Five senior journalists to be honoured
Arthur U. Amarasena
Five senior journalists will get Lifetime. Achievement Awards at the
Journalism Excellence Awards ceremony to be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m at
the Empire Ballroom of Mount Lavinia Hotel. The awards for 2009 are
being given by the Editors’ Guild of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Press
The five receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards are;
Arthur U. Amarasena
Amarasena is a senior journalist, Film Producer, Tele Drama Director
and Script Writer. While attending Rahula College (Rahula Maha Vidyalaya).
Katugastota, he started writing to Sinhala newspapers and magazines.
He joined the Dawasa Group of newspapers in 1961 as a free lance
reporter and covered Parliament, Courts and various Government
Departments. His media Guru was D.B. Dhanapala in 1962, the editor in
charge of Dawasa Newspaper Group.
He was appointed Editor Visithura, popular film and Arts weekly
newspaper, and later became the Senior Deputy Editor of Riviresa,
popular Sunday national newspaper.
In 974, he joined the Times of Ceylon Group and became the Editor of
Suratura, a weekly cultural newspaper.
He has also contributed to the following magazines: Sathdina,
Sithsara, Kalpana, Suraliya, Meda Peradiga, Nidahasa, Visva Tharanga and
He has also authored several books such as Sinhala Cinema Wansaya,
Ethera Visturu, Sinhala Maha Cinema Wansaya I and II, Hetawasaraka
Sinhala Cinema Prakshana, The Birth of the Sri Lankan Cinema, The
History of Tamil Cinema and an artiste’s directory.
Maruthappu Vallipuram Kaanamylnathan
Kaanamylnathan has 48-years in journalism to his credit. During this
period, he has served as Sub Editor of Elanadu – Jaffna Tamil daily
newspaper, Dinapathy – a Colombo Daily Newspaper where he rose to the
post of News Editor.
He later joined the Virakesari Group and was in charge of the Jaffna
News Service. In April 1985, he joined the Saturday Review – a Jaffna
English weekly newspaper and moved over to Uthayan (Daily) and Sanjeavy
(weekly) as the Chief Editor in November 1985, printed and published in
Jaffna in which to date he is the Chief Editor.
Anandi Balasingham is a B.A. Graduate of the University of Colombo.
She retired as the Deputy Editor and Business Editor Thinkaran Daily and
Thinakaran Varamanjari, Lake House in 2008.
She has served in Thinakaran since 1968 as a freelance journalist
while an undergraduate at the Colombo University. In 1972 she joined the
permanent staff after graduation. She served as a journalist, features
editor, children’s page editor and women’s page editor.
She is a visiting lecturer in Mass Communication at the Open
University of Sri Lanka and the Colombo University for Diploma in
Journalism course and at the Sri Lanka College of Journalism.
She has attended workshops and seminars on several occasions and
Australia, France and Nepal during her journalistic career. She is a
past student of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya and St. Clare’s
Sirilal Kodikara started his journalistic career in 1948 writing for
a weekly Sinhala newspaper, Sinhala Jathiya.
He has worked as a journalist on the following newspapers: Davsa,
Aththa, Heta and Ravaya. He also wrote a popular column on politics for
the Aththa Newspaepr in the 1970’s and 80’s. He has also authored many
books on various subjects.
M.S.M. Munsoor is the Chief Sub Editor of the Sunday Island Newspaper
of Upali Newspapers Limited. He has been working as a journalist since
1970. He received his early education at St. John’s College, Colombo.