Monica Ruwanpathirana

Monica Ruwanpathirana (1946-2004) was a Sri Lankan poet and short story writer (Gunawardena, 2003). She is considered one of the most prominent modern Sinhala poets in the country.

Life events
Monica was born in 1946 in Matara District. She completed her primary and secondary education at St Thomas' Girls High School in Matara and Sanghamitta Vidyalaya in Galle. She passed out from the University of Colombo in 1967 and then worked in the Plan Implementation Ministry for eleven years. After that, she worked as a Development Officer and then as a social worker attached to Konrad-Adenaur Stiftung, an NGO.

Monica died on 10 July 2004 at the age of 58.

Api Denna Saha Thawath Keepa Denek (Both of Us and some others: 1971)
Thahanam Deshayakin (From a Forbidden Land: 1972)
# Angulimalage Sihina (The Dreams of Angulimala: 1974)
# Oba Yeheliya Eya Geheniya (Your Friend-She is the Woman: 1975)
# Athuru Mithuru (1981)
# Age Lokaya (1985)
# Vivi Vasaka Shetra Patraya (1994)
Asan Pattini Dewathavi (Goddess Pattini, Listen to me: 1999)
# Hippocrates Saha Roginiya (The Woman Patient and Hippocrates: 2002)
Aluthma Sihinaya (2003)
Du Kumari (2005)

Of the poems, Asan Pattini Dewathavi won the State award for best poetic work for the year 2002 and Hippocrates Saha Roginiya won the same award for the year 2003.

Short stories
# Kusumalathage Davasak (A Day in the Life of Kusumalatha, 1990)

Critical essays
# Nava Kavi Vimasuma

#  2005 Kala Keerthi National Honour (Posthumous)
1) Gunawardena, C.A., 2003. Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt Ltd. ISBN: 81-207-2536-0. p.257.

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