Gratiaen Prize 2018 awarded to Arun Welandawe-Prematileke

Actor, playwright, and director, Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke was adjudged the winner of the Gratiaen Prize 2018 for his work “The One Who Loves You So”.

The judges described Welandawe-Prematilleke’s work as “a consummate work of art in one of the hardest of genres to realise success – both on the page and on the stage.”

The winner of the H.A.I Goonetileke Prize for Translation is Prof. Vini Vitharana for his translation of the much-acclaimed Sinhala classic Kav Silumina’.

Prof. Sumathy Sivamohan, chair of the judging panel noted that Prof. Vitharana’s translation had a distinctive voice accessible to the ordinary reader, a consistent use of meter and rhyme, and eminently deserved its place within the canon of translations of classical texts.