THE 39TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE RUKMANI DEVI

THE 39TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE RUKMANI DEVI FALLS ON 28TH OF OCTOBER 2017(SATURDAY).TO MARK THIS EVENT A HOLY MASS WILL BE HELD AT FATIMA CHURCH IN COLOMBO-10

Monday, November 29, 2010

THAMA SUWA PAHASUWA PATHA SONG-FILM PIPENA KUMUDU IN 1967


This film has introduced a new female director to the Sinhalese Cinema.She was Non other then well known actress of yesteryear late Ruby De Mel.

MALAWI YANNA HADA MAGE SONG-FILM DAIWAYOGAYA-1959

HADA GILEY AMA MIHIRE SONG -DAIWAYOGAYA FILM-1959

CO SINGER- LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

CO STAR- LATE SENADHERA KURUPPU

DOY DOYYA PUTHA DOY DOY SONG-DAIWAYOGAYA FILM-1959

CO STAR- EDNA SUGATHAPALA(BABY)

ADARAYAY KARUNAWAI SONG -DAIWAYOGAYA FILM- 1959

CO STAR- LATE SENADHERA KURUPPU

THE INTRODUCTION OF DAIWAYOGYA FILM -1959

Sunday, November 14, 2010

ADARAYA NISA SONG

This song is the Sinhalese version of  Hindi song sung by Lata Manjeskar for the film "AWARA" in 1948.The scene appeared here is cast by Popular Indian Actress and contemporary of late Rukmani Devi , Nargis.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

RUPAYA SAPAYA WE MAGE SONG-FILM"SIRIYALATHA" IN 1957

ALANKARENI SADU SONG- SIRIYALATHA FILM IN 1957

ASE GEETHE SONG-FILM "SIRIYALATHA"


CO SINGER-LATE DHARMADASA WALPOLA
CO ACTOR- LATE HERBERT M SENEWIRATHNE
SONG LYRICS-HERBERT M SENEWIRATNE

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

NILAMBARE KALUM PIREE SONG



CO SINGER- FELIX ANTON

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

RARE COLLECTION OF HER MOVIES

RUKMANI DEVI IN POPULAR INDIAN FILM MAGAZINE FILM FARE -1958


Rukmani Devi  was the one and only Sri Lankan actress who has featured in  the cover page of popular Indian Film Magazine "Filmfare". She was also featured in "My like and dislike" page appeared in  "Filmfare" Magazine of 1958.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

ADA ADANAWA HIMIYANI YASODARA SONG

DENNA PRIYE DATHATA OYA DATHA SONG

CO SINGER- LATE H.R JOTHIPALA

TE PAN PAN DINA DINA SONG

WASANWANTHA KALA LABA SONG- FILM DOSTHARA(DOCTOR) IN 1956

SIRI BUDDHAGAYA WIHARE -BUDDHIST SONG

CO SINGER LATE H.W RUPASINHA

PEM SIHINA LOKE MAYA-FILM "MATHABEDAYA "(DISPUTE)IN 1955

RANI ENKO SONG - FILM "IRANGANIE" ( 1954)

CO-SINGER -LATE ALHAAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

SIRIYAWI WAGE SONG- FILM UMATHU WISHWASAYA(MAD TRUST) IN 1952



CO SINGER- LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

MUSIC BY LATE SS WEIDHA

SAGARA HIMIYA SOYA SONG



CO SINGER-LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

MUHUDE PATHULE KIMIDI SONG-FILM PERAKADORU BANA IN 1955



CO SINGER- LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

AWARDS RECEIVED BY RUKMANI DEVI

  •  Voted Best Actress with a majority of 16,221 votes at the 'Reader's Contest' conducted by 'Dinamina' Newspaper in 1955.
  • Best actress Award for 'Kele Handa' at the 'Deepashika' awards ceremony conducted by 'Lankadeepa' Newspaper in 1956.
  •  Best background Singer for the song 'Doi doiya putha' in the film 'Ahasin Polawata' at the       inaugural Presidential Awards Ceremony in 1976.
  • "Rana Thisara "Life Time Achievement Award at Sarasawiya Fim Festival held in 1979 (after her death) 

