Demise of a noble son of our soil


The death of Professor Anuradha Seneviratne will be felt not only in the Central Province but also throughout Sri Lanka due to his reputation and ability as a scholar unequal and above to any other in the recent past. His death will be remembered by many who appreciated the rural Sri Lankan image. His knowledge and ability to comprehend in five languages is unique for a scholar of his calibre and age. The awards he was bestowed during his lifetime over the years will never be compensated to a person of such knowledge and versatility.

As a school boy I recollect Professor Anuradha Seneviratne driving a Voxwagon Beetle in Kandy and was seen and respected by the younger generation as a person who was of the highest intellectual capacity. I can remember that during that era he was recognized and held in high esteem by all who believed in the rural Sri Lankan values. His image was further strengthened by his typical localized Sinhala National dress which was a hall mark of Professor Anuradha Seneviratne. His knowledge of the history of our Central Province was clearly identified at many interviews he gave regarding the historical value of our Province. It is indeed ironic that his death coincides with the month of Esala, since I remember the days that he gave his expert views and comments of the historical Esala pageant of Kandy. His death has created a void in the society by far and will be felt for many many years. Professor Anuradha Seneviratne's library of books is a testimony to his knowledge and understanding of our culture by far. I together with the people of the Central Province convey our deepest sympathies to the family members, specially his wife and his two sons. All the students of Professor Anuradha Seneviratne during his long span in the University of Peradeniya will no doubt be a fortunate breed since they were able to know an interlect of the highest calibre.

"May this great son of our soil attain Nibbana