OSense O-Sense

The final phase of the HETC Humanities Project concentrated on training young academics in humanities and social sciences to plan and write their research to present at the International Conference on Humanities, organized by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya held on 22nd May 2015 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (K 14 - 001)


At the Special Plenary Session, on Discourse Communities, (9.00 a.m.- 10.30 a.m.)

Chaired by :- Prof. ManiqueGunesekera, Chair Professor of English, Department of English, University of Kelaniya. We present the data, our methodologies and modes of dissemination - via Conference Presentations, a Coffee Table book on Buddhist Murals, the Samkathana Web Site and Documentary Videos collaborating with the Academics from of the University of Peradeniya, University of Visual and Performing Arts, University of Moratuwa and University of Jaffna and the University of Kelaniya.

This collaborative venture will also showcase the cultural diversity of Buddhist,Adivasi, Hindu, Christian and Muslim communities their evolution through years of Early Years of Independence, Planned and Free Economy and War and Post War periods.

9.00 a.m.- 9.20 a.m.  

Presentation of the Book Project: Murals of Buddhist Temples Documenting and Dissemination of evidence on Discourse Communities through Coffee Table Book

There has been no conscious effort to document and analyze Buddhist Temple Murals since the path breaking book by Professor Senake Bandaranayake (1986) and later by Dr. Marie Gatellier (1991). This Samkathana publication will not be presenting murals temple by temple as all previous publications of the Archeological Survey of Sri Lanka (1990), Jayasinghe (2006 and 2011) and Hewapathirana (2012) but shall focus on analysis of images and statues which will be grouped thematically, as the contents page show, and analyzed. The essays focusing on specific representations of "Hells", "Heavens", "Kitchens". "Protectors" and "Seductresses" now being written, will contextualize the images in the Sri Lankan and the Pan Indian as well as in the European Traditions. As such, it will first trace the development of mural Paintings of the Up Country Kandyan School of Art of mid 18th century and Southern and Western Maritime School of Art into the mid 20th century, when George Keyt completed the Murals for GotamiViharaya. The social and political changes that were responsible for the dynamic changes in Visual Communication over 200 years will add a multi-disciplined approach to the concept of this book.

K.V.N. Jayatilleka and Asoka de Zoysa

 9.20 a.m.- 9.45 a.m.  

Presentation of the Samkathana Documentary Film Project Time

Documenting and Dissemination of evidence on Discourse Communities through Documentary Videos and communicating ethnography through images.

Certain Communities such as the Muslim Bawa Community in the Eastern Province, Rajakariya Communities attached to the Devales of Sabaragamuwa, Hindu carpenters responsible for building the "Chariots of the Gods" (Ratha) and Singers of Pasan from St. Anthony's Church in Wahakotte will be featured in a series of documentaries that will reach a wider audience via local and international television. Aspects of this ongoing project will presented how the visual impact can be enhanced to attract and a wider audience and sustain readership.

Athula Samarakoon and Harindra Dassanayake

 9.45 a.m.- 10.00 a.m  

Presentation and launch of the Samkathana Interactive Website

The Samkathana Project focuses on the following communities: Craft and Trade Based Communities (Potters, Weavers, Fisherman etc.), Language Based Communities (Adivasi, African Descent, Borah, Memon , Malay, Chinese etc.), Communities of Artisans (Sesath, Tahlatu, Kammal, Ayudha) and Artists: Dancers, Singers and Performers, Communities of Wood Carvers (LisahaKatayamShilpīn), Communities of Service Providers (Dentistry, Laundry, Midwifery, Circumcision and Funeral Rites and Retailing Alcohol) and Disabilty.

In three special projects, data of the Discourse Communities responsible for Buddhist Temple Architecture (TampitaViharaya) and Murals (Sitthara), Secular Living Space (Walawwa, Mahagedaraand Ambalama), Wooden Architecture (Davakam) will also be highlighted in the interactive website.

The website will proliferate the knowledge collected by the Research Assistants on their Field Trips in an innovate way by focusing first on images through a very short trailer as a "taster" and then onto short information clip with accompanying videos and audio tracks and still photographs in the second level. The visitor to Samkathana Website will then be able to access transcripts of interviews, enabling Sri Lankan and international researchers to freely access the information for further research.

Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake and Asoka de Zoysa

 10.00 a.m.- 10.30 a.m.    Head Table Discussion

Chaired by Prof. Manique Gunesekera.

“Documenting Ethnographic Evidences for the 21st Century”

10.30 a.m.- 10.45 a.m.


 Tea Break


10.45 a.m.- 4.35 p.m.  

