An up and coming actress
Only an actor or an actress can
represent any character under this sky. Once he/she is a villain, once a
lover and then a politician or a beggar. A talented actor/actress should
have all these qualities within him or her to spout out on a stage or
before a camera.
Sometimes the society tend to measure them from the roles they play.
And that depends on their dedication towards the career which mingles
with the talent and destiny.
Yamuna Sumudu Kumari Weerasekara has taken part in 30 odd tele
dramas, three films and a large number of
stage dramas since 1984. "Some of my friends told me that they were
going to participate in a stage drama workshop of Sunil Costa. I was
just out of the school. I also joined along with them at the workshop.
This was how I got on to the popular stage with a drama," she recalls.
However Yamuna was a Calypso Band singer from the age of twelve. Her
still photographer father introduced to the Calypso society after learnt
her talent for singing. "I have not studied music or gone for formal
voice training. It's all in born talents.
I compose lyrics. I have a collection of more than 50 songs written
by me. So I have an idea of releasing a CD, one day in the future, but
that will be after having a better vocal training, definitely," she
Yamuna poses an extremely benevolent spirit with sensitive nature.
Dancing and singing is her pastime. "I'm married and has two daughters
and a son. My eldest in 15 and youngest is just seven years. I have a
very supportive hubby and parents who shoulder all the chorus during my
absence with shooting," she says.
'Sankalpa Kala Kawaya' was the drama association she had organised
with a few of her friends who also had the craze in acting. 'Niyatha
Vivarana' was their very first stage production which followed 'Manusaththu'.
And 'Ridi Poru' was her first drama on the small screen. "Acting is
not profitable. My family members sometimes grumble over that as we
rarely can expect a better income. But now 'acting' has enter into my
blood vessels. So there's no moving away from acting," she laughs.
is her favourite transport so that she can reach home at any hour of the
day. "I am a very sensitive person, and have never used glycerine to get
tears. When I get into the mood I eventually could shed tears," she
Yamuna loves children and elders. "They are in the extreme age that
need love, care, kind and merciful treatment from the society," she
Yamuna won a Merit Award for her role played in 'Sakunthala' stage
drama in 2004.
Udeni Alwis, Kanchana Mendis, Anula Wanigasuriya and Donald Jayantha
are among the artistes she is grateful for giving her assistance to come
up in the field.