“Ma dutu oba (no)dutu aya”, a poetry book comprising the best poems selected from a poetry competition held for the students of the University of Kelaniya, was launched on the 30th of August 2017 with the patronage of Prof. D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice Chancellor at the Vice Chancellor’s office. This event was organized by the Center for Gender Studies of the University of Kelaniya.
This poetry book consists of 46 poems by the students which has discussed various social statuses. Concurrently, the students were awarded certificates for the Proficiency in Poetry Writing. The First place in the poetry competition was won by M.M. Madushantha Bandara of the Department of Human Resource Management and P. Dilshani Chathurika Dabare of Department of Sinhala. The Second place was won by D. Nimesha Priyasadi Amarasooriya of the Faculty of Science and Hasitha Buddhini Yasarathne of the Department of Sinhala while the Third place was won by A.M. Chaminda Kumara of the Department of Mass Communication and H.N. Chamara of the Department of Sinhala. The certificates of appreciation were awarded to H.G.A.K.M. Kobbekakaduwa of the Department of Sinhala, Dilmi Panapitiya and Supun G. Jayasinghe of the Department of Mass Communication.
Commenting on the occasion, D.M. Semasinghe, the Vice Chancellor said that the poetry is a powerful tool in changing the attitudes of the people in the modern technological society. This event was graced by Prof. Lakshman Senevirathne, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Mr. Chinthaka Ranasinghe, Lecturer of the Department of Sinhala, Dr. Sagarika Kannangara, the Director of the Center for Gender Studies, Ms. Dineesha Liyanage, the Coordinator of the Center for Gender Studies and the students.