7th Annual Research Symposium of University of the Visual and Performing Arts

The University of the Visual & Performing Arts completed the 7th Annual Research Symposium successfully on 17th November 2017, with encouraging positive remarks received from the review panel and the participants. 

The Research Symposium was inaugurated on 15th November 2017 at University of the Visual & Performing Arts, Albert Crescent, Colombo 7 with the participation of celebrated  artistes representing range of fields of visual and performing arts. The Chairman of the University Grants Commission, Senior Professor Mohan De Silva graced the opening ceremony as the Chief Guest. He delivered an opportune speech on how the evolution of mankind taken place together with aesthetics. He stressed the importance of learning a global language to open up to the global community and share the wisdom. Dr. Sunil Wijesiriwardene, Chairman of the National Arts and Cultural Policy for Sri Lanka delivered the keynote address and enlightened the gathering with his insights on knowledge sharing among people of different perspectives.

Forty-two researchers made presentations covering a variety of different fields at this year's Symposium which extended over full three-days from 15th to 17th November. An Indian Professor from Sivaji University, India, medical practitioners and scholars from the University of Colombo were among the researchers who presented papers at the Symposium. 

The Symposium was concluded with the Session on Management and Information Technology comprising presentations made by Administrative Staff. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sarath Chandrajeewa introduced a symbol for the Research Symposium 2017. His intense message at the Symposium can be observed below.

Message from the Vice Chancellor…

University of the Visual and Performing Arts conducts its 7th research symposium and to mark it we have decided on a ‘visual symbol’ this time. This symbol is a world renowned fresco painting, which is included on your invitation, research abstract book, certificate and our visual communication work.

This fresco is composed of many characters such as philosophers, mathematicians, scientists, humanists, thinkers, artists, debaters, listeners and knowledge explorers. The figures are demonstrating their mental states through their body language or physical actions. The painting strongly symbolizes the spirit of a University, ethics of renaissance and the critical culture of a symposium.

This fresco was designed with the theory of central vanishing point. The central figures of the fresco are two pioneers of ancient Greek philosophy. Further it depicts historical intellectual characters among other figures. This was painted between 1509 and 1511 by Raphael, an Italian Painter artist who had lived during the renaissance period and had died young. The height of the fresco is 500 cm and the length 700 cm. The fresco has been painted on a wall at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican. There were many critical analysis published by art historians about this painting. It is titled as ‘The School of Athens’.

University of the Visual and Performing Arts marked its 12th anniversary as a fully fledged university last July. The Art Institute, (kalayathanaya) as it was called earlier, has had a long history; with 124 years of practice in visual arts (from 1893) and 63 years of practice in music and dance (from 1952). The University has always focused on practicing traditional and existing forms of art. I personally feel however, that we have lost our dedication towards the development of experimentation and exploration in creative art and in conducting innovative and groundbreaking research at the university. I strongly believe that this area requires our immediate attention.

Prof. Sarath Chandrajeewa
Vice Chancellor
University of the Visual and Performing Arts

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