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Rukmani Devi
රුක්මනී දේවි
1923 - 1978
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SUMMARY

SOCIAL MEDIA

 
NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Favourite Actress [1st]100,091

Dinamina Ranga Madala 1956

2 Best Actress

1st Deepashika Award Ceremony 1956
Umathu Wishwasaya

3 Favourite Actress [1st]

Swarnadhara Award Ceremony 1959

4 Favourite Singer - Female

3rd Sarasaviya Awards - 1966

5 Special Awards

6th Sarasaviya Awards - 1969
Abuddassa Kale

6 "Deeparani" Special Award

3rd Deepashika Award Ceremony 1972

7 Best Singer - FemaleSong : Doi Doi

1st Presidential Award 1979
Ahasin Polovata

8 Special Award

14th Sarasaviya Awards - 1986
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Kadawunu Poronduwa
Main Actress
1947
2Kapati Arakshakaya
Main Actress
1948
3Weradunu Kurumanama
Main Actress
1948
4Peralena Iranama
Main Actress
1949
5Hadisi Winishchaya
Main Actress
1950
6Sengawunu Pilitura
Main Actress
1951
7Umathu Wishwasaya
Actress
1952
8Kele Handa
Main Actress
1953
9Iranganie
Main Actress
1954
10Mathabhedaya
Main Actress
1955
11Perakadoru Bena
Main Actress
1955
12Dosthara
Main Actress
1956
13Siriyalatha
Main Actress
1957
14Daiwayogaya
Main Actress
1959
15Kavata Andare
Main Actress
1960
16Nalagana
Main Actress
1960
17Daskon
Main Actress
1962
18Mangalika
Main Actress
1963
19Heta Pramada Vadi
Actress
1964
20Samiya Birindage Deviyaya
Main Actress
1964
21Sathutai Kandului
Main Actress
1965
22La dalu
Main Actress
1965
23Sampatha
Main Actress
1966
24Hathara Kendare
Actress
1967
25Pipena Kumudu
Main Actress
1967
26Magul Poruwa
Actress
1967
27Rena Girawu
Actress
1967
28Abuddassa Kale
Main Actress
1968
29Paara Walalu
Actress
1969
30Romio-Juliet Kathawak
Actress
1969
31Geetha
Actress
1970
32Nim Walalla
Actress
1970
33Seeye Nottuwa
Actress
1971
34Samanala Kumariyo samaga Api Kawadath Soorayo
Actress
1971
35Sahanaya
Actress
1972
36Hathara Wate
Main Actress
1972
37Veeduru Geval
Main Actress
1972
38Ihatha Athmaya
Actress
1972
39Suhada Pathuma
Actress
1973
40Hondata Hondai
Actress
1973
41Dinum Kanuwa
Main Actress
1974
42Dinum Kanuwa
Actress
1974
43Sagarika
Actress
1974
44Lasanda
Actress
1974
45Jeewana Ganga
Actress
1974
46Hitha Honda Minihek
Actress
1975
47Obai Mamai
Actress
1975
48Sukiri Kella
Actress
1975
49Kohoma Kiyannada
Actress
1975
50Jeewana Geethaya
Actress
1975
51Lassana Dawasak
Actress
1975
52Sadhana
Actress
1975
53Nayana
Actress
1976
54Kauda Raja
Actress
1976
55Wasana
Actress
1976
56Harima Badu Thunak
Actress
1976
57Unnath Daahai Malath Daahai
Actress
1976
58Hariyata Hari
Actress
1976
59Onna Maame Kella Panapi
Actress
1976
60Saradiyelge Putha
Actress
1976
61Adarei Man Adarei
Actress
1976
62Nedeyo
Actress
1976
63Ran Thilaka
Actress
1976
64Sudu Paraviyo
Actress
1977
65Sri Madara
Actress
1977
66Hithuvoth Hithuvaamai
Actress
1977
67Deviyani Oba Kohida
Actress
1977
68Chin Chin Nona
Actress
1977
69Kaathirupaen Unakaaha [ Tamil ]
Actress
1977
70Saja
Actress
1977
71Tom Pachaya
Actress
1977
72Naan Ungal Thozhan [ Tamil ]
Actress
1978
73Maduwanthi
Actress
1978
74Kundala Keshi
Actress
1978
75Apsara
Actress
1978
76Ahasin Polovata
Actress
1978
77Samanmalee
Actress
1979
78Jeewana Kandulu
Actress
1979
79Amal Biso
Actress
1979
80Ran Kurullo
Actress
1979
81Monarathenna
Actress
1979
82Anusha
Actress
1979
83Podi Malli
Actress
1979
84Nuwan Renu
Actress
1979
85Tak Tik Tuk
Actress
1980
86Silva
Actress
1980
87Sinhabahu
Actress
1980
88Bamba Ketu Hati
Actress
1981
89Senasuma
Actress
1981
90Sathara Diganthaya
Main Actress
1981
91Hondama Naluwa
Actress
1981
92Jeewanthi
Actress
1981
93Thana Giravee
Actress
1982
94Sakvithi Suvaya
Actress
1982
95Sakvithi Suvaya
Actress
1982
96Sudu Ayya
Actress
1982
97Sithara
Actress
1982
98Sithara
Actress
1982
99Sandamali
Actress
1983
100Hithath Hodai Wedath Hodai
Actress
1983
101Hithath Hodai Wedath Hodai
Actress
1983
102Ara Soysa
Actress
1984
103Ara Soysa
Actress
1984

