PF es­tab­lishes Hafez Cen­tre for Cul­tural Un­der­stand­ing

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The Pathfinder Foundation (PF) re­cently es­tab­lished the Hafez Cen­tre for Cul­tural Un­der­stand­ing (HCCU), lo­cated at its head­quar­ters at River­point, Peliyagoda.

It was in the con­text that the re­la­tions be­tween Sri Lanka and Iran date back to the pre-is­lamic era of the Per­sian Em­pire.

The cen­tre has been set up with the pur­pose of study­ing, cre­at­ing aware­ness and pro­mot­ing cul­tural un­der­stand­ing be­tween Sri Lanka and Iran by fo­cus­ing on the his­tor­i­cal links, cul­ture, cus­toms and tra­di­tions of these two an­cient civil­i­sa­tions. The work of the HCCU will be guided by a five­mem­ber Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil con­sist­ing of re­spected ex­perts and aca­demics in the field. The HCCU has been named af­ter the great­est and most revered and quoted Per­sian poet, Kha­jeh Shamsed­din Mo­ham­mad Hafez-e Shi­razi, who wrote un­der the pen name of Hafez. Born in Shi­raz in South Cen­tral Iran circa 1310 A.C. (712 A.H.), his po­etry is char­ac­terised by a love of hu­man­ity, con­tempt for hypocrisy and medi­ocrity and an abil­ity to uni­ver­salise ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ence.

The in­flu­ence of his work has grown over the cen­turies and ex­tended be­yond the bor­ders of the East. His ad­mir­ers have included sev­eral em­i­nent 18th and 19th cen­tury poets and writ­ers from the West, in­clud­ing the Ger­man poet Goethe, who said of him: ‘Hafiz has no peer!’

The HCCU will be the fourth cen­tre to be es­tab­lished un­der the PF. The others are the Cen­tre for Indo-lanka Ini­tia­tives (CILI), China Sri Lanka Co­op­er­a­tion Stud­ies Cen­tre (CSLCSC) and Law of the Sea Cen­tre.

Am­bas­sador Mo­ham­mad Zaeri Ami­rani hands over a copy of poem col­lec­tion of Hafes Shi­razi to Milinda Mor­agoda in the pres­ence of Po­lit­i­cal Sec­tion Chief Ay­oub Hei­dari, Cul­tural Coun­sel­lor Mostafa Sohrab and CEO K. Bala­sun­daram

Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran Am­bas­sador Mo­ham­mad Zaeri Ami­rani in­au­gu­rates Hafez Room of newly es­tab­lished Hafez Cen­tre for Cul­tural Un­der­stand­ing of Pathfinder Foundation

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