TV Times

A new book on dynasty of Lankan Cinema
“Sri Lankeya Cinema Vanshaya” (The Dynasty of the Sri Lankan Cinema), a book on Sri Lankan films, with the effort of over 20 years of research by Nuwan Nayanajith Kumara , is scheduled to be launched on February 28, at 5.00 p.m. at the Elphinstone Theatre.

This compendium can be recognized as the first step towards recording in writing the history of the Sri Lankan Cinema, setting out the various dynasties and periods that marked its ebbs and flows of development. This 29 cm X 21 cm book of 800 pages include over 2,500 photographs and covers the period from the birth of the world cinema in 1898 to the present status of the Sinhala Cinema from its gestation in the late 1930’s. A fascinating variety of facts and figures are included in 15 Chapters of the book.

The book sets on record the details of over 1024 films made in Sinhala, Tamil and in English in Sri Lanka. The productions are neatly categorised into feature films, documentaries, dubbed films and various other categories including co-productions and the international awards won by the local Production etc.

The book is published by Sarasaviya Publishers headed by H.D. Premasiri under the sponsorship of the National Lotteries Board. The launching ceremony will include the screening of films compiled by Tissa Nagodavithana highlighting certain cross section of the Sri Lankan industry and will be embellished with a musical show depicting the songs from films performed by popular singers under the music direction of maestro Rohana Weerasinghe.


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