Monica Ruvanpathirana passes away

Monica Ruwan Pathirana the well known Sinhala poetess passed away at the age of 58 last Saturday (10). She had been ailing for sometime.

Monica who came to the limelight as a poetess in the 1970s had a lucid and poignant style of writing. She came to be known as a writer who had an intimate insight into the modern Sinhala society and especially the rural mileu. A woman with progressive ideas and a deep love for the country and the poor people she worked and wrote to emancipate the poor.

She authored 23 books and won the State Literary award for poetry.

Among her better known works were “Obe Yeheliya” and “Eya Geheniya”, “Angulimalage Sihinaya”, “Asan Paththini Devathaviya” and poetry for children and children’s stories and literary criticism.

Monica was born in Palatuwa in the Matara District and had her education at Sanghmitta Girls College, Galle. She graduated from the University of Colombo and joined the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs in the early 1970s. She later became the director of a development NGO.

Monica Ruvanpathirana’s remains lie at Jayaratna Funeral Parlour and her funeral takes place at the General Cemetery, Kanatta next Wednesday (14). (WN.)