From ‘The Vendor of Sweets’ to ‘Rasa Kevili Velenda’: Translation Transcending Cultures

Rasa Kevili Velenda, a Sinhala translation of R.K. Narayan’s novel The Vendor of Sweets, by Mr. Kithsiri Amaratunga, the incumbent Dean of the Faculty of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities (FMSH) of KDU, was ceremonially launched on 02nd, September 2022 at the Faculty of Graduate Studies auditorium. The publication is a milestone as it is the first publication by the KDU Press since its establishment as the publication arm of General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, which is also the first ever university press in Sri Lanka.

Major General Milinda Peries, Vice Chancellor of KDU graced the event as the Chief Guest, and Emeritus Professor Sunanda Mahendra, a prolific and well-known writer and an esteemed academic, was the guest of honour at this colourful literary event, and addressing the gathering, he emphasized on the significance of the publication on several facets. The occasion was attended by Rector Metropolitan Campus KDU, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Defence and Administration, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), senior officers, senior academics and scholars including invitees and dignitaries from KDU and other universities as well as KDU students. The event was organised by the Department of Languages, FMSH.