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Dharmasena Pathiraja
1943 - 30
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SUMMARY

 
NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Best Director

7th Vicharaka Sammana Ulela 1975
Ahas Gauwa

2 Best Script Writer

7th Vicharaka Sammana Ulela 1975
Ahas Gauwa

3 Best Director

3rd OCIC Award Ceremony 1975
Ahas Gauwa

4 Best Director

5th OCIC Award Ceremony 1978
Eya Dan Loku Lamayek

5 Best Director

1st Presidential Award 1979
Bambaru Awith

6 Best Director [3rd]

6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
Bambaru Awith

7 Best Script Writer

6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
Bambaru Awith

8 Merit Award

1st Presidential Award 1979
Bambaru Awith

9 Best Director

4th Presidential Award 1982
Soldadu Unnahe

10 Best Script Writer

4th Presidential Award 1982
Soldadu Unnahe

11 Best Director

9th OCIC Award Ceremony 1982
Soldadu Unnahe

12 Best LyricistSong : Mama oba simbmi

8th Presidential Award 1986
Karadiya Valalla

13 "Swarna Sinha" Award

12th Presidential Award 2000 - 2

14 Derana Lifetime Award

5th Derana Film Awards 2017

15 Special AwardContribution to the Sri Lankan cinema

3rd Hiru Golden Film Awards 2018
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Ahas Gauwa
Actor
1974
2Soldadu Unnahe
Main Actor
1981

AS CREW MEMBER

1Ahas Gauwa
Director
1974
2Eya Dan Loku Lamayek
Director
1977
3Ponmani [ Tamil ]
Director
1977
4Bambaru Awith
Director / Producer / Script
1978
5Para Dige
Director
1980
6Soldadu Unnahe
Director / Producer / Script
1981
7Mathu Yam Dawasa
Director / Producer / Script
2001
8Sakkarang
Director
2016
9Swaroopa
Director / Script
2017
BIOGRAPHY

Early life
Educated at Dharmaraja College, Kandy, Pathiraja graduated from the University of Peradeniya with an honours degree in Sinhala and Western Classical Culture in 1967. 
Subsequently he began work as a lecturer in Drama and Performance Arts. and later obtained a PhD in Bengali cinema from Monash University.
His Thesis is The Dialectic of Region and Nation in the Films of Bengali Independents: Ghatak, Ray and Sen(2001) .He learnt the language of cinema from the film 
society movement which was very popular in Sri Lanka in early sixties. He also recognized their socio-political limitations in a country which was heading for 
a period of deep turmoil. He also studied the cinema of radical activists like Jean-Luc Godard, Third Cinema filmmakers like Fernando Solanas and Glauber Rocha, 
and Asians like Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak.
 
First wave of success (1970–1977)
Pathiraja made a short 10 minute film titled Saturo in 1970. His full-length feature film Ahas Gauwa followed four years later. Dealing with the urban lower class, 
the film was atypical of most commercial films of that period. It was critically well-received, sweeping the FCJAC Awards landing Best Picture, Best Director 
and Best Actor and winning the Office Catholique Internationale Du Cinema (Sri Lanka) awards for Best Film and Best Director.
 
 
1975's Eya Dan Loku Lamayek was Sri Lanka's entry at the 9th Moscow International Film Festival,
 winning a Special Diploma for Female Performance in 1976 and the Special award from the peace council of the USSR to be screened at 
the 18th Venice Film Festival in Bergamo, Italy in 1975
 
1978's Bambaru Avith is widely considered Pathiraja's masterpiece. 
That year it represented Sri Lanka at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival and was screened at the Venice and Los Angeles Film Festivals. 
In Sri Lanka it was awarded Best Director and Best Film honors at the first Presidential Film Awards and the OCIC Awards. 
In 1997 a special council selected to celebrate 50 years of Sri Lankan Cinema named it the fourth best Sri Lankan film of all-time.
 
 
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