The final rites of veteran artiste Jackson Anthony will take place at 03.00 p.m. today at the St. Peter & Paul’s Church in Ragama.
The remains of the actor which were placed at a private funeral parlour in Colombo were brought to his residence in Kadawatha yesterday (11).
Hundreds of thousands of people including artistes, politicians, religious leaders and others came to pay their last respects to the late actor.
Mr. Anthony, who was 65 years old at the time of his death, met with an accident at Moragoda on Thalawa Road, Anuradhapura and died while receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.
On July 22, 2022, the cab in which he and two others were travelling in, collided with an elephant in Moragoda. The injured were admitted to the Anuradhapura Hospital. Mr. Anthony was airlifted to the Colombo National Hospital for further treatment, after which he was treated in the Intensive Care Unit for 14 months.
Mr. Anthony possessed vast experience in the fields of language, literature, history, art, etc. and was an actor who has conquered cinema, stage and television in Sri Lanka. Apart from acting, he also excelled in directing, producing, screenwriting, singing, novel writing, column writing and songwriting.
He was also a famous critic, explorer, historian and presenter. Jackson managed to set a record by winning the best actor award in Sri Lanka 16 times.
As a child, his parents called him Malsi and he received his education from the Hapugoda Primary College and the Bandarawela St. Mary’s College.
He attended the Galahitiyawa Central College, Ganemulla and then was selected to the Colombo University.
Jackson, who first obtained an honors degree in Sinhala language and literature, went on to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Mr. Anthony was an artist who acted in many popular stage dramas such as Varwuen Yana Minisun, Manavayo, Methanin Maravenu, Marasad, Madura Javanika, Loma Hansa, Dhavala Bhishana, Aeth, Mora and Tharawo Igilethi.
Jackson, who showed his talent in films like Guru Gedera, Ayoma, Loku Duva, Bhavaduka, Bhava Karma, Gani Avi saha Gini Keli, Aswasuma, Agnidahaya, Suriya Arana, Mille Soya and Randiya Dahara contributed to many television productions such as Palingu Manike, Ella langa Walawva, Suseema, Weda Hamine, Kadulla, Akala Sandhya and Pitagamkarayo.
Mr. Anthony, who also mastered the subject of dance, later entered into directing by directing the drama Esala Kaluvara and also directed films like Julietge Bhumikawa,Paradisaya, Aba and Address Ne. Many of his works have won local and foreign awards.
Veteran actor Suminda Sirisena passes away
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.
Veteran actress Leena De Silva passes away
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.
Russian Lit. Fest held in Colombo (Pics)
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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