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Shayama Anandan
ශ්‍යාමා ආනන්දන්
1959
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Shayama Anandan ශ්‍යාමා ආනන්දන්
Shayama Ananda
  • Birthday : 1959 December 24

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    NATIONAL AWARDS

    1Best Child Artist
    3rd Deepashika Award Ceremony 1972
    Pravesam Vanna
    2Best Performance Award
    6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
    Gehenu Lamai
    3Merit Award
    1st Presidential Award 1979
    Gehenu Lamai
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CAST MEMBER

    1Suvinitha Lalani
    Actress
    1961
    2Suhada Divi Piduma
    Actress
    1962
    3Vena Svargayak Kumatada
    Actress
    1963
    4Deepasika
    Actress
    1963
    5Sithaka Mahima
    Actress
    1964
    6Satha Panaha
    Actress
    1965
    7Athulveema Thahanam
    Actress
    1966
    8Senehasa
    Actress
    1969
    9Pravesam Vanna
    Actress
    1969
    10Penawa Neda
    Actress
    1970
    11Priyanga
    Actress
    1970
    12Mage Nangi Shyama
    Actress
    1975
    13Chandi Shyama
    Actress
    1978
    14Gehenu Lamai
    Actress
    1978
    15Hallo Shyama
    Actress
    1982
    16Mama Baya Ne Shyama
    Actress
    1995
    BIOGRAPHY

    Shyama Anandan (Sinhala:ශ්‍යාමා ආනන්දන්), popularly known as Shyama Ananda, is an actress in Sri Lankan Sinhala cinema.

    Personal life


    Shyama was born on 24 December 1959 in Colombo as the elder daughter. Her father M. S. Ananda was a renowned cinematographer, director and producer. Her mother Violet Ananda was also a film producer. She started her education at the Buddhist Ladies' College Colombo and joined St Bridget's Convent, Colombo and finished her higher studies at Visakha Vidyalaya. Her father died on 26 June 2016 at the age of 83. Shyama has one younger sister.

    She married Saliya Perera, Captain of the Thurstan College Cricket team on 15 December 1980. They have a daughter, Mandeera Anandi (who presently lives in Australia) and a son Ritchie Rasanga who resides in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

    She owns a coffee franchise Timothy's, is a partner of ManRich Logistics Canada and is owner of The Rich Cake Company.

    Cinema Career


    She first appeared as a 6-month-old baby in the movie Vena Swargayak Kumatada, a Robin Tampoe production in 1960. Having entered the silver screen at a very young age, she did 'child' roles in Suwaneetha Lalini, Suhada Divi Piduma, Sithaka Mahima, Satha Panaha, Athulveema Thahanam, Senehasa, Penawa Neda and was known as Baby Shyama.

    In 1969 her father launched their first production Pravesam Vanna and cast her in a dual role opposite Tony Ranasinghe, Malini Fonseka and Joe Abeywickrama in her first leading role. In 1969 she won the Lanka Deepa Deepasika award for best child artists in Sri Lankan Sinhala Cinema’s 25 years history for the portrayal of twin sisters in her father’s first home production Pravesam Venna, an MSA films release.

    In 1975, Anandan acted in the first of the Shyama series in Mage Nangi Shyama with Roy De Siva, H. R. Jothipala and Sumana Amarasinghe directed by her father. In 1978 she appeared in dual roles in the movie Chandi Shyama which won the J.R. Jayawardena presidential award for one of the highest collections by a movie cinema since its beginning in 1948. She did a dual role in the film with Gamini Fonseka, which was her most commercially successful film. In the third of the Shyama series Hello Shyama (1982) she was cast as a dutiful daughter who competes with her father, Gamini Fonseka to do justice for her mother.

    In the same year Gehenu Lamai directed by Sumitra Peries had Shyama played as "Padmini". The film was based on novel Gehenu Lamai written by Karunasena Jayalath. He praised her acting as the same as the character he had imagined while writing the book. Ananda was the O.C.I.C. award recipient for this role.

    In 1994, she appeared with her daughter and son in the blockbuster film Mama Baya Ne Shyama directed by her father. The film was based on popular Hollywood film Home Alone.

     
     
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