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Tissa Abeysekara
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Tissa Abeysekara
Tissa Abeysekara
  • Birthday : 1939 May 7
  • Died : 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
    Mahagedara

    11 Merit Award

    5th Presidential Award 1983
    Mahagedara

    12 Best Director

    11th Sarasaviya Awards - 1983
    Mahagedara

    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
    4Mahagedara
    Actor
    1982
    5Parasathuro
    Actor
    1984
    6Wathsala Akka
    Actor
    1985
    7Nimnayaka Hudakalawa
    Actor
    2017

    AS CREW MEMBER

    1Gamperaliya
    Dialogs
    1963
    2Binaramalee
    Script
    1969
    3Welikathara
    Story / Script / Dialogs
    1971
    4Nidhanaya
    Script / Dialogs
    1972
    5Loka Horu
    Director
    1976
    6Ahasin Polovata
    Script
    1978
    7Ganga Addara
    Script
    1980
    8Karumakkarayo
    Director
    1980
    9Mahagedara
    Director / Script
    1982
    10Maya
    Script
    1984
    11Viragaya
    Director / Script
    1987
    12Kulageya
    Script
    1992
    13Gurugedara
    Script
    1993
    14Loku Duwa
    Script
    1996
    15Uppalawanna
    Script
    2007
    16Kusa Paba
    Script
    2012
    17Senasuru Maruwa
    Story
    2012
    18Vijayaba 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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