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Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya
ජීවරාණි කුරුකුලසූරිය
1941
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SUMMARY

 
NATIONAL AWARDS

1 For Best Performances

2nd Sarasaviya Awards - 1965
Sasaraka Hati

2 Favourite Actress

3rd Sarasaviya Awards - 1966

3 Famous Actress

1st Swarna Sanka Award Ceremony 1966

4 Best Performance

4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967
Oba Dutu Da

5 Famous Actress

4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967

6 Special Award

7th Sarasaviya Awards - 1970
Senehasa

7 Pioneering Award

13th Presidential Award 2000
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Sandeshaya
Actress
1960
2Weera Wijaya
Main Actress
1960
3Ranmuthu Duwa
Main Actress
1962
4Adata Vadiya Heta Hondai
Main Actress
1963
5Udarata Manike
Main Actress
1963
6Deepasika
Main Actress
1963
7Gatavarayo
Actress
1964
8Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
Main Actress
1964
9Sasaraka Hati
Main Actress
1964
10Sujage Rahasa
Main Actress
1964
11Yatagiya Dawasa
Main Actress
1965
12Saaravita
Main Actress
1965
13Hathara Maha Nidhanaya
Actress
1965
14Senasuma Kothanada
Main Actress
1966
15Delovak Athara
Actress
1966
16Kapatikama
Main Actress
1966
17Oba Dutu Da
Main Actress
1966
18Sanasili Suvaya
Main Actress
1966
19Hathara Kendare
Main Actress
1967
20Sorungeth Soru
Actress
1967
21Sorungeth Soru
Main Actress
1967
22Ipadune Ai
Main Actress
1967
23Okkoma Hari
Actress
1967
24Singithi Surathal
Main Actress
1968
25Bicycle Hora
Actress
1968
26Indunila
Actress
1968
27Baduth Ekka Horu
Main Actress
1969
28Sumudu Barya
Main Actress
1970
29Gopalu Handa
Main Actress
1973
30Sheela
Main Actress
1974
31Seetha Devi
Actress
1978
32Hiri Poda Wessa
Actress
2006
BIOGRAPHY

Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya (born 2 December 1941 as ජීවරාණි කුරුකුලසූරිය) [Sinhala]), is an actress in Sri Lankan cinema, theater and television.[1] One of the most popular actresses in early Sinhala cinema, she played the main role in Sri Lanka's first Sinhala color film Ranmuthu Duwa.

Personal life


Jeevarani was born on 2 December 1941 in Aluthgama, Kalutara as the eldest of the family. Her father was Kurukulasuriyage Venus Anthony Fernando.[4] When three years old, Jeevarani used to dance, sing lullabies, poems and do various mimics in front of parents and relatives. She completed education from Good Shepherd Convent, Colombo and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena.

She has three younger sisters - Shirani, Janaki and Menik, all are actresses. She also has one brother, Vivek, who currently lives in Austarlia. Shirani got the opportunity to act with Jeevarani in the film Ranmuthu Duwa. Janaki got the opportunity to play with sister in the film Sasaraka Hati. Youngest sister, Menik is a popular actress acted in many commercial films including, Ahas Gawwa, Biththi Hathara and Nommara 17.

Jeevarani is married to Lanka Wijeratne, who is a doctor. They married in 1968. They moved to Australia after spending five years of marriage in Sri Lanka. The couple has three daughters - Sajeewani, Senani and Lankangani. Elder daughter, Sanjeewani is a nutritionist and a first-class singer. Younger daughters are doctors.[5] Lankangani is married to entrepreneur Nalaka Edirisinghe. Nalaka is the son of media personality Soma Edirisinghe. Senani is also a singer and released her first solo track in 2016.

Career


At very small stage, her father took her to Radio Ceylon. Then she became a "Lama Mandapaya" singer. Under the guidance of Thilakasiri Fernando, Jeevarani became an “A” grade artist. Along with Fernando, she sang the popular songs Maala Manamaaliya Wu Daa and Naaga Lowin Gena A Bulath. During this period, she met Vajira Chitrasena and started to learn Kandyan dancing.[5] She also learned dance from R.W. Sirineris Gurunnanse and Nalini Samarasinghe. In the meantime, she also joined the Panadura Arts Association.

With the intentions to be an actress as her idol Rukmani Devi, Jeevarani started drama career in 1959 with the stage play Maha Hene Riri Yaka, a story written by the late prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and produced by Dick Dias. The play became very popular and staged 40 times. Then, her father took Jeevarani to Dr. Lester James Peries. Peries offered a role in his blockbuster movie Sandesaya, which marked her maiden appearance in Sinhala cinema. Then she acted in the film Veera Vijaya and went India with her grandmother for the shooting. Her major breakthrough in film came with Sri Lanka's first color film Ran Muthu Doowa directed by Mike Wilson with the role "Kumari". In the film, she acted opposite to Gamini Fonseka and quickly made a unique cinema couple.

Jeevarani along with Sandhya Kumari and Vijitha Mallika were the most popular actresses in 1960s. Some of her popular films include Bicycle Hora, Adata Wediya Heta Hondai, Okkoma Hari, Horungeth Horu. In the film Senasuma Kothanda, she played as a nurse, whereas in the film Senehasa, she played a role of poor mother. Although a singer, Jeevarani got her only playback singing in the movie Hatha Kendare. Another memorable moment in her film career came through Senasili Suwaya directed by Robin Tampoe. In the film, she had a difficult time trying to escape the train and commit suicide, which she acted excellently.

After the marriage, she quit from acting and moved to Australia. After 28 years, she appeared in the 2006 film Hiripoda Wassa.

 
 
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