The mortal remains of a veteran filmmaker, Dr. Lester James Peiris is currently lying at the Independence Square until 3 pm.
The state funeral will begin at 4 pm.
The government has declared today as a national day of mourning in respect of the veteran film-maker.
Having performed religious rites at his home on Lester James Peiris Mawatha, Colombo 5, the cortege left the residence at 10.45 this morning.
Artistes received the coffin when the cortege arrived at the National Film Corporation on Bauddhaloka Mawatha.