Emerging actors from Kelaniya

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The 13th Raigam Telees Award Ceremony which was held recently ended recognizing many new talents in television. Accordingly, the Best Upcoming Actor award was won by Sajitha Anuththara Anthony (Bohimiyanuwa– Swarnavahini). He is a Drama & Theater and Image Arts (Special) Degree student of the Department of Fine Arts, the University of Kelaniya. Sajitha Anuththara is the youngest son of Jackson Anthony who is a Director, singer, an award-winning actor in Sri Lankan cinema and Kumari Munasinghe who is also a singer.

Sajitha Anuththara has played the role of the hunter’s son in “Sooriya Arana” and played the title role in his father’s big-budget film ‘Aba’. He also plays the roles of stage dramas of award winning Priyankara Ratnayake’s “Premawantha Kumarayo” and Akhila Sapumal’s “Girikuta Kashyapa”.

Sajitha Anuththara is not only good at acting but also good at singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. He hopes to release his new song collection named ‘Swarnapaliye” in the near future.

Sajitha won a Certificate at this year’s State Drama Festival for his performance in “Premawantha Kumarayo”. “Gurikoota Kashyapa” also represented the State Drama Festival this year and he was nominated for the Best Actor title for his excellent performance in “Gurikoota Kashyapa”

Currently, he is engaged in training activities of Rajitha Dissanayake’s “Mata Vedi Thiyannedda” which is to be staged on the 25th of August 2017. Sajatha is an outstanding scholar who has been gifted to the Sri Lankan field of Arts by the Vidyalankara generation.

The Sarasaviya Best Emerging Actor Award at the Sarasaviya Awards Festival in 2016 was won by Ishara Wickramasinghe for his excellent performance in Rodni Vidanapathirana’s “Ira Sewaya”. Ishara is a Drama & Theater and Image Arts (Special) Degree student of the Department of Fine Arts, the University of Kelaniya. He is not only an actor but also a Script Writer, Singer, Dubbing Artist and a Voice Actor.

Since childhood he has been loving acting and has played roles in stage dramas such as Jayalath Manoratne’s “Thala Mala Pipila”, “Guru Tharuwa”, Lushan Bulathsinghala’s “Tharawo Igilethi”, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake’s “Dhawala Bheeshana, Makarakshaya”, Bandula Vithanage’s ” Romaya Ginigani 2″, Thumindu Dodanthanage’s “Arundathi”, Ackila Sapumal’s “Bacchae”, Jaya Sri Chandrajith’s ”Umathusanwarusawa”.

He has acted in long tele dramas such as Jayalath Manorathne’s “Thaththe Api Awa, Mahapolowa Api Noveyi”, D.G. Somapala’s “Sandawathaka Waruna” and also in single episode teledrama series such as K.B. Herath’s “Kurulu Paluwa”, Dayarathne Ratagerara’s “Podi Hamuduruwo” and other tele dramas such as Ranga Bandaranayake’s “Gee Ranga Sobha”, Nishshanka Diddeniya’s “Suranga Puwatha”.

Ishara Wickramasinghe works as a Dubbing Artist for Chirag’s character of “Sadahatama Oba Mage” tele drama which is telecasted on TV Derana and for Vikram’s character of “Swapna” of Sirasa TV.

He has been nominated for the Best Child Actor at the State Tele Awards Ceremony in 2004. In the year 2015, Ishara won the award for the Best Actor at the National Youth Awards ceremony for his excellent performance in Akhila Sapumal’s “Hinawela Miniththuwak”.

Ishara can be recognized as an outstanding scholar of the Vidyalankara Generation and the University of Kelaniya proudly recalls Ishara Wickramasinghe’s winning of the Sarasaviya Best Emerging Actor Award for his clever performance in his first ever film “Ira Sewaya”.

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The 3rd Inauguration Ceremony of the Diploma/Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management

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The 3rd consecutive inauguration ceremony of the Diploma and the Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management offered by the Department of Human Resource Management (HRM) of the Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies (FCMS) was successfully held on the 13th of August, 2017 at the Sunil Shantha Memorial Auditorium, FCMS, the University of Kelaniya. These courses are conducted with the objective of providing education for those who are currently working and those who are willing to work in the field of Human Resource Management.

The event was graced by Dr. P.N.D. Fernando, Dean of the FCMS as the Chief Guest and the Key note speech was delivered by Mr. Gayan Thilakarathne – Head of Human Resources of MJF Group of Companies. This event was also participated by Dr. D. U. Mohan, Head of the Department of HRM, Ms. Menaka Nishanthi, Coordinator of the Diploma/Higher Diploma in Human Resource Management, other academic staff members of the Department of HRM and the students of the Diploma/Higher Diploma programme.

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Tissue Cultured Floriculture

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The Floriculture Research Center of Department of Botany, Faculty of Science, University of Kelaniya located at the Henarathgoda Botanical Gardens is a leading Sri Lankan institution for Tissue Cultured Floriculture.

The “Plant Tissue Culture” is a collection of techniques used to maintain or grow plant cells, tissues or organs under sterile conditions on a nutrient culture medium of known composition. The ex-plants from selected mother plant are established and multiplied under ‘In-Vitro’ conditions, providing the optimum pre-requisite for plant growth. These ex-plants go through the initiation, multiplication and rooting methods for producing a cell into a full-fledged plant. These ready plantlets are then hardened in climatically controlled green houses or poly houses.

Currently, Orchid, Gerbera and Chrysanthemum are the main plants use in tissue culture propagation at the center. This research institute conducts a three-month training programme for floriculturists in the Gampaha District, which provides knowledge and practical training on nursery management and tissue culture. This has enabled the country’s unemployed youth to strengthen their economy through floriculture. In the future, this service will be island-wide.

Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. LakshmanSeneviratne, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Priyanganie Senanayake, Head Department of Botany, Dr Rasika Wanigatunge Senior Lecturer, Department of Botany, University of Kelaniya and, Ms. D.B.R. Swarnathilaka, Assistant Director (Research), Plant Tissue Culture Research Station and Central Nursery of the Department of Export Agriculture in Walpita recently visited the Floriculture Research Center. The Research Assistants Ms. H. Sumudu M. Perera, Ms. W.U.M. Rodrigo and Mr. S.K. Dissanayake.of the Department of Botany conduct the training, research and production activities of the center.

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Kyrgyz Republic and the University of Kelaniya have expanded ties

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A meeting between Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya, Ms. Mairam Sarieva, National Project Manager of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) funded “Towards Sustrainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Development in the Kyrgyz Republic” and Mr. Mail Alliaskarov, Head of the Fisheries and Fish Stocking Division of the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture in the Kyrgyz Republic took place on the 10th of August at the Vice Chancellor’s Office. The purpose of their two-week stay in the Department of Zoology and Environmental Management is to work on the hydro-biological and fisheries data of lakes and reservoirs in the Kyrgyz Republic under the guidance of Senior Prof. Upali S. Amarasinghe.

At this meeting, Vice Chancellor emphasized the possibility of providing postgraduate training for academic and technical staff in the Kyrgyz Republic in the field of fisheries and aquaculture and also providing opportunities for student exchange programmes. Accordingly, possibilities to establish collaboration between the University of Kelaniya and the institutions in the Kyrgyz Republic such as Department of Fisheries and Institute of Biology will be explored and it will pave the way to sign a MoU between the two parties in due course.

Dr. Mangala Ganehiarachchi, Head of the Department of Zoology & Environmental Management and Prof. Upali S. Amarasinghe were present at the event.

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