Senate Members of University of the Visual and Performing Arts

The Senate is the academic authority of the University and is comprised of the Vice Chancellor who is the ex-officio Chairman, Deans of the Faculties, Heads of the Departments of Study, permanent Senior Professors and Professors of the University, the Librarian, and two faculty board nominees from each Faculty who are elected by the permanent lecturers of the respective Faculty themselves. The period of office of an elected member is three years. The Senate in the execution of its duties has appointed the following Sub Committees:


• Prof. Rohan Nethsinghe – Chairman of the Senate

Deans of the Faculties

• Professor K. W. K. M. M. W. I. Ferdinando – Faculty of Graduate Studies
• Professor K. M. S. Kumarathunga – Faculty of Dance and Drama
• Senior Lecturer K. S. Fernando – Faculty of Music
• Senior Lecturer M. Jagath Raveendra – Faculty of Visual Arts


• Professor Kolitha Bhanu Dissanayake
• Professor Karunarathna Bandara
• Professor S. P. D. Liyanage
• Professor Dhammika Lankatilleke
• Professor K. D. S. Rajapaksha
• Professor G. D. Madumage
• Professor Chandraguptha Thenuwara
• Professor Vajira Nalinda Jayathilake
• Professor Iranga Samindani Weerakkody
• Professor W. K. Ruwin R.Dias
• Professor M. L. C. P. Maddegoda
• Professor Saman Panapitiya

Heads of the Departments

Faculty of  Visual Arts

• Senior Lecturer I. M. T. Illangasinghe – Department of Painting
• Senior Lecturer (Dr.) H. M. S. S. Herath – Department of Multimedia Art
• Dr. Priyantha Udagedara – Department of History & Theory of Art
• Senior Lecturer D. A. L. J. Dharmawardana –  Department of Textile and Wearable Arts
• Lecturer (Prob.) K. M. Tharanga – Department of Printmaking
• Senior Lecturer J. M. M. Bandara – Department of Visual Communication & Design
• Lecturer (Prob.) P. A. G. Chathuranga – Department of Multi Disciplinary Design
• Dr. D. R. Weerasinghe – Department of Ceramics

Faculty of Dance and Drama

• Dr. (Mrs.) W. M. A. Damayanthi – Department of Indian & Asian Dance
• Professor Dammika Lankatilleke – Department of Kandyan Dancing
• Senior Lecturer J. J. Pushpakumara – Department of Instrumental Music
• Senior Lecturer K. H. R. T. Samarawickrama – Department of History and Theory of Dance and Drama
• Senior Lecturer R. I. Kothalawala – Department of Low Country Dancing
• Dr. S. A. A. Subasinghe – Department of Theatre, Oriental Ballet and Modern Dance
• Dr. D. W. Salgamuwa – Department of Sabaragamu Dancing
• Senior Lecturer (Dr.) (Mrs.) R. M. S. Embogama – Department of English Language Teaching

Faculty of Music

• Senior Lecturer W. A. Nishoka  Sandaruwan – Department of Ethno-Musicology
• Lecturer (Prob.) G. S. G. W. Kumara – Department of Western Music
• Senior Lecturer W. D. D. R. Wikramarathne – Department of North Indian Classical Music
• Senior Lecturer C.B. Illangasinghe – Department of Applied Music and Mass Communication
• Senior Lecturer G. B. C. Dayawansha – Department of Musicology
• Dr. R. M. N. Abeyrathne – Department of South Indian Music


• Dr. G. R. Padmasiri

Faculty Board Nominees

• Senior Lecturer A. M. C. Amarakoon
• Professor Janaka Kottegoda
• Senior Lecturer H. G. M. K. Wimalasiri
• Senior Lecturer W. A. P. C. S. Wickramaarachchi
• Dr. H. M. S. Manoranjana Herath Bandara


• Professor M. L. C. P. Maddegoda -Director, Centre for Quality Assurance Unit
• Professor Janaka Kottegoda -Director, Open and Distance Learning Unit