Mahagama Sekera

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Mahagama Sekara (Mahagamage Samarasekara)
Born (1929-04-07)7 April 1929
Radawana, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died 14 January 1976(1976-01-14) (aged 46)
Cause of death
Sudden cardiac arrest
Nationality Sri Lankan
Religion Buddhist
Spouse(s) Kusumalatha Suraweera (1963–1976)
Children Gesha Patalee,Nirupama Salmalee and Ravinda
Parents Ranawaka Arachchige Rosalin (Mother)
Maha Gamage John Appuhamy (Father)
Website
Official website

Mahagama Sekara (Sinhala:මහගම සේකර) (7 April 1929 – 14 January 1976) is one of Sri Lanka's well known poets and was a significant figure in Sinhalese poetry. He was also a teacher, lyricist, playwright, novelist, artist, translator and a filmmaker. Sekera is best remembered as a poet and songwriter with several of his works even becoming popular songs in Sri Lanka. His works occasionally have an introspective Buddhist influenced outlook. His poems and songs remain widely quoted on the island nearly thirty years after his death.

Early Life and education[edit]

Mahagama Sekera was born on 7 April 1929 in Radawana, Colombo. His father was Maha Gamage John Appuhamy , mother was Ranawaka Arachchige Rosalin. He had his initial education at Kirindiwela Maha Vidayalaya. Sekera started life as an artist and although in his later paintings and book covers he tended towards modern art he got a thorough grounding in the forms and techniques of formal art at the Government School of Fine Arts of which he later became the Principal. Thus at a young age he was exposed to new ways of looking at the world and perceiving reality which combined with the folk culture of his inheritance in a typical village milieu gave its particular strength to his world view.[1]

Sekera started his Doctoral Studies at Vidyodaya University of Ceylon in 1974. His thesis on Sinhala Gadya Padya Nirmana Kerehi Ridmaya Balapa Athi Akaraya (Influence of Rhythm on the Sinhala Prose and Poetry) was submitted to the University in 1975. At the time of passing away in 1976, he was attending to the final editing of the thesis as recommended by the supervisors.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Mahagama Sekera started his artistic and creative career as a painter. He contributed to every branch of literature. He wrote short essays and plays to sinhala weekly papers and magazines, published several novels and poetry, and wrote over 100 songs. Many of his songs were vocalised and music directed by Pandit W. D. Amaradeva. He wrote and produced the musical play, Swarnathilaka that was critically acclaimed.

Poetry[edit]

  • Vyanga (with K. Jayatillake)
  • Sakwa Lihini
  • Heta Irak Payai
  • Mak Nisada Yath
  • Rajathilaka Lionel saha Priyantha
  • Bodima
  • Nomiyemi
  • Prabudda

Novels[edit]

Short Stories[edit]

  • Peethara
  • Man Thananno
  • Puthata Karekak
  • Pungna
  • Meeya

Films[edit]

Plays[edit]

List of plays written by Sekera[3]

  • Swarnathilaka
  • Daskon
  • Kundalakesi
  • Kantharaya
  • Chora Pabbatha
  • Vidura
  • Sora Pawwa
  • Sasa Jathakaya
  • Hansa Geethaya
  • Nava Baga Sanda
  • Saddhantha
  • Sabba Nadee Vankagatha
  • Amaraneeyathvaya
  • Mudu Puttu (with Gunasena Galappatthi)
An image of WD Amaradeva
Pandith WD Amardeva sings Sandakath Pinidiya.

Notable songs written by Sekera[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 1956 – Dina Dina Award for the painting Mahabinishkramana at the Annual Art Exhibition organised by the Jathika Kala Peramuna.
  • 1965 – Merit Award for the Best Lyricist at the Film Festival of Lanka Industrial Exhibition for the song "Atha Gavu Ganan Durin" in Sinhala film Gatavarayo.
  • 1968 – Award for the Best Lyric Writer for the song "Sinidu Sudu Mudu Thalave" composed for the film Sath Samudura (Directed by Dr Siri Gunasinghe) at the Sarasaviya Film Festival.
  • 1970 – Receives the award for the Best Lyricist for his song "Ratakin Ratakata" in the Sinhala film Binaramalie at the Sarasaviya Film Festival.
  • 1970 – Mahagama Sekara's film Thun Man Handiya receives the Friendship Award from Rajaye Lipikaru Seva Sangamaya.
  • 1971 – Thun Man Handiya wins him the award for the Most Promising Director at the Awards Festival of the Film Critics and Journalists of Ceylon in 1970 – 1971.
  • 1972 – Receives the Hela Vidu Saviya Kumaratunga Memorial Award for his Patriotic Songs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mahagama Sekara – Sunday Essay by Ajith Samaranayake". Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mahagama Sekera PhD Research". Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Official Website of Mahagama Sekera". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ ["http://www.dinuracreations.lk/2014/06/wd-amaradeva-sandakath-pini-diya.html" "WD Amaradeva ~ Sandakath Pini Diya.. සඳකත් පිණිදිය...♫"]. 
  5. ^ ["http://www.bbc.co.uk/sinhala/news/story/2008/05/080519_lionel_algama.shtml" "Lionel Algama no more"]. 
  6. ^ ["http://www.ceylontoday.lk/18-40705-news-detail-parasathu-mal.html" "Parasathu Mal"]. 

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