felicitating Iranganie

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The Cine star Foundation headed by Jayantha Dharmadasa has organized a special felicitation ceremony for senior-most actress Kala Keerthi Iranganie Serasinghe to coincide with her 90th birthday. The event will be held at the Deshamanya H. K. Dharmadasa Auditorium within the Nawaloka Hospital premises on June 17 at 7 pm amidst a distinguished gathering. Iranganie Roxanna Meedeniya (later Serasinghe) was born in Moodugomuwa, Ruwanwella on June 9, 1927. Since making her film debut in Dr. lester James Peries’ Rekhawa in 1956, Iranganie has made significant contributions as a film, stage and tele drama actress.


Iranganie Meedeniya entered the University of Ceylon in 1947 and immersed herself in the Ceylon theatre scene there under the guidance of Professor E. F. C. Ludowyk; she also became a proficient dancer with lessons from Chitrasena.

She eventually graduated with an Arts degree and travelled to London where she attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a year and the London School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art for two years.

The Lionel Wendt Art Centre theatre portion opened on December 12, 1953 with the production of Maxim Gorky’s “The Lower Depths”, starring Iranganie Serasinghe and produced by Neuman Jubal. Doing mainly English roles at first, she started playing in Sinhala theatre in Henry Jayasena’s Apata Puthe Magak Nethe and followed with roles in Dhamma Jagoda’s Sinhala version of A Streetcar Named Desire, Ves Muhunu, and Porisadaya. The following years saw Meedeniya in constantly changing settings–teaching briefly at Musaeus College, working for The Times of Ceylon after returning from London, doing a stint at the SLBC and handling a post in the tourism sector.

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