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‘Danno Budunge’ named a national heritage

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The Cabinet has approved to name the song ‘Danno Budunge Sri Dharmaskandha’ as a national heritage.

The song is from John de Silva’s ‘Sirisangabo’ Noorthi.

It was later sung to a record by Herman Rajapaksha as “Dharma Budunge”.

Meanwhile, it is said that Dudley Senanayake had invited Herman Rajapaksha to sing the song ‘Danno Budunge’ in a soprano opera style at a music event held for the Independence Day celebration in 1949.

It was said that the national anthem was also sung in Tamil the same year.

The Independence Memorial Hall was also opened in Torrington Square the same day.

Danno budun ge… shri dharmaskandha
Pewi rakithi sonda , seele niban da…
Danno budune ge… shri dharmaskandha
Pewi rakithi sonda , seele niban da…

Klesha nasna bhikshu..
aththeya bohose…
Klesha nasna bhikshu..
aththeya bohose…
Rahathun niwasana… paaya prakaase…
Rahathun niwasana… paaya prakaase…

Bhulo mathehi.. dewlo pawa se…
Pena mepura muni shaasana waa se…
Irdiyen yannawu nek rahathunge…
Irdiyen yannawu nek rahathunge…
Sewanelleni hiru…. rashmiya bhange…
Sewanelleni hiru…. rashmiya bhange…

Maanel nelum ha… olu pooshpa dee…
Aththe pokunuwala bo jala pea de…
Seru panthi panthi….
peenathi bohose…
Seru panthi panthi….
peenathi bohose…
Anuraadha naagaraya den pene na se…
Anuraadha naagaraya den pene na se…

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Veteran actor Suminda Sirisena passes away

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Veteran actor Suminda Sirisena has passed away at the age of 75.

According to family members, he breathed his last this morning while receiving treatment at a private hospital in Gampaha.

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Veteran actress Leena De Silva passes away

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Veteran actress Leena De Silva has passed away at the age of 87, family sources said.

She was living in Canada at the time of her death.

She made her film debut in 1954 with the film Ahankara Sthriya, followed by the film Surathali released in 1956, as well as many films including Sohoyuro, Sundara Birinda, Sunita and Nalagana.

A mother of two children, she was the beloved wife of late veteran actor Ravindra Rupasena.

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Russian Lit. Fest held in Colombo (Pics)

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The Russian House in Colombo hosted the much anticipated annual Literature festival yesterday (Nov. 22), amid the excitement of Literary enthusiasts in the island.

Russian Literary greats Rasul Gamzatov, Leo Tolstoy and Ivan Turgenev were  commemorated at the event.

A unique photo exhibition out front showcased the estates where the literary greats had lived and created their iconic pieces – Tolstoy’s Yasnaya Polyana and Turgenev’s Spasskoye-Lutovinovo. Photo archives were provided by the Director of the Russian House in Colombo, Madam Maria Popova, and the writer for the Russky Mir magazine, Irina Ivina.

Max Dimov, Deputy Chief Editor of  “Moscow Media”, addressed the gathering with a video message. 

During his visit to the Russian House in July, he had made friends among the founders of the Russian Literary Club, famous philologists, writers and translators Ranjana Senasinghe and Felix Fernando. 

For the first time ever, the festival program also showcased the works of contemporary Russian authors in Sinhala. 

Felix Fernando presented his translation of an international bestseller book by Evgeny Vodolazkin, ‘the most important living Russian writer’ according to the New Yorker. His novel “Laurus” was dubbed as ‘a new statesman book of the year 2016’. On top of that, Fernando also translated a touching New Year short story “I Won’t Tell!” by an extremely popular Russian author, producer, screenwriter and philanthropist Alexander Tsypkin.

Both authors addressed the audience with a video greeting, deeply touched by the interest in their works and happily responded to the invitation to visit Sri Lanka and personally meet the translator.

(Pics : FB of Russian House in Colombo)

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