At the Academic Session, on Discourse Communities

Name, Time & Presentation

 Ven. Dr. Nedalagamuwe Dhammadinna   10.45 a.m.-11.00 a.m.  An Introduction to Chinese Settlements in Colonial period of Sri Lanka
 Arunja Sivapatham   11.00 a.m.- 11.15 a.m.  Nadduvar, the custodians of temple art forms in the Jaffna society
 Hasitha Pathirana and Johann A. Peiris   11.15 a.m.- 11.30 a.m  The culture and citizenship of the Sri Lankan Chinese dental technicians
 Prof. Asoka De Zoysa    11.30 a.m.- 11.45 a.m.                                Why does one go to hell? Late 19th cent perspectives seen in the murals of the Viharayas of the AmarapuraNikaya  in the Galle District
 Manoj Alawathukotuwa   11.45 a.m.- 12.00 noon   Sound without Fury: The Decline of an Isolated Community of rum-Makers in Central Sri Lanka
 Iranga Samindani Weerakkody    12.00 p.m.- 12.15 p.m.  Study of the Cultural Identity of the Wahakotte Catholic Community
 Ganga Rajini Dissanayake   12.15 p.m.- 12.30 p.m.  Temple on pillars: Reserah on the TämpitaViharas in the Kurunegala District
    12.30 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.  Lunch Break
 Jainubabdeen Mohamed Azhar    1.30 p.m.- 1.45 p.m.  Singing Tradition among the Bawa Community of the Eastern Province in Sri Lanka
 T. Anuna kiranathan    1.45 p.m.- 2.00 p.m.  The role of “Panchakammalar” in the Jaffna society - From a social and linguistic perspective
 Sulari De Silva    2.00 p.m.- 2.15 p.m.  ‘Selling  Identity’; The Hand Weavers of Thalagune
 Ashwini Sharma    2.15 p.m.- 2.30 p.m.  Sandar (Oil producers and merchants) A socio-cultural and linguistic perspective
 Saman Peramuna    2.30 p.m.- 2.45 p.m.  The Blacksmiths of Hatanpola A story of Decay and Survival of Traditional Knowledge
 Ganga Rajini Dissanayake    2.45 p.m.- 3.00 p.m.  Documenting cultural values of Sri Lankans Minorities with an Indian Origin; Pilot Study the Bharatha Community
 J.A.V.N. Jayathilaka    3.00 p.m.- 3.15 p.m.  Mimicry or Resistance: Visual Response in Later Buddhist Art of the Low-country to Colonial Politics (1820-1920)
 Nirosha Kulasekara    3.015 p.m.- 3.30 p.m.  A study of the Afro-Srilankan Community of Sri Lanka based in Puttalam, Kalpitiya and Trinco

Chaired by Snr.Prof. G.B. Keerawella, Department of History, University of Peradeniya.

 ICH 2015- International Conference on the Humanities
 - University of Kelaniya

Documenting cultural values of a sri lanka Minority of Indian Origin 
A pilot study of the bharatha community

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake 

Portraiture in the Buddhist Image House

by :- Prof. Asoka de Zoysa 
 iPURSE – 2015 Research symposium -University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Mural Traditions in Temple on pillars (Tämpita Vihāras ) of Sri Lanka

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake 


by :- Prof. Asoka de Zoysa 
IPRC 2015 - FGS University of kalaniya

Title: Morphology and Utility today of the 18th century Temple on pillars
(Tämpita Vihāras ) of Sri Lanka

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake 

Portraiture in Sri Lankan Art

by :- Prof. Asoka de Zoysa 

 LDA 2016 – Lanka Decorative Arts –
United Fulbright commission in Sri Lanka

 Thanksgiving after harvest. Alimentation for deities

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake  
 ICH 2016 - International Conference on the Humanities -
University of Kelaniya

 Tracing lineage of mentorship of Tämpita Vihāras of Sri Lanka

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake  


 AECN 2016 - Asian Elephants in Culture & Nature -
University of Kelaniya

 Elephant in the service of the Buddha and Gods

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake


 IPRC 2016 - International Postgraduate Research Conference -
University of kalaniya
• දේශීය ධනේෂ්වර පංතියක් බිහිකරනු ලැබු අරක්කු රේන්ද ව්‍යාපාරයේ ‘භරත’ (පරවර) සලකුණ.
• නැකැත්/බලි සිතුවම් කලාවේ උඩරටට ආගමනය
ටැම්පිට විහාර හා සොල්දර විහාර නැකැත් හා බලි සිතුවම්.

by :- Ganga Rajinee Dissanayake

Images of the Village as seen in the ‘43 Group’ projected on the silver screen.

by :- Prof. Asoka de Zoysa