Jan 30, 2018

Darshana’s books launched (Pics)

Two books written by journalist and academic - Darshana Ashoka Kumara were launched last week in Colombo.

The books, titled “Kav Silumina and Non-Buddhist Views” and “Asian Perspectives in Communication” are Godage publications and are available at leading bookstores in Colombo.

The launch was chaired by Prof. Desmond Mallikarachchi, former Head of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Peradeniya. Professor Walter Marasinghe, Senior Lecturer Sumith Chaminda and Hashitha Abeywardena also spoke at the event.

In his project Darshana examines an Asian Communication Model which can be used in the context of media practice in Sri Lanka; that helps to minimize ethnic tension. In this study, special focus is given to oriental concepts in communication. For example, concepts in rich philosophical oriental traditions in Asia including Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism were taken into consideration when the Asian Communication Model was built. Quantum physics has also thrown some light on deciphering philosophical concepts in connection to building the Asian communication model and concepts of atomic physics have also been used to make it more comprehensive, strong and vibrant to deal with modern day demands.

Darshana’s other book “Kav Silumina and Non-Buddhist Views” explores about the socio-cultural and religious perspectives of Kav Silumina, which is considered to be one of masterpieces of the Sinhala poetry that came into existence in the 2nd century. Kav Silumina is based on a Buddhist Jataka story “Kusa Jatakaya”.

The following are few instances of the launch.