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Kalabhooshana Seelaratna Senarath is the Director Programming of CRI Sri Lanka. He is a famous commercial program announcer of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and former Director Editorial of Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited, he was the Media Secretary to Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and Mahinda Rajapaksa former Opposition Leader of Sri Lanka. He had served as a’Language Expert’ and’Advisory Broadcaster’ at the Sinhala Service of China Radio International during 2003-2005) in Beijing China. Prior to that he had served as the Media Adviser at Mahaweli Center of Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority. Before moving into Mahaweli Center he began his career as a teacher and had served in many remote areas of the country, he was a freelance broadcaster at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation and had done a number of famous commercial programs such as’Dasa Pibidena Gayaka Parapura’,’Guruge Menik Wasana Udawa’,’Jayanithyakalyani Vinoda Mela’,’Ov Ne Be’,’Winadiyak Pamanai’,’Mahaweliyen Deyata Pidena Mal’,’Helence Mangala Seenu’,’Tea Shakthi’ etc.
Apart from that he had acted in various radio-dramas such as’Kele Mal’,’Muwanpelessa’ etc.’Api Dennai Palu Lowai’ the famous radio detective series in the 80s was written and acted by him. He had done several famous television programs as well such as’Shanida Ayubowan’,’Shanida Wasanawa Ganitha Getaluwa’ etc, he is famous for his ability to do public announcing in all three official languages of Sri Lanka. He is fluent in Sinhala and English, he had a rare opportunity to teach Tamil language to famous Sri Lankan politicians such as Gamini Dissanayake, Anuruddha Ratwatte, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Namal Rajapaksa while he was working with them time to time. Felicitating the service rendered to Sri Lanka and China friendship Mr. Seelaratna Senarath has been awarded’Friendship Excellence’ award by China Radio International and’Friendship Honors’ award by China Radio & TV Co. for International Techno-Economic Cooperation for his efforts to establish CRI Sri Lanka FM channel and CGTN in Sri Lanka. He has been conferred the honorary title of Maadya Shiromani Lanka Puthra by the Asgiriya & Malwatta Chapters of Sri Lanka Main Theravada Buddhist Clergy.
In November 2013, Sri Lankan expatriate association in Melbourne Australia’Mihindu Lama Padanama’ felicitated Mr. Senarath for the lifetime contribution he made for the media industry in Sri Lanka. In April 2014, he represented Sri Lanka at the Heads of Media Institutions Roundtable of Boao Forum for Asia. Seelaratna Senarath begins his career as a trained teacher after being graduated from the Teachers’ Training College in Giragama, he served in several areas in Sri Lanka including Ampara District, Batticaloa District and Gampaha District before he joins as the media adviser at Mahaweli Center in the late 1980s. Seelaratna Senarath was portrait on two episodes TV documentary series Guna Ruwa Suwanda telecast on Rupavahini in 2014 Guna Ruwa Suwanda Ep:01 Guna Ruwa Suwanda Ep:02 The novel “Ada Mahattaya” written by journalist Ashoka Piyaratne reflecting the real life experience of Seelaratna Senarath when he served as the headmaster of a remote village school in Sippimaduwa, Batticaloa District during late 1970s was launched on 6 October 2016.’Ada Mahattaya’ novel launch video Video intro for Seelaratna Senarath at’Ada Mahattaya’ novel launch Popular television talk show “Shanida Saadaya” of ITN interviewed Seelaratna Senarath on 6 May 2017’Shanida Saadaya’ on 06 May 2017 featuring Seelaratna Senarath A book titled ‘Mata Den Hathalihai’, comprising Seelaratna Senarath’s experiences in the media, written by journalist Ashoka Piyaratne, launched on 1 November 2018 at the Western Province Aesthetic Resort, Colombo 7, under the patronage of Uruwarige Vannila Aththo, the leader of the indigenous community.
The book launch marks Senarath’s 40th year in the profession of the media field. Seelaratna Senarath received’Kalabhooshana’ state honours award at the 34th Kalabhooshana State Awards 2018 held on 29 January 2019 at Nelum Pokuna Theater under the patronage of the President of Sri Lanka Maithreepala Sirisena.
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