Dec. 24, 2013, 9:26 a.m.
literature is not sahitya
daya dissanayake We have corrupted the concept of Sahitya to mean just the novel, and on occasion the short story and the poem. Because we want to ape the west in everything, we grabbed at their word literature, and translated it as Sahitya, degrading the entire concept.
Dec. 13, 2013, 9:09 a.m.
It is not easy to decide where the story of the judgement first evolved, when two women fight over a child. When the women were fighting over a child, King Solomon had ordered that the child be split in two and to give the two halves to the two women, like they would ...
Nov. 25, 2013, 3:06 a.m.
Writers have begun Neuronovelizing, according to the blogger 'Hanba', creating fiction around the wiring of the brain or dousing it with chemicals. The Neuronovel has taken over, leaving Freudian and Jungian novel far behind. It is the human brain and its neurochemis ...
Nov. 20, 2013, 1:46 a.m.
Art into Environment
"Not everything to do with pollution is ugly", says Laurence Pope of the New Scientist, describing the abstract paintings of John Sabraw. An environmental engineer Guy Riefler makes oil paints out of iron sludge he collects from the water run-offs from abandoned ...
Oct. 25, 2013, 11:30 p.m.
"Aulus Gellius, following Cicero and Quintilian, says of the various styles in poetry and prose that each of them can be made more distinguished by chaste and modest adornment, but becomes mere mummery when 'made up and bedaubed'. And Lucian, following Plato and Isocra ...
Oct. 24, 2013, 5:24 a.m.
Sufi Dhamma and Rifq
My presentation at the International Sufi Festival at the Diggi palace hotel in Jaipur, organized by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) on Oct 20 th 22nd. Abstract
In the beginning there was no violence. man did not show any violence towards ...
Sept. 6, 2013, 1:22 a.m.
Who domesticated who?
'Who dominates who?' is the title of a 1989 song by the band Accuser, where the last line says, "Creator of the servants you are the Slave".
'Domestication of Media and Technology' was published by McGraw Hill, (ed. Thomas Berker et al.) saying that Domesticati ...
Aug. 20, 2013, 10:07 a.m.
It is time to occupy Babel, under one language. That is probably the only way to save mankind from self-annihilation and of destroying Mother earth. If 'barbar' originally meant a person who speaks in a tongue we do not understand, then we are all barbarians to each oth ...
Aug. 15, 2013, 11:13 p.m.
A writer by any other name
A manuscript submitted by a new and unknown author was rejected by a publisher because "it failed to stand out from all the other manuscripts sent by hopeful authors". The author was an ex-soldier, working for a private security agency. Later it was accept ...
July 26, 2013, 12:48 a.m.
non-violence into art
"Any beings who are not devoid of passion to begin with, who are bound by the bond of passion, focus with even more passion on things inspiring passion presented by an actor on stage in the midst of a festival. Any beings who are not devoid of aversion to begin ...
July 23, 2013, 5:23 a.m.
The Art of Health daya dissanayake
"The practice of clinical medicine with its daily judgements is both science and art....the art is not merely part of the 'medical humanities' but is integral to medicine as an applied science". Dr. John Saunders, Consultant Physician at Nevill Hall Hospital, Aberg ...
July 18, 2013, 12:18 a.m.
"In the 15 (Shakespeare) plays classified as tragedies, there are 13 definite and 8 possible suicides, i.e, a total of 21 incidents for evaluation. Among the 13 overt suicides, at least 7 are depicted as being admirable under the circumstances at the time. Also, i ...
June 28, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
Art of Science
On March 13th, in Artscope I wrote about the Science of Art, which I ended with the mention of the Art of Science.
The 73 year old Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi, creates traditional Japanese art using Microsoft Excel. He had never used Excel for his office work till ...
June 27, 2013, 3:51 a.m.
I wish to thank the States Pharmaceutical Corporation management for giving me this opportunity to voice my thoughts on the pharmaceutical industry in Sri Lanka. May i dedicate my presentation to one of our great Lankaputhra, a true human being who tried to bring back humaneness to humanity in the b ...
June 7, 2013, 1:18 a.m.
"Violence always seems to be mingled with desire", wrote Rene Girard, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, in 'Deceit, Desire and the Novel: Self and Other in Literary Structure'. "Desire is the generative force behind violence, the snake that turns friends and lo ...
May 22, 2013, 12:50 p.m.
Lakshmi de Silva
CRAFT OF VERSE
Here are Reflections that span a long period, four decades. Add to this the long wait for publication and the time seem to stretch even further. The long wait was worth it. The reflections soon become our own, and we find ourselves reflecting on these reflections, ove ...
May 16, 2013, 12:41 a.m.
