Kaluachchigamage Jayatillake, known as K. Jayatillake, is a Sinhala novelist and literary critic, he was born in Kannimahara, Gampaha District, Sri Lanka and was a contemporary of Mahagama Sekara having studied in the same school. He is the father of four children. K Jayatilake is one of Sri Lanka's topmost creative writers of the modern period of Sinhala literature. Using his close observations of village life, Jayatilake was a pioneer in the Sinhalese realistic novel, his first creative work, Punaruppattiya, a collection of short stories published in 1955, was well received. His award-winning novel and acknowledged masterpiece, Charitha Thunak, published in 1963, begins with a scene of peasants working in the field, evoking the intimate relationship between the villager and the earth. In this and other novels, Jayatilake reminds us of the close-knit society of the village, guided by common values. Parajithayo Charitha Thunak Punchirala Punchiralage Maranaya Rajapakshe Walawwa Pitha Maha Piya Saha Puththu Aprasanna Kathawa Adishtana Kalo Ayanthe Maya Maliga Manahkalpita Vartavak Hevath Ardha Navakatavak Mahallekuge Prema Katavak Mathu sambandai Ekage Avurudhdha Vajira Pabbatha Katu Saha Mal Diyaniya Apasu Yai Punaruthpaththiya Delowata Nathi Aya The living icon of Sinhala Literature A critique of K. Jayatilaka's novels K. Jayatilake, 1926-
Rabindranath Tagore known by his sobriquets Gurudev and Biswakabi, was a Bengali polymath, poet and artist from the Indian subcontinent. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the "profoundly sensitive and beautiful verse" of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as mercurial, he is sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal". A Brhamo from Calcutta with ancestral gentry roots in Jessore, Tagore wrote poetry as an eight-year-old. At the age of sixteen, he released his first substantial poems under the pseudonym Bhānusiṃha, which were seized upon by literary authorities as long-lost classics. By 1877 he graduated to his first short stories and dramas; as a humanist, universalist and ardent anti-nationalist, he denounced the British Raj and advocated independence from Britain. As an exponent of the Bengal Renaissance, he advanced a vast canon that comprised paintings and doodles, hundreds of texts, some two thousand songs.
Tagore modernised Bengali art by resisting linguistic strictures. His novels, songs, dance-dramas, essays spoke to topics political and personal. Gitanjali and Ghare-Baire are his best-known works, his verse, short stories, novels were acclaimed—or panned—for their lyricism, colloquialism and unnatural contemplation, his compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Shonar Bangla. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work; the youngest of thirteen surviving children, Tagore was born on 7 May 1861 in the Jorasanko mansion in Calcutta to Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi. Tagore was raised by servants; the Tagore family was at the forefront of the Bengal renaissance. They hosted the publication of literary magazines. Tagore's father invited several professional Dhrupad musicians to stay in the house and teach Indian classical music to the children. Tagore's oldest brother Dwijendranath was a poet. Another brother, was the first Indian appointed to the elite and all-European Indian Civil Service.
Yet another brother, was a musician and playwright. His sister Swarnakumari became a novelist. Jyotirindranath's wife Kadambari Devi older than Tagore, was a dear friend and powerful influence, her abrupt suicide in 1884, soon after he married, left him profoundly distraught for years. Tagore avoided classroom schooling and preferred to roam the manor or nearby Bolpur and Panihati, which the family visited, his brother Hemendranath tutored and physically conditioned him—by having him swim the Ganges or trek through hills, by gymnastics, by practising judo and wrestling. He learned drawing, anatomy and history, mathematics and English—his least favourite subject. Tagore loathed formal education—his scholarly travails at the local Presidency College spanned a single day. Years he held that proper teaching does not explain things. There Tagore read biographies, studied history, modern science, Sanskrit, examined the classical poetry of Kālidāsa. During his 1-month stay at Amritsar in 1873 he was influenced by melodious gurbani and nanak bani being sung at Golden Temple for which both father and son were regular visitors.
