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David Dharmakeerthi
ඩේවිඩ් ධර්මකීර්ති
1913 - 1987
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SUMMARY

David Dharmakeerthi ඩේවිඩ් ධර්මකීර්ති
Kalukapuge Don David
  • Birthday : 1913 September 01
  • Died : 1987 September 10
  • NATIONAL AWARDS

    1Best Supporting Actor
    10th Sarasaviya Awards - 1982
    Aradhana
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CAST MEMBER

    1Prema Tharangaya
    Actor
    1953
    2Sujatha
    Actor
    1953
    3Sedasulan
    Actor
    1955
    4Salli Malli Salli
    Actor
    1958
    5Vanamohini
    Actor
    1958
    6Sirimalee
    Actor
    1959
    7Sandeshaya
    Actor
    1960
    8Pirimiyek Nisa
    Actor
    1960
    9Suvinitha Lalani
    Actor
    1961
    10Suhada Divi Piduma
    Actor
    1962
    11Sudu Sande Kalu Wala
    Actor
    1963
    12Deepasika
    Actor
    1963
    13Gamperaliya
    Actor
    1963
    14Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
    Actor
    1964
    15Sulalitha Sobani
    Actor
    1964
    16Suba Sarana Sapa Sithe
    Actor
    1964
    17Samajaye Api Okkoma Samanai
    Actor
    1964
    18Sithaka Mahima
    Actor
    1964
    19Hathara Maha Nidhanaya
    Actor
    1965
    20Landaka Mahima
    Actor
    1965
    21Mahadena Muththa
    Actor
    1966
    22Athulveema Thahanam
    Actor
    1966
    23Sigiri Kashyapa
    Actor
    1966
    24Kapatikama
    Actor
    1966
    25Sanasili Suvaya
    Actor
    1966
    26Hathara Kendare
    Actor
    1967
    27Iwasana Dana
    Actor
    1967
    28Hitha Giya Thena
    Actor
    1967
    29Singithi Surathal
    Actor
    1968
    30Punchi Baba
    Actor
    1968
    31Akka Nago
    Actor
    1968
    32Bicycle Hora
    Actor
    1968
    33Indunila
    Actor
    1968
    34Dehadaka Duka
    Actor
    1968
    35Kauda Hari
    Actor
    1969
    36Pravesam Vanna
    Actor
    1969
    37Pancha
    Actor
    1969
    38Kathuru Muwath
    Actor
    1971
    39Hathara Wate
    Actor
    1972
    40Lokuma Hinawa
    Actor
    1972
    41Ihatha Athmaya
    Actor
    1972
    42Suhada Pathuma
    Actor
    1973
    43Sinavai Inavai
    Actor
    1973
    44Sunethra
    Actor
    1973
    45Sanakeliya
    Actor
    1974
    46Kokilayo
    Actor
    1975
    47Rajagedara Paraviyo
    Actor
    1975
    48Madol Doova
    Actor
    1976
    49Veera Puran Appu
    Actor
    1978
    50Divi Thibena Thuru
    Actor
    1979
    51Hari Pudumai
    Actor
    1979
    52Parithyaga
    Actor
    1980
    53Beddegama
    Actor
    1981
    54Jeewanthi
    Actor
    1981
    55Aradhana
    Actor
    1981
    56Parasathuro
    Actor
    1984
    57Dushyanthi
    Actor
    1986
    58Kivulegedara Mohottala
    Actor
    1987
    59Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda
    Actor
    1988
    60Ahas Maliga
    Actor
    1994

    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Salli Malli Salli
    Story / Dialogs
    1958
    BIOGRAPHY

    Kalukapuge Don David (born 1 September 1913 – died 10 September 1987 as ඩේවිඩ් ධර්මකීර්ති), popularly known as David Dharmakeerthi was an actor Sri Lankan early Sri Lankan cinema.

    Personal Life


    He was born on 1 September 1913 in Kotigamgoda village, Padukka. His father Odiris Appuhami was a farmer. He started school at village school and then from Wonakal College, Padukka and finally to the English English School in Homagama. After school, Dharmakeerthi first joined the Department of Agriculture at Alston Place, Colombo as an overseer.

    Dharmakeerthi was married to Nandawathi Jayasuriya. The couple has 5 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 10 September 1987 at the age of 74.

    Career


    In school times, he performed in a drama based on a novel "Rohini" written by Martin Wickremasinghe. There was a superintendent named Jasinghe in the Department of Agriculture where David worked. He saw Dharmakeerthi's acting skills in the dramas of the peasant army, who also produced the background music and art direction. Raja Tilakaratne, who was a Lake House Dinamina Journalist, is a relative of the superintendent Jasinghe. Jasinghe opened the cinema door to Dharmakeerthi. His first cinema acting came through 1953 film Sujatha directed by T. R. Sundaram. During his visit to the studio in India to film Sujatha, his father and friend T. Somasekaran both died.

    He also worked as a film assistant director, dialogue writer and a story writer in 1958 film Salli Malli Salli. In this film he emerged as a character actor. In 1981, he acted in the film Aradhana as a merciful father. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 1982 Sarasaviya Awards. for that acting. This was the only award he received in 35 years of film career. He acted with his son Sarath Dharmakeerthi in the 1984 film Parasathuro.
    His final cinema appearance came through 1988 film Sagara Jalaya Madi Handuwa Oba Sanda directed by Sumitra Peries.

     
     
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