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Department of Sinhala

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Mrs. Sumudu Seneviratne

MPhil (Peradeniya), BA (Peradeniya)
Socio Linguistics, Comparative Literature, Colonial Studies

sumuduns@pdn.ac.lk
+94 81 2392549 / +94 712326657

Biography

Mrs. Sumudu Seneviratne is a Senior Lecturer attached to The Department of Sinhala, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She earned her BA (Hons.) in Sinhala from The University of Peradeniya in 2002 and MPhil in Sinhala from The University of Peradeniya in 2013.

Education

  • MPhil (Peradeniya)
  • BA (Peradeniya)

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer in Sinhala, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Lecturer (Probationary) in Sinhala, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Assistant Lecturer, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2002-2005.
  • Assistant Language Instructor (Sinhala), ISLE Programme, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010.
  • 2015 (from 16th June 2015) - Postgraduate Coordinator, Department of Sinhala.
  • 2014 – up to now - Undergraduate Dissertation Programme Coordinator, Department of Sinhala.
  • 2012-2013 - Member of Departmental Curriculum Review Board, Department of Sinhala.
  • 2003- 2010 - Volunteer Student Counsellor, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • 2003 - 2005 - Part-Time Academic Sub-Warden, Ramanathan hall, University of Peradeniya.

Books

2017 Gihin Enna Carnival, Colombo: S Godage. (Short Stories)
2015 Dulwala Alankare, Colombo: S. Godage. (Novel)
2014 Madhuvāpī Vihāra Vitti Varnanāva saha Dahaneka Patuna, Colombo: S. Godage. (Textual Edition)
2005 Hiru Bata Nimnaya – Kothmale, (a translation of ‘Sunset in a Valley Kothmale’, Anuradha Seneviratne, 2001) Nugegoda: Sarasavi.

Postgraduate Researches

2013 A Study of Martin Wickramasinghe’s Contribution to the Sinhala Language (Thesis for the Mphil Degree)

Research Papers

2017 Cultural Developments in Inheriting and Blending, The First China-South Asia Literature Forum, China Writers Association, Chengdu, China.
2015 “Arya-Sinhala Identity”: Amalgamation of the Community through a Misnomer, International Conference on Postcolonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka.
2014 Ayurvedic Prescription for the Re-growth of Damaged Hymens (Based on an Ayurvedic Palm Leaf Manuscript), 2nd International Conference on Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Traditional Medicine, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka.
2014 The Worshiping of Stupa and Invention of Tradition (Based on the Sri Lankan Buddhist Culture), International Buddhist Conference, ‘Evolution of Buddhist Stupa’ Enshrining of Sacred Relics in ‘Sandahiru Seya’, Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
2014 A Study on the Place Where was the Palapathgala Monastery, 2nd National Conference, Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.
2014 The Unknown History of Galaturumula Fraternity: Based on the Hidden Annals Record of Galaturumula Headquarters in Dambadeni and Kurunegala Periods, 2nd International Buddhist Conference, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy, Pallekele, Sri Lanka.
2013 Empowering the Voice of Intermediate Texts: The Historical Importance of Meewewē Vihāra Vitti Potha, 6th Conference, The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka
2004 Social and Ritual Symbolic Meanings of ‘Hair’ in Sinhala Culture, Peradeniya University Research Sessions

Research Articles (Reviewed)

2015/16 Subaltern versus Elites: The Kandyan Caste System and the Protest of the Marginalized People (Based on the Historical Documents of Kurunegala District) Sambhavana – Academic Journal of Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
2014 Martin Wickramasinghes’ Notion on the Language Hegemony and Counter- hegemony in Sinhala (Sinhala Bhashawe Baladhikaraya ha prathibladhikaraya Pilibanda Martin Wickramasinghege Adahas) Sambhavana – Academic Journal of Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
2013 Empowering the Voice of Intermediate Texts: The Historical Importance of Madhuvapi Vihara Vitti Varnanava saha Dahaneka Patuna, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, New Series, Vol. 58 Part 2, Colombo: The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka.
2013 Coining Technical Words: The Role of Martin Wickramasinghe (Paribhashika Pada Sadhanaya: Martin Wickramasinghe Bhumikawa) Sahithyaya, ed. Samantha Herath and others, State Literary Board, Colombo.
2013 A Study of the Scared Offerings for Tooth Relic and the Contemporary Socio- Cultural Background (Dalada Wahanse Wetha Pidunu Vividha Puja Wasthu Saha Thadanubaddha Samaja Sanskruthika Pasubima Pilibanda Vimarshanayak) Siri Dalada Harasaraniya, ed. Prof. Ven. Hanguranketha Dheerananda and others, Department of Government Information.
2008 Coining technical words and language modernization in Sinhala (Bhasha Naweekaranayehi la Paribhashika pada Sadhanaya Pilibanda Sinhala Bhashava asuren Kerena Vimarshanayak, Sambhavana – Academic Journal of Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.

