Well known actress, playwright, directress and theatre educationist Somalatha Subasinghe passed away early this morning at the age of 79. Family sources said that the funeral arrangements will take place at the Borella General Cemetery tomorrow evening. Ms. Subasinghe is the pioneering character who made outstanding contributions to children’s and youth theatre offering many beautiful creations which has taught lessons of love, friendship and compassion.
She has worked with dramatists like Gunasena Galappaththi, Ranjith Dharmakeerthi, Dhamma Jagoda, Namel Weeramuni, Henry Jayasena and others and also served as a teacher and actress for quite a long period. She was also exposed to children’s theatre in countries like England, France and Czechoslovakia following a semi scholarship accorded to her by the UNICEF.
She has also made her name in the film industry, with different roles in Siribo Ayya, Madol Duwa, Viragaya, Thilaka Saha Thilaka and her tele drama portrayals in Ella Langa Walawwa, Gamperaliya and Suba Anagathayak and many others. She was married to well known civil servant and diplomat Lionel Fernando while her daughter Kaushalya Fernando and son in law Chandana Aluthge excel in the stage scene.