Titus Thotawatte

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Titus Thotawatte
Thotawattege Don Manuel Titus de Silva

17 April 1927
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Died15 October 2011(2011-10-15) (aged 84)
Alma mater Ananda College, Colombo, Heywood Institute of Art [1]
Occupation(s)film director, screenwriter, editor

Thotawattege Don Manuel Titus de Silva (Sinhala:ටයිටස් තොටවත්ත), popularly as Titus Thotawatte, was a Sri Lankan director and editor who made several popular Sri Lanka n action movies in the 1960s and 1970s and later developed Sinhala children's programmes. Thotawatte died on 15 October 2011 in Colombo. [2]


Early life

He was born on 17 April 1927 in Colombo. [3] He was the second child in a family of three children, with 1 elder brothers and one younger sister. He attended Ananda College in Colombo and studied art under J.D.A. Perera and Stanley Abeysinghe and Matara Technical College.


Thottawatte joined Lester James Peries and Willie Blake [4] as editor to make Rekava in 1956. [5] It was an attempt to make a truly Sinhalese movie in contrast with the Southern Indian copies then in vogue.

Thottawatte debuted as a director with Chandiya in 1965. The film starred Gamini Fonseka in the first villains role of Sinhala Cinema. [6] Other early films include Kauda Hari (1969), Thewatha (1970) and Haralaksaya (1971). [7]

In 1980,Thotawatte wrote and directed the children's movie Handaya, [7] which was awarded Best Picture at the Sarasaviya Film Festival.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he dubbed English cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, Doctor Dolittle and Top Cat into Sinhala for Sinhalese audiences with the popular titles Ha Ha Hari Hawa, Dosthara Honda Hitha and Pissu Pusa respectively. He is considered to be the pioneer of dubbing programmes in Sri Lanka. These continue to air on Sinhala Television channels. Thotawatte created puppet characters like Eluson.

When the first National Media Awards took place in Sri Lanka, Thotawatte, was awarded a gold medal for his contribution to television and media in Sri Lanka.


1956 Rekava Film Editor
1960 Sandesaya Film Editor
1962DaskonFilm Editor, Technical Advisor
1962 Ranmuthu Duwa Film Editor
1964 Getawarayo Film Editor
1964 Dheewarayo Film Editor
1965 Saaravita Film Editor
1965 Chandiya Director, Screenwriter, Film Editor [8]
1966Parasathu MalFilm Editor [9]
1967Sorungeth SoruFilm Editor
1967VasanthiFilm Editor
1968Punchi BabaFilm Editor
1969Baduth Ekka HoruFilm Editor
1969 Hanthane Kathawa Film Editor [10]
1969Kawuda HariDirector, Film Editor
1970ThevethaDirector, Screenwriter, Film Editor
1971HaaralaksheDirector, Screenwriter, Film Editor [11]
1972Atheethayen KathawakAssistant Director, Film Editor
1974SihasunaDirector, Film Editor, Producer
1974SagarikaDirector, Film Editor
1975SikuruliyaFilm Editor
1976MangalaDirector, Screenwriter, Film Editor
1977Maruwa Samaga WaseEddie. Director, Film Editor
1979 Handaya Director, Screenwriter, Film Editor

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