Ronnie Leitch

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Ronnie Leitch
රොනී ලීච්
Born Ronnie Luke Leitch
(1953-10-19)October 19, 1953
Dehiwela, Sri Lanka
Died 1 October 2018(2018-10-01) (aged 64)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Nationality Sri Lankan
Other names Thattaya
Occupation Dramatist, Actor, Singer, Comedian, Television presenter
Years active 1972-2018
Yvette Leitch (m. 1986)
Children Keshan Leitch
Keshia Leitch

Ronnie Luke Leitch (19 October 1954 – 1 October 2018),[1] better known as Ronni Leitch and Thattaya, was a Sri Lankan actor,[2] comedian, singer, presenter and a social activist. Largely popularized as a comedian, Leitch was a singer, having gained fame for singing over 350 songs.[3] His most notable songs include "Thattaya" and "Kauda Bole Alice".[4]


Leitch was born on 19 October 1953 in Dehiwela. His father died on 26 December 2017 and funeral took place on 27 December at 4:00 p.m at the Mount Lavinia Cemetery.[5]

He married his childhood sweetheart, Yvette in 1986, and is the father of daughter Keshia and son Keshan.[6] Leitch met Yvette first in 1974 in Bellanvila, when their homes were situated in close proximity to each other. They married on 7 June 1986. Their first child, Keshia was born on 17 September 1989.[7] Keshia married on 8 June 2017.[8] Keshia is a past pupil of Bishop’s College, Colombo and Keshan is an old boy of S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia.[9]


Since the age of 8 years old, Leitch made his foray into the entertainment industry by participating an All Island Talent Contest.[10] Leitch also worked in the Defense Ministry in for six years at the time of his daughter's birth.[8]

Before entering acting, Leitch performed as a singer in many outdoor and indoor musical shows.[11] He engaged with many musical bands in early 1980s,[12] such as Pioneers, Haze, Super Golden Chimes and Super Stars.[10][13] He had his first overseas tour in 1986 with the band Super Stars. In 1989, he rose to prominence by singing his most famous solo, Thattaya. He performed the song with the invitation by The Gypsies band leaders Sunil Perera and Piyal Perera.[8][14] With the huge popularity of the song, he decided to bald his head.

Leitch performed in many duets with Corrine Almeida and Mariazelle Gunathilake, which became popular hits such as Atha Mita Kasi Panam.[15]

Apart from acting and singing, Leitch entered television hosting with the children's program Poddange Weda which was telecasted by Sirasa TV in 2016.

Leitch was an active social activist where he involved in charity work and donations all across the country.[16] On 7 August 2010, he performed a musical night A Roaring Evening with Ronnie Leitch organized by The Lions Club of Athurugiriya Millennium City to raise the funds for financing community service projects.[17]


Ronnie Leitch died on 1 October 2018 in Perth, whilst on a tour of Australia.[18] The cause for the death was revealed as cardiac arrest.[19] His remains brought to country on 10th October and kept at Jayaratne Florits for final rites. The body was finally buried at the Borella Cemetery on 11th October.[20]


Starting with Athin Athata in 1973, Leitch performed as a comedian in many films.[21] His most notable films are Re Daniel Dawal Migel and Cheriyo film series. His last film acting came through 2018 film Yama Raja Siri, where he acted as one of the main protagonist.

Year Film Role Note
1983 Athin Athata Guitarist
1986 Yali Hamuwennai Guitarist
1986 Dushyanthi Jagath
1996 Cheriyo Darling Meda Kess Playback singing
1997 Savithrige Rathriya
1997 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Hari
1997 Ninja Sri Lanka
1998 Re Daniel Dawal Migel Cobra helper
2000 Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 Cobra helper
2000 Pem Kekula
2001 Sellan Kukka
2001 Jack And Jill Playback singing
2001 Kinihirya Mal Mr. Shopman Playback singing
2001 Hai Hui Babi Achchi Malu Kade Jora 'Wickramabahu Podi Appu'
2001 Jonsun and Gonsun Thatta Sira
2002 Onna Babo Mingwa Playback singing
2002 Love 2002
2003 Sepata Dukata Sunny Charlie
2003 Numba Nadan Apita Pissu Mr. Balthazar
2004 Clean Out Japan Thattaya
2004 Jolly Boys Tricked beachgoer
2006 Rana Hansi
2008 Ali Pancha Mage Mithura
2008 Ai Oba Thaniwela
2009 Leader
2010 Mago Digo Dai Dhanawansa [22]
2010 Thank You Berty Munidasa
2011 Ethumai Methumai
2011 It's a Matter of Love [23]
2013 Kauda Machan Alice Thattaya Playback singing
2013 Raja Horu Manager
2014 Kosthapal Punyasoma Businessman
2015 Lantin Singho Playback singing
2015 My Name Is Bandu OIC
2016 Natannethuwa Dinna Gunda Playback singing
2017 Jolly Boys 2 Jimmy
2017 Sellam Nethnam Lellam
2017 Dr. Nawariyan Dhanapala
2018 Yama Raja Siri King Yama Last screened film before death



Thattaya [24]
Tharu Wassa
Thattaya album included songs
1."Thattaya" (Album Version) 
2."Kauda Bole Alice" (Album Version) 
3."Andare" (Album Version) 
4."Bill Clinton" (Album Version) 
5."Api Katada Baya" (Album Version) 
6."Ai Api Kaluda" (Album Version) 
7."Bothale" (Album Version) 
8."Thatta Some" (Album Version) 
9."Sri Lanka Australia" (Album Version) 
10."Sudu Kelle" (Album Version) 
11."Bad Boy" (Album Version) 
12."Wechcha De" (Album Version) 
13."Man Giya Apaye" (Album Version) 
14."Paan" (Album Version) 
15."Ice Cream" (Album Version) 
16."Rae Mama" (Album Version) 
17."Nenda Maama" (Album Version) 

Solo Tracks[edit]

1."Siseeliya" (with Rajiv Sebastian (2002 Baila Sessions in Sri Lanka album)) 
2."Srini Ape Lankawe" (2002 Pop Hits of Sri Lanka Vol. 3 album) 
3."Atha Mita Kasi Panam" (With Corrine Almeida) 
4."Nidimatha Mehe Na" (With Corrine Almeida) 
5."Adda Lanuwa" 
6."Deege Ada Wage" 
7."Lissala Yanne" 
8."Nonage Aale" 
9."Waada Baila" 
10."Darling My Love" 
11."Loka Shoorayo" 
12."Tikiri Malee" (with Sashini Iddamalgoda) 
13."Ah Ha Warella" (with Rodney Warnakula) 
14."Mage Hithe Tiyena" (with Kalawathi) 


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  15. ^ "Mariazelle's 40 Bash unfolds today". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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  20. ^ "Ronnie says good bye today". Ada Derana. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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  22. ^ "Mago Digo Dai". Daily News. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  23. ^ "ANARKALLI'S love on time." Daily News. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
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