Award-winning actor and dramatist Jayalath Manoratne passed away early this morning following a brief illness. He was 71.
Manoratne who was born on June 12, 1948, opened his outstanding career as an actor with the stage play ‘Aspa Gudung’ in 1966 and followed it up with hundreds of others including Prof. Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s productions.
In a career spanning more than five decades, his contributions to theatre in creations like Sinhabahu, Maname, Mahasara, Dunna Dunu Gamuwe, Rathu Hettakari, Naribena and others were remarkable. He also produced his own plays like Thalamala Pipila, Puthra Samagama, Andarela, Guru Tharuwa, Mayadevi, Sudu Redi Horu and others.
He acted in award-winning films and teledramas, after having made his film debut with ‘Thilaka Saha Thilaka’ in 1976.
The characters he played in teledramas like Gamperaliya (Jinadasa), Doo Daruwo (Punsiri), Hiruta Muwawen, Manik Nadiya Gala Basee, Sindu Bindu, Gajaman Puwatha and hundreds of others will linger in our memories forever.
Funeral arrangements would be notified later. (Ramesh Uvais)
Our heartfelt condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.
Demuni de silva Sunday, 12 January 2020 08:08 AM
May jayalath JAYALATH MANORATNA attain Nibbana.
Nilanka Kodituwakkau Sunday, 12 January 2020 08:38 AM
Srilanka, dear mother we have great talents... this is one of them. Our politicians are all rogues though.... Jayalath attain Nirvana. Our politicians will burn in hell.
ANTON Sunday, 12 January 2020 08:51 AM
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VALUABLE SUPPORT GIVEN TO THE SINHALA CINEMA ....... RIP.
Dutchy Sunday, 12 January 2020 08:53 AM
My deepest condolences...
Rammini Jinith de silva Sunday, 12 January 2020 08:59 AM
Ajith66 Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:15 AM
May he attain supreme Nirvana !!!
Kumara Dharmarathne Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:39 AM
It's a tremendous loss to the nation, specially to drama lovers. "My deepest sympathy!"
Jayasiri Basnayake Sunday, 12 January 2020 09:45 AM
Jayalath Manoratne was a great actor, dramatist and most of all a great human being. I met him in Auckland in 2002 when we sponsored Putrasamagama. Ever since then we kept in touch and we will miss him very much. Thank you Mano for your contribution as a dramatist, actor and a producer high lighting the sensitive issues in the society in subtle ways. Our deepest sympathies to Mano”s family and friend. May he attain supreme nibbana.
Nihal Amarasekera Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:14 PM
We are saddened. A vacuum hard to be filled. May you be reborn among us!
Nimal Perera Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:49 PM
We lost a priceless gem...
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