He mentions about this in his My Reminiscences The golden temple of Amritsar comes back to me like a dream. Many a morning have I accompanied my father to this Gurudarbar of the Sikhs in the middle of the lake. There the sacred chanting resounds continually. My father, seated amidst the throng of worshippers, would sometimes add his voice to the hymn of praise, finding a stranger joining in their devotions they would wax enthusiastically cordial, we would return loaded with the sanctified offerings of sugar crystals and other sweets, he wrote 6 poems relating to Sikhism and a number of articles in Bengali child magazine about Sikhism. Tagore returned to Jorosanko and completed a set of major works by 1877, one of them a long poem in the Maithili style of Vidyapati; as a joke, he claimed that these were the lost works of newly discovered 17th-century Vaiṣṇava poet Bhānusiṃha. Regional experts accepted them as the lost works of the fictitious poet, he debuted in the short-story genre in Bengali with "Bhikharini".
Published in the same year, Sandhya Sangit includes the poem "Nirjharer Swapnabhanga". Because Debendranath wanted his son to become a barrister, Tagore enrolled at a public school in Brighton, East Sussex, England in 1878, he stayed for several months at a house that the Tagore family owned near Brighton and Hove, in Medina Villas.
Hemal Sachindra Ranasinghe is an award-winning Sri Lankan Film Actor. He earned the critics' award for'Best Actor' and'Most Popular Actor' at the Derana Film Awards in 2016 and 2018,becoming one of Sri Lanka's most popular actors of modern cinema. Ranasinghe started his career as a model, he made his cinema debut in 2012 appearing in Super Six. In 2016 he won Most Popular Actor, Best Promising Actor at the Hiru Golden Film Award. Hemal Sachindra Ranasinghe was born on 25 August 1984, in Matale, he has one younger brother. His mother Visaka Chithrangani Madiwaka is a Ayurvedic Specialist, his father, grand father and others, his father Senarath Ranasinghe died while Hemal was in a film shooting on 23 September 2010. He attended Matale for his secondary education. Ranasinghe is the third of four brothers, his father practiced Ayurveda. He has stated that both his mother and father were supportive of his decision to make the arts his chosen career. Ranasinghe is versed in Martial Arts, a discipline he says he uses now in his acting career.
In 2009 he participated in "The Model of the World" in Spain, winning the title'Male Model of the World 2009', as well as the award for'Best Glamour' and'Best Catwalk' during the competition. In 2010, Ranasinghe won the title of Mr. Sri Lanka and represented Sri Lanka at Mister World 2010 in Korea; the Colombo Fashion Week and Sri Lanka Design Festival are the two main shows that Ranasinghe takes part in annually. In addition to these, Ranasinghe models in countless shows throughout the year. In 2011, he participated in the Swarnavahini Dance Stars Dance competition. After months of competing, Hemal won 1st Runners Up in the competition, he continues to perform in various local shows and events and is sought after by local choreographers. He act as one of three judges of Hiru Super Dancer reality competition. Hemal's acting in the film, Super Six, marked as his debut in the film industry, he won the Special Jury Award at the Sarasaviya Awards 2015, a Special Jury Award and "The Most Popular Actor Of The Year 2015" at "The Fourth Derana Film Awards and The Most Popular Actor Of The Year 2015 at the Hiru Golden Film Award for his role in Pravegaya.
Hemal presented the television program Mage Prathama Premaya, telecasted on Hiru TV. No. Denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema. All films are in Sinhala. Derana Film Awards 2016 - Critics Award for Best Actor Pravegaya Hiru Golden Film Award 2016 - Most Popular Actor Hiru Golden Film Award 2016- Most Promising Actor Award for Pravegaya Sarasaviya Awards 2016 - Special Jury Award for Pravegaya Presidential Film Awards 2017 - Best Upcoming Actor Award for Pravegeya Slim Nielsen People's Awards 2018 - Actor of the year award Slim Nielsen People's Awards 2018 - Most Popular Actor of the Youth Choice Award Derana Film Award 2018 - Most Popular Actor Hiru Golden Film Award 2018 - Hiru Trend Setter Slim Nielsen People's Awards 2019 - Actor of the Year Award Slim Nielsen People's Awards 2019 - Most Popular Actor of the Youth Choice Award
H. R. Jothipala
Hettiarachchige Reginald Jothipala was a prolific playback singer in the Sinhala cinema. He worked as an opera singer, he died in July 1987 at the age of 5 months. Jothipala lent his voice to all classes of actors ranging from Eddie Jayamanne, Boniface Fernando, Baptist Fernando, Ananda Jayaratne, Gamini Fonseka, Roy de Silva, Vijaya Kumaratunga, Sanath Gunathilake, Tony Ranasinghe, Ravindra Randeniya, Joe Abeywickrema, Oswald Jayasinghe, Tissa Wijesurendra and several of the young generation of actors like Ranjan Ramanayake, Kanchana Kodituwakku, Shashi wijendra, Lal Weerasinghe in Sri Lanka. Jothipala was the first child in a middle-class family from Sri Lanka, he attended St. John's College in Dematagoda. Jothipala would visit tea kiosks to hear music, he married Blossom Winter. They had 4 daughters together, he came to be known by his initials "H. R." and was loved as "Hadhavatha Raththaran Jothipala", meaning "golden-hearted Jothipala", due to his kindness to people of all ages and families.
