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Department of Tamil

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

academic

Dr. Sothimalar Ravindren Theaver

Head of the Department
BA(Hons.)(Peradeniya), M.Phil(Peradeniya),
Ph.D(Peradeniya)

Dept. of Tamil,
Faculty of Arts,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya.

Education

  • B.A. (Hons.)(1st. Class) in Tamil (Special) 1990 University of Peradeniya
  • M. Phil in Tamil - Socio Culture 1998 University of Peradeniya
  • Ph.D. in Non-Argamic Rural Deities 2012 University of Peradeniya
  • Successfully completed a Diploma in Translation, conducted jointly by the English, Sinhala and Tamil Departments of the University of Peradeniya for 5 weeks from 8th. July 2002.
  • Attended the international conference on Translation – Pedagogy, politics and the practice of translation conducted by the University of Peradeniya from 11th. To 13th, August 2012 at the citadel Hotel, Kandy.

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I), Department of Tamil, University of Peradeniya,
  • Course Coordinator for the post-graduate Programs conducted by the Tamil Department of the University of Peradeniya, from 2011 to 2016.
  • Course Coordinator for the External Degree Programs conducted by the Tamil Department of the University of Peradeniya, from 2011 to 2013.
  • Serving in the Panel of Examiners for the External Degree Programs conducted by the Tamil Department of the University of Peradeniya, since 2011.
  • Coordinator for Tamil Department of the University of Peradeniya for the Arts Faculty- Higher degree Committee, since 2011.
  • Member – Board of Study for Tamil of the Post Graduate institute of Humanities and social Sciences.
  • Visiting Lecturer – Master of Development Practices (MDP) conducted by the Dept.of Economics of the University of Peradeniya.
  • Visiting Lecturer – Religion, rituals in Everyday life in Sri Lanka of ISLE program for University of California At Bekerly, religious study students from 2014.
  • Visiting Lecturer – Dept. of Fine arts on Sri Lankan drama and Theatre since 2011.
  • Senior Student Counselor from 2012 to 2015.
  • Member of the Student Request and Advisory committee from 2011 to 2016
  • Volunteer Student Councilor of the Faculty of Arts – 1998-1999.

Research

  • At Present Conducting a research on roots of similar Tamil and Sinhala words.

Publications

  • Published a book on Kaman Kooththum Malayaga Parampariyamum , October 2004
  • Presented an article on “Purudharthangal” In the “Hindu Dharmam “ Magazine of the University of Peradeniya Hindu student’s Union 1990/1991 publication.
  • Presented a paper on “Thenmangu Padalgal orr Aayivu” In the “Elnkathir “ the University of Peradeniya Tamil Sangam 2004/2005 publication.
  • Presented a paper on “Ponnar Sangar” In the “Elnkathir “ the University of Peradeniya Tamil Sangam 2005/2006 publication.
  • Presented an article on “Nattupura Nokkil Muruga Valipadu” In the “Hindu dharmam “ the University of Peradeniya Hindu students Union 2005/2006 publication.
  • Presented a paper on “Prof. Vithiyanandanin Thamil Nadaga Pangalippu” In the “Elnkathir “ the University of Peradeniya Tamil Sangam 2005/2006 publication.
  • Presented a paper on “ Mariamman Valipadum Nambikkaigalum “ , in the Prof. M. Arunasalam Felicitation volume , 2012.
  • Presented a paper on “Murugavalipadum Kathaipadalgalum – Katharagama Deviyo ” . In the “Lakbima" News Paper in 2015 August.
  • Presented a paper on “Naatar Marabil Mariamman Valipdu” In the “ Elnkathir“ the University of Peradeniya Tamil Sangam 2015 publication.

Articles in Journals

  • “Purudharthangal”, Hindu Dharmam , Hindu Student’s Union, University of Peradeniya, 1990/91.
  • “Sangakala Makkalin Valipattu Amsamgalum Nambikkaigalum”, Hindu Dharmam , Hindu Student’s Union, University of Peradeniya, 2004/05.
  • “Themmangu”, Elankathir, Tamil Sangam, University of Peradeniya, 2004/05.

Chapters in Scholarly Works

  • “Kalaikuralgal”, a Collection of radio Talks Published by M/s Poopalasingam Book Depot, 1999.
  • “Malayaga Tamilarin Panpadum Karththunilayum” – The Culture and Ideology of the Plantation Tamils – Vol 1, The Cultural background, Published by Uthayam Foundation – Colombo 03.

