The funeral rites were held last evening at the Mahaiyawa Public cemetary in Kandy.
According to a request made by Dr. Pathiraja, the funeral was held sans tributes and votes of condolence. Only W. Jayasiri spoke briefly to those who were present.
Several instances of the funeral are shown below :
Footage : Herath Ekanayake (Kandy correspondent)
(Last Update : 9.50am Jan. 29, 2018)
Award winning film director and screenwriter Dharmasena Pathiraja passed away this morning (28).
Aged 74, he passed away while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Kandy for a prolonging illness.
Dharmasena Pathiraja started his academic career at the University of Kelaniya as an assistant lecturer. Later he worked as a lecturer in several Sri Lankan universities, including, University of Jaffna, University of Ruhuna and University of Colombo.
1978's Bambaru Avith is widely considered Pathiraja's masterpiece. That year it represented Sri Lanka at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival and was screened at the Venice and Los Angeles Film Festivals. In Sri Lanka it was awarded Best Director and Best Film honors at the first Presidential Film Awards and the OCIC Awards. In 1997 a special council selected to celebrate 50 years of Sri Lankan Cinema named it the fourth best Sri Lankan film of all-time.