Gemunu Wijesuriya's voice is no more
COLOMBO: Well known radio artiste Gemunu Wijesuriya died on
Monday while receiving treatment at a private hospital. He was 73.
The remains lie at his residence 540/19, Thalawathugoda, Madiwela.
His body will be removed to the Art Gallery at 1.00 p.m. today for the
public to pay their last respects. Funeral takes place today at the
General Cemetery, Borella.
Wijesuriya became a household name with his roles Weda Mama,
Gurunnanse and Pina in the radio drama Muwanpelassa written by
Mudalinayake Somarathne which was broadcast from 1963.
He entered the entertainment field joining the Lama Pitiya radio
programme conducted by Sarath Wimalaweera while a student at Udugampola
Maha Vidyalaya. After leaving school, he joined the Health Department.
While working at the Health Department, he also joined the Radio Ceylon
as a relief announcer, which turned a new leaf in his life.
He produced the famous Vinoda Samaya of yesteryear introducing
Annesly, Samuel and Berty. Wijesuriya born in 1934 was felicitated for
his five decade service to the entertainment field and recognising his
rare ability to entertain the audience speaking in different voices,
both male and female.
His fame as a dubbing artiste rose when he gave his voice to
television plays such as Malgudi Days, Dosthara Honda Hitha, Ha Ha Hari
Hava, Pissu Poosa, Suvi Seriya and Sipyuru Sora. He had also acted in
Senasuma Kothenada, Lokuma Hinawa, Binaramalee, Thunman Handiya, Hara
Lakshaya, Dulika, Handaya and Hatara Kendare. He was also the Pothe gura
(narrator) of Maname, in its second production. Wijesuriya also acted in
the tele comedy Night Learners.
Wijesuriya leaves his wife Malee and two daughters Rishani and