HERITAGE Asia – Pacific (heritAP)

A Network of Heritage Practitioners supported by WHITRAP Shanghai

Country: Sri Lanka

Heritage Preservation, Conservation Science, Technical Art History


Formerly affiliated to Dept. of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.


Retired Professor

Professional/Research Area(s):

Rock Art of Sri Lanka, Earthen Architecture, Characterization of Materials, Techniques of Wall Paintings, Intangible Cultural Heritage

Short Resume:

I retired as a professor from the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka after serving for nearly 40 years. I taught mainly Art History, and in addition, Cultural Heritage Management, Wall Painting Conservation, Folk Arts, Writing about Art, Research Methodology, and World Cultures and Customs at the University of Kelaniya and at several other higher educational institutions. I have gathered experience in research, academic administration, graduate program coordination, curriculum development, students’ affairs, and quality assurance in higher education. I have conducted research on rock art of Sri Lanka; earthen architecture; terracotta figurine culture; palm-leaf manuscript cover decorations; wall painting materials and techniques; heritage preservation; and contemporary art. Currently, I serve as an independent consultant on tangible and intangible cultural heritage, documentary heritage (MoW); quality assurance in higher education, and educational policy for governmental and non-governmental agencies. I represented Sri Lanka twice at the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee Meeting on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016 (Addis Ababa) and 2018 (Mauritius); and the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee in 2017 (Krokow). I currently serve government agencies as a Consultant on heritage management issues.