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Vijaya Nandasiri – Gone, But Not Forgotten!

Vijaya Nandasiri ( Ilukpitiya Mudiyanselage Vijaya Nandasiri-born in May 06, 1944 ) was one of the most influential figures in the Sri Lankan history of stage drama, sitcoms, and comedic series. He passed away at the age of 72 at Kaluowila Hospital in Sri Lanka on August 08, 2016 due to a cardiac arrest. Nandasiri was born and raised in Maharagama and attended Vidyakara Vidyalaya for his primary and secondary studies. He was a big contributor of school productions at Vidyakara College during his school years. He lived in No 156/01, Temple Road, Kalapura, Mount Lavinia- Sri Lanka with his eloved wife, Devika until his death.

Vijaya started his career in stage drama by appearing in “Vidura-Diva” produced by Mr. Amaradasa Gunawardenaa for 1966 State Drama Festival in Colombo. Nandasiri gained attention and demand after he appeared on a movie called “Ran Kenda.” Later he obtained his acting role in many productions including stage dramas, sitcoms, films and reality shows. Among those, Maname, Sinhaba, Subha Saha Yasa, Ananda Jawanika, Nari Baena, Jasaya Saha Lenchina, Naadeyo, Ethuma, Bangali Walalu, Bahuboothayo, Sikuru Hathe, Sir Last Chance, and Suhada Koka were notable work of Nandasiri.

Vijaya gained popularity as a Sitcome and Movie Comedian Actor. Vijaya was best known for his role in “Nonawaruni-Mahathwaruni, Yes Boss, Ethuma-Methuma, Kaude ole Ethuma 1, Kathura, Class Sinhala Class, Satakapata, Hathare Kanuwa, and Bhagya[.” He met his eloved wife, a well-known actress Devika Mihiani, who he met during the stage drama of “Subha saha Yasa” in 1974.
Apart from his acting career, Vijaya was a director, producer, and a singer. Nandasiri and Devika Mihirani have two children, Daughter Rasanjana Suchithra who lives in Australia and Son Navanjana in America.

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