Category: Ama Vanniarachchy

Ama H.Vanniarachchy is a Sri Lankan scholar in Archaeology, writer, journalist and a painter.

She is a journalist at a leading National Newspaper company in Sri Lanka.

She has conducted two international painting exhibitions in Colombo and published nine books so far. She is also the founder / principal of Ama H. Vanniarachchy, Arts and Crafts Studio, Sri Lanka.

Her first book, an archaeological research about the origin and evolution of the domestic dog was published by Godage International Publishers in 2013. Since 2013 she is conducting research in archaeology and have published her research in International and National archaeology research platforms. ( https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25066965 )

She has written, illustrated and published seven children’s books. (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8556146.Ama_H_Vanniarachchy)

She also published her first translation book in 2019, which was a translation of the award winning British writer Cathy Cassidy’s Cherry Crush novel.

Ama was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka and had her primary and secondary education at Musaeus College, Colombo. She read for an Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and currently researching for her higher studies in Archaeology. Her field work includes excavation and exploration work at Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Kelaniya,Thissa,Akuragoda and Jaffna in Sri Lanka.

Ama H.Vanniarachchy is an animal rights activists and involved animal charity work. She is the founder of J’pura Animal Lovers Animal Welfare organization based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Jul 06
The city of Anuradha (Part XX)

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Majestic is the elephant whom a monarch rides; Splendid the monarch who rides an elephant, Neither outdoes the other in grandeur; For elephants are coequal unto kings. —An old Indian saying According to the Mahavamsa, Kandula or Kadol fought and won 28 great battles with King Dutugamunu and his last victorious The post The city of Anuradha (Part XX) appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 29
The Importance of Mental Health Education

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Mental health education is increasingly recognised as a vital component of overall health and well-being. As society becomes more aware of the impact of mental health on every aspect of life, the importance of educating individuals about mental health cannot be overstated. This article explores the significance of mental health education, The post The Importance of Mental Health Education appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 29
Anuradhapura: The city of Anuradha (Part XIX)

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy The war against Elara by Dutugamunu is the first recorded great battle of Sri Lanka that was fought as a nation to protect the sovereignty of the Sinhala Kingdom and the territorial integrity of the island kingdom. One may argue about the war of Pandukabhaya, which is also one of the The post Anuradhapura: The city of Anuradha (Part XIX) appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 29
Revelation via excavation

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Seruwawila Ancient Buddhist Monastery and settlement is one of Sri Lanka’s most significant religious, historical, cultural, and archaeological places. The monastery is a focal point for annual religious festivals that attract thousands of devotees from across the country. These festivals not only underscore the continuing religious importance of the site but The post Revelation via excavation appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 22
The Mihindu influence

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Twenty-three centuries ago, a bhikkhu from the Mauryan Empire visited Sri Lanka and met the King of the island; this fateful encounter changed the fate of this little island. He, known as Arhat Mahinda, was the son of the Mauryan Emperor Asoka the Great. Arhat Mahinda taught the teachings of the The post The Mihindu influence appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 22
An enigmatic masterpiece

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy ‘Salvator Mundi’ was once thought to be lost forever. The painting vanished from 1763 until 1900 when it was purchased by Sir Charles Robinson, who believed it was by Bernardino Luini, a follower of Leonardo da Vinci. It resurfaced at a Sotheby’s auction in England in 1958, selling for 45 pounds (around The post An enigmatic masterpiece appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 22
Anuradhapura: The city of Anuradha (Part XVIII)

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Anuradhapura developed into a fortified city over the centuries, starting from the 9th century BC as a small village, known as Anuradhagrama. It became the capital city of Sri Lanka in the 5th century BCE and lasted till the 11th century CE, becoming home to more than 100 kings and queens. The post Anuradhapura: The city of Anuradha (Part XVIII) appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 15
Revelation via excavation (Part I)

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Seruwawila, also known as Seruwila, is a significant historical and archaeological site located in the Trincomalee District of Sri Lanka. This site, primarily renowned for the Seruwawila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, is deeply embedded in the cultural and religious history of Sri Lanka and offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s The post Revelation via excavation (Part I) appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 15
The auspicious rice (Part VI)

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy Milk rice has an ancient history in Sri Lanka. According to the Thupavamsa and the Mahavamsa King Dutugamunu (161 – 137 BC) had offered milk rice to the monks on many occasions for many years. The milk rice he made was referred to as Diyanumusu Kiribath, which means milk rice made The post The auspicious rice (Part VI) appeared first on Ceylon Today.

Jun 01
Anuradhapura: The city of Anuradha (Part XV)

By Ama H. Vanniarachchy The Anuradhapura Kingdom was enjoying a time of splendour and prosperity under the rule of King Dutugamunu (161 – 137 BC) after he united the country under one rule. He defeated the usurper Elara and brought Rajarata under his rule. Known as a great Buddhist king, Dutugamunu is the creator of The post Anuradhapura: The city of Anuradha (Part XV) appeared first on Ceylon Today.