Munidasa Cumaratunga

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Palavinnege Munidasa Cumaratunga was born on July 25, 1887 at Dickhena in Dickwella of Matara District in Sri Lanka. His father was Palavinnege Don Abiyes Cumaratunga and mother Palavinnege
Donna Gimara Muthukumarana.

Abiyes and Gimara had nine sons and four daughters. Munidasa was the twelfth in the family.

Don Abiyes Cumaratunga was an illustrious and efficient native doctor of the Ruhunu region. He was associated with Colonel Henry Steele Olcotto`s Buddhist Educational organization and was its leader in the Dickwella area. He established the Moggali Putta Tissa Buddhist School and a new Buddhist temple in the village.

Munidasa was initiated into letters by his father at the auspicious moment. He had his initial education at the Dickwella Buddhist School and later at St. Thomas College, Matara. After some time he left St.Thomas to enter the Teacher Practicing School, Thurstan Road, now Munidasa Cumaratunga Mawatha. This school was attached to the Government Training College there. In 1907 Munidasa entered the Government Training College and obtained first place in all the examinations he faced.

After leaving the Training College he functioned as Principal of Kadugannawa Bilinual School from 1909 to1917. In 1917 he was appointed to the school inspectorate which position he held until 1922. From then on he devoted his entire time to literary activities. While engaged in writing he served as Principal of Nittambuve Teacher Training College and Siddhartha Training College in Balapitiya for short periods.

Munidasa Cumaratunga became the first Sri Lankan author to create a children`s literature. He wrote short poems and stories which children of his time appreciated very much. These poems and stories gripped the child mind to that extend as the material and background in them appeared so familiar to them. They touched their imagination, thinking and…...

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