    MALBARA HIMIDIRIYE SONG

    CO SINGER- LATE NEVILLE FERNANDO

    "DALWAW BATHI ADARA PEM SONG

    GALA KANDENI MATHUWENA SONG

    MAGE PEMWATHA SONG -FILM DOSTHARA(DOCTOR) IN 1956

    Monday, November 1, 2010

    MAGEYA PREMA MALINI SONG -FILM KALA HANDA IN 1953



    CO SINGER- LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

    ADARA NADIYA GALA SONG-FILM PERAKADORU BANA IN 1955

    ANNA SUDO-KALA HANDA FILM IN 1953



    CO SINGER- LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

    ADARAYA NISA AND DEWA GINI MAWA SONGS

    MAWILA PENEVI RUPE SONG Film KALA HANDA IN 1953

    PEM MAL MALA SONG IN FILM "MATHABEDAYA "-1955





    CO SINGER- LATE ALHAJ MOHIDEEN BEIG

    RISING TO THE TOP

    The popular play 'Broken Promise', was adapted into a film by B. A. W. Jayamanne. This was the first Sinhala film - Kadawunu Poronduwa, screened on January 21, 1947 at the Kingsley Cinema in Colombo. Rukmani Devi, who also began her film career through the role of 'Ranjani' in this film, also became the first local actress. Her film career, which thus began spread over a period of more than three decades.

    Kadawunu Poronduwa" (Sinhala, "The Broken Promise") was the first "talkie" to be made in the Sinhala language; it is generally considered to be the beginning of Sinhala Cinema. The film was produced in India.
    The film is a sentimental melodrama that follows the romance between the two lead characters Samson (BAW Jayamanne) and Ranjani ( Rukmani Devi). The repressive mother of the protagonist forbids her daughter to break constraints placed by their society and culture in a major plot device.




    caption = Rukmani Devi in a scene
    director = Jyotish Singh
    producer = Chitrakala Movietone Ltd
    Story, dialogue = B AW Jayamanne
    Screenplay = Jyotish Singh, B AW Jayamanne
    starring = Rukmani Devi, B A W Jayamanne, Peter Peiris, Miriam Jayamanne, Hugo Fernando, Stanley Mallawarachchi, Eddie Jayamanne, Gemini Kantha, Timothius Perera, J B Perera, Rupa Devi
    music = Narayana Aiyar
    Lyrics = K Hugo Fernando
    Playback = Rukmani Devi, Eddie Jayamanne, Gemini Kantha, Hugo Fernando
    cinematography = K Prabhakar
    editing = Pakeer Saleh
    distributor = Minerva Group
    country = Sri Lanka
    released = flagicon|Sri Lanka January 21, 1947


    An equally talented singer, some of the immortal songs she sang for films are Sandyave Sriya for 'Kadawunu Poronduwa', Pinsara Mage Soyura for 'Kapati Arakshakaya', Gala Kandeni, and Moranawa Preme Hade for 'Weradun Kurumanama', Nindede Rathri Yahane for 'Peralena Iranama', Mavila Pena vi RupePem Sihina Loke Maya for 'Mathabhedaya', Melavi Yanna Hada Mage for 'Daiva Yogaya', Suva dena Sita Sanasum for 'Ladalu' and Doi Doi Puta for 'Ahasin Polavata'. for 'Kela Handa',


    In the mid sixties she joined the sinhala calypso musical group 'Los Cabelleros' led by late Neville Fernando. They recorderd ever popular sinhala songs such as 'Malbara Himidiriye','Menike Obe sinawe' & 'Sandak nage'.
    Rukmani Devi was also featured prominently on the airwaves of Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in South Asia.

