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Department of Sinhala

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Dr. Sunanda Premasiri

PhD (India), MPhil (Peradeniya), BA (Peradeniya)
Folklore Studies, Culture, Sinhalese Folk Rituals, Folk Drama and Modern Theatre, Literary Theory and Criticism, Descriptive Linguistics, Epigraphy, Modern Sinhalese Fiction, Methodology Research Techniques and Writing Skills, Sinhalese Language and Literature

spremasiri@yahoo.com
+94 81 2392549 / +94 718575308

Biography

Dr. Sunanda Premasiri 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 1997 and MPhil in Sinhala from The University of Peradeniya in 2004. Subsequently, she obtained her PhD from University of Delhi, New Delhi, India in 2010.

Education

  • PhD (India)
  • MPhil (Peradeniya)
  • BA (Peradeniya)

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer in Sinhala, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
  • Research Assistant, Transcribing Different Editions of the “Buddha Edahilla” from Pali to English, Project conducted by Professor Carol S. Anderson, Department of Religion, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, USA, 1997.
  • Academic Sub-warden, University of Peradeniya, Ramanathan Hall, 1998-2000.
  • Coordinator for Department of Sinhala for Professional Training Unit, University of Ruhuna, 2004.
  • Senior Academic Sub-warden, Meddawatta Rajaratna Girl’s Hostel, University of Ruhuna, 2001-2002.
  • Academic Coordinator, Postgraduate Unit, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2013 – To date.
  • Faculty Coordinator(for Humanities and Social Sciences) to Centre for Distance Education , University of Peradeniya, 2013 to date.
  • Coordinator, Departmental Internship Programme, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2013.
  • Coordinator, Departmental Curriculm Development Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2013.
  • Committee Member, IDAS (Innovatory Development Grant for Arts Students), Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, 2013.
  • Member, Organizing Committee, 9th International Conference on Sri Lankan Studies, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 2003.
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Cultural Centre, University of Ruhuna, 2002-2004.
  • Resource Person, Ministry of Education-Jatika Rupawahini for “Lowa Dinana Sisu Prathibha Prabha”(All Island School Speech Competition held for CHOGAM) in 2013.

Books

  • Kegalu Selllipi (Translation Part 1 of H. C. P. Bell’s Report on the Kegalle District), Ariya Publishers, Warakapola, Sri Lanka, 2000 (in Sinhala)
  • Kegalu Sannas (Translation Part 11 of H. C. P. Bell’s Report on the Kegalle District), Ariya Publishers, Warakapola, Sri Lanka, 2002 (in Sinhala)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • A folklore Study on the Origin Stories of Medarata Dewalas(Shrines in Central Province): Structural and Functional analysis on the Stories, in Prof. H. Dheerananda, Medarata Wansakatawa, Vol. 1, Central Provence, 2014 (In Print), (In Sinhala)
  • Comparative Folklore Study on the Place Name ‘Mahanuwara’(Kandy): Using Historic Heographical Method, in , in Prof. H. Dheerananda, Medarata Wansakatawa, Vol. 11, Central Provence, 2014 (In Print), (In Sinhala)
  • Prof. Angulugaha Dhamminda and his literary criticism on Sinhala verses, in Rev. U. Mahinda, Niel Pushpakumara, Tmaduwe Dewananda (Edts), Prof. Angulugaha Dhammimnda Felicitation Volume, Widyalankara Printers, Kelaniya, 2014, pp 33-44 (in Sinhala)
  • Role of Professor Ariya Rajakaruna in Modern Sinhala Translation Genre, in Jayantha Amarasinhge (Edt), Felicitation Volume of Prof. Ariya Rajakaruna, S. Godage, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004, pp 105-118 (in Sinhala)
  • Epigraphy and Monastery Management in Sri Lanka, in M. Dissanayaka (Edt), Felicitation Volume of Rev. Ratmalwala Seewali, Wellarawa, 2000, pp 32-39 (In Sinhala)
  • Mruchcha Katika and Sanskrit Stage Drama, in Mangala Dissanayaka (Edt), Piyawara, Janaka Printers, Maharagama, 2001, pp 233-245 (in Sinhala)
  • Symbolic Movement in Ajith Thilakasena’s Short Stories, in Prof. Piyaseeli Wijemanna (Edt.), Uwasara, Prof. Ananda Kulasooriya Felicitation Volume, S.Godage Brothers, 2000 (in Sinhala)

Research Articles

  • The Buddhist Perspective of the State and the Origen of the King, Sri Sumangala Felicitation Volume, 2002, (in Sinhala)

Research Papers

  • Common Features in Bangla and Simhala: Scope for Direct Translation, Third National Seminar Under the DRS Programme of UGC on Comparative Literary Studies in India and Problematics of Translation Between Indian Languages, Department of Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, 1st-2nd March 2007, (in English)

Conference Presentations

  • Is Sinhala an Eastern Indian Prakrit? A study based on literary sources, Second Academic Sessions, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 16. 12. 2004, pp 116-127 (in Sinhala)
  • Socio-Cultural Simillarities of Mythologies: A study based on Sun and Moon cult, Leonard wolf Memorial International Conference, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 18th-19th December 2004, (In English)

Research Projects

  • Transcribing Different Editions of the “Buddha Edahilla” from Pali to English, Project conducted by Professor Carol S. Anderson, Department of Religion, Kalamazoo College, Michigan, USA, 1997
  • Socio-economic Survey of Tsunami affected families in divisional Secretariats of Matara district, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, 2005.
  • A Critical Study on Ajith Thilakasena’s Short Stories, Dissertation for the Bachelor of Arts. (HONS) Degree, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1991/92, (in Sinhala)
  • A Comparative Study of the Use of Myth in Modern Short Stories, Thesis for the Master of Philosophy Degree, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1998 – 2005, (in Sinhala)
  • Tales on the Origin of the Universe: A Comparative Study of Folk Myths of India and Sri Lanka, Thesis for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Delhi, New Delhi, India, 2010 (in English)

Memberships & Awards

  • Chief Examiner, General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination, Department of Examinations, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2001 to date
  • Resource Person, Ministry of Education-Jatika Rupawahini for “Lowa Dinana Sisu Prathibha Prabha”(All Island School Speech Competition held for CHOGAM) in 2013
  • ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) Scholarship for Ph.D, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, University Grants Commission. India, 2005
  • Hilda Obeysekera Research Fellowship for M.Phil Degree Programme in Sinhala, Academic year 1999/2000
  • University Scholarship for First Class in the General Convocation, University of Peradeniya, 2005
  • Prof. D. E. Hettiarachi Memorial Prize in Sinhala ( for Best Student/Greatest Competence in Early Sinhalese Prose Works: Exegetical Literature) in the General Convocation, University of Peradeniya, 2005
  • Prof. D. M. de Z Wickramasinghe Memorial Prize for Sinhala (for Best Student/Greatest Competence in Sinhalese Epigraphy) in the General Convocation, University of Peradeniya, 2005

Other Credentials

Dissemination of Knowledge
  • Drafting Postrgraduate Syllabi for the Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, 2013-2014
  • Drafting Undergraduate Syllabi for the Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, 2013-2014
  • Drafting Undergraduate Syllabi (External Degree) for the Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, 2013-2014
  • Drafting Undergraduate Syllabi for the Department of Sinhala, University of Ruhuna, 2002-2003
  • Drafting Undergraduate Syllabi (External Degree) for the Department of Sinhala, University of Ruhuna, 2005-2006