Jan 23, 2018

Darshana to launch 02 more books

The two books written by Darshana Ashoka Kumara titled “Kav Silumina and Non-Buddhist Views” and “Asian Perspectives in Communication” will be launched at the National Library and Documentation Services Board Auditorium, Independence Avenue, Colombo at 3.30 pm of 26th of January.

The event will be chaired by Prof. Desmond Mallikarachchi, former Head of Philosophy and Psychology, University of Peradeniya. Professor Walter Marasinghe, Senior Lecturer Sumith Chaminda and Hashitha Abeywardena will also speak at the event.

In his project Darshana examines an Asian Communication Model which can be used in the context of media practice in Sri Lanka; that helps to minimize ethnic tension.

In this study, special focus is given to oriental concepts in communication. For example, concepts in rich philosophical oriental traditions in Asia including Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism were taken into consideration when the Asian Communication Model was built.

Quantum physics has also thrown some light on deciphering philosophical concepts in connection to building the Asian communication model and concepts of atomic physics have also been used to make it more comprehensive, strong and vibrant to deal with modern day demands.

In his study, Darshana has conducted case studies and expert interviews to understand the media reporting in Sri Lanka and manipulative measures of media handling. Two key points: media ownership and professional issues, which make the media content polarized have also been observed in the book. This study has also drawn attention to finding solutions from true Asian values to address problems in the wrong usage of mass media and alien media training.

Darshana’s other book “Kav Silumina and Non-Buddhist Views” explores about the socio-cultural and religious perspectives of Kav Silumina, which is considered to be one of masterpieces of the Sinhala poetry that came into existence in the 2nd century. Kav Silumina is based on a Buddhist Jataka story “Kusa Jatakaya”.

Though original Jataka story is into elucidating the moral precepts of Buddhism, Darshana in his work makes an attempt to deconstruct the ideologies that essentially deviated from original Buddhist thought attached with Kav Silumina. In his argument, though Kusa Jatakaya is aligned with the Buddhist ideology, king Parakramabhahu II’s Kav Silumina alluded to Hindu, Tantric and other non-Buddhist oriental teachings.

Darshana has already published five books in media studies, journalism, and political communication earlier and this is 06th and 07th. He is journalist who has worked both in electronic and print media. Darshana is also a visiting lecturer to several universities and higher education organizations.