Seminars

  • Presented a paper on “ Valkai Sadangugalum Karana Pailvugalum” organized by the Udayam Foundation held on 8th. February 1992, at Kandy.
  • Presented a paper on “Sanga Kala Makkalin Valipattu muraigalum, Nambikkaigalum”, organized by the Tamil Dept. of the Arts Faculty of the University of Peradeniya on 25th. August 1995 at the Seminar Room of the Arts Faculty of the University of Peradeniya.
  • Presented a paper titled “Malayaga Tamil Makkalin Kalasara Parampariyamum, Ethirkalamum” at the seminar on “ Malayaga Makkalin Samakala Pirachchinaigal pattriya oru Aayvu”, conducted by R. Sivalingam memorial committee on 19th.July 2003, at the SIDA auditorium , Hatton, Sri Lanka.
  • Conducted a Seminar for Teachers, who are teaching Tamil Language for Advanced Level classes on 3rd. July 2004, organized by the Ministry of Community Development and Estate Infrastructure, at the SIDA auditorium, Hatton, Sri Lanka.
  • Conducted Seminars for External Undergraduate Students, who are offering Tamil Language and Hinduism, organized by the Up-Country graduates association in August 2004.
  • Conducted a seminar for the Hindu religious Sunday schools teachers, 28th. September 2004, Organized by the Young Men’s Hindu Association – Kandy, at Kandy Sri Lanka.
  • Presented a paper on “Field Research” at the seminar conducted by Post Graduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of UOP held on 25th. July 2016.

Seminars and Workshops – International

  • Presented a paper on “Sanga Kala Samayasarangalum, Nambikkaigalum”,(Sanga period Religious rituals and beliefs) at the International conference on Sangam Tamil Literature and Society conducted by the Ministry of Religious Affairs held on 3rd. to 5th. November 2006 in Colombo.
  • Presented a paper on “Sangakala Attrpu Padai Illakkiyam – Marabum Mattramum” at the 60th. Hindai Marabum MArkamum” At the Annual seminar of the Tamil Dept. of the University of Pradeniya in 2014.
  • Presented a paper on “Nattar Marapil Mariamman Valipadu” at the 60th. Hindu Research Conference of the All Ceylon Hindu Maha sabha , in Jaffna Sri Lanka in 2015.
  • Presented a paper on “Malayaga Panpattu , Parampariyaththil Kaman kooththu” at the Thamilar Kalai, Panpadu Karutharangu 2015 February 25th. To 27th. Conducted by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Chennai.
  • Presented a paper on “ Valkakai Vatta Sadangugalil Pupunitha Neeratutu Viza ” based on Sri Lanka’s Indian Community living in the upcountry at the Indian University Tamil Teachers society 42nd. Annual sessions at the Tamil University Tanjore, held on 16th. And 17th. May 2015.
  • Presented a paper on “Malayaga Makkalin Sadangugalum Nambikkaigalum” at the International seminar conducted by the Tamil dept. of the University of Peradeniya held on 7th. October 2016.

Membership in Professional Associations

  • Life membership in “Hindu Graduates Association”, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya.
  • Life Membership of the in “Upcountry Graduates Association”.

University and national Development activities

  • Marking Examiner for G.C.E. (A/L) Tamil Language – Since 2003
  • Examiner for Undergraduate courses conducted by the External Examinations branch of the University of Peradeniya.
  • Received the award for best Research publication, Central Provincial Council for the Year 2005 for the book “Kaman Koothum Malayaga Parampariyamum”.
  • Panel Chairperson – Child Literature Review Committee (Tamil), Rajya Sahahithya Festival, 2004.
  • President of the Panel of Judges, Sahahithya Festival (Tamil), Central Provincial Council.
  • Examiner of Examinations, Foundation Examinations, University of Rajarata – Polgolla campus in 1997.
  • Conducting Lectures for G.C.E.(A/L) teachers in the Up-Country region under the auspicious of the Social Development and Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry – 2004.
  • Panel Chairperson – North Central Provincial Council, Inter-School literature competition (Tamil) review panel – 2003.

Other Additional Responsibilities

  • Have been the Focal point in the Tamil Department of the University of Peradeniya, since 1991, for external scholars visiting the University, connected to Tamil Language, Tamil Literature and Hindu Religion for organizing Seminars, Talks etc. and arranging field visit for them.
  • Conducting regular Department seminars in the Department of Tamil of the University of Peradeniya, since 1991.
  • A member of the student request committee of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya.
  • Assisting other departments in the University in translating Examination papers, Articles etc. since 1991 from Sinhala and English to Tamil.
  • Attending to Translation works assigned to the department of Tamil by the University of Peradeniya.
  • Attending to Translation of Annual reports of the University of Peradeniya.