Jayalath Manoratne

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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.[1] He is considered by critics as one of he five actors who have dominated the Sri Lankan Stage .[2]

He died on 12 January 2020 while receiving treatments at the age of 71.[3]

Personal life sinhala[edit]

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.[4]

At an early age, his music teacher, Sunil Sriyananda, recognised his abilities and encouraged him to take up acting and singing.[5] 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.[4]

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.[5] In 1981, he completed an external diploma in Rural Development from University of Colombo.[4]

He was married to Tamara Jayanthi since 1979 to his death. The couple has one daughter, Uthpala Indeewari and one son, Bhanuka Prabuddha.[6] Uthpala is married to Shivanka Perera and Bhanuka is married to Hiranya Dulashini Gamaariya.[4]y

Stage drama career[edit]

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.[5]

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.[7]

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.[7][5]

From that time on Manoratne acted in over 80 plays,[8] and directed eleven plays of his own.[5] His play Andarela won the State Literary Award in 1995 and then Guru Tharuwa won State Literary Award in 1996.[4]

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.[9]

Notable stage dramas[edit]

  • Ahas Maliga
  • Andarela[10]
  • 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 [11]
  • Guru Tharuwa
  • Handa Nihanda[12]
  • Hiru Nathi Lowa
  • Horu Samaga Heluwen [13]
  • 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[14]
  • Subhasadhaka
  • Subha Saha Yasa
  • Suddek Oba Amathai[15]
  • Sudu Redi Horu[16]
  • Tharavo Igilethi
  • Thawath Udesanak
  • Ukdandu Ginna
  • Wasudeva
  • Wessanthara
  • Yathra

Television[edit]

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.[17] In 2006, he directed the serial Mage Kaviya Mata Denna.[18]

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.[4]

Selected television serials[edit]

  • Abeddiya
  • Arungal[19]
  • Bodima
  • Bumuthurunu
  • Deiyo Sakki
  • Deweni Yuddhaya[20]
  • Doo Daruwo
  • Doratu Rakinno [21]
  • Dumriya Andaraya [22]
  • Eeye Ada Saha Heta'
  • Gal Pilimaya Saha Bol Pilimaya
  • Gajaman Nona[23]
  • Gamperaliya
  • Ganga Saha Nissanka
  • Hath Pana
  • Hiru Sandu Hamuwe
  • Hiruta Muwawen
  • Irata Handana Mal 2
  • Jeewithaya Dakinna [24]
  • Kande Gedara
  • Madol Doowa
  • Mage Kaviya Mata Denna
  • Manik Nadiya Gala Basi
  • Man Nathida
  • Minissu[25]
  • Moragiri Kanda
  • Nomerena Minissu
  • Nopipena Mal
  • Passe Gena Manamali (1989)[26]
  • Pateelage Kathawa[27]
  • Pawara Menuwara[28]
  • Punchi Patau
  • Ramya Suramya[29]
  • Ranketi Doni
  • Roda Hatara Manamalaya [30]
  • Sabanda Eliyas
  • Sakisanda Eliyas
  • Sanda Amawakai[31]
  • Sandara Vandana
  • Sasara Sanda
  • Saradiel
  • Sedona[32][33]
  • Senehasata Amanthranayak
  • Sindui Bindui
  • Sooriya Kusuma
  • Thunpath Ratawaka Lassana
  • Uthuwankande Sura Saradiyel[34]
  • Veeduru Mal [35]
  • Vinivindimi[36]
  • Visithunweni Horawa
  • Walakulu [37]
  • Wanabime Sirakaruwo[38]
  • Warna [39]
  • Wetath Niyarath
  • Weten Eha [40]

Radio Play[edit]

  • Tharuwan Saranai
  • Bashmanthara [41]

Author works[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Manoratne suffered from a brain cancer for sometime. 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.[42] 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.[43]

Filmography[edit]

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.[44] Since then, he has acted more than 30 films across many genres of drama, romance, thriller and comedy. He was a recipient of Kalasuri[45] 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 [46]
2002 Punchi Suranganavi English teacher
2003 Sudu Kaluwara Podi Nilame Appuhami
2004 Premawanthayo
2004 Sooriya Arana Chief Monk
2004 Gini Kirilli [47]
2005 Sudu Kalu Saha Alu Koragramaya
2005 Samanala Thatu Hospital keeper
2006 Bherunda Pakshiya
2006 Hiripoda Wassa Sithum's father [48]
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 [49]
TBD Ashawari
TBD Suvisi Vivarana [50]
TBD Deweni Yuddhaya [51]

Awards and accolades[edit]

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[1]
  • Manoratne's script Thalamala Pipila is prescribed for G.C.E O/L syllabus.[1]

State Literary Awards[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Arungal Best Actor Won
2013 Service to the drama Prathibha Prabha Award[52] Won

Sumathi Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2002 Sanda Amawakai Best Actor Won
2004 Ramya Suramya Best Script Won

Hiru Golden Film Award[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Ho Gaana Pokuna Best Comedian[53] Won

Derana Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2016 Ho Gaana Pokuna Best Supporting Actor[54] Won

SIGNIS Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1988 Mangala Thegga Best Supporting Actor Won
2016 Ho Gaana Pokuna Best Supporting Actor Won

Presidential Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Bherunda Pakshiya Best Supporting Actor Won [55]
2017 Ho Gaana Pokuna Best Supporting Actor Won

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