Veteran film director Dharmasena Pathiraja passed away

Veteran film director Dharmasena Pathiraja passed away at the age of 74.

Educated at Dharmaraja College, Kandy, Pathiraja graduated from the University of Peradeniya with an honours degree in Sinhala and Western Classical Culture in 1967.

Subsequently he began work as a lecturer in Drama and Performance Arts and later obtained a PhD in Bengali cinema from Monash University.

His Thesis is The Dialectic of Region and Nation in the Films of Bengali Independents: Ghatak, Ray and Sen(2001).

He learnt the language of cinema from the film society movement which was very popular in Sri Lanka in early sixties. He also recognized their socio-political limitations in a country which was heading for a period of deep turmoil.

He also studied the cinema of radical activists like Jean-Luc Godard, Third Cinema filmmakers like Fernando Solanas and Glauber Rocha, and Asians like Mrinal Sen, Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak. (Colombo Gazette)