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Name  Titus Thotawatte
Role  Director

Education  Ananda College
Movies  Chandiya
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Full Name  Emmanuel Titus de Silva
Born  17 April 1929Borella, Sri Lanka
Alma mater  Ananda College, Colombo
Occupation  film director, screenwriter and editor
Died  October 15, 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Similar People  Gamini Fonseka, Lester James Peries, Joe Abeywickrama, Shesha Palihakkara, Robin Fernando

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Titus Thotawatte (Sinhala:ටයිටස් තොටවත්ත) was a Sri Lankan director and editor who made several popular Sri Lankan action movies in the 1960s and 1970s and later developed Sinhala children's programmes. Thotawatte died on 15 October 2011 in Colombo.

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Early life

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He was born Thotawattege Manual Titus de Silva on 17 April 1927 in Columbo. He was the fourth child in a family of five children, with 3 elder brothers and one younger sister. He attended Ananda College in Colombo and studied art under J.D.A. Perera and Stanley Abeysinghe and Matara Technical College.

Career

Thottawatte joined Lester James Peries and Willie Blake as editor to make Rekava in 1956. It was an attempt to make a truly Sinhalese movie in contrast with the Southern Indian copies then in vogue.

Thottawatte debuted as a director with Chandiya in 1965. The film starred Gamini Fonseka in the first villains role of Sinhala Cinema. Other early films include Kauda Hari (1969), Thewatha (1970) and Haralaksaya (1971).

In 1980,Thotawatte wrote and directed the children's movie Handaya, which was awarded Best Picture at the Sarasaviya Film Festival.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he dubbed English cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Doctor Dolittle into Sinhala for Sinhalese audiences. These continue to air on Sinhala Television channels. Thotawatte created puppet characters like Eluson.

Recognition

When the first National Media Awards took place in Sri Lanka, Thotawatte, was awarded a gold medal for his contribution to television and media in Sri Lanka.

References

Titus Thotawatte Wikipedia


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