Kusuma Karunaratne nee Ediriweera Jayasooriya born November 21, is a Sri Lankan academic, university administrator, Professor and scholar of Sinhalese language and literature. Kusuma Jayasooriya was born on November 21, at Dickwella , Dodampahala to a business family of Mr. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Ceylon in the Peradeniya campus; [1] there in , she became the first female student in her discipline to earn a First class honours degree from that institution. The elder, Savant Karunaratne, has a Ph. The younger, Passant Karunaratne, has a Ph. An academic career began with her appointment as an assistant lecturer of the Department of Sinhala at the University of Ceylon.

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Apr 29 Anoma is now ready to launch the English version of the book this Friday at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Centre, Colombo 7. Prior to that I had published a collection of my short stories. Only you can write about your own life story and so did I. I was honest in my mission and that triggered a lot of controversy. Eventually the book became the top seller that year. The feedback I got was positive. It was considered an attempt to open the eyes of the society to protect the girl child from the vicious society.

Even today my book is being bought somewhere in the country. The book was written to retell my story that cannot be denied or suppressed. Why did you want to translate it into English? It was a book that shook the Sinhala audience, so why not publish it in an international language? There is no country in the world sans child abuse. I want to share my story with the international community. Unless such stories reach the global audience, we cannot expect to put a full stop to violence and abuse against children.

As an artiste I feel I am duty-bound to make such a contribution. Who did the English translation of Punarukthi? It was done by Krishan Jeyaratnam who is no stranger to the English theatre. You once said that this book would make an ideal plot for a film? Yes, this will indeed make a good theme for a film. So far two filmmakers have approached me with such an idea but I was a bit hesitant. If a good male or female director with some cinematic track record seeks the book, I would be pleased to oblige.

I feel all women who are victimised in society should stand up and voice their concerns. Punarukthi launches in English Apr 29 Among those due to make special addresses during the launch are Ms. Sumitra Peries who will chair the event, Dr. Rediscovering the joys of pursuing hobbies and interests. Buzz with Danu — Janaka Nimalachandra. Most Popular. A Chat with a Dominatrix. Rebooting Sri Lanka. Ruth Weerasinghe. Buzz with Danu - A chat with Imran Saibo.

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