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Author Name W.A. Silva
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Description ...Wellawattearatchige Abraham Silva (better known as W.A.Silva was born on 16th January 1890 at his ancestral home, "Silvermere" at No 126, W.A.Silva Mawatha, (formerly called High Street) Wellawatte.

He wrote his first novel "Siriyalatha" in 1907 at the age of seventeen By that time the only formal education he had received was in Sinhala up to the 5 standard in the local Wesleyan school down the road and in English thereafter at St. Paul's Milagiriya up to the 8th standard.

Conscious of the inadequacy of his knowledge, particularly of Sinhala Grammar the young author read widely in English and also acquired knowledge of Sinhala grammar and Sanskrit under the tutelage of the scholarly monk Pelane Sri Vajiragnana.

By that time, by end 1906, he had taken up employment as a junior clerk in a Colombo firm and it was in his spare time that he engaged in his literary studies and in writing It was thus some twelve years after his first novel that W. A. Silva began his second novel "Lakshmi" which he completed three years later (1922).

In the years following he wrote "Hingana Kolla" (1923) and "Pasal Guruvari" (1924) and “Deiyanne Rate) (1926). Seven years later he wrote "Kele Handha" (1933), the first Sinhala novel to befilmed.

Thereafter he wrote three historical novels "Daivayogaya" (1936) relating to the Polonnaruwve period and “Sunethra" (1936) and "Vijaba Kollaya" (1938) both relating to the Sitawake Kingdom of Rajasinghe and Mayadunne.

He followed with a satirical novel "Radala Piliruwe", a romantic novel ("Handa pane") and a detective story "Julihatha", the first of its kind in Sinhala Literature. During the last years of his life he wrote another detective story "Ridihavadiya" which was published after his death. He also published 4 collections of short stories. i.e. "Lensuva" "Sakviti Raja", Amurtha Hasthaya" and "Dalakumar” and translated some of the stories from the Arabian Nights. He also wrote a short play called “Maya Yogaya".

His novels covered the full range from mystery ("Lakshmi") through historical novels, more particularly "Sunethra" and "Vijayaba Kollaye" to romantic novels ("Kele Handha", "Hingana Kolla"etc) detective stories ("Julihatha" and "Ridi Havadiya"). The language too varied from the complex in "Lakshmi" to the straightforward simple language of the romances.

His avowed intention was to explore the possibility of the language to cover diverse situations, and to demonstrate its versatility.

In the journalist field he edited the magazine "Siri Sara”(1919-1923), the weekly newspaper "Lanka Samaya" (1933) and the monthly magazine "Nuwana"(1940-1946) After the death in 1933 of his mother and his brother Simon with whom he had collaborated in business he cut himself off from family affairs and family business as well as social work. Thereafter he devoted his entire energies to the development of the Sinhala Language, having also taken the decision to remain a bachelor.

It was during this phase of his life particularly in the last fifteen years that he commenced his greatest work, the translation into Sinhala of Valmiki's "Ramayana" Me had written in his own handwriting with prophetic in sight thus on a flyleaf.

"My fifty years" service to my language reaches fruition with this work “(in translation)''. This book was also published after his death on 3rd May 1957.

... Several of his novels were made into successful films such "Kele Handha" and "Hingana Kolla" and popular teledramas such as "Pasal Guruvari" and "Sriyalatha".

Some years after his death the Colombo Municipal Council renamed High Street as W.A. Silva Mawatha in his honour and more recently the government issued a stamp to commemorate his services to the Sinhala Language.

... Several of his novels were made into successful films such "Kele Handha" and "Hingana Kolla" and popular teledramas such as "Pasal Guruvari" and "Sriyalatha".

Some years after his death the Colombo Municipal Council renamed High Street as W.A. Silva Mawatha in his honour and more recently the government issued a stamp to commemorate his services to the Sinhala Language.

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LOVADA SANGARAVA


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DEIYANGE RATE


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RIDEE HAWADIYA


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SIRIYALATHA


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RADALA PILIRUWA


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LEENSUWA


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LENSUWA


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PASAL GURUWARI


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DAIWA YOGAYA


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LAKSHMI


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Amurtha Hasthaya


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July Hatha


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Waalmiki Raamayanaya


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Deyyanne Rate


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Avichara Samaya


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Hadapana


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Kalaa Hada


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Dala Kumari


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Maya Yogaya


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Walmiki Ramayanaya


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Siriyalatha


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Kala Hada


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Higana Kolla


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Ridi Hawadiya


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Sakvithi Raja saha Thwath Kota Katha


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Sunethra


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Wijayabaa Kollaya


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Walmeeki raamayanaya


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Lakshmi hewath nonasena rajini


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Julihatha


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Ek Dahas Ek Raya - 1


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