Name: Dr. Sumudu Manori Dharmarathne

 

Office Address: 
Department of History, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
Email: 
sumudumano@gmail.com 
Telephone: 

0750106533

 

Biography:

Sumudu Manori Dharmarathna was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka. She has completed her primary education in Matale and Kandy before graduating with a BA in History from the University of Peradeniya. She has completed her Master of Philosophy from the same University. She is reading for the Doctoral studies at the JNU, India with the research of History of Buddhism and Buddhist Culture. She is married and has a son

Educational Qualifications:

PhD, University of Kelaniya

B.A. (Hons.) First Class, University of Peradeniya , Sri Lanka

Master of Philosophy in History, University of Peradeniya

Appoinments (Selected)
Assistant Lecturer (Temporary) -     From 10-06-1995 to 31-03 -1998      Lecturer  (Permanent) -    From 31-03 -1998  to  31-03-2003       
Senior Lecturer  grade ii            -      From 31-03-2003
Part – time senior student counselor for the yearr 2004,  University of Peradeniya
Academic Sub-Warden, Hall of residence, University of Peradeniya (1995-1999 Feb.)

Memberships & Awards

Member of the Sri Lanka Historical Association.

F.H.M.Corbett Prize for Ceylon History, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.

University Scholarship for Highest Competence at the Final Degree Examination in 1995.

Asoka Prize for History-1995

Mabel Jayasuriya Prize for History (Highest Competence in Sri Lankan History)- 1995.

 
Research Interests:
  • South Asian history
  • Religion and Cultural Studies
  • History of Buddhism and Buddhist culture
Research Publications (Selected)

Books

  • Sumudu Manori Dharmarathna and Malani Chandrika, KuweniAsna, Colombo: Godage publication, 2014, (in Sinhala), Reprint 2017.

Paper presentations (International Seminars)

  • “Current of Faith: A…..”, Conference of 5th International Congress of Bengal Studies, held at the Jahangirnagar university, Bangladesh, January 24 to 28, 2018. Popularity of Avalokitesvara in Sri Lanka as a healer of disease,” Twenty Second Annual Conference and International Seminar on Personal Freedom, Cultural Practices, Global Governance, and Peaceful Co-Existence, University of Jaffna collaboration with association of third world studies South Asia chapter 28th, 29th and 30th November 2017.

  • “Kalinga Influence on Sri Lankan Buddhism with special reference to Image cult”, 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies, held at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, December 12 and 13, 2015.

  • “Erotic Sculptured Panels at NalandaGedige: A Historical Overview” 5th Research Conference Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, March 30th – 31st 2012.

  • “A Historical investigation of the Buddhist Interaction between Sri Lanka and the Pallava Kingdom,” Annual research Sessions, University of Peradeniya on November 16-2001

  • “Pallava influence on Sinhalese Architecture,” International Conference on Indo - Sri Lankan Relations, held at the University of Peradeniya, December 26-27-2001

  • “Pallava influence on the Evolution of the Sinhalese Script from 4th Century A.D. to the 9th Century A.D.”, at the Multi-International Conference, held at the University of Peradeniya in February 23-25, 1998, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka.

  • “Sources pertaining to the Ancient Legal System in Sri Lanka”, Monthly seminar of the Curia Historica, University of Peradeniya, December 1994.

A Select List of Articles

  • “Discontented Categories: Theravada and Mahayana in the History of Sri Lankan Buddhism ,“ Prof R.A.L.H. Gunawardana Felicitation Vollume, Ed. Rev. Prof. H. Dheeranande and Dr K.M.R. Dassanayake, Department of History, University of Peradeniya.

  • “Kalinga Influence on Sri Lankan Buddhism with special reference to Image cult”, Bhanga, Journal of the Bengal Studies

  • “GiñjakavasathaPa imaghara: Reconsideration of the views regarding its Popularity in Sri Lanka,” in The Journal of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Department of Archaeology and Heritage Management: University of Rajarata, Vol. III, Issue 1, 2016, pp. 215-244. “Pallava influence on Sinhalese Architecture,” Professor Pathmanadhan Felicitation Volume, Department of History, University of Peradeniya, 2016.

  • “Downgrading Social Statues of ancient Indian women with the influence of colonization discourse,” ItihasaLekhanni, Department of History, University of Peradeniya, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2015. (in Sinhala)

  • “Worship of Dharmadhatu in ancient Sri Lanka and its regional relationship,”Sarathi, Department of Cultural affairs, Central Province, Kandy, 2015. (in Sinhala)

  • “Foreign policy of Manvamma that led to new development of Indo-Sri Lanka cultural reletion.” Sarathi, Department of Cultural affairs, Central Province, Kandy, 2013,
    pp. 59-68. (in Sinhala)

  • “The Real Image of Buddhist – Hindu cultural interaction: Kandy EsalaPerahera.” Dharmavijaya: SaratiyaLipiSaraniya, Polgampola Indhananbhinandana Upahara Abhinandanaya, 2013. (in Sinhala)

  • “Pallava influence on the Evolution of the Sinhalese Script from 4th Century A.D. to the 9th Century A.D.”Sambhavana, Peradeniya, University of Peradeniya, Vol. 7, part 1, 2013, January – June, pp. 109-157, (in Sinhala)

  • “Origion and the Development of the KandyEsalaPerahera.” Siri Dalada Abhivandana, District Sectarian Office, Kandy, 2011, (in Sinhala)

  • “South Indian Factor on Sri Lankan Political Straggle up to the 9th Century AD.” Dhamsisrsara, Rev. Maharagama Dhammasiri Felicitation Volume, ed. Rev. Madihe Sumanasiri and others, Maharagama: 2010, pp. 129 – 154.

Abstracts

  • Popularity of Avalokitesvara in Sri Lanka as a healer of disease,” Twenty Second Annual Conference and International Seminar on Personal Freedom, Cultural Practices, Global Governance, and Peaceful Co-Existence, University of Jaffna collaboration with association of third world studies South Asia chapter 28th, 29th and 30th November 2017.

  • “Kalinga Influence on Sri Lankan Buddhism with special reference to Image cult,” at the conference of 4th International Congress of Bengal Studies, held at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, 2015.

  • “Worship of Dharmadhatu in ancient Sri Lanka and its regional relationship,” Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka in the 5th Research Conference, 2015

Translated articles(In to Sinhala)

  • “The Velaikkarar in Medieval South India and Sri Lanka”, “Anumodana” Prof. AnuradhaSenavirathna Commemoration Volume, ed. M. Somatilake and H. M. R. D. Herath, Colombo, 2004, pp. 136-176. (English article of S. Pathmanathan, “The Velaikkarar in Medieval South India and Sri Lanka”, The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities, No. 2, vol. 11, 1976. pp 120-137).

  • “The Role of the Port City of Mahatittha (Mantota) in the Tread Networks of the Indian Ocean”, “Iduwara”, Prof. A. D. P. Kalansuriya Felecitation Volume, ed. Daya Amarasekara and others Borella: 2004, pp. 191 – 226. (English article of S. Kiribamune, “The Role of the Port City of Mahatittha (Mantota) in the Tread Networks of the Indian Ocean”, The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities,Nos. 1& 2, Vol. xvii & xviii, 1991.)