Jothipala made his debut as a playback singer on Cyril P. Abeyratne's Surathalee, singing "Siriyame Sara", in 1956. Prior to that, he had recorded a song for the late Sirisena Wimalaweera's Podi Putha; the song didn't make the final cut, as the Indian film composer on the film didn't consider Jothipala's voice good enough. Jothipala has said that he contemplated taking his life when he went with his friends to watch Podi Putha and found out that his song was not included; when Surathalee producer Jabir A. Cader wanted to hear one of his songs to consider him for the film, Jothipala passed on the offer as he did not possess enough money to create a record, he was helped out by veteran musician Stanley Omar who financed him for the sum of 35 rupees – a large amount of money at the time. Jothipala's song on the film, "Siriyame Sara," still remains popular in Sri Lanka, having recorded the popular number under the direction of T. R. Papa at Wahini Studio in India. Jothipala has worked with many reputed directors of Sri Lanka.
In the early stages of his prolific career, Jothipala got the chance to work with prolific film maker, Lester James Peries on the movie Sandeshaya. Jothipala sang the song "Puruthugeesi Karaya" for the film, composed by the legendary Sunil Santha and written by veteran lyricist Arisen Ahubudu. Jothipala was the undisputed choice in films that were made in the late sixties and through the seventies, the period during which he began to act. Though Jothi was criticised for singing to the tunes of popular Hindi songs of Mohammed Rafi, he sang under the batons of Pandit W. D. Amaradeva, P. V. Nandasiri, Premasiri Khemadasa, Sarath Dassanayake and Milton Mallawarachchi, he sang in hundreds of films including popular hits like Kasthuri Suwanda, Sweeep Ticket, Hitha Honda Minihek, Kawuda Raja, Hondata Hondai, Wasana and others. The award-winning singer played some memorable roles in films including Ethulweema Thahanam, Sulalitha Sobani, Sukiri Kella, Bonikka and his own production Sumithuro'and "Obai Mamai".
Jothipala died in the first week of July in 1987. Although Jothipala was talented in his own respect, he was criticised for singing to the tunes of popular Hindi songs of Mohammed Rafi. Two days before his death, on 5 July 1987, he participated in "Gam Udaawa", a patriotic project by late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, sang on his final open stage, but while singing he felt pain, but finished the singing successfully. Next day he was admitted to the hospital. Jothipala died on 7 July 1987 at Ratnams Private Hospital; the cause of his death was said to be a liver failure. "He came to our hospital regularly. Ramya Fleming was at home when she got the call to come in; as soon as news spread of Jothipala's death, people surrounded Ratnams Private Hospital. All of Union Square was filled with fans, some jumped over the hospital gate just to get a glimpse of Jothipala. Numerous activities are still under way throughout the country for his commemorations. H. R. Jothipala's page on Sinhala Jukebox Jothi: Making waves and now
Thun Man Handiya
Thun Man Handiya is a 1970 dramatic film made by Sri Lankan artist Mahagama Sekera. It recounts Sekera's childhood though the character of Sirisena; the film is set in a small village and follows progression in painter Abilin's life through the eyes of his nephew Sirisena. Abilin is an alcoholic and drifts without focus. After getting into arguments with other villagers and his own brother, Abilin decides to take a job with a rich landowner. Sirisena goes to art college inspired by his uncle, he dreams of showing his talent to Abilin. Abilin's situation, deteriorates due to alcoholism, juxtaposing serenely with Sirisena's foray into art in the city. W. D. Amaradeva composed the music for the film and sang the song "Atheethayen Ganga." Wijerathna Warakagoda sings "Yannem Dakna Se Ma." Both were written by Mahagama Sekera with music by Amaradeva. 1971 - The Most Promising Director - The Awards Festival of the Film Critics and Journalists of Ceylon in 1970 - 1971. Awarded to Director, Mahagama Sekera.
