The Anthropology Day 2023 organized for the second time, by the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura was held successfully on 20th January 2023 at Sri Sumangala Auditorium.
The event was honored by the presence of Prof. Upul Subasinghe, the Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Sri Jayewardenepura, and several distinguished guests, including Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Mohammed Mahees as the keynote speaker from the University of Colombo’s Department of Sociology, and Prof. Charmalie Nahallage, the Head of the Department of Anthropology. Other guests included Prof. Sirimali Fernando, Secretary General of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU), Senior Professor Anura Manathunga, Director General of the Department of Archaeology, Sri Lanka, and Senior Prof. Gamini Adikari, Director of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology. The event was also attended by professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, students from the university and invited schools, as well as heads of other departments of the university and Mrs. Sanuja Kasthuriarachchi, Director General of the National Museum of Sri Lanka, and Dr. Publis Silva of Mount Lavinia Hotel. Anthropology day inauguration ceremony was followed by an exhibition and a cultural show.
Anthropology Day 2023 is a significant event that is organized to commemorate the 63rd year since the inception of the subject in the university. Marking this year’s anthropology day a significant one, the Department of Anthropology launched a number of new publications. Anthropology Glossary Vol 1, 2 and 3, Anthropology Gleanings, Manawa Widhya Wanshaya (මානව විද්යා වංශය), Anthropological Review Vol 6, Journal of Intangible Cultural Heritage Issue II are few among them.
In addition the department organized an Anthropology Documentary Film Awards 2023 (Short-films) under University category and School Category and the winners were awarded with trophies and certificates at the inauguration ceremony. Under school category, the first place was secured by St. Aloysius College, Rathnapura for the film “Lowak Watina Ape Urumaya”, while the award for the second place was won by Billewa Vidyalaya, Thanthirimalaya, for the film “The Problem of Human with Elephants in Thanthirimalaya”. The Third place of this category was secured by Thurstan College, Colombo for the film, “Sampradayika Weda Hedakam”.
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