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Tissa Abeysekara
1939 - 18
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NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Best Dialog

3rd United Lanka Fans Society Award Ceremony 1968
Delovak Athara

2 Best Script Writer

7th Sarasaviya Awards - 1970
Binaramalee

3 Best Script Writer

5th Vicharaka Sammana Ulela 1972
Nidhanaya

4 Best Script Writer

1st Presidential Award 1979
Ahasin Polovata

5 Best Supporting Actor

1st Presidential Award 1979
Veera Puran Appu

6 Best Script Writer [2nd]

6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
Ahasin Polovata

7 Best Performance Award

6th OCIC Award Ceremony 1979
Veera Puran Appu

8 Merit Award

1st Presidential Award 1979
Veera Puran Appu

9 Best Script Writer

3rd Presidential Award 1981
Ganga Addara

10 Best Script Writer

5th Presidential Award 1983
Maha Gedara

11 Merit Award

5th Presidential Award 1983
Maha Gedara

12 Best Director

11th Sarasaviya Awards - 1983
Maha Gedara

13 Best Director

16th Sarasaviya Awards - 1988
Viragaya

14 Best Script Writer

16th Sarasaviya Awards - 1988
Viragaya

15 Best Director

15th OCIC Award Ceremony 1988
Viragaya

16 Best Director

1st Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1988
Viragaya

17 Best Script Writer

1st Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1988
Viragaya

18 Best Script Writer

21st Sarasaviya Awards - 1993
Kulageya

19 Best Script Writer

22nd Sarasaviya Awards - 1994
Gurugedara

20 Best Script Writer

11th Presidential Award 1997
Loku Duwa

21 Best Script Writer

23rd OCIC Award Ceremony 1997
Loku Duwa

22 AFL Star Plus Award

26th Sarasaviya Awards - 1998
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Delovak Athara
Actor
1966
2Baduth Ekka Horu
Actor
1969
3Veera Puran Appu
Actor
1978
4Maha Gedara
Actor
1982
5Parasathuro
Actor
1984
6Wathsala Akka
Actor
1985
7Nimnayaka Hudakalawa
Actor
2017

AS CREW MEMBER

1Gamperaliya
Dialogs
1963
2Binaramalee
Script
1969
3Nidhanaya
Script
1972
4Looka Horu
Director
1976
5Ahasin Polovata
Script
1978
6Ganga Addara
Script
1980
7Karumakkarayo
Director
1980
8Maha Gedara
Director / Script
1982
9Maya
Script
1984
10Viragaya
Director / Script
1987
11Kulageya
Script
1992
12Gurugedara
Script
1993
13Loku Duwa
Script
1996
14Uppalawanna
Script
2007
15Kusa Paba
Script
2012
16Senasuru Maruwa
Story
2012
17Vijayaba Kollaya
Script
2019
BIOGRAPHY

THE versatile and outstanding film personality, creative writer and essayist, Tissa Abeysekara, has been honoured with the title of Deshabandu, at the National Honours held on November 14 by the then President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.

Tissa Abeysekara who counts over four decades of service in the Sinhala cinema in the varying capacities of critic, scriptwriter, director, actor and academic, had also been an able and strong administrator with a vision when he was Chairman of the National Film Corporation from 1999 to 2001.

One of the brightest products of the now dwindling bilingual generation who came of age in the late fifties and the early sixties, Tissa began his artistic career as a short story writer writing in Sinhala, when he was still a teenage schoolboy. His short stories were prominently featured in the 'Dinamina' and 'Janatha' national newspapers.

Barely out of his teens, he published a collection of Sinhala short stories, which received favourable reviews, bringing him to the notice of Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra, who hailed him as "an outstanding original voice in Sinhala creative writing who shows promise of developing into a major talent".

However a chance meeting with Dr. Lester James Peries in the early sixties lured him to the cinema, where he remained for the next forty years. Tissa developed into the finest and most accomplished screenplay writer, before he was thirty. Among the many scripts he wrote are those for 'Nidhanaya' and 'Welikatara'.

Having joined the Government Film Unit as a documentary filmmaker, he made over forty documentaries before breaking through as a feature filmmaker with 'Karumakkarayo' based on Gunadasa Amarasekara's controversial novel.

This was followed by 'Mahagedara' and then the highly successful 'Viragaya' based on Martin Wickramasinghe's greatest novel, which was considered unfilmable. 'Viragaya' is considered one of the finest Sinhala films ever made.

Tissa has won many national awards in films, for scriptwriting, directing and acting, and an equal number for his work for television.

In 1996, Tissa Abeysekara turned tables on the local English literary establishment by winning the prestigious Gratiaen Prize for the best piece of Creative Writing in English for that year by a resident Sri Lankan for a novella 'Bringing Tony Home'.

He has since been writing mostly in English, bringing out another collection of three stories, titled 'In My Kingdom of the Sun and the Holy Peak'. He is an essayist writing on a wide range of subject matter in both Sinhala and English.

In the last decade Tissa has built a reputation as a serious writer of fiction; writing in English, not only in Sri Lanka but in the South-Asian region.

He is an active member of the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature, based in Delhi, and has presented papers at a number of literary seminars held in the sub-continent.

Tissa Abeysekara has served on the Boards of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, and the Aesthetic Institute of Sri Lanka, affiliated to the University of Kelaniya.

At present he is a Council Member of the University of Visual and Performing Arts, Colombo. He is a Trustee of the National Heritage Trust of Sri Lanka.

Widely travelled, Tissa Abeysekara has represented his country at seminars and film festivals, and was a jury member at the International Film Festival of Kerala, 2002.

At present he is the Director of the Sri Lanka Television Training Institute.

http://www.dailynews.lk/2006/01/02/fea04.htm

 
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