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David Dharmakeerthi
ඩේවිඩ් ධර්මකීර්ති
1913 - 1987
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SUMMARY

NATIONAL AWARDS

1Best Supporting Actor
10th Sarasaviya Awards - 1982
Aradhana
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Prema Tharangaya
Actor
1953
2Sujatha
Actor
1953
3Sedasulan
Actor
1955
4Salli Malli Salli
Actor
1958
5Vanamohini
Actor
1958
6Sirimalee
Actor
1959
7Sandeshaya
Actor
1960
8Pirimiyek Nisa
Actor
1960
9Suvinitha Lalani
Actor
1961
10Suhada Divi Piduma
Actor
1962
11Sudu Sande Kalu Wala
Actor
1963
12Deepasika
Actor
1963
13Gamperaliya
Actor
1963
14Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
Actor
1964
15Sulalitha Sobani
Actor
1964
16Suba Sarana Sapa Sithe
Actor
1964
17Samajaye Api Okkoma Samanai
Actor
1964
18Sithaka Mahima
Actor
1964
19Hathara Maha Nidhanaya
Actor
1965
20Hitha Giya Thena
Actor
1965
21Landaka Mahima
Actor
1965
22Mahadena Muththa
Actor
1966
23Athulveema Thahanam
Actor
1966
24Sigiri Kashyapa
Actor
1966
25Kapatikama
Actor
1966
26Sanasili Suvaya
Actor
1966
27Hathara Kendare
Actor
1967
28Iwasana Dana
Actor
1967
29Hith Giya Thena
Actor
1967
30Singithi Surathal
Actor
1968
31Punchi Baba
Actor
1968
32Punchi Baba
Actor
1968
33Akka Nago
Actor
1968
34Bicycle Hora
Actor
1968
35Indunila
Actor
1968
36Dehadaka Duka
Actor
1968
37Kauda Hari
Actor
1969
38Pravesam Vanna
Actor
1969
39Pancha
Actor
1969
40Kathuru Muwath
Actor
1971
41Hathara Wate
Actor
1972
42Lokuma Hinawa
Actor
1972
43Ihatha Athmaya
Actor
1972
44Suhada Pathuma
Actor
1973
45Sinavai Inavai
Actor
1973
46Sunethra
Actor
1973
47Sanakeliya
Actor
1974
48Kokilayo
Actor
1975
49Rajagedara Paraviyo
Actor
1975
50Madol Doova
Actor
1976
51Veera Puran Appu
Actor
1978
52Divi Thibena Thuru
Actor
1979
53Hari Pudumai
Actor
1979
54Parithyaga
Actor
1980
55Beddegama
Actor
1981
56Jeewanthi
Actor
1981
57Aradhana
Actor
1981
58Parasathuro
Actor
1984
59Kivulegedara Mohottala
Actor
1987
60Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda
Actor
1988
61Ahas Maliga
Actor
1994

AS CREW MEMBER

1Salli Malli Salli
Story / Dialogs
1958
BIOGRAPHY

Kalukapuge Don David (born 1 September 1913 – died 10 September 1987 as ඩේවිඩ් ධර්මකීර්ති), popularly known as David Dharmakeerthi was an actor Sri Lankan early Sri Lankan cinema.

Personal Life


He was born on 1 September 1913 in Kotigamgoda village, Padukka. His father Odiris Appuhami was a farmer. He started school at village school and then from Wonakal College, Padukka and finally to the English English School in Homagama. After school, Dharmakeerthi first joined the Department of Agriculture at Alston Place, Colombo as an overseer.

Dharmakeerthi was married to Nandawathi Jayasuriya. The couple has 5 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 10 September 1987 at the age of 74.

Career


In school times, he performed in a drama based on a novel "Rohini" written by Martin Wickremasinghe. There was a superintendent named Jasinghe in the Department of Agriculture where David worked. He saw Dharmakeerthi's acting skills in the dramas of the peasant army, who also produced the background music and art direction. Raja Tilakaratne, who was a Lake House Dinamina Journalist, is a relative of the superintendent Jasinghe. Jasinghe opened the cinema door to Dharmakeerthi. His first cinema acting came through 1953 film Sujatha directed by T. R. Sundaram. During his visit to the studio in India to film Sujatha, his father and friend T. Somasekaran both died.

He also worked as a film assistant director, dialogue writer and a story writer in 1958 film Salli Malli Salli. In this film he emerged as a character actor. In 1981, he acted in the film Aradhana as a merciful father. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 1982 Sarasaviya Awards. for that acting. This was the only award he received in 35 years of film career. He acted with his son Sarath Dharmakeerthi in the 1984 film Parasathuro.
His final cinema appearance came through 1988 film Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda directed by Sumitra Peries.

 
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