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Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya
ජීවරාණි කුරුකුලසූරිය
1941
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Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya ජීවරාණි කුරුකුලසූරිය
Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya
  • Birthday : 1941 December 2
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    NATIONAL AWARDS

    1 For Best Performances

    2nd Sarasaviya Awards - 1965
    Sasaraka Hati

    2 Favourite Actress

    3rd Sarasaviya Awards - 1966

    3 Famous Actress

    1st Swarna Sanka Award Ceremony 1966

    4 Best Performance

    4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967
    Oba Dutu Da

    5 Famous Actress

    4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967

    6 Special Award

    7th Sarasaviya Awards - 1970
    Senehasa

    7 Pioneering Award

    13th Presidential Award 2000
     
    FILMOGRAPHY


    AS CAST MEMBER

    1Sandeshaya
    Actress
    1960
    2Weera Wijaya
    Main Actress
    1960
    3Ranmuthu Duwa
    Main Actress
    1962
    4Adata Vadiya Heta Hondai
    Main Actress
    1963
    5Udarata Manike
    Main Actress
    1963
    6Deepasika
    Main Actress
    1963
    7Gatavarayo
    Actress
    1964
    8Kala Kala De Pala Pala De
    Main Actress
    1964
    9Sasaraka Hati
    Main Actress
    1964
    10Sujage Rahasa
    Main Actress
    1964
    11Yatagiya Dawasa
    Main Actress
    1965
    12Saaravita
    Main Actress
    1965
    13Hathara Maha Nidhanaya
    Actress
    1965
    14Senasuma Kothanada
    Main Actress
    1966
    15Delovak Athara
    Actress
    1966
    16Kapatikama
    Main Actress
    1966
    17Oba Dutu Da
    Main Actress
    1966
    18Sanasili Suvaya
    Main Actress
    1966
    19Hathara Kendare
    Main Actress
    1967
    20Sorungeth Soru
    Main Actress
    1967
    21Ipadune Ai
    Main Actress
    1967
    22Okkoma Hari
    Main Actress
    1967
    23Singithi Surathal
    Main Actress
    1968
    24Bicycle Hora
    Actress
    1968
    25Indunila
    Main Actress
    1968
    26Baduth Ekka Horu
    Main Actress
    1969
    27Sumudu Barya
    Main Actress
    1970
    28Gopalu Handa
    Main Actress
    1973
    29Sheela
    Main Actress
    1974
    30Seetha Devi
    Actress
    1978
    31Hiripoda Wessa
    Actress
    2006

    AS SONG CREW

    1Hathara Kendare
    • Vocalists - Lassan Sema de Mohothaka Suwade
    1967
    BIOGRAPHY

    Jeevarani Kurukulasuriya (born 2 December 1941 as ජීවරාණි කුරුකුලසූරිය) [Sinhala]), is an actress in Sri Lankan cinema, theater and television.[1] One of the most popular actresses in early Sinhala cinema, she played the main role in Sri Lanka's first Sinhala color film Ranmuthu Duwa.

    Personal life


    Jeevarani was born on 2 December 1941 in Aluthgama, Kalutara as the eldest of the family. Her father was Kurukulasuriyage Venus Anthony Fernando.[4] When three years old, Jeevarani used to dance, sing lullabies, poems and do various mimics in front of parents and relatives. She completed education from Good Shepherd Convent, Colombo and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena.

    She has three younger sisters - Shirani, Janaki and Menik, all are actresses. She also has one brother, Vivek, who currently lives in Austarlia. Shirani got the opportunity to act with Jeevarani in the film Ranmuthu Duwa. Janaki got the opportunity to play with sister in the film Sasaraka Hati. Youngest sister, Menik is a popular actress acted in many commercial films including, Ahas Gawwa, Biththi Hathara and Nommara 17.

    Jeevarani is married to Lanka Wijeratne, who is a doctor. They married in 1968. They moved to Australia after spending five years of marriage in Sri Lanka. The couple has three daughters - Sajeewani, Senani and Lankangani. Elder daughter, Sanjeewani is a nutritionist and a first-class singer. Younger daughters are doctors.[5] Lankangani is married to entrepreneur Nalaka Edirisinghe. Nalaka is the son of media personality Soma Edirisinghe. Senani is also a singer and released her first solo track in 2016.

    Career


    At very small stage, her father took her to Radio Ceylon. Then she became a "Lama Mandapaya" singer. Under the guidance of Thilakasiri Fernando, Jeevarani became an “A” grade artist. Along with Fernando, she sang the popular songs Maala Manamaaliya Wu Daa and Naaga Lowin Gena A Bulath. During this period, she met Vajira Chitrasena and started to learn Kandyan dancing.[5] She also learned dance from R.W. Sirineris Gurunnanse and Nalini Samarasinghe. In the meantime, she also joined the Panadura Arts Association.

    With the intentions to be an actress as her idol Rukmani Devi, Jeevarani started drama career in 1959 with the stage play Maha Hene Riri Yaka, a story written by the late prime minister S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike and produced by Dick Dias. The play became very popular and staged 40 times. Then, her father took Jeevarani to Dr. Lester James Peries. Peries offered a role in his blockbuster movie Sandesaya, which marked her maiden appearance in Sinhala cinema. Then she acted in the film Veera Vijaya and went India with her grandmother for the shooting. Her major breakthrough in film came with Sri Lanka's first color film Ran Muthu Doowa directed by Mike Wilson with the role "Kumari". In the film, she acted opposite to Gamini Fonseka and quickly made a unique cinema couple.

    Jeevarani along with Sandhya Kumari and Vijitha Mallika were the most popular actresses in 1960s. Some of her popular films include Bicycle Hora, Adata Wediya Heta Hondai, Okkoma Hari, Horungeth Horu. In the film Senasuma Kothanda, she played as a nurse, whereas in the film Senehasa, she played a role of poor mother. Although a singer, Jeevarani got her only playback singing in the movie Hatha Kendare. Another memorable moment in her film career came through Senasili Suwaya directed by Robin Tampoe. In the film, she had a difficult time trying to escape the train and commit suicide, which she acted excellently.

    After the marriage, she quit from acting and moved to Australia. After 28 years, she appeared in the 2006 film Hiripoda Wassa.

     
     
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