Book Chapters

2018 The Village in the Jungle: A Fiction Metaphor of Colonial Practice, Sahithyaya, ed. Samantha Herath and Others, Department od Cultural Affairs, Battaramulla.
2018 Land Tenure in Kandyan Period: Historical and Literay Survey, Nenesa, 15 (2), Ed, Rev. Mahaesseddume Seelananda and Rev. Tempitiye Indavimala. Asgiri maha Viharaya, Kandy.
2018 The Last King of Kandy: The Representation of Rev. Sandanangama Siddhartha, Pannasomabhinandana, ed. Rev. Alahenegama Sumanarathana and Others, Sri Pushaparama Purana Viharaya, Naththandiya.
2017 Sinhala E-Usage, Sahithyaya, ed. Samantha Herath and Others, Department od Cultural Affairs, Battaramulla.
2017 Poetry, Reader and Communication, Nenesa. Ed, Rev. Mahaesseddume Seelananda and Rev. Tempitiye Indavimala. Asgiri maha Viharaya, Kandy.
2013 Sinhala Message Poetries Interposed by the Political Conflicts in the Kotte Period (Kotte Yugaye Deshapalana Bala Getumata Medi Wu Sinhala Sandesha Kavya), Patipada, ed. Rev. Hangilielle Gnanawimala, Kandy.
2010 The Social Preference and the Change of Vocabulary – Study on Sinhala Language (Samaja Ruchikathvaya saha Vakkosha Parinamaya – Sinhala Bhashava Ashritha Vimarshanayak), Samarchana – Rev. Nittambugama Vachissara Felicitation Volume, ed. Rev. Minuwangamuwe Mahanama, Puwakpitiya: Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies.
2008 Taboos in Sinhala Culture (Sinhala Sanskruthikanubaddha Thahanchi Sankalpaya Pilibanda Vimasumak), Sahithyaya Vishesha Kalapaya, Ministry of Cultural Affairs
2008 A Study of Onomatopoetic Words in Sinhala Language (Sinhala Bhashave Shabdanukarana Pada Malava Pilibanda Vimasumak), Pehesara - Prof. P. B. Meegaskumbura Felicitation Volume, ed. Lakshman Nugapitiya and Others, Colombo: S. Godage.
2007 The First Language Planning Process in Sinhala: A Study on the Language Revival in the Kandyan Period (Sinhalaya Prathama Bhasha Selasumkarakna Vyaparaya Mahanuwara Yugəye Bhasha Punarjeevana Karthavyayan Pilibanda Vimasumak), Rev. Wilapitiye Gnanawansa Felicitation Volume, ed. Rev. Kahawatte Jinasiri, Gelioya: Nigrodhakheththa Maha Pirivena.
2006 Collision of Classicalization and Modernization: A Study on Sinhala Written Language in the 20th Century (Visivana Siyavasa Sinhala Lekhana Vyavaharaya Ashritha Sambhavyakaraka-Naweekaraka Visadrushaatha), Sambhasha, ed. Rev. Walaswewe Gnanarathana, Piriven Education Branch in the Ministry of Education.
2005 Buddhist Influence in Sinhala Folk Language (Sinhala Janavaharehi Bauddhagamika Abhasaya), Saragawesi – Academic Journal, ed. Rev. Medagampitiye Vimaladhamma, Pali and Buddhist Society, University of Peradeniya.
2004 Sinhala Catholic Literature Enriched by the Sinhala Buddhist Literature (Sinhala Bauddha Sahithyayen Poshitha Sinhala Katholika Sahithyaya), Sahithyaya Vishesha Kalapaya, Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
2003 Purana Lankawe Arama nitiya (a translation of ‘Buddhist Monastic law of Ancient Sri Lanka’, Anuradha Seneviratne, The Jurist Vol. 2000, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, pp. 162-203.) Lakdiva Budu Sasuna ha Sinhala Sanskruthiya, Colombo: S. Godage.
2000 Dolls House and the Western Dramatic Theory (Aparadiga ranga kalava saha Ibsange Sellam Geya) Piyavara - 2000/2001, Journal of Sinhala Society, University of Peradeniya.
2000 Why Sinhala is Considered as an Indo-Aryan Language? (Sinhalaya Indo-Arya Bhashavak Kiyanne Eyi?) Rev. Dambuwe Rathanasara Felicitation Volume, Rathnaloka Maha Pirivena, Wellarawa.

Memberships & Awards

2018 State Litarary Award for the Best Short Story Collection in the Year (Gihin Enna Carnival)
‘Rajatha Pusthaka’ Award for the Best Short Story Collection in the Year (Gihin Enna Carnival)
2016 State Literary Award for the Best Novel in the Year (Dulwala Alankare)
Shortlisted for the ‘Swarna Pusthaka’ Award (Dulwala Alankare)
Winning novel of Godage Script Writing Competition (Dulwala Alankare)
2001/2002 University Scholarship, University of Peradeniya
Prof. D. E. Hettiarachchi Prize in Sinhala (for Excegetical Literature)
Jayantha Weerasekara Prize for Sinhalese (Greatest Competence for Sinhala )
C. E. Jayanayake Prize For Sinhalese (Greatest Competence for Sinhala)

Creative Activities

2007 - Writing scripts for the tele drama series named ‘Vinivindimi Andura’ directed by Mr. Christy Shelton Fernando, based on short stories mentioned below. This tele drama series was telecasted by ITN.

  • Ganudenuwa – Hemapala Munidasa
  • Narak wu piti banduna – Martin Wickramasinghe
  • Nambu pissuwa – T. G. W. de Silva
  • Ateeranaya – K. Jayathilaka
  • Apasu gamana – Gunadasa Amarasekara
  • Welegedara Sugunawathee – Piyasili Wijemanna