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Investment in knowledge

Magazine Review

Cultural studies is a field of theoretically, politically, and empirically engaged cultural analysis that concentrates upon the political dynamics of contemporary culture, its historical foundations, defining traits, conflicts, and contingencies.

Cultural studies researchers generally investigate how cultural practices relate to wider systems of power associated with or operating through social phenomena, such as ideology, class structures, national formations, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and generation. Cultural studies view cultures not as fixed, bounded, stable, and discrete entities, but rather as constantly interacting and changing sets of practices and processes. The field of cultural studies encompasses a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives and practices. Although distinct from the discipline of cultural anthropology and the interdisciplinary field of ethnic studies, cultural studies draw upon and have contributed to each of these fields.

The latest issue of the Sinhala investigatory literary periodical, Sanskriti Magazine, is instrumental in this backdrop.

The issue contains a collection of research and investigatory articles of a very high standard on varied aspects of the socio-cultural life of Sri Lanka. It starts with a brief review written in appreciation of the services rendered by late Dr Amaradasa Weerasinghe, the founder editor of the Sanskriti magazine, in its uninterrupted publication since 1953.

A survey of different forms of culture through the window of literature by Samanchandra Ranasinghe, Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura is a comprehensive analysis of information collected from non-conventional sources. The article on False Values is a reproduction of an earlier contribution to the inaugural issue of the Sanskriti Magazine by late Dr AmaradasaWeerasinghe in 1953. The article titled Pematho Jayathi Soko presents a literature review and evaluation of a prescribed text for the GCE A–Level Sinhala subject by KNO Dharmadasa, Retired Professor of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya. The Synthesis of Buddhist –Hindu Religious conceptions is a contribution by Professor T B Kangahaarachchi of Vidyodaya University.

‘The Buddha Plurality and the Associated Culture’ is an in-depth study of the life stories of Previous Buddhas as depicted in Buddhist literature, art, folk religion and beliefs by Jinadasa Danansuriya, a retired professor of Sinhala, University of Kelaniya.

This issue of the magazine also provides space for a short story titled, ‘The Letter’ by a renowned Indian writer Ghouri Shankar Gowardan Das translated as Liyuma.

Gaurishankar Govardhanram Joshi (1892–1965) is better known by his pen name Dhumaketu. He is considered one of the pioneers of the Gujarati short story. He published twenty-four collections of short stories, as well as thirty-two novels on social and historical subjects, and plays and travelogues. His writing is characterized by a dramatic style, romanticism and powerful depiction of human emotions.

Wasdanda Saha Sanhindiyawa is a translation of the poem ‘A bamboo Flute goes to pacify a Burning Bamboo Jungle’ by Surjit Patar, a well known Punjabi poet by Professor Jinadasa Danansuriya. Waharanu Serensapaya is a detailed study of grammatical principles of Sidath Sangarawa by SVP Sirisena, retired Senior Lecturer in Education.

‘Nuwarakalawiye Wariga Sabhawa’ is a socio-cultural study of the formation and functions of community assembly of Nuwarakalawiya by Dr Kapurubandara Jaytilaka and ‘Modern Society and Business Enterprise’ is a valuable contribution by Jayalatha Medawattha, Senior Lecturer, University of Sri Jayawardenapura. 

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