Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
H. A. PERERA
The 9th death anniversary of veteran actor, dramatist and musician H. A. Perera falls on February 5. Colombo-born Habarakadage Aloysius Perera studied at Modera St. James College, De La Salle College and Kotahena Madhya Maha Vidyalaya. Having made his entry into the arts field via street dramas, HA, as he was fondly known, played powerful characters in several stage dramas including Wedikkarayo, Spartacus, Sekkuwa, Sthree, Pus Lodang, Sudu Saha Kalu, Vinishchaya, Mawathe Api, Julius Caesar, Galileo, Oththukarayo, Hitler, Warenthu, Ukdandu Ginna, and Warna while he directed music for dramas like Sekkuwa, Vinishchaya, Suba Sendewak, Numba Vitharak Thala Elalui, Hitler and Warenthu. He made his film debut in H. D. Premaratne’s ‘Sasaraka Pethum’ and continued to ignite the big screen with a variety of characters in Hasthi Viyaruwa, Rejana, Koti Waligaya, Sagara Jalaya Madi Henduwa Oba Sanda, Siri Medura, Palama Yata, Keli Mandala, Kula Geya, Mee Haraka, Dehena, Vimukthi and Indrakeelaya. He also played key roles in several tele dramas like Yashorawaya, Kada Ima, Passé Gena Manamali, Bumu Thurunu, Situwarayo and Nethra Mangalyaya.
The third death anniversary of veteran musician Tissasiri Perera who created beautiful melodies for popular songs falls on February 7. Among the popular songs set to tune by Tissasiri were Malak Sema Oba Suwandai, Punchi Hithuwakkariye, Ma Langatama Thawa Lanwela, Oba Dannawanam Hitha Handana Tharam, Sasare Maha Sayure and others.
The 31st death anniversary of veteran dramatist and actor Dhamma Jagoda falls today, February 4.Hikkaduwa-born Dharmasena Kalahe Jagoda studied drama at the Nottingham Drama Academy and later acted in stage plays Kuweni, Sakkara Wattang, Rathu Rosa, Maname, Kada Walalu, Konthare and others. He produced several plays and made new productions of popular dramas like Maname, Sinhabahu and Mahasara. He trained a large number of youngsters at his drama school thus making a positive contribution to the industry. Dhamma who was also an A grade Nadagam singer at Radio Ceylon, acted in films like Green Emeralds, Romeo Juliet Kathawak, Thangam (Tamil) Devena Pipasaya, Madol Duwa and Mahagedara and directed tele dramas like Palingu Menike, Mihikathage Daruwo and others. He passed away on February 4, 1988 at the age of 47.
The 14th death anniversary of yesteryear stunt actor Bandu Munasinghe falls on February 5. Bandu who was born in Rajagiriya was known as a fine boxer. Having served a stint in the Navy, Bandu made his acting debut in Wedibima. He also became the first Sri Lankan stunt director with the film ‘Ma Alaya Kala Tharuniya’ directed by Sirisena Wimalaweera in 1959. He acted in a large number of films under various directors. He passed away on February 5 in 2005 at the age of 69.