Artists

Upali Ariyasiri has been initially working as a Producer of Musical Programmes and subsequently as a Senior Television Producer at the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation for nearly 20 years.

He is responsible for creation of all art works for the Sri Lanka Navy. He is an artiste who has special talents on portrait art work and making background decorations.

Sampath Sanjeewa resident in Batahettara, Piliyandala in the Colombo District, received his preliminary education from the Sumanasara Vidyalaya in Batahettara, Piliyandala. He studied for his G.C.E.(A/L) at Sripali Vidyalaya in Horana in 2005 and learned basics of the performance arts from the teacher J.P.Kanthi. He received further education on change of characters etc., from the teacher Aruna Shantha of the Shripali Vidyalaya in Horana. After that he received education on Upcountry, Low Country, Sabaragamua and Western dance performances from the teacher Malmi Nilanga of the Jana Kala Kendraya in Battaramulla and is now receiving further education at the National Youth Services Council in Maharagama.

He had his education at the Bandarawela Central College and entered the Aesthetic Studies Department of the Colombo University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Thereafter he worked as an Assistant Lecturer (Low country dancing) at the same University. Later he joined the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation as a Producer and subsequently was promoted to the post of Assistant Director (Performing Arts).

With an initiation into dancing by her school teacher Daya Nellampitiya, Chathurika Peiris proceeded to study dancing further from Prof.Mudiyanse Dissanayake. Thereafter she joined Srimathi Padmini Dahanayake’s Dancing Academy “Padma” to study Bharatha Natyam.

Kumara Thirimadura while studying for Advanced Level at the Prince of Wales College in Moratuwa won the Best Actor award at the School Art Festival. Thereafter he came to act in stage Dramas on the advice given by his mentor Tissa Gunawardena, the school drama teacher who recognized his potential He has already acted in more than 100 stage plays.

Janaka Ranasinghe had his education at Gampaha Gothami Vidyalaya and Bandaranaike Vidyalaya. In 1993 he learnt drama & art from Jayalal Rohana.

It is with his father and brother he went to Theatre halls in his village area when he was a child. He got inspired by dramas and performance arts and started his performance life in the 1960s by performing in the two dramas of “Asokamala” and “Kudu Ke Vitti”. Although he stepped intothe popular stage even at that time he was a University entrant from the Dehiwela Madya Maha Vidyalaya.

Madani Malwatte joined the dancing troupe of the National Youth Services Council after which she came on stage with the drama “Kaneru Mal” by Jayalath Manorathne. She has been an actress on the stage for 13 years and has portrayed the characters of the Maname Queen, ‘Sinhala Seevali’ in “Sinhabahu” and other dramas like “Suba saha Yasa”, “Kelani Palama” and “Dikthala Kalagola”.

An accomplished artiste she has made a significant contribution on the Stage, Tele Dramas & Cinema. She shines as a singer too. Having studied opera under Dr.Premasiri Khemadasa, her preference is for recognition as an Opera Singer.

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