Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Koshalee, K.V.J. (Mrs.)

Lecturer (Probationary)

Department of History & Archaeology
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Ruhuna
Matara 81000
Sri Lanka

Phone: +94 713991950

Email: koshaleekaku@gmail.com

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Biography:

Koshalee received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Archaeology (2010) with a first class from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. After graduation, she started her academic carrier as a Temporary Demonstrator (2011-2013) at Research Centre for Social Sciences (RCSS) in University of Kelaniya. She completed her Master of Philosophy degree in Archaeology (2014) on Ancient Dance in Sri Lanka from the same University and Postgraduate Diploma in Archaeology (2017) with a Distinction from Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR), Sri Lanka. She is also a member of Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists (SLCA) and ICOMOS. Koshalee's research interests are Art History, Ancient Dance, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography and Intangible culture in Sri Lanka. Her academic researches and work experience have included both national and international perspectives on Archaeology and Art History fields. She has published several research papers and articles on dance of ancient Sri Lanka in national journals since 2012. Before joining University of Ruhuna she was a visiting lecturer in Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies (PGIPBS) of University of Kelaniya. Additionally, Koshalee has a keen interest in the Hindi language and she is a Diploma holder from Central Institute of Hindi at Agra, India as well.

Qualifications:

  • MPhil (Kelaniya)

  • PG Dip in Archaeology (PGIAR)

  • Dip in Hindi (Agra)

  • BA (Kelaniya)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • MSLCA

  • Member ICOMOS

Specialized fields and teaching areas:

History of Archaeology, Buddhist Art, Buddhist Archaeology, Iconography, Art History of Sri Lanka, Dance of Ancient Sri Lanka, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnography and Intangible culture in Sri Lanka

Research Areas:

Dance and dancers of ancient Sri Lanka, Buddhist Art and Archaeology of Sri Lanka, Iconographic variations of Gaṇapati figures in Sri Lanka

Publications:

Books
  • ලක්දිව පැරණි නර්තන කලාව (The ancient dance of Sri Lanka), (2014), Ja-ela: Samanthi Publishers.


Journal Articles
  • Categories of dance in Sri Lanka during Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods: An archaeological study based on dancing figures, (2018), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., in Journal of the Centre for Heritage studies, Volume1, Centre for Heritage Studies, University of Kelaniya. pp. 177-187.

  • Gaṇapati in early Buddhist art of Sri Lanka: An explanation of the elephant-headed figure at Mihintale Kaṇṭaka Cētiya, (2017). joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., in Than Hsiang Buddhist Research e-Journal (Special Edition), The First International Young Buddhist Scholars Conference, Volume 5, Penang: Than Hsiang Temple. URL: http://research.thanhsiang.org

  • Costumes and adornment of ancient dancers: an archaeological study based on dancing figures of Sri Lanka, (2017), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., in The journal of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Volume 4, Issue 1, Mihintale: Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. pp. 21-39.

  • A survey of ancient Chinese coins in Sri Lanka, (2016), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., in Journal of Baise University, Volume 29, No. 6, China: Baise University. pp. 17-29.

  • Evidence of Bharata Natyam dance tradition in the Polonnaruwa period sculpture (with reference to a few selected Polonnaruwa period images), (2013), in The journal of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, Volume 1, Issue.2, Mihintale: Rajarata University of Sri Lanka. pp. 45-59. Available at: http://repository.rjt.ac.lk/jspui/handle/7013/2193