AS CREW MEMBER

1Umathu Wishwasaya
Co-Producer
1952
2Kele Handa
Producer
1953
3Iranganie
Producer
1954
4Mathabhedaya
Producer
1955
5Siriyalatha
Producer
1957

AS SONG CREW

1Kadawunu Poronduwa
  • Vocalists - Prema daya maage piyano
  • Vocalists - Sandyawe Sriya Ramya Lesa Pena
  • Vocalists - Papi Shayapi Do
  • Vocalists - Jeevithaye saame
1947
2Kapati Arakshakaya
  • Vocalists - ambare thamba pehe
  • Vocalists - Sriya dena
  • Vocalists - Pinsara maage soyura
  • Vocalists - Paape saadana
1948
3Weradunu Kurumanama
  • Vocalists - Sandewe sandewe
  • Vocalists - Shantha me preme
  • Vocalists - Gala kandeni
  • Vocalists - Namo mariyani
  • Vocalists - Moranawa preme hade
1948
4Peralena Iranama
  • Vocalists - Nindedi rathri yahane
  • Vocalists - Bandila kaasi bamme
  • Vocalists - Hada aadara preme
  • Vocalists - Karuna jale
  • Vocalists - Olu male sudo
  • Vocalists - Paape me jeevithe
1949
5Hadisi Winishchaya
  • Vocalists - Jeevana sepa sri paanaa
  • Vocalists - Sansaara sapa naasthi we
  • Vocalists - Manuloke
  • Vocalists - Prema rajaa mage
  • Vocalists - Aashre nisaa me
  • Vocalists - Mana pinawaayaa
  • Vocalists - Asahaaya me aale
1950
6Sengawunu Pilitura
  • Vocalists - Pem loke raajini
  • Vocalists - Le kiri deela
  • Vocalists - Manahara geetha gayaalaa nelawila
  • Vocalists - Amma nathi kaale
  • Vocalists - Anaatha maage jeewithe
  • Vocalists - Sundara vana raajiniye
1951
7Umathu Wishwasaya
  • Vocalists - Siriyaawi Maage Thi Mihire
  • Vocalists - Sudata Sude Siriya Dile
  • Vocalists - Dharshane We Diva re Darshane We
  • Vocalists - Stheera Aale
1952
8Kele Handa
  • Vocalists - Mawila Penewe Rupe
  • Vocalists - Anna Sudo
  • Vocalists - Mageya Prema Malini
  • Vocalists - Dewo Gin Mawa
1953
9Iranganie
  • Vocalists - Tharu Paayana Aakaase
  • Vocalists - Duppathaage Sema Duke
  • Vocalists - Prithi Wanne Jeewithemai
  • Vocalists - Raani Enko Nagima Pem
  • Vocalists - Rasa Kiri Powaa
1954
10Mathabhedaya
  • Vocalists - Samudure Soya
  • Vocalists - Pem Mal Maalaa
  • Vocalists - Aadara Paana Sudaa
  • Vocalists - Pem Sihina Loke Maayaa
  • Vocalists - Deviyani Ko Saman Deviyan
1955
11Perakadoru Bena
  • Vocalists - Hada Siduru una Maage
  • Vocalists - Wana Male Pini Bede
  • Vocalists - Muhude Pathule
  • Vocalists - Wana Bambara Wana Bambara
  • Vocalists - Thanivuna Prema Saharaawe
  • Vocalists - Maage Pemwatha Hithawatha
  • Vocalists - Sithu De Lowe
  • Vocalists - Aadara Nadiya Gala
1955
12Dosthara
  • Vocalists - Ho Pem Raajaya
  • Vocalists - Pem Sagare
  • Vocalists - Waasanawantha Kala Labaa
  • Vocalists - Kimada Loke
