Vasantha Obeysekera

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Vasantha Obeysekera
Born (1937-12-29)December 29, 1937
Mathugama, Sri Lanka
Died April 8, 2017(2017-04-08) (aged 79)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Occupation Film Director
Years active 1967-2017
Notable work Dadayama, Salelu Warama

Vasantha Obeysekera (1937-2017), was a Sri Lankan film director and screenwriter.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Kala Keerthi Vasantha Obeysekara who was regarded as one of the foremost film makers in the 70 decade graduated from the University of Ceylon in 1962. He served on the Editorial Staff of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited from 1964 to 1970. In addition to his editorial work, Obeysekera wrote several short stories during this period.[2][3]

Obeysekera entered the film industry with Sath Samudura in 1967 which he co-wrote and worked on as assistant director; it was Sri Lanka's entry at the Moscow International Film Festival. In 1971 he was awarded a certificate in Cinematography by the Comité de libération du cinéma français.[2][4]


In the 1970s Obeyskera wrote and directed Ves Gaththo ("Masked Men") (1970), Valmathuwo ("Lost Ones") (1976), Diyamanthi ("Diamond") (1977) and Palangetiyo ("Grasshoppers") (1979). Palangetiyo won the Presidential Film Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film.[2]


1983's Dadayama ("The Hunt") also won the Presidential awards for Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. It was a commercial success as well. Obeyskera made Kedapathaka Chaya ("Reflections on the Mirror") in 1989 after a five-year break.[2]

1990s and 2000s[edit]

In the late-'90s, Obeysekera made Maruthaya ("The Storm") (1995), Dorakada Marawa ("Death at the Doorstep") (1998) and Theertha Yathra ("Pilgrimage") (1999). These also secured several OCIC and Presidential Awards.[2][5]

Salelu Warama ("Web of Love"), Agni Warsha, Aganthukaya, and Sewwandhi were made in the 2000s.[2]


He has directed 13 films across many dramatic genre.[6]

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[7]
Released Date No. Film
12 December 1970 234 Wesgaththo
2 April 1976 339 Walmathwuwo
28 May 1976 342 Diyamanthi
27 April 1979 417 Palagatiyo
20 May 1983 558 Dadayama
24 March 1989 687 Kedapathaka Chaya
9 June 1995 831 Maruthaya
2 December 1998 904 Dorakada Marawa
1 October 1999 922 Theertha Yathra
17 October 2002 990 Salelu Warama
7 April 2005 1048 Asani Warsha
7 December 2006 1080 Sewwandi
31 May 2007 1087 Aganthukaya


He died on 08th April 2017 in a private hospital in Colombo.[8]