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Kala Keerthi Dr Henry Jayasena Sinhala: හෙන්රි ජයසේන 6 July 1931 – 11 November 2009 born in Bendiyamulla, Gampaha was a Sri Lankan film actor and dramatist
- 1 Early life
- 2 Works
- 3 References
- 4 External links
Jayasena studied at the Gampaha branch of Lorenz College and at Nalanda College Colombo Some of Henry's notable classmates at Nalanda College were Dr Dharmasena Attygalle, Karunaratne Abeysekera, Dr Harischandra Wijayatunga, Dr Hudson Silva, Hon Rupa Karunathilake, Stanley Jayasinghe and Ravindra Rupasena
He began his career as an Assistant Teacher of English at the Dehipe Primary School in Padiyapellela in the Nuwara Eliya district in 1950 where he directed his first play, Janaki Jaysena left this post a few months later after passing the General Clerical Service Examination and securing a job with the Public Works Department PWD of Sri Lanka
Henry Jayasena was presented with Nalanda Keerthi Sri award in 2003 by his alma mater Nalanda College, Colombo It is also a coincidence that the actor Dr Jayasena received his award at Malalasekara Theatre named after first principal of Nalanda College late Professor Gunapala Malalasekera
While with PWD, Jaysena created many of his most famous plays, Pawkarayo 1958 Janelaya 1962, Kuweni 1963, Thavath Udesenak 1964, Manaranjana Wedawarjana 1965, Ahas Malilga 1966, Hunuwataye Kathawa 1967, Apata Puthey Magak Nethey 1968, Diriya Mawa 1972, Makara 1973 and Sarana Siyoth Se Puthini Habha Yana 1975 Before retiring from government work, he also served as Deputy Director for the National Youth Services Council Arts and Sports Division and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Programmes Division
Also during this time Jaysena was a reputed film actor An early role was in Sri 296 1959 During the 1960s Jaysena played the starring roles of Piyal in Gamperaliya 1964, Azdak in Hunuwataye Kathawa 1967, Lalith in Dahasak Sithuvili 1968and Avurududa 1986
He was also a reputed tele drama actor Television was introduced in Sri Lanka in the late 1970s and early 1980s Jayasena was involved with the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation from its early beginnings in the 1980s One of the most famous characters he portrayed as a tele drama actor was the role of "Sudu Seeya" in the tele drama "Doo Daruwo" Directed by Nalan Mendis and written by Dr Somaweera Senanayaka It was the longest tele drama telecast during the 1990s, long before the "mega tele drama" craze which has overshadowed the quality of the present television programs
He died on 11 November 2009 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
- ^ "New Year 2006 : Hopes and aspirations" Sunday Observer - Lakehouse Newspapers 1 January 2006 Archived from the original on 14 November 2009 Retrieved 2 July 2009
- ^ National Awards Conferred by His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka
- ^ In memory of Henry
- ^ A decade of dedicated service
- ^ Punchi Theatre needs financial backing
- ^ "Sri Lankan Stage Drama" Sarasaviya Retrieved 11 March 2017
- ^ Henry Jayasena ‘A gifted and decent human being…’
- ^ In memory of Henry Jayasena
- ^ "Henry Jayasena" Upali Group of Companies 2007 Retrieved 27 April 2008
- ^ Nalanda Keerthi Sri Archived 7 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Effervescent thespian
- ^ Dr Henry Jayasena - some personal reflections
- ^ Henry Jayasena: Last of the great Sinhala dramatists
- ^ Henry Jayasena's funeral tomorrow
- ^ VETERAN DRAMATIST ACTOR AND AUTHOR HENRY JAYASENA DIES
- "Henry Jayasena: Last of the great Sinhala dramatists" Dailynews 13 November 2009 Archived from the original on 19 February 2013 Retrieved 25 January 2012
- "Renowned Actor Honoured by alma mater" Nalanda College, Colombo, Sri Lanka 25 June 2006 Archived from the original on 14 November 2009 Retrieved 2 July 2009
- by Sanjeevi Jayasuriya "An asset to the art world" The Island News Paper 25 June 2006 Archived from the original on 14 October 2008 Retrieved 2009-07-02
- Compiled by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi "Dailynews Features" Dailynews 27 September 2003 Archived from the original on 4 June 2011 Retrieved 2 July 2009
- Artscope: Henry Jayasena Column "Last lap in London" Dailynews 27 September 2003 Archived from the original on 4 June 2011 Retrieved 2 July 2009
- Artscope: Henry Jayasena Column "A poem for the dancers" Dailynews 11 July 2007 Archived from the original on 4 June 2011 Retrieved 2 July 2009
- Artscope: Henry Jayasena Column "Manel Jayasena health care and educational trust fund" maneljayasenaorg 11 July 2007 Archived from the original on 5 June 2008 Retrieved 2 July 2009
- Henry Jayasena on IMDb
- Henry Jayasena‘A gifted and decent human being…’
- Henry Jayasena's overarching influence on Sinhala theatre
- Azdak of Sinhala theatre leaves the stage
- Drama in full flower
- Manel felicitated at 'Janakala Prasada Pranama Ulela'
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