Jayakodige Dona Rathna Lalani, popularly as Rathna Lalani Jayakody, is an actress in Sri Lankan cinema and television. She is a teacher by profession. Rathna Lalani Jayakody was born on 8 January 1964 as the youngest of the family, his father is an Ayurvedic doctor. She went to Siddhartha Maha Vidyalaya and attended to Kolonnawa Balika Vidyalaya, she has two elder sisters — Geetha Kanthi and Sriyani. Geetha Kanthi is a renowned award-winning actress in Sri Lankan cinema and television. Popular actor Bimal Jayakody is the son of Rathna’s elder brother. Bimal is married to fellow actress Sujani Menaka. Popular actress Paboda Sandeepani is the daughter of her sister Geetha Kanthi. Rathna Lalani is married to fellow actor Sampath Tennakoon, they first met during a stage drama Puthra Samagama and in Suba Sandewak. They have acted more than 50 stage dramas together, she is working as a teacher in Sri Rajasinghe Madya Maha Vidyalaya. Before starting acting career, Jayakody joined with Sri Lanka Broadcasting Coorporation for Lama Pitiya program with her sister Geetha Kanthi.
She was selected for many dramas due to her voice stage drama songs. She acted under the prominent directors such as Ananda Sirisena, Agnes Sirisena, Mahinda Algama, Ashoka Tillakaratne and Piyadasa Ranasinghe to polish her abilities, her maiden television acting came through Parakrama Niriella’s Laa Hiru Dahasak. Her role as Ranjani in the teledrama Yashorawaya was critically acclaimed, she acted in Verona, Hathara WateIn 1991, a drama festival named Ratna Lalani Drama Festival was held. In 2013, Rathna and Sampath organised a drama festival titled Abhinayana Sampath-Rathna Rangabhumika to celebrate their 30 years in stage drama career, they staged seven popular dramas from 17–23 December 2013 at New Town Hall, Colombo 7, which they together acted. Her maiden cinematic experience came through a minor role in 1986 film Pooja, directed by Dharmasiri Gamage; some of her popular films are Randiya Dahara and Pooja. Rohana Siriwardena to enchant fans on Sep. 28 අසිරිමත් රඟ මඬල, පති පතිනි භූමිකා, මගෙ බෙල්ල ළඟට වතුර
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