Thursday, April 27, 2006

Felix Premawardhana

Felix and Indranie Premawardhana

At his 80th birthday party this January, my uncle Felix, in a speech laced with his characteristic humor said to his guests that he has only a few weeks to live. Expressing his readiness for the inevitable end, he exhorted his family and friends not to be afraid to talk about death, since it is indeed, a part of life. It was one of the more powerful testimonies I have heard about the power of hope over death. Uncle Felix died on Tuesday.

He was a prominent Baptist and Ecumenical leader in Sri Lanka. A renowned actor and director on stage he was also a movie star. As long-time director of Communications for the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, his efforts resulted in an Arts Center that included a TV studio and an Arts garden in which artists of various sorts were welcome to rehearse. He was also an international movie critic with Inter-film. He is survived by his wife Indrani (Vice President, Baptist World Alliance), Kuvera (Physician, Cardiff, Wales) and Kuveni Wijeratne (Senior Executive, Sri Lankan Airlines)

I will officiate and preach at his funeral due to be held in Sri Lanka on Friday at 2:30 p.m. I will arrive in Sri Lanka following my meetings in Kazakhstan on the same day at 9:15 a.m. I will post more details following the funeral.


At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a student of Felix Premawardhana at Wesley College and remember him fondly as one of the finest teachers of the time
Grant him O Lord Eternal peace
Dr Nihal D Amerasekera

At 1:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Premawardhana is an uotstanding
human being. His contribution to the world of art has been phenamenon. His unique character and chrismatic and cheerful nature
will be fondly rememberd.
I had the distinct honor to have been trained under him for one of the Dramas he directed.
May god rest his beautiful soul.
Dinesh Jayalath , New York


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