The Lighting Rod
Hers has often been recognized as an en lightened voice in the wilderness, and her journey as that of a lone crusader. It is a resonant yet rebellious voice crying out for emancipation from oppressive and authoritarian political culture, abhorring the gross violence and mayhem which marred this country at one point; a voice enthusiastically welcomed by the masses for its ability to portray their true fate with great acumen.
That is my chosen role in the field of arts. I do not wish to board an express train to become popular. I agree that I was criticized on this score. Critics often told me that my voice appealed to the people’s conscience than their aesthetic sense.
She is happy to be called the people’s artiste who has always represented the people’s feelings, and for having used her voice to reflect mass suffering.
Best Actress of the Year 1993 - Ukdandu Ginna
Won the award for the Best Actress of the Year for her performance in the play Ukdandu Ginna produced by Nimal Ekanayake at the State Drama Festival.
Sarasavi Awards: Best Film Backing Singer - 1997
In 1997, she won both the Sarasaviya and Presidential Awards for Best Film Backing Singer for the serial Savithriyage Rathriya.