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Wednesday, 5 December 2007 - 6:12 PM SL Time

Mahagama Sekara - Ma Mala Pasu..(ම ා ම ළ ප ස ු )

Mahagama Sekara (1929-1976) is one of Sri Lanka`s great poets and was a significant figure in Sinhalese poetry. He was also a teacher, lyricist, playwright, novelist, artist, and a filmmaker. He is likely best remembered as a poet and songwriter with several of his works even becoming popular songs in Sri Lanka. His works occasionally have an introspective Buddhist influenced outlook. His poems and songs remain widely quoted on the island nearly thirty years after his death. His demise at the age of 47 was considered a tragic loss by many in Sri Lankan literary circles.

Publications(Poetry/Novels/Translations...)
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Title Genre Year
1 Dhavala Senankaya (Translation from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle`s The White Company) Translation 1956
2 Punchi Ayata Kai Kathandara Children`s Plays 1958
3 Vyanga (with K. Jayatilake) Poetry 1960
4 Saddantha ha Thavath Nataka Poetry 1961
5 Sakvalihini Poetry 1962
6 Heta Irak Payai Poetry 1963
7 Mudu Puttu (With Gunasena Galappatty) Stage Drama 1964
8 Maknisadayath Poetry 1964
9 Rajathilaka Lionel saha Priyantha Poetry 1967
10 Thun Man Handiya Novel 1967
11 Bodima Poetry 1970
12 Manomandira Novel 1971
13 Mahagama Sekerage Geetha Collection of Lyrics 1972
14 Saru Polovak Apata Athei Patriotic Songs for Children 1973
15 Nomiyemi Poetry 1973
16 Prabuddha Poetry 1977
17 Mahagama Sekerage Keti Katha saha Chitra Collection of Short Stories and Paintings 1981
18 Mahagama Sekera Nopala Geetha Collection of Lyrics 1984
19 Hansa Geethaya saha Venath Nirmana(includes a translation of Rubaiyat) Collection of Plays & other writings 1985
20 Koti Valigaya Children`s Play 1990
21 Thun Man Handiya Thira Rachanaya Cinema Script 1993
22 Sinhala Gadya Padya Nirmanayanhi Ridma Lakshana Doctoral Thesis 2001

Short Stories
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Peethara
Man Thananno
Puthata Karekak
Pungna
Meeya

Lyrics
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Film Songs
1 Me Sinhala Amaradeva Nanda Malini Saravita
2 Duka Sapa Dekatama Adarayai Karunawai
3 Atha Gau Ganan Durin Amaradeva Narada Disasekara Gatawarayo
4 Ambiliyo Ambiliyo Amaradeva Amitha Wedisingha Adarayai Karunawai
5 Kala Balan Mage Sara Bulath Vita Amaradeva M J Milton Perera Saravita
6 Siripa Piyumei Amaradeva Amaradeva Ransalu
7 Ada Pamanai Ithiriwa Aththe Amaradeva Amaradeva Parasathu Mal
8 Paravunu Mal Vala Amaradeva Sujatha Attanayaka Parasathu Mal
9 Adawan Desin Pawasanu Rahasin Somadasa Elvitigala Victor Rathnayaka Ves Gaththo
10 Sinidu Sudu Muthu Thalawe Somadasa Alvitigala Amaradeva Sath Samudura
11 Gala Halunu Ganga Amaradeva Amaradeva Navodaye Udagira
12 Ratakin Ratakata Para Asagena Amaradeva Amaradeva Binaramali
13 Ruwan Wala Duhul Kadin Amaradeva Nanda Malini Wesathru Siritha
14 Nanda Nidiyan Khrisnajina Amaradeva Nanda Malini Wesathru Siritha
15 Onna Babo Athinniya Amaradeva Amitha Wedisingha Adarayai Karunawai
16 Api Ma Thama Veerayo Amaradeva Amitha Wedisingha Adarayai Karunawai
17 Ira Kumarui Sanda Kumarii Amaradeva Amitha Wedisingha Adarayai Karunawai
18 Vane Pala Pala Natha Pera Lesine Amaradeva Nanda Malini Wesathru Siritha
19 Sathapena Ma Ran Puthune Amaradeva Nanda Malini Wesathru Siritha
20 Ran Dedunu Ahasa Nagie Amaradeva Rupa Indumathie Abuddassa Kale
21 Ahasa Pura Kalu Wala Andee Amaradeva Rupa Indumathie Abuddassa Kale
22 Malin Male Renu Ura Amaradeva Athula Somasiri & group Adarayai Karunawai
23 Atheethayen Ganga Amaradeva Amaradeva Thun Man Handiya
24 Yannem Dakna Se Ma Amaradeva Wijeratna Warakagoda Thunmanhandiya

