From Nari Bena to Gajaman Puwatha

Remembering theatre veteran Dayananda Gunawardena
By Natasha Fernandopulle
It is June 18, 1993…a full house at the Elphinstone Theatre and backstage all the artistes getting ready for their performance. The play’s director, theatre veteran Dayananda Gunawardena is also there, as he was known to watch his work from behind the curtains rather than seated with the audience.

As expected, the performance goes off well. After the curtain call, he asks his son Keerthi to take a photograph of the cast. Soon after the photo, Mr. Gunawardena collapses, remains in the ICU for a week and passes away on June 24, 1993.

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