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Sumithra Peiris
Sumithra Peiris
  • Birthday : March 23
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    NATIONAL AWARDS

    1 Best Editor

    1st Sarasaviya Awards - 1964
    Gamperaliya

    2 Best Editor

    4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967
    Delovak Athara

    3 Best Editor

    1st Presidential Award 1979
    Ahasin Polovata

    4 Best Director [2nd]

    6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
    Gehenu Lamai

    5 Best Editor

    6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
    Ahasin Polovata

    6 Best Director

    3rd Presidential Award 1981
    Ganga Addara

    7 Best Editor

    3rd Presidential Award 1981
    Ganga Addara

    8 Best Director

    9th Sarasaviya Awards - 1981
    Ganga Addara

    9 Best Director

    5th Presidential Award 1983
    Yahalu Yeheli

    10 Best Director

    10th OCIC Award Ceremony 1983
    Yahalu Yeheli

    11 Best Director

    13th Sarasaviya Awards - 1985
    Maya

    12 Best Director

    17th Sarasaviya Awards - 1989
    Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda

    13 Best Director

    16th OCIC Award Ceremony 1989
    Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda

    14 Best Director

    2nd Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1990
    Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda

    15 "Ranathisara" Award

    21st Sarasaviya Awards - 1993

    16 Best Director

    11th Presidential Award 1997
    Loku Duwa

    17 Best Director

    25th Sarasaviya Awards - 1998
    Loku Duwa

    18 Best Director

    12th Presidential Award 2000
    Duwata Mawaka Misa

    19 "Swarna Sinha" Award

    13th Presidential Award 2000

    20 Abhimani Award

    33rd Sarasaviya Awards - 2016
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Gamperaliya
    Editor
    1963
    2Delovak Athara
    Editor
    1966
    3Golu Hadawatha
    Editor
    1968
    4Desa Nisa
    Producer
    1975
    5Madol Doova
    Editor
    1976
    6Gehenu Lamai
    Director
    1978
    7Ahasin Polovata
    Editor
    1978
    8Ganga Addara
    Director
    1980
    9Yahalu Yeheli
    Director
    1982
    10Maya
    Director
    1984
    11Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda
    Director
    1988
    12Loku Duwa
    Director
    1996
    13Duwata Mawaka Misa
    Director
    1997
    14Sakman Maluwa
    Director
    2003
    15Vaishnavee
    Director
    2018
    BIOGRAPHY

    Early life
    Sumitra Gunawardena (birth name) was born on March 24th 1935 to a Marxist family known as Boralugoda Gunewardenas in Avissawella. Her father, Henry (better known as Harry) Gunawardena was a proctor in Avissawella and mother, Harriette Wickramasinghe was from a middle class family. Three of Sumitra's relatives - Dinesh Gunawardena, Geethanjana Gunawardena and Prasanna Gunawardena are still in Sri Lankan politics today.

    When Sumitra was 14 years her mother died. At that time her brother, Gamini, five years elder to her and sister, Chandralatha, four years elder than her, and also younger brother Ranjith. After the tragedy of their mother's death her elder brother Gamini went to south of France and lived in a yacht with a French painter.

    Sumitra began her education in Avissawella, then later enrolled to Visakha Vidyalaya in Colombo and finally joined the Aquinas College Colombo to do the London Advanced Level.
    At the age of 20 Sumitra find some amount of money and travelled to Europe by ship to meet her elder brother Gamini there to build her own career there.[3]

    Personal life
    Sumitra married Lester James Peries on June 19th 1964 All Saints Church.

    Career
    With advice of her brother Gamini she studied French in Laussanne, Switzerland in 1950's. She met Lester there and he was to screen his first film Rekava at the Cannes Film Festival and Lester advised her to study movie making in London rather than in France.
    She studied film making at the London School of Film Technique and was awarded a Diploma in Film Direction and Production (1957-1959). She was the only woman studying this subject there at that time. After passing out, she began working at Mai Harris, a subtitling firm for a short period and returned back to home in Sri Lanka.

    Sumitra's brother Gamini contacted Lester and checked the possibility of her sister to work with him. Lester agreed and Sumitra started the work as assistant director in his second film Sandesaya. A filmmaking company called Cinelanka was established in 1963 with Anton Wickramasinghe also Lester and Sumitra as major shareholders.

    In 1980's Sumitra was a member of the Presidential Commission for two years to conducted an inquiry into Sri Lanka's film sector regarding all aspects of the industry such as its troubles, statistics, public opinions and recommendations.

    She was in charge of production for Worldview International in Sri Lanka in period of 1988-1990. Also during the period of late 1980s and early 1990s, she was a member of the Board of Management of the Institute of Aesthetique Studies, Kelaniya University, Sri Lanka and Prof A J Gunewardena was the Director General of the Institute at that time.
    Sumitra has been working as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France won the award for the best film director in fifty (50) years of Sri Lankan cinema.

     
     
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