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Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, the National Channel, has bagged most of the awards at the 35th SIGNIS Tele Cinema Festival. The 35th SIGNIS (OCIC/UNDA) Salutation for creative cinema nd tele dramas for 2010 was held at the BMICH during the weekend under the patronage of His Eminence Crdinal Dr. Malcom Ranjith.
The Tele Dramas “Eberthu Etha” and “Yasa Isuru” produced by the National Rupavahini Corporation received majority of the awards. Gaya Ramya Alwis of Rupavahini won the award for the best lyrics for ‘Yasa Isuru;. Sasanka Deepal Amaraweera was awarded for the innovative theme of the “Isuru Bhavana” Tele Drama and for the pre-advertisement caption for the “Aadaraneeya Yawwanaya”
Tiranjaya Dilhan Paranamanage received a talent certificate for producing the pre-advertisement programme of “The Reporter”. The Silver award for the best supporting actor was received by Suminda Sirisena for his role in “Eberthu Etha”. Madani Malwattage received an award for the Best Supporting Actress. Saman Lenin and Ishani Ranganatha received awards for their singing in “Yasa Isuru”. Ananda Abeynayaka and Anuruddha Jayasinghe received awards for “Sansare Piya Satahan” and “Maya Ru” respectively.
The majority of awards in this year’s festival were received by the film “Bambara Walalla”. The director of the film Athula Liyanage received the award for the Best Director. The Best Actor was Mahendra Perera for his performance in “Bambara Walalla”. The Best Actress was Damitha Abeyratne from the film “Dakina Dakina Mal”. Three international awards were presented to Sanath Gunathilaka, Roy De Silva and Charitha Priyadharshanee Pieris. Venerable Rambukkana Sidhartha, Reverend Father Benedict Joseph, Minister T B Ekanayake and a large number of artists attended the function. (niz).