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Gusi Peace Prize for Deepika
 
Vishardh Deepika Priyadarshani Peiris, has been awarded the Philippine Gusi Peace Prize 2012 for performing arts with her song ‘Saroja’, on November 28 at the Philippine International Convention Centre, in Manila.

Gusi Peace Prize is a Philippine based award, recognizing individuals working toward the attainment of peace and respect for human life and dignity.

It is is awarded in memory of Captain Geminino Javier Gusi, a Philippinoguerilla who resisted the Japanese invasion and later in his life, as a politician, campaigned for human rights.

The song ‘Saroja’ was a result of Deepika’s desire to do productions that address current social issues. It was hailed as the best peace song of the time by many critics.

The song was sung by Deepika Priyadarshani, Lyrics by Mahinda Chandrasekara, Music by Rohana Weerasinghe and VDO Directed by Uplai Ariyasiri.

In her address she described her experiences in a country engulfed by the flames of war for over three decades an focused on the need for a country to live in peace and harmony and especially lauded the peace efforts of President Mahinda Rajapaksa