Qualifications: BFA, PG.Dip, (Mass Media) Dip. Mu, (Vocal) M.Phil., Ph.D.
“Dr. Saman Panapitiya graduated from the University of Kelaniya in 1992 with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 1994 he obtained the Diploma in Music from the Bhatkhand Faculty of Musicology, Lucknow and the final certificate of the National Dance Music Final Examination conducted by the Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Jayewardenepura in 1997 and his Masters Degree in Philosophy (M.Phil) from the University of Kelaniya in 2010. He received his PhD in 2019 from the University of Jayewardenepura, where he completed his academic and practical knowledge. In 2018, he enhanced his research knowledge by studying the Certificate Course in Research Methodology conducted by the Post Graduate University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
He joined the Institute of Aesthetic Studies in 1992 as an External Instructor. He was promoted to Instructor in 1998, Lecturer in 2003 and Senior Lecturer in 2010. He served as an External Lecturer in the Postgraduate Diploma Course in the Department of Sinhala and Mass Communication, University of Sri Jayewardenepura from 2000, 2010, 2012, and 2013. He is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts.
He entered the University to teach North Indian classical music and changed his field of study. Various creative works were carried out using the source found in various researches on Sri Lankan folk singing and folk culture. He was awarded the Bunka Award by the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund in 2014 for his contribution to the international popularization of Sri Lankan folk culture.
In 2005, he formed the Matra Folk music team with the primary intention of performing in Sri Lankan folk culture. An experimental folk singing concert called ‘Matara’ was staged at the John de Silva Theater, Colombo in 2008, adapting Sri Lankan folk songs to the modern stage. Creative performances of Sri Lankan folk culture and folk songs were performed in Melbourne, Australia in 2014 and in the United Arab Emirates in 2017. Won Best Creative Folk Song Award and Best Song Award at the State Music Awards 2013 held by the Ministry of Culture. He was the recipient of the Vishwabhinandana Award 2016 presented by the Western Provincial Council for his lectures and workshops on folk culture of Sri Lanka and his performances in various media outlets.
He was the first lecturer in Sri Lankan Ethnomusicology and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Music at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts.
Ethnomusicology, Folk Music, Folk lore,
- Symposium. – 2016, Research paper on the topic “Colonialist concepts of folk music and folk poetry used to refer to Sinhala classical music and poetry” at the 2016 Research symposium conducted by the university of the Visual and Performing Arts.
- Symposium. – 2017, Research paper on the topic “Voice production process in Sinhala folk songs” at the 2017 Research symposium conducted by the university of the Visual and Performing Arts.
- Inter-disciplinary nature of Sinhala studies. – 2018, Research paper on the topic “Creative use of the human voice that expresses the singing virtues of Sinhala folk poetry” at the 2018 Research symposium conducted by the Department of Sinhala, University of Colombo.
- Symposium. – 2019 ,Research paper on the topic “Voice Production Interaction of Sinhala Andahera Singing” at the 2019 Research symposium conducted by the Department of musicology, university of the Visual and Performing Arts.
- Unprinted Pre-degree Creation by The Name “”Styles of Sinhala Folk Songs “” Submitted to the Sri Jayawardenapura University for the Ph.D. (2019)
- Unprinted Pre-degree Creation by The Name “”Sinhala Geethaya Jana Kaviyen Lada Abasaya”” Submitted to the Kelaniya University for the M.Phil. (2010)
- Video Creation, Editing and Directing of Independent Experimental Film Of “”Berayaka Kathava”” (Story Of Upcountry Drum) Regarding The Creation and Sound Production Of Upcountry Drum Submitted For The Post Graduate Diploma In Writer ship And Communication Examination of The Sri Jayewardenepura University.
- Preliminary Seminar Paper By The Heading “”Sinhala Drama Music” Submitted For The Sri Jayawardanapura University.
- A Sinhala translation of a speech delivered at the Royal Asian Society on The Heading of “” Kandyan Music “” By Mahavalathenna Bandara In 1908.
(This Letter Is Incorporated In Lalitha Kala Saara Sangraya 2002 Published By University Society)
- Experimental letter Written By The Name “”Sri Lankan folk song and performing arts” Created in association with the paddy field and the threshing floor.
(This letter is included in the “”Siyavasaka Abhimanaya”” Published by the Department of Agriculture)
- Experimental letter by the name “”Folk Consciousness” explaining the industrial connected with folk songs within the Kaluthara District. (This letter is included in the “”Kaluthara Disa Waruna”” Educational Publication printed by the district secretariat office Kaluthara 2012)
- Experimental letter submitted to the research symposium 2010 of the performing Arts University by the name of music of “kaffiringha” at Ampara.
- Experimental letter submitted to the Royal Asiatic society of Sri Lanka for the year 2014 on the subject “”Future progress of Sri Lankan Song””
- A lecture delivered at the University for the 2012 Experimental debate on “”styles of Sinhala folk songs and how to production of voice””
- Experimentally and creatively produced C.D. named “”Oi Rai Re”” in the year 2010 Based on Sinhala folk songs.
- Acting as a member of Sri Lanka Folk music and arts conservation project conducted by the Ministry of Cultural and National heritage.
- Folk Consciousness Related to Industry Revealed in Folklore of the Kalutara District. Kaluthara disavaruna, Journal of folk lore. 2013. K.T.D.P. Sumanapala, (ed) Cultural Department. District Secretariat. Kaluthara. (106-111 pp.)
- Performing arts related to Sri Lankan folk songs produced by By associating threshing floor. (2014.) “Saundarya kala vimarshana” Mudiyanse dissanayaka (ed) first volume. University of the Visual and performing Arts. (92 – 110 pp.)
- Contemporary usage reviews of the Sri Lankan song. (2016.) “Saundarya kala vimarshana” Mudiyanse dissanayaka (ed) seventh volume. University of the Visual and performing Arts. (160 – 185 pp.)
- Sound and musically communication in Sri Lankan folk songs. (2018.) “Praveni” Thalgampola Paduma thero, (ed) first volume. Folk Music Conservation Center. Cultural Department. (75 – 88 pp.)
- Research article on the cultural aspects of Burger people presented in the fourth edition of the “”Sadesha Magazine”” published by the Department of Cultural Affairs. 2016. 9 – 115 pp.
- Research article on the “Term of Sinhala folk poetry and folk music is not the meaning of sri lankan traditional poem and traditional music” in the 1st edition of the “praleka” Magazing published by the education ministry and National library and documentation services board. – 2018. 9 – 18 pp.
- The Award for the Best Creative Song Based On Sri Lankan Folk MusicalTradition. Awarded In the “State Music Awards Ceremony – 2013” Organized by The Cultural Ministry and Art council ,Sri Lanka.
- The Award for the Best Creative Group Song in Sri Lanka. Awarded in the “State Music Awards Ceremony 2013” – Organized by the Cultural Ministry and Art council, Sri Lanka.
- Bunka (cultural) awards – 2014, Awarded in The 21st Bunka (Cultural) Awards ceremony organized by the Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Cultural Fund
- Vishvabhinandana of Western Province in Sri Lanka. – 2016 , Awards ceremony organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Western Province in Sri Lanka.