Picture worthier than words
His contribution to the country's art is priceless. His service is
everlasting and it is unforgettably carved in Sri Lankans' hearts. S A
Dissanayake, an outstanding artist who has done much to enrich art in
different forms, is still engaged in working on his aesthetic pieces.
Professor Ariyaratne Athugala
addressing the gathering
S A Dissanayake awarding the book to
the President of CUP, Lal Saranapala. Pictures by Saliya
A children's book of Dissanayake, 'Yodhaya saha Pandithuma' was
launched recently at the Mahaweli Centre with the participation of many
artistes and professionals of the field.
'Yodhaya saha Pandithuma' is a book written for children to entertain
them while teaching them lessons about life. The book is in aid for the
Children's Uplift Programme (CUP) which works towards upgrading the
lives of underprivileged children of the country. The entire income of
the book will be directly forwarded to the CUP for its work done for the
CUP is entirely a Sri Lankan organization which has been conducting
many projects to help children all over the country. it has built plenty
of libraries for children, it offers scholarships to encourage children
who are talented but poor and it provides computer literacy for children
those who do not have much access. Through their work they have uplifted
the lives of many children in Sri Lanka.
Commenting on the book, Prof. Ariyaratne Athugala said: "S A
Dissanayake is an outstanding artist whose works have been much
appreciated. His exceptional drawings and picture stories impress almost
every one despite of the age. In my personal experience, I remember
clearly those days we loved pictures than letters. They gave us many
ideas and we were educated through them. Stories based on pictures and
lines taught us many things about life. Especially cartoons are very
impressive and attractive. To understand cartoons, nobody needs to be
proficient in any language. It depends on the artistic ability and the
meaning behind it."
He further said that the cartoon art is one of the most powerful art
through which both children and adults can be educated and it should be
widely spread within schoolchildren in a positive manner. The cartoon
artistes should understand the children's mentality well, as Dissanayake
does. Dissanayake is one of the best artistes who has educated society
through his art.
Dissanayake has created about 21 popular cartoon characters in six
decades. He is a teacher by profession. He has worked for newspapers for
a long time. Even today, he works for Mihira and Nawayugaya.