Volume 1
(September 2020 – May 2022)
By Ama H.Vanniarachchy

A Word from the Author

Essays on Sri Lanka’s Cultural Heritage, Volume 1 (September 2020 – May 2022) is a collection of 40 newspaper articles written by me for Ceylon Today Newspaper, between the time of September 2020 – May 2022.

Being a professional journalist and coming from an archaeology background, my interest was naturally directed toward the country’s cultural heritage and its protection. Until the year 2020, I did not have the right platform to voice my concern; in other words, an
influential and credible professional platform to speak up on behalf of the country’s cultural heritage. Ceylon Today became my platform.

Journalism has always been a powerful tool for those who have a strong opinion and for those who are vocal about unjust happening around them. It is also the most fitting profession for those who want to be the voice of the voiceless. For me, journalism was the platform to be the voice of my heritage.

Before joining the wonderful family of Ceylon Today, I worked at the Central Cultural Fund, where I witnessed the miserable downfall of Dr.Roland Silva’s dream and vision with my own eyes.