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Dr Jayalath Manoratne
ආචාර්ය ජයලත් මනෝරත්න
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Born
Keselgaspe Manatunga Jayalath Manoratne

(1948-06-12)June 12, 1948
DiedJanuary 12, 2020(2020-01-12) (aged 71)
Apeksha Hospital, Maharagama, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Other namesMano
EducationPoramadulla Central College
Alma materUniversity of Peradeniya
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
OccupationDramatist, Actor, Singer
Years active1970–2019
Spouse(s)Tamara Jayanthi (m. 1979)
Children2
Parents
  • Manatunga Perera (father)
  • Leela Kumari (mother)
AwardsBest Actor
Best Supporting Actor
Best Comedy Actor
Websitehttp://jayalathmanorathna.org/
Kala Suri Kala Keerthi Keselgaspe Manatunga Jayalath Manoratne (Sinhala: කෙසෙල්ගස්පේ මනතුංග ජයලත් මනෝරත්න; 12 June 1948 – 12 January 2020), popularly known as Jayalath Manoratne, was an award-winning actor in Sri Lankan cinema, stage drama and television. He was a lecturer by profession as well as a director and producer. A highly versatile actor from drama to comedy, Manoratne won awards at OCIC, Presidential, Sarasavi, Raigam Tele'es, Sumathi and the State Literary and Drama festivals. He was the best actor back to back in 1991 and 1992 for his performance in Socrates and Dvitva. He is considered by critics as one of he five actors who have dominated the Sri Lankan Stage .
He died on 12 January 2020 while receiving treatments at the age of 71.
Contents
1 Personal life sinhala
2 Stage drama career
2.1 Notable stage dramas
3 Television
3.1 Selected television serials
4 Radio Play
5 Author works
6 Illness and death
7 Filmography
8 Awards and accolades
8.1 State Literary Awards
8.2 Sarasaviya Awards
8.3 Raigam Tele'es
8.4 Sumathi Awards
8.5 Hiru Golden Film Award
8.6 Derana Film Awards
8.7 SIGNIS Awards
8.8 Presidential Film Awards
9 References
10 External links
11 Sinhala articles
Personal life sinhala
Manoratne was born on 12 June 1948 in Dehipe, Nuwara Eliya as the youngest son in the family of six children. His father Keselgaspe Manatunga Perera was a lorry driver and mother Agalakotuwa Herath Mudiyanselage Leela Kumari was a housewife. He undertook his education at the Dehipe Primary School and Poramadulla Central College. Jayalath has three brothers, Manatunga Seneviratne, Manatunga Wijeratne and Manatunga Ariyaratne and two sisters, Indra Kumari and Mallika Kumari.
At an early age, his music teacher, Sunil Sriyananda, recognised his abilities and encouraged him to take up acting and singing. During his school times, he engaged in several educational as well as extra curricular activities such as Secretary of Sinhala Literary Association (1965), President of the Theater Council (1966), President of the Sinhala Association (1967-68) and Committee member of the Drama Board and Gandharva congregation (1969). Manoratne was the Student Leader at Boys' Hostel in 1965-66. In 1966, he became the Senior Most Valuable Player in College Inter-Athletic Championship.
After completing his secondary education with Geography, Sinhala and Budhist Civilization for G.C.E A/L, he attended the University of Peradeniya, where he continued to study drama under the guidance of Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra. Manoratne completed his master's degree from University of Sri Jayewardenepura, also obtaining a PhD. He was the only postgraduate to obtain a First Class Degree in 1995. In 2013, he accepted an honorary Doctorate (D. Litt) from University of Peradeniya. In 1981, he completed an external diploma in Rural Development from University of Colombo.
He was married to Tamara Jayanthi since 1979 to his death. The couple has one daughter, Uthpala Indeewari and one son, Bhanuka Prabuddha. Uthpala is married to Shivanka Perera and Bhanuka is married to Hiranya Dulashini Gamaariya.y
Stage drama career
In 1966 Manoratne started acting when he was a school student, making his acting debut in the stage drama Aspha Gudung, which was selected for the finals of the annual provincial inter-school drama competition and won the Certificate of Excellence in Performance at the All Island Inter-School Drama Competition.