  • Vocalists - Balapalla Me Mune Heti
1956
13Siriyalatha
  • Vocalists - Me Krura Lokayehi
  • Vocalists - Ase Geethe Madura Jeewe
  • Vocalists - Somnas Una Hade
  • Vocalists - Rupaya Saapaya Me
  • Vocalists - Aale Kala Nam
  • Vocalists - Alankaareni Sady Aganaa
1957
14Daiwayogaya
  • Vocalists - Doi Doiya Putha
  • Vocalists - alokaya Hama Thana
  • Vocalists - adarayai Karunawai
  • Vocalists - Hada Gilehi ama Mihire
  • Vocalists - Mela wee Yannaa Hada Maage
1959
15Kavata Andare
  • Vocalists - Raththaran Puthe
  • Vocalists - Prema Pujasane
  • Vocalists - Pina Pawa Nisaya
1960
16Nalagana
  • Vocalists - Parama Ramani Ape Aale
  • Vocalists - Ho Surathal Ho Surathal
  • Vocalists - Me Awa Man Awa
  • Vocalists - Sithehi bandi Aale
1960
17Daskon
  • Vocalists - Kokila Devi
  • Vocalists - Somnasa Pem Rasa
  • Vocalists - Saumya Chandra Paaya
  • Vocalists - Raja Uyane Ambathuru
  • Vocalists - Mayawaki Sihinayaki
1962
18Mangalika
  • Vocalists - Aswala basaya Nodaneedo
  • Vocalists - Ananda Geethe Naada De
1963
19Heta Pramada Vadi
  • Vocalists - Sithata Nawa Eliya
  • Vocalists - Geetha Rasa Nage
1964
20Samiya Birindage Deviyaya
  • Vocalists - Lassana Raththaran Babo
  • Vocalists - Monawa Hithagena Maawa
  • Vocalists - Kiyanna Rankanda Kiyanna
1964
BIOGRAPHY

Rukmani Devi (January 15, 1923–September 25, 1978) was a Sri Lankan singer and actress, who was often acclaimed as "The Nightingale of Sri Lanka"[1]. She made it to the silver screen via the stage and had acted in close to 100 films, at the time of her death. Having an equal passion for singing as well as a melodious voice, she was Sri Lanka's foremost female singer in the gramophone era. After her death, she was awarded the Sarasaviya 'Rana Thisara'- Life Time Achievement Award at the 1979 Sarasaviya Awards Festival.

BACKGROUND


Rukmani Devi, was born as Daisy Rasammah Daniels to a Colombo Chetty Christian family on January 15, 1923 at Ramboda in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Second, in a family of five, her father, John Daniel worked on a plantation and her mother, Helen Rose was a teacher.

She grew up in Colombo and had her early education at St. Matthew's School and then moved on to St. Clare's School, Wellawatte.

As a little girl, Daniels showed an inborn talent to sing and dance. At the age of seven she was picked to sing Christmas carols. Impressed with her ability to sing, dance, and also to act, she was selected to perform a main role in a Christmas play, 'The Shoemaker's Wife'.

The stage play was trained and presented by St. Clare's School, Wellawatte.