Songs written for Stage Plays
1 Atha Kandukara Amaradeva Amaradeva Nala Damayanthi
2 Bilindu Tholaka Kiri Suvanda Urannai Somadasa Alvitigala Mudu Puththu
3 Klesha Bara Gena Karata Kundala Kesi
4 Obage Desin Galana Amaradeva Amaradeva Karadiya
5 Hoyiya Hoyiya Amaradeva Amaradeva & group Karadiya
6 Mudu Pathula Yata Indala Somadasa Alvitigala Mudu Puththu
7 Diviya Anganavanta Devatha Eli
8 Denahaputin Pimba Kalata Devatha Eli
9 Anna Balan Sanda Kundala Kesi
10 Digak Palalak Yodun Gananin Somadasa Alvitigala Mudu Puththu
11 Epa Puthune Mudu Yannata Somadasa Alvitigala Mudu Puththu

Radio Songs
1 Sasara Sayuru Nanda Malini
2 Malaka Mahima
3 Galana Dole Pena Bubulai Adare Amitha Wedisinghe
4 Diyatha Janatha
5 Niyagin Kara Vee
6 Wakkada Langa Amaradeva Amaradeva
7 Gala Basina Jala Dharavak Sei
8 Ma Mala Davasaka Edward Jayakodi Edward Jayakodi
9 Veenave Thatha Amaradeva Amaradeva
10 Wela Mada Athi Ambalame
11 Neela Kobei Rana Adee Amaradeva Amaradeva
12 Sevanallak Se
13 Vadinna Apa Wetha Avurudu Kumariyane Amaradeva Amaradeva
14 Ihala Wele Ismaththe
15 Dotha Mudunatha Thaba Vendagena
16 Gee Pothai Mee Vithai Amaradeva Amaradeva
17 Oba Ma Thrule Gee Gayana Wele Amaradeva Amaradeva Based on a Poem by Omar Khaiyam
18 Vanantharei Nil Gaha Kola Mudune
19 Samanola Sirase
20 Sagathayen Kara Vu Maha Polawe
21 Mulu Lovama Sihinayai
22 Mala Ira Basina Handa Yamaye Amaradeva Amaradeva
23 Nirinduni Mei Maha Sigiri Kootaya
24 Sannaliyane Amaradeva Amaradeva Based on a Song by Sarojini Naidu
25 Bindu Bindu Mal Amaradeva Jayarathna & Amara Ranathunga
26 Kala Vawe Maha Jala Thala Pisagena
27 Koiba Sitindo Bamarindu
28 Obe Namin Seya Bandimi Amaradeva Amaradeva
29 Semen Semen Pitu Passen
30 Kanda Udin Ena Kikiliya Gomariye Amaradeva Amaradeva
31 Deepa Deepa Nawarathna Deepa
32 Patu Adahas Nam Pavurin Amaradeva Amaradeva Based on a Song by Rabeendranath Tagore
33 Irata Muvaven Amaradeva Amaradeva
34 Vijaya Bhumi Lanka
35 Sath Kulu Pau Valalu Mathin Amaradeva Amaradeva
36 Jana Diviye Hada Gahena Ravaya Amaradeva Amaradeva Martin Wickramasingha Felicitation Song
37 Me Ape Deshayai
38 Ase Mathwena Kandulu Bindu Gena Amaradeva Amaradeva
39 Anda Vu Diganthare Yasho Kalkayen
40 Palu Anduru Nil Amaradeva Amaradeva
41 Rathna Deepa Amaradeva Amaradeva
42 Dathei Kara Geta Simba Sanasannata Amaradeva Amaradeva & Wimala Amaradeva
43 Samanola Sirasin Ahasata Nagina Amaradeva Amaradeva and group
44 Obatama Mehewara Karanata Ekase Amaradeva Amaradeva
45 Puthu Ipadunu Me Polowe Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
46 Sudui Sudui Mulu Mihinthalawama Amaradeva Amaradeva
47 Nil Giri Kulu Mathin Hali Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
48 Pululu Ukula Pabalu Thala Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
49 Miyuru Miyuru Nada Nagei Amaradeva Amaradeva
50 Sunila Nuba Gaba Visula Aseniya Amaradeva Amaradeva
51 Muthu Ata Gatha Wata Bandi Lanka Amaradeva Amaradeva
52 Depa Thabana Bol Polowe Amaradeva Amaradeva
53 Kalani Vihare Sudu Sanda Maluwe Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
54 Polowa Gilana Nil Wasse Amaradeva Amaradeva
55 Mohiniye Amaradeva Amaradeva & Neela Wickramasingha
56 Paskam Sapa Ek Than Kala Amaradeva Amaradeva
57 Paya Ran Sanda Nil Mini Ahase Amaradeva Amaradeva & Group CBC New Year Program
58 Veenava Obagei Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
59 Samanola Adviya Thuruliya Sirase Amaradeva Amaradeva
60 Vasanthaye Mal Kumarikavan Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
61 Apara Vu Akase Amaradeva Amaradeva & Nanda Malini
62 Vasanthaye Mal Kakulak Se Amaradeva Amaradeva
63 Ama Ganga Galala Amaradeva Amaradeva
64 Naththeya Lath Danduwam Amaradeva Amaradeva
65 Dasa Dahasak Sakwala Gaba Amaradeva Amaradeva Written for Sandeshaya Service of BBC on the occasion of Buddha Jayanthi.
66 Obei Pamula Bagapath Sei P Dunstan De Silva Sisira & Indrani Senarathna
67 Sevanallak Se Ma Ena Sama Thana Amaradeva Narada Disasekera Maduwanthi Gee
68 Lak Mavun Sirase Palan Muthu Amaradeva Amaradeva Maduwanthi Gee
69 Ran Karal Namie Namie Amaradeva Amaradeva
70 Gala Enne Amaradeva Amaradeva & Sujatha Aththanayaka
71 Pile Padura Amaradeva Amaradeva
72 Wasanthaye Mal Amaradeva Amaradeva
73 Sinhala Avurudu Awa Amaradeva Amaradeva
74 Obe Dasai Amaradeva Amaradeva
75 Seethala Diya Piri Sunila Vilai Amaradeva Suni Edirisinghe
76 Payan Ran Sanda Amaradeva Amaradeva

