Pioneer Sri Lankan TV director in Canada passes away

Director of the weekly Kala Kavaya television show in Canada Pathirage (Nimal) Perera is seen here in 2003 covering the 25th anniversary to Toronto Maha Vihara. (File Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene

Director of the weekly Kala Kavaya television show in Canada Pathirage (Nimal) Perera is seen here in 2003 covering the 25th anniversary to Toronto Maha Vihara. (File Picture by Mahesh Abeyewardene)

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Pioneering Sri Lankan – Canadian television show director  Pathirage (Nimal) Perera has passed away. Mr. Perera and his late wife Malini contributed heavily to the Sri Lankan Canadian community by producing television shows and cultural programs over several decades.

The couple were the first to produce a Sri Lankan television show and movie in Canada.Mrs. Malini Perera passed away after a brief illness in Toronto nearly five years ago. Mr. Perera was the director of  the weekly television show Kala Kavaya which airs on OMNI 2. In 2006, Mr. Perera was honoured by the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC), receiving an award from the Lt. Governor of Ontario for his years of service.

DECADES OF DEDICATION 

Their first TV program was known as the “Pearl of the Orient” and movie ‘Ratakin Ratakata’ was great success here in North America. The family also went on to produce cultural dancing events, and several community and youth events.

 

Funeral Arrangements for Mr. Pathirage (Nimal) W. Perera

Chapel Ridge Funeral Home 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario L3R 5G1 Visitation:    Friday April 8, 2016 – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm .  Service: Saturday April 9, 2016 – 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Followed by final visitation until noon. Cremation:   Saturday April 9, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Crematorium, 4570 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5L6