Saumya Liyanage

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Saumya Liyanage
සෞම්‍ය ලියනගේ
Born
NationalitySri Lankan
Alma materUniversity of Kelaniya
Flinders University
La Trobe University
OccupationActor, lecturer
Years active1992–present
Parent(s)Hemasiri Liyanage (father)
RelativesIndrachapa Liyanage (brother)
AwardsBest Actor
Best Supporting Actor

Saumya Liyanage (සෞම්‍ය ලියනගේ) [Sinhala]) is an actor in Sri Lankan cinema, stage drama and television.[1] He is a senior lecturer and currently the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies[2] in University of the Visual and Performing Arts by profession.[3] Highly versatile actor mainly involved in dramatic roles, Saumya is the son of veteran dramatist Hemasiri Liyanage and brother of musician Indrachapa Liyanage.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Liyanage completed his bachelor's degree of arts (BA) from University of Kelaniya and then master's degree in Creative Arts from Flinders University, South Australia.[5] He completed Phd. from La Trobe University, Melbourne in Drama Program under the guidance of Dr. Rob Conkie.[6]

Theater work[edit]

He started stage work early 1990s when he is an undergraduate at the Kelaniya University. After that, he became a continues leading actor in stage drama.[7]

Selected theater works[edit]

  • Clouds Nine (1994) Produced by the Department of English, University of Kelaniya
  • N’Kruma Ni Africa Ni (1995)
  • Kontharaththuwa (2005)
  • Hansaintath Man Asai (1996)
  • Daru Prashne Puthra Prashne (1997)
  • Gabsawa (1998)
  • Last Bus Eke Kathawa (1999)
  • Mata Wedi Thiyan Nedda? (1999)[8]
  • Dawasa Thama Gewne Ne (1999)
  • Mata Erehiwa Mama (2001)
  • Closer (2001) (An Original Play by Patrick Maber) - Performed at the Flinders University, South Australia
  • Horu Samaga Heluwen (2005)[9]
  • Weeraya Merila (2006)
  • Apasu Herenna Be (2008)[10]
  • Colombo Colombo (2008)[11]
  • The Irresistible Rise of Mr. Signno (2016)[12]

Television[edit]

His maiden television acting came through the drama Sittara Gurunnanse in 1992.[7] He acted handful of television dramas and particularly rejecting soap operas and mega teledramas.

Selected serials[edit]

  • Sittara Gurunnanse (1992)
  • Kalpanthayak (1993)
  • Ramya Nagaraya (1995)
  • Bambara Sakmana (1995)
  • Manasthapaya (1996)
  • Itipahan (1996)
  • Imadiya Mankada (1997)
  • Nikini Paluwa (1999)
  • Mangalam (2001)
  • Apparitions (2006)
  • Diul Gase Kola Sulange Wisira Yathi (2007)

Author work[edit]

  • Meditations On Acting.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Liyanage started his film career with Padadaya back in 1999, directed by Linton Semage.[14] His most popular cinema acting came through films Aba, Walapatala and Nimnayaka Hudekalawa.[15] The role in Aba as Habaraa was highly praised by the critics.[16]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[17]
Year No. Film Role Ref.
1987 911 Padadaya Home guard [18]
1999 922 Theertha Yathra [19]
2001 957 Aswesuma Thug [20]
2001 961 Me Mage Sandai [21]
2001 970 Mathu Yam Dawasa Dhammika [22]
2002 988 Mage Wam Atha Kamal's boss [23]
2002 990 Salelu Warama Darshan [24]
2005 1055 Sulanga Enu Pinisa Palitha [25]
2006 1072 Udugan Yamaya [26]
2007 1087 Aganthukaya Sampath [27]
2007 1094 Nisala Gira Marko [28]
2008 1107 Walapatala Dr. Delgoda [29]
2008 1111 Aba Habaraa [30]
2008 1114 Machan [31]
2010 1144 Ira Handa Yata Mahasen [32]
2010 1149 Vidhu Politician [33]
2017 1277 Nimnayaka Hudekalawa Vishwa [34]
2017 1284 Heena Hoyana Samanallu [35]

Awards and accolades[edit]

He has won several awards at the state theater festivals and local film festivals.[36]

Sarasaviya Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 Aganthukaya Best Actor Won
2008 Walapatala Best Supporting Actor Won
2017 Nimnayaka Hudekalawa Best Actor Won[37]

ADSA Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 ‘My body taught me how to act – towards an epistemology of actor learning and apprenticeship Best Paper Won[38]

22nd Bunka Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Drama/Acting Creative activities in culture and arts Won[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saumya Liyanage bio". Rate your music. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Theatre is political! - Dr Saumya Liyanage". Lankanewsweb.net. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Saumya Liyanage profile". Academia. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Award winning actorSaumya Liyanage talks of actors and caricaturs" (PDF). The Island. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Officers in University of the Visual and Performing Arts". vpa - University of The Visual & Performing Arts. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  6. ^ "SAUMYA LIYANAGE In Alumni 2010s PhD (Drama Program)". La Trobe University. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "My final destination cinema and theatre - Saumya Liyanage". Daily News. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Rajitha's maiden public show". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Prasanna returns to theatre". Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  10. ^ "Glamour of theatrical reality in genuine art". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Kaleidoscopic 'Colombo Colombo' On stage". Daily News. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  12. ^ "An appreciation of 'The Irresistible Rise of Mr. Signno'". Daily FT. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Meditations On Acting". Sarasavi Bookshop (pvt) Ltd. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Saumya Liyanage - සෞම්‍ය ලියනගේ films". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  15. ^ "Saumya Liyanage filmography". IMDb. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Saumya Liyanage - Talented Sri Lankan Actor". srilankaactors. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  18. ^ "The Outcast (Padadaya)". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  19. ^ "Theertha Yathra - තීර්ථ යාත්‍රා". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  20. ^ "'Aswesuma' a film with a novel theme". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  21. ^ "'Me Mage Sandai' breaks all traditions". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  22. ^ "Mathu Yam Dawasa - මතුයම් දවස". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  23. ^ "Linton soon in town with "Pickpocket"". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  24. ^ "Vasantha spins a 'Web of Love'". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  25. ^ "'The Forsaken Land'". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Against the Tide". The Island. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  27. ^ "13. Aganthukaya (The Outcast) - 2007". Vasantha Obesekere films. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  28. ^ "'Nisala Gira' fights against narcotics". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  29. ^ "Microscopic view of the systemic ailment". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  30. ^ "'Aba' aims international heights". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  31. ^ Edward Porter (22 November 2009). "Machan". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  32. ^ "'Ira Handa Yata' shines in Fiji". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  33. ^ "'Vidhu', child's hunt for value of life". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  34. ^ "http://www.sundaytimes.lk/170521/magazine/nimnayaka-hudakalawa-for-a-limited-engagement-240365.html". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 April 2019. External link in |title= (help)
  35. ^ "Sri Lanka Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  36. ^ "රංගනය වෙනුවෙන් ඕනෑම දෙයක් කරන්න මම සුදානම් නෑ - Saumya Liyanage". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  37. ^ "Star-studded Sarasaviya Festival". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  38. ^ "Sri Lankan star wins best paper award". La Trobe University. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  39. ^ "Six Sri Lankan artistes honoured with Bunka (Cultural) Awards". Wijeya Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 25 April 2019.

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