Arisen Ahubudu, no more

2011-05-26 10:57:37

Popular Sinhala scholar, teacher and playwright Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudu passed away this morning at the age of 91.

The late Ahubudu who was born in 1920 was named Ariyasena Ashuboda by his parents but later changed it to the Hela format due to his association with the Hela Havula movement. He was a writer, orator, scholar, playwright, teacher, Sinhala lyricist and poet.

He had his early education at the Kataluwa government school and joined the Nittambuwa Teacher Training College. It was after his close association with Hela Havula stalwarts Cumaratunga Munidasa and Vellala Jayamaha in the thirties and forties that he sharpened his language skills. The name change to Arisen Ahubudu was also the result of this association.

Ahubudu served 42 years as a teacher. Having first taught at Holy Trinity College in Nuwara Eliya, he moved to Mahinda College, Galle and later to Maha Bodhi College, Maradana. His longest stint came even later at S. Thomas' College from 1952 until 1979 where he is remembered for his significant contribution.

  Comments - 34

  • Gordon Shumway Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:59

    Great man with massive knowledge.. Rest in peace..

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    scrap_metal Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:00

    May you attain nibbana ..

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    Mash Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:02

    this is a great loss :(

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    Prof Wickramatillake Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:03

    As a Thomian, we salute this great human being - OUR TEACHER at STC

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    kassa Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:08

    May he attain nibbana

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    Cynic Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:35

    I still recall listening to his never ending supply of stories, particularly the stories about Udara. Great teacher. Two generations of Thomians have to thank him for the high standard of Sinhala at STC.

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    Supun Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:43

    Great Man!!
    May he attain Nibbana!!

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    Bertie Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:46

    Patrotic songs & great commercial names will keep his name alive.May he attain Nibbana.

    Bertie Balasuriya

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    Antonin Wickremasing Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:09

    As an old Thomian I salute this great teacher.His patience and perseverance in teaching us Sinhala is beyond the ordinary.He along with his lifelong friends, Mr. Jinadaasa and Mr. Kopparahewa formed a triumvirate of great teachers. Many of us are fortunate to have been taught by this great scholar.
    May he attain nibbana.
    Antonin Wickremasinghe

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    J Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:11

    He has given meaningful name for babies who ask it, and that resulted up rise of patriotic feelings during last decade.

    may you attend Nirwana.

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    Amila Bandara Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:16

    This is a sad moment. a great loss. he was a great man

    May he attain Nibbana!

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    Lamaya Thursday, 26 May 2011 12:20

    He was a teacher even to the great actor Gamini Fonseka. H

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    wajira Thursday, 26 May 2011 14:43

    Great loss to SriLanka, May he attain Nibbana!

    Reply : 2       18

    amila roshan Thursday, 26 May 2011 15:48

    May he attain Nibbana

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    Supun Perera Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:35

    He was a great man.... a true legend...

    may he attain nibbana!

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    Dr Madhu Fernando Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:37

    sad news about losing a legend!. i loved his lyrics in my school days and even learned to write from him by observing his work. Those timeless creations still stands out in many more years to come. He will always remembered !!!!

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    Mahee Thursday, 26 May 2011 16:38

    If there ever was a method to extend the life span of a person
    even by way of an act of parliament, these are the type of men whose lives should thus be extended.

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    Navin Karunatilaka Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:01

    Great man no more.

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    Sagara Wijetunga Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:33

    "Ipadunu Apahata Lak Polowe

    Guru Hiru kam Upathin Huruwe

    Dakwamu Daskam Lathkam Viskam Vismawamin Mululo" - Arisen Ahubudu, Dakuna Nagenahira song.

    Keep this in mind Sri Lankans. Deeply sadden to note passing away this great man.

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    Daniel Friday, 27 May 2011 03:50

    Beautiful words.

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    jine Thursday, 26 May 2011 17:49

    I had the great opportunity be a pupil of him at S. Thomas' College Mt Lavinia. He was a great teacher whom we really looked up to. His simple life style was a great example to all of us. May he attain Nibbana

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    Chamath Thursday, 26 May 2011 18:04

    My grand father is late Mr Jinadasa Liyanage, his life long friend was this great Sinhalese scholar Kalasuri Arisen Ahubudu. May you attain Nibbana.
    You will forever remain in the hearts of many Thomians taught by you during 60's & 70's & of the entire population in this country.
    the past memories are cherished a lifetime.

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    howard smith Friday, 27 May 2011 05:34

    Great man- ever ready with a story -i still can remember some of them

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    D.Y.Seneviratne Friday, 27 May 2011 06:08

    Lost a grate man to the nation. May he atten nibbana

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    D.Y.Seneviratne Friday, 27 May 2011 06:08

    may attend nibbana

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    Prabath Friday, 27 May 2011 07:02

    May he attend Nibbana. What he has done to me and my family will never forget. No words to describe his loss. May he live rest in peace

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    Dhammike Amarasinghe Friday, 27 May 2011 07:18

    A good elder friend always ready with the gift of his latest book and an instant poem of presentation to accompany it. May he attain Nibbana.

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    Bimal Friday, 27 May 2011 08:16

    May he attend NIBBANA.

    Reply : 0       4

    ponna siva Friday, 27 May 2011 23:13

    In which world would he have Arisen now?

    Reply : 3       2

    wasantha Friday, 27 May 2011 23:16

    May he attain nibbana

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    NOBEE PERERA Saturday, 28 May 2011 04:26


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    moonu murugan Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:58

    He is being praised so much. But wonder what his attitude towards minority citizens of the country were. This should be the true hallmark of a noble citizen.

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    suren soysa Sunday, 29 May 2011 05:48

    Saddened by the loss of this great friend & colleague for a short period at ST.Thomas. May you rest in peace.

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    sriyan jayasekera Monday, 30 May 2011 08:32

    Without an iota of doubt, I wish to state that he is one of the greatest teachers who roamed the class rooms of S.Thomas’College, Mount Lavinia.

    May he attain Nibbana.

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