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Vini Vitharana, Sri Lankan educator, writer. Recipient United Nations Educational award for Sinhala Literature, 1962, Kala Kirti, Higher Education the President of Sri Lanka, 1993, Southern Provincial Council award, 2004.

Background

Vitharana, Vini was born on June 2, 1928 in Tangalla, Sri Lanka. Son of Samel Vitharana and Vitharanage Lilavati.

Education

Bachelor, University London, 1956. Bachelor with honors, University London, 1958. Master of Arts, University London, 1959.

Doctor of Philosophy, University London, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, University Ceylon, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1966.

Career

Assistant teacher Mahinda College, Galle, Sri Lanka, 1949-1953, St. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka, 1954-1957. Assistant editor Sinhala Encyclopedia, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 1957-1959. From lecturer to associate professor in Sinhala Vidyodaya University, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, 1960-1981.

Professor in Sinhala Ruhuna University, Matara, Sri Lanka, 1981-1993. Visiting professor Postgraduate Institute Archaeology University Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, since 1993. Visiting professor Buddhist and Pali University, Colombo, 1996-1997.

Visiting professor Sri Jayawardenepura University, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, since 1996, Sabaragamuwa University, Belihul Oya, Sri Lanka, 1997-1998. President Panel for Sinhala Literature, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, 1970-1977. Assistant director United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization-Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle Project, 1981-1985.

Membership

Patron Samudrasanna Residents' Welfare Association, Mount Lavinia, since 1990. President Sri Lanka Kala Mandala, 1990-1994. Member Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka (council member, vice president), Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace (council member), Mahinda College Old Boys' Association (senior vice president, president), Sri Lanka Archaeol.

Society (senior vice president), Munidasa Kumaratunga Foundation (president 1985-1997), Hela Havula (member presidium 1975-1996), Sunil Santa Samajaya (president 1991-2003) Academy Sri Lankan Culture, Sri Lanka Gandharva Parshada and Sri Siddhartha Cultural Foundation (board directors since 1997), Ceylon Society Arts (vice patron since 2002, award 2006).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Research, writing, lecturing.

Connections

Married Tilaka Abeysiriwardhana, July 31, 1961. Children: Lalitha Kumudini, Ruvan Lasith.

father:
Samel Vitharana

mother:
Vitharanage Lilavati

spouse:
Tilaka Abeysiriwardhana

children:
Lalitha Kumudini Vitharana

Ruvan Lasith Vitharana