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K.A.W. Perera
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1926 - 2006
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NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Best Writer

3rd Sarasaviya Awards - 1966
Saaravita

2 Best Script Writer

1st Swarna Sanka Award Ceremony 1966
Saaravita

3 Best Director

2nd Swarna Sanka Award Ceremony 1968
Senasuma Kothanada

4 Best Director

1st Gunwan Viduli Sammana Ulela 1970
Bicycle Hora

5 Best Script Writer

1st Gunwan Viduli Sammana Ulela 1970
Bicycle Hora

6 Special Award37,329

3rd Deepashika Award Ceremony 1972

7 Best Director

3rd OCIC Award Ceremony 1975
Lasanda

8 Best Director

1st Sarasaviya-Janatha Award Ceremony 1976
Lasanda

9 Swarna Sinha Award

6th Presidential Award 1984

10 "Ranathisara" Award

17th Sarasaviya Awards - 1989

11 "Swarna Jayanthi" Award

11th Presidential Award 1997
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Suhada Sohoyuro
Actor
1963

AS CREW MEMBER

1Sri 296
Dialogs
1959
2Sandeshaya
Story / Script / Dialogs
1960
3Pirimiyek Nisa
Director / Story / Dialogs
1960
4Ranmuthu Duwa
Dialogs
1962
5Suhada Sohoyuro
Director / Dialogs
1963
6Heta Pramada Vadi
Dialogs
1964
7Gatavarayo
Dialogs
1964
8Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
Dialogs
1964
9Yatagiya Dawasa
Dialogs
1965
10Saaravita
Script
1965
11Senasuma Kothanada
Director
1966
12Kapatikama
Director
1966
13Bicycle Hora
Director
1968
14Kathuru Muwath
Director
1971
15Seeye Nottuwa
Director
1971
16Lokuma Hinawa
Director
1972
17Ihatha Athmaya
Director
1972
18Aparadaya saha Daduwama
Director
1973
19Duleeka
Director
1974
20Lasanda
Director
1974
21Wasana
Director
1976
22Nedeyo
Director
1976
23Janaka Saha Manju
Director / Producer
1978
24Sasara
Director
1978
25Higana Kolla
Director
1979
26Aadara Rathne
Director
1980
27Bangali Valalu
Director / Producer
1981
28Wathura Karaththaya
Director / Producer
1982
29Rail Para
Director
1982
30Durga
Director / Producer
1988
31Dhawala Pushpaya
Director / Story / Script
1994
32Maduree
Director
1996
33Undaya
Director / Producer
2000
34Sumedha
Director / Script
2004

AS SONG CREW

1Suhada Sohoyuro
  • Lyrics - So Gini Hade Naga E
  • Lyrics - Hadena Wadena Du Daruwange
1963
BIOGRAPHY

Kala Suri Koddul Arachchige Wilson Perera (born 26 April 1926 – died 20 August 2006 as කොන්දුල් ආරච්චිගේ විල්සන් පෙරේරා) [Sinhala]), popularly known as K.A.W. Perera, was an award-winning director in Sri Lankan cinema. Considered as one of the best filmmakers in Sri Lankan cinema, Perera was also a screenwriter, dialogue writer, lyricist and producer who contributed to Sri Lankan drama career for more than five decades.

He died on 20 August 2006 at the age of 80

Personal life
K.A.W. Perera was born on 26 April 1926 in Colombo. His mother was Kavinihamy Ratnayake. He first attended to Olcott College and passed English senior exam. He completed education from Ananda College, Colombo.[8] Her mother was very strict on education, hence Perera studied well at the school and passed Junior School Certificate.

He was married to longtime partner Agnes and the couple has one son, Jayantha Das Perera.

Early career
Perera met Agnes, his future wife during studies at a private institute to prepare University Entrance Examination. At that time, with arising financial problems, he continuously went Employment Exchange to find a job. After some days, he was hired as a clerk at the Education Department.[8] While at the department, he wrote scripts for Radio Ceylon such as Jeewitha Sahathikaya and Rahas Parikshakaya produced by late Thevis Guruge and became popular. Praised by his Director of the Department, Perera was soon appointed as the Assistant English Teacher at a school in Biyanwala in 1949. In 1955, after few years of duty, he quit from the job and moved to Radio Ceylon as a full time writer and copywriter. He also produced radio programmes such as Handa Mama, Radio Sangarawa and Sinhala Geetha Dhara.

Cinema Career
During his work at Radio Ceylon, Perera met renowned filmmaker Lester James Peries. Lester selected KAW as the dialogues writer for Sri Lanka’s first pure Sinhala film, Rekava. KAW also worked with Lester for the next film Sandesaya as dialogues writer. In 1960, he co-directed his debut film Pirimiyek Nisa along with T. Somasekaran. The film was produced by E. A. P. Edirisinghe. In 1963, he co-produced the film Suhada Sohoyuro with Edirisinghe. In 1966 he directed the film Sanasuma Kothanada and won the Sarasaviya award for the best film.

Since his debut, KAW made blockbuster milestones in Sinhala cinema history which includes Kapatikama, Bicycle Hora, Penawa Neda, Kathuru Muwath, Janaka Saha Manju, Lokuma Hinawa, Ihatha Athmaya, Aparadaya saha Danduwama, Lasanda and Undaya. Perera involved to introduce many talented faces to Sinhala cinema, whom became some major stars in coming ages. He introduced Geetha Kumarasinghe to silver screen through his film Wasana. Then he introduced Vijaya Nandasiri to cinema with Nedeyo. He introduced maestro Premasiri Khemadasa to cinema with Sanasuma Kothanada as well as lyricist Dharmasiri Gamage. With his final film Sumedha, renowned musician Rookantha Gunathilake has introduced into Sinhala cinema as musical director.

In 1956, he was honored at Taskkent’ International Film festival for the film Lasanda. In 1976, Perera won the award for the best director at OCIC film festival in Rome for Lasanda.
 
 
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