Wasantha Dukgannarala

Dukgannaralalage Wasantha Kumara Bandara (වසන්ත දුක්ගන්නාරාළ [si]) [Sinhala]), popularly as Dukaa, is an actor in Sri Lankan cinema[1] and stage drama[2] as well as a lyricist,[3] television host, author and media personality.[4]

Wasantha Dukgannarala
වසන්ත දුක්ගන්නාරාළ
Born
Dukgannaralalage Wasantha Kumara Bandara

Hingulwala, Kandy
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationAnuradhapura Central College
Alma materUniversity of Sri Jayewardenepura
OccupationActor, dramatist, lyricist, Announcer, author
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Manoja
Children2

Personal lifeEdit

He was born in Hingulwala, Kandy. He completed primary education Kahatagasdigiliya Primary School and then secondary education from Anuradhapura Central College.[5] He is a graduate of University of Sri Jayewardenepura.[6]

He is married to Manoja and the couple has one daughter and one son, Sandalindu.[7]

Drama careerEdit

In 1995, he joined with Sawana radio channel as a professional journalist under the guidance of Jackson Anthony.[5] During school times, he produced stage plays such as Seeruwen Sitin and Ghathakayo. Then he acted in many popular stage plays during university life, such as Paraassa, Dewaraii, Yakshagamanaya, Deweni Mahinda and Derdandaa.[8]

On 2 April 2016, he conducted a show titled Dukaa at Nelum Pokuna Theater to celebrate 25 years in media career.[9] He produced a stage drama Baala Samaagama along with Mihira Sirithilaka and Ajith Lokuge.[8]

Television careerEdit

He also acted in the popular television serial Ingammaruwa. He hosted the television reality program CIC Shoora Goviya for two seasons, which was telecast in TV Derana.[10][11] He then hosted the theater program Sonduru Agnyaawa telecasted in ITN. He along with fellow actor Ajith Lokuge became the winners of reality show Star City Comedy Season.[12]

He is the founder of television company, Right Brain Networks. He produced two programs through the company – Agree with Murali and Raeta Raeta. Both programs are telecast on ITN.[13]

Author workEdit

He has published two books – Man Sinhayata Bayai Nangiye and U Thamai Duka.[14]

FilmographyEdit

His maiden cinema acting came through 1998 film Julietge Bhumikawa directed by Jackson Anthony.[15] Then he worked with Jackson again in the 2008 blockbuster hit Aba.[16]

As actorEdit

Year Film Role Ref.
1998 Julietge Bhumikawa
2008 Aba Maha Berana [17]
2014 Siri Daladagamanaya Prince Ksheerajanthu [18]

As lyricistEdit

Year Film Ref.
2006 Anjalika [19]
2007 Asai Man Piyabanna [20]
2008 Adaraye Namayen [21]
2009 Dancing Star [22]
2011 Challenges [23]
2019 Thiththa Aththa [24]
TBD Nim Him

LyricsEdit

He has contributed to more than 300[5] popular songs ranges from classical pop, R&B, Blues and Hip Hop genre.[25][26] In 1996, he wrote the popular song Man Sinhayata Bayay Nangiye for Senanayake Weraliyadde. In 2000, he composed popular hit Ran Kurahan Mala for BnS. And the song Mal Pan Podak written for BnS became the song of the millennial youth. Then he wrote the song Nethra. After that Dushyanth Weeraman, Iraj Weeraratne, Chinthi and Ranindu come into the field while working. Dushyanth's song Pana Senehasa was also very popular. Then he came with the song Ahankara Nagare for Ranidu Lankage. It became the most popular song on the index.[7]

Also, he made the song Sokoari for newcomer Chinthi. He was reprimanded for writing the song Sokari which later became a social issue. The song Sokari is the only song that was censored with only one word. The word 'Kansa' (meaning "Cannabis") was censored and published in the media. And then, Duka wrote the first ringing tone song in Sri Lanka, Ahankara Nagare. The he wrote the song Ravum Kade for Gayantha Perera and song Hanthane for Ashanti de Alwis. For Romesh and Lakshan, he wrote the song Ma Desa Neth Nopiya Balapoo. Meanwhile, Govi Geethaya and Api Wenuwen Api songs even won awards.[7]

Selected lyricsEdit

  • Api Daduru Oyen Panna
  • Api Innam Oba Wenuwen
  • Binkundo
  • Gajaman Nona
  • Govi Geethaya
  • Hadakam
  • Hanthane
  • Harima Hadai
  • Heta Elivena Thuru Nata[27]
  • Hithumathe
  • Hitha Poodinneth
  • Ilayata Wehila
  • Japura Premaya
  • Kalakata Passe
  • Kulaganak[28]
  • Mage Jeewithema
  • Mal Pan Podak
  • Man Sil Bidagaththe
  • Man Sinhayata Bayai Nangiye
  • Man Thaniyen Awidin
  • Pawurakin Nobidena
  • Petaluna
  • Premaya Usai
  • Ran Kurahan Mala
  • Ridum Dena
  • Thawa Eka Parak
  • Thumba Mal
  • Thurule Nidan (Manamali 2)
  • Yannada Igilli
  • Kathirina
  • Adambarai Baluwamanam
  • Ahankara Nagare
  • Ninda Noyana Hendawe
  • Sasara Aranyaye
  • Mal Mal Sariya
  • Katakarakam
  • Muragala Pasukara
  • Pana Senehasa
  • Thawa Ekaparak
  • Pin Manda Ranga Bumiye
  • Sindu Hendewa
  • Mumunanawa
  • Nikula Pembara

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wasantha Dukgannarala films". Rate your music. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Wasantha Dukgannarala Actor, Music Department". IMDb. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Where are all the lyricists?". Sooriya. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Nethin Ethere 2019: Guest Lecture No 01 by Wasantha Dukgannarala". Department of Estate Management & Valuation. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "The media field is not an accident". Dinamina. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  6. ^ "ශ‍්‍රී ජයවර්ධනපුර ප‍්‍රදීප ප‍්‍රණාම". Neth News. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Duka wrote songs for her son for the first time". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b "වේදිකාවටත් රැල්ලක් හැදෙනවා නම් මම කැමැතියි". Silumina. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  9. ^ "25 years of Dukaa". Ada. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  10. ^ "CIC Manussakama hosts workshop for CIC Shoora Govi Peramuna". Daily News. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Bringing the youth back to agriculture". The Island. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Star City Comedy Season". TV Derana. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Gossip chat with Wasantha Dukgannarala". sinhalagossip. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Author work by Wasantha Dukgannarala". Sarasavi Bookshop (pvt) Ltd. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Wasantha Dukgannarala filmography". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  16. ^ "'Aba' aims international heights". Sunday times. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Jackson recreates history with". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films – Anjalika". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films – Asai Man Piyabanna". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  21. ^ "'Feel My Love' gives opportunities for the young". The Nation. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films – Dancing Star". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  23. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films – Challenges". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  24. ^ "The story of Walisinghe". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  25. ^ "වසන්ත දුක්ගන්නාරාළ – Wasantha Dukgannarala lyrics". lklyrics. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  26. ^ "Wasantha Dukgannarala Songs". songhub. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  27. ^ "Debut Sinhala Original From KNH Project". Business Today. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Kulaganak". music.lk. Retrieved 12 September 2019.

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