Diploma in Jounalism - University of Colombo
Jounalist - TV/Radio Presenter - Actor
Sri Nimal Padmakumara, is a radio and TV announcer, teledrama artiste and a writer. He is the founder of ' Jayasri Radio' the first live Sinhala web radio in Sri Lanka. This is one of his dreams which I he wished to achieve making use of his experience and expertise over a period of 35 years in TV and radio programmes.
His dream was to create a radio channel with the national identity conducted in correct Sri Lankan Sinhala Language maintaining Sri Lankan Voice and Sri Lankan Heritage in order to reach the fellow Sri Lankans living all over the world. In the history of Sri Lankan teledramas, his contribution towards “Rekha”, “Sulanga” ,“Sudu saha Kalu” ( where Gamini Fonseka was an actor) directed by Dr. D.B.Nihalsinha and “Ganga and Nissanka” of Bermin Liley; stage plays “Purapathi” of Stanley Liyanage, “Akurata Weda” of Rinsley Weeraratne, “Piyambana Assaya” of E.M.D. Upali; films such as “Himagira” of Wijaya Dharmasri, “Sudu Akka” by Milton Jayawardena. His experience got more polished by participating as an announcer of “Wasana Chakraya( Wheel of Fortune ) ” the first TV Lottery programme and later by my filling the void caused by the death of Premakirthi de Alwis as the announcer of “Sampath Rekha”.
He was in government service as the Press Officer of the Mahaweli Project for 21 years and later served as the Media Secretary for two Ministers. He has conducted the “Wonderlight Kumara Kumariyo” programme broadcasted by the ITN for about 10 years and he was the writer of the longest radio drama " Muwan Pelessa " for 15 years from 1995 to 2010 and also serve as the Relief Announcer of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
All these experience gained by him has paved way for the success of Jayasri Radio and it enabled me to introduce the caption" Apekama, Apehanda lowata genayana Antharjala Guwan Widuliya" ( The Web Radio which bring our voice with real heritage to all over the World) .
|Mr. Padmakumara & his family in 1996 .|
Mr. Padmakumara has involved with three weekly TV live programs for Sri Lanka's first Satellite Channel TV LANKA. He was also the third writer of the famous radio drama "Muwanpelessa" which is in its 45th year. This radio drama is the longest radio drama in Sri Lanka and also in Asia. Based on this radio drama, six Sinhala movies have been produced.
With this " JAYA SRI RADIO" he is doing some training programs for youth on radio programing, script writing , radio drama writing and producing .
|Mr. Padmakumara's family in 2006|
on his 25th wedding anniversary
Mr. Padamakumara's Family
Wife : Sriyani - now working as chief clerk in Ceylon Electricity Board - Dehiwala office
Daughter : Disni - Graduate with special degree in Tourism Management at Sabaragamuwaa University in Sri Lanka, married on 4th January 2010 and now living in Melbourne, Australia.
Son : Wadeebha - Now studying in Charles Sturt University - Melbourne - Australia for a Master Degree in Information Technology and Networking
|Mr. Wijerathne Warakagoda and Mrs. Rathnawali Kekunawela|
( Korale Mahaththaya ) ( Menike ) Main roles of " Muwan Pelessa "
Mr Sri Nimal Padmakumara and wife Sriyani
Mr. Padmakumara singing with very popular female singer