Professor (Ms.) Prashanthi Narangoda
Professor (Ms.) Prashanthi NarangodaProfessor
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Department of Fine Arts
(Room Number) K2 123
Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit,
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka

Tel:     +94-11-2903772 (Office)
Extension- 778
E-mail: prashanthi@kln.ac.lk

Vision

To become a research scholar who can serve the academic and to build and sustain an economically and culturally nurtured society.

Current Status/Positions

Professor and Head, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya
Secretary, Ethics Review Committee, University of Kelaniya
Senior Treasurer, Performing Arts Students Society, Department of Fine Arts
Coordinator, Art Gallery, University of Kelaniya

Positions Held in the Administration

2014-2017- Head, Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit, Department of Fine Arts
2015-2017 - Director, Research Center, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
2014-2017- Coordinator, Center for International Relations, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
2012-2015 - Coordinator (Overall), HETC/ IDAS, Faculty of Humanities, University of  Kelaniya
2014 to date, Member, Ethics Review Committee, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
2013 to date, Coordinator, Art Gallery, University of Kelaniya

Service as a Visiting Lecturer

2018 Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sri Jayawardhanapura
2017-2018    Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo
2016-2018    Visiting Lecturer, Post Graduate Institute of Buddhist and Pali University,                               Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07

Education

2012   PhD     “Origin and Evolution of the Sri Lankan Buddha Image Independent of Indian Prototype.” Department of Religious Studies, University of the West, California, USA
2000   MSc “ Iconographic Characteristics of Mahayana Bodhisattva Sculptures of Sri Lanka: from 3rd Century CE to 19th Century CE.” (Medium of the Thesis- Sinhala: (ක්‍රි.ව. තුන්වැනි සියවසේ සිට දහනවවැනි සියවස දක්වා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මහායාන බෝධිසත්ත්ව ප්‍රතිමාවල රූපභේද), Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
1995   Post Graduate Diploma in Archaeology, Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
1994   Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation of Monuments and Sites University of Moratuwa, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

1992   BA (Hons) 2nd Class Upper Division, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

 

Areas of Teaching

  1. Folk and Urban Theatre of Sri Lanka
  2. Folk and Classical dance Traditions of Sri Lanka and India
  3. Buddhist Art and Architecture: India and Sri Lanka
  4. Non-Buddhist Art Traditions of India and South Asia
  5. Art & Architecture of Sri Lanka

Research and Publications

Publications- Books
2017 “ ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ බෝධිසත්ත්ව ප්‍රතිමා: ක්‍රි.ව. 3වැනි සියවසේ සිට 20වැනි සියවස දක්වා," Masitha Publishers, Dankotuwa - ISBN-978-955-0445-64-6 
2017   “Buddha Image in Sri Lanka: An Independent Evolution,” Masitha Publishers, Dankotuwa - ISBN-978-955-0445-63-9
Publications- Article
2018   Emergence of Buddha Image in Cambodia and impact of Sri Lanka,” International Conference on “Buddhism in Southeast Asia” PSR Buddhist University, Cambodia in collaboration with the Indian Cultural Center and the Embassy of India in Cambodia Sept, 04 - 08, 2018 (Accepted research Paper to be presented and published).
2017 “Bhaishajyaguru: The Healing Buddha,” Mangalika Jayatunga Felicitation Volume, University of Kelaniya
2018 “ The Buddha Image at Amarawathis: an Independent Evolution,” Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
2016 “Buddhapada, the Sacred Footprint of Sri Lankan Buddhist Art: An Independent Evolution,” Selected Papers, ICH 2015, Proceedings of the International Conference on the Humanities, University of Kelaniya, October 2016
2016 “Ancient Religious Beliefs of India: Traces from the Indus Valley Symbols,” Archaeologia Zeylanica, Vol.II. Part II. Center for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya
2012 “The Bimbamana Ascribed to Sariputra” A Sri Lankan Silpa text that describes the Buddhist Iconometry.” Graduate Symposium on the Buddhist Studies, Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies (ICBS), University of the West, California USA- (E-Journal Publication).
2011 “Buddha: the Godhead in Sri Lankan Buddhism,” AAR Conference Proceedings, American Academy of Religion (AAR)/ Western Region, Whittier College, Whittier, California, USA
2004 “Characters of Bodhisattva Sculptures of North Western Province,” Heritage of Rajarata, Edited by Professor Chandra Wickramagamage, ISBN 955-575-094-9, Rajarata Development Bank, Sri Lanka
2001 ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ රූනඩ නාට්‍යකලාව, Journal of the Faculty of Humanities, Vol. 03. 2000/2001, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
1996 ලකාවේ පැරණි ගෘහනිර්මාණ ශිල්පය පිළිබිඹුවන දෙවිනුවර උපුල්වන් දේවාලය,” Sambhasha, Vol.VII, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Department of Pirivena Education, “Isurupaya,” Battaramulla.

