Award-winning artist Jayalath Manoratne has passed away this morning.
Relatives of the family said that Manoratne passed away at his home after a short period illness.
He was 71 years old at the time of his death.
The remains are being kept at No 18, Abhayaratne Mawatha, Ratnarama Road, Boralesgamuwa for public viewing.
The relatives said that the funeral arrangements would be notified later.
Born in 1948 in Dehipee, Nuwara Eliya, he excelled in all aspects of theater, cinema and television.
Jayalath Manoratne, who started his stage play career as a schoolboy, reached the climax of his university life with Professor Ediriweera Sarachchandra.
In his second year at the University of Peradeniya, Premathi joined the cast of Jayakthi Soko and performed for many Sarachchandra dramas such as Wessanththara, Kadavalalu, Elova Gihin Melowa Awa.
Jayalath Manoaratne commences his stage play from Mahagiribada.
Since then, Manorathna has made many stage dramas using the documentary genre, all of which have been the landmark in the country’s stage drama industry.
Andrela, Gurutarawa, Thala Mala Pipila, Puthra Samagama and Socrates are some of the best works by Jayalath Manorathana to the Sri Lankan audience today.
After making his film debut with Titus Thotawatte’s Handaya, Manoratne has since made his acting debut with over 30 films.
His acting skills were also enhanced by a number of teledramas on television.
Winning awards from all three categories – Best Stage Actor, Tele-Drama Actor and Best Film Actor – he won state awards for his stage performances.
Manoratne who married in 1979 has a son named Banuka and a daughter named Indivari.