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Pioneering Radio Journalist Sumana Jayathilaka passes away

July 05, Colombo (LNW): Sumana Jayathilaka, a distinguished radio journalist and former Additional Director General of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), has passed away.

Sumana Jayathilaka was renowned as the inaugural presenter of the highly acclaimed “Handa Mama” programme on SLBC, where she was fondly known as Handa Nanda.

Her illustrious career in broadcasting began in 1963 when she joined SLBC as an announcer.

Over the years, she became a significant figure in Sri Lankan radio, culminating in her retirement as Additional Director General in 1984.

In addition to her professional achievements, she was married to the late author K. Jayathilaka. Sumana Jayathilaka’s legacy in the field of radio journalism continues to inspire many in the industry.

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