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Chandrarathna Bandara

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Occupation  Novelist
Name  Chandrarathna Bandara
Nationality  Sri Lankan
Role  Novelist
Period  1982-present
Education  Dharmaraja College
Notable works  Meru, Wanasapumala

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Alma mater  Dharmaraja College, Kandy
Notable awards  National Literary Award D. R. Wijewardena Memorial Award
Books  Hostage City (Wanasapu Mala), Viman dorakada

Sakman Maluwa with Chandrarathna Bandara, Award Winning Writer


Chandrarathna Bandara is a prominent novelist in Sri Lanka who won the National Literary award for his work in 1991. His passion during his earlier work was to investigate the social, cultural and political dimensions of Sri Lanka. He went to Dharmaraja College, Kandy.

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Chandrarathna Bandara Interview with Chandrarathna Bandara on Walakulu Bamma Sinhala Novel

Literary career

He won the National Literary award for his novel Meru in the State Literary Festival in Sri Lanka in 1991. His most discussed work so far Wanasapumala (Hostage City) came out in 1993. It dealt with the complicated issues faced by a politically motivated young man in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka in 1980s. The narrative method of his work can be characterized as a re-creation of the style introduced in the 60's by such stalwarts as Gunadasa Amarasekara and Siri Gunasinghe.

Wanasapumala won the D. R. Wijewardena Award for the Best novel in 1993. This book has already been translated to English (Hostage City) by Vijitha Fernando and to Tamil (Udayagal Pukkal) by S.Sivagurunathan, under the patronage of "Canada-Sri Lanka Education Foundation". Vijitha Fernando is one of the most senior translators in Sri Lanka and won the Best Translator National Award for her works in 2004 and 2005 years.

A tele-drama was also made in Sri Lanka based on his novel Wiman Dorakoda in the latter part of 1990s and serialized in national television, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. Chandrarathna Bandara is also an acclaimed Short story writer and Poet, known for his unorthodox style in the latter.

His 5th novel "Walakulu Bamma" (Wall of Clouds), published by Sarasavi Publishers - Sri Lanka, was launched in Toronto on 3 April 2016. Key Talk was delivered by Dr. Jayalath Manorathne.

References

Chandrarathna Bandara Wikipedia


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