Civil Pedura - 2014
Creativity is an important quality in whatever field of engineering and it’s important to improve a wide range of talents prior to entering the field in order to have a successful career. One of the major events celebrating the talents of the Department of Civil Engineering, the civil pedura reappeared as an event on the university calendar last year after a brief period of absence and the prestigious event held on the 9th of September maintained its reputation as being one of the best events in the university.
With the threat of rain looming in the air the pedura was shifted from the usual venue of the civil lawn to the fashion design extension building currently under construction and few would have imagined it possible that a construction area could be converted to a traditional Sinhalese manor (or more commonly known as a Walauwa) within half a day.
Elaborate stage sets and props included lanterns, a traditional paddy house against the backdrop of a walauwa contributed to make the atmosphere surreal and the stage was set for all in the Department (staff included!) to show that their skills are not limited to books but that their creativity and talents stretch much further and beyond.
A large crowd had gathered at the venue and the numbers continued to grow as the evening progressed. Many items of song and dance from all batches in the department were showcased and the results of many hard hours of practice were clearly seen as the music, singing and dancing were all in sync and to tune. Many members of academic and tutorial staff were present at the event and also participated by performing items of their own much to the delight of all present.
Traditional manyokka with lunu miris and beli mal was served to all present at the event during the break and after stomachs were sufficiently filled, the show resumed after a brief fireworks display.
Head of Department Prof. Nanayakkara addressed the gathering before the closing song ‘Ahasa Usata’ was sung with many in the crowd also joining in the dancing, bringing the event to an emphatic end.