     NATION MOURNS OVER THE TRAGIC DEATH OF THE NIGHTINGALE OF SRI LANKA

    Rukmani Devi, the singing star, stage and screen idol died in a tragic motor accident near St. Mary's Church, Thudella on 28th of October, 1978. She was returning after a musical show in Uyanwatte, Matara,Her van collided with an oil bowser of the Petroleum Corporation.
     On October 27, 1978, Rukmani and Eddie took part in a Musical show at Matara. They left Matara in the wee hours of the morning and were in Ja-ela, Tudella by 6.30 a.m. of October 28, when their vehicle crashed into a bowser, killing Rukmani Devi on the spot.

    The news was broadcast that morning, and the whole country was in shock and grief. Thousands came from far and near to pay their last respects to their beloved idol before she was laid to rest at St. Mary's Church. Negombo had never seen such a crowd before. 

    A large number of   people stood on the walls of Negombo cemetery on her funeral day in  1978. Due to this a part of the wall was collapsed.A speech was delivered by late President and then Prime Minister late Ranasinghe Premadasa on that day acclaiming Rukmani's life for art and culture.

     Her funeral ceremony was attended by a very large gathering; film makers and dramatists, friends, politicians, relatives and her beloved fans.It was known as the largest  gathering ever attended for a funeral in Sri Lanka after the funeral  of Sri Lankan Prime Minister late Dudly Senanayake.


    She was the most celebrated Sri Lankan artiste and a statue in memory of her was erected at the Kanuwana Junction, Ja-Ela , as she still lives in the hearts and minds of the Sri Lankan people. The road on which the Rukmani Devi Museum in Negombo is located was also re-named 'Rukmani Devi Mawatha' by President Ranasinghe Premadasa, on October 28, 1990.

    A STATUE AND A STAMP ON HER MEMORY

     A close friend of late Rumani Devi , Leela Kottegoda commissioned at her own expense a statue of Rukmani Devi and this statue was unveiled on January 15 (her birthday), 1980 by then Minister Anandatissa de Alwis. The road on which the Rukmani Devi Museum in Negombo is located was re-named Rukmani Devi Mawatha by President R. Premadasa, on October 28, 1990. A stamp was also issued in her honor.



    Attack on Grave Site

    On 12th August 2011, a former Mayor of Negombo and a Former Minister of the Parliament Mr. Ananda Munasinghe was allegedly charged and arrested by the Negombo Police for Dislodging the Statue of Rukmani Devi, erected on her grave by one of her fans Mrs. Sriyani Achala Dissanayake. Several popular media bloated this incident as an attack by an unidentified group of criminals to Rukmani Devi’s grave[3] and a protest rally to this incident was also organized in Negombo on 14th August 2011[4]. However later it was revealed that Mr. Ananda Munasinghe who is also the Son-in-Law of Bernard Aloysius Jayamanne (B. A. W. Jayamanne) is in fact the present owner of this grave and he has dislodged the statue in order to erect a proper statue of Rukmani Devi as the statue which was erected earlier was a disrespect to the beauty and looks of Rukmani Devi.

    CAREER

    This marked the beginning of an illustrious career that would span over four decades. As her performances were highly appreciated by the packed audience, well-known dramatist Dick Dias chose her for two of his stage plays, "Jana Kiharanaya" and "Mayawathie". She was now flooded with stage dramas, as she became Mayawathi in Charles Dias' 'Mayawathi', Juliet in a Sinhala adaption of Romeo and Juliet, playing the lead female role in all of them.
    With her first audio recording of the famous song "Siri Buddhagaya Vihare" with Master H. W. Rupasinghe in 1938, she captured the hearts of the masses and she shaped her career from that of an actress to that of an actress turned singer.


    Her unique voice attracted many music directors, as her singing career moved from the stage to the silver screen.


