AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR, ARTIST & PUBLISHER
SOMASIRI LANKATILLAKE (Kapugama Geeganage), Sinhalese, (born in Sri Lanka), b, 1942
Generes: Education– MSc in Town & Country Planning, B.A. (Honours) in Geography, Certificate in Development Planning, Diploma in Web Designing, Poetry, Songs/Lyrics, Folk and Devil Songs and Dance, Rural Culture and Arts, Village Re-awakening, Environmental Planning and Conservation, Sacred Area Development and Protection, Urban Planning and Redevelopment, History, Archaeology.
Career: Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs (Sri Lanka) 1971 – 1977, Ministry of Finance and Planning (Sri Lanka) 1977 – 1979, with the Urban Development Authority (Sri Lanka) from 1979 until retirement with the rank of Deputy Director General (Planning and Management Coordination) in 2002.
Journal Editor – “Natya Parshad” (“Drama Society”) of Vidyodaya University of Ceylon 1965. Helped it to produce the Drama “Sakkaya Dhitthi” (“The Foolish Vision”).
In 1960 produced dramas for villagers of the titles “Das Noladdo” (“Blind People”) and “Mathanga Pandith” (Pandith Mathanga”) based on the Thathagatha’s teaching that “No one is a Brahmin or a slave by birth but by deed” of the ‘Vasala Suthra’.
In 1956 organized the ‘Manel (blue lotus) Young Farmers Society’ Eluwavila, for farmers and held its position of the Deputy President.
In 2005 I moved to Melbourne, Australia and started my writing career and turn it to a Sole Trader Small Business ETALES PUBLISHING AUSTRALIA and published its website etalespublishing.com
Award awarded to me for the Fifteen Years Excellence Service for the Urban Development Authority of Sri Lanka.
Award awarded to me for the Formulation and Presentation of the Town Development Plan for the SIDDHARTHA NAGAR Municipal Council in NEPAL.
Award of the POET SCHOLOR EDITOR’S CHOICE and the POET SCHOLER EDITOR’S CHOICE Medal 2006 awarded to me by The International Library of Poetry, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owings Mills MD 21117©