Apr 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today commended Veteran film maker Dr. Lester James Peiris on his 93rd birthday for rendering an immeasurable service to Sri Lankan film industry.
President Rajapaksa paid a personal visit to the residence of Dr. Peiris today to extend his best wishes on his birthday.
The President has presented a 2.5 million rupee life insurance policy to the film maker.
Dr. Peiris who is considered as the father of Sinhala cinema revolutionized the Sinhala film industry with his globally acclaimed film "Rekawa" in 1956.
The internationally acclaimed film director, screenwriter, and film producer went on to produce 28 such award-wining movies as Sandesaya, Gamperaliya, Delovak Atara, Golu Hadawatha, Nidhanaya, Madol Duwa, Weera Puran Appu, Kaliyugaya, Yuganthaya, Baddegama, Wekanda Wallauwa and Avaragira.
He has earned several honors and awards including the Sri Lankabhimanya tile, Sri Lanka's highest honor for a civilian.
He is married to the equally renowned directress Sumithra Peiris since 1964.
Minister of Arts and Cultural Affairs T.B. Ekanayake and Mrs. Sumithra Peiris are also pictured.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)