Innovation is the life blood of Nagitimu Sri Lanka- as innovative thinking and creative solutions to navigate the post-COVID world is the need of the hour. Innovation Nation aims to support inventors to obtain their patents, and introduce them to investors and the general public.
In an effort to encourage all Sri Lankans to celebrate Wesak responsibly with social distancing measures in place- Nagitimu Sri Lanka launched a mini campaign to showcase innovative Wesak Lanterns or Koodus. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians embraced this celebration by sending their own creations.