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Swarna Mallawarachchi

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Swarna Mallawarachchi
ස්වර්ණා මල්ලවාරච්චි
Swarna Mallawarachchi et Rakhshan Bani Etemad.jpg
Swarna Mallawarachchi (left) in 2017
Born (1948-08-01) 1 August 1948 (age 73)
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationVijayaba Maha Vidyalaya
OccupationActress
Years active1966–present
ChildrenNarendra
AwardsBest Actress

Swarna Mallawarachchi (born 1 August 1948: Sinhala: ස්වර්ණා මල්ලවාරච්චි), is an actress in Sri Lankan cinema. Often known as the "Golden star of Sinhalese cinema", Swarna began her acting career whilst still a schoolgirl, starring in the 1966 blockbuster film Sath Samudura directed by Siri Gunasinghe.[1] During a career that spanning over 40 years, Swarna has won the 'Best Actress Award' 26 times, most by a Sri Lankan actress.[2]

Personal life

She was born on 1 August 1948 [3] in Kosgas Junction, Grandpass, Colombo. She completed education at Vijayaba Maha Vidyalaya, Grandpass.[4]

In a Colombo municipal election, Swarna, along with other communist leaders such as Peter Kehnemann and K. P. de Silva, fielded Abeysena, a candidate from his party in the Northern Grandpass division.

Career

In school times, she collaborated her friend Kanthi Kalyani Atugoda for the Handwritten school magazine "Pipena Kumudu". Through the magazine, she showcased her abilities.

Swarna left Sri Lankan cinema for a brief period in the 1970s to live abroad. When she returned after a four-year absence there was an influx of new actresses. Swarna accepted supporting roles from directors during this period however obtained the Best Actress awards for these roles during these years.[5]


In 1983, she played the main role 'Ranmali' in the thriller drama film Dadayama directed by Vasantha Obeysekera. After receiving positive reviews by the critics, she won the Best Actress award at Sarasaviya Awards for the role.

She was appointed the UNHCR ambassador for women's rights in Sri Lanka since 2004.

Swarna's truly unique role as an actress is evident in films such as Vasantha Obeysekera's Dadayama (The Hunt) and Kadapathaka Chayava (Reflections in the Mirror), Dharmasiri Bandaranayake's Suddhilage Kathawa (The Story of Suddhi) and Bava Duka / Bava Karma, Sumitra Peries' Sagara Jalaya (Letter Written in the Sand) and Prasanna Vithanage's Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul).[6]

Filmography

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.[7]
Year No. Film Role
1967 159 Sath Samudura Soma [8]
1969 219 Hanthane Kathawa Subhadra [9]
1970 232 Thunman Handiya Yasawathi
1970 233 Nim Wallala
1971 247 Samanala Kumariyo Samaga Api Kawadath Surayo
1973 269 Mathara Achchi Sumithra aka Sumi
1973 274 Gopalu Handa
1973 276 Hondama Welawa
1974 282 Ahas Gauwa Vijitha
1980 457 Muwan Palessa 2
1980 459 Sankhapali Sugala
1980 460 Hewanali Eda Minissu
1980 462 Hansa Vilak Miranda Ranaweera [10]
1980 465 Sinhabahu Supra
1981 494 Anjana [11]
1981 503 Chanchala Rekha Kamala
1982 523 Ridee Nimnaya Leelawathi
1982 526 Kiri Suwanda
1982 534 Kala Mal
1982 536 Biththi Hathara Samara
1982 542 Yahalu Yeheli Gina
1983 558 Dadayama Rathmali Kekunawela [12]
1983 567 Samanala Sihina
1983 569 Muwan Palessa 3
1984 602 Maya Kumari's mother [13]
1985 618 Suddilage Kathaawa Suddi [14]
1985 622 Doringe Sayanaya
1985 630 Karadiya Walalla
1986 643 Maldeniye Simion Gunawathi [15]
1987 653 Yugayen Yugayata
1987 663 Kawuluwa
1988 683 Sagara Jalaya Madi Haduwa Oba Sanda Heen Kella
1989 687 Kedapathaka Chaya Nandawathi Bandara
1993 791 Madara Parasathu Chithra
1994 819 Mee Haraka Yamuna Nanayakkara
1995 842 Ayoma Ayoma
1997 877 Bawa Duka Nona Hami
1997 886 Bawa Karma Nona Hami
1998 899 Chanda Kinnari
2001 954 Anantha Rathriya Weerasinghe Arachchige Piyumi
2004 1036 Premawanthayo
2014 1213 Thanha Rathi Ranga Manorani
2016 1251 Age Asa Aga
TBD Dada Ima Rathmali Kekunawela[16]

Awards

Presidential Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1981 Hansa Vilak Best Actress Won
1986 Suddilage Kathawa Best Actress Won
1997 Bawa Duka Best Actress Won
1998 Channa Kinnari Best Actress Won
2017 Age Asa Aga Best Actress Won
2017 Contribution to Cinema Lifetime Achievement Won

OCIC Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1982 Ridi Nimnaya
Biththi Hathara
Yahalu Yeheli
Best Actress Won
1983 Dadayama Best Actress Won
1984 Maya Best Actress Won
1985 Suddilage Kathawa Best Actress Won
1988 Sagara Jalaya Best Actress Won
1989 Kadapathaka Chaya Best Actress Won
1996 Anantha Rathriya Best Actress Won
1997 Bawa Duka Best Actress Won
1998 Channa Kinnari Best Actress Won
2017 Age Asa Aga Best Actress Won

Sarasaviya Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1983 Dadayama Best Actress Won
1985 Suddilage Kathawa Best Actress Won
1988 Sagara Jalaya Best Actress Won
1997 Bawa Duka Best Actress Won
1998 Channa Kinnari Best Actress Won
2014 Contribution to Cinema Lifetime Achievement Won

Swarna Sanka Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1988 Sagara Jalaya Best Actress Won
1989 Kadapathaka Chaya Best Actress Won

Hiru Golden Film Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 Contribution to Cinema Lifetime Achievement Won

Sumathi Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Contribution to Cinema Lifetime Achievement Won

Derana Film Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Age Asa Aga Best Actress Won

Other Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Contribution to Cinema Bangladesh Film Development Board Award Won
Contribution to Cinema Zonta Woman of the Year [17] Won
Contribution to Cinema Sanpac Felicitation Won

References

  1. ^ "She is "Swarna"". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Swarna: The golden star of Sinhala cinema". TV Times (Sri Lanka). 15 January 2006. ISSN 1391-0531.
  3. ^ ""Swarna Mallawarachchi"".
  4. ^ "Swarna Mallawarachchi is the golden symbol of Sinhala cinema". Silumina. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  5. ^ "Tomorrow will be better than today: Leading actress Swarna Mallawarachchi". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 2020-12-04.
  6. ^ Swarna Mallawarachchi
  7. ^ "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  8. ^ "All about "Sath Samudura"". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  9. ^ "All about Hanthane Kathawa". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  10. ^ "All about "Hansa Vilak"". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  11. ^ "All about the film "Anjana"". sarasaviya. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  12. ^ "Dadayama: The hunt that was a hunt". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  13. ^ "Lester-Sumithra cinema on mini-screen". Sunday Times. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  14. ^ "All about the film "Suddilage Kathawa"". sarasaviya. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  15. ^ "'Maldeniye Simeon' back after 20 years". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  16. ^ "'Dhada Ima' directed by Dr Naomal Perera". The Island. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  17. ^ Tucker, Neely (14 January 2005). "Off-Screen Activist". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2010.

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