Chandra Kaluarachchi

Chandra Kankanamage Kaluarachchi (April 6, 1943 – November 1, 2019), popularly known as Chandra Kaluarachchi, was an actress in Sri Lankan cinema, theater and television.[1] Since her debut role as a 19-year-old woman in Raththaran putha by Arnold Wickramasuriya in 1962,[2] Chandra was recognized for playing motherly and other figures on stage, film, radio and television serials.[3]

Chandra Kaluarachchi
Born
Chandra Kankanamage Kaluarachchi

(1943-04-06)April 6, 1943
Narahenpita, Sri Lanka
DiedNovember 1, 2019(2019-11-01) (aged 76)
NationalitySri Lankan
OccupationFilm, Television, Radio and Stage actress
Spouse(s)Lakshman Wijesekara
ChildrenAma Wijesekara

She died on 1 November 2019 at the age of 76.[4] She was the wife of musician Lakshman Wijesekara and mother of popular actress Ama Wijesekara. Kaluarchchi is best known for performances in Welikathara (1971), Ira Madiyama (2003) and Nisala Gira (2007) and numerous notable roles in television serials.

BiographyEdit

Early life and educationEdit

Chandra Kaluarachchi grew up in Narahenpita, near Colombo. Her early touches with nature. In the meantime the program named Lamapitiya was encouraged to pursue acting in radio. After leaving college she played the leading role in several Sri Lankan stage productions. Dramatist Premaranjit Tilakaratne A House without a roof ' he identifies produced 'Wahalak Neti Geyak'. It got recognition at the State Drama Festival 1964 winning awards for the Best Actress as Chandra Kaluarachchi.[5] Chandra Kaluarachchi played a grandmother in the S. Karunaratne play Erabadu Mal Pottu Pipila in 1967.[6] Dayananda Gunawardena’s Gajaman Puwatha, first in the genre of "docudrama", which he introduced to the Sinhala stage on 14 October 1975. It is colorful figure of Ranchagoda Lamaya was acted by her[7]

TheatergraphyEdit

RadiographyEdit

FilmographyEdit

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Year Film Role Ref.
1968 Dahasak Sithuvil Nilanthi's aunt
1969 Mokada Une Hamine
1969 Romio-Juliet Kathawak
1969 Bakmaha Deege Panampallage Celestina Karunawathie
1970 Lakseta Kodiya Rani Vandurumana
1970 Thunman Handiya Sophie
1970 Sidadiyen Hayak
1971 Welikathara Bathik dress discusser
1972 Singappuru Chali
1973 Mathara Achchi Sumitra's mother
1973 Hathdinnath Tharu Siripala's mother
1974 Sihasuna
1974 Jeewana Ganga
1974 Dinum Kanuwa
1975 Siril Malli
1975 Tharanga Mrs. Silva
1976 Asha
1976 Mangala
1978 Selinage Walawwa Selina's mother
1978 Sara
1979 Wasanthaye Dawasak Kalu Ethano
1980 Para Dige
1980 Dandu Monara Catherine
1981 [Aradhana
1981 Vajira Kamani's mother
1982 Re Manamali
1983 Muhudu Lihini
1984 Shirani
1984 Hima Kathara
1986 Athuru Mithuru
1990 Himagira
1992 Bajar Eke Chandiya
1993 Seilama
1997 Sudu Akka
1994 Yuwathipathi Redi Nanda
1999 Pawuru Walalu Alice 'Nona'
2003 Ira Madiyama Duminda's mother
2005 Samanala Thatu
2007 Nisala Gira Kudu Amma
2015 Bora Diya Pokuna Desmond's mother

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Chandra Kaluarachchi filmography". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Handahana with Arnold Wickramasuriya". Daily News(Sri Lanka.
  3. ^ "R R Samarakone's life comes in a biography". Daily News(Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 2013-12-27.
  4. ^ "Chandra Kaluarachchi passed away". Hiru News. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  5. ^ "'The Father' and the 'Ghosts' adopted for the Sinhala stage". sundayobserver (Sri Lanka). Archived from the original on 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
  6. ^ "A Critique on the State Sinhala Drama Festival of 1966". dailynews.lk (Sri Lanka).
  7. ^ "Synthesis of literature and spectacle". island.lk (Sri Lanka).
  8. ^ "chandra-kaluarachchi". filmslk.

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