Originally playing minor roles in plays as Maname, Sinhabahu under Sarachchandra's guidance, Manoratne embarked on a mainstream acting career, beginning with the operatic play Premato Jayati Soko with the role "Uddala Bamuna". Whilst performing in this play he met his future wife, Tamara Jayanthi. Manorathna wwent to Nuwara Eliya Kachcheri to get a job and at that time, he produced remakes of Sarachchandra's plays Raththaran and Elowa Gihin Melowa Awa. He has acted under all the five major stage drama directors in Sri Lankan history - Sarachchandra, Sugathapala de Silva, Dayananda Gunawardena, Gunasena Galappatty and Henry Jayasena.
In 1980, he produced his maiden theater play Mahagiri Damba. His only translation drama play came through Puthra Samagama produced in 1985. It is the adaptation of Russian play The Elder Son by Alexander Vampilov. In 1988, he produced the popular play Thalamala Pipila and then Andarela in 1993. The play Andarela also brings Manoratne's first documentary role. In 1996 he produced Guru Tharuwa and then Sanda Gira in 1998. He continuously produced plays of many genre in following years including Kaneru Mal (2000), Lokaya Thani Yayak (2005), Makara remake (2007), Sudu Redi Horu (2008), Buruwa Mahaththaya (2012), Sellam Nirindu (2013) and Handa Nihanda (2016). During the 26 consecutive years from 1980 to 2016, he made nearly 15 plays.
From that time on Manoratne acted in over 80 plays, and directed eleven plays of his own. His play Andarela won the State Literary Award in 1995 and then Guru Tharuwa won State Literary Award in 1996.
In 2014, Manoratne performed in a theater festival named Dawas Pahalos Daha (fifteen thousand days), which showcased a collection of eight plays representing different periods and issues and produced by Manoratne himself. These eight stage plays were Lokaya Thani Yayak, Sellam Nirindu, Thalamala Pipila, Buruwa Mahaththaya, Guru Tharuwa, Andarela and Puthra Samagama.
Notable stage dramas
Ahas Maliga
Andarela
Andirale Nadagama
Angara Ganga Gala Basi
Ape Panthi Kamaraya
Api Gewanne Na
Asaatha Manthare
Aspha Gudung
Buruwa Mahaththaya
Chitrage Prema Kathawa
Debiddo
Diwes Helanu Mena
Don Juan
Dunna Dunu Gamuve
Dvitva
Elowa Gihin Melowa Awa
Gajaman Puwatha
Guru Tharuwa
Handa Nihanda
Hiru Nathi Lowa
Horu Samaga Heluwen
Jasaya Saha Lenchina
Kaneru Mal
Lokaya Thani Yayak
Lucinde
Maala Walalu
Maa Wani Bilinda
Madhura Javanika
Madhura Pura
Magul Prastava
Maha Giri Damba
Mahe Hene Kathawa
Maha Hene Riri Yaka
Mahasara
Makara
Maname
Mayadevi
Megha
Modara Mola
Naaga Gurula
Nari Bena
Nariya Saha Keju
Nelum Pokuna
Oththukaraya
Pematho Jayathi Soko
Perahera Enawo
Pokuru Wassa
Puthra Samagama
Raassa Saha Paraassa
Raththaran remake
Ratu Hattakari
Rhinoceros
Sahathika Nokala Maranayak
Sanda Gira
Sapiriwara Mathin
Satha Saha Satha
Sathuru Mithuru
Sellam Nirindu
Serade Seetha
Sihina Sappuwa
Sinhabahu
Siri Sangabo
Socrates
Subhasadhaka
Subha Saha Yasa
Suddek Oba Amathai
Sudu Redi Horu
Tharavo Igilethi
Thawath Udesanak
Ukdandu Ginna
Wasudeva
Wessanthara
Yathra
Television
Manoratne started his television career with the drama Aebeddiya of Parakrama Niriella. Then he showcased his ability through many serials such as Doo Daruwo, Sindui Bindui, Gamperaliya. His role as "Punsiri" in Doo Daruwo became highly popularized. He became popular in comedy roles in Bodima and then in Ramya Suramya. In 2005, Manoratne played triple roles for the first time in Sri Lankan teledrama history in a miniplay directed and scripted by himself, titled Thunpath Ratawaka Lassana. In 2006, he directed the serial Mage Kaviya Mata Denna.
