Dr. Benille Emmanuel

When Professor Senarath Paranavithana deciphered the famous Sigiri “Kurutu Gee”, he was acclaimed as a genius of a generation. For many centuries the graffiti in the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock kingdom offered a spectacular challenge to almost all archeologists living at the time. Dr. Emmanuel continued the legacy of Dr. Paranavithana and more or less attempted to finish what Dr. Paranvithana began. It is indeed a great honor for Benille to be associated with what some consider to be the eighth wonder of the world- Sigiriya.

Benille obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colombo, the Masters from the Kelaniya University and then obtained another Masters from UCLA on Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. From 2003 onwards he serving as a research Associate of UCLA Department of Art History. He has been an invited speaker for many institutes and won no less than ten Honors programs. He has made ten presentations all over the world, from Europe to Asia and North America and authored twelve publications. Benille is continuing his insatiable thirst for discovery and learning, thereby enriching and encouraging the minds of many young scholars to follow.