D.B. Nihalsinghe's funeral today
funeral of veteran film director, cinematographer, editor and producer,
Dr. D.B. Nihalsinghe will be held today at 10.00 am, at the General
Cemetery, Borella. Marking the end of an era, Nihalsinghe, who was
honoured with the title 'Professor of cinema and television' passed away
on Thursday, April 21, at the age of 77.
Nihalsinghe was awarded the Cardiff Commonwealth Film Festival award
for his first film, Bhakthi in 1971 and Kelimadala (1992). He won a
dozen awards at the Sarasaviya Film Festival, the highest number of
national awards won by a movie at that time. Kalakeerthi Nihalsinghe's
most famous cinemtic production Welikathara was South Asia's second
Cinemascope, the anamorphic lens series used, and Sri Lanka's first. It
was among the 10 best Sri Lankan films presented at the Sri Lanka
He was also the pioneer who introduced professional television
production to Sri Lanka in 1979 with Dimuthu Muthu, the first colour
teledrama in Sri Lanka.
Apart from being a versatile director, he was also an administrator
and a teacher. Nihalsinghe was the founding Chief Executive Officer and
General Manager of the Sri Lanka National Film Corporation and together
with the University of Kelaniya, he initiated a Degree program in the
film and television industry where he worked as a visiting lecturer as
well until recently.