ON THE OCCASION OF SENARATH PARANAVITHANA’S 114TH BIRTHDAY
Prof. Senarath Paranavithana can be portrayed as an incredible researcher and a man of the age who arose in Sri Lanka in the 20th century. A few, nonetheless, sparkle due to their positions. Nonetheless, because of him, the post was given some conspicuousness.
It is as a matter of fact Prof. Senarath Paranavithana, the incredible researcher who filled in as the main Sri Lankan Archeological Commissioner in Sri Lanka, whom you know by name and who lives in your souls as the dad of Sri Lankan paleontology.
Today, on his 114th birthday celebration (conceived 1896-12-26), the memory of this incredible paymaster, paleontologist, is a memory of an extraordinary child of Sri Lanka who served the nation and the country. I pass on this note to Silumina, particularly to assist people in the future and for the compassion of the average citizens. He is the ‘Silumina’ among the archeologists in Sri Lanka as well as on the planet.
His support of the world, uncovering the glad history of Sri Lanka, is exceptional. However long the Sigiriya Great Cloud exists, we will always remember the Paranavithana name related with it, as long as the harsh melodies composed on the Sigiriya rock and the apsaras, vijjulathas and meghalaths quietly take a gander at us.
It was a day in 1923. At some point, an instructor in a neighborhood territorial school in his twenties was met for a task at the Archeological Department office in Colombo. Clearly he didn’t have a magnificent constitution. There was nobody he knew in that office. Luckily for the country, nonetheless, the leading body of request, including the “white men of honor,” enrolled this peaceful, savvy youngster to a task in the Department of Archeology.
It was June 13, 1923. The officials, intrigued by his assurance, were exceptionally dazzled with his insight and memory. He took care of the English language brilliantly. He had an all inclusive information. In the wake of joining the Department of Archeology, Hay previously stood firm on a footing in Epigraphy. Paranavithana, who was cordial and committed to the help, first went to India and extended his insight into archeological subjects.
Money Numismatic Museum Organization and Museology Chemical Treatment of Antiguites) Paranavithana likewise acquired master information on old matters.
He sat in a seat singed with the assistance of plants for a long time and read and composed two books of Sigiri Graffiti, Inscriptions of Ceylon, Archeology and History. Are viewed as probably the best works at any point distributed on the planet.
An article by Paranavithana Shurin, distributed in a magazine in India in 1926, containing an interpretation of Sri Lankan texts written in the Dravidian language, was likewise exceptionally applauded by researchers in India.
On October 18, 1940, Senarath Paranavithana turned into the principal Sri Lankan Commissioner of Archeology in the Department of Archeology. Preceding him, he was the Commissioner of Archeology in the Department of Archeology of Sri Lanka. C. P. Ringer is exceptional.
During my residency as the primary alumni instructor at Sigiriya Maha Vidyalaya during the 1960s, I saw that the locals I met in Sigiriya believed Paranavithana Shurin to be a god. He was classified “God Paranavithana”.
They had a thought that if Paranavithana came to Sigiriya one day it would rain. The Buddhists accepted that it would rain upon the arrival of the rising of the Sacred Tooth Relic. I have never known about one more community worker who was as profoundly regarded by individuals of Sigiriya as Paranavithana.
Quite a long time ago, our dear classicist Ukku Banda addressed me here to feature the human characteristics of Paranavithana. To show the amount he cherished creatures.
“Sir, quite a long time ago, Paranavithana and I went to Pidurangala in a bucky truck. Ruler Paranavithana saw that the bull pulling our truck was being unloaded. Ukku Bando, this creature pulls the truck with trouble. We are overweight for it. He and I escaped the truck. He strolled about a mile, revolving around the nuts taken care of bananas he had taken for breakfast. ” Ukku Banda told me.
One day a pack of concrete in the Sigiriya Archeological Office disappeared. At the point when Paranavithana Shurin interrogated concerning this, he came to realize that a representative had taken it home. This is an offense that would send the representative on obligatory leave. Mr. Paranavithana to F. R. (F.R.) Justice and mankind are a higher priority than one. A representative who worked close to him let me know that Paranavithana had called the worker and addressed him.
“Man, you have accomplished something wrong. For what reason would you say you are taking things from the public authority? The public authority pays you and me for our administration. If the pack of concrete you brought home isn’t broken, bring it. Or on the other hand I will give you cash and bring a sack of concrete from Dambulla. Try not to rehash this sort of work. We need to ensure government things. Go to work now and be straightforward. ” This is the means by which Paranavithana Shurin is.
During the 1950s, the historical backdrop of Sigiriya was magnificently told to Queen Elizabeth the Great by Paranavithana. Executive Sir John Kotelawala, as a general rule, is a man whom nobody thinks often about. In any case, he called Paranavithana Shurin “Sir” constantly. Paranavithana was an honorable, fair, ethical man who esteemed the country, not the world. Roughage worked absent a lot of talk. He is a wellspring of pride to the entire country. A Russian to give an academic discourse in a congregation of all ages.
I keep going met Paranavithana Shurin on October 17, 1967 at his home on Raymond Road, Nugegoda. It’s more similar to a library than a house.
He was the principal pariah to observe the annihilation of the Sigiriya Art Gallery on October 14, 1967. It is a permanent dark imprint throughout the entire existence of Sri Lankan workmanship.
I announced this news solely to the Lake House Institutional Newspapers where I worked for quite a while from Sigiriya. At the point when I showed up in Colombo a few days after the fact, I met the then editors-in-head of Lake House, Dharmapala Wettasinghe, Cecil Graham, Wimalasiri Perera, S. Subasinghe, and news editors U. L. D. Chandrarathilaka, and d. C. I met Ranatunga. Their solicitation was to do a meeting with Paranavithana Shurin in regards to the “annihilation of Sigiriya”. I acknowledged the greeting and met Paranavithana Shurin.
Senarath Paranavithana Shurin read the information on the annihilation of Sigiriya and was stunned. He shut his eyes I actually recall him saying this.
“Epasinghe, Sigiriya took care of me like my own eyes. In my time, constantly monitors were sent to secure the mirror divider and the paintings. Sadly I can’t help suspecting that the night security was subsequently eliminated. This is a public wrongdoing. Sigiriya paintings and Sigiriya were spread all around the world by Christians in our country. I feel awful. ”
I saw his eyes wet with tears. This extraordinary human virtuoso died on October 4, 1972. I wish him Nirvana.