Watching her play this role much enthusiastically, Walter Abeysinghe, a drama producer sought permission from her father, to invite her to play the lead role of 'Sita' in his drama 'Ramayanaya.' Thus, in 1935 at the age of just 12 years she performed in this stage play, presented by the 'Sinhala Natya Sabha'.

She was married to veteran dramatist, actor and singer, Eddie Jayamanne, whom she fell in love with as a result of her close association with him, when performing in dramas produced by "Minerva Dramatic Club" founded by B.A.W. Jayamanne. They lived at "Jaya Ruk", at Angurukaramulla, Negombo.

CAREER


This marked the beginning of an illustrious career that would span over four decades. As her performances were highly appreciated by the packed audience, well-known dramatist Dick Dias chose her for two of his stage plays, "Jana Kiharanaya" and "Mayawathie". She was now flooded with stage dramas, as she became Mayawathi in Charles Dias' 'Mayawathi', Juliet in a Sinhala adaption of Romeo and Juliet, playing the lead female role in all of them.

With her first audio recording of the famous song "Siri Buddhagaya Vihare" with Master H. W. Rupasinghe in 1938, she captured the hearts of the masses and she shaped her career from that of an actress to that of an actress turned singer.

Her unique voice attracted many music directors, as her singing career moved from the stage to the silver screen.

It was also, around this time that her name underwent a change from Daisy Daniels to the well known 'Rukmani Devi'. There are two schools of thinking as to how the name "Rukmani Devi" originated. According to one school, the late H. W. Rupasinghe maestro created the name, while the other believe that Jayantha Weerasekara and Michael Sannas Liyanage who is in his 90s, created it.

B. A. W. Jayamanne, founder of "Minerva Dramatic Club" of Negombo took Rukmani to perform remarkable roles in his interestingly featured dramas, such as 'Apparition', 'Broken Promise', 'Changing Fate, 'Defeated Aim', 'Evasive Denial', 'Fanatic Faith', 'Grisly Guardian', 'Hasty Decision' and lastly 'Irangani'. Above-mentioned plays followed the English alphabet.

The popular play 'Broken Promise', was adapted into a film by B. A. W. Jayamanne. This was the first Sinhala film - Kadawunu Poronduwa, screened on January 21, 1947. Rukmani Devi, who also began her film career through the role of 'Ranjani' in this film, also became the first local actress. Her film career, which thus began spread over a period of more than three decades.

According to Sri Lankeya Cinema Vanshaya (pp 637 - 638) written by Nuwan Nayanajith Kumara, from Kadawunu Poronduwa in 1947 to Ara Soyza in 1984, Rukmani Devi had played different roles in 99 films, up to the time of her death.

An equally talented singer, some of the immortal songs she sang for films are Sandyave Sriya for 'Kadawunu Poronduwa', Pinsara Mage Soyura for 'Kapati Arakshakaya', Gala Kandeni, and Moranawa Preme Hade for 'Weradun Kurumanama', Nindede Rathri Yahane for 'Peralena Iranama', Mavila Pena vi Rupe for 'Kela Handa', Pem Sihina Loke Maya for 'Mathabhedaya', Melavi Yanna Hada Mage for 'Daiva Yogaya', Suva dena Sita Sanasum for 'Ladalu' and Doi Doi Puta for 'Ahasin Polavata'.

In the mid sixties she joined the sinhala calypso musical group 'Los Cabelleros' led by late Neville Fernando. They recorderd ever popular sinhala songs such as 'Malbara Himidiriye','Menike Obe sinawe' & 'Sandak nage'.

Rukmani Devi was also featured prominently on the airwaves of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia.

DEATH


Rukmani Devi, the singing star, stage and screen idol died in a tragic motor accident near St. Mary's Church, Thudella on September 25, 1978. She was returning after a musical show in Uyanwatte, Matara. Her funeral ceremony was attended by a very large gathering; film makers and dramatists, friends, politicians, relatives and her beloved fans.

She was the most celebrated Sri Lankan artiste and a statue in memory of her was erected at the Kanuwana Junction, Ja-Ela, as she still lives in the hearts and minds of the Sri Lankan people. The road on which the Rukmani Devi Museum in Negombo is located was also re-named 'Rukmani Devi Mawatha' by President Ranasinghe Premadasa, on October 28, 1990.

 
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