With its beginning inside a small room, Sri TV today is a renowned channel transmitted across the world and is now reaching its seventh year on air. It was Warnakulasuriya Krishanthi Fernando that was instrumental in laying a strong foundation for the channel since its inception.
Born in Periyamulla Negombo, she is an only child. She began her education in Loyela College in Negombo, followed by Vishaka Balika College in Bandarawela and finally reached Ave Maria Convent for her higher studies.After completing her higher studies Krishanthi moved overseas. True to her courageous nature Krishanthi was even able to found a printing establishment in 2001 while residing in Italy.
After her marriage to Thushara, they dreamt of establishing a TV channel targeted for Sri Lankan’s living overseas. To fulfill their dream, Krishanthi began her Diploma in Television. In December 2005 their dream became a reality as Sri TV was launched taking the identity of Sri Lanka to the world. As a woman Krishanthi faced many challenges, as many called her attempts impractical.
At other times she was at the receiving end of many jokes and insults. Enduring all this and with unwavering strength and resilience,
she continued towards making her dream of Sri TV become a reality. Sri TV began transmitting at a time when Sri Lankan’s living abroad could not receive any news about their motherland standing out as a channel that provided a great community service for the Sri Lankan Diaspora. Krishanthi sported the same smile of victory on that day as she does today. Defying all challenges, Krishanthi had this to say: “Many say that I have faced difficult decisions and challenges in my life. Yet I believe I faced these challenges and made sacrifices gladly for the love of Sri TV.
In every drop of sweat I shed I saw the success of Sri TV. Since I had no considerable knowledge of television I educated myself about it. Because of this I quickly learned the do’s and don’ts about television. It is this knowledge that lead to the beginning and success of SriTV & rdquo;. As Sri TV celebrates its 7th year anniversary, she proudly gives her thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Sri TV who have been like a family to her.
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