Author Archive for History


Thursday, May 24th, 2018

By W. Pathirana. Retired Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo. A couple of recent news paper articles on similarities between Sinhalese and Bengali languages prompted me to submit this article. During the years 1967 – 1975 as a university student in Kolkata, the writer’s interest in Bengali language grew more intense with time as surprising similarities […]

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Ven. Udakendawala Siri Saranankara – The legendary freedom-fighter

Friday, May 18th, 2018

by W. A. Abeysinghe Courtesy:  Sunday Observer The life of Venerable Udakendawala Siri Saranankara is inseparable from the history of the world peace movement. His service to mankind as a peace champion, disciple of the Buddha and an internationalist is remarkable. My humble attempt in this essay, therefore, is only to dwell upon a few noteworthy […]

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Oil Painting on ceremonial opening of the Paththiruppuwa by the last King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe in 1802,  handed over to the Sri Dalada Maligawa

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

THE PATHTHIRIPPUWA OF THE SRI DALADA MALIGAWA DESIGNED BY DEVENDRA MULACHARI ON THE OCCASION OF ITS CEREMONIAL OPENING BY  KING SRI WICKRAMA RAJASINGHA IN SENKADAGALAPURA IN 1802 The Paththirippuwa or Octagon of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, is widely regarded as the epitome or the most admired symbol and representation of Kandyan Sinhalese Architecture. It was […]

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Evidence for persistent forest reliance by indigenous peoples in historical Sri Lanka

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

 Max Planck Society Working closely with Wanniyalaeto (Vedda) elders in Sri Lanka during the repatriation of skeletal remains, a team of researchers have demonstrated that while some Indigenous hunter-gatherers in Sri Lanka made use of agricultural resources and trade connections with farmers and colonial power structures, others continued to subsist primarily on tropical forest resources […]

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E. W. Perera 

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

Edward Walter Perera (11 December 1875 – 15 February 1953) was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) barrister, politician and freedom fighter. He was known as the ‘Lion of Kotte‘ and was a prominent figure in the Sri Lankan independence movement and a senator. Early life and education Born on 11 December 1875 at Unawatuna, Galle to […]

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1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The 1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots (also known as the anti-Muslim riots of 1913[1][2][3] or the 1915 Buddhist Mohammedan riots or the 1915 Ceylonese riots) was a widespread and prolonged ethnic riot in the island of Ceylon between Sinhalese Buddhists and the Ceylon Moors and the brutal suppression of it by the British colonial authorities.[4] 1915 Sinhalese-Muslim riots Ceylon Date 28 May – 8 August 1915 Location Western Provinceand Sabaragamuwa, British Ceylon Caused […]

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900-year drought wiped out Indus Valley Civilisation: IIT-Kharagpur

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Our Special Correspondent Courtesy The Island April 17, 2018, 12:00 pm NEW DELHI, April 16: The Indus Valley Civilisation (IVC) was wiped out 4,350 years ago by a 900-year-long drought, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have found. Evidence gathered during their study also put to rest the widely accepted theory that […]

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Professor Keith Scott- Mumby discovered Srilanka was the origin of much thought and substance.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

By Palitha Ariyarathna Srilanka and history This island nation once called Ceylon. Srilanka- the name means splendid, brightly shining- is rich in religions celebration. each summer in the city of kandy. the temple of the tooth blazes with light for the festival honouring Buddha’s tooth. Elephants parade in jewels and satin. Dancer whirl through the […]

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