Conference Presentations

  • Iconic Gaṇapati to aniconic Pillaiyār: an archaeological and ethnographical study on iconographic variations of Gaṇēsha figures in Sri Lanka, (2018), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., 4th International Conference on Social Sciences – ICSS 2018, International conference held on 13th-14th December 2018, University of Kelaniya.
  • Gaṇapati in early Buddhist art of Sri Lanka: An explanation of the elephant-headed figure at Mihintale Kaṇṭaka Cētiya, (2017). joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., The First International Young Buddhist Scholars Conference, International conference held on 15th-18th December 2017, Penang: Than Hsiang Temple.
  • Identification of dance styles of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods: an archaeological study on dancing figures of Sri Lanka, (2016), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences - IRCHSS-2016, 10th & 11th November 2016, Sri Lanka: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • Categories of dance in Sri Lanka during Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods: an archaeological study based on dancing figures, (2016), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., 3rd International Conference on Social Sciences - ICSS 2016, 30th September – 1st October 2016, Sri Lanka: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya.
  • Costumes and adornment of ancient dancers: an archaeological study based on dancing figures of Sri Lanka, (2016), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., ARSRU 2016, The second archaeological symposium, 22th September 2016, Mihintale: Rajarata University of Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lankan elephant in 17th century historical record of Robert Knox: a review, (2016), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., The International Conference on “Asian Elephants in Culture & Nature”. 20th-21st August 2016, Sri Lanka: Centre for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya.
  • පොලොන්නරු යුගයේ මූර්ති ඇසුරින් ප්‍රකට වන භරත නාට්‍යම් නර්තන සම්ප්‍රදාය (පොලොන්නරු යුගයේ තෝරාගත් මූර්ති කිහිපයක් ඇසුරින්) & (Evidence of Bharata Natyam dance tradition in the Polonnaruwa period sculpture), (2012), 5th Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 30th-31st March 2012, Colombo 07: Royal Asiatic Society.

Conference Proceedings
  • Sri Lankan elephant in 17th century historical record of Robert Knox: a review, (2016), joint paper with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., in the proceedings of the International Conference on “Asian Elephants in Culture & Nature”, 20th-21st August 2016, Sri Lanka: Centre for Asian Studies, University of Kelaniya. pp. 151-158.

  • පැරණි ලක්දිව නර්තන ශිල්පිනියන්ගේ සමාජ තත්ත්‍වය (අනුරාධපුර සහ පොළොන්නරු යුගයන් ඇසුරින්) (Social status of the female dancers of ancient Sri Lanka), (2012), in the proceedings of the 13th National Convention on Women's Studies, 27th-30th July 2012, Colombo: Centre for Women's Research (Cenwor).

  • භාරතීය ආභාසය ප්‍රකට කරන යාපහුව සිංහ සෝපානයේ නර්තන හා වාදන රූප (Evidence of Indian influence on dancing and playing figures at Yapahuwa Lion stairs), (2012 December), in the proceedings of the Wayamba Sanskrutika Urumaya (De Aurudu Pratyawalokanatya), 1st Research Symposium, Colombo: Wayamba Cultural Quadrangle, Central Cultural Fund.

Articles (Selected)

  • පොළොන්නරු යුගයේ ප්‍රචලිත ‘භරත නාට්‍යම්’ නර්තන සම්ප්‍රදාය (Bharata Natyam as a popular dance style in Polonnaruwa period), (2014), in Puranaya, Vol. 1, Kelaniya: Department of Archaeology. pp. 83-91.

  • ලෝක පුරාවිද්‍යාවේ ඉතිහාසය (නව පුරාවිද්‍යාවේ ආරම්භය දක්වා) (History of World Archaeology), (2014), joint article with Dr. Bogahawatta, C., in Viduruwana, Vol. 45, The festschrift volume for venerable Mahanuwara Dhammaratana, Colombo 10: S. Godage and Brothers. pp. 366-384.

  • අනුරාධපුර සහ පොළොන්නරු යුගයන්හි නර්තන කලාවට සහ නර්තන ශිල්පීන්ට හිමි සමාජ තත්ත්‍වය (Social status owned by the dance in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods), (2012 March), in Kalaa Sangarawa, Colombo: Sri Lanka Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Culture and the Arts. pp. 77-83.

  • සාහිත්යික මූලාශ්‍රය මගින් හෙළිවන පැරණි ලක්දිව නර්තන කලාව (The dance reveals by the literary sources in ancient Sri Lanka), (2012), in Sahityaya special volume, Colombo: National Literary Panel, Sri Lanka Arts Council, Department of Cultural Affairs. pp. 206-228.