Arts Council of Sri Lanka
State Literary Advisory Board

State Literary Advisory Board of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka is established for the purpose of advising and assisting the Arts council on the general advancement of the literary art forms and to support the excellence, diversity and vitality of Sri Lankan literature in the languages of Sinhala, Tamil and English so that the public can experience the highest standard of literary art forms, in Sri Lanka.

Literature Panel of the Arts Council of Sri Lanka recognizes the importance of the promotion of the work by Sri Lankan writers both nationally and internationally to ensure Sri Lanka is recognized for its great writers and its quality contemporary writing.

Panel Profile

RATNASIRI ARANGALA
Chairman

Ratnasiri Arangala is the professor in Sinhala and currently the head of the Department of the Sinhala and Mass-communication of the University of Sri Jayawardanapura. He is a member of the Academic Affairs Board of the National Institute of Education and a member of the Board of Academic in National Institute of Language Education of the Ministry of National Co-existence, Dialogue and National Languages. He is the author of several publications on Sinhala Language and Linguistics.


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JAYANTHA AMARASINGHE
Member

Jayantha Amarasinghe is a veteran educationist and a radio program producer. He is a Professor in Sinhala at the University of Ruhuna and the Director of its Distance and Continuing Education Unit. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Peradeniya. He has shared his intellects by publishing a number of books and anthologies of literary articles.


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PRABHA MADHUWANTHI MANURATHE
Member

Prabha Manuratne (PhD.) is a lecturer at the Department of English, University of Kelaniya. Her research focuses on representations of violence in world literature and cinema. She teaches English literature, critical theory and cultural theory at the University of Kelaniya. She is a Fulbright scholar and has a PhD. In English literature from the state University of New York, Buffalo, U.S.A.


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DILINI WALISUNDARA
Member

Dilini Walisundara is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Dilini holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree in English from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura and a Masters in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya and a Masters in TESOL from St. Michael’s College, Vermont, USA. She was the former Head of the Department of English and Linguistics of the University of Sri Jayawadenapura and the Acting Head of the English Language Teaching Unit. Her research interests include discourse analysis, critical pedagogy, multilingualism, corpus and forensic linguistics, and disability studies.


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CHINTHAKA RANASINGHE
Member

Chinthaka Ranasinghe is poet, novelist and a literary critic. He is Lecturer in the Sinhala Department of the University of Kelaniya and was a visiting fellow in the University of Cornell, USA in 2013/2014. Chinthaka completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sinhala (Special) and the Master of Arts in Linguistic in the University of Kelaniya. Having gained a vast language expertise, Chinthaka has contributed to Sri Lankan literature by publishing a number of books and he shares his intellectual inputs by evaluating the work of many writers and poets.


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SAMAN M. KRIYAKARAWANE
Member

Saman M Kariyakarawane is a Lecturer by profession and has interests and extensive experience in the fields of cultural studies, literary criticism and drama and theatre. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hon) degree and M.Phil in the University of Ruhuna and a Masters in the University of Kelaniya. He was a former Lecturer in the University of Ruhuna and presently a visiting lecturer in Sri Jayawardenapura and Sabaragamuwa universities of Sri Lanka. Being a literary critic, Saman has produced a number of literary contents to share his intellectual inputs to evaluate and discuss literature. Apart from his literary activities, Saman also is a social activist in media and human rights.


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GEETHANATH KUDALIGAMA
Member

Geethanath Kudaligama is a media consultant, lyric writer and an explorative author. Being the eldest son of the Late Mr. H. M. Kudaligama, the famous poet and journalist, Geethanath grew up in a literary background which had a big influence on his work. He was selected for the University of Peradeniya but since he was unable to continue the university studies he then competed his Marketing studies at the Sri Lanka Marketing Institute and obtained a Diploma in Mass Media from the University of Colombo. He started his career in 1976 with Lake House and has worked with few newspapers until 1980. Geethanath published his first book in 1979, which is an anthology of poems and has been contributing a number of important literary contents for Sri Lankan readers since then. He made his entrance to the art and literary field by composing a song for the A grade singer Narada Dissasekara in 1970 and has served three generations of musicians throughout his four decade of existence in the field.


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SUJEEWA NIRANJANIEE RATNAYAKE
Member

She works as the Senior Assistant Librarian of Institute of Human Resource Advancement in University of Colombo. She has done her First Degree and MPhil in Sinhalese Language and Literature and Masters Degree in Library and information sciences. She has published 12 books including a collection of short stories, a translation of a collection of short stories, a bibliography on Sinhalese short story books, a critical analysis of Sinhalese short stories, 04 novels, translations of 03 novels for teenagers a collection of poetry. Her research interests are Sinhalese novels, short stories, electronic media, reading habits and teenagers.


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STANISLAUS JOSEPH YOGARAJAH
Member

Professor Stanislaus Joseph Yogarajah has a PhD in Linguistics, an MPhil in Linguistics, and a B A Honours in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya. He has been a professor in Linguistics since 2009, and has served as the Head of the Department of Linguistics from 2004 to 2006. He is a language scholar who specializes in the teaching of Tamil and Sinhala as a second language and in sociolinguistics. He has served as a visiting lecturer in Tamil at the Department of Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura and Department of Sinhala at the University of Colombo. He has published extensively on teaching and learning Tamil and Sinhala as a second language, including an Introduction to Spoken Tamil by the Department of Official Languages. Overall, he has produced 32 books and DVDs to promote the learning of Sinhala and Tamil as a second language and published many research articles. In his capacity as a language trainer, he has trained trainers to d


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SUBRAMANIAMPILLAI MURALITHARAN
Member

Subramaniampillai Muralitharan is currently serving as Director of Education (Tamil schools Development/ Peace Education and Reconciliation Unit) in the Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka. Formerly he was very much associated with teacher training and teacher education being Principal of Teachers’ College, President of National College of Education and Director of Teacher Education Administration. He holds B.Sc (Hons) Peradeniya, M.Ed from York University- Canada, and earned Postgraduate Diplomas from University of Jayawardenepura, University of Peradeniya and University of Colombo. The vast literary scope he has acquired through studies and international forums in many countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, Korea and India, has made an expertise in his area. Some of his contributions to the Sri Lankan literature include three anthologies of poems, four collections of literary and folklore related essays, two biographies and two research publications. Further, well-known as a


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