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Anne Ranasinghe passes away

2016-12-19 14:07:35
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Renowned poet Anne Ranasinghe, who escaped from Nazi Germany to England and became a Sri Lankan citizen in 1956 after marrying a Sri Lankan professor, passed away last Saturday at her residence in Rosemead place.

Ms. Ranasinghe was born on October 2, 1925 as Anneliese Katz in Essen, Germany became a legendary figure in Lankan literary circles purely because of her talents, versatility and her concern for the wellbeing of society. She is generally accepted as one of Sri Lanka's leading poets in English,having won several international awardswas known here and abroad, particularly in Germany.

A German-born Jewess, she had lived in Sri Lanka for more than 50 years. She was married to the late Professor D. A. Ranasinghe, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist.

As a teenager in her native Germany, Anne experienced the tyranny and the holocaust under the Nazis led by Adolf Hitler.  and the Nazis. In England, she trained to become a nursing sister and took an interest in English literature earning a Diploma in Journalism.

Among her poems, ‘A Long Hot Day’, ‘The Sun That Sucks the Earth to Dry,’ published in 1971, ‘A Birthday In Autumn’ became famous. Some of her work was used as a part of the curriculum for several degree courses in several universities in the country. She is a founder member of ‘Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka and was an editor of its journal.

Her Funeral will take place on Wednesday at 5.00 pm at the General Cemetery Kanatte. (Yohan Perera)


  Comments - 8

  • kaboos Monday, 19 December 2016 14:31

    Yet another versatile renowned poet gone. May her soul rest in peace.

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    Sajan Monday, 19 December 2016 14:39

    Rest in Peace ma'am :(

    Reply : 2       22

    Shelly. Monday, 19 December 2016 14:55

    She is a women who enjoyed heavenly bliss while living. May she rest in peace. via DM Android App

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    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 19 December 2016 16:27

    Forever will live the intellectuals.

    Reply : 3       18

    Thanos Monday, 19 December 2016 18:25

    May she rest in peace!

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    Sunimal Perera- Montreal Monday, 19 December 2016 21:11

    A remarkable and compassionate human being blessed with many talents including her flair for creative writing and poetry.She was a great inspiration to aspiring young poets and graced our beautiful Island while embellishing it with her presence."The Fair Isle of Lanka which you once embraced and by your presence so sublimely gracedremembers now with respect and reverenceyour eident spirit flowered with eloquence."May God Grant her Eternal Rest,Suni PereraMontreal, Canada

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    zouari orna Tuesday, 20 December 2016 03:19

    SO sorry to hear it .May her soul rest in peace .,ת.נ.צ.ב.ה

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    Danusker Tuesday, 20 December 2016 06:00

    Her dramatic persuasive skills in writing and poetry are some things which I feel that were the best for me. She was one of most Sri Lanka's most talented poets alongside Yasmine Gunaratne, Richard de Zoysa,Patrick Fernando,etc. May she rest in peace.

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