Apart from acting, Manoratne also directed many television serials such as Sekku Gedara ,Ransirige Sangramaya, Mage Kaviya Mata Denna, Thunpath Ratawaka Lassana, Eeye Ada Saha Heta and Thaththe Api Awa. He also directed single episode miniplays such as Bappage Paminima, Aege Awurudda, Raja Thun Kattuwa, Nidahasa, Seettuwa, Denna Demallo, Sathuru Mithuru, Duppathunda Adaraya Karathi, Santhapaya and Buddha Puthra.
Selected television serials
Abeddiya
Arungal
Bodima
Bumuthurunu
Deiyo Sakki
Deweni Yuddhaya
Doo Daruwo
Doratu Rakinno
Dumriya Andaraya
Eeye Ada Saha Heta'
Gal Pilimaya Saha Bol Pilimaya
Gajaman Nona
Gamperaliya
Ganga Saha Nissanka
Hath Pana
Hiru Sandu Hamuwe
Hiruta Muwawen
Irata Handana Mal 2
Jeewithaya Dakinna
Kande Gedara
Madol Doowa
Mage Kaviya Mata Denna
Manik Nadiya Gala Basi
Man Nathida
Minissu
Moragiri Kanda
Nomerena Minissu
Nopipena Mal
Passe Gena Manamali (1989)
Pateelage Kathawa
Pawara Menuwara
Punchi Patau
Ramya Suramya
Ranketi Doni
Roda Hatara Manamalaya
Sabanda Eliyas
Sakisanda Eliyas
Sanda Amawakai
Sandara Vandana
Sasara Sanda
Saradiel
Sedona
Senehasata Amanthranayak
Sindui Bindui
Sooriya Kusuma
Thunpath Ratawaka Lassana
Uthuwankande Sura Saradiyel
Veeduru Mal
Vinivindimi
Visithunweni Horawa
Walakulu
Wanabime Sirakaruwo
Warna
Wetath Niyarath
Weten Eha
Radio Play
Tharuwan Saranai
Bashmanthara
Author works
Dolos Mahe Pahana
Dawasa Thawamath Tharunai
Minihata Ninda Yanda Ati
Piyadasa saha Kumariya
Sindu Bindu
Sinhala Naatye Prasangika Kalathmaka Wardhanaya
Wahi Enathuru
Illness and death
Manoratne suffered from a brain cancer for a long time. He used to carry a disposal bag when acting in dramas. On 13 November 2018, he was admitted to a private hospital, Colombo at 2.00 p.m and underwent a surgery for a brain tumor. After the surgery he continued to work in dramas for a brief period, where the illness got worse. He continued to take medical treatment from Apeksha Cancer Hospital, Maharagama since mid 2019. On 12 January 2020, he died while receiving treatment at the hospital. Funeral took place on 15th January 2020 and cremated at Boralesgamuwa.
Filmography
Manoratne started his cinema career with a minor role in Thilaka and Thilaka in 1979. Then he entered professional cinema acting through the 1979 film Handaya which was directed by Titus Thotawatte. Since then, he has acted more than 30 films across many genres of drama, romance, thriller and comedy. He was a recipient of Kalasuri and Kala Keerthi due to his enormous contribution to the drama career. Some of his notable films include Sooriya Arana, Ho Gaana Pokuna, Bherunda Pakshiya and Walapatala, where he was awarded for best actor and best supporting actor in many ceremonies.
