Department of Sinhala

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

Workshop on Ola Leaf Writing

A workshop on ola leaf writing was held on 02. 10. 2020 at Alu Viharaya, Matale for second year students who specialize in Sinhala. The programme was organized by Dr. Chamini Guruge as a practical work related to the subject "SLS 2003: Research Methods and Textual Editing". In addition to the detailed descriptions given by Rev. Galkulame Uparathana, senior lecturer, University of Rajarata, on the preparations of ola leaf, students were guided to write on ola leaf by Rev. Galahitiyagama Dhammarathana, a skilled person in the field. Furthermore, a lecture was conducted by Dr. Kusumsiri Kodithuwakku, visiting lecturer, University of Rajarata. Unlike rote-learning in the classroom, this workshop allowed students to assimilate knowledge about ola leaf writing through practically participating in it.

Madhu Gee Sendewa

After a prolonged silence due to the covid-19 pandemic, a musical programme was held in the Arts Theatre on 24. 09. 2020. That " Madhu Gee Sendewa" was organized by the Sinhala Society with the participation of well-known lyricists and musicians including Mr. Shantha Jayalath Thisera, Mr. Lal Amarasiri and Mr. Manju Pranandu. Senior Lecturer Mr. Senarathne Kariyawasam graced the event by interpreting different aspects of the songs. Students and staff from different faculties enjoyed the event and it was an antidepressant for their hectic routines.

Field Visit in Anuradhapura

Fourth year students who specialize in Sinhala participated in a field trip related to the subject "SLS 403: Epigraphy and Sinhala inscriptions" in Anuradhapura on 19. 09. 2020. It was organized by Dr. Sunanda Premasiri and a valuable guidance was provided by Mr. Gamini Samaranayake, an officer of the archaeological museum, Mihintale. During the visit, students observed cave inscriptions in Mihintale and Vessagiriya. With the theoretical knowledge they acquired in the lecture room, students were actively participated in reading and interpreting the Brahmi script on caves.