Songs written for Special Occasions
1 Budu Himi Bihiwuna Dinaya Adai Amaradeva Bhakthi Gee - Visaka Vidyalaya
2 Siri Pada Lasa Samanola Sirase Amaradeva Amaradeva Mahaweli Geethaya - On commissioning of Polgolla Dam in Jan 1976
3 Sri Lanka Yuddha Senawe Amaradeva Written for the Sri Lanka Army, at the Panagoda camp.
4 Nila Gana Kulu Meda Wesi Wasina Api Amaradeva Written for Sri Lanka Kantha Balakaya
5 Sath Ruwanin Pirunu Polowa Amaradeva Amaradeva Marking the inaugural landing on the moon.
6 Loka Palana Devatha Gana Amaradeva Amaradeva Mangala Asiri Gee
7 Apara Vu Akase Amaradeva Amaradeva
8 Wasi Wasina Ahasa Api Amaradeva Amaradeva To Mark an anniversary of Sri Lanka Sama Samaja Party
9 Payan Ran Sanda Amaradeva Amaradeva

Other Songs
1 Salana Susum Sada Sulangai
2 Mithuru Damin Ekamuthu Vuwo
3 Mal Pipune Natha Oba Hamuwana Thuru
4 Penwa Mata Obage Piliruwa
5 Seethala Hima Kandu Mudune
6 Kati Kalahoth Oba Liyu Siyalu De Martin Wickramasingha Felicitation Song
7 Kama Karanu Mana
8 Kandu Wati Ganga Muhudu Dige
9 Mee Pup Ladin
10 Avadi Veyan
11 Kavudo Anda Gasanu Asei
12 Nila Gana Kulu Wesi Ahasa Api
13 Anda Vatena Vanantharai
14 Sri Lanka Adhyapana Ambarei
15 Banda Diya Dada Digu Yatage
16 Hiru Nanga Ei Nava Arunodei

Movies
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Thun man handiya

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Movies
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Thun man handiya

Plays
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Swarnathilaka
Daskon
Kundalakesi
Kantharaya
Chora Pabbatha
Vidura
Sora Pawwa
Sasa Jathakaya
Hansa Geethaya
Nava Baga Sanda
Saddhantha
Sabba Nadee Vankagatha
Amaraneeyathvaya
Mudu Puttu (with Gunasena Galappatthi)

Paintings
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Throughout his career Sekara produced over 100 paintings in various media such as oil on canvas and water colors. Most of them are currently not available.

Batik and Embroidery Designs

Most of this information I extracted from http://www.mahagamasekera.org. Who ever has created that has done an excellent job. It has much more details about the person and his work than what I have published here.
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Throughout his career Sekara produced over 100 paintings in various media such as oil on canvas and water colors. Most of them are currently not available.

why is that? not in galleries either?

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Think,

Ofcourse who can forget Sekara..one of the greatest artists ever in SL...:)
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Grooves,
why is that? not in galleries either?

This is what it says in the website

Throughout his career Sekara produced over 100 paintings in various media such as oil on canvas and water colors. Most of them are currently not available. Some of the the paintings exhibited here were taken from The Times of Ceylon Annual ?69 magazine.

Around thirty of his paintings were exibited at the Serendib Gallery in early 1970s. The whereabouts of those paintings and the ones which are not displayed here remain unknown.

Sekara, in his paintings, did not attempt an analysis into the mechanics of form instead, his creative bursts are born out of a few symbols like masks, plants, boats which make strong impressions and the familiar voluptuous imposing curves are replaced by extremely simplified outlines
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Samadi,
Think,

Ofcourse who can forget Sekara..one of the greatest artists ever in SL...:)

But I dont know if kids these days would know him or read any of his works :)
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Chippy,

Sorry I missed it.. Thanks for all the info!!
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Hi Kanki,
Chippy,

Sorry I missed it.. Thanks for all the info!!

no problemo. BTW have you read any Sekara poetry?
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