1972 - Diploma Certificate - Symposium of Young Cinamatographers of Africa and Latin America at the 17th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia. Awarded to Director, Mahagama Sekera. 1972 - Diploma Certificate - Committee for Afro-Asian Solidarity of the USSR, The Tashkent International Film Festival. Awarded to Director, Mahagama Sekera. 1980 - Mahagama Sekera was awarded for the Most Outstanding Film Creation of the Decade of 1970 at the OCIC Salutation Festival held in 1980. 1997 - Mahagama Sekera was awarded the Golden Jubilee Award from the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Thung Mang Handiya was rated among the ten best cinematic creations of the Sri Lankan Cinema
W. D. Amaradeva
Sri Lankabhimanya Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Albert Perera better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, was a prominent Sri Lankan vocalist and composer. Using traditional instruments like sitars and harmoniums, Amaradeva incorporates Sinhala folk music with Indian ragas in his work. Many consider Pandit Amaradeva’s contribution to the development of Sinhala music as unmatched. In the mid-1950s, Amaradeva in his Janagayana project consulted experts of the Kandyan dance tradition like Pani Bharata, Gunamala and Suramba in his path to understand what constituted Sinhala folk music. Noting that it revolved around a single melody, he decided to add verses that would lead up to the central melody which would now be a chorus thus forming two parts removing restrictions that had existed earlier. In doing so, Amaradeva created a uniquely Sinhalese music style that stayed true to folk tradition while incorporating outside influences, his work was vital in the creation of the sarala gee genr practised subsequently by artists like Sanath Nandasiri, Victor Ratnayake, T.
M. Jayaratne, Sunil Edirisinghe and Gunadasa Kapuge etc. Pandit Amaradeva had been the recipient of numerous awards including the Philippine Ramon Magsaysay Award, Indian Padma Sri Award and Sri Lankan "President's Award of Kala Keerthi" and Deshamanya Award. In 2003 the French government awarded him the prestigious honour. Notably he still remains the most popular artist as confirmed by Nielsen Media Research findings He has represented Sri Lanka in many forums including the UNESCO 1967 Manila Symposium; the University of Kelaniya conferred on him the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Honoris Causa in 1991 and the University of Ruhuna and University of Peradeniya conferred on him the Degree of Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa in 1993 and 1998In 1972, Pandit Amaradeva composed the music for the Maldivian National Anthem at the request of Maldivian Government. Amaradeva died at the age of 88 on 3 November 2016 due to a heart failure. A state funeral was held by the government with a week of national mourning declared.
Amaradeva was born the youngest of seven children to a carpenter, Wannakuwatta Waduge Don Ginoris Perera, Balapuwaduge Maggie Weslina Mendis at Janapriya Mawatha in Koralawella, Moratuwa. Perera was a Buddhist while Mendis was a Methodist bringing both Christian and Buddhist values and music traditions to the family. Amardeva was introduced to music at a young age by his father who crafted and repaired violins at Moratumulla Wadu Kaarmika Vidyalaya. Amaradeva would strum the violin while his mother sang hymns. Another family influence was Amaradeva's elder brother. Amaradeva was presented with his own instrument on his seventh birthday, a Japanese made tin violin by his father. Amaradeva obtained his early education under Ven. Malalankara Nayaka Tero of the Koralawella temple. With the development of his musical talent, Amaradeva was asked to recite poems and prayers at the temple, he was first entered into Sri Saddharmodaya Buddhist mixed School in Koralawella. The principal of that school, Mr. Ku.
Jo. Fernando was an active member of Hela Hawula and had a close connection with Kumaratunga Munidasa, he introduced him to Kumaratunga. Amaradeva was lucky to be appreciated by Kumaratunga for his singing talent. Since he had a chance to accompany all these scholars during his childhood, he had an interest in national identity and language; when he was studying in grade five at Koralawella School, a music teacher called Mr. W. J. Fernando was transferred to his school from Kalutara. Hence, W. J. Fernando was the first school music teacher of Amaradeva, he directed him on singing and playing. Under his guidance, Amaradeva won all the school singing competitions; the teacher let him conduct the classroom when he was not there. While attending the school, he won a poetry contest held at the Moratuwa Vidyalaya. Amaradeva led the school choir to a triumphant showing at a contest held by the Colombo Arts Society, his poetry win prompted school teachers to get him a showcase to recite poetry on Radio Ceylon.
