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Aesthetics and Engineering in one place

Most of the Peradeniya graduates know how much its surroundings stimulate undergraduates' desire to connect with arts and culture. Serene and picturesque environs blend with yellowish creepers and pinkish Roberosia to give a unique snap shot of the Sri Lanka's pioneering university.


A scene from a play


A dance item by the undergraduates

Its faculty of engineering plays a vital role in Sri Lanka's engineering education as well as technological growth. Peradeniya engineers are thorough not only in engineering aspects but also aesthetic.

Many would find it hard to imagine engineering undergrads engaging in some activity outside their academic stream like performing arts; but if you are willing to seek the lifestyle of a 'Pera' budding engineer, then you will be proven wrong. When it comes to enhancing the artistic flavours of its undergraduates; faculty's Art Circle which was, formed 20 years back, plays a pivotal role which encourages the hidden aesthetic interests.

The society consists of a president, vice-president, secretary, editor, junior treasurer and senior treasurer and is under the guidance of its senior treasurer, Dr Janaka Wijayakulasooriya. Any undergraduate can be a member of the Art Circle even though he or she believes that he or she is not gifted with aesthetic talents.

The Art Circle of the faculty of engineering had organized a number of functions in order to arouse the aesthetic curiosity of the contemporary varsity community throughout the last two decades. Talent shows of performing arts are held every semester.

The most recent ones are Sanuhare and Ranga Sobha which showcased singing, dancing, acting and presenting skills of budding engineers.

The Art Circle also supports Mage Deshaya Avadi Karanu Mana!, the annual literary festival held by the Students' Union of the university.

The society also maintains a notice-board which is filled with artistic literary contributions of the individuals from the faculty. The faculty has significant respect for its Art Circle purely because it is the one of the few societies of that kind in the whole university that deals with ongoing aesthetic activities.

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