    It was also, around this time that her name underwent a change from Daisy Daniels to the well known 'Rukmani Devi'. There are two schools of thinking as to how the name "Rukmani Devi" originated. According to one school, the late H. W. Rupasinghe maestro created the name, while the other believe that Jayantha Weerasekara and Michael Sannas Liyanage who is in his 90s, created it .
    B. A. W. Jayamanne, founder of "Minerva Dramatic Club" of Negombo took Rukmani to perform remarkable roles in his interestingly featured dramas, such as 'Apparition', 'Broken Promise', 'Changing Fate, 'Defeated Aim', 'Evasive Denial', 'Fanatic Faith', 'Grisly Guardian', 'Hasty Decision' and lastly 'Irangani'. Above-mentioned plays followed the English alphabet.

    Since the role she played as Ranjani' in 'Kadavunu Poronduwa' she has played in more than 60 movies such as Peralunu Iranama, Hadisi Vinishya, Perakadoru Bena, Weradunu Kurumana, Kapati Arakshakaya, Kele Handa, Umathu Vishvasaya, Siriyalatha, Iranganie, Daiva Yogaya,Mangalika,Nalagana,Samiya Birindage Deviyaya,Kusumlatha, Heta Pramada Wadiy,Magula Poruwa,La Dalu and Magul Poruwa.


    FIRST SINHALA FILM KADAWUNU PORONDUWA (BROKEN PROMISE)-1947 

    BIOGRAPHY OF RUKMANI DEVI

    RUKMANI DEVI-

    Rukmani Devi (January 15, 1923–October28, 1978) was a Sri Lankan singer and actress, who was often acclaimed as "The Nightingale of Sri Lanka"[1]. She made it to the silver screen via the stage and had acted in close to 100 films, at the time of her death. Having an equal passion for singing as well as a melodious voice, she was Sri Lanka's foremost female singer in the gramophone era. After her death, she was awarded the Sarasaviya 'Rana Thisara'- Life Time Achievement Award at the 1979 Sarasaviya Awards Festival.




    Rukmani Devi, was born as Daisy Rasammah Daniels to a Colombo Chetty Christian family on January 15, 1923 at Ramboda in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Second, in a family of five, her father, John Daniel worked on a plantation and her mother, Helen Rose was a teacher.
    She grew up in Colombo and had her early education at St. Matthew's School and then moved on to St. Clare's School, Wellawatte and  Methodist College at Colombo.

     biography_img3 (From left Helen Nilanthi, Rukmani, Father, Florence’s daughter Kanchana, Mother, Florence. Freddy and Sarojini are standing behind)


    As a little girl, Daniels showed an inborn talent to sing and dance. At the age of seven she was picked to sing Christmas carols. Impressed with her ability to sing, dance, and also to act, she was selected to perform a main role in a Christmas play, 'The Shoemaker's Wife'.

     The stage play was trained and presented by St. Clare's School, Wellawatte.
    Watching her play this role much enthusiastically, Walter Abeysinghe, a drama producer sought permission from her father, to invite her to play the lead role of 'Sita' in his drama 'Ramayanaya.' Thus, in 1935 at the age of just 12 years she performed in this stage play, presented by the 'Sinhala Natya Sabha'.

    She was so clever that she participated in Christmas Carols when she was a student. Mrs. 'Chandraleka' a teacher of St. Mathew's was her mentor in singing. She became so popular as having the voice of an angel when she was singing in the school. 


    When the Daniel family shifted to Negombo from Colombo , she met young Eddie Jayamanne at the Negombo beach. It was during the period they were acting in the play 'Awatharaya' that their love affair commenced. The affair had gone so far that they were to get married. As Eddie had no proper employment or a source of income, the parents of Rukmani Devi opposed their marriage and filed action before the then District Judge of Colombo D.R.F. Dias. E.G. Wickremanayake Q.C. appeared for young Eddie, the Plaintiff-petitioner seeking permission of Court to marry Rukmani then in her tender age. However they were granted permission to marry, So it
    happened.They lived at "Jaya Ruk"House, at Angurukaramulla, Negombo.













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