​Veteran dramatist Somalatha Subasinghe passes away

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Award winning actress, playwright, directress and theatre educationist Somalatha Subasinghe passed away this morning at the age of 79.

Ms. Subasinghe who made outstanding contributions to children’s and youth theatre, has gifted the children of Sri Lanka with many beautiful creations which has taught lessons of love, friendship and compassion.

In her illustrious career, she has worked with dramatists like Gunasena Galappaththi, Ranjith Dharmakeerthi, Dhamma Jagoda, Namel Weeramuni, Henry Jayasena and others and also served as a teacher and actress for quite a long period. She was exposed to children’s theatre in countries like England, France and Czechoslovakia following a semi scholarship accorded to her by the UNICEF.

On the film front, her roles in Siribo Ayya, Madol Duwa, Viragaya, Thilaka Saha Thilaka and her tele drama portrayals in Ella Langa Walawwa, Gamperaliya and Suba Anagathayak were exceptional. 

She was married to well known civil servant and diplomat Lionel Fernando while her daughter Kaushalya Fernando and son in law Chandana Aluthge excel in the stage scene.

Her funeral will take place at the Borella General Cemetery tomorrow evening.

  Comments - 13

  • yuhansa Sunday, 31 May 2015 07:14 AM

    We are so sorry via DM Android App

    Sarathsk Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:05 AM

    A loss of a great teacher. May you attain nibbana!

    H.D.Gunaratne Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:39 AM

    A teacher who moulded young educated minds to a career in theater and cinema. Like her husband Lionel, she never went after politicians for personal favors. A character to be emulated. May she attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana,

    Chandra Amerasekara Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:29 PM

    Sad loss of a friend of more than fifty years. Even after fifty years of association, she was a woman who could extend the same warmth and love and understanding towards a friend, just like in the beginning of the friendship with her ! She was the same Sontha to me as in the days when we were in the campus. May she attain nibbana.

    mhf Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:48 AM

    Our deepest sympathies

    X-men Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:59 AM

    She used to teach me, May RIP my dear teacher.

    Tissa Jatasinghe Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:01 AM

    Late madam Somalatha Subasinghe devoted her whole lifeto drama, cinema, teledramas and most of all building up the minds of the children through drama.In view of this unmatched contribution her passing away is a great loss.May she attain the etenal bliss of Nirvana.My sympathies to Lionel.

    kumudu Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:02 AM

    She was a inspiring woman had helped children learning in Doha Qatar. We respectfully share with HE Lionel and his family sad moments.

    Arjuna Ranawna Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:09 AM

    May you attain supreme Nibbana

    Siri Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:23 AM

    What a tragic loss. May you attain Nibbana,..

    ANTON Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:52 AM


    wimaladharma diyasena Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:37 PM

    Somalatha was a discovery of Prof. Sarachchandra, She was introduced to the Sinhala stage through several short plays of Sarachchandra , e.g. Rattaran, Kada valalu, Elova gihin melowa ava etc May she attain Nibbana ! Wimaladharma Diyasena

    namal Sunday, 31 May 2015 01:41 AM

    she made influence in sl children drama. great teacher,many her students are doing well in the industry. one of the huge character in sl theater . she will be missed . may her attain supreme bliss of nibbana

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