The Art of Mask Making in Sri Lanka - Lionel Bentharage

The Art of Mask Making in Sri Lanka - Lionel Bentharage
ISBN: 978955009310
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In this book, Dr. Lionel Bentharage discusses the indigenous art of making masks (ves muhunu) in Sri Lanka, the tools and implements, the traditional techniques used for carving and colouring the masks and the manner in which these masks are used for public performances. In addition, the creation of masks and the manner in which they are used in various rituals for curing various ailments are explained.

About the author:

 

Dr. Lionel Bentharage started his career as a low country dancer and in 1995 he obtained his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with honours from the Institute of Aesthetic Studies affiliated to the University of Kelaniya. In 2004, he obtained his M.A. from the University of Sri Jayawardanapura. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 from the same university. He is a veteran artist who has excelled in designing costumes sets, stage props and choreographed many traditional drama and dance performances. He has also served as a television presenter and has contributed to several films. He has also served as a member of the State Panel of Puppetry and the Drama Council of Sri Lanka. Currently, he is a member of the National Dance and Ballet Panel and the National Science Foundation Committee on Indigenous Knowledge.
He is the president of the District Cultural Association of Kalutara District. He has published many books and academic research papers related to his discipline and served as the editor of many academic journals. Professor Bentarage is the only professional low country dancer who has obtained a doctorate in the field of Low Country Dance.

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