Nilmini Buwaneka

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Nilmini Buwaneka
Occupation Actress, Dancer, Choreographer, Director

Nilmini Buwaneka is an award-winning professional actress, dancer and choreographer from Sri Lanka.[1]

Dancing[edit]

She learned dancing in Bhatkhande Music Institute, where she gained a Diploma in Baratha Natyam.

Theater[edit]

Nilmini has portrayed many leading roles for the most thriving directors in the drama and theater field of Sri Lanka, and in many non-commercial stage plays such as:

  • Makarakshaya – The Dragon[2]
  • Hena – Thunder
  • Loka
  • Don Diyego
  • Thatu
  • Seru[3]
  • Weeraya Merila[4]
  • Devadasi (Sinhala and English)
  • Ayeth enne ne - Widows[5][6]
  • Dasa Mallige Bangalawa
  • Doll’s House
  • Mother Courage[7]
  • Death of a Salesman[8]
  • Manoramya Gee
  • Sihina Dakinna
  • Julius Caesar
  • House of Bernada Alba[9]
  • Reality Show

Television acting[edit]

Nilmini has acted in a Total of 45 Television serials ranges from drama, thriller to comedy.

Selected television serials[edit]

  • Bhavathu Sabba Mangalam
  • Bumuthurunu
  • Ambudaruwo[10]
  • Sandakinduri
  • Agamehesiyo
  • Chandragrahanaya
  • Sasara Chakra
  • Agni Kankariya
  • Dahas Gau Dura
  • Rala Bindena Thena
  • Sansare Piya Satahan (Buddhist drama)
  • Sitha Nivana Katha (Buddhist drama)
  • Aparna
  • Chathurya
  • Wanabime Sirakaru
  • Sudheera
  • Suba Sihina
  • Wankagiriya
  • Dhadayakkaraya
  • Ann
  • Ehi Pillamak Yata
  • Thaksalawa
  • Sonduru Piyapath
  • Sirakari
  • Alu Pata Heena
  • Sithumina
  • Kalpa Kumari
  • Sihina Puraya
  • Parana Tauma
  • Monarathenna
  • Sihina Piyapath
  • Suba
  • Sansara Prarthana
  • Duli Pintharu
  • Ira Awara
  • Bhava Tharana
  • 9 Veni Kadulla
  • Sudui Usai
  • Mandakini
  • Udu Sulanga
  • Sura Vimana
  • Sathpiyawaru
  • Sneha
  • Pura Kalani
  • Hiru Daruwo

Directing and Choreography[edit]

Having had the opportunity to work as an Assistant Director alongside Dharmasiri Bandaranayake a Director who marked an era of movie making in Sri Lanka, Nilmini was praised by foreign critics after seeing her own direction of a stage plays using only children engulfed by Down’s syndrome. (Sihina Mal Dangakary, Eka Adipathi,[11] Yakshaya, Sathya)

Cinema[edit]

Playing characters in both leading as well as supporting roles in several movies, her distinctiveness remains that of acting only in handpicked special creations of cinema.

Awards[edit]

In 2004 she won the State Drama Award Festival for Best Actress in a leading role followed by the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Sumathi Tele Drama Award Festival in 2008. (State Drama Award for ‘Dasa Mallige Bangalawa’ directed by Ruwan Malith and Sumathi Tele Award for ‘Sudheera’ directed by Benat Rathnayake)

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