Sri Lanka Thilaka the late Mr. Tissa Kurukulanatha the founder and the first Secretary General of the Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (ESCO) introduced an innovative concept of utilizing Art and Sport as a made of rehabilitation of the disabled in Sri Lanka.

Through his talents, expertise and far-sighted vision, he brought about a much awaited awakening in the country in the field of rehabilitation of the disabled.

As a mark of respect to him and to perpetuate his wonderful memory we list below some of his achievements.
Organized ESCOLYMPICS, National festival of the disabled in 1981, 1985, 1988, 1993 and 1997, a 3-days residential festival attended by over 1000 disabled persons and their escorts.

Since 2010 after gaining peace for the country, We named this festival as “Very Special Peace Arts festival” and we held this festival in 2010, 2011, 2013 in Batticaloa, 2015, & 2017. This year festival will be held on 21st & 22nd September 2019 at the ESCO Head Quarters Egodauyana Moratuwa. It is anticipated that more than 500 disabled artists and their chaperons will participate this festival from different parts of the country including North & East, ignoring their cultures, race or religion. All participants will be provided free meals & accommodations for the entire two days period of the festival. Their travelling expenses will be borne by our organization. 

Arranged to send more than 300 disabled persons and their helpers overseas for participation at international events. A remarkable achievement was recorded in the 1998 FESPIC Games in Thailand, when athletes from ESCO Rehab Sri Lanka created history in the annals of sport in Sri Lanka, when they won the highest number of medals (3 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze) to the country, at any international or regional sports events up to that time.

Established in Sri Lanka cultural troupe of the disabled. The first of its kind in the whole world.
Led the historic cultural mission of the disabled to USA and UK in July 1989.

Won the 1st prize at the US Independence day celebrations and Parade that followed at the Constitution Avenue, Washington D.C (1989).

Organized the World Bank’s first cultural show at the auditorium in Washington D.C. and another 21 cultural shows in USA and UK.

Accompanied Sri Lanka’s hearing-impaired magician to the International Deft Magician’s festival in LEIPZIG Germany where he won the “Highest International Award”.

Represented Sri Lanka at numerous world events for the first time in the field of Sports and Arts.
Highlighted  the historic occasion when a sapling of the world’s most ancient and venerated tree “Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi” was planted in the Maha Mewuna Uyana, Anuradhapura.