There is still hope for Mother Earth. She is very sick, and getting worse by the day. Yet when young people take an interest in trying to save her, we can look forward to a better future. It is the youth who can change the world, who have the courage, the strength and ha ...
May 2, 2013, 12:48 a.m.
emperor and the peasant
There are over ten thousand visitors a day at what is now called 'The Forbidden City' in Beijing, which had been the emperor's palace for about 6 centuries. Most of the visitors could be the descendants of several hundred generations of people who had slaved, ...
April 25, 2013, 2:17 p.m.
As I listened to the presentation by Prof. T. R. Premathilake on 'Sri Lanka's Earliest Bananas? Evidence from FaHien Cave', my thoughts wondered about the earliest hominids, agriculture and domestication. Did man domesticate plants and animals, or did plants force huma ...
April 22, 2013, 1:06 a.m.
Multilinguals daya dissanayake
At a business conference in Srinagar last month, I felt ashamed to have been calling myself a bilingual writer. In our country being bilingual is something to be proud of. Yet in the presence of businessmen like our host Bharat Shah who could address the gathering in E ...
April 19, 2013, 1:27 a.m.
Garbage in Storage
The International Conference on Waste Management was held in Colombo recently. It is time to think about the digital waste too. We are all aware of, or trying to ignore our Carbon footprint and the legacy we are leaving our children, due to the effects of the rele ...
April 5, 2013, 9:09 a.m.
The Tear Drop
It has been called a Shrine of Love. Gurudev Tagore called it a "tear drop on the cheek of time". It is a historic site. A great monument. It also would have caused not just one tear drop but rivers of tears to fall from the 20,000 men who laboured for 22 years to buil ...
April 3, 2013, 2:44 p.m.
Environment and Literature
Agra in Uttara Pradesh, India, was a symbolic location for the 2013 SAARC festival of literature, in the shadow of a true work of art and a source of inspiration for many a creative work of literature, the Taj Mahal.
The annual conference organized by the ...
April 3, 2013, 1:26 a.m.
Human Art was first taken over by political and religious leaders, and then by businessmen. Art was no longer Art. They had their own reasons for the takeover. Next it was the turn of the scientists to attempt a takeover, which would originally have been out of the thirst for knowle ...
March 31, 2013, 12:34 p.m.
Her name is Noor Zaheer. She is a writer, researcher and social activist, recipient of the Times Fellowship, and the Senior Fellowship from the Department of Culture. She received her doctorate for the research carried out on the paintings on the Buddhist monasteries in Himachal Pradesh. In her own ...
Feb. 28, 2013, 4:11 a.m.
From all over the world, we hear about the apathy among human beings. The 'Good Samaritan' is an endangered species nearing extinction. The Bystander Apathy was what we heard after the brutal rape and murder of the young girl in Delhi, on December 16th, 2012, where ...
Feb. 21, 2013, 11:28 p.m.
daya dissanayake When the Europeans invaded India, they looked at them as sex temples, as pure pornography. Some called it "The birth place of porn". To quote from the Encyclopedia Britannica, "Pornography is very much in the eye of the beholder". Even today the tourist industry e ...
Feb. 13, 2013, 10:50 a.m.
None so Blind...
In 1904 H. G. Wells wrote 'The Country of the Blind". Wells placed his village "300 miles from Chimborazo, 100 from the snows of Cotopaxi, in the wildest wastes of Ecuador's Andes." For over fifteen generations all the villagers had been blind. A man falls into this ...
Feb. 8, 2013, 11:51 a.m.
Is Art Necessary
Art would not have been for Art's sake when our ancestors painted on cave walls. It could not have been Homo aestheticus who painted inside the Doravakkanda caves, but the early Homo sapiens, the intelligent animal who lived in our country over 6000 years ago. Accor ...
Jan. 24, 2013, 7:28 a.m.
In the mistaken effort to become more 'civilized', and 'culturally advanced' man tried to classify everything into various groups and categories, and in doing so he lost sight of the entirety. Like the blind men feeling the different parts of the elephant, he could see o ...
Jan. 18, 2013, 7:27 a.m.
The monthly lecture of the Royal Asiatic Society by Prof. D. C. R. A Goonetillke was on the subject of 'English Literature, Language and Politics in Sri Lanka'. Discussing the Colonial, Post -Colonial and Post-Modernist writings. He touched on the Prospero-Caliban ...
Jan. 16, 2013, 2:18 a.m.
On May 1st every year the working people around the world march on the streets, carrying placards and shouting the slogan, "Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but chains". This is a corrupted version of the original German quote in the Communist Manife ...
Jan. 15, 2013, 10:15 a.m.
Art for God's Sake
Modern art is like a religion. Only the creator really knows the meaning of what has been created. The common man is unable to understand it. The Art Critics are like priests who explain the meaning of religious discourses. When the critics have different interpre ...