Departments of Fine Arts

Sudesh Mantillake

Mr. Sudesh Mantillake

Office address:

Department of Fine Arts,
University of Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka.


Phone: +94-81-2392183


Sudesh Mantillake is a researcher, dancer and experimental choreographer. He trained in Kandyan dance, Kathak and contemporary dance. He has done internships at the National Museum of Dance, New York and at the Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Welfare Foundation, London.

Educational Qualifications
* BA (Peradeniya, Sri Lanka)
* M.Sc. (Lugano, Switzerland)
Appointments (Selected)
* Senior Treasurer, Fine Arts Society, University of Peradeniya (2010 to date).

* Lecturer (probationary), Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (2010- to date).

* Deputy Person in Charge, activity C (Promoting student empowerment, motivation, creativity and mutual understanding through art and culture) Improving Relevance and Quality of undergraduate Education (IRQUE) Project (QEF) . Batch 3, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (2009).

* Temporary Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka (2006- 2010).

* Visiting Lecturer, Department of Performing Arts, Sri Palee Campus, University of Colombo
Memberships & Awards
* Member, Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage International network (FUUH)

* Leonardo Fellowship for outstanding applicants of graduate studies in Lugano, Leonardo Foundation, Ticino , Switzerland (2006)

* University Scholarship for the best applicants, University of Lugano , Switzerland (2004/05)

* University prize for acade"No Tickets: The Wayside and Open Theatre’s Critique of the Commercialization of Theatres and Public Spaces." American Comparative Literature Association. 2012.
Keynote/Invited Papers
* Multiple identities and development of vannamas., a lecture demonstration on a form of traditional Kandyan dance, in January 2011, Galle Literary Festival, Galle , Sri Lanka

* Revealing Kandyan Dance., presented in February 2009, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Kandy , Sri Lanka .

* Sri Lankan Dance: at a glance. National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs , New York , USA , August 2005
Research Interests
* Dance and Performance studies , Communication, Cultural Heritage
Research Publications (Selected)
* Dias, G.S.S.R. Samarakoon, A. Mantillake, S. 2011. Portrayal of mental illness in Sinhala films. Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine. 20 (2).

* Ves Dance: A semiotic Reading . (A book on Ves dance, the most popular dance phenomenon of Kandyan dance tradition of Sri Lanka ), (in Sinhala). Colombo : Vishada. 2010.

* Hata gena kata (Tales about Hata). A collection of articles on controversial theatre director and an actor Gamini Hattotuwegama and his theatre. Edited with A. Samarakoon. Peradeniya: Arts Council, University of Peradeniya . 2010.

* Ves netuma., a common dance type in Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka: A Semiotic analysis of selected features with a brief introduction to the relevant approaches of Indian and Western semiotics. in Studies in Theatre and Performance, Volume 29, Number 2, pp 187-192 (Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2009).
Other Credentials
* Program Associate, International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES), Kandy , Sri Lanka . (2009 Oct-2010 Oct)

* Participant, International Creative Workshop for Educators organized by UNESCO at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah, UAE. 2007

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