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The sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is placed in Kandy in a temple known as the Sri DaladaMaligawa, one of the most venerable temples of the Buddhist world. It was tradition to house the sacred tooth relic in the city that the King chose to reside in and according to ancient scripts Kandy was the last capital in Sri Lanka.

Surrounded by forested hills and partly by the meandering river Mahaveli, Kandy was an urban centre from the 15th to the 19th century.

The city’s bountiful aesthetics are enhanced by the artificial lake named the Milky Ocean, the royal palace complex and four shrines – Natha, Vishnu, Katharagama and Pattini. Not forgetting the two famous monastic complexes the Malvatta and AsgiriyaViharas. The city is admired by regular visitors the world over even if it was for just a short visit.

Justice would not be done to this city unless the most sought after event in Kandy is mentioned. The annual pageant of the Tooth Relic Shrine popularly known among the locals as the ‘Daladaperahara’ is held in July or August and is a worthy attraction for both local and international tourists.

The Central Cultural Fund hopes to convert the Queens Chamber, within the royal palace complex into a museum.

In the suburbs the Lankathilaka and Gadaladeniya temples along with the AmbekkeDevalaya are shrines with archaeological and historic significance. The highly acclaimed University of Peradeniya and the Royal Botanical Gardens are also attractions that are worth exploring.
 
Painting Conservation of the Napana RajaMaha Viharaya  

 

Napana village has located near to Madawala town, which is Abesingehe village division of Pathadumbara divisional secretary in Kandy district. There is 1 ½ Km distance from Madawala town.
History of the village runs to king parakramabahu period (1153-1186 A.D). According to the folk tales, the vihara had been made by king III Vikramabahu & Queen Senkadabiso Bandara. It had mostly sponsored at the Kandy kingdom.
There can be seen the Kandy Painting tradition & also those may be painted at the end of 18th century. The destroyed paintings were conserved by CCF conservation team at year 2012.  According to the conservations, there could be found oldest tampita Vihara paintings.
The painting conservation of the Napana Rja Mahaviharaya had done from January to March & also from November to December in 2012. The cost of that was Rs.650,000.00/= which was offered by CCF.
 
Pose the old paintings of present wall
Before to conservation
 
   
After the painting conservation
   
   
Menikhinna Rajamaha Viharaya  
This old Arama Shalawa which belonged on Menihinna Raja Maha Viharaya had been created as pose the architectural features at year of 2012-2013. Infrastructures which were done past times had removed at the middle stage & also the surrounding area had re – build. There was a proposal to conserve Darma Shala roof which as a minimum conservation. After that it was conserved 100% using wood & tiles. Lighting of floor, vatapila, doors & windows & buildings had finished of conservation & Rs. 2,959,838.00/= had also donated by CCF.
 
Before Conservation
 
After Conservation
   
Dewagiri Purana Viharaya  

This old Viharaya has situated at Dewagiri village of Ududumbra divisional Secretary in Kandy district. According to the folk talks this Viharaya   belonged on king Valagemba period (103- 89 -77-A.D). Rev Kupikkalathissa has used one cave as a viharaya, when king hidden at the wild. After that this cave has used as a temple & also a viharaya. King kirthi Sri Rajasinghe (1747-1782 A.D) build this Viharaya. The viharaya was an oldest monument.
The painting style depends on pre- Kandiyan period & it seems as divisional tradition.
Presently, those had destroyed in climatic factors and human activities & those paintings & sculptures was reconstructed & conserved by CCF.
Conservation year        - 2012
            Cost                 - Rs. 215,000.00/=

   
Before Conservation
 
     
 
After Conservation
 
 
     
   
Kandepita Tampita viharaya  
This statue house had lightened in the paintings which depended on tampita vihara features of          Kandy period. There had removed the after constructions & had highlighted the Veranda which surrounded to statue house. The special factor was that the painting ceiling also had conserved. Remove destroyed wooden timber of the pillars which was a difficult conserved work. The CCF was donated Rs.1,976,326.00/= for this conservation.
Before Conservation
 
   
After Conservation
 
   
     
The Roof conservation of Malwathu Maha Vihara  
There could be seen destroyed condition of the roofs according to the animal activities & in-formal maintenance which finally conserved at 80th & 90th centauries. Under the activities of the honorable present president, proposed to conserve it in a formal type. According to those activities, “Amano” sheet hand used by Navy & it was rejected by CCF & used the mud tiles for that. The cost of the CCF was 30 million & the inspection & technical support had provided by CCF.
   
The conservation of the Malwaththa Maha Nahimi (head of the seat of bhikkus) of official Aramaya
The complete building of Malwaththa Maha Nahimi Aramaya hope to conserve & the roof conservation was done in well & mud tiles were used for that. The door & windows, floor, lightning had done including cost maximum to Rs. 130, 000, 00.00/= by CCF. It was conserved in formal pattern & could be managed the surrounding balance. It was a victory which won as a World Heritage City.
 

Establishing Cultural Information and Historical Research Centre Central Cultural Fund, Sri Lanka

The exacting demands of development can be successfully achieved by relating modern trends to the past.
While science and technology have developed very fast and databases and information systems have been established , the Arts have been neglected and are lagging behind. As such, it is imperative that professionals and researchers, who are qualified and competent to undertake research in Arts and Culture be provided with convenient access to relevant information. This will not only keep them abreast of developments in the field, but also enable them to produce more competent research.
In a region such as South Asia with strong historical and cultural ties, research in one country would be incomplete without necessary reference to Cultural Information in other countries in the region.
It is for these reasons, that the Central Cultural Fund [CCF] in Sri Lanka engaged itself and collaborated with the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology [PGIAR] of the University of Kelaniya, to establish a database on Cultural Information.
A program as envisaged in a modest way by this publication is intended to grow gradually to cover a database for culture that will include the 7 countries of South Asia. At the same time, the scope of this database program is intended to involve the following areas of activities:
Archaeology
Art history
History
Performing arts
Applied arts
Architecture
Cultural Information Network for South Asia is a bibliographic database network  will collect material through the Historical and cultural studies centre of the Central Cultural Fund.
This Centre collects materials from the activities carried out by Archaeologists, Historians and art historians, Architects and all culture related fields  over the years. It aims to provide valuable information and documentation to researchers, cultural professionals, policymakers, arts and heritage organisationsand other interested parties.
This centers work will engage a network of people concerned with history and culture of Sri Lanka, including researchers from many disciplines, scholars, documentalists, cultural practitioners, policy-makers and politicians. It was also a forum for institutions such as university departments, arts institutions, research organisations, national ministries, arts councils, documentation centres and networks. In bringing together these different entities ccf act as an intermediary, putting particular emphasis on ensuring that conclusions from its debates were disseminated to those in a position to benefit from them. Culture and historical study centre identifis new issues and map out existing research and information, making this information available through on-line resources and databases. Information on the activities carried out by Central Cultural Fund and Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, particularly through its related research projects and publications, can be found in the Activities Archive.

Central Cultural Fund’s  Center for Culture and Historical Studies to be  established in 2013  as a core of a transnational, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of scholars. Its mission is to bridge teaching and research and as such, to contribute to the training and career development of emerging scholars, in connection with specific research projects. As an interface between the university and the external research environment,  CCF., fills an important function as a vehicle for the academic socialization of PhD students and recent graduates. It will serve  as the academic gateway to South Asia  and the place to generate research on these areas comparatively, from a global and transnational perspective, mostly in relation to Europe, but also with references to the Mediterranean, to Central Asia and to the Middle East.

 

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