Abstracts Presented

2018 March   “Emergence of Tara in Thai Buddhism.” International Seminar on Thai Culture and Heritage.” Organized by the University of Kelaniya and held in the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka on the 19th of March, 2018.
2018 Feb       “Images of Vardhamana Mahavira And Siddhartha Gautama: An Iconographic Analysis.” International Conference on the “Jainism, Jain Art and Jain Philosophy,” held in commemoration of the 88th Anniversary of the Lord Gombathesvara Bahubali” in the District of Hassan, in collaboration with the Carnatic State University from 16th-22nd of February, 2018.
2017 “Tara into Prajnaparamita: Emerging concepts of Buddhist Art,” International Post Graduate Conference, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya.
2016 “Bhaishajyaguru: The Healing Buddha as represented through Mahayana Buddhist Arts,” Annual Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society, Colombo Branch, Sri Lanka
2015 “Buddhapada, the Sacred Footprint of Sri Lankan Buddhist Art: An Independent Evolution,” International Conference on the Humanities (ICH2015), Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
2015 “Ancient Cities: Living Monuments,’ International Conference on Museum Studies, Center for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya
2014 “Chetiyaghara Inscription: A TESTIMONY of Sri Lankan Identity,” International Conference on the Asian Culture, Center for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya
2013 “A Note on Sanniyakuma: a Buddhist Ritual in Sri Lanka,” Annual Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society, Colombo Branch, Sri Lanka
2011“Buddha: the Godhead in Sri Lankan Buddhism,” AAR Conference Proceedings, American Academy of Religion (AAR)/ Western Region, Whittier College, Whittier, California, USA
2010 “Amarawathi Buddha Image: an Independent Evolution,” International Conference on the Asian Culture, Center for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya
Contribution towards the development of Research
2017 Chair, ICH 2017, International Conference on the Humanities, Organized by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya under the theme “Digital Humanities: Building Alliance for Global Knowledge through Digital scholarship.”
2016 Coordinator (Abstract Volume), ICH2016, International Conference on the Humanities, Organized by the Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya under the theme “Humanities and the Environment: Our Engagement with the eco world.”
2016 Coordinated ten (10) Student Research Symposia, being the Director of the Faculty Research Center, and the Faculty Representative of the Research Council, University of Kelaniya.
2015 Coordinator (Overall), HUG2015 (Humanities Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015), and produced an Abstract Volume with more than 150 reviewed abstracts by the members of the Faculty of Humanities, under the HETC/ IDAS World Bank Project for enhancing IT, Language, and Soft skills of the students.
2015 Coordinator (Conference Program), ICH 2015, International Conference on the Humanities, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya
2015 External resource Person, Annual research Conference Organized by the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, Panagoda, Homagama.
Experience as a Resource Person
2017 Participated as a resource person in the Staff Development Program, Faculty of Humanities and delivered a Lecture under the Title “How to write an Abstract of a Research Paper?”  
2015 Participated as a resource person in the Staff Development Program, Faculty of Humanities and delivered a Lecture under the Title “Referencing in a Research Paper”  
2015 Conducted Three One-day workshops on LMS (Learning Management Systems) for the staff members of the Faculty of Humanities, along with two other resource persons.
2015 Participated as a member in the team of resource Persons nominated by the Centre for Continuing and Distance Education Center, University of Kelaniya to conduct Three One-day workshops for the members of the academic staff of the University of Kelaniya
2015 Participated as an external resource person in the committee of Curriculum Development of the Post Graduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies, of the Buddhist and Pali University, Homagama.
2013 to date Participated as a resource person to conduct seminars for External Degree students on two subjects namely: 1) Performing Arts 2) Visual Arts & Design

Service as a Reviewer

2016-2017    Member of the Team: Evaluation of Academic Programs of the Following Universities
University of Jaffna  - General Degree Program
University of Sabaragamuawa - Languages

University of Sri Jayawadhanapura - Special Degree Programs of Mass Communication and Sociology
2016 Member, Reviewing Abstracts, International Post Graduate Conference, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya
2015 Member, Reviewing Abstracts, Annual Research Symposium, National Center for Advanced Studies on Humanities and Social Sciences, University Grants commission, Ward Place, Colombo 07.
2013 Member, E-Journal of the Faculty of Arts, University of Sri Jayawardhanapura, Gangodawila, Nugegoda.

Contribution to the Development of Academic Programs in the University

2015 Introduced Bachelor of Honours Degree Program in Computer Graphic Design to the subject stream Visual Arts & Design, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya
2015 Introduced Bachelor of Honours Degree Program in Digital Design to the subject stream Visual Arts & Design, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya
2015 Planned, designed and established a Computer Laboratory with 50 Desktop computers including all the facilities: Wi-Fi, Multimedia, and latest design software with three year membership for the benefit of the students of the Faculty of Humanities under the HETC/ IDAS/ FOH (Innovative Development Grant for Arts Students), a World Bank funded project.
2015 Planned, designed and established a Computer Laboratory with 25 Desktop computers including all the facilities: Wi-Fi, Multimedia, lecturing facilities, and latest design software with three year membership for the benefit of the students of the Faculty of Humanities under the HETC/ IDAS/ FOH (Innovative Development Grant for Arts Students), a World Bank funded project.

Other Activities
2015-2016    Member, Editorial Board, Conference Abstract Volume, Annual Research Symposium, National Center for Advanced Studies on Humanities and Social Sciences
2015  Session Chair, “Technical Session: Art and Culture.” Annual Research Symposium, National Center for Advanced Studies on Humanities and Social Sciences, University Grants Commission, Ward Place, Colombo 07
2014 Discussant, “Technical Session: Art, Culture, History and Society.” Annual Research Symposium, National Center for Advanced Studies on Humanities and Social Sciences, University Grants Commission, Ward Place, Colombo 07
2013 to date  Member, Higher Degrees committee, Buddhist and Pali University, Homagama.
2007-2008    Head, Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya
2007-2008    Web Master, Visual Arts & Design and Performing Arts Unit, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya
2013-2016, 2004-2008      Student Counselor, University of Kelaniya         
2002-2004    Personal Tutor, University of Kelaniya
1998-2005    Examiner-in-Charge, Drama & Theatre for Advanced Level Examinations, Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka
2002-2005    Member, Panel of Control Marking, Drama & Theatre, Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka

Memberships

Life Member             - National trust Fund, Sri Lanka
Life Member             - Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka Branch, Sri Lanka
Member                     - American Academy of Religion (AAR), USA
Member                     - International Dance Council- UNESCO-CID, France

 

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