Dayananda Gunawardena
දයානන්ද ගුණවර්ධන
1934 - 1990
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AS CAST MEMBER

1Kurulu Bedda
Actor
1961
2Sihina Hathak
Actor
1966
3Vesathuru Siritha
Actor
1966
4Sanda Nega Eddi
Actor
1966
5Ransalu
Actor
1967
6Bakmaha Deege
Actor
1969

AS CREW MEMBER

1Bakmaha Deege
Director
1969
BIOGRAPHY

Hettipathirannehelage Dayananda Gunawardena (Sinhala: දයානන්ද ගුනවර්ධන) (15 October 1934 – 24 June 1993), better known as Dayananda Gunawardena, was a Sri Lankan playwright, actor, lyricist, dramatist, radio play producer, and Sinhala Radio Play writer.

Early life
Dayananda Gunawardena[clarification needed] was born in Liyanagoda, Pannipitiya in Sri Lanka. His father, Don Simon, was an English teacher. Gunawardena completed his schooling at the Ugampola Government School (1943–46) and continued education at the Veyngoda Government Secondary School (1946–51). Beginning in 1951, he attended Ananda College in Colombo.

While at school, he was active in many societies such as the drama society, in which he acted as the Junior Cadet Captain, and won the trophy of "best cadet".

Gunawardena also served as the vice-president of the college geographic society. At Ananda College he was awarded the D.B. Jayatilleke Literary Award and the Amarasena Art Award. In 1957 he joined the University of Peradeniya and completed his General Arts Qualifying Examination. He married Irangani Ranatunga of Gampaha on 28 September 1967 and they had three children.

Theater Career
Gundwardena's first notable play was Nari Bena (1961), based on a Sinhala folk story. Lionel Algama helped write some of its memorable songs, such as "Ahala malin gas pirila balanna hari lassanai" and "Kumatada sobaniye kandulu salanne". It became popular and continued to be performed for forty years. His next play, Bakmaha Akunu (1962), based on the French drama The Marriage of Figaro, was made into a film. Kaamare Pore (1962), produced as a single stage drama in Sinhala, is an adaptation of the play Box and Cox by English playwright John Maddison Morton. It was first staged without songs.[3] Gunawardena produced sixteen plays. Particularly notable are Gajaman Puwatha (1975) and Madhura Javanika (1983). He directed NariBena under the Cultural Exchange Programme (1978).

He formed the Nalu Kirthi Sabha Theatre Group in the 1970s. Gunawardena is credited with introducing docudramas to the Sinhala theatre and with showcasing the talent of Sinhala poet Gajaman Nona. His Gajaman Puwatha (1976) was the first Sinhala play to adopt the docudrama style. Another notable play of Gunawardana is Madhura Javanika (Joyous Scenes).This drama picks up the period of war between kings Rama and Ravana, noteworthy events in the country's history and the influence of the western invaders on Sri Lankan culture with the dramatized chronicle of the Hingala (Sinhala) people. It continues into modern times where women seek employment in Dubai as housemaids. In 2007 some of his plays were restaged in an attempt to raise funds for reviving public interest about his works.
 
 
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