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Nationality  Sri Lankan
Name  Sugathapala Silva

Role  Dramatist
Spouse  Sheela De Silva
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Full Name  Avalikkara Gallappattige Sugathapala De Silva
Born  4 August 1928 (1928-08-04) Midigama (weligama, Matara), Sri Lanka
Other names  Lovable Dictator( Sonduru Aknyadayakaya)
Children  Dimuthu Prasada Gallappatti , Vanamali Kaushalya Gallappatti , Sudesh Prabudda Gallappatti , Harindra Pragathi Gallappatti
Died  October 28, 2002, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Books  Illustrious king called Bambadath

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Sugathapala De Silva (4 August 1928 – 28 October 2002) was an acclaimed Sri Lankan dramatist and novelist, translator, radio play producer, and Sinhala Radio Play writer.


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Early life

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Sugathapala De Silva was born on 4 August 1928 Midigama (Weligama, Matara), downsouth town 130 kilometres from Colombo to the son of a small trader. He grew up there, among Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim traders. His childhood experiences would later influence him to write the novels Ikbithi Siyalloma Sathutin Jeevathvuha and Esewenam Minisune Me Asaw. According to other writing he was born in Weligama and After studied in a few schools in Galle and from tenth grade studied Jinaraja College, Gampola, and came to Colombo. Sugathapala de Silva worked as a salesman at K.V.G. de Silva's bookstall at Wellawatte. . He made this environment read book using free time. That habit amassed in him to gain knowledge which becomes a free thinker, a creator, an innovator, a radical and non-conformist.


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De Silva came to Colombo, Sri Lanka in the 1960s, and became engaged in the political and cultural movement, taking place there at that time. Nicknamed the "lovable dictator", he formed the drama group "Apey Kattiya" there, and started to translate and adapt plays by Tennessee Williams and Pirandello, like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Six Characters in Search of an Author, to wide acclaim. He followed these plays with original ones, like Thattu Geval and Boarding Karayo which captured the mood of the new city-bred middle classes of the time. Among his other creations are Eka Walle Pol, Boodin Karayo, Hithahonda Ammandi, Harima Badu Hayak, Mutu Kumari, Esala Sanda, Marasad and Snthuvara sebalano.


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De Silva's best play is considered by many to be Dunna Dunu Gamuwe, which was written just after the 1971 insurrection in Sri Lanka. Although centred on a trade union struggle, it had an admixture of politics and art expertly mixed with technique and aided by some superb acting by the late U. Ariyawimal and Wilson Jayasiri was the precursor of the serious political theatre which followed at the end of the decade.

De Silva worked for long time at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation as a producer, and in the late 1960s was in charge of the weekly radio play, and the weekly short story programs on the station, which were the first "stamping grounds" of writers and dramatists who are today well known in their own right.

De Silva was bed-ridden since 1997, and after being admitted to a hospital, died on 28 October 2002.


  • 1962 'Bodin karayo' best script and play National drama festival in Sri Lanka
  • 1971 best literary prize 'Ikbithi Siyalloma Sathutin Jeevathvuha' .
  • 1987 'Marat sad' best Translation and play National drama festival in Sri Lanka
  • Scholarships

    British government scholarship for study drama.


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