In 1945 Amaradeva won a gold medal at a music and violin contest held by Jana Kala Mandalaya Amaradeva’s fame, limited only to the Koralawella, started spreading over other areas. Because of his increasing popularity, several schools offered. Amaradeva entered Sri Sumangala College, Panadura after completing his primary education with a scholarship for English. At the school, he formed a friendship with the music teacher and principal Danister Thomas Fernando, the elder brother of Amaradeva's first music teacher W. J. Fernando. D. T. Fernando, living in Kalutara helped Amaradeva get into Kalutara Vidyalaya and subsequently to Siddharta Vidyalaya Balapitiya. Young Amaradewa met a prominent artist at the time at one of Sunil Santha's concerts. Since he showed interest Sunil Santha invited Amaradewa to audition at Chitrasena studios. There he impressed them; this meeting and related events are described in detail by A. J. Ranasinghe, Dr. Nandadasa Kodagoda and Sunil Santha. After the audition Sunil Santha brought Amaradewa to stay at Chitrasena Studios, his roommate was A. J. Ranasinghe.
By chance filming of the film Ashokamala c
Victor Rathnayake is a popular Sri Lankan musician. He was the first Sri Lankan musician to hold a live one-man concert. Rathnayake credits his success to his "fitting blend of Western music with Ragadari classical music." His songs deal with diverse themes that vary to patriotism and Buddhism. Matara Achchi is the first film he composed music for and its Sandakada Pahana song sung by Sunil Edirisinghe is still popular among Sinhala music fans. Rathnayake has composed music for films like Siribo Aiya, Podi Malli, Sarungale and Athuru Mithuru. Rathnayake was born in a small village near Kadugannawa, his father, Rathnayake Veda Mahaththaya, was an apothecary and sang "noorthi gee," a type of Sinhala folk songs. Victor got his first instrument at the age of nine when his father presented him a harmonium for his birthday, he studied singing and various instruments under musician Cyril Perera at the M. G. P. Institute in Mulgampola in his teens. In 1963, he began attending the State Music College, now known as the Institute of Aesthetic Studies.
He wrote his first song, an ode to Lord Buddha, in 1964. In 1999, Rathnayke joined the Ministry of Education as a music instructor, was assigned to a post at Eththalapitiya Maha Vidyalaya in Bandarawela, he would look back to his days as a teacher in his song "Sihil Sulang Ralle," which described the beauty of his surroundings that he noted as he travelled on the train to the school. The lyrics were penned by Sena Weerasekera on Rathnayake's recollections. By 1973, Rathnayake noted that there were no one man concerts; the closest was "Shravanaradhana" a joint concert by Nanda Malini. On the urging of his friends Premakirthi de Alwis, Sunil Ariyaratne, K. D. K Dharmawardena, R. R. Samarakoon, Chintana Jayasena and Bandara K. Wijetunga, Victor decided to attempt such an event; the first Sa concert was held on July 1973, at the Lumbini Theatre, Havelock Town. It is considered a turning point in Sri Lankan music; the name "Sa" came from the root or tonic note sa in the Indian music scale and was suggested by Chintana Jayasena.
Jayasena pointed to the fact that no Sri Lankan drama, film or work of art bore a name of just one syllable at the time and believed that it would bring luck."Sa" was popular, Rathnayke's gained many fans following its inception. One female fan wrote "Do you know that I treasure 49 hairs of yours?" in a fan letter, expressing how many times she has seen Rathnayake's show. Critics described the show as "exquisite insanity" and a "melodic lunacy" because of the fervor shown by Rathnayke's fans, who would sometimes attack auditoriums where he was playing when they couldn't get in. Rathnayake's style was influenced by musicians like Sunil Shantha, Ananda Samarakone and C. T. Fernando who he considered "pioneers in the music field" for their use of "classical Ragadari and Hindustani music" as their starting point. Thani Tharuwe Rathnayake continues to be a popular musician in the 2000s, his latest album'Nil Kandu Yaaya' was released in 2012 February. He performed live at the BMICH on 13 December 2014 for an event, Victor Adasiyawasa, organised by himself.
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