Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT), the pioneer in British higher education in Sri Lanka and the country’s premier IT and Business campus, organised the 12th consecutive edition of IIT Stage Craft 2019 which is the annual talent show hosted by the Students Union of IIT.

The event was held recently at the Bishop’s College Auditorium amidst a large audience of parents, students, alumni and well-wishers. Dilantha Malagamuwa, the internationally-acclaimed motor racing driver of Sri Lanka, graced the event as the Chief Guest. Dr. GaminiWickramasinghe – Founder and Chairman of the Informatics Group, Professor Jayantha Wijeyarathna – Director IIT, Naomi Krishnarajah – Dean of IITand members of IIT staff also participated in the event.

Stage Craft is the most prominent annual event of IIT and is organized and managed by the students themselves. It is a spectacular entertainment extravaganza that provides a platform for the students of IIT to showcase their hidden talents in song, dance and drama. The dance acts that dazzled the audience ranged from Western classic to traditional Eastern dances. The event also included new, innovative musical creations by the students of IIT. Students’ skills and heritage were proudly portrayed through various cultural dances that brought colour and glamour to the evening.A panel comprising popular personalities in the entertainment industry judged their performances and awarded them the respective commendations for their originality, diligence and overall performance.

The winners of IIT Stage Craft 2019 were: Solo Singing – CharaniVidarsha, Group Singing – Team V, Solo Dancing – Savani de Silva, Group Dancing – TSK, Band – Harmonic Distortion, Instrumental – Cross Beat, Overall Performance Award – TSK, Graphic Design Award – SakilaSubasinghe and Short Film – Gevin Batuwangala.

Expressing his views on the event, Professor JayanthaWijeyarathna– Director IIT stated, “IIT always supports developing not only IT and Business Studies related skills of students but also their talents in aesthetics and fine arts, because such skills are highly needed to be successful in life. Stage Craft 2019 proved how IIT students are talented in various field of fine arts such as singing, drama and music. I thank the Student Union for organising this event in a grand manner and also the participants for making this event a success.”

IIT was established in 1990 as the first private higher education institute that awards reputed British degrees in the field of ICT and Business. IIT is an award-winning campus offering internal postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Westminster, UK and Robert Gordon University, UK. IIT has played a pivotal role in strengthening the IT and Business sectors in Sri Lanka over the years by producing world-class graduates. These graduates have gone on to become successful entrepreneurs and IT/Business professionals in both local and international corporate and government entities. Since its inception, IIT has produced thousands of graduates who have excelled in hundreds of organisations around the globe.