Year
Film
Role
Ref
1976
Thilake Ha Thilaka
Thilake's supporter
1979
Handaya
Race commentator
1980
Siribo Ayya
Malhami
1981
Saranga
1982
Jeewithayen Jeewithayak
1983
Muhudu Lihini
1986
Prarthana
1986
Athuru Mithuru
1987
Mangala Thegga
Srilal
1987
Hitha Honda Chandiya
1990
Hima Gira
1991
Sthree
1992
Sisila Gini Gani
Medawatta
1992
Umayangana
Henry
1993
Saptha Kanya
Jagath
1996
Thunweni Aehe
1999
Rathu Aluyama
2002
Punchi Suranganavi
English teacher
2003
Sudu Kaluwara
Podi Nilame Appuhami
2004
Premawanthayo
2004
Sooriya Arana
Chief Monk
2004
Gini Kirilli
2005
Sudu Kalu Saha Alu
Koragramaya
2005
Samanala Thatu
Hospital keeper
2006
Bherunda Pakshiya
2006
Hiripoda Wassa
Sithum's father
2008
Siri Raja Siri
Drama teacher
2008
Walapatala
Victor Jayasundara
2009
Bindu
Kolamba Haadaya
2010
Bambara Walalla
Podi Eka's uncle
2012
Daruwane
Vajirasena
2015
Pravegaya
Saranapala, Hemal's father
2015
Ho Gaana Pokuna
Bus driver
2016
Zoom
Scientist
2017
Dedunu Akase
Vihangi's father
2017
A Level
Uncle
2018
Vaishnavee
Father
2018
Goal
Mr. Samarasekara
2019
Thaala
Principal, Mr.Hewanayake
TBD
Miss Jennis
Miss Jennis
TBD
Ashawari
TBD
Suvisi Vivarana
TBD
Deweni Yuddhaya
Awards and accolades
He has won several awards at the local stage drama festivals and television festivals, both for acting and direction.
State Literary Awards – for his two books Andarela and Guru Tharuwa
Manoratne's script Thalamala Pipila is prescribed for G.C.E O/L syllabus.
State Literary Awards
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
1974
Rathu Hattakari
Best Actor
Won
1985
Puthra Samagama
Best Actor
Won
1988
Thalamala Pipila
Best Actor
Won
1988
Thalamala Pipila
Best Director
Won
1988
Thalamala Pipila
Best Script
Won
1990
Socrates
Best Actor
Won
1991
Dvitva
Best Actor
Won
1993
Andarela
Best Script
Won
1995
Andarela
Best Play
Won
1996
Guru Tharuwa
Best Script
Won
1996
Guru Tharuwa
Best Play
Won
Sarasaviya Awards
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
1988
Mangala Thegga
Best Supporting Actor
Won
2004
Sudu Kaluwara
Best Supporting Actor
Won
2007
Berunda Pakshiya
Best Supporting Actor
Won
2015
Ho Gaana Pokuna
Best Supporting Actor
Won
Raigam Tele'es
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
2009
Arungal
Best Actor
Won
2013
Service to the drama
Prathibha Prabha Award
Won
Sumathi Awards
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
2002
Sanda Amawakai
Best Actor
Won
2004
Ramya Suramya
Best Script
Won
Hiru Golden Film Award
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
2016
Ho Gaana Pokuna
Best Comedian
Won
Derana Film Awards
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
2016
Ho Gaana Pokuna
Best Supporting Actor
Won
SIGNIS Awards
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
1988
Mangala Thegga
Best Supporting Actor
Won
2016
Ho Gaana Pokuna
Best Supporting Actor
Won
Presidential Film Awards
Year
Nominee / work
Award
Result
2006
Bherunda Pakshiya
Best Supporting Actor
Won
2017
Ho Gaana Pokuna
Best Supporting Actor
Won
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