Sri Lanka: Veteran actor Vijaya Nandasiri passes away

( August 8, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Actor Vijaya Nandasiri (b. 1944) passed away at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, this morning.The veteran actor was 72 years old.

He leaves behind wife, actress Devika Mihirani, whom he met on the sets of ‘Subha Saha Yasa’ in 1974, and children Navanjana and Rasanjana.

Illukpitiya Muduyanselage Vijaya Nandasiri was born in Maharagama and had his primary and secondary education at Vidyakara Vidyalaya, where he availed himself to many of the school productions.

Theatre

His made his theatre debut at the State Drama Festival in 1966, with ‘Vidura-Diva’.

His next role was in ‘Naribena’, which he followed with ‘Jasaya saha Lenchina’.

Over the next years he played the character of King Maname in Professor Saratchchandra’s titular ‘Maname’, and appeared in the plays ‘Singha Bhahu’, ‘Mahasara’ and ‘Ratnawalee’.

He gained notoriety in 1971, with the play ‘Ran Kanda’, which he followed with ‘Subha Saha Yasa’, ‘Nariya Saha Keju Kella’, ‘Ekadipathi’, ‘Tharawo Egilethi’, ‘Kuweni’ and ‘Hunuwataye Kathawa’.

Film

In 1976, Nandasiri was invited to act in the film ‘Nedayo’.

That performance was followed with the films ‘Yasa Isuru’, ‘Sandakada Pahana’, ‘Bengali Walalu’, ‘Sasara’ and ‘Rail Para’.

In 2016, he starred in the film ‘Suhada Koka’.

Television

Nandasiri is best known for his comedic role in the television series ‘Nonavaruni Mahathwaruni’